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Branch Newsletter

The Newsletter of the Ridge Meadows Retired Teachers' Association

June 2017

 

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Title Name Phone Email
President Julie Zoney 604-467-1370

 

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Ridge Meadows Branch Report 2015

Our year started off with the months of July and August being used to plan and prepare for our Annual September THWTB Breakfast and setting some tentative dates and activities for the upcoming year.  On the first school day in September, our newly retirees were asked to join us and receive a free breakfast. We had a total of 54 members and new retirees gather in the “courtyard” in one of our local churches. A big thanks to the caterers (Shirley’s Crew), who prepared a scrumptious breakfast! We were kept busy catching up with the happenings of our colleagues, swapping books, checking over the Executive’s tentative plans for the year, and taking part in our raffle as a fundraiser to support our Maple Ridge Library’s Storytelling Kits Project.
We also support Ken Holmes’ “Change for Change” Project by collecting donations at all our luncheons and September breakfast. This project involves raising money to purchase Spanish books for the needy children in Guatemala. It has made a real difference for children in 6 schools and is now working on the 7th library.
In October, our gang travelled by bus to Granville Island in Vancouver. We had a leisurely walk through the many shops and artists’ galleries on the island, picking up some treasures along the way. Then off to one of the many eating places. Time for a little stroll. Then back on the bus to head home.
In November, we decided to have our luncheon at the Black Sheep Pub. He had a different group of members and friends that joined us.
In December, we held our Annual Christmas Gift Luncheon in the restaurant at Meadow Gardens Golf Course. We donated three large garbage bags full of unwrapped children’s gifts along with monetary donations to the Ridge Meadows Christmas Hamper Society.
In February, we held our Annual Friendship Potluck Luncheon. We were honoured to have our Maple Ridge Mayor Nicole Read join us for lunch. We sat down to a variety of tempting dishes as well as many sweets. After the meal and catching up with colleagues our Mayor shared some ideas that her and the council are working on of interest to seniors in our community. Making our down town streets safe, more help for the homeless and affordable housing projects were some of the projects.
In March, we gathered at the local Pub for another luncheon. A letter was sent on behalf of our local RMRTA in support of our Community’s Intergenerational Garden Project. Also in March on the 31st, a group of us joined the Hospital Employees Union and some other people for a rally at our local MPs office.
In April, I attended the Zone Meeting. Districts shared some of their successful outings and we learned that we all are fighting a drop in members attending events. Later in April, we hopped on a bus and took a jaunt into the International Buddhist Society Temple in Richmond. Then on down to Steveston to explore the shops, museum, and cannery. Then with full stomaches we took a self-guided tour around the grounds then boarded the bus to
head back home.
In May, we held our Annual General Meeting and Elections at The Well Restaurant at our local casino. The food was great! We had one of our members as our guest speaker, he shared his Gorilla Experience trip in Uganda.
In June, we attended the district retirement tea and presented the new teacher retirees with a package of information (BCRTA Membership application, latest copy of Postscript,etc.) and an invitation to join us for a free breakfast at our September THWTB Breakfast.
Our editor keeps all of us updated throughout the year with three/four newsletters and eNews in between when items of interest come up.
Another very busy year comes to an end! Wishing all a relaxing and enjoyable summer break!!

Respectfully submitted,
Julie Zoney, President

Ridge Meadows Branch Report 2014

President’s Report ~ Julie Zoney

  Our year started off with the months of July and August being used to plan and prepare for our Annual September THWTB Breakfast and setting some tentative dates and activities for the upcoming year.
  On the first school day in September, our newly retirees were asked to join us and receive a free breakfast. We had a total of 54 members and new retirees gather in the “courtyard” in one of our local churches. A big thanks to the caterers (Shirley’s Crew), who prepared a scrumptious breakfast! We were kept busy catching up with the happenings of our colleagues, swapping books, checking over the Executive’s tentative plans for the year, and hearing an update from Ken Holmes (RMRTA Secretary) on his Change for Change project. This project involves raising money to purchase Spanish books for the needy children in Guatemala.
  In October, our gang travelled by bus to the  Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens in Vancouver. We had a very informative tour through the gardens by a very pleasant and competent guide. We sipped Chinese tea and shopped in the gift shop. Then it was off for a little hike to a neighbouring restaurant for a buffet luncheon. Time for a little stroll. Then back on the bus to head home.
  In November, we decided to have our luncheon at the Billy Miner Pub. It was a positive move as we had more members and spouses show up.
  In December, we held our Annual Christmas Gift Luncheon in the restaurant at Meadow Gardens Golf Course. We donated four large garbage bags full of unwrapped children’s gifts to the Ridge Meadows Christmas Hamper Society. In December, in the Winter 2013 issue of the Postscript, our Branch along with Ken Holmes “Change for Change” Project was mentioned in an article, “The Little Local That Could”.
  In January, our local Maple Ridge News printed an article, “Stocking libraries in Guatemala” mentioning Ken Holmes project and our Ridge Meadows Retired Teachers’ Association.... again as the “little local association that could”.
In January, our Branch was contacted to be part of the BCRTA Health Accord Advocacy Project. As President, I agreed to be the leader of the group. We created a Valentine with guidelines from our BCRTA leaders, and sent out and gave them to many people and asked them to send them off to Randy Kamp (our local MP). We continued to work on this project for several months.
  In early Feb., our local advocacy group consisting of Elizabeth Jakeway (RMRTA Member-at-Large), Barb Neff (RMRTA member), Bob Foster (from Ridge Meadows Senior Society), and myself met with Randy Kamp on the issue of the expiring Health Accord. Our local Maple Ridge News, published an article “Teachers weigh in on health”. In February, we also held our Annual Friendship Potluck Luncheon.  We sat down to a variety of tempting dishes as well as many sweets. After the meal and catching up with colleagues we were rewarded with a fantastic presentation from Gerry Tiede (BCRTA). He shared his experiences with the “Seeds of Hope” project he was involved in reaching needy children in Zambia.
  In March, we gathered at the local Pub for another luncheon. A letter was sent on behalf of our local RMRTA in support of Ken Holmes RR Smith Foundation Grant Application.
  In April, I attended the Zone Meeting. Districts shared some of their successful outings and we learned that we all are fighting a drop in members attending events. In April, Ken Holmes was informed that he had received a grant from the RR Smith Foundation of $1750. Congratulations, Ken! Later in April, we hopped on a bus and took a jaunt over to Tanglebank Gardens in Abbotsford. Once there we took in a demo on the ins and outs of putting together some successful and colourful planters. We shopped for plants and items from the gift store. Then sat down for some lunch at the Brambles Bistro. What a variety of food items to choose from. With full stomaches we took a self-guided tour around the grounds then boarded the bus to head back home.
  In May, we held our Annual General Meeting and Elections at The Well Restaurant at our local casino. The food was great! We had two enthusiastic guest speakers from the Local Art Studio Group, Brigitta Schneiter a local potter and Bruce Rothe a local wood carver. They each spoke about their passion for their art format and brought along some of their pieces. Our Branch has decided to support a local charity (Storytelling Kits at our local Library) along with our international one (Ken Holmes “Change for Change”).
  In June, we attended the district retirement tea and presented the new teacher retirees with a package of information (BCRTA Membership application ,latest copy of Postscript,etc.) and an invitation to join us for a free breakfast at our September THWTB Breakfast.
  Our editor keeps all of us updated throughout the year with four newsletters and a monthly eNews.
  A very busy year comes to an end! Wishing all a relaxing and enjoyable summer break!!

 

 

 

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