January 21, 2009
Royal Oak Facility

Present:

Derek Knox, Chair, Margot Allingham, Alan And Chris Barnard, Karl Boerner, Rec., Ted Howard, Ted Marchant, Ted Scratchley, Murray Sharp, Ed Warkentin, Bob Wagner.

Regrets:

Ray Bremner, Clarence Diebold.

Guest:

DR. DON WRIGHT, PRESIDENT OF BCIT


1. Call To Order:

  • The meeting was called to order at 10:05.

2. Approval Of The Agenda:

  • The motion to approve the amended agenda ( AGM, Bursary ) was seconded and carried.

3. PRESENTATION BY DR. DON WRIGHT, PRESIDENT OF BCIT.

  • Dr. Wright spoke about the major challenges faced by BCIT and the Institute's responses to them. Examples mentioned were the need for more health care workers for an aging population, the need to find qualified and passionate instructors, and the need for financial resources "on the operating and the capital side".
    The estimated cost of the renewal of the Burnaby campus is $ 600 million.
    He spent considerable time answering questions and listened to comments concerning retired instructors and The BCITRA.

4. Adoption Of The Minutes Of The Meeting Held On:
November 19, 2008

  • The motion to adopt the minutes was seconded and carried after the wording of the motion under B 4 had been changed to read:
    The "remainder of "the first year of membership is free, and the following years would be $10 per year".

5. Business Arising From The Minutes.

  • Dealt with during the meeting.

5. New Business.

A. Correspondence.

  • Received were the minutes of the Cosco Delegates' Meeting dating January 9, 2009.

B. Reports

  • 1. Treasurer
  • Bob handed out his report and explained how he had some fun finding an error in his accounts. Problems that had arisen due to the change of Treasurers have been resolved.
  • The motion that:
    The BCITRA donate $2000 to the BCIT Foundation was seconded and carried.
  • 2. Benefits and Liaison, COSCO
  • The report was not available.
  • 3. Fellowship and Travel
  • Ted Scratchley announced his withdrawal from chairing the Committees of Fellowship and Communication, and Travel. Health problems forced him to take the decision. However, he has offered to help the committees with his considerable expertise.
  • We had 52 diners at Cheers and 22 at JJ's. The fifty-fifty draw at Cheers made our share $52.
  • Bob suggested that the Hazelmere Golf and Country Club could be used for one of our luncheons. A suggested Price would be around $ 27.
  • Under consideration are day trips ( Minter Gardens ) and another wine tour.
  • 4. Membership, Recruitment, Recognition and Support
  • We have 72 paid-up members, according to Chris, and reminders have been mailed to the others.
  • 5. Communications (Web Page)
  • Ted Marchant will "try to" keep the Page up-dated no matter where in the world he is.
  • The suggestion was made to have the Page inter-active, so that members can make suggestions and comments and have immediate responses.
  • Discussed was a link from the BCIT Page to ours.

The motion to accept the reports was seconded and carried.

6. OTHER BUSINESS

  • Guest speakers
  • Ed suggested that we should think about organizing lectures, perhaps one per month, by experts who are willing to volunteer their time. He mentioned R. Bateman and SFU, where 50-minutes lectures draw crowds of 40 to 60 persons. Subjects for lectures would have to be chosen.
  • 2009 Annual General Meeting
  • The AGM will be held March 11; notices are prepared to be mailed. Dr. Wright is to be considered as speaker.
  • Inter-active Web Page?

7. Next Meeting:

  • The next meeting will be held on Feb. 18, 2009, 10:00, at the Royal Oak Facility, Rm SE 4-40.

8. Adjournment.

  • Meeting adjourned at 12:20.