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Upcoming events for Purdue retirees

Campus and Community Committee Event

The Campus and Community Committee would like to invite PURA members and their guests to a Comedy Readers program at University Place on Thursday April 30. This should be a fun event!

Comedy Readers is a group of Civic Theater actors and actresses who provide entertainment through hand-crafted performances based primarily on jokes and funny stories. People who would like to do a pre-meeting tour of University Place are encouraged to arrive by 6 p.m. Others should plan to arrive by 7 p.m. for a brief dessert before the Comedy Readers program that is planned to begin at 7:15 in the Great Hall.

PURA needs to know how many will attend the Comedy Readers program on April 30. Please email Michele Salla at masalla@purdue.edu or call her at 494-1779 by April 17 and provide names of PURA members and guests who will participate.

PURA May 4, 2015 Luncheon

All Purdue retirees are invited to join former colleagues and bring their friends to the monthly PURA luncheon, held at the MCL Cafeteria on Sagamore Parkway West in West Lafayette. Members and their guests should arrive by 11 a.m., go through the line to purchase lunch, and then join other PURA members in the MCL meeting room. The meeting and presentation start at 11:45 a.m. Members will vote for PURA's slate of officers, who will serve 2015-2016. At the May program PURA members and guests will learn more about Purdue University Press from editor Katherine Purple. We hope to see you there!

PURA participation in Spring Fling

Purdue University’s Spring Fling will happen on May 21, 2015. PURA will be meeting participants at the west entrance of the Cordova Co-Rec. Plan to attend and participate in the day’s events. The registration form can be found here.

Purposeful Living in Retirement Conference
Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.


This year's Purposeful Living in Retirement Conference will be very beneficial to PURA retirees and their friends! Hearing Loop provided in the facilities. Outstanding speakers will share their experience and assist attendees in finding ways to increase health plan benefits, do estate planning and consider future financial needs. Join other retirees at the Beck Agricultural Center, 4540 U.S. 53 West in West Lafayette Wednesday, April 22! 

Once again, PURA will have exhibits and door prizes for participants

Our program will begin with registration and continental breakfast.  Morning and afternoon speakers will address ways to optimize prescription drug use, the possibilities of home healthcare, the benefits of PURCare and its relations to ongoing changes in health insurance, and designing a wealth and estate plan. A box lunch is included in the registration fee.

This conference would not be possible without the support of the following organizations: UnitedHealthcare, TIAA CREF, Westminster Village, PURA, and University Place. PURA also wishes to thank WALLA and the AREA IV Agency for their cooperation.

Click here for registration form. Form must be returned to Purdue University by April 15, 2015.

Return form to:  

Office of Special Events-Kelsey DeWees
Dick and Sandy Dauch Alumni Center
403 West Wood Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2007

You can also register with a credit card by phone. Call (765) 494-0900 by April 15, 2015.         

Trips and Tours Committee's 2015 Events for PURA Members

Historic National Road Yard Sale in Indiana,
May 29, 2015


Members of PURA are invited to join with others on the Imperial Travel one-day trip to the annual yard sale on Indiana's portion of Highway 40, Old National Road. An Imperial Travel bus and an Imperial escort will leave Lafayette at 6 am with PURA members and their friends, traveling to Lebanon and Indianapolis where other adventurers will join our group and partake of the excitement found along the Indiana portion of the National Road Yard Sale. Come prepared to find everything you'd ever want – from antiques, collectibles, furniture and glassware.  Small items can be stowed on the bus, BUT if you find a large gem, you'll have to arrange for its pick up and delivery back to Lafayette.  Expect to find hidden treasures AND bargains! 

The event is only $49.00 per person. If you want further information or wish to place a reservation, Call Imperial Travel (447-9321 or 800-642-6645). Or email ImperialTravel@comcast.net.


The Chocolate Trail Along the Old National Road, July 15, 2015

$79.00 per person.  Includes: Motorcoach transportation, Lunch at Ghyslain Chocolatier & Bistro, and chocolate treats along the way.

Join other PURA members and their friends as they travel with Imperial Travel on the Old National Road's Chocolate trail! An Imperial Travel bus and an Imperial escort will leave Lafayette at 7:30 am with PURA members and their friends, traveling to Lebanon and Indianapolis to pick up others who want to enjoy stops on the Old National Road at the Warm Glow Candle Outlet, the Richmond Furniture Gallery, and the Olympian Candles Store. Adventurers will enjoy lunch at the Ghyslain Chocolatier and Bistro and will end their day with a stop at the J & J Winery for a sample of chocolate wine.

If you want further information or wish to place a reservation, call Imperial Travel (447-9321 or 800-642-6645). Or email ImperialTravel@comcast.net.

Mark Your Calendars!
Information on PURA's Upcoming Events

The Purposeful Living in Retirement program is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22 at the Beck Conference Center.

Campus and Community Event: Comedy Readers program at University Place on Thursday, April 30. See information on PURA web homepage!

Purdue University's Spring Fling will happen on May 21. PURA will be meeting participants at the West Entrance of the Cordova Co-Rec.

The PURA fall kickoff luncheon will be held on September 14. More information will be placed on this website as plans are finalized.

Monthly Luncheon Series 2015

We hope you will join us for lunch at the MCL Cafeteria in West Lafayette the first Monday of each month. You will have an opportunity to visit with friends and to learn from an interesting speaker who will keep us current on the activities of Purdue and the community. Lunch is available from 11:00 a.m., and the programs begin at 11:50 in the Purdue Room.

See you at the 2015 Luncheon Meetings!

May 4 Topic: Purdue University Press
Speaker: Kathryn Purple
Coordinator: Sue Topping
Jul 6 Topic: Modern Cooperative Extension Service
Speaker: Jason Henderson
Coordinator: John Trott
Jun 1

Topic: Delphi, A Stellar Community
Speaker: Mayor Randy Strasser
Coordinator: Martha Fletcher

Aug 3 Topic: Retiree Volunteering
Panel: Habitat and Boiler Volunteer Network
Coordinator: Sandy Komasinski

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pickleballPickleball at CO-REC

On October 23, 2014, courtesy of the Campus and Community Activities Committee, several Purdue retirees participated in a pickleball clinic led by Joan Mohr Samuels and other pickleballers, aided by Purdue Co-Rec staff members. Participants learned that badminton and pickleball share many courts with similar dimensions, but the net is lower, the paddles are smaller, and the ball is plastic, with holes and no feathers. To quote Joan:  "Pickleball is a fun and healthy exercise for people of any age, including us retirees." Currently enthusiasts are playing regularly on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Co-Rec, beginning at 9 AM. People who are interested in exploring pickleball should call Joan at 765-567-7023 (Cell 765-532-3245). 

Purdue Retirees served by United Healthcare are eligible for Silver Sneakers, which means they may use Co-Rec facilities any time they are open, and UHC will pay Co-Rec on their behalf; pickleball is among the many activities PURA members might enjoy.