Thursday, November 26, 2009

Reminder of the PQRTA Christmas Luncheon

Dear Members,

A reminder of the PQRTA Christmas Luncheon and General Meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 11:30 to 2:30 at Creek House Restaurant ( French Creek Marina on Lee Road ).

Just a quick reminder that we will again be collecting items for the Salvation Army Food Bank at our Christmas Social on December 1st. All of the items collected stay in the area to help needy families in Parksville/Qualicum and vicinity. The recent news headlines that 25% of BC's children are victims of poverty is of particular concern to teachers; one small thing we can do to help is provide non-perishable food items that children will enjoy:
canned fruits; juice; individual pkgs of hot cereals; peanut butter; hot chocolate mix; etc etc -- you'll have some favorite items in mind. Thank you for your generosity.
Also, I will have all the RTA photo albums at the Social; you might like to look through them. Incidentally, the position of Club Photographer/Historian has been vacant since our year-end June BBQ. Maybe after looking at the Albums again, YOU might consider taking on this very enjoyable chore -- just see me or speak to President Val.
Thank you, and looking forward to seeing you,
Barb Brett

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Salvation Army Christmas Food Hamper

Hello Everyone!

In conjunction with our Christmas Social on December 1st, we will again be collecting for the Salvation Army Food Bank.

In previous years, they have been particularly pleased that our donations included the following:
--peanut butter and jams
--canned fish
--canned fruits and vegetables and beans
--hot chocolate
--baby food

All of the donations go to the Salvation Army Food Bank at Lee Rd. in Parksville, and all stay in the area.
(If you would prefer to bring cash, there will be a donation tin available.)

Thank you so much for your generosity in the past; if we all start setting aside a couple of items now, we will be ready on December 1st to make the winter a little better for our local needy families.

Looking forward to seeing you at our Christmas Social,
Barb Brett 250-752-7029

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Christmas Is Coming and So Is the PQRTA Christmas Luncheon and General Meeting!!

Plan to come and start the Christmas Season off right by enjoying the spirit of the Season with your colleagues in retirement!

Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Place: Creek House Restaurant, French Creek (at the French Creek Marina on Lee Road)

Entertainment: Bill Cave, Brian Stovell and possibly, Ken Ryall (attendees will be asked to join in the singing of a few well-known Christmas songs)

Guest of Honour: Sheila Pither, British Columbia Retired Teachers’ Association President

Luncheon Menu: A Buffet Menu consisting of

o Roast Turkey with Stuffing and Gravy
o Almond Lemon Butter Whitefish
o Veal with a BC Mushroom sauce
o Spinach Salad with House Sesame Seed Dressing
o Pasta Grape Salad
o Tomato Mediterranean Salad
o Mashed Potatoes
o Rice Pilaf
o Seasonal Mixed Vegetables
o Cold Vegetable and Pickle Trays
o Hot Vegetarian Pasta
o Coffee or Tea
o Assortment of Squares and Buffet Cakes.

A No-Host bar will be open for alcoholic beverages.

Cost: $25.00 per person (includes gratuity and taxes). We are, again this year, very fortunate to have Bill, Brian and Ken provide musical entertainment for us. As an expression of our appreciation for their generosity in providing their fine music at no charge, the cost of each attendee’s luncheon includes an additional charge to cover the cost of the lunches for Bill, Brian, Ken and their wives; also included in each attendee’s luncheon fee is a stipend to cover the cost of lunch for our Guest of Honour, Sheila Pither.

Contact Valerie Dyer at 250-752-8824 or at to advise that you are planning to attend (members are most welcome to bring a guest). Deadline for response is November 15, 2009 as we must advise the Creek House of how many guests to expect.

Trouble managing stairs??

A ramp is accessible from the first parking lot as you come into French Creek; the ramp is located by the convenience store.

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.