In 1985 a group of former employees formed the TMC Alumni Association to keep a connection to TMC after retirement. Membership is only $10 a year and is opened to any retired or soon-to-be retired employee.
The group meets the first Thursday of the month -- September through May. Most meetings are at the Tucson Women's Club, 6245 E. Bellevue St. (one block north of Speedway, half a block west of Wilmot). Parking is in the back of the building. Lunch is provided for a nominal fee.
In addition to lunch, meetings typically include a guest speaker. This speaker is often a TMC executive or other staff member who gives updates on TMC happenings or information specific to their fields. Monthly newsletters also keep members informed.
Several times a year, the Alumni Associations collects donations to fund programs that benefit Children's Miracle Network, the TMC Marks Fund for employee assistance, employee scholarships or the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.
This eclectic group has one thing in common -- everyone has worked at TMC for at least five years. All employees and their guests are welcome. If you know a retired TMC employee who may be interested in joining, please share this information with that person.
Current officers include Donna Alu, president; Rose Novack, vice president; Jane Weiland, secretary; and Sandra Campbell, treasurer.
For more information, email Donna Alu, DonnaAlu@msn.com.
The luncheon this month is Thursday, Oct. 5, at El Cisne Restaurant, 4717 E. Sunrise Drive. Menu choices are: chicken taco salad, two beef tacos with beans or rice, or two cheese enchiladas with beans or rice. Soda, iced tea or coffee included. Cost is $17, which includes tax and tip. Lunch is payable by check to TMC Alumni.
Please R.S.V.P. by Monday, Oct. 2, to Diane Ryckman, 327-2602.
This month we will collect for the TMC Alumni Scholarship Fund. In August, we awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Janette Castro, who is a patient care tech in TMC Labor & Delivery.