January 19, 2005
Royal Oak Facility

Present:

Chris Barnard (Chair), Margot Allingham, Alan Barnard, Karl Boerner (Sec.,), Ted Howard, Yvonne Jack, Ted Scratchley, Ed Warkentin

Regrets:

Len Arychuk, Clarence Diebold, Derek Knox, Murray Sharp


1. Call To Order:

  • The meeting was called to order at 09:30.

2. Approval Of The Agenda:

  • The motion to approve the agenda as submitted was seconded and carried.

3. Adoption Of The Minutes Of The Meeting Held On NOVEMBER 17, 2004.

  • Pointed out were the correct first name of Ted Scratchley and in B. 1. that a separate account will be established eventually. The motion to adopt the minutes was seconded and carried.

4. Business Arising From The Minutes.

  • The topics to be discussed as they arose in the agenda.

5. New Business.

A. Correspondence.

  • There was no correspondence to be filed.

B. Reports

  • 1. Treasurer
  • Alan delivered two statements, one covering the period from 17 November to 31 December 2004, the other from 1 January to 18 January 2005.
  • He mentioned that having the financial year from early January to the end of December, and the AGM in November, was not very practical.
  • The building fund stands at $ 4070.
  • The Cosco fee of $140 is due; Ed Warkentin is authorized to sign cheques for the Association in addition to Ted Howard and Alan Barnard. (Two signatures)
  • 2. Benefits and Liaison, COSCO
  • Clarence was absent but had sent Alan a short report about the 14 January meeting at Cosco. Discussed were Pharmacare, the coverage and a payment plan; the wait lists for operations, no master lists exist; the forum in Williams Lake with regards to the problems at the local seniors' home; and the watershed problem at Sechelt where the mining of gravel at Chapman Creek threatens the water intake for 80% of the residents.
  • 3. Fellowship and Communications
  • Margot and Ted Howard are working on the Newsletter. Suggestions and ideas are welcomed. Subjects will be travel and condo ( strata ) living among others. Included will be a short biography of Derek Knox, the new council member.
  • Forty-eight happy diners took part in the Christmas luncheon.
  • The next outing is planned for 13 April at the Bedford House in Fort Langley. The Bavaria House in New Westminster was mentioned as another place to consider.
  • 4. Membership
  • The Association has 241 members, 79 are paid up for 2005; a reminder has been mailed to about 160 of those in arrears.
  • 5. Web Page
  • Alan reported that 119 members have internet access. There is little activity on our Page, and Alan is wondering if his time spent is worth the effort. He'll try to establish a forum to increase the number of hits as soon as possible.
  • 5. Travel
  • Ted Howard started a discussion on long and short trips. The successful trips (most participants) have been the short ones of one or two days. The committee will meet on January 26 at 1000 h in the office.

The motion to accept the reports was seconded and carried.

6. OTHER BUSINESS

  • FACILITIES, PROMOTION, FINANCE RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Alan discussed changes and why they were made to the draft of the Licence Agreement between BCIT and the Association. The motion that: The Modified Licence Agreement of 14 October, 2004 be supported by The Executive Council and forwarded to Bob McKenzie was seconded and carried.
  • With regards to the appeal for donations, 22 people have responded. Alan thought that the Tsunami Fund drive will have a negative effect on our appeal.
  • STUDENT SURVEY
  • Ed had read the report titled "BCIT Retirees' Needs" which is now available in the office. Conclusions are drawn and recommendations are made but the two students never state on how many responses the results are based. For what it is worth, their main recommendations are to organize more travel/trips/tours and have more lunches/ dinners/cheese and wine parties.
  • BCIT's fifth annual Professional Development Day is on 23 February, 2005. Alan recommended to register early since good courses will be filled fast. For instructions on how to register and more information visit www.bcit.ca/pdday.
  • The retirement age of 65 years does not apply anymore. BCIT will take job applications from retirees.

7. Next Meeting:

  • It will be held Wednesday, 16 February, 2005, at 0930 h, in the Telephone Exchange Building.

8. Adjournment.

  • Meeting adjourned at 12:20.