March 21, 2007
Royal Oak Facility


Ed Warkentin, Chair, Alan And Chris Barnard, Karl Boerner, Sec., Ray Bremner, Ted Howard, Yvonne Jack, Ted Marchant, Murray Sharp


Clarence Diebold, Derek Knox, Ted Scratchley


Ian Dean

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 February 21, 2007.

  • The motion to adopt the minutes was seconded and carried.

4. Business Arising From The Minutes.

  • The titles of committees, and changes to the Constitution and Bylaws are to be considered.
  • Furthermore, a date for next year's AGM has to be chosen to book a venue.

5. New Business.

A. Correspondence.

  • Letters where received from COSCO, the minutes from their March 9 meeting; from CIRA, an invitation to the Massive Technology Show; from CURAC, and from Pitmar Tours.
  • We also received a copy of the BCIT FSA (Faculty and Staff Association) newsletter.
  • A letter of condolence was sent to Gus Anderson's family.

B. Reports

  • 1. Treasurer
  • Alan gave out his report and answered questions. The most astonishing fact was that the total current assets of the Association is more than $10,000.
  • 2. Benefits and Liaison, COSCO
  • Clarence was absent.
  • According to the minutes, the delegates of Cosco were busy discussing the Conversations on Health and the size of the budget for health care.
  • They also learned that a workshop on Fall Prevention has been prepared.
  • 3. Fellowship and Communications
  • Yvonne is organising the luncheon for April 29 at 11:30 at the Bedford House in Fort Langley. The cost is approximately $24.00.
  • Murray has about 14 people lined up for the Winery tour.
  • It was pointed out that in the name of good marketing all our outgoing mail should have our web page address boldly printed at the top of the page.
  • It was also stressed that the Association needs a corresponding secretary.
  • Members advised the president to ask Ian to step down.
  • 4. Membership, Recruitment, Recognition and Support
  • Chris reported that we have 183 paid members. Reminders have been mailed and the odd member has asked to be taken off the mailing list.
  • Efforts will be made to get the election results and a photo of the Council into the Update. The photo is to be taken at the next meeting.
  • 5. Web Page
  • Ted Marchant stated that the Constitution and Bylaws can now be found on the Page, as well as the results of the Interest Survey. Members who do not wish to receive our mail can always use the Page to get updated.

The motion to accept the reports was seconded and carried.


  • Meeting with Bob Mckenzie
  • Bob was invited to inform the Members about new developments on campus. A master plan has the campus divided into four sections, one of them to be concerned with health projects: research, teaching, a clinic, and commercial outlets. Cost: about $300 million. He mentioned the rundown infra-structure which would need another $36 million to be brought up-to-date. The Air Care centre was mentioned, enrolment, co-op ed, etc. As far as the Association is concerned, he'll try to keep us central and will have space available for functions. He answered questions and took part in discussions.
  • BCITRA Campus Profile
  • To raise our profile on campus it was suggested to buy a banner reading BCIT RETIREES' ASSOCIATION and windbreakers with the same inscription.
    The motion TO BUY THE BANNER AND WINDBREAKERS was seconded and carried. Karl is to research the cost involved.

7. Next Meeting:

  • The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 18 at 1000 h at the Royal Oak Facility, SE40-140.

8. Adjournment.

  • The meeting adjourned at 12:05.