Board Updates

Board Meeting Notes

2021

  • View the September 28, 2021 Annual HCAA Board meeting notes here to read details
    • Presentation by Harper College President, Dr. Avis Proctor, was held via Zoom. See the presentation here.
    • Highlights
      • A number of HCAA members met online prior to Dr. Proctor’s informative presentation on current Harper initiatives, and enjoyed seeing and catching up with each other.
      • A study has found that the Illinois state pensions are currently in a more stable position than they have been for years, due to a higher return on investments.  However, underfunding of the systems is still a major concern.
      • The HCAA Board voted to approve the new slate of officers for the years 2021-2023, and congratulates Carole Bomba on her new role as HCAA President.
  • View the September 28, 2021 HCAA Board meeting notes here to read details
    • Highlights
      • The Board voted to make another $1000 donation to Hawks Care; Sharon Martin presented the check to Laura Brown on behalf of HCAA.
      • A membership drive table on the first day of Orientation Week was staffed by several Board members, who reported having an active day reaching out to current employees.
      • A new law signed by Governor Pritzker in July opens the door for community colleges to have residential housing on or near campus for the first time.
      • The annual meeting with the President will be held online Tuesday, September 28th at 11:00 am
  • View the August 16, 2021 HCAA Board meeting notes here to read details
    • Highlights
      • The Board voted to make another $1000 donation to Hawks Care; Sharon Martin presented the check to Laura Brown on behalf of HCAA.
      • A membership drive table on the first day of Orientation Week was staffed by several Board members, who reported having an active day reaching out to current employees.
      • A new law signed by Governor Pritzker in July opens the door for community colleges to have residential housing on or near campus for the first time.
      • The annual meeting with the President will be held online Tuesday, September 28th at 11:00 am
  • View the May 3, 2021 HCAA Board meeting notes here to read details
    • Highlights
      • We added several new members to our ranks, bringing our current total up to 293.
      • Upcoming social events include our book discussion meeting on June 2 nd at 3:00. We’ll be discussing “Not Always a Valley of Tears” by Harper retiree Pascuala Herrera. And watch for details about a breakfast at the Red Apple during the second week of June.
      • The roster of nominees for the 2021-2023 HCAA Executive Board has been created, with the new Board starting their tenure this coming September. We are looking for someone to join us as President Elect during the coming year, to prepare to step up to the role of President in fall of 2023. 
  • View the March 8, 2021 HCAA Board meeting notes here to read details.
    • Highlights
      • The SUAA letter campaign encouraging membership resulted in 320 new members for the organization, 8 of them in our chapter.
      • The co-sponsored webinar on preparing for retirement presented last month had 160 registrants, with about 60 of them Harper faculty and staff.
      • Updates have been made to the In Memoriam and New Retirees section of the website.  A new section was added called Extra Offers, which includes some added benefits to membership in SUAA/HCAA.  

  • View the January 18, 2021 HCAA Board meeting notes here to read details.
    • Highlights
      • Our list of email addresses is being updated and corrected so that all members should be able to receive our various communications.
      • Watch for a mailing from SUAA, encouraging membership in the organization, which is especially important at this time of serious budgetary concerns at the state level. A strong SUAA can fight more effectively for our pensions and benefits.
      • Our HCAA website continues to be expanded, and includes lots of useful tips and information for all. Most recent additions include helpful info for those planning to retire and/or sign up for Medicare in the near future.

2020

  • View the November 16, 2020 HCAA Board meeting notes here to read details.
    • Highlights
      • Results of the November 3rd General Election were discussed, including the failed Fair Tax Amendment proposal and potential consequences, and other pertinent legislative news.
      • The new book club discussion group has had solid interest, first meeting to take place on December 2nd. A number of HCAA members have expressed interest in informal Zoom meetings, perhaps a Zoom Happy Hour concept, in order to have time to catch up with each other.
      • Letters will be sent to those HCAA members who don’t seem to get our email communications, due to old email addresses on file.

  • View the October 29, 2020 Annual HCAA Board meeting notes here to read details.
    • Presentation by Harper College President, Dr. Avis Proctor, was held via Zoom. See the presentation here.
      • Harper’s quick response to the COVID pandemic
      • Harper’s efforts to support students in need
      • The Promise Program
      • Canning Center (Building A) capital project update
  • View the October 5, 2020 Board meeting notes here to read details.
    • The upcoming election was discussed, and helpful information about early voting options and methods to research local candidates was shared and posted to the website.
    • Highlights from the SUAA Annual Meeting, which was held on September 30th, were shared and are included in the notes, as well as on the website.
    • The annual HCAA meeting with a presentation by Dr. Avis Proctor has been set for October 29th, 2020, at 3:00 pm via Zoom.
  • View the September 10, 2020 Board meeting notes here to read details.
    • Welcome! to new Members-at-Large Carole Bomba, Karen Johnstone, and Barb Anderson. We are glad to have you with us! Opportunities are still available for additional members-at-large. Please contact President Linda Frank at laf948@sbcglobal.net or any Board member to learn more.
    • Legislative Report reminder:
      • The general election is November 3rd.
        • Voter registration deadline is Tuesday, October 6th, or if online, Sunday, October 18th.
        • Early voting runs from October 19th – November 2nd.
        • Vote-by-mail applications are available now.
    • Social Committee: The possibility of a Zoom presentation in late October regarding things retirees wished they had known prior to retiring is being considered. Other online options were discussed.

  • View the July 23, 2020 Board meeting notes here to read details.
    • Discussed the Fair Tax proposal, to be voted on in November general election.  For pros and cons, see the most recent Legislative report.
    • HCAA is looking for new Board members.  We want YOU!  If interested, contact President Linda Frank at laf948@sbcglobal.net or any Board member.
    • The fall annual SUAA will be held on September 30th.

  • View the May 21, 2020 Board meeting notes here to read details.
    • First Online Zoom meeting held.
    • HCAA makes a $1000 donation to the Harper College Student Emergency Relief Fund.
    • Social Report: Ravinia closing for the season. Several online/Zoom social “outings” being considered. Stay tuned.

  • View the Feb 13, 2020 Board meeting notes here to read details.
    • Important Insurance Update – Dependents on their health insurance need to be prepared to verify their dependents’ eligibility with the Department of Central Management Services.
    • Various Social Events Discussed
    • Legislative Update
  • View the Jan 9, 2020 Board meeting notes here to read details.
    • HCAA Constitution and Bylaws Review put on hold
    • SUAA Dues increased to $44 (previously no increase for at least 6 years)
    • Legislative Update

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