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The Newsletter of the Shuswap & District Retired Teachers' Association

Shuswap & District Newsletter ReTIREd January 2017



Branch Executive

Title Name Phone Email
President Larry Calvert 250-675-5395
Vice President Paul Bennett 250-832-4721  
Secretary Dave Hadley    
Treasurer Jim Johnston 250-833-8298
Programming Patricia Clough 250-832-6341

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Shuswap & District Annual Branch Report 2015

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

            May        AGM

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.

Respectfully submitted,
Leslie Lowe, Past President




Branch Archives

Shuswap & District Newsletter ReTIREd November 2016

Shuswap & District Newsletter ReTIREd September 2016

Shuswap & District Newsletter ReTIREd April 2016

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