Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Tax by any other name

Greetings, Colleagues in Retirement,

Please find, below, an article which appeared on p. 2 of the COSCO News, of the September, 2010 edition (I have bolded some parts). This publication is put out by the Council of Senior Citizens' Organizations of B.C. (C0SC0).

This article is important for two reasons, I believe:

* its effect on seniors in B.C.
* a call to action should one find oneself, or one's loved one, in this situation.

PQRTA General Meeting - October 13th

Notice of PQRTA October General Meeting

Mark it on your calendar and plan to attend!

Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Time: 11:30 to approximately 2:30 p.m.

Format of the afternoon:

· 11:50 to 12:00 p.m.: PQRTA welcome
· 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.: Lunch
· 1:00 - ~ 1:30 p.m.: PQRTA Membership Meeting
· 1:40 - ~ 2:30 p.m.: Guest Speaker

Place: Tidal Room at The Bayside in Parksville

Guest Speaker: Anne-marie Kanester, retired Vernon teacher, will do a presentation of her 800km trek, from France into northern Spain, along the Camino de Santiago del Compostela. Originally, a pilgrimage to pay homage to St. James, this 1,000 year old tradition has evolved into an experience, undertaken by many, for a variety of reasons (Anne-marie did the walk to celebrate her retirement from teaching in 2009).

Menu: soup of the day, variety of sandwiches, veggies and dip, variety of cookies and dessert squares, bottomless pot of coffee/tea.

*A no host bar will be available for purchasing of wine, etc.

Cost: $23.00 (includes gratuity and taxes) per person payable at the door.

Please advise Valerie Dyer, before Tuesday, October 5, 2010, at 250-752-8824 or at, that you plan to attend the meeting.

**Please note that my computer will be out of service until September 30, so I shan’t be able to confirm receipt of your e-mail, indicating that you plan to attend, until after October 1.

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

With warmest regards,