|Social Coordinator||Linda Harrington / Bill Elliot / Bruce Gladwin|
The MRTA once again recognized the start of the school year with the “To Hell with the Bell Breakfast” which was held at the ABC Restaurant in Mission. Out of respect for our working colleagues, who were involved in job action at the time, we delayed the breakfast until September 26. Although there were only 17 individuals in attendance, everyone enjoyed chatting and sharing stories of their summer adventures.
Our annual Christmas luncheon took place in early December at Cedarbrooke Chateau in Mission.
The 25 people who participated enjoyed a delicious turkey buffet, and this was accompanied by door prizes, and a raffle basket to raise funds for scholarships. A choir sang Christmas carols and a bonus was the arrival of Santa who mingled with the crowd and handed out oranges and candy canes to all.
Our February activity was lunch at the English Tarts Restaurant, a quaint and comfortable cafe where the 9 members who met that day chatted and laughed while enjoying the good food.
One of our highlights this year was the awarding of a grant from the RR Smith Foundation to one of our district schools, Dewdney Elementary, for its outdoor education program.
The MRTA likes to close off the year with a luncheon at the Blackberry Kitchen in beautiful Heritage Park.
The setting and comraderie made for a pleasant year end event.
The MRTA kicked off its year with the traditional first day of school “To Hell with the Bell Breakfast”at the ABC restaurant in Mission.
With 35 retirees present, it was well attended. The room was abuzz with conversation as we caught up with friends and chatted with new comers.
We welcomed fall with “Spring into Fall at the Springs” (lunch at the Mission Springs Restaurant). The group was chatty and happy as they enjoyed the food and conversation with former colleagues.
Our annual Christmas luncheon and carol singing at CedarBrooke Chateau was once again a success with 28 attending.
Everyone was in good spirits. Not only did they enjoy the turkey buffet, but there were door prizes and a basket raffle with funds raised contributing to our scholarship fund.
The Valley singers entertained us as well as the residents of CedarBrooke Chateau.
We had fun distributing Santa hats and candy canes to everyone present.
Valentine’s Day was celebrated at the Dewdney Pub. We enjoyed some good pub food then proceeded down the road for wine tasting at the Kermode Winery.
A tour of the winery and conversation with the vinters was made even more interesting when we learned that two of the owners were former students in the Mission School District.
Our May luncheon took place at the Tanglebank Garden Centre. The group was small but the food was delicious and the setting lovely.
We concluded our year with appetizers and beverages at the Blackberry Kitchen in beautiful Heritage Park on a pleasant day in June.
The perfect place for good food, good conversation and good company.
This year the executive of the Mission Retired Teachers' Association organized a number of activities for our membership. The goal was to broaden our appeal and to inform the many retired teachers in the area of the benefits of membership both in the provincial association and our local chapter.
Our first function of the year was the annual "To Hell With The Bell Breakfast" held on Tuesday, September 4th at Mission's ABC Country Restaurant. As usual, it was well attended and it provided those present with an opportunity to reconnect with old acquaintances and to reflect on past teaching experiences. It was also enjoyable to hear how engaged our members are whether that be involvement in local volunteer activities or in travel for education or pleasure.
In October, we co-sponsored with the Mission Seniors' Activity Centre an investment fraud seminar. The InvestRight presentation was given by a speaker from the British Columbia Securities Commission and those who attended received some valuable information and tips on how to spot scams and questionable investments.
On Wednesday, December 5th, we again hosted a Christmas buffet luncheon at Mission's Cedarbrooke Chateau and a raffle was held with the proceeds going to a scholarship fund. There was a short musical program which included some Christmas Carols.
Our spring activity was a planter making workshop held on April 23rd at Cannor Nursery in Abbotsford. Participants paid a nominal fee which covered the pot, soil, and a wide variety of small plants. Following this, the group had a light lunch in the adjoining coffee shop.
Our final event for the year was held on May 29th at "The Blackberry Kitchen" in Mission's beautiful Heritage Park and it was well attended. We were treated to some delicious appetizers prepared by Chef Kerry along with some moderately priced wines and other assorted beverages. Although the inclement weather kept us inside, all present seemed to have a great time and we will certainly return.
Many thanks to our executive members and to those who supported our activities over the course of the year.
Bill Elliot, Vice President