Retirees Association

The UCR Retirees' Association (UCRRA) fosters opportunities for continuing relationships for retirees and the University community including involvement in campus activities, volunteer work, and part-time employment. The UCRRA also informs and assist members about the benefits available to them, especially UCRP and medical benefits.  It maintains an advocacy for those benefits via its participation with the Council of University of California Retirees’ Association (CUCRA). 

Membership in the UCRRA is open to all UCR and UC staff and non-Senate academics, including librarians, research associates, and lecturers. 

In efforts to increase programs, services and events, membership dues will increase on July 1, 2020. A lifetime membership is $250.  An annual membership is $25, and first-year retirees can choose to receive their first year for free. However, a free membership has limited benefits.

The Association maintains a substantial scholarship endowment fund from which at least one annual scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student.

The Association also sponsors other gatherings, outings, and yearly events as may be of interest to the members.

Please consider joining, even if you live out of the Riverside area, and help support the UCRRA. 

Retirees Association Bylaws

UCRRA Bylaws

UC Riverside Retirees Association Annual Scholarship

Purpose: Undergraduate Student Support

History: The UCR Retirees' Association brings retirees together for luncheon meetings with interesting speakers four times each year. The Association also sponsors other gatherings, outings, and yearly events as may be of interest to the members.

The Association's Scholarship Fund provides at least one annual scholarship for undergraduates at UCR through the UCR Alumni Association.

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History of the UCR Retirees' Association

Staff Retiree Association

Founded: July 9, 1990 with the support of Chancellor Rosemary Schraer and with encouragement, guidance, and direction to the organizational committee from Darlene Powers, Benefits Office.

  • First President: Lola Dixon
  • Vice President: Ed Hanki
  • Secretary: Evelyn Middleham
  • Treasurer: Eleanor (Ellie) Buker
  • Board Member at Large: Marion Bailey

Tower Talk, the name of our quarterly newsletter, was chosen in January 1991 by way of a contest among UCR Retirees. Thirty eight names were suggested, but Mary Cassina’s suggestion won! Mary was given a gift certificate for two dinners at the Spaghetti Factory

Retirees Association History

UCR Retirees’ Association Past Presidents

  • Mary Johnson: 2019 - 2022
  • Robert Daly: 2014 - 2019
  • D.L. 'Les' Martin:  2012-2014
  • Cliff Wurfel:  2007-2012
  • Sal Martino:  2000-2007
  • Maurice (Maury) Yarno:  1998-2000
  • Doris Churry:  1994-1998
  • Lola Dixon:  1990-1994

UCR Retirees Association Officers


UCRRA Secretary - Andy Plumley

Andy Plumley


Karim Zahedi
Vice President 

Al Chavez Photo

Al Chavez


Mitch Boretz


Jorge Sanchez
Communications & Outreach Director 


Patricia Smith-Hunt
Events & Programs Director


Vacant Position