|Co-Chair||Ken Grieve||250-392-5645||Co-Chair||Lynne Rodier||250-297-6228|
|Past Chair||June Striegler||250-392-9649|
|Member at Large||Jim Rowse||250-296-3368|
|Member at Large||Joan Southern||250-398-5901|
|Member at Large||Charlie Wyse||250-392-7215|
|Social Issues/Sunshine||Avis Delany||250-398-8351|
The CCRTA held four meetings over the course of the past year, one of which was the AGM which included election of executive officers. We are leased to report as of our June 9th, 2015 AGM we now have a full slate of board officer having been short two members-at-large for the past several years. At the same meeting we also voted to maintain our membership fee at $5 per annum. In September 2014, we held our annual THWTB however due to declining interest have decided instead in September 2015 to forego THWTB for one year to be replaced with a “Fall into Fall” brunch held on September 22nd. As per our constitution, once our account exceeded $1000 we were required to disperse the funds to a worthwhile recipient. This year it was our privilege to award a bursary of $750 to Liam Atwood who will be pursuing a career in the education field. Further, we donated $105 to the local Kidsport organization and another $250 to Sustainable Communities Foundation which does NGO work in Thailand. During the teachers’ strike in September, many of our members offered their support by walking the picket line providing moral and nutritional sustenance to the teachers. In conclusion, it was a busy and rewarding year.
The branch held 4 lunch meetings, with guest speakers, this last year. The last of these, our AGM, was held in June. There was an executive meeting held prior to each of the general meetings. The range of topics addressed by our speakers included; a presentation by Tom Maclean from Collette Vacations, Jean Wellburn (a CCRTA member) who talked about the harp, and entertained us with it at our Christmas meeting; Denise Skarra, recreation Co-ordinator for fitness for the City of Williams Lake, who talked about the benefits of walking, and Pat Radolla (soon to be another CCTRA member) who talked about the KIDS SPORT program. His talk at our AGM resulted in a motion to direct this year’s CCRTA charitable donation to the Williams Lake KIDS SPORT program. As usual, our year began with our To Hell With The Bell event, which took place on the first day of school. Members golfed, played bridge and walked along the river trail (each chose one of the above) and then got together for a social lunch to honor the beginning of school (and that we were not obliged to be at school).Our branch is primarily a social organization; however we do do some fund raising to support local charities. At our Christmas meeting, we collected toys, food and cash which were donated to the Salvation Army. At the end of the year, we directed all other monies raised to be donated to the KIDS Sport program. In addition, a special collection was taken at our Christmas meeting, which was donated to the RR Smith Memorial Foundation. We treat our association with COSCO seriously, and our Co-Chairs (Ron and June) have reported on seniors’ issues from the COSCO meetings that they attended. Next year’s Co-chair, Ken Grieve, researched and reported to the CCRTA about the issues regarding concerns about the Canadian Government’s Health Care Accord .A highlight for our members is the Newsletter (edited by Linda McKernan) which she produces shortly before each of our meetings. It contains information about the upcoming meeting, articles about travel, book reports, items about provincial RTA issues, and even gardening tips.
Lynne Rodier, Secretary