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Welcome to the Web Site of the Purdue University Retirees Association

PURA membersWhether you are a Purdue retiree, the spouse of a retiree, or just a visitor to our Web site, we hope you will take a few moments to explore it and learn about our organization, its structure, and its activities.

Of approximately 4,700 Purdue retirees, two-thirds have remained in the Greater Lafayette area to maintain their close ties with the University, their friends and the community.

Some have moved on to other locations on a permanent basis; still others go elsewhere during the winter, but return each spring to reconnect with their Purdue colleagues and friends.

Wherever they are, they can maintain active contact with us through this Web site and the links it provides to information about PURA and its activities.

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Greetings from Our PURA President

John Trott, President 2017-2018As I take the reins of PURA for the 2017-2018 year, I wanted to give you an update on our 40th year and give you an idea of what PURA volunteers will be involved in for our 41st year.

First of all, a tremendous thanks to Melinda Bain, our 2016-2017 President, for the inspiring leadership she gave the organization. Melinda will continue to provide great support to all of us this coming year.

The Benefits committee continues to work extremely hard to provide Medicare Supplement and Medicare Advantage PPO for Purdue Retirees. They have been very successful in keeping premiums in check and will do their best in the years ahead as Congress attempts to make changes in the Affordable Care Act. The committee has also worked with the Henriott Group in Lafayette to provide pre-65 retirees an opportunity to buy health insurance on the open market. A new preventative dental plan was also developed by the committee with the University and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Another major project for the committee was the development of End of Life Planning Documents which are extremely valuable documents for all retirees and can be found on our website at www.purdue.edu/retirees.

PURA will host the Big-10 Retirees Association Conference August 25-27.  Astronaut Jerry Ross and author John Norberg will present a keynote address and all Purdue retirees will be invited to the presentation. Additional information will be in future PURA Newsletters.

The Campus and Community committee and Trips and Tours Committee have some very interesting and enjoyable activities planned for the year. The Endowment Committee continues to work with Jischke scholars and provides support to a worthwhile Purdue student.  The new Scholarships Committee has raised almost $35,000 to date.  The University has agreed to match dollar for dollar up to $50,000. Thanks to the tremendous generosity of our retirees, our goals will hopefully be met within the next year or two.

I would encourage everyone to bookmark our website (www.purdue.edu/retirees) on your computers to stay current on PURA activities and important information. PURA is without question the leading university retirees’ association in the Big Ten, if not the entire country. The many dedicated volunteers who run your organization vow to do their best for all of you.

John Trott
PURA President