October 25, 2006
Royal Oak Facility
Chris Barnard (Chair), Alan Barnard, Karl Boerner (Sec.), Ray Bremner, Ted Howard, Derek Knox, Ted Scratchley, Murray Sharp, Ed Warkentin, Ted Marchant
Ian Dean, Clarence Diebold, Yvonne Jack
1. Call To Order:
- The meeting was called to order at 10:05.
2. Approval Of The Agenda:
- The motion to approve the agenda was seconded and carried.
3. Adoption Of The Minutes Of The Meeting Held On September 20, 2006.
- The motion to adopt the minutes was seconded and carried.
4. Business Arising From The Minutes.
- The letter to the B.C. Government Retirees' Association supporting their demand for an updated and a more realistic health coverage has not yet been written. Ed offered to write it.
5. New Business.
- An invitation was received from the BCIT Foundation for a donor recognition event on Nov. 16.
- Cosco mailed the minutes of their delegates meeting of Oct. 13, 2006.
- Alan supplied his report and pointed out the settlement of the account with Ucluelet.
- 2. Benefits and Liaison, COSCO
- Clarence was absent.
- According to the minutes supplied by Cosco, the organization is preparing for the Conversations on Health, where they want to concentrate on five or six major issues. The delegates had a heated discussion about pension plans, the cuts to benefits, and the misuse of pension plan funds by Governments.
- Cosco has 72 Affiliates and 174 Associates; 44 members and guests were present at the meeting.
- Ted Scratchley has made reservations for the Christmas luncheon at Cheers for the 10 December. The price is $18.00, all inclusive. As at the last luncheon, we can't have a separate room.
The notices are to be mailed on November 15, deadline for the returns is December 6.
- 4. Membership, Recruitment, Recognition and Support
- Chris announced that we had 205 members.
- Ted Marchant is trying to stimulate interest in the Web Page. He's verifying e-mail addresses and he would like to know whether members are open to receive e-mail correspondence.
- Ted Scratchley reported that 16 people enjoyed the trip to Ucluelet. He'll try to supply some photos for the Web Page.
The motion to accept the reports was seconded and carried.
6. OTHER BUSINESS
- Ted Howard pointed out that for the coming elections at the AGM we do not have candidates for the positions of president and vice-president.
- Ed, after having tried at BCIT and researched other institutes, came to the conclusion that the administrations are not keen on getting involved in the construction of residences for retired instructors. For administrators, classrooms have priority. As many times before, he wondered where do we go from here as an Association? Do we have a future? Questions that will be discussed at the AGM. However, the consensus during the discussion seemed to be that we should concentrate on what has brought us most success in the past: dinners, luncheons, and trips. Wine and cheese parties are definite possibilities.
7. Next Meeting:
- It will be held on Nov. 15, 2006 at the Royal Oak Facility at 10:00.
- The meeting adjourned at 11:35.