Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Province-wide Teachers' Pension Plan Consultative Process

Greetings, Colleagues in Retirement,

The British Columbia Teachers' Federation and British Columbia Retired Teachers' Association are conducting province-wide consultation meetings, throughout the Fall, for Teacher Pension Plan (TPP) members. All TPP members are urged to attend the meeting, in their area, to learn more about the future of and possible changes to the Inflation Adjustment Account (the indexing portion of the pension). This will be a very important opportunity to not only learn about the various scenarios being put forward to help address the possible shortfall in the Inflatin Adjustment Account but, also, to give your views.

The Consultation meeting for both working and retired teachers, in our area, will be held on Monday, October 19, 2009 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at The Ballenas Secondary School Auditorium , 135 North Pym Street, Parksville.

(** Please note that the online schedule says the Consultation meeting is from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. but I have been advised by Jill McCaffery, MATA President, that it will be from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.)

Information regarding the Inflation Adjustment Acount can be found on the BCTF website at www.bctf.ca and clicking on the appropriate link or at http://bctf.ca/SalaryAndBenefits.aspx?id=19748

The link provides:
- General information on the BCTF pension consultation with updated schedules
- Pension Consultation meeting schedule, in PDF document, that includes the entire BCTF power point presentation
- Your Pension: The future is worth thinking about, in PDF document, that summarizes the BCTF pension presentation
- Presentation overview, in PDF document, on background pension information
- How the Teachers’ Pension Plan works, in PDF document
- Questions and answers, in PDF document, with definitions
- Glossary
- Register YOUR opinion:Go to the survey (**Please note: It is recommended that one complete the survey once one has attended the meeting so that one has the clearest understanding of each survey question).

Please make every effort to attend this important meeting and to give your input into our future, as retired teachers.

Hope to see you there!
Valerie Dyer
PQRTA President, 2009-10

With warmest regards,

Friday, October 9, 2009

General Meeting Reminder

A reminder to all members of the RTA General Meeting on Tuesday, October 20th.

Topic - Safe Driving for Seniors
RCMP Corp. Cox will be making a presentation.

Also on the agenda is a short PQRTA meeting and time to socialize.

Time - 12:30 to 4:00 pm

Place - Royal Canadian Legion, Qualicum Beach
Veterans' Way

Refreshments - Coffee/Tea and Goodies

If you plan to attend please contace Val Dyer at tvdyer@shaw.ca or 250 752-8824 by Tuesday, October 13.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Review Committee Application Form



NAME ________________________________________

ADDRESS ________________________________________


PHONE ________________________________________

email ________________________________________

Teaching History_____________________________________________________

1 Describe your professional involvement while teaching _________________________________________________________________

2 Describe your experience with issues relating to constitution, bylaws, policies in various organizations ______________________________________________

3 Other information: ______________________________________________

4 Indicate that you will be available for the two years service to this commission.

___ Yes, I will.

Mail or email this information to the BCRTA Office, 100 – 500 West 6th Ave Vancouver, BC, V5Z 4P2 or pat @ bcrta.com by October 23, 2009.

Review Commission Opportunity

September 23, 2009

Dear Branch President,

The BCRTA is establishing a Review Commission to examine the structure and operation of our association. The first step in this process is to recruit seven BCRTA members to serve on this commission. Could you advertise this new initiative in your area and ask candidates to apply to serve on the commission via this application form by October 23, 2009.

The commission will examine the present organization of the BCRTA, looking at committee structure, their number, and purpose; office procedures; directors’ and officers’ duties; and communication methods; as well as our constitution and policies.

The commission members will serve for two years and meet via email, teleconference, and face-to-face sessions in Vancouver, but also meet with branches or zones and receive input from individual members. It is planned that the commission will have a gender and geographical balance.

Strategic planning and analysis is essential to any organization, and this commission will provide the means for logical growth and development.


Douglas Edgar
1st Vice President

Enc.: Application Form

Monday, October 5, 2009

Volunteer Opportunities

Greetings, Colleagues in Retirement!

I trust that the month of September has been a pleasant one for you as we wend our way down to shorter daylight hours and lessening visitors with the beginning of the school year.

Please find attached, two documents from Doug Edgar, 1st Vice-President of the BCRTA, for your interest and possible involvement. The BCRTA is constructing a Review Committee to review its organizational structure and of course, as a consequence, to see how the BCRTA can better meet the needs of its membership. The Review Committee will consist of 7 BCRTA members who will serve for two years. Please give some thought as to whether or not serving on the Review Committee would be something that would interest you.

Just a reminder:
The PQRTA is still in need of a Historian Chairperson and a Programme Chairperson. Please contact me at 250.752.8824 or tvdyer@shaw.ca if you would like to help the PQRTA out with either of these positions. Your help would be most appreciated by your Executive and your fellow members.

As always, your PQRTA Executive realizes that there is no lack of volunteer opportunities available for retirees and that most PQRTA members are hard working volunteers for a number of worthwhile projects. For your involvement in whatever volunteer activity interests you, the PQRTA is most grateful for your contribution to helping make things better.

Wishing you all a lovely Indian Summer!

Valerie Dyer,
2009-10 PQRTA President

PQRTA Meeting Notice - October 20

Notice of PQRTA October General Meeting

Mark it on your calendar and plan to attend!

Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Time: 12:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Format of the afternoon:
· 1:00 to 1:40 p.m.: PQRTA meeting
· 1:40 to 2:00 p.m.: Break
· 2:00 - ~ 4:00 p.m.: Presentation by Corp. Cox on how aging affects one’s driving, alleviating the effect of aging on driving, recent changes to driving laws, etc.

Place: Royal Canadian Legion on Veteran’s Way in Qualicum Beach (come to the back of the Legion for entry into the downstairs hall)

Guest Speaker: RCMP Corporal Garry Cox will speak on Safe Driving for Seniors.*

Refreshments: Coffee/Tea and goodies.

Cost: $5.00 per person, payable at the door.

Please advise Valerie Dyer, before Tuesday, October 13, 2009, that you plan to attend the meeting, by contacting her at 250-752-8824 or at tvdyer@shaw.ca.

*Each participant will receive the booklet, Tuning Up for Drivers, compliments of Mr. Rick Chisholm of the Coastal Community Insurance Services (2007) Ltd.

Just a gentle reminder:

PQRTA Policies and Procedures:

3.1.1: Notification of Attendance:

PQRTA members must contact the Programme Chairpersons no later than one (1) week before a PQRTA meeting to advise that they would like to attend and/or bring a guest to the meeting.
3.1.2 Member's Liability to Pay for an Event:
a) Once having indicated his or her intention to attend a PQRTA event, a member becomes liable to pay the announced cost of participation in that event, whether or not he or she actually attends. Failure to pay will render the member "not in good standing" until the debt is paid, and he or she may be denied access to future PQRTA events.
b) In the case of a member's defaulting guest(s), the guest(s) may be denied further access to PQRTA functions.
c) A member (or guest) is relieved of the obligation to pay if he or she notifies the PQRTA of a change in plans not less than 5 days prior to the event.
d) If at least two out of the President, Vice-President and Treasurer agree that circumstances warrant (such as bereavement or sudden medical emergency), a debt may be waived on compassionate grounds.

Photos taken at To Hell with The Bell - Sept. 2009