August 2011 Intel Retiree News Flash

From The Board – Barb Frank, President

Don’t forget to go to our new website,, and check out the retirement timeline which shows your Intel benefits information in one place. Especially important are the details on the changes Intel made to their 401(k)investment options. Employees and retirees who have balances with Intel need to respond by September 9th. You should have received an email about this change from us the week of July 11th. Other programs in the works with Intel are a Retiree ID badge so you can take advantage of all the Vault program discounts (automotive & Apple) and the schedule of our annual dinners for the last week in October or early November. Look forward to announcements over the next few months.

Health and Benefits – Cheryl Pruss, Chairperson

Hundreds of retirees currently have 401(k) accounts with Intel, as they left their 401(k) accounts invested with Intel when they retired. There are changes being made to the 401(k) program. This change will affect you if you are a retiree who is in this group. There is a deadline for action. Read about the change at: You should have received a mailing to your home recently which includes the brochure, Your 2011 Retirement Decision Guide. Please read and take action. You can even receive financial counseling services at no cost to help you with your decision. This independent, third-party counseling is confidential.

Volunteer Activities – Ben Manny, Chairperson

Be sure to check out the updated Volunteer Committee homepage on our new website at This page contains links to the Intel site that explains the Intel Involved Matching Grant Program, how to report volunteer hours, and an email address if you have questions. The other tabs under the volunteering section contain sources for volunteer opportunities and links to articles written by retirees about their volunteering experiences.
As Intel is going through its annual Plan 2012 process, they are not anticipating any changes to the volunteering or matching donations programs, only some minor clarifications in the descriptions of the programs. The deadline for reporting volunteer hours for both educational and all other non-profits is January 15th, 2012 for hours volunteered in 2011.

Communications – Randy Williams and Howard High, Chairpersons

Visit our website for interesting stories written by retirees on how they are spending their retirement. We are always looking for articles that tell us about “life after Intel”. If you have an interesting story, contact us at our mailbox, We will even do the interview and write up the article!
Last month we published part one of the Cheryl Pruss adventure to Macchu Picu. Follow this link to read part two:
One of our earlier newsletters featured Tom Innes and all he is doing since retiring in 1998. We are “reprinting” his story here for those who may have missed it:
Sharon Nickoderm tells about her Volunteer of the Year award from the Gualala Arts Organization at

Social Events/Activities

This fall, Arizona, Folsom, Santa Clara and Oregon Intel sites will be holding a dinner event for retirees and their guest. Teams have volunteered at each site to plan the event. Look for an August postcard and a formal invitation in September with all the details. Dates, where confirmed, are listed below along with special doings happening at our sites. Future events are listed on our site calendars at
1. Bay Area: The third annual Intel Retiree Dinner is on October 28 at Fiorillo’s – third year in a row!
2. Arizona: We are anticipating our first Intel Retiree Dinner event will be Thursday, October 27, so keep that evening open!
3. Oregon: The annual Intel Retiree Dinner will be held Tuesday, October 25, 5-9pm at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.
4. Folsom: The second annual Intel Retiree Dinner event will be scheduled in November. Be sure to check the calendar for the date.
With the summer heat comes ideas of what to do do cool off. Just a little east of Folsom you will find big time adventure in rafting the South Fork of the American River: . This river is filled with fun and exciting Class III rapids from Placerville down to Folsom Lake. For those who want to cool off and just relax, paddling around Folsom Lake or floating down the American River west of Sunrise is probably the best bet for you.
5. Massachusetts: Interested in New England Whale watching? Suzanne Boyd, our Massachusetts site representative shares some great resources listed below as well as the Cape Cod web site:
The Center For Coastal Studies Provincetown, Mass – For Reservation or Information (508) 255-3857.
New England Aquarium in Boston has a whale watch info line. 1-617-973-5277.
International Wildlife Coalition and the Whale Adoption Project 70 East Falmouth Highway, East Falmouth, MA 02536 (508) 548-8328
For Whale Research: The Cetacean Research Unit P.O. Box 159, Gloucester, MA 01930
Here are some great images of whales off Stellwagen Bank “There be Whales Here..”
The pictures of whales on our website were taken at Cape Cod bay on a whale watching trip!

Additional Information

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