|Past President||Sig Ottenbreit||250-762-2630||-|
|Vice President||Alf McLean||250-769-3421||-|
|Sunshine Committee||Linda Mandoli||250-763-8532||-|
|Education Heritage||Sig Ottenbreit||250-762-2630||-|
|Member at Large||Bob Hayes||250-763-8859||-|
CORTA had another successful year. The “school year” started with a “Hell with the Bell” breakfast, on the first day of the 2015-16 school year, that welcomed new retirees.CORTA also held four luncheon meetings. At the October meeting, BCRTA president, Bob Taverner, gave an update on BCRTA activities and Gerry Tiede, BCRTA Chairperson, Pensions and Benefits Committee, gave an update on the Teachers’ Pension Plan.CORTA also, in co-operation with the Central Okanagan Branch of the Retired Federal Employees and the Central Okanagan CARP, held a Federal Election Forum of the Candidates for the two constituencies of the Central Okanagan. The Forum attracted a full house at the Kelowna Rotary Centre for the Arts and the candidates were asked numerous questions about their Party’s position on Seniors’ and other issues.In addition, CORTA held two very well attended workshops, one on wills, estate planning, Power of Attorney, etc. presented by Kelowna lawyer, Geoff White. CORTA also hosted Harold Empey of Saskatchewan who presented on the topic, “Just in Case” – necessary information in the event of death, serious illness, or accident when someone will need to step in to look after the affairs.CORTA funded and presented three $1,000 Bursaries - two to students graduating in June 2016 from SD#23 (Central Okanagan) public schools and one to an SD #23 Public School Graduate entering his/her professional year in the Faculty of Education at UBCO in Kelowna.Sig Ottenbreit, past CORTA President, and his Heritage Classroom Committee also hosted numerous school groups and members of the public at the Heritage Classroom located in the historic Central School in downtown Kelowna.Sig, who served as CORTA President from 1997 to 2007, was also recognized for his service to CORTA as he stepped down from the Past President position after 10 years in that position. He was presented with a framed certificate for his service.CORTA also sent out packages to all retiring SD#23 teachers. The packages contained a welcoming letter to CORTA, membership application forms for the BCRTA/CORTA, information on Johnson Inc.’s various insurance plans and a welcome to CORTA by the CORTA president. All new retirees were also invited to attend our 2016 “Hell with the Bell” Breakfast to be held at the Kelowna Golf and Country Club on Tuesday, September 6th, where they will be welcomed by past retirees.CORTA held its AGM on June 6th and several new members were elected to the Executive, helping to share the load!CORTA maintained excellent relations with the Central Okanagan Teachers’ Association (COTA). The COTA prints the paper edition of our quarterly newsletter and the COTA president attends and brings greetings from COTA at our luncheon meetings.Two of our executive members attended the Okanagan/Thompson Zone meeting held in April in Oliver and shared our Branch’s activities with other Branches in the Zone.