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Frequent Questions

What is UMRA?

UMRA stands for the University of Michigan Retirees Association.

Who is eligible to join UMRA?

All retired University of Michigan faculty and staff members are eligible for membership, as well as their spouses. Also eligible are the spouses of deceased retirees or of staff or faculty who died while on active duty. Annual dues are $15 per household, and the year extends from September 1 to August 31.

How can one become a member of UMRA?

Stay connected to the University of Michigan, meet other retirees just like you, help advocate for your benefits, and attend meetings and learning opportunities that will engage you. You can easily join online or print a membership form. Joining UMRA online requires that you provide us with an email address that will serve as your login account name. Visit our Join/Renew page.

What are the purposes of the U-M Retirees Association?

UMRA helps retired UM faculty and staff remain connected to the university and with one another. It works to ensure that retiree interests and concerns are recognized and considered by UM. For example, The UMRA Board of Directors maintains close contact with UM HR and Benefits Office to promote retiree interests, and the board meets with UM executive officers and other administrators to advocate for the inclusion of retirees in university activities. UMRA representatives participate in university groups which address retiree issues. These groups include Senate Assembly, Committee on Economic Status of the Faculty, Pharmacy Benefits Oversight and MHealthy. Monthly UMRA meetings during the academic year provide an opportunity for UMRA members to enjoy light refreshments, socialize with their colleagues, and see interesting presentations

When and where does UMRA meet?

UMRA meetings and social hours are normally held at Weber’s Inn, 3050 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor. We meet September through May, on the second Thursday of each month in the afternoon. The gatherings include light refreshments, sliced fruit, cookies, coffee, soft drinks. Social hours begin at 1:15 p.m. followed by the program from 2-4 p.m. All UMRA members are cordially invited to attend.

How is UMRA governed?

A 15-member Board of Directors is elected each year at the UMRA Annual Meeting, usually held in October. The Board elects officers at the first meeting after the election. A list of the current Officers, Board members, and Office staff can be accessed from the UMRA website home page. The Board meets monthly.

UMRA is a member of the Big Ten Retiree Association and cooperates with the other members. This umbrella organization has an annual meeting each August. (See the BigTen Directory). UMRA also is a member of the Association of Retirement Organizations in Highter Education (AROHE).