Origin of SRS Retiree Association
SRS Retirees recognized the strong need for a greater role in helping determine the future of their benefit programs when in 1997, WSRC announced changes to the retiree medical benefits that were inconsistent to what had been originally promised to retirees. Over the following years, changes in site management with strong cost control initiatives and incentives to reduce expenses, and the overall economic climate, continued the impetus for retiree benefit reduction. The retirees recognized that without an organized response including a large number of retirees, they would continue to lose what they had worked so hard to earn over the years.
The first general meeting was held on September 9, 1997, at the Knights of Columbus building on Dougherty Road in Aiken. Bylaws were written to meet the Federal Internal Revenue Service 501( c ) (4) regulations for a non-profit organizations, and for meeting the State of South Carolina regulatory requirements. The by-laws provide for a 30-member Board of Directors to give the organization a wide breadth of expertise and experience. Initially, a 13-member Executive Committee met monthly, and the full Board of Directors met quarterly. That has been changed and now the SRSRA 30-member BOD meets monthly and votes on all items for consideration.
If you are interested on serving on the Board of Directors, please contact us.