Meet Our Interest Groups

Interest groups are a way to connect with like-minded retirees for fun, learning, to share a common passion, or just to make new friends. Each interest groups focus and coordinator email are listed under each Interest Group below.

Groups are open to all members, are self-governed and operate independently in their planned activities. Always check the Event Calendar to view group meetings and activities organized by color-coding and date.

If you have a passion that you would like to share, consider forming your own interest group by sending the details to umra-new-interest-group-suggestion@umich.edu.

Upcoming Activities

Always check the Event Calendar for upcoming activites for each interest group.

UMRA Reads

UMRA Reads is a diverse group of members who meet monthly to read and discuss books across all genres, with a different genre each month. Meetings are usually on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 3-5pm ET via Zoom, with adjustments for holidays.

Current book list and meeting dates (pdf): 2024/25 Book Selections

Sample a Typical Book Discussion

Are you curious how an online discussion feels? Enjoy this recorded session discussing the May book selection with a retiree focus, ‘The Reluctant Fortune-Teller by Kesiah Frost.

Play Video

Have a question? Contact Sharon at grayden@umich.edu

Discussions also available as audio Podcasts!

UMRA Walks

UMRA Walks take monthly treks at different locations around the Ann Arbor area traversing along fully accessible paved pathways to enjoy fresh air and camaraderie. The pace of each trek is completely flexible. Some walkers choose to walk the designated round trip. Others choose a lighter pace stopping at benches to relax, chat, look at nature and soak up the sun.

For those who can stay after the walk, it is possible that small groups will spin off for coffee or lunch to nearby locations.

You are welcome to bring a guest if you like – friend, neighbor or grandchild.

Please contact Verna Bell (verna@umich.edu) or Beverly Turner (rockman@umich.edu) to express interest, have suggestions, or to find out about upcoming walks.

UMRA Community Service

UMRA Community Service identifies and coordinates opportunities for UMRA members to volunteer in the community, either as an individual or part of a group of activities.

A special thanks to Karen Shill for coordinating

Have a question? Contact the team at UMRA-Com-Projects@umich.edu

UMRA Golfs

All golfers of any level are welcome to join us throughout the summer as we golf and have fun in the process. Spouses are welcome. 

Please contact Esrold Nurse at eanurse@umich.edu to express interest, have suggestions, or to find out more about upcoming golfing opportunities.

UMRA Kayaks

All kayakers of any level are welcome to join us throughout the summer as we kayak together on the Huron River and other water ways in Washtenaw County, and have fun in the process. Spouses are welcome. 

Please contact Jean Shope at jshope@umich.edu to express interest, have suggestions, or to find out about upcoming kayaking opportunities.

UMRA Plays Mahjong

Mahjong is a tile-based game of skill, strategy and luck played by four players. The Interest Group is for beginners and players at all levels. 

This SIG meets on Mondays, (not holidays), at 1:00pm at the Pittsfield Township Senior Center:  701 W. Ellsworth Road.  Ann Arbor, MI.  There is a nominal fee to join the Senior Center.

If you are curious, or looking for something interesting to do on Monday afternoons, please plan to show up.  You will meet new UMRA friends and learn a very interesting game. 

Have questions? Contract instructors and UMRA members Corrine Serrell and Kathy Fischer (fischerk@umich.edu) to express interest, ask questions or learn more.

UMRA Archery

Open to all who want to discover the joys of archery. We often meet on a routine basis to practice.

UMRA Archery provides a social setting for archers of all levels to connect. You can make new friends, learn tips and tricks from experienced archers, challenge each other, and elevate your experience.

Please contact Mindy McIntosh at lassmendy03@yahoo.com to express interest, have suggestions, or to find out about upcoming archery opportunities

UMRA Travel Discussion

The group discusses travel experiences at monthly meetings. Topics include travel in a specific geographic area, business aspects of travel, modes of transportation, travel companies, and similar. The meetings emphasize members’ experiences, with an occasional outside speaker.
 

The group meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Each meeting is either by Zoom or a hybrid meeting with in-person discussion with Zoom participation.

Please contact Joe Marker at joemarker2@gmail.com to express interest.

Discussions also available on YouTube!

UMRA Bikes

Our members own many different kinds of bikes and roll at different speeds. We want to encourage anyone, regardless of skill or ability, to join this group. Our goal is social exercise, safety and fun, as we roll merrily along the area’s paved and off road trails.

Have a question? Contact Sarah Ely at sarahely@umich.edu

UMRA Hikes

Hiking does not have to mean climbing large mountains or walking through uneven terrain.  It can be as simple as walking on a groomed trail in a forest. Hiking is a great way to lead a more active lifestyle, enjoy all that nature has to offer, and spend more time with fellow hikers. 

Every attempt is made to schedule one hike every month. We currently hike on the first Friday of every month (check our Event calendar).
 
Have a question? Contact Herb loner at hloner@umich.edu