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Calgary and Area Chapter Retired Teachers' Association of Manitoba Inc.

Calgary and Area Chapter Retired Teachers' Association of Manitoba Inc.

In the Spring 2014 edition of KIT, Dennis Kozak placed a small advertisement asking, “Are you interested in forming an RTAM Group in Calgary. A flurry of phone calls and emails, by Dennis, Lillian Kozak, and Penny Hogan invited RTAM members, living in Calgary, to a breakfast meeting on May 13, 2014. At a third meeting of the group, in December 2014, the “Constitution of the Calgary and Area Chapter Retired Teachers’ Association of Manitoba Inc. (RTAM)” was signed. We began 2015 as an ‘official’ Chapter of RTAM. Who are we? We are retired Manitoba teachers, counsellors, administrators, and clinicians with roots in school divisions throughout Manitoba. Some of us have relocated quite recently, to be close to our children and grandchildren. Others have lived in and around Calgary for many years. Most members reside in Calgary, but several individuals travel from Lethbridge, High River, Cochrane and Canmore to attend get-togethers.

President: Dennis Kozak

Address: 636 Oakwood Place SW Calgary, AB T2V 0K5

Phone: 1-587-891-7114

Email: kozak3@shaw.ca

2020 REPORT

Calgary Chapter - Report to the 2020 AGM

Respectfully submitted by Penny Hogan

On behalf of the Chapter Committee: Dennis Kozak; Jan Campbell; Richard Dooley; Penny Hogan; Lillian Kozak and George Takashima.

Members: 57

Members of the Calgary and Area Chapter are drawn from a large geographical area, and have retired from a variety of Manitoba school divisions.  Although most members did not know one another before relocating to Alberta, the Calgary Chapter of RTAM provides a unique opportunity to maintain members’ Manitoba teaching connections.  Of 57 RTAM members on our ‘Chapter Contact List’, 25 members, some accompanied by a spouse, attended at least one meeting in 2019.   A second indicator of continued interest in the Calgary Chapter is the number of members who take time to send regrets if unable to attend a meeting.  We continue to alternate four yearly meetings between locations in South and North Calgary. While the majority of members are Calgarians, some individuals travel from Airdrie, High River, Lethbridge, Cochrane and Canmore to attend our luncheons. Attendance remains quite consistent from year to year.

Date

2019

Attendance 2019

Regrets

2019

Total

RSVP

Date

2018

Attendance

2018

Regrets

2018

March 14

18

11

29

March 8

19

11

May 2

15

15

30

May 3

22

12

Sept 12

19

14

33

Sept 13

14

14

Nov 21

17

13

30

Nov 29

18

18

The Calgary and Area Chapter was most grateful to receive a Chapter Initiative Grant in January 2019.  The receipt of a Chapter Initiative is instrumental in providing the members in the Calgary Chapter with opportunities to gather together, socialize and to hear speakers on a variety of interesting topics.  Chapter activities in 2019 supported by the Chapter Initiative Grant were as follows:

  • March 14, 2019: Two representatives of the Calgary Police Service Counterfeit and Fraud Prevention Program provided up-to-date information on “Calgary’s Top Telephone Scams”, including strategies for seniors to best protect themselves from being victimized by criminal elements perpetrating telephone and other scams.
  • May 2, 2019: A luncheon provided time for Chapter members to reconnect and socialize with ‘snow-bird’ returnees.
  • September 12, 2019: Guest speaker Shaun Hunter brought Calgary’s history alive for our Chapter members. As former Manitobans, we may not be as well informed about the history of Calgary.  Shaun Hunter is a born and raised Calgarian, who authored the book Through the Eyes of Writers. 
  • November 21, 2019: The final luncheon of 2019, a pre-Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, provided a wonderful opportunity for Chapter members to socialize. Highlights of the AGM on May 7 & 8 were presented by Lillian and Dennis Kozak, who attended the 2019 AGM.

A Calgary Chapter 2019 Initiative: The Freedom of Information and Privacy Act (FOIP) does not permit the release of personal contact information for RTAM members who are relocating to, or may already be living in, the geographical area of Calgary Chapter.  However, in November/December 2019 with the assistance of the RTAM, a membership discrepancy was investigated, as summarized in the following table:

City/Town

RTAM Total Members

Calgary Chapter

Discrepancy

Airdrie

3

1

2

Calgary*

55

36* Does not include members In Care

20

Canmore

9

6

3

Cochrane

6

3

3

Lethbridge

7

4

3

Okotoks

2

0

2

Strathmore

3

0

3

Turner Valley

1

0

1

Though the process is yet to be determined, in 2020, with the assistance of RTAM, Calgary Chapter hopes to invite the 37 ‘missing’ RTAM members currently residing in our area to experience some RTAM camaraderie in Calgary.

All Chapter members are notified through email regarding upcoming Chapter events.  Information following each event is emailed to all members.


2019 REPORT

Respectfully submitted by Penny Hogan

On behalf of the Chapter Committee: Dennis Kozak; Jan Campbell; Penny Hogan; Lillian Kozak and George Takashima.

Members: 57

Of 57 RTAM members on our ‘Chapter Contact List’, 25 members, some accompanied by a spouse, attended at least one meeting in 2018.   A second indicator of continued interest in the Calgary Chapter is the number of members who take time to send regrets if unable to attend a meeting.  We continue to alternate four yearly meetings between locations in South and North Calgary. While the majority of members are Calgarians, some individuals travel from High River, Lethbridge, Cochrane and Canmore to attend our luncheons. Attendance remains consistent from year to year.

Date 2018

Attendance 2018

Regrets 2018

Total RSVP

Date 2017

Attendance 2017

Regrets 2017

March 8

19

11

30

March 2

14

13

May 3

22

12

34

May 4

21

13

September 13

14

14

28

September 14

17

16

November 29

19

18

37

November 23

19

12

The Calgary and Area Chapter received a Chapter Initiative Grant in February 2018.  On Thursday, June 7, 2018, 13 members of the Chapter travelled to Lethbridge, Alberta.  The morning was spent at the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden.  The garden was established in 1967 as a “Canadian Garden in the Japanese Style” and recognizes contributions made by citizens of Japanese ancestry to the multi-cultural community of Lethbridge.  A highlight of the visit was ‘storytelling’ by Dr. George Takashima, who was interned with his family by the Canadian government in British Columbia’s interior during WWII.  The Nikka Yuko Garden was designated a Provincial Historical Resource in 2017. 

The afternoon was spent at the Galt Museum.  The museum is named after Sir Alexander Galt, who founded the City of Lethbridge after discovering coal along the banks of the Oldman River.  The museum overlooks the site of historic Fort Whoop-Up in the gorge below.  Participants in the tour to Lethbridge enjoyed the opportunity to explore new sights, while enjoying the company of fellow Chapter members.

At the Chapter’s November 2018 luncheon, Brenda Marra, BSc, ACSM Certified Clinical Physiologist®, Exercise is Medicine Credential Level III, delivered a motivating presentation on the topic “Taking Charge of Your Heart Health - Major Risk Factors of Heart Disease and Ways to Stay Motivated to Be Active”.  The presentation was well received by all in attendance.

All members are notified through email regarding upcoming Chapter events.  As well, information following each event is emailed, in the hope that individuals who may not yet have attended a get-together may feel welcome to join the group at a future event.  In May 2019, the Calgary Chapter looks forward to the fifth anniversary of our first meeting in Calgary.

 

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The Calgary Chapter meets four times each year, to renew acquaintances, welcome new members and to listen to speakers on topics of interest to the group. Typically, our get-togethers are held at restaurant venues in Calgary, with an average attendance of 20. If you have recently retired and relocated to the Calgary area, or if you have lived in Calgary for years, but have not yet come out to a get-together, we hope you will consider joining us at our next event. A phone call to Dennis (587-891-7114) or an email to Penny (literacyplus@shaw.ca) will put you in touch!