President’s Welcome

Welcome to the University of Michigan Retirees Association (UMRA). We are an active and vibrant group of retirees and their spouses/partners, eager connect you to other retirees and the university. 

Image of UMRA President Al Hermsen
President Al Hermsen

UMRA offers excellent programs and advocates for retirees on policies and governmental regulations that affect health care and economic security.

If you are currently a member, we thank you for your membership and are grateful for your loyalty and support. If you are not yet a member, we encourage you to explore our website and learn what UMRA has to offer, even in this time of the COVID pandemic. The membership brochure and video on the website detail the benefits to being an UMRA member. We hope you will consider joining UMRA. At $15.00 per year it is a terrific value for a household membership. Your spouse/partner, even if not a retiree or university employee, is included in the household membership.

Our Events calendar keeps you up-to-date on our programs and other activities. Our monthly programs feature a wide range of interesting topics and speakers, are well attended and get rave reviews. For our 2020-21 program year all of our meetings will be held online using the U-M Zoom meeting application to live stream every presentation. Members get an email each month with the date, time and link to the Zoom meeting, so no matter where you live in the world, you can view our programs in real time on your computer or other smart device. Programs are also recorded and posted to the website. If you cannot join us for the live stream, you can watch the program, at your convenience, by simply logging in to the Members Only section of the UMRA website and selecting the program you missed. Each monthly session typically has two components. They start with a “Learn & Grow” presentation at noon, which focuses on practical information. This session is followed by a short break, then begins again at 1:45 with announcements before our 2pm Seminar. The Zoom programs allow participants to ask questions and engage with the speaker.

Our travel programs and outings have been suspended until such time that it is safe for face-to-face gatherings. Watch your inbox for the monthly UMRA News for all the latest news information.

We have recently updated the website and continue to add features. The website allows members to pay their dues and make donations online with credit cards.

UMRA sponsors provide important financial support for our programs and events. Our Sponsors offer an array of services targeted to the interests and needs of retirees. Please keep them in mind should you have a need for any of their services.

It is my pleasure to serve as the UMRA President in 2021 and 2022. The Board and I welcome your ideas and any suggestions you have for new activities, programs/speakers and events. Our committees are always looking for new members, and if you are interested in serving on the board please contact us at UMRA@umich.edu. You can also contact me or any of the board members with any thoughts you want to share. Our email addresses are listed on the UMRA website. We look forward to the time when we can once again meet face-to-face. Until then please stay safe and healthy.

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