Announcements

A time to reflect.

During a time of war and conflict around the world, we want to take time to remember the sacrifices of World War One, World War Two and all the conflicts where Canadians and others have sacrificed in the name of freedom and fighting against oppression. 

RTAM Directors will be attending various Remembrance Day ceremonies around the City of Winnipeg and Province of Manitoba. RTAM is also supporting the 2024 Royal Canadian Legion magazine and will be a featured supporter of the Legion in the publication.

Red And Black Illustrated Remembrance Day Poster

 

In Flanders Fields

 
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
        In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
        In Flanders fields.

NEW Special Interest Group (SIG) - RTAM Choir, RTAM Paper Quilt and Legacy Portfolios

RTAM is proud to announce a new initiative that will function similarly to Chapters which will be called Special Interest Groups and be known as SIG's.

These new SIGs will have a them and be open to RTAM members anywhere in the province who would like to participate. If you or someone you know is interested in starting a SIG, please reach out to Dianne in the RTAM office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. She will take down your contact information and SIG information and we will create a "call to action" to see how many people are interested in joining the group! If we can get more than 10 committed RTAM members to join, we are happy to help create a regular group which can come together, stay connected and active while pursuing their passions in retirement through RTAM. If you are interested in participating in one of our three new SIGs, please email Dianne and let her know which group you're interested in, along with your phone number and email so she can follow up with you.

New Special Interest Group - Legacy Portoflios:  The Legacy Portfolio SIG will provide you with a portfolio and discussion with fellow members as to what you may want to select to leave as a memoir for your family.

New Special Interest Group - The Paper Quilt Project:  The Women in Leadership Paper Quilt SIG is designed to encourage RTAM women who were in leadership roles in their teaching career to develop a paper quilt square to be arranged in the creation of a “RTAM Women in Leadership” paper quilt! 

New Special Interest Group - RTAM Choir:  The RTAM Choir is seeking interested members for is being run by RTAM member Bill Quinn. Please see his message below:

"Are any RTAM members interested in singing choir music in an informal setting on Wednesday afternoons in the new year? A retired choral teacher with many years of experience leading community choirs is willing to lead a group through a variety of music- folk, pop, Broadway, light classical and jazz. Each session would last 90 minutes and accompanied by a pianist. A small fee would be required. Please contact RTAM if interested."
 
Breathe Better Sing Together - Benefits of Singing

RTAM & Luscious Orange Website Survey 

Welcome everyone. We are having some issues with the survey links which all stem from the RTAM side of things and not Luscious Orange. This has to do with several factors on our end related to Office, Microsoft and our Website. 

Please try using these two links to complete the survey. If neither works, please try copying and pasting the url in your address bar.

Survey Link Option 1

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Survey Link Option 2

RTAM Member Survey (google.com) 

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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RTAM is a proud sponsor and partner of the Manitoba 55+ games, and we are looking to support them as they look to host Curling this upcoming Spring in Brandon Manitoba as a stand alone event. There will be traditional curling, stick curling and divisions above and below 70 years for men, women and mixed. If you are looking to volunteer or register a team, please see the information below!

2024 Curling Poster

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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