Welcome New Retirees! Visit the IRO website where we have summarized key areas.
FROM THE BOARD – Barb Frank, President
ARE YOU PART OF THE 3% OR 50%?
Did you know that Intel will donate up to $10,000 to each non-profit you volunteer for? Less than 3% (141) of Intel retirees know this or reported Intel Involved hours for 2013. Their volunteer hours resulted in over $44,000 being paid out by the Intel Foundation to their non-profits. Just imagine the impact if 50% of the retirees submitted hours. This is the approximate percentage of full-time Intel employees submitting Intel Involved hours. Click here for details on this benefit and how to submit hours. Volunteer opportunities are posted on the IRO website and in the News Flash. Oregon retirees should see the opportunity below for “PC Pals”, as it could directly benefit a student while generating a much needed donation to the school.
WONDERING ABOUT INTERNATIONAL INTEL RETIREE SUPPORT?
IRO has limited support for international retirees. However, our support includes:
join our organization, receive our monthly News Flash, get announcements, have access to our Facebook group, and our mailbox. If you are interested in having local social events, please contact us through our mailbox and we will help you with a mailing list, if Intel has one, so you can organize. Note that the benefits on our website are primarily for US retirees.
HEALTH/BENEFITS – Cheryl Pruss, Chairperson
THINKING ABOUT COBRA OPTIONS?
With the implementation of changes that occurred in 2014 as a result of the Affordable Care Act, your options to move to another healthcare plan from COBRA have changed. As the rules continue to roll out and provide more clarity, we will continue to provide as much as information as possible to help you understand how it may impact you. To view our update on your healthcare insurance options while on COBRA click here.
OPEN ENROLLMENT REMINDER FOR 2015 COVERAGE
• Intel Retiree Medical Plan (IRMP): Oct. 28, 2014 through Nov. 15, 2014
• Healthcare Marketplace : November 15, 2014 through February 15, 2015
• Medicare : October 15, 2014 through December 7, 2014
COMING IN SEPTEMBER! AUXILIARY CIRCUIT AND ACCESS TO EMPLOYEE PURCHASE PLAN
Intel retirees have asked for the ability to purchase Intel products at discount prices. We have also requested access to the Intel Circuit content that is not strictly for employees. A portal has been developed by Intel – just for retirees – that will give access to the Employee Purchase Plan (EPP). This is a retail website where Intel products are offered at special low prices and will also provide access to the McAfee LiveSafe discount. The second part of this website includes a place to read Intel News much like the internal Circuit page. This new portal will be called Auxiliary Circuit. Testing of the new Auxiliary Circuit by retirees will begin on August 20. The website is expected to go live to all retirees on September 1, 2014.
COMMUNICATION – Debbie Watson, Chairperson
INTEL RETIREE HELPS ESTABLISH SCHOLARSHIP FUND AT UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
Bob Sundahl, an Intel retiree, along with Intel employees, has established a scholarship fund at their alma mater, the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. If you are an alumni of both Intel and the U of M, you are encouraged to become a contributor. The Intel Foundation provides a 50% match of your contribution up to $5000 and additional matching programs are accessible to U of M. If you have university ties elsewhere, consider a similar effort to support the institution that played a strong role in your success. Detailed information can be found here or send an email to Bob with any questions or if you would like input on our program.
BRIGHTY INSPIRES AN ESCAPE TO THE NORTH RIM
Read about one retiree’s trip to the Grand Canyon North Rim influenced through the eyes of Brighty, a true story of a free spirited burro.
INTEL REMOVES ‘BLOOD CHIPS’ FROM SUPPLY CHAIN
Intel recently declared that they had rid their supply chain of minerals from Congo sold by militias that commit gross human rights abuses. Read the entire article here.
VOLUNTEER – Ben Manny, Chairperson
PC PALS – MENTORING STUDENTS USING EMAIL
“PC Pals” is an email-based mentoring program started and administered by Intel. Students are paired with Intel employees/retirees during the school year, exchanging emails once or twice per week, with the teacher determining what types of topics to cover and using the program to augment what they are doing in the classroom. Fifty-five Intel Involved hours are earned by each retiree volunteer. These are reported as part of the program. Currently “PC Pals” is expanding in Oregon and accepting Oregon site retirees. Click here for more details.
ANNUAL RETIREE DINNERS COMING IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER
Site coordinators are working with Intel to finalize the details of our annual retiree dinners at our sites in California, Oregon and Arizona. Be sure to check your site calendar for all the details.
Join us for a picnic and wine tasting on Saturday, September 6 at the historic Testarossa Winery in Los Gatos. Check our calendar for all the details.
Lunch Social, 1:00pm, On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina, 7370 NE Cornell Rd, Hillsboro