The Newsletter of the Shuswap & District Retired Teachers' Association
|Vice President||Paul Bennett||250-832-4721|
The Shuswap & District RTA has a facebook page
1. MEETINGS September “To Hell With The Bell” brunch cancelled due to strike
October Current Issues in Public Education with NOSTA President
November No Meeting
December Christmas Luncheon and Food Bank Drive
January instituted first of “Coffee and Coversation” sessions Topics
accessing local services for seniors and caregivers.
February Executive Meeting
March “Coffee and Conversation” #2
April Executive Meeting
Zone Meeting Kelowna
ISSUES The greatest problem we have faced this year is the breakdown of our e-mail communication with members. However, dwindling attendance at meetings cannot be attributed to this only. We also failed to connect early with newly retired teachers in September as a result of the job action that was taking place. We took on the task of calling all members to invite them to our Christmas lunch, only to have disappointing numbers show up. We know our members are busy people with many calls upon their time, from family obligations to recreational choices, “snowbirding”, grandparenting and volunteering. As a result we moved from our monthly meeting format with guest speakers and programmes to our every other month Coffee and Conversation sessions. Still, attendance has been low.
PLUSES Have encouraged several other members to help with submitting an Action Grant application (successfully) and creating a Facebook page
UPDATES (since Zone Meeting in April)
1. We are delighted to say that we have a new e-mail contact program which seems to be working well to keep members connected and informed.
2. We welcome two new executive members, Larry Calvert, as President and Dave Hadley, as Secretary. Glad to have you join us! Paul Bennett returns as our hard-working Vice-President and Jim Johnston continues as our conscientious Treasurer. In addtion we thank Members-At-Large Frank Manning, Patricia Clough, Sue Ackerman, Neil Caves and special Election Issues helper, Joanne Lovall.
3. With new executives ready to take up the task of providing good service to members, I know that both Anne Waters, retiring Secretary, and I, as retiring President, are grateful to the other members of our Executive and the Members at Large for their support, interest and hard work.
Executive meetings are always lively with lots of opinions and laughter shared. Anne and I will continue to work with the local branch, especially in light of the election happening this October, and are proud of the work and achievements of the Shuswap and District Branch.
Leslie Lowe, Past President