Beth Smith, Dauphin
  • Pat Bowslaugh, Brandon
  • Joan Dawson, Thompson
  • Joan Goble, Thompson
  • Audrey Greenhill, Winnipeg
  • Ray Sitter, Brandon    

The Membership and Chapters Committee will continue to support existing local chapters and to help create chapters in areas that are under represented in the province. It will continue to promote membership with newly retired teachers through information seminars and to contact non-members wherever possible so that they can see the advantages of belonging to the only organization that works on their behalf.

Report to the Last RTAM AGM

Membership and Chapters 2016 – 2017
Respectfully submitted by Beth Smith, Chair (Dauphin)
Members: Pat Bowslaugh (Brandon), Joan Dawson (Thompson), Joan Goble (Thompson), Audrey Greenhill (Winnipeg), Gerald Shewchuk (Dauphin), Ray Sitter (Brandon)

  1. Most of the Membership and Chapters Committee correspondence occurs through e-mail and telephone conversations, but as the need arises, our meetings are held on the afternoon the day before the board meeting.
  2. Each Chapter President was sent a welcome letter in September 2016 along with an application form for the Chapter Initiative Grant and an updated article entitled “Meeting Ideas” that was compiled from chapter reports from the end of the year. Chapter Presidents were also encouraged to place and or update information about their chapter on the RTAM website.
  3. Membership in RTAM over the past year, April 2016 to March 2017, has increased by 366 members to 9,540.
  4. Fifteen Chapter Initiative Grants have been approved over the 2016 - 2017 calendar year.
  5. An advertisement was placed in the Manitoba Teacher, January/February edition, to inform active teachers of a Pre-Retirement Seminar in Winnipeg. Ads were also placed on the RTAM website and in our KIT magazine, as it is distributed to every school in Manitoba.
  6. TRAF placed an article about RTAM in their newsletter, Horizon. TRAF sends information about RTAM to every newly retired teacher who joins RTAM. Included in the TRAF welcome package is a letter from the RTAM president, where he/she congratulates them on their retirement, gives a brief history of RTAM, offers some examples of entertaining or educational events provided by chapters of RTAM and lists the 21 RTAM chapters and how to contact them through RTAM and provides a link to the RTAM website. TRAF receives copes of KIT for their waiting room and offices.
  7. An advertisement was placed in the Manitoba Teacher, January/February edition, entitled “Why Join RTAM?” It was also placed on the RTAM website and in KIT. It was also published in a school division newsletter.
  8. The Brandon Pre-Retirement Seminar was held in December, 2016. It was advertised in KIT and on the website.
  9. The Winnipeg Pre-Retirement Seminar was held in February, 2017. There were 87 attendees from Winnipeg and surrounding areas from public and private schools. Letters had been sent out to superintendents and principals, as well as private schools, providing them with the Winnipeg Pre-Retirement Seminar information. These seminars have three common themes: Pension and Financial Issues, An Overview of RTAM’s Voluntary Group Benefit Plans and More Than Money – About Planning for a Life in Retirement.
  10. A board activity was facilitated with the Board of Directors that pertained to the Strategic Plan, but will also benefit the ongoing work concerning the May 2016 AGM motion – to investigate ways to increase the membership of RTAM.


Retirement is a time of transitions. Throughout your career you belonged to the Manitoba Teachers’ Society (MTS), but upon retirement you are no longer a member. The Retired Teachers’ Association of Manitoba (RTAM) exists to serve retired teachers. We invite you to join the growing number of RTAM members and enjoy the benefits of belonging.

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