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CWU Retirement Association
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Revised: March 15, 2014


Welcome to the CWU
Retirement Association.

The Central Washington University Retirement Association (CWURA) was founded in 1990 to facilitate the mission and goals of the University and provide for continuing professional, educational and social activities of University personnel, among a number of purposes as specified in the CWURA Constitution.

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Breaking News and Notices

Join us Friday, April 25 for the Annual CWURA Spring Trip. This year’s destination is the beautiful Columbia River. Retirees will travel by motor coach from Ellensburg to Clover Island in Tri-Cities, board the Portland Spirit’s sternwheeler for a leisurely lunch cruise. The cruise will be followed by wine tastings at Tagaris, Bernard Griffin, and Bookwalter wineries. This trip will require minimal walking and maximum fun! Cost is $60 per person which includes cruise, lunch, and travel. Register by contacting Carol Mellergaard at or 509-963-1411. Bus will load at the SuperOne parking lot at 8:30 a.m. and return to Ellensburg around 6:30 p.m. Please register by Friday, April 18. For more information visit

President's Corner By Becky Baker

I don't know about you, but I find the winter evenings much too long and the daylight far too short. I'd like to thank the faithful Wildcat Walkers, who have braved the chilly temperatures to enjoy a great walk, conversation, coffee, and wonderful treats. As winter settles in, we will continue to meet on the first and third Mondays at 9:00 a.m. at the Irene Rinehart bridge parking lot. Should it snow, we will meet at the Campus Starbucks and go from there. Come join us!

My main objective this year is to raise awareness of CWURA to the active and retired staff of CWU. I am asking for your assistance in reaching fellow retirees and active staff and asking them to join as a member and come out and enjoy one or more of our many events.

As you read the newsletter, you will see that we have a lot going on and we want to continue to grow and be of service to you and the students. On that note, let's hear from you. What would you like us to explore? What would you like as an event?

I look forward to hearing from you and have a wonderful winter season. Come join us on January 31, the Chinese New Year, for a wonderful entertaining tour with Richard (Moose) and Virginia Mack. You know you'll love it!

Calendar of Events

January 20 Wildcat Walkers: CWURA Walking Group. 9:00 a.m. at Irene Rinehart Park, Ellensburg. Meets on the first and third Monday of every month.

January 31 CWURA Winter Presentation: Travelogue by Moose Mack on journeys in Asia. 4:00 p.m. at the CWU Lombard Room, Ellensburg. Presentation will be followed by social hour with refreshments. Please note change of date for this event from last newsletter.

February 22 Annie Get Your Gun. 7:00 p.m. at the CWU McConnell Auditorium, Ellensburg. Presented by the Ellensburg High School and Central Theatre Ensemble. Additional performance dates: Feb. 27, 28, and March 1. Adult $15/12, Children $8, CWU/EHS Student w/ID $8. Purchase tickets at or at the door.

March 15 CWU Department of Music presents An Evening of Jazz. 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. at the CWU McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall. General Admission $7; Seniors/Child/CWU Student w/ID $5. Purchase tickets at or at the door. Ticket valid for both 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. concert.

April 25 CWURA Annual Spring Trip. River cruise and lunch on the Columbia. To register contact Carol Mellergaard at 509-963-1411.

May 14 CWURA Annual Meeting and Dinner. 5:00 p.m. at the Dakota Café, Ellensburg.

Board Meeting

Board of Directors Meetings are the third Tuesday of the month, 8:00 am at Black Hall, Dean's Conference Room

First Friday Continues

Retirees and their friends enjoy refreshments and fellowship at Dakota Cafe on Pearl St. at 9:30 am on the first Friday of each month. It's a changing crowd as people leave town or come home. Join us.

Annual dues for 2013-2014 were due last July 1. If you have not done so, please send a check for $20 made out to CWURA Treasurer to: CWURA, Central Wash. Univ. Foundation, 400 East University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926-7508

Include phone and E-mail address if you would like them on the member roster.

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