Present: Margaret Cianfarini, Jeff Cronin, Paula Ebbitt, Michael
Hopper, Emily Moss, Suz-Ann Olofson, Kathy Rutter, Mallory Stark, Enith
Absent: Malcolm Hamilton
1. New members: Margaret Cianfarini, Jeff Cronin, Michael Hopper,
Kathy Rutter and Mallory Stark were welcomed.
2. It was decided that meetings would be held at 9:00 AM on the second
Friday of each month. Locations will vary. There will be no meeting in
December. Rotation for taking minutes will be in reverse alphabetical
3. Emily and Mallory volunteered to be co-webmasters.
4. Suz-Ann reported that Paul Zizzo of HR in Holyoke Center had contacted
her. He had suggested 6 HCL sessions on the new retirement plan. They would
be held between January and May 2001. Suz-Ann will coordinate with Bette
Viano and Malcolm Hamilton so that HUL can be included. The Benefits Committee
would like to co-sponsor these sessions.
5. Other possible program topics were suggested:
Suz-Ann suggested that a version of the orientation program for new
employees could be useful for longer term staff as well. She will bring
this up during an upcoming talk with Regina Perris (Director of Benefits
Services, HR, Holyoke Center) and Paul Zizzo. We would want such
a presentation to exclude discussion of medical and dental benefits because
they were covered in last year's program on benefits re-orientation for
longer service staff. The committee considered this the top priority
for a fall program.
Suz-Ann also suggested a presentation on TAP by someone from the TAP office.
TAP Issues include the interpretation of what is considered job-related
and who makes these determinations. This topic was assigned second
Will Power Estate Planning Program. Committee members who have participated
have found it worthwhile, but it was conducted under crowded conditions.
This suggests that there could be demand for more sessions than the ones
currently sponsored by Outings & Innings. As a courtesy, Outings &
Innings would be consulted.
Emily reported on her meeting with a Fidelity representative and on his
interesting approach to retirement planning strategies (when to draw on
which income sources, etc.). His ideas could be presented in a group setting
Items 3. and 4. were not assigned a priority.
Next meeting: Fri., Oct. 13, 2000
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