March 12, 2008
Salon D, SE2, Town Square
BCIT Burnaby Campus

CHAIR:

Derek Knox

COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT:

Alan & Chris Barnard, Karl Boerner, Ted Howard, Yvonne Jack, Ted Marchant, Ted Scratchly, Murray Sharp.

REGRETS:

Clarence Diebold, Ray Bremner, Ed Warkentin.

RECORDING SECRETARY:

K. Boerner.

PARTICIPANTS:

41


A. CALL TO ORDER

  • The meeting was called to order at 12:25.

B. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

  • The motion to approve the agenda was seconded and and carried after the date under Approval of Minutes was corrected from 2006 to 2007.

Ernie Iannacone expressed best wishes and support for the recuperation of both, Ed Warkentin and his wife Pat.

C. Guest Speaker

  • Jennifer Orum from the BCIT Staff Society stressed in her presentation that the various bargaining groups involved with BCIT have common interests and could be working together to obtain some efficencies. Mentioned during the discussion were the dental coverage, the class-action suit, access to courses at BCIT, buying at the Bookstore at the instructor’s rate, and problems at Human Resources. Jennifer will meet with Derek and Chris to look into details.

D.

  1. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE AGM, January 31, 2006.
    • The motion to approve the minutes was seconded carried after the time of adjournment had been corrected to 13:50.
  2. BUSINESS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES:
    • No points were raised.

E. CORRESPONDENCE:

  • Letters were received from Don Wright, the new President of BCIT, and COSCO.
    In his letter "To the BCIT Community" Don explains how excited he is to join BCIT, "uniquely important to B.C."
  • COSCO is looking for volunteers over the age of 55 to make power point presentations to seniors in Burnaby. Covered in a five-day training session will be fall prevention, proper use of medication, healthy eating, elder abuse and neglect prevention, and safe home environment.

F. EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORTS:

1. Treasurer.

  • Alan explained some expenses and incomes on his report and answered questions.
  • The motion to accept the report was seconded and carried.

2. Member Recruitment, Recognition and Support.

  • The written report was posted.

3.Communication and Fellowship.

  • The written report was posted.

4.Benefits and Liaison.

  • The written report was posted.

5.Travel.

  • Ted Scratchley reviewed the successful trip to Ucluelet and the well-attended Wine Tour ( recapped by Murray), and then talked about the cruise to San Diego. A written report was posted.

6. President.

  • Derek gave the report since Ed was unable to attend.
    He thanked the members of the Executive Council and the volunteers for their work done during the year, BCIT for their support, and the efforts of Joyce to keep the office organised. Highlighted were the Interest Survey, the luncheons, the excursions, and the Newsletter. He pointed out that the BCIT RETIREES' jackets were on sale at the reduced price of $35.

The motion to accept the reports (from # 2 to #6) was seconded and carried.

G. PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS.

Derek neatly led the members through the corrections of the the proposed amendments, diplomatically guiding the discussions and avoiding much quibbling.

The motion to accept the Amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws was seconded and carried.

H. NEW BUSINESS:

ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

  • Ted Howard presided over the election and had prepared a list of proposed candidates.
  • The candidates were:
Officers Directors
President: Derek Knox Chris Barnard
Past President: Ed Warkentin Ray Bremner
Vcie-President: Ted Howard Clarence Diebold
Treasurer: No candidate Ted Marchant
Recording Secretary: Karl Boerner Ken Mitchell
Corresponding Secretary: Alan Barnard Ted Scratchley
(The Past President is not an elected Officer) Murray Sharp

  • There were no nominations from the floor; the candidates were elected by acclamation.
  • Bob Wagner volunteered to be the Treasurer; the offer was gladly accepted. Ernie Iannacone offered to give assistance to the new Treasurer.
  • Derek thanked the members for their support and continued to chair the meeting.

2. College Pension Plan (Benefit Changes)

  • John Watson outlined problems that have arisen with the College Pension Fund, referring to its financial status, coverage of dental and extended health, etc. He answered questions and led a discussion on ways and means to let the position of members known. Seconded and carried was the motion:
    That the BCITRA write a letter to to the Trustees of the College Pension Plan expressing concerns about proposed changes to benefits; and to ally with other groups facing similar problems.

I. OTHER BUSINESS:

  • The fifty-fifty draw, $ 32.98, was won by Rose Loverock.
  • Four jackets were sold; eleven remain in storage.

J. ADJOURNMENT:

  • The meeting was adjourned at 14:15.