June AGM

O’Fla­herty re-elected by ac­cla­ma­tion to lead Kenora District RTO

Kenora Daily Miner and News - - LIFE - RUTH BOWIEC

A num­ber of per­ti­nent re­ports were pre­sented at the Re­tired Teach­ers of On­tario, Kenora District 26, (RTO/ERO) An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing that took place at Seven Gen­er­a­tions Ed­u­ca­tional In­sti­tute on June 14 with Pres­i­dent Evie O’Fla­herty pre­sid­ing. She wel­comed Helen Wil­liamson as it was her first time at­tend­ing as a mem­ber.

The Bless­ing was de­liv­ered by Beth Court­ney be­fore mem­bers went to the buf­fet ta­ble to help them­selves to a tasty lun­cheon catered by the 7 Gens culi­nary crew. Rosey Robert­son gave the Trea­surer’s Re­port fol­lowed by her notes on at­tend­ing the re­cent RTO/ERO Spring Se­nate in Toronto. She was ac­com­pa­nied to Se­nate by Court­ney, Mar­lene Nel­son and Cookie Wicks. Lo­cal RTO mem­bers were in­formed the new Board of Di­rec­tors were elected us­ing a very ef­fi­cient elec­tronic method. This was the first elec­tion since the new gov­er­nance model was adopted ear­lier this year.

Se­nate will from now on have a Board serv­ing the Se­nate and mem­ber­ship. From the nine elected, Martha Fos­ter was named chair with Rich Prophet named vice-chair. Top­ics on the Se­nate agenda were the pro­mo­tion of RTO/ ERO us­ing the pub­li­ca­tion, ‘Vi­brant Voices’ which fea­tures ar­ti­cles on trusted voices that speak out in sa­lute to se­niors so their voices can be heard and a vol­un­teer re­cruit­ment kit. The key­note speaker at Se­nate was former On­tario Premier, the Hon. Bill Davis.

Copies of printed GM min­utes of the Nov.16/17 GM meet­ing were dis­trib­uted to the din­ing tables as well as in­ter­est­ing, in­for­ma­tive and detailed re­ports from con­ven­ers of the var­i­ous stand­ing com­mit­tees.

O’Fla­herty turned her gavel over to the Nom­i­na­tions Chair­per­son, Court­ney, to present the list of mem­bers run­ning for of­fice for the up­com­ing term. Ac­claimed of­fi­cers are Evie O’Fla­herty, pres­i­dent; Rosey Robert­son, first vice; Josie Groen, 2nd vice; Elaine Sin­clair, sec­re­tary and Mar­lene Nel­son, trea­surer.

Ac­cept­ing nom­i­nates to hold po­si­tions on Stand­ing Com­mit­tees are Stephanie Kennedy, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions; Josie Groen, Ben­e­fits, So­cial Me­dia and Newslet­ter; Beth Court­ney, Good­will & Foun­da­tion; Cookie Wicks, Mem­ber­ship; Irene Kem­ber, Pen­sion/Re­tire­ment; Mary Baw­den, Po­lit­i­cal Ad­vo­cacy; and on the So­cial Com­mit­tee are Baw­den, Judy MacFar­lane and Louise Gale.

Pres­i­dent Evie again took the mi­cro­phone to dis­cuss a few im­por­tant items be­fore Kenora RTO/ERO re­cessed for the sum­mer. She noted the RTO/ ERO Project Ser­vice to Oth­ers grant to as­sist the Ro­tary’s Splash Park has been ap­plied for and Kenora District will be in­formed in the fall by the Project Ser­vice to Oth­ers Pro­vin­cial Com­mit­tee if grant has been ap­proved. She re­minded mem­bers the Re­tire­ment Plan­ning Work­shop for up­com­ing Kenora re­tir­ing teach­ers and ed­u­ca­tional work­ers will be held Sept. 27 un­der the or­ga­ni­za­tion of Lois Dale.

Evie also com­mended Baw­den for set­ting out the ‘Get Out & Vote’ lawn signs around town and those hav­ing signs are to keep them for dis­play dur­ing the com­ing mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions. Since the signs are generic they can be used for any fu­ture elec­tions.

With elec­tions over and the port­fo­lios of Web­mas­ter and Ar­chiv­ist still to be filled she said, “Due to the com­mit­ment of our mem­bers in the com­mu­nity we have re­duced the num­ber of Ex­ec­u­tive and gen­eral meet­ings in the past few years. We are now re­duc­ing the num­ber of events dur­ing the year. For the 2018-2019 year we will hold a cruise on the MS Kenora on Sept. 5 to cel­e­brate the 50th an­niver­sary of RTO/ ERO, this will also serve as our con­grat­u­la­tions to new re­tirees, the GM/lunch in Oc­to­ber, a Christ­mas lunch in De­cem­ber, the AGM/lunch in May and a windup func­tion in June.”

On a per­sonal note Evie made a state­ment that she re­cently joined the New Hori­zons Se­niors (NH) and with per­mis­sion from the cen­tre she will be shar­ing the monthly cal­en­dar of events with RTO/ ERO mem­bers. This will en­able the mem­ber­ship to be in­formed of the many ac­tiv­i­ties of­fered through the cen­tre. Be­fore ad­journ­ment Pres­i­dent O’Fla­herty wished ev­ery­one a safe, fun-filled, warm and pleas­ant sum­mer re­mind­ing them the Sept. 5 meet­ing to start a new sea­son will wel­come new mem­bers to the or­ga­ni­za­tion on a beau­ti­ful lun­cheon cruise aboard the M.S. Kenora. Tick­ets must be pur­chased in ad­vance. The last op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase tick­ets will be in early Au­gust. Check your RTO/ ERO e-mails and the Face­book page for de­tails re­gard­ing time, date and lo­ca­tion of ticket sales.

Spe­cial draws were ex­cit­ing as a prize of $200 was awarded to San­dra Tankard for hav­ing at­tended five lunches this year. In cel­e­bra­tion of RTO/ ERO’s 50th an­niver­sary golden scrolled t-shirts were raf­fled and won by Sin­clair and Bill Sokolyk.

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