March/April 2015 Intel Retiree News Flash

  • Attendance at board meetings is open to all retirees who are members of IRO. If you would like to listen to your board at work, please send a request with one week’s notice to Barb Frank.
  • Are you a new retiree? Visit the IRO website where we have summarized key information.

FROM THE BOARD – Barb Frank, President

THE IRO STORY – OUR HISTORY
Have you ever wondered about the volunteer organization that serves you, the retiree? While our organization was established for the Oregon site in 2001, we’ve evolved to directly supporting over 3,100 members and assisting 8000 retirees worldwide. Why is the organization important to you, to Intel, and to the community? Read the story of the Intel Retiree Organization: Life After Intel, Embracing the Intel Values Legacy.

WELCOME NEW VOLUNTEERS AND BOARD MEMBERS
As our membership continues to grow, so does our small, but mighty team of volunteers. Please welcome our two newest IRO volunteers and board members:
Tom Piete, who is taking over Chair of the Benefits Committee from Cheryl Pruss. Many thanks to Cheryl for her many years doing this in addition to her position as Vice President.
Valerie Kohl , who is taking on the Santa Clara Site Coordinator role from Barb Frank, freeing Barb up to concentrate on her role as President.

HEALTH/BENEFITS, Tom Piete, Chairperson

TIME RUNNING OUT FOR 2014 SERMA REIMBURSEMENTS
For retirees who are using their SERMA account to pay 2014 insurance premiums, the run-out period for reimbursement from your SERMA spending account ends March 31. To file claims click here and then on the My Health Benefits link. For more information about SERMA, go to the IRO website.

HEALTH INSURANCE TAX REQUIREMENTS FOR 2014
This is the first year to report health coverage on your federal tax return. If you, your spouse and dependents had health insurance coverage all year, indicate this by simply checking a box on your tax return. No further action is required. For those who purchased coverage through the Marketplace, you may be eligible for the premium tax credit. Click here for more information about what minimum essential coverage includes.

DISCOUNT UPDATE – ACCESS TO EMPLOYEE PURCHASE PROGRAM, Submitted by Cheryl Pruss
Over 800 retirees registered for the new Retiree Circuit Portal. If you have not registered, go to our IRO website link for easy, detailed instructions.

COMMUNICATION – Debbie Watson, Chairperson

A FUTURE STEEPED IN THE PAST
Ned Thanhouser, a 2011 retiree, always had a fascination exploring his family’s history in the silent movie industry. Read about his interesting Life After Intel.

MAY THE COURSE BE WITH YOU
Meet Rick Sandbo, a 2005 Intel Folsom Retiree whose career in Facilities planning led him to a challenging and successful new career as the owner and operator of Camino Heights Golf Course.

WEBSITE – JUDY GOODMAN, CHAIRPERSON

HAVE A FRIEND WHO IS NOT RECEIVING EMAILS FROM US?
We have received several emails from retirees indicating that they have not been receiving their News Flash emails. We have found that if you have ever reported emails from the Intel Retiree Organization as spam, our email provider will delete your email address from our list. We cannot register you again – you need to do it again on our website.

VOLUNTEER – Ben Manny, Chairperson

2014 INTEL INVOLVED REPORTED HOURS INCREASE BY 15%
Retirees reported 50,780 volunteer hours towards the 2014 Intel Involved program. These hours were reported by 167 retirees for 260 unique 501(c)3 organizations. The number of retirees reporting hours increased by 18% over last year. While this is a nice increase, it was less than the 23% increase in IRO membership.

Several organizations received the maximum grant of $10,000 for having over 1000 Intel Involved hours. The organization receiving the highest number of submitted retiree hours was the National Railway Historical Society Pacific Northwest with 16,983 Intel Involved hours.

ARIZONA SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR (AzSEF) NEEDS JUDGES AND VOLUNTEERS
More than 600 individuals are needed to serve as judges for the AzSEF on Wednesday, April 8. They will be judging projects from Arizona youth who are the up-and-coming leaders in science, mathematics, engineering and technology (STEM). Many volunteers are also needed on April 7-9. Click here for more information and to register.

SITE UPDATES

Check your site calendar for all the latest happenings!

ARIZONA – Join us for lunch on April 7 at TC Eggington’s in Mesa. RSVP before April 1. Details here.

NEW MEXICO – Read about our February luncheon and check out all the pictures! Next luncheon is scheduled for May 21, so hope to see you there! Details soon to be posted on our calendar.

MASSACHUSETTSF17 Update: Intel’s last remaining 200mm plant is closing up shop. Fab 17 in Hudson will soon turn out Intel’s last 8-inch wafer. The end-of-product date has been extended through April and possibly into May for the Sort area. Click here to see a photo of the remaining F17 employees.

BAY AREA – Our next luncheon is April 29 at the Crow’s Nest. Check the calendar for details.

OREGON – Lunch Social, 1:15pm, Stanford’s – Tanasbourne – Note: the later time at 1:15pm. Details here.

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