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Executive Committee Updates - October 2023

Your Executive is kept very busy as we enter our year 2023-2024 with our new Board. We greatly appreciate everyone who took the time to register and attend our Special Meeting. The meeting was kept short and focused with all incoming members overwhelmingly voted in as new Directors. We can now focus on moving RTAM forward in 2023-2024 with the new Directors as we pursue new initiatives and goals for the Organization. Thank you for your participation!

For our golfers, based off the success of our recent event at Quarry Oaks, we have booked the RTAM Golf Tournament for the Friday prior to the September long weekend at the same venue for next year. We continue to get feedback and ideas to grow the event and we thank everyone for helping the event succeed and supporting our tournament this year. We look forward to seeing you plus other RTAM golfers at the next tournament in 2024, where we already have additions and new elements being planned (including a chance to win a car with a hole in one). There might even be an appearance of "the rusty putter" in the future!

Both the Executive and the Board have reviewed the various trip options that Ryan Mikucki from Trip Merchant provided us with earlier. Trip Merchant has provided options which offer short and long term vacations to some amazing destinations all over the world. Now we are looking for input from our members to help determine which destinations and trips we support. Please complete the survey located in the monthly e-news and forward it to the office. Then watch for an announcement on future RTAM Group trips in the coming weeks and month. Don't forget, Trip Merchant will be presenting a free online seminar to all RTAM members this December, where they will be talking about best practices as we safely return to travel in a post COVID world. Registration for this event is open online.

Speaking of online presentations and workshops, we have Sue Lantz presenting online about Aging in Place on October 3rd, we are excited to see everyone who registered for this Zoom presentation. We are also continuing to offer cooking classes with our new partners the Food Studio on Roblin. The October course is about making homemade pasta, which is perfectly warm and delicious comfort food as we head into our colder months. Register for "Pasta for the People" on the RTAM website before the window closes.

Our audit process has been delayed this year as we needed the financials from the Chapters before we could submit our materials to the auditor. Thanks to all the Chapters that focused on providing that requested information in a timely manner. We are still awaiting information from three Chapters and hope to have the RTAM audit complete for the end of December and the calendar year.

For those members who are registered voters in our upcoming Provincial elections, I trust that you reviewed our RTAM asks (located on our website), engaged with your local politicians, and voted in your area. As I draft this report, I look forward to the results of this election and the changes and growth it will bring to all Manitobans.

On behalf of the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors and the Office Staff, we wish you all a fantastic Thanksgiving Day in whatever way you choose to celebrate or mark day. 

Take care. Stay healthy.

  • Linda Blair, RTAM President - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Gabe Mercier, RTAM Vice President - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Jayesh Maniar, RTAM Secretary - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Brent Corrigan, RTAM Treasurer - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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August 9, 2023

Dear Members,

As per the RTAM Bylaws, a “Special Meeting of the Members" has been called for September 25th, 2023, at 9 a.m., via Zoom. This meeting is open to current members. It is important to pre-register at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZclf-ugqjouGNcPYUR8uTS47owxFvJCJ4ic

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining themeeting.

During our last AGM, RTAM did not have the minimum 12 members elected on the Board of Directors. We would like the General Body to approve the new members to the RTAM Board.

The new members are Bill Marsh (Brandon), Brent Corrigan (Winnipeg), Peter Narth (Winnipeg), Gisèle Grégoire (Ile des Chenes), Betty-Jean Checkley (Portage la Prairie).

This will be a brief meeting with a set agenda, to confirm those taking director positions on the RTAM Board. The full Board will go into a formal Board meeting later that morning.

  • 9:00 a.m. - Welcome and Introduction of the Standing Board of Directors: Linda Blair (Winnipeg), Gabe Mercier (Ochre River), Jayesh Maniar (Winnipeg), Dianne Snider (Winnipeg), Shannon Culbertson (Brandon), Kelvon Smith (Virden) and Dennis Kozak (Calgary).
    Motion: Bill Marsh (Brandon), Brent Corrigan (Winnipeg), Peter Narth (Winnipeg), Gisèle Grégoire (Ile des Chenes), Betty-Jean Checkley (Portage la Prairie) be elected to the Board of Directors for the 2023-24 year. Made by:                 Seconded by:
  • 9:05 a.m. - Introduction of New Incoming Board of Directors (joining the standing 6): Bill Marsh (Brandon), Brent Corrigan (Winnipeg), Peter Narth (Winnipeg), Gisèle Grégoire (Ile des Chenes), Betty-Jean Checkley (Portage la Prairie).
  • 9:15 a.m. - Vote on new Directors

 

RTAM Bylaws read as follows:
6.08 Vacancies
Subject to the Act, a quorum of the Board may fill a vacancy in the Board except a vacancy resulting from an increase in the minimum number of directors or from a failure of the members to elect the minimum number of directors. In the absence of a quorum of the Board, or if the vacancy has arisen from a failure of the members to elect a minimum number of directors, the Board shall forthwith call a special meeting of members to fill the vacancy. If the Board fails to call such a meeting or if there are no such directors then in office, any member may call the meeting.

Please direct any questions to the Executive Committee through the President by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to seeing everyone the morning of September 25th via Zoom, to welcome the newest volunteers willing to serve as RTAM Directors.

Sincerely,
The RTAM Board of Directors
Linda Blair (President), Gabe Mercier (Vice President), Jayesh Maniar (Secretary), Dianne Snider (Director), Shannon Culbertson (Director), Dennis Kozak (Director), Kelvon Smith (Director)

Executive Committee Updates - November 2023

Executive Report for November e newsletter

The Executive and Board had several meetings this past month to talk about the organization, growth, concerns and development and we appreciate everyone who offers insight and feedback to us. Your help understanding our membership needs and diverse communities is valuable in planning future growth.

Updates:

  • Trip Merchant - Thank you to all the members that participated in the e-news survey last month focused on future RTAM Group Trips. We received a total of 920+ replies between the two trips. Many of the replies selected the destinations of Croatia in 2024 and a long term vacation (2-3 weeks) in Portugal for 2025. We will also be promoting Trip Merchants newest offering to Iceland in 2024 during the month of October and looking at a short term option for 2025 in Cost Rica. Trip Merchant will be advertising the details of these trips as to dates, costs (and more) in the coming weeks, so I encourage you to watch our website for announcements.
  • There is a new survey asking members for input, insight and opinions on future website being built with Luscious Orange. We have met with their company as an office and as volunteers to give our thoughts about member needs and website needs. Now we need to have your input! The survey is on our website now and in the monthly e-news... ALL FEEDBACK MUST BE SUBMITTED BY MONDAY NOVEMBER 6th, 2023
  • Deadline for submissions to KIT is Wednesday, November 15, we would love to hear about your fall plans and activities, what you're looking forward to this winter and where you're travelling to in the coming months! Please reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any submissions for the Winter edition.
  • We are forming a Working Group to focus on the recruitment of Board and Committee members for next year and future years. If you're interested, please complete a Volunteer Form (found on the website) indicating your interest and return it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Members of the Working Group will be selected in late November to start meeting in December or January.
  • Remembrance Day is November 11th and we encourage everyone to take time to reflect on those who have served in the name of protection and freedom.
  • Hearing Life will have a Black Friday sale this month for RTAM members looking for additional incentives on their hearing needs and purchases.
  • RTAM is starting a new initiative known as SIGs. These are Special Interest Groups which will allow RTAM members to come together to celebrate their passions. Members are welcome from anywhere and we ask that you email us as we announce new groups and look to form contact lists and plan initial events. The first group being launched this month is the new RTAM Choir
  • Active Aging in Manitoba, the hosts for the 55+ Manitoba Games are bringing Curling to Brandon for the first time next month. They are looking for curlers and stick curlers to compete in under 70 divisions and over 70 divisions. They are also looking for volunteers. If you are interested in learning more, please click here to view their Info PDF.

Take care. Stay healthy.

  • Linda Blair, RTAM President - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Gabe Mercier, RTAM Vice President - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Jayesh Maniar, RTAM Secretary - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Brent Corrigan, RTAM Treasurer - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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The Retired Teachers' Association of Manitoba (RTAM) is proud to announce a partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba (ASM)

Thanks to our ongoing work and development through the Manitoba Seniors Coalition, RTAM has been able to form another partnership to help deliver information, online seminars and supports to our community of retired teachers. The main office for the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba is 10-120 Donald Street, Winnipeg, however, the organization has six regional offices to support members across the province. Their website showcases a variety of programs and services that can be of support to individuals and families in different stages of their journey: 

Their incredibly helpful team and staff are here to inform and support those going through changes related to dementia, their website has lots of links which can act as an amazing resource as well for News and Updates, Learning About Dementia and also Living with Dementia. We encourage all of our members wanting to learn more about Alzheimer's and the communities here in Manitoba which can assist with support, help and learning.

To further assist in helping create a comfortable learning environment and safe place to ask questions, RTAM has committed to running Free Online Seminars with the Alzheimer's Society of Manitoba every 6 months moving forward. These sessions will take place on Zoom and are free for all RTAM members to attend (pre-registration is required). Sessions take place in the morning (usually around 9:30 a.m. or 10:00 a.m.) and they last about an hour to an hour and a half. Each presentation will focus on a unique topic and allow members to ask questions of the presenters and ASM staff towards the end of the webinar. To learn more about upcoming presentations, please read the bio's below and click through to register.

Dementia Friendly Communities Presentation

Wednesday November 29, 2023 - 10:00 a.m.

Dementia-friendly communities include and support people living with dementia in the places they work, live and play. People living with the disease feel supported by their community members whether they are at post offices, retail outlets, using transportation or enjoying hobbies out in the community. Join us on Wednesday the 29th as we look to discuss some of the topics listed below!

  • Building dementia-friendly communities online course
  • What is a dementia-friendly community?
  • Characteristics of a dementia-friendly community
  • What does a dementia-friendly social environment look like?
  • What about a dementia-friendly physical environment?

Register Here - Registration is Open and Free to Members

Understanding Dementia

Wednesday February 28, 2024 - 10:00 a.m.

Dementia is an overall term for a set of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. Symptoms may include memory loss, experiencing difficulties with problem-solving, and language that is severe enough to impact a person’s ability to perform everyday activities independently. A person living with dementia may also experience changes in mood or behaviour. Dementia is progressive, which means the symptoms will gradually get worse as more brain cells become damaged and eventually die. The most common types of dementia are Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia (due to recurring strokes). Some of the other types of dementia include Lewy Body dementia, Frontotemporal dementia, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Huntington disease. These conditions can have similar and overlapping symptoms. Join us on the 28th to discuss dementia and learn about how it may impact you or someone you love.

Register Here - Registration is Open and Free to Members

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RTAM Golf Tournament Rules Sheet

Course Rotations: Desert>Oak, Oak>Desert

Upon completion on any 9th hole, you then proceed to 1st tee box of your next course and continue from there.

Format:  Texas Scramble (minimum 4 drives per player)

  • All players hit from the tee, the best shot is then selected, and all players hit from that position. Normal golf is then played. Record your teams score after every hole.
  • Teams of 3- All 3 players will shoot every attempt. One player in the group will play 2 shots per hole from each spot. The player shooting twice will rotate every hole.

Tee Boxes:

  • Senior Tees (yellow or forward tees)

Contests holes: (women use yellow markers & men use green markers)

  • Putting Contest: Putting Green. 1st chance for free! Extra chances for sale!
  • Longest Drive: Oak #7
  • Closest to the Pin: Desert #8
  • Guess for a Prize (Johnson): Oak #3

Please hand in your scorecard to the pro shop after you have completed all 18 holes

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Monthly Executive Committee Update

Welcome to our new e-newsletter and monthly updates from the Executive Committee. We hope to give more regular updates on the projects and business we're working on for the organization. Please always feel welcome to reach out, you can find board member names and emails on our website at Elected Board 2023-2024 (rtam.mb.ca).

The RTAM Executive would like to inform you of upcoming news more promptly and with more transparity moving forward. We are ever evolving to provide our membership with the current happenings at the RTAM Board level, information about the organization and the tasks your elected Directors and Executive are trying to accomplish.

  • There is exciting news on the appointment of Dave Najduch, as our first RTAM member to sit as a TRAF Board member!. This achievement resulted from the persistence of various RTAM Boards members over many years. Well done, everyone! We look forward to Dave's insight and representation on behalf of all RTAM members.
  • A working committee, consisting of various Board Members and other interested members, has focused on developing our RTAM’s new Asks for our politicians. Please read the online brochure which outlines our concerns and the process that you can follow to help advance awareness of these concerns, during the upcoming Manitoba provincial election. Provincial Election 2023 (rtam.mb.ca)
  • RTAM will be holding a Special Membership Meeting of all members held on Zoom in September to approve the additional Board members that have come forward since the 2023 AGM. We now have new Board members for 2023-2024 and require your approval of these members. Invitations will be sent via email and posted online in early to mid August, allowing at least 30 days before the meeting is to take place. This will be a short online meeting, lasting about 15 minutes. The only purpose will be to introduce the potential new Directors to the board and then hold a vote on their acceptance. No new business will be undertaken at this meeting.
  • We have had a lot of success with online seminars these past few months, we had more than 40 register for Hearing Life and the same for Express Scripts. Heading into the presentation from Taylor McCaffrey on Wills and Power of Attorney, we have more than 100 pre-registered for the event! Please see all our events and register online today! RTAM Events
  • We're also seeing success and uptake with our in-person events! Thanks to everyone who came out for our Wine and Paint afternoon and took home a painting of Water Lilies this month!!!

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  • The RTAM Golf tournament (sponsored by Johnson Insurance) is just around the corner. The event takes place at Quarry Oaks Golf Course and you can play 9 or 18 holes, while getting some gifts, lunch, dinner and a great round with friends. We have more than 60 golfers registered for our event already, make sure you register today before the event fills up! RTAM Golf Tournament 2023-Sports Event
  • Chapter Presidents and Delegates should be on the look-out for an important email from the Executive in early August. The Board, Executive and Office have spent several months reviewing Chapter relationships and reporting with our lawyers at Taylor McCaffrey and our financial consultants and auditors at Reid and Miller. Changes are required for this years audit and will also force changes to the Chapter system moving forward. The letter will outline RTAM's needs and contact information for President's and Delegates to reach out to the RTAM office or Executive Committee directly with any questions or support needs. 

Remember, your feedback is always welcome. We can be contacted at the following emails with any comments or concerns:

President, Linda Blair - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vice President, Gabe Mercier - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Secretary, Jayesh Maniar - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 - The RTAM Executive

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