April 19, 2006
Royal Oak Facility

Present:

Chris Barnard (Chair); Clarence Diebold; Alan Barnard; Ed Warkentin; Ted Scratchley; Ted Howard; Ray Bremner

Regrets:

Karl Boerner; Yvonne Jack; Murray Sharp; Derek Knox

Absent:

Ian Dean

Guest:

Margot Allingham; Ted Marchant; Ernie Iannacone


1. Call To Order:

  • The meeting was called to order at 10:03.

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 March 15, 2006.

  • Minutes of March 15, 2006 were approved.

4. Business Arising From The Minutes.

  • Retirement Seminar for BCIT staff well attended. Chris Barnard represented BCITRA and answered questions on our behalf.
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5. New Business.

A. Correspondence.

  • Letters from Foundation. $378 bursaries each for: - R. Bloomfield - Electrical Engineering; and D. Ibanez - Aircraft Engineering.

B. Reports

  • 1. Treasurer
  • Cheque for $1,000 has gone to Foundation.
  • 2. Benefits and Liaison, COSCO
  • B.C. Federation of Labour,
  • April 28th - National Day for Mourning for Job Fatalities,
  • May 11th and 12th - Conference of Elder Abuse,
  • Health Report - overmedication a concern,
  • Cancer developing at a rapid rate in Mission area,
  • Concern over more reduction in schools in BC,
  • COSCO continues to be against any privatization of health care.
  • 3. Fellowship and Travel
  • Thirty-two members/spouses attended luncheon at Bedford House in Fort Langley. Few from Fraser Valley attended.
  • Suggestion that:
    (1) we have this luncheon in late April or May;
    (2) Perhaps we locate in central Vancouver area next year.
  • 4. Membership, Recruitment, Recognition and Support
  • 190 paid; 35 not paid.
  • Suggestion by Ted Scratchley that we have a classification of associate members for those not retired yet, but near to it.
  • 5. Web Page
  • Ted Marchant attended meeting and will take over webpage.
  • 6. Travel
  • Ted Scratchley looking into places on Vancouver Island or Sunshine Coast for 2-3 days travel experience/get-away.
  • 7. Open House
  • Suggestion that our booth is not worth the effort and we should rather take part in judging. This year about 12 of our members were involved in judging and enjoyed it. Robotics won the first prize.)
  • 8. Newsletter
  • Into print shop and should be ready for mail-out within 2 weeks.

All reports were approved.

6. OTHER BUSINESS

  • Residences
  • Ed Warkentin reported that we have now joined CURAC - College and University Retirees' Association of Canada. To get information on retired residence proposals. UBC is proposing a retirees' residence near the Foreign Tech. Area. Universities are looking into similar prospects.
    Ernie Iannacone praised Association for their forward-looking views.
  • Planetarium
  • Alan mentioned that the planetarium at BCIT is still in use and if enough people were interested, Bill Burnyeat is prepared to put on a presentation on Astronomy.

7. Next Meeting:

  • Wednesday 17 May, 2006 at 10:00 in the Royal Oak Facility, SE 40, Room 140.

8. Adjournment.

  • Meeting adjourned at 12 noon.