President' Message for 2012 Conference

Association Office

Janette Brown, Executive Director
University of Southern California

3715 McClintock, Suite 220
Los Angeles, CA  90089-0191

(213) 740-5037


Sue Barnes, President

University of California Davis

Patrick Cullinane, VP President Elect

University of California Berkeley

 Dave Ewert, VP Membership

Georgia State University

Lucy Rollin, Secretary

Clemson University

Diane Mundy, Treasurer

University of California Davis

Bobbie Boyd Lubker, Past President

University of North Carolina at Chapel

Welcome to documents and displays from AROHE’s exciting, highly successful 2012 international conference. Brief history and background information may be helpful as surfers explore the conference offerings and specialties.

Dates and Places: The 2012 tenth anniversary AROHE conference was held October 21-24 at the Carolina Inn on the UNC- CH campus in Chapel Hill, NC. “October’s bright blue weather” provided the perfect backdrop for academic retirees from across the US and Canada. Other venues for meeting, learning and dining were two sister institutions in the NC University System, North Carolina Central University (Durham) and North Carolina State University (Raleigh) Thomas Ross, President of the NC University System, and Mrs. Ross hosted the opening reception in their magnificent columned home in Chapel Hill.

As early as 2010, presidents and other officers of retiree organizations at the three state sister institutions met, with AROHE’s approval and collaboration, to form a tri-campus coalition to plan the 2012 AROHE conference. The coalition and AROHE settled early on the academic riches of the Research Triangle as a generator for the conference. The three cities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill and their institutions of higher learning form the geographic angles of the Research Triangle and the huge industrial park, home of ground-breaking research in education, industry, the environment, pharmaceuticals and health..

Conference Theme and Program: The conference theme, “Innovations for the Next Decade: A Triangle of Adventures in North Carolina,” grew quickly out of 2012 as AROHE’s 10th anniversary year and the conference location. Site surfers will see three topical pillars, Health, Finance, and Living Life, as another triangular program focus. Other powerful program offerings are on AROHE’s long-term strengths of promoting successful practices to establish and maintain strong organizations for higher education retirees. Program variety may be seen in presentations from fighting elder fraud to using volunteers.

Cultures and Supports: Look carefully for the names of sponsors whose generous monetary contributions made the conference possible. Program listings may not reveal that this conference had the greatest number ever of our Canadian neighbors in attendance. The anniversary fete hosted by NC State at the NC Museum of Art showed AROHE visitors some of North Carolina’s treasures. Magnificent soul food and jazz provided at NC Central, a historically black institution, showed a different South to those who value changing cultural insights.

Read the program. Let this rich trove of information encourage you to attend AROHE’s 2014 conference in Minnesota.

Bobbie Boyd Lubker, AROHE President, 2010-12

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