January 16, 2008
Royal Oak Facility

Present:

Derek Knox, Chair, Margot Allingham, Alan & Chris Barnard karl Boerner, Sec., Ted Howard, Ted Marchant, Ted Scratchley, Murray Sharp

Regrets:

Ray Bremner, Clarence Diebold, Yvonne Jack, Ed Warkentin


1. Call To Order:

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

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 November 21, 2007.

  • The motion to adopt the minutes was seconded and carried after spelling errors had been corrected.

4. Business Arising From The Minutes.

  • The printing of the revised constitution and the preparation for the mailout is to be left in the capable hands of Joyce.

5. New Business.

A. Correspondence.

  • Letters were received from CURAC (re membership) and COSCO (minutes)
  • Notice was given that the BCIT Professional Development Day will be Wednesday, February 27.

B. Reports

  • 1. Treasurer
  • The report presented by Alan covered the period from November 1 to December 31, 2007. He pointed out that $3000 was transferred from the ING to the Scotiabank chequing account and answered questions.
  • 2. Benefits and Liaison, COSCO
  • The report was not available.
  • 3. Fellowship and Travel
  • Fifty-nine diners enjoyed the Christmas Luncheon at Cheers.
    The opinion was expressed that if the number of participants remains high, Cheers does not provide enough space. Ted Scratchley has offered to take a closer look at Cravings, a restaurant that has been considered in the past as a venue for our luncheons. Cheers has again been booked for Dec. 9.
  • 4. Membership, Recruitment, Recognition and Support
  • Our membership stands at 210 of which 80 have paid for 2008 according to Chris. Alan mentioned that some reminders will be mailed.
  • 5. Communications (Web Page)
  • Globetrotting Ted Marchant was not impressed with the computers he had available in Brazil; those in Chile were better.
  • A calender has been added to the Page, also a notice with regards to the professional development day.
  • The proposed New Constitution will be available as well as the old one.
  • Alan mentioned the Community-centred College for the Retired who give courses at amazingly low rates, should find a spot on the Page.
  • There was no opposition to place the Treasurer's Report on the Page.
  • 6. Travel
  • Ted Scratchley reported that 14 persons have registered for the cruise, that the number has not changed.

The motion to accept the reports was seconded and carried.

6. OTHER BUSINESS

  • AGM, Wednesday, March 12
  • The wheels have been set in motion to prepare the necessary documents for the mailout, that is the invitation, the agenda, the New Constitution, etc. It was suggested to invite the Acting President of BCIT to give a short speech on recent developments on the campus.
  • Class Action Lawsuit
  • Some members have received a letter asking them if they wanted to opt-out of the class-action law suit against the Provincial Government which has unilaterally changed an agreement and now charges fees under the Medical Services Plan. The consensus was that the decision is to be left to the individual, but that the law suit should be supported.

7. Next Meeting:

  • It is to be held on February 20, 2008, 1000 h, at the Royal Oak Facility, Rm SE 4-40.

8. Adjournment.

  • Meeting adjourned at 11:20.