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McGill University Retiree Association

Association des retraité(e)s de l'Université McGill 

 

 

 

May 1, 2019

 

Dear Colleagues,

Spring has arrived!  Finally, we can get rid of our winter gear, take out our bicycles and gardening tools and engage in our favourite outdoor activities. 

Principal’s Reception for new Retirees
For the first time this year, the Principal hosted a reception in her office for recent retirees from September 2017 to August 2018.  Principal Fortier, Provost Manfredi, Vice-Principal Beauchamp, greeted the 40 plus new retirees who were present. They each conveyed their gratitude for the many contributions made by these McGill employees over the several decades they served at McGill.  The MURA Executive members, Katherine Gray-Donald, Kate Maguire and Bob Stanley were present at the event and I was asked to say a few words on behalf of our retiree association.  We were pleased to meet and mingle with the new retirees and encourage them to join our association.  The Principal announced that the reception for new retirees would become a new annual tradition at McGill. (view photos of the event)

Invitation to MURA’s AGM & 4th Year Celebration
MURA’s Fourth Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday, June 20th 2019 from 1:30 to 5:00 pm at La Citadelle, a McGill Residence located at 410 Sherbrooke West.  Reports will be presented by the Executive Committee on accomplishments during the year, members will vote on amendments to the Constitution & By-Laws, elect the 2019-20 Board, and give due consideration to the financial review for 2018-19 and the proposed budget for 2019-20.   Following the AGM, Principal Suzanne Fortier will share with us her vision of McGill entering in its 3rd century and will engage in a general discussion with participants. A festive 4th Year Celebration of MURA with food, drink, and merriment will conclude the afternoon.
 

McGill Benefits
We are thankful to our Board member, Kathy Mayhew, who serves as MURA’s representative on the Staff Benefits Advisory Committee (SBAC). Her report to members is on the MURA website. MURA’s role on SBAC is to provide a voice in the discussions regarding optimum coverage for active employees and retirees. If you have comments concerning the health care coverage please contact Kathy at the following email address: mura-arum.association@mcgill.ca

Pension Investment Round-Table
MURA has held two Pension Investment Round-Table sessions this year, on September 26, 2018 and April 4, 2019 at  the Faculty Club.  During each session, five speakers presented very candidly their chosen investment strategy. An open discussion followed between the speakers and the members present regarding investment options ranging from investing either with a small or large firm, selecting the right annuity, opting for the McGill Group Life Income Fund (LIF), being a hands-on investor, to having a hedge against market risk. Nearly eighty colleagues attended the sessions.  Due to its overwhelming popularity, MURA will offer the session again next year.


Newsletter

I am delighted to announce that the 2019 Newsletter is available on this website. Please take time to read it.  It’s fascinating!   We are grateful to Joan Wolforth, the MURA Newsletter editor, for corralling colleagues’ stories.  By the way, Joan is always looking for members’ contributions for the annual edition which published each Spring. Please send in your stories about volunteering, traveling and the various other activities that you enjoy.  Share with us your thoughts or reflections on life in retirement in 250 words or less, and submit your text care of
mura-arum.association@mcgill.ca

Activities & Events
On this website, you will find information on the proposed activities, events, and information session for the coming year.  Also included is a brief report on past program activities.   In addition, as MURA members, you already receive regular Communiqués to help you keep up to date on the latest news.

McGill Athletics & Fitness
McGill Athletics offers access to the Sports and Athletics facility to MURA members for 50% of the current staff monthly rate. In addition, MURA members are welcome to sign up for the lunchtime fitness courses and activities that are offered to employees as part of the Staff Fitness Program, providing spaces are available. If you are interested, please contact MURA to learn how to apply.

Other Activities
If you have ideas for activities or events that you would like to suggest, I encourage you to communicate with Kate Maguire, Vice-President (Internal), by sending an email to: mura-arum.association @mcgill.ca. MURA will encourage all activities that have a critical mass of participants. 

Membership

MURA is nearly four years old and its membership has grown to over 400. The annual membership fee to join MURA is $25 and the subscription year runs from September 1st to August 31st. We invite colleagues who have not joined yet to become members.  The membership form is readily accessible in the side menu of this website. 

Many of you will not have to pay the $25 annual fee as MURA has entered into partnership agreements with MUNACA, MUNASA, MAUT, and SEU Local 800-Trades. Members of these organizations at the time of retirement can become full members of MURA either without paying the annual membership fee or, in the case of MAUT, by paying a very nominal fee. Discussions are underway with the other McGill unions to explore the possibility of signing similar agreements with these organizations.

For those who are not covered by the above Partnership Agreements, the $25 annual fee is payable via PayPal online or by cheque sent to MURA-ARUM, 515 Pine Avenue West, Room 101, Montreal, H2W 1S4, QC.  Your partner and/or significant other can join free of charge as a non-voting member. 

CURAC
MURA is the official McGill member of the College and University Retiree Associations of Canada (CURAC), a nation-wide association that plays an advocacy role for over fifteen thousand members across Canada. CURAC’s mandate is to promote the interests of retirees, facilitate communication between members, share best practices and offer competitive rates for group insurance and other services. The association holds annual conferences that are open to university retirees throughout the county. This year the meeting which will take place at Guelph University in Guelph, Ontario from May 22nd to 24th, will be hosted by University of Guelph Retirees Association (UGRA).  We look forward to thought-provoking presentations during the two-day meeting.  I encourage you to visit the CURAC website for further information about these and other activities and benefits:
www.curac.ca 

We are delighted that CURAC has selected MURA to host the 2021CURAC Conference at McGill, from May 19 to 21.   The University Administration is most supportive of this undertaking that will mark McGill’s Bicentennial.  An organizational committee has been set up that includes: 

Program: Bev Tallant and Judy Pharo

Sponsorship: Kate Maguire

Communications: Diana Grier-Ayton

Logistics: Maria Keenan

Chair & Liaison with CURAC: Ginette Lamontagne

Finances: Bob Stanley

Equipment & Facilities: Allan Oliver 

Hosting the 2021 CURAC Conference will be a major undertaking for MURA.  We will need the participation of all our members to make it a success, as participants, as organizers, and as volunteers during the conference.  If you would like to participate in the planning phase for the conference, please let us know by emailing us at mura-arum.association@mcgill.ca

MURA Executive & Board
I am pleased to welcome, David Kalant, as a new member on the 2018-19 Board, and Katherine Gray-Donald, as our Vice-President (External) on the Executive Committee.  David and Katherine are replacing Steven Blagrave and Henry Leighton to whom I am most thankful.  Henry, in particular, played a vital role as founding VP External with responsibility for the Bylaws, Constitution and Membership. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the Board members who have agreed to continue to serve.  For your information, your colleagues of the Executive and the Board for 2018-19 are featured on this website. I invite you to communicate directly with them if you have any issues or comments you wish to bring up.

My special thanks to the many colleagues who contribute in a wide variety of ways to the development and ongoing vitality of MURA, and to all of you for your enthusiastic support for our Association. 

I look forward to seeing you at the AGM on June 20th.  

Cordially,

Ginette 
Ginette Lamontagne
President MURA-ARUM 
Website: mura-arum.association.mcgill.ca
Email: mura-arum.association@mcgill.ca