Retirees' Bulletin Board


Retiree Reunion Postponed

Due to the restrictions during the pandemic we are currently experiencing, there will be no SwRI Retiree's Reunion this year. Although we will miss being able to visit with fellow retirees, it will be much safer for us to wait until we're sure we won't be experiencing the possibility of catching/spreading a virus among other attendees.

We hope everyone is taking the necessary precautions and staying safe at this time so we can get together at a later date.


Help Needed!

Technical Advisor Ralph Hill needs your research help and historical knowledge. If you have information about the following former staff members and their work: William L. Rollwitz, Robert Kenneth Swanson, Stan Silvus, and Derwin King, please email Ralph at

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the Coronavirus (COVID-19) an infectious pandemic disease. Please know your health and wellbeing are of concern to us. Please continue to practice good hand washing hygiene, stop touching your face, practice “respiratory etiquette,” and don’t panic. If you have been traveling, please follow the CDC guidelines for travel.

Fitness Center Closed Beginning March 20

In light of the evolving events, we have decided to close the SwRI Fitness Center complex until further notice beginning Friday, March 20, 2020, (including outdoor fields, track and RRA store). Although our doors may close, we are available to assist you virtually. Feel free to reach out via email for personal workouts you may do on your own. We want to assure you that as soon as our facility re-opens we will be ready to greet you with a grand “homecoming.” Until then, be safe, stay healthy, keep fitness a priority, and reach out to us for any assistance you may need.

Note from Fitness Center Staff:

We hope that this message finds you doing well, and you’ve been trying to stay active throughout the week. As we care about your health and fitness needs, we have designed a Home Workout routine with 6 full body workouts and 5 core routines that give you several options and require no equipment. There are two versions of the file. One with videos to demonstrate the exercises and one with no external links.

Keep in mind these routines are guidelines, so make them your own. Use modifications by replacing a lower body exercise with an upper body exercise, reducing/increasing repetitions or rounds as needed.

Feel free to email us at for inquires. Stay connected.

Home Workout

Home Workout without external links

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New fitness program available for retirees on the Hartford plan

SwRI retirees and spouses enrolled in the Institute’s Hartford medical plan are eligible to enroll in a new Silver&Fit program that includes:

  • No-cost access to more than 13,000 participating fitness centers nationwide; or
  • Participation in a home fitness program

Ready to get started?  Visit to enroll or call customer service at 1-877-427-4788. 

RRA Happy Times

Read the July 2020 RRA Happy Times.

Send us a message and we’ll notify you when the Happy Times has been posted each month for your viewing pleasure.

Submit an ad for the Happy Times at

Happy Times Electronic

Happy Times is going green! You can help save some trees and still get all of your usual news from the digital version. Send an email to and put “Electronic Happy Times” in the subject line. Please be sure to include both your email and home address for verification purposes.

For inquiries, please contact JoLyn Swain at or 210-522-5100.


 There are no announcements at this time. 


Dr. William Guion died June 16. Guion joined the Institute on September 10, 1970. He served as Vice President of the Signal Exploitation and Geolocation Division, which is now the Defense and Intelligence Solutions Division (16), from 2000 to 2012, succeeding Terry Green. Guion retired June 22, 2012, following 42 years of service to the Institute. During his tenure as vice president, the division brought in more than $300 million in revenue, made $8 million in net income, executed more than 800 projects, and hired 126 staff members. He consistently set the tone for both technical excellence and integrity. 

The memorial service is being held in his honor at 1 p.m. this Thursday, July 2, at University United Methodist Church, 5084 De Zavala Rd., San Antonio, Texas 78249. Click here to register to attend the service. His obituary and guest book are available online.

Special Announcements

Technology Today Podcast featuring SwRI’s Chris Sharp now available!

Vehicles our communities depend on, like big rigs, garbage trucks and buses, are all equipped with heavy-duty engines that contribute to smog. Ultimately, that pollution leads to poor air quality and public health issues. SwRI engineers have developed a solution. Their near-zero emissions heavy-duty diesel engine drastically cuts down on harmful nitrogen oxides, while decreasing other pollutants. After years of research, SwRI engineer Chris Sharp and his team are ready to introduce a game-changing technology in heavy-duty transportation that could benefit human health.

Listen now as we learn about a cleaner way to hit the road. 

Visit to learn about our specialized emissions services.

The Technology Today podcast can be streamed on a computer or device from or Soundcloud. Subscribe to get this and future episodes automatically delivered to your device. Find it on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, Stitcher, or wherever you download your podcasts.


A podcast is essentially a radio show on the internet that you can listen to from almost anywhere. There are two options to listen: Through a website (aka streaming) or by downloading the podcast via an app so you can listen anytime, even without an internet connection.

To stream: Visit the Technology Today podcast page on our website or find the podcast on SoundCloud and click play to listen.

To download and subscribe: Get the podcast delivered to your phone or tablet each month using an app. For iPhones and iPads, use the Podcasts app already installed on your device or download the app from the App Store. In the Podcasts app, search Technology Today. For Android phones and tablets, use Google Play Music and search Technology Today. You can also find the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify. Don’t forget to hit the Subscribe button so you never miss a new episode. Your device may need to be on your cellular provider's network, rather than the SwRI network, to subscribe and download.

For more information, contact Lisa Peña at 210-522-2046.

Seniors Group Exercise Class

The SwRI Fitness Center offers a group exercise class especially for SwRI Retirees to improve cardiovascular and muscular endurance as well as muscular strength, range of motion, and balance. This is a low to non-impact class making it safe for your active lifestyle. The class meets from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information about this and other classes, call the Fitness Center at 210-522-5100 or 5200.

Register to become a member of the SwRI Fitness Center

Class Registration Change

Please note that our access link for group exercise class registration for Retirees and Spouses is being revamped. Please contact the SwRI Fitness Center and we will assist in getting you registered for your classes. Email or call 210-522-5100.

Register to become a member of the SwRI Fitness Center

Upcoming Events

Slick Talkers

Contact Eva Carpenter at 210-522-2237 for the online meeting codes.

Slick Reads Book Club

June 16 - Open Book Month

July 21 - The Pinball Effect by James Burke; Mark Chimsky 

August 18 - A Voyage for Madmen by Peter Nichols 

September 15 - Open Book Month

October 20 - Pandemic by Sonia Shah

November 17 - The Paris Orphan by Natasha Lester

Food Bank Volunteer Night

(Second Wednesday of each month)

July 8, 2020

August 12, 2020

September 9, 2020

October 14, 2020

November 11, 2020

December 9, 2020

Blood Drive Dates

July 16, 2020

August 20, 2020

September 17, 2020

October 15, 2020

November 19, 2020

December 10, 2020

Insurance & Benefits Updates/Information

Retiree Benefits: Phone number: 210-522-2232 | Email:

TIAA Cref Financial Services

Call 1-800-842-2252 for assistance.

Live Webinars

TIAA’s monthly live webinars can be accessed through its interactive site making financial education easy. It's easy to get started:
Please obtain permission and coordinate paid time off (PTO) or compensatory time with your supervisor before registering for webinars being conducted during business hours.

  • Register to access the Virtual Environment (if this is your first visit).
  • Webinars are Located in the “Live Webinar Lounge”
  • Click on the webinar you want to attend to sign up.

Useful Links

Reunion Photos

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) season has kicked off, with 23 locations across San Antonio. Last year this program returned more than $70 million dollars to many of our friends and neighbors in San Antonio. VITA is available free of charge for individuals and households that earned up to $55,000 in total income last year. VITA volunteers electronically file basic federal income tax returns for families and individuals.

This program is sponsored by the City of San Antonio, United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, and Catholic Charities. For more information or to find a nearby VITA site and its business hours, tax filers can go online to or call the United Way Helpline at 2-1-1.

TIAA-CREF Financial Services

Call 1-800-842-2252 for assistance.

Special Savings

Working Advantage
Use Code:  753933502
Use Code:  RRA2

Land’s End
Use Code:  53933502

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Sea World; Worlds of Discovery

Schlitterbahn Tickets: 
Use Code:  201700290. New Braunfels Partner Resort Discounts are subject to availability. As inventory is limited during the water park season, book early! Once our occupancy reaches 85%, the Partner Discount is no longer available.

The Library

Love to Read? Interested in joining a book group? Share your thoughts with the Library!
The Slick Reads Book Club meets the third Tuesday of every month in the Library Reading Room from noon – 1:00 pm. If you’d like to join in the fun, or would like more information about this program, please contact the Library at 210 522 2125 or

Slick Book Exchange
Next time you’re on campus, stop by the Thomas Baker Slick Memorial Library and visit the ‘Slick Book Exchange’ located in the Library Reading Room.

Here’s how it works: come by the library anytime Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., drop off your gently used books and exchange them for the same number of books that are new-to-you. That’s all—it’s a one-for-one swap and there’s no need to check these books out or return them unless you want to swap again.

Help build the book exchange collection by bringing in your gently used fiction, non-fiction and technical books and make sure to visit the exchange often as the selection will change frequently. For more information or questions, please contact the Library at 210 522 2125 or


RRA Happy Times

Read the July 2020 RRA Happy Times.

We encourage you to ‘go green’ and view the Happy Times online. Send us a message and we’ll notify you when the Happy Times has been posted each month for your viewing pleasure. Submit an ad for the Happy Times at


Submit Roadrunner news to Tracey Whelan or call 210-522-2256. 

Tech Today/Annual Report

You will receive the Technology Today and Annual Report by mail by default. If you would like to receive these online instead, email Bryan Dempsey at to change your subscription.

Tech Today Online

Annual Report Online

Contact Tracey M.S. Whelan, 210-522-2256, for questions or comments.

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