Get involved

OSURA is strictly a volunteer organization. Our ability to host more than 100 programs, events and activities each year is due to the great dedication of the chairs and members of our standing committees. If you would like more information or to volunteer for one of these important roles, please send an email to with the committee name in the subject line.

The OSURA Benefits Committee optimizes the benefits, health care and welfare of OSURA members through information and advocacy. It addresses issues related to the challenges of elder living as well as financial and health care developments impacting the STRS and OPERS pension systems.

Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting Planning Committee organizes a thank you that allows our members to celebrate OSURA together. The spring event brings special recognition to all volunteers, but especially the Outstanding Service Award recipient. It also serves as a business meeting for voting on amendments to OSURA bylaws.

The Bylaws Committee provides effective governance for the Association by monitoring and recommending updates to the Bylaws and the Constitution.

The Communications/Newsletter Committee disseminates information in print and online about OSURA and retirement life to members, the university community and others. It uses various communication tools such as the monthly OSURA News.

Conference Planning
The OSURA Conference Planning Committee selects a keynote speaker for the annual event each September; secures presenters for breakout sessions and updates on healthcare and benefits; solicits sponsors/exhibitors; and arranges campus tours.

Cultural Arts
The Cultural Arts Committee arranges attendance to art, music and theater performances, and other entertainment. A listserv shares information about events of interest.

The Finance Committee monitors the financial health of OSURA, making sure expenses over the long term do not exceed our resources. The committee members decide how to invest previous lifetime dues and donations to maximize return without undue; approve budgets; monitor our evolving financial situation; and projects future income and expenses.

The Friendship Committee carries out the interpersonal, caring responsibilities of OSURA. It monitors the passing of The Ohio State University retirees and mails condolences and benefit reminders. It sends get-well messages and thanks contributors to OSURA endowment funds

The Membership Committee promotes the renewal of annual memberships, solicits new annual and life memberships, maintains current files of membership data, and produces the OSURA Directory.

The Social Committee is responsible for planning and organizing a series of noontime presentations known as the Lunch Bunch throughout the year as well as the traditional Holiday Buffet in December.

The Travel Committee offers OSURA members educational, cultural, social and travel programs to enhance their quality of life. The committee arranges trips in and around Ohio, as well as other areas in the United States and throughout the world.