February 16, 2005
Telephone Exchange Building

Present:

Chris Barnard (Chair), Margot Allingham, Len Arychuk, Alan Barnard, Karl Boerner (Sec.), Clarence Diebold, Ted Scratchley, Ed Warkentin

Regrets:

Ted Howard, Yvonne Jack, Derek Knox, Murray Sharp


1. Call To Order:

  • The meeting was called to order at 09:35.

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 January 19, 2005.

  • The minutes were adopted after the following correction was made: under B 3. the dates suggested for the luncheon at Bedford House were April 3 or April 10.

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 presented his report and answered questions. He explained why he wanted to open a separate account for the building fund, and not at the Bank of Nova Scotia.
  • 2. Benefits and Liaison, COSCO
  • Clarence reported that Rudy Lawrence, president of Cosco, spoke in memory of Jack Phillips, immediate past president of Cosco, who passed away on January 30.
  • A class action lawsuit is under way as a writ has been filed by the B. C. Government Retired Employees' Union with regards to the loss of coverage of their dental plan, etc.
  • BCAA and Auto Plan brokers have a Mature Driver's Handbook available that will help drivers test their present driving habit. A self-assessment questionnaire for aging drivers is also available at www.tsfbcaa.com/mature_drivers.
  • 3. Fellowship and Communications
  • Len Arychuk had a cancer operation on the 23 of the month. Our thoughts are with him and we are wishing him the best.
  • Ted Scratchley reported on his dealings with Bedford House and the price quoted, $21.42. Ted would prefer a price of $ 20 or less. After discussion it was decided to settle for the all-inclusive price of $ 21, and the date chosen to be either April 17 or 24.
  • Don and Margaret Eklof are celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary. The council is sending flowers with best wishes.
  • 4. Membership
  • Chris reported that 150 members have paid their dues for 2005; last year we had 243. Those who are lagging will be reminded to update their membership.
  • The picture of the Council members is to be retaken in March since too many members were absent.
  • 5. Web Page
  • Alan indicated that he is overworked and that he would like help with updating the web page. He was wondering if, with the small number of hits, the effort was worth it. He's hoping that Derek or Ted Marchant can lend a helping hand.
  • 6. Travel
  • The committee has been researching Russia, Turkey, and short trips. It was decided to concentrate on Turkey this year with emphasis on the reasonable rate by Kennedy Travel Services. Karl offered to explain the tour in the Newsletter. Ted Scratchley is describing the choice of a short trip for this year and a major tour to Russia in 2006.
  • In order to create some publicity for our fund drive we are offering The BCIT Retirees' climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Karl is explaining the details in the Newsletter.

The motion to accept the reports was seconded and carried.

6. OTHER BUSINESS

  • FACILITIES, PROMOTION, FINANCE RESPONSIBILITIES
  • The report was given by Ed and Al. There was no response from Management to the Association's modified licence agreement of October 14 regarding the new facility. Further appeals to donate will be made to the membership. It is estimated that we need about $ 124,000; that we have raised directly and indirectly about $ 25,600. A rough timetable hopes to see 50% of the cost raised by the end of May, 75% by the end of July, and the rest by the end of October. It was pointed out that these dates are flexible.
  • Tax receipts will be handed out when the fund raising has been successful, if they are issued too early the money will not be refundable.
  • Speaking for the other council members, Clarence thanked the committee members for their efforts.
  • BCIT LIAISON
  • BCIT is in the process of hiring the replacement for David Bernard. He or she will be the new liaison for us.
  • Muffins (if we should want them), Christmas gifts, etc. will have to be paid for from now on out of our budget.

7. Next Meeting:

  • The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, 16 March, 2005 at 0930 in the ROYAL OAK BOARDROOM.

8. Adjournment.

  • Meeting adjourned at 11:25.