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Tips for Starting a Campus-Based Retiree Org.

Eight Tips for Starting a Campus-Based Retiree Organization

by Ram Chugh, Executive Director (Emeritus)
SUNY Retirees Service Corps

 Tip #1: Identify key retirees who will champion the retirement organization at your campus.

Tip #2 Seek the support of top administrative leaders and other campus groups.

Tip #3: Research your retirees regarding their interests and needs and about their willingness to be involved.

Tip #4: Start small – be focused, flexible and inclusive.

Tip #5: Be part of the institutional organizational structure.

Tip #6: Have minimum regulations and paperwork for retiree to complete and provide maximum flexibility in your operations and activities – tailor these to retiree convenience.

Tip #7: Match retirees’ interests and expertise with the service needs of the campus and community.

Tip #8: Work with the SUNY Retirees Service Corps (RSC) ( and join the Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education (AROHE) ( to network with and receive pointers from campus retirement organizations across the country.

Note: The SUNY Retirees Service Corps ((RSC) has created a guide on starting campus-based retiree organizations. It is available on the RSC website at A bound hard copy may be requested by contacting

* Adapted from various sources, including AROHE


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