THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT
RETIRED FACULTY-STAFF ASSOCIATION
(As approved by the Executive
Committee February 8, 2002. Editorial revisions made in February
and June 2003. Other editorial changes, and updating of some
portions of the Constitution were made in July, 2007, and April, 2013.)
The name of this organization is The University of Texas at Austin
Retired Faculty-Staff Association. It was founded in 1982 and
operates under the office of the President of the University and is
administered by The Ex-Students' Association.
The Retired Faculty-Staff Association has four purposes.
1. To render service to The University of Texas at Austin. For
example, members might be called upon by the President or other University
officials for assistance with issues where their insights and years
of experience would be helpful. Members might initiate fund-raising
activities to benefit the University, its programs, or its students.
2. To enrich the retirement experience of members through the
provision of activities, information or other events permitting continuing
social and professional contact with fellow retirees.
3. To provide feedback to UT officials regarding the viability of
current retirement benefits and providers, and to offer suggestions
about additional needed services.
4. To represent members' concerns related to information and
possible changes impacting their retirement benefits and status with
The University of Texas at Austin.
Section 1. Retiring employees of the University of
Texas at Austin and the University of Texas System Office, including
those on modified service or phased retirement, will be given a free
first year's membership in RFSA. Spouses and significant others can be
included in this membership. New members will be invited to the first
RFSA event following retirement and will be provided with or directed
to information on the RFSA website, www.utexas.edu/rfsa, which outlines
the benefits of membership. For questions, contact the RFSA
Administrator at 471-8081 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Section 2. With a written recommendation from a
current member of RFSA and approval of the Membership Committee, two
other categories of membership are available:
1) Retired faculty and staff and their spouses or
significant others, who were employed at another University of Texas
component institution or other academic institutions;
2) Retired persons who have been/are supporters of the RFSA organizations.
Section 3. Spouses or significant others, whose
circumstances change (due to death, illness, or divorce), are eligible
to continue their own membership, and may apply for membership in the
Association for a new spouse or significant other.
Section 4. Members who are unable to participate in
activities of the Association, due to serious and ongoing health
problems, may be granted inactive status membership by the Membership
Committee, and while on inactive status pay no annual dues. Inactive
status will be indicated in the Directory.
Section 1. The Association will have at least two formal meetings
per year, one in the spring and one in the fall. Times and places
for the meetings will be determined by the RFSA President, in consultation
with the UT President and The Ex-Students' Association.
Section 2. The fall meeting welcomes members and recent retirees
and invites them to join the Association. The time and location
of the meeting will be announced in advance in the RFSA Activity Calendar.
The RFSA President may give a report on the Association's activities
and RFSA business may be transacted if two weeks' notice has been
provided. Other University officials may give brief talks or
Section 3. The spring meeting is the annual business meeting
of the Association. The time and location of the meeting will
be announced in advance in the RFSA Activity Calendar. Reports
will be received from the President, the Treasurer and other Officers,
for the coming year will be elected, and such business as may come
before the body will be conducted. Officials of The University
may be invited to address the group.
Section 4. To conduct the ongoing business of the Association, the
Executive Officers, other Officers, and Chairs of Interest Groups,
shall hold at least two meetings during the year.
Section 5. For some years the Chancellor of The University of
Texas System has hosted a Winter Reception for the Association members.
In the event that this pleasant custom continues, notice of the time
and location of the reception will be communicated in the RFSA Activity
Calendar. Decisions by the Executive Committee, as to arrangements
for refreshments, will be included in the RFSA Newsletter.
Section 6. Other meetings of the Association may be called by
the President or the Executive Committee to dispose of urgent business.
Such meetings must be advertised by mail to individual members, giving
the time and location of the meeting, and the notice must be mailed
at least two weeks in advance of such meeting.
Section 1. The officers of the Association are the President,
President-Elect, Immediate Past-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Historian,
and three Members-at-Large of the Executive Committee.
Section 2. Officers will be elected each year at the spring
meeting. Nominations shall be made by a nominating committee
made up of the Immediate Past-President plus two other members appointed
by the President. Other nominations may be made from the floor.
Election to each position shall be by majority vote of the members
attending and voting.
Section 3. Each officer will take office immediately after the
adjournment of the spring meeting.
Section 4. Each officer shall serve for one calendar year, or
until his or her successor has been elected.
Section 5. The President shall serve as Chief Executive Officer
of the Association, and shall preside at all meetings of the Association
and of the Executive Committee.
Section 6. The President-Elect shall perform the duties of the
President in the event the President is unable to function.
Section 7. The office of the Secretary is responsible for the
minutes of meetings of the Association and of the Executive Committee,
and for writing letters of condolence, in cooperation with the Historian,
to the family of members of the Association who die. The
Ex-Students' Association staff will send out notices and agendas of
Association meetings, and will maintain a list of members.
Section 8. The Treasurer shall be in charge of the financial
transactions of the Association. The Association's financial records
shall be maintained by The Ex-Students' Association.
Section 9. The Historian is responsible for maintaining the
archives of the Association, and for sending condolences, in cooperation
with the Secretary, to the family of members of the Association who
Section I. The Officers listed in Article V, Section 1, and
elected at the spring meeting, together with the Immediate Past-President,
shall constitute the Executive Committee, which may transact business
in the name of the Association.
Section 2. The Executive Committee shall appoint persons to
such standing or ad hoc committees
and positions as may be necessary to conduct the business
of the Association.
Section 3. In the event an Officer is unable to serve, or to
complete his or her term of office, the Nominating Committee shall
submit the name of a substitute for that office to the Executive Committee
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS
Section 1. Special Interest Groups may be constituted upon the
petition of ten or more members of the Association, subject to the
approval of the Executive Committee.
Section 2. The organization, activities and meetings of each
Special Interest Group shall be determined by the Chairperson(s) of
the group, in consultation with the members of the group.
Members shall pay dues, as set by the Executive Committee, except
that dues are waived for individuals in their first year of membership.
Dues are listed on the application form and the Association's
Section 1. Proposed amendments to this constitution that alter
the essential objectives, structure, or functioning of the Association
must be submitted to members at least 14 days before the meeting at
which they are to be considered. Adoption of such changes shall
require an affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of the members
Section 2. Proposed amendments that do not alter the essential
objectives, structure, or functioning of the Association may be adopted
by the Executive Committee and reported to the membership.