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Upcoming events for Purdue retirees

PURA April 6, 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 AM, 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 AM.  Members will vote for PURA's slate of officers, who will serve 2015-2016. The April program will give PURA members and guests a better understanding of  planning for Lafayette Community gardens and trees.  Speakers will be Jeff Phillips, Don Nead and Lynn Layden. 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.

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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

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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.

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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

A reception for PURA's Common Read with author Angie Klink and Betty Nelson – one of the past Deans featured in The Deans' Bible – will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 30, in West Lafayette Public Library's second floor meeting room. Nick Schenkel will lead a book discussion for those attending at 2:30 p.m. Parking is available in the library's parking lot across the street from the library. There is an elevator to the second floor.

A PURA tour of 3-D Printing and related Maker products, Wednesday April 8, 2015. The Campus and Community Activities Committee is scheduling tours of the Rapid Prototyping Lab located in Knoy Hall. Because of the rather small size of the lab, the tours will be limited to 10 persons on a first come, first served basis. Tours are scheduled for 45 minutes each at 2, 3, and 4 PM. Please choose one of those 3 times and email Michele Salla at masalla@purdue.edu. She will notify you if you are scheduled for the time you selected. Michele can also be reached at 494-1779. Additional tours will be planned for subsequent semesters, so if there isn’t enough space you will have other opportunities to visit.

The Purposeful Living in Retirement program is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the Beck Conference Center.

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.

The PURA fall kickoff luncheon will be held on September 14, 2015. 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!

Apr 6 Topic: Community Gardens & Trees
Panel: Jeff Phillips, Don Nead & Lynn Layden
Coordinator: Jane Brown
Jul 6 Topic: Modern Cooperative Extension Service
Speaker: Jason Henderson
Coordinator: John Trott
May 4

Topic: Purdue University Press
Speaker: Kathryn Purple
Coordinator: Sue Topping

Aug 3 Topic: Retiree Volunteering
Panel: Habitat and Boiler Volunteer Network
Coordinator: Sandy Komasinski
Jun 1 Topic: Delphi, A Stellar Community
Speaker: Mayor Randy Strasser
Coordinator: Martha Fletcher


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PURA Pickleball at CO-REC

Pickleball 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.