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Membership & Chapters Committee

Membership & Chapters Committee

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.

Pre-Retirement seminars are offered to active teaches who are thinking of retiring in the near future.

Chair: Beth Smith

Members:

Joan Dawson
Linda Scott
Charles Clifford
Rosalie Bornn
Linda York

NOVEMBER 2021

  • We asked to have the RTAM Pre-Retirement Seminar ad to be printed in the Manitoba Teacher magazine. The magazine will not be in print until January 2022. Instead, MTS has placed our ad in the Sub, an email newsletter that goes out to all MTS members. MTS has also placed the ad on their website. 
  • As a result of our information being placed in the Sub and the MTS Website, we had 217 registrants for the Pre-Retirement Seminar, offered by Zoom, on Saturday, October 30, 2021, which began at 9:30am.
  • As the registrants began to arrive there was a problem as Zoom was only accepting 100 registrants, our license was for 500.
  • By 10:15am the problem was resolved but most of the other registrants had decided it was no use trying to enter the Zoom meeting by that time.
  • We have decided to offer another Pre-Retirement Seminar on November 20, 2021, offered by Zoom beginning at 9:30am. Information was sent out to all of the previous registrants inviting them to the next seminar.
  • Don’t forget to apply for a Chapter Initiative Grant to promote Member Engagement. The grant is for $250.00, and the application form can be found on the RTAM website.

2020 AGM REPORT

Members:  Charles Clifford (Portage la Prairie), Allen Havard (Winnipeg), Esmeralda Havard (Winnipeg)

Most of the Membership and Chapters Committee correspondence occurs through e-mail and telephone conversations, but as the need arises, our meetings are held in the afternoon the day after the Board meeting.

Each RTAM Chapter President was sent a welcome letter in the fall of 2019 along with the Guidelines and Application form for the Chapters Initiative Grant, a copy of the RTAM Strategic Plan and updated "Meeting Ideas".

The total number of RTAM members, as of March 31, 2018, is 9,814 TRAF members of RTAM and 240 non TRAF members of RTAM for a total of 10,054 members.


Thirteen Chapter Initiative Grants have been approved as of April 15, 2018.

An advertisement was placed in the Manitoba Teacher, January/February edition to inform active teachers of Pre-Retirement Seminars in Winnipeg and Brandon. Ads were also placed on the RTAM website and in our KIT magazine, as it is distributed to every school in Manitoba. Letters and posters about the seminars were sent to superintendents, principals of the funded independent schools and presidents of the Local Teachers' Associations.

The Winnipeg Pre-Retirement Seminar was held in February 2020. There were 96 people in attendance (86 teachers/guests and 10 RTAM volunteers).  The topics covered were an overview of RTAM's Voluntary Group Benefit Plans presented by Jessica Simpson of Johnson Insurance, and "Life after Teaching" presented by a panel of retired teachers.

The Brandon Pre Retirement and the Thompson Pre Retirement Seminars were to be held in March 2020 but were postponed because of COVID-19.  ZOOM conferences will provide those registered with the required information.

An article on Why Join RTAM was submitted for the June edition of the MB Teacher magazine.  

Thank you to all the committee members for all their hard work and dedication throughout the year.

Respectfully submitted by

Linda Scott
Chair Membership and Chapters

MEMBERSHIP TIMELINE

AUGUST

  • Send RTAM brochures to MTS for distribution at their Pre-Retirement Seminars.
  • Place an article in Fall KIT about Retirement.

SEPTEMBER

  • Send Welcome Letterto RTAM Chapter Presidents.

OCTOBER

  • Make arrangements for Pre-Retirement Seminar for Winnipeg in February. (Or whatever date is suitable).
  • Make contact with Brandon members about Brandon Pre-Retirement Seminar. (They usually look after their own).
  • Thompson usually looks after their own Pre-Retirement Seminars.
  • These seminars may be offered virtually, all together or separately.
  • Speak to presenters about above Pre-Retirement Seminars.

DECEMBER

  • Place advertisement in Manitoba Teacher (January/February Edition), KIT and RTAM website for the above Pre-Retirement Seminars. 
  • Send letters to Independent Schools and surrounding school divisions with information, and poster to distribute, about upcoming Pre-Retirement Seminars in their area.

JANUARY

  • Get documents and giveaways organized for the Pre-Retirement Seminar.

FEBRUARY

  • Pre-Retirement Seminar.

MARCH

  • Get organized for the Annual General Meeting in May.

MAY

  • AGM
  • Review and update the content in the Join RTAM brochure.
  • Place an article in Manitoba Teacher “Why Join RTAM?” 

ONGOING

  • New member applications. 
  • Chapter Initiative Grant and Well Initiative Grant applications.
  • Articles for KIT re: Pre-Retirement Seminar ads, pictures, and articles about the seminar(s), also available on the RTAM website.
  • Keep RTAM website updated with Membership and Chapter information.