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Branch Executive

Title Name Phone Email
President Clara Tees 250-542-3009
Past President Mel Maglio 250-545-2852
Vice President Cheryl Jennings 250-542-3009
Secretary Cheryl Curran 250-558-5766
Treasurer Gail Pearson 250-542-0322
Membership Bev Johnstone 250-542-2970
Member at Large Emily Fraser  
Member at Large Judy Rourke 250-542-8861


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Vernon Retired Teachers' Community Involvement



Ruth Jantz (left)past president of the Vernon Retired Teachers' Association and president Mel Maglio present 100 pounds of food along with $500 in cash and cheques to the Salvation Army Food Bank, accepted here by Salvation Army warehouse supervisor George Young. Donations are collected at the Association's regular meetings in January and May of each year.






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 Florence Gallon (left), Joanne Main, Margaret Myers, Mel Maglio (pres), and Toshiko Tabata look over a copy of "Early Schools of Vernon, Lumby and Cherryville Areas."




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President’s Report for 2015-2016


It is hard to believe my two years as president of the Vernon Teachers’ Association has come to an end. My dedicated, good humored and hardworking executive working on behalf of Vernon Retired Teachers has made my work as president a very rewarding and satisfying experience and for this I say: THANK YOU!

The Executive met in July to set dates, venues, possible guest speakers and activities for the upcoming year. Like many branches, we began with our September “No Bell Breakfast” held on the patio of Friesen’s Country Tyme Gardens in the Coldstream.

In June, each new retiree is hand delivered a retirement card that includes a complimentary voucher to the No Bell Breakfast and a BCRTA information brochure and application form.

Six executive meetings and five general meetings are held throughout the year. The September General Meeting was held at the Vernon Golf and Country Club with Juliette Cunningham, a Vernon City Councilor who spoke on Alternative Housing Options with a Focus on Seniors. The Christmas luncheon which was held at the Village Green Hotel was a huge success. Well over 100 were present to have a turkey lunch with all the trimmings and to hear Rosemary Thomson, Music Director of the Okanagan Symphony and Choir speak on the goals and aspirations of the OK Symphony as well as the upcoming programme.

Patti Lefkos was our guest speaker in January. She and her husband Barry spent time in Nepal and she shared her experience Teaching in an Elementary School in Aaprik, Nepal which was destroyed in the 2015 earthquake.

In April, Ed Nowek an avid apiarist and owner of Planet Bee in Vernon gave a very interesting and entertaining presentation on the World of Bees. It was followed by lunch at the Italian Kitchen Restaurant.

Soon after the April meeting, Harold Empey presented his “Just In Case” workshop on preparing information and plans in the event of a serious illness or death. It was well received with over 80 people in attendance.

The Annual General Meeting was held at the Cattlemen’s Restaurant at the historic O’Keefe Ranch just north of Vernon. Stefan Cieslik and Patricia Clough were our guests. Elections were held and Clara Tees was elected president.

The VRTA has 370 members and many of these members :

-contribute monies for five scholarships of $750.00 for graduating students going into the teaching profession as well a two one hundred dollar gifts to two students graduating from the District's alternative Learning Program

(a special one time scholarship of $1,770 in memory of Joanne Main, a past president of the VRTA and a member of the Heritage Committee will be awarded to a graduating student going into teaching. The scholarship was funded by donations from VRTA members and Joanne's family and friends.)

-donate $320.00 to the R.R. Smith Memorial Fund

-donate food items and monies twice a year (in January and May) to the Salvation Army Food Bank

On behalf of the VRTA membership, I want to thank again the Heritage Committee chaired by Marg Myers for their dedication and hard work in publishing “Early Schools in Vernon, Lumby and Cherryville.” It has gone through two printings and has sold out. The committee is now working on the history of individual schools in School District 22 and has applied for a grant from the BCRTA Heritage Committee.

In closing, I would like to mention and honour several teaching colleagues who have passed away this past year. Their contributions to students, colleagues, family, friends and the Vernon & Area Community leave a legacy of time, caring and experience in the arts, athletics, administration and the lives of those they touched: Ron Weir, Cathy Brown, Joanne Main, Herb LaFontaine, Linda Long, Bertha Young and Suzanne Wallen.

To all of you we say, Thank You and Rest In peace. Our sympathies and remembrances have been expressed to their respective families.

In closing, I, along with the VRTA Executive wish our members a terrific summer, safe travels and good health.


Respectfully Submitted,

Mel Maglio, VRTA President.







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