November 2016 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 at Frankbarbara@sbcglobal.net.
  • Are you a new retiree? Visit the IRO website for key information or contact our mailbox. IRO has members who can help answer your retirement questions.

FROM THE BOARD – Barb Frank, President

IRO SURVEY UPDATE
Work is ongoing to analyze the information received from September’s survey of 1,000 IRO members. While action plans won’t be available until Plan 2017, here are some interesting facts and figures:  35% retired in 2015 or 2016; 90% retired prior to being Medicare eligible; 30% have (or are) working for a wage after retirement.

GET THE INSIDE SCOOP!
We are looking for an interested retiree to fill our open Secretary position. This is a board level position that is actively involved in shaping IROs strategic direction. Click here for a detailed description of the roles and responsibilities. If interested, send an email to intelretiree@gmail.com with a brief bio and let us know your interests.

DO YOU LOVE STATISTICS AND INDICATORS?
We are also looking for a retiree to be our indicator Guru. The retiree volunteer would work with our committee chairs to determine what indicators we really need. Keep your analytical skills fresh. Join our creative, motivated and fun group of volunteers.

ASK IRO Mailbox
Question: Why I am not receiving the monthly News Flash or other IRO emails in my inbox?
Answer:

  • Did you unsubscribe from our mailing list?
  • Did you change your email address and not notified us (intelretiree@gmail.com)?
  • Did you check your ‘junk mail’ to make sure our mail isn’t landing there.
  • Gmail users: Our emails may be in the ‘Promotions’ tab. If you find the missing mails there, click here to learn how force the IRO emails into your ‘Primary’ tab.

Spread the word if any of your retiree friends are not getting IRO communications.

HEALTH & BENEFITS – Tom Piete, Chairperson

IT’S TIME TO LOOK AT HEALTH INSURANCE OPTIONS FOR 2017
The Intel Retiree Annual Enrollment period runs from Nov. 7 – Dec. 2, 2017. Be sure to read the information in the packet that Intel is sending to you in early November to find out about your medical, and vision plan options. You can also get useful information from the IRO web site.

MEDICARE ELIGIBLE RETIREES:
The IRMP plans (with or without Rx) that coordinate with Medicare often are misunderstood by retirees. See page 12 of your open enrollment guide for a good explanation of how these plans work. These are Indemnity plans, not Supplemental plans. The plan with Rx is creditable to Medicare part D.

DISCOUNTS – Cheryl Pruss, Chairperson

ATTENTION OREGON SHOPPERS
The Adidas Employee Store sale runs from October 28 through November 30, 2016. The Columbia Sportswear Employee Store sale runs from October 10 through November 13, 2016, Click here for more details that you’ll need to participate.

COMMUNICATION – Debbie Watson, Chairperson

THE FIRST DRONE WITH INTEL OUTSIDE
The Falcon + is an Intel-branded drone built for industrial jobs. Read more here about Intel’s burgeoning drone business.

OREGON RETIREES ENJOY ANNUAL DINNER
Read about the Annual Retiree Dinner held on Oct. 12, 2016 with 135 attendees! Be sure to check out the special “Retired T-shirt” at the end of the article!

ARIZONA SITE DINNER UPDATE
Our ‘reminder’ dinner update arrived in your email box on October 17 and included the names of those who have already signed up – 102 attendees so far. Join us on November 16 at Ocotillo Country Club.  See our calendar for details and contact information. NOTE to Gmail users: If you didn’t see the reminder in your ‘inbox’ check in your ‘promotions’ tab for the message.

VOLUNTEER – Ben Manny, Chairperson

HAVE YOU SIGNED UP FOR INTEL’S NEW MATCHING GIFTS PROGRAM?
Send an email to support@benevity.org stating that you are a U.S. retiree and provide your WWID. Benevity will verify your WWID, reply with a temporary password, the URL to log in and other instructions. This is the only way to receive Intel matching grants for your donations to educational organizations, non-profits. For complete details of the program click here.

DEADLINES APPROACHING
Requests for matching donations under the new Matching Gifts program must be submitted within one year of the donation. For the request to use your 2016 Matching Funds, the match request should to be submitted by January 2017. More details are found in this FAQ.

The deadline for submitting 2016 volunteer hours for Intel Involved payouts to the non-profits and schools is January 15, 2017. This program is separate from the Matching Gifts program. Details on the program and how to submit hours as a retiree are found here.

SITE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

IRO’S SITE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES CONTINUE TO BE UPDATED
Please visit your site’s link under the Volunteer tab on IRO’s website or click the links in the table below for many new wonderful site volunteer opportunities. To view multi-site opportunities, visit the All Intel Sites Opportunity page.

ARIZONA – Help shape the next generation of engineers; help inform parents about tax credits; Desert Botanical Garden seeks guides/docents; Science Fair judges needed; help with computer skills BAY AREA – Fun science experiments for elementary students, community outreach, environmental volunteers, Boys & Girls Club of Peninsula FOLSOM – several new opportunities encompassing: holiday projects, human services, children, environment, STEM
MASSACHUSETTS – Habitat for Humanity; United Way of Tri-County, Wheat Community Connections NEW MEXICO – United Way of Central New Mexico OREGON/WASHINGTON – Mentors for elementary; high school STEM; Ano Arts Academy, robotics events

UPCOMING SITE SOCIAL EVENTS

Visit individual site calendars to view details of social activities in your area.

ARIZONA – November 16 – 6th annual retiree dinner at Ocotillo Country Club; Guest speaker: Steve Megli BAY AREA – November 17 annual dinner at Michael’s Shoreline; Guest speaker: Josh Walden FOLSOM – November 3 – annual dinner at Empire Ranch Golf Club; Guest speaker: William O. Leszinske, Jr. (speaker addition)
MASSACHUSETTS – Nov. 5 – annual dinner at The Manor – Guest speaker: Rachael Hamer NEW MEXICO – November 17 – 1st annual retiree dinner at Club Rio; Guest speaker: Brian Rashap OREGON/WASHINGTON – December 13 – lunch social

 

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