March 2017 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

SERMA REIMBURSEMENT DEADLINE IS MARCH 31
REMINDER: For those using SERMA, the submission deadline for reimbursements for eligible premiums paid in 2016 is March 31, 2017Visit this link for details. Are you intimidated at the thought of submitting for a SERMA reimbursement? Read about One Retiree’s Experience when submitting a SERMA claim for the first time.

JOIN OUR TEAM – NEW IRO LOCAL SITE VOLUNTEER POSITION
The Volunteer Committee is looking for a retiree from each major site to join our team. Make a difference in your community by partnering directly with your local Intel Community Engagement manager to engage retirees in local Intel Involved opportunities. Remember, for every hour a retiree volunteers at an approved organization, there could be a $10.00 match from the Intel Foundation for the non-profit or educational organization. Please contact Annette Bachmeier or Ben Manny if interested.

ASK IRO Mailbox
Question: As a retiree, am I eligible for the Intel discount I used to get from Fed Ex Office (formerly Kinko’s)?
Answer:  Yes! This discount is available for official Intel retirees and is located at the Retiree Circuit Portal, along with other retiree discounts such as the Intel Store, the Employee Purchase Program and Suddath Moving/ Relocation service. You can also check out Intel News and access Money Matters, a virtual watercooler for U.S. employees who have a thirst for improving their own financial health. If you’ve never used the Retiree Circuit Portal, you can find out how to sign-up by clicking here. Enjoy!

HEALTH & BENEFITS – Tom Piete, Chairperson

VERIFICATION OF EMPLOYMENT REPORT
Recently fellow retiree, Judith Dow, needed to supply a company with Intel’s Verification of Employment (VOE) process. When she was unable to find the information at intelretiree.com, she did the research to find the answer. She documented her findings and shared them on the IRO Private Facebook Group, as well as informing the IRO mailbox. We appreciate the help… thanks Judith! We updated our website where you can read about the VOE process.

COMMUNICATION – Debbie Watson, Chairperson

LIFE AFTER INTEL – ANIMAL-ASSISTED THERAPY: ONE RETIREE’S JOURNEY
Will Clenney and Cali, his Labrador Retriever/Plot Hound mix, are dedicated to making people smile and offering social support. Read Will’s story here.

INTEL CEO REVEALS WHAT IT IS REALLY LIKE TO MEET WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP AND TALKS ABOUT DEFINING THE FUTURE
Jim Cramer spoke with Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, who shared what happened behind closed doors in the White House. Click to view video. (11:27 minutes)

TRUMP MEETING WITH INTEL CEO TURNS INTO PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM OVAL OFFICE
Click here to read the article.

INTEL DRONES LIGHT UP THE SKY
Record-breaking flights take the wonders of drone technology and transform them into an entirely new form of entertainment at the Super Bowl and with Disney. Click here to see how hundreds of drones created stunning light shows. Learn how Intel set a Guinness World Record!

VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE – Ben Manny & Annette Bachmeier, Co-chairs

THIS IRO NEWS BEARS REPEATING
Last year approximately 10% of US retirees generated potentially over ONE MILLION DOLLARS of Intel Involved matching grant money. Here’s the link to find all the details and FAQ’s for the volunteer matching program. First eligible Intel Involved payouts will not happen until AFTER May 1st.

MATCHING GIFTS PROGRAM UPDATE
Over 800 Intel retirees have signed up for a Benevity account to take advantage of Intel’s new matching gifts program to non-profits and schools. The FAQ and Guidelines for this program continue to be tweaked as new program issues are resolved. Links to current ones are found here. This page also has some additional notes for the receipts required when requesting a match for a donation made directly to the organization.

SITE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

IRO’S SITE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES CONTINUE TO BE UPDATED
Please visit your site’s link under the Volunteer Opportunity Page 

ARIZONAMar. 19 clean up Rio Salado with Sierra Club; April 12 AZ Science & Engineering Fair needs judges; help needed in Colina Elementary K-5 at lunch recess BAY AREA – Fun science experiments for elementary students, community outreach, environmental volunteers, Boys & Girls Club of Peninsula FOLSOM – 60 new opportunities encompassing; animals, 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 –  ongoing help needed: AARP Experience Corps volunteer mentors; high school STEM mentors URGENTLY Needed; Oregon Robotics Tournament & Outreach Program; Engineering Mentors… and more!

UPCOMING SITE SOCIAL EVENTS

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

BAY AREA (for details)

March 18th Wine and Cheese event, at Ruth Short’s home.
RSVP to Valerie Kohl by Monday, March 13.
May 12th Annual Lunch at the Crows Nest in Santa Cruz
June 23rd Lunch at San Pedro Square Market, San Jose
Sept 22nd Lunch at Bierhaus in Mountain View
Nov tbd Annual Bay Area Retiree Dinner

NEW MEXICO – Thanks to all who attended the February President’s Day Happy Hour at the Corrales Bistro! We had a great turnout, including a few new faces!

Save the date for our next *fun* get together on Thursday, March 23 at the Santa Ana Star Casino. We’ll start at 11:30am with the lunch buffet, followed by bowling. The invitation will go out next week with details and money saving options. You don’t have to be a bowler, you can just enjoy cheering your friends on! See you there!

OREGON/WASHINGTON March 19, Social Event, 4:00pm, Duality: Dance Ballet of India

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