- 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 at Frankbarbara@sbcglobal.net.
- Are you a new retiree? Visit the IRO website where we have summarized key information.
FROM THE BOARD – Barb Frank, President
HELP SPREAD THE WORD
The Intel Retiree Organization will no longer be mailing postcards to our non-members, so tell your non-member retiree friends to “be in the know” and join IRO!
RETIREE CONTINGENT WORKFORCE PILOT PROGRAM REVIEW TO BE RESCHEDULED
The review has not yet occurred. We asked Intel recently about the scheduled date for the review and learned that the new project manager is not yet ready. Our Intel contact is aware that we are expecting this review and is actively seeking to set it up. We will keep retirees informed regarding the status of the pilot project review through the News Flash.
HEALTH/BENEFITS – Tom Piete, Chairperson
1095 TAX FORM
For tax year 2015, if you were an Intel retiree with IRMP, or had a SERMA balance you should have received a form 1095 from Intel during February. Click here to learn more.
DISCOUNTS – Cheryl Pruss, Chairperson
NO CELL PHONE DISCOUNTS FOR RETIREES THROUGH ADVANTAGE
Intel retirees typically lose their employee cell phone discount when they retire. For more than a year the Intel Retiree Organization has been requesting that Intel influence the cell phone providers available on the Advantage discount program to extend their employee discounts to retirees. The feedback that Intel gives us is that the cell phone providers are not sufficiently interested in gaining the Intel retiree business to invest the time to develop a secure method (which they require) for retirees to access the employee discount.
ARIZONA SITE: GAMMAGE DISCOUNTS NOW AVAILABLE
An Arizona Intel retiree asked, we followed up with Intel and now Intel retirees (as well as employees) can buy discounted tickets to ASU Gammage Performing Arts Center shows! Most, but not all Broadway shows have a discount offered. Click here for more information.
COMMUNICATION – Debbie Watson, Chairperson
DOV FROHMAN – LOOKING FOR UNANTICIPATED OPPORTUNITIES
Many of you may remember retired Intel VP Dov Frohman from when he managed Intel Israel. His story, however, includes the horrors of the holocaust, working at Fairchild with Moore, Noyce and Grove, inventing the EPROM, teaching in Ghana, authoring a book on leadership and more. For a glimpse of his fascinating life, read this Life After Intel – Executive Series article here.
EXTERNAL ARTICLE: GLOBAL CHIP INDUSTRY READIES FOR A FUTURE BEYOND MOORE’S LAW
After 50 years, a fundamental assumption about the march of progress (Moore’s Law) in computing is evolving into something new. Read more.
VOLUNTEER – Ben Manny, Chairperson
COMMUNITY GIVING CAMPAIGN UPDATE
The October 2015 News Flash, announced a new program starting in 2016 to replace the annual Fall Community Giving Campaign that was administered by United Way. While details of the new program are not expected for a few months, Intel has advised us that contributions made in 2016 to non-profits will be retroactive to January 1st for eligible organizations. They have also told us that eligible organizations are the same as the Intel Involved program.
INTEL DOUBLES ITS MATCHING GIFTS FOR EDUCATION
Starting January 1st, 2016 Intel will match 100% your gift to educational organizations instead of 50%. Intel still limits its match to $5,000 per year per retiree/employee. Click here, for a link to Intel’s description of the program and where you can submit a matching grant request.
TWO PAID ENCORE FELLOWSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR PORTLAND AREA
There are currently two “Work Host” paid Encore Fellowships available in the Portland area. These fellowships will pay $20,000 for an expected 1,000 hours of volunteer service. They are both IT skill based. Details available here.
UPCOMING SITE ACTIVITIES
Visit site calendars to view activities in your area.
- Volunteers needed: Ostrich Festival on March 11-13. Volunteers can sign up here; Intel will have volunteers at the entrances with wristbands for the kids in the event they are separated from their parents.
- Arizona Public School Tax Credit for 2015: Don’t forget about the Arizona public school tax credit for 2015. Click here for information on how to get it matched to the school.
- Gammage discounts now available. Click here for more information.
- Two paid Encore Fellowships available for Portland area. Details available here.