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. We are eager to help you get connected, stay connected and feel connected to other retirees and to the university. We also advocate 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. If you are not yet a member, we encourage you to explore our website and learn about the many opportunities we offer our members. We hope you will consider joining UMRA.

Our monthly programs feature a wide range of interesting topics and speakers. Each session begins with an informal “learn and grow” presentation that focuses on practical information for retirees. The “learn and grow”session is followed by light refreshments and social time for conversation and fellowship before reconvening for the featured speaker. Our programs are well attended and get rave reviews. The details about the programs is easily accessed via the events calendar on our website.

The monthly programs also provide an opportunity to meet with fellow retirees. The social time built into our programs is designed to foster new friendships and help members renew connections with people they may have worked with during their time as a U-M employee.

Members also enjoy the day trips to a variety of sites around southern Michigan or to areas of campus of interest. We also offer day trips to venues throughout the region. A couple of new additions to our outings is an overnight at Camp Michigania and a block of football tickets to this year’s homecoming game. The dates, times and cost of our outings can be found under the Events section of the website. Check them out. Participation for some of our events is on a first- come, first served basis.

We recently launched a new website and are working on several user enhancements intended to improve the service we offer members. These improvements will be introduced as they are completed. We will alert members to new features as they come online but please feel free to return to the website at any time.

UMRA is always looking for ideas on topics and speakers for our programs or venues of interest for our day trips. We want to hear from you if you have suggestions. We also welcome help from any member who would like to be more involved with the organization. Whether your interest is joining a committee, serving on the board or being part of a planning group, there is a place in UMRA for you. Let us know.

UMRA sponsors provide important financial support for our programs and events. Sponsors offer an array of services targeted to the interests and needs of retirees and we hope that you will keep them in mind should you have a need for any of their services. Many sponsors attend our monthly programs so members can talk to them in person. A full list can be found on our website under Our Sponsors.

We hope to see you at an UMRA program, outing or event soon. In the meantime, be sure to send any comments or questions to

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