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Swan Valley Retired Teachers (SVRT)

Swan Valley Retired Teachers (SVRT)

Our yearly membership varies between 23 and 30 members.

We meet 5 times a year for a luncheon meeting at the country home of Walter and Myrna Zinkiews.

This year for Christmas, we invited retired as well as current School Board members to our annual get together.

A number of retired teachers and guests traveled to the Meyers farm 3 miles West of Gilbert Plains. As well as touring some refurbished pioneer building etc., we climbed a 50 foot lighthouse constructed on the north bank of the Valley River. It was a very interesting structure. After the tour we had a great lunch at the Gilbert Plains golf course. To get to the clubhouse we had to cross a swinging bridge across the same Valley River.

The SVRT deliver meals on wheels during 2 weeks in February.
Of course many retired teachers volunteer in numerous organizations in the Valley.

President: Barb Plumb





Greetings from the Swan Valley Chapter of Retired Teachers. We are a small group of about

Twenty members that meet bi-monthly for a luncheon meeting at the home of Walter and Myrna

Zinkiew. We are treated with a wonderful home cooked meal and have an opportunity to socialize with colleagues and discuss topics of interest.

Executive Officers 2019-2020

  • President-Aldrich Novotny
  • Vice President-Ed Richenhaller
  • Secretary-Jean Keillor
  • Treasurer- Henry Barkowski
  • Past President-Barb Plumb

Activities of our chapter

  • Our Chapter sends get well/sympathy cards to our colleagues.
  • We participate in the Retirement Banquet of Teachers of the Swan Valley School Division in June.
  • We agreed to donate $200 to the local Ag. Society. The money would go to schoolwork entry prizes at the North West Roundup and Exhibition.
  • In November three members volunteered to judge Remembrance Day Contest entries. On behalf of the local chapter a wreath was presented at the community Remembrance Day Service.
  • Members of our chapter, Ed Richenhaller and Aldrich Novotny encouraged others to join in delivering meals in the “Meals On Wheels” program. They reported that people receiving meals were very appreciative.
  • On one of the coldest days of 2019, 24 members drove to Rawhides in Stenen Sk. For a Christmas-Get- Together! 42 lbs. of food was collected for the local food bank.
  • Julie Kooistra made retired teachers aware of recreational/ entertainment available in Swan River i.e. Pickle Ball , Square Dancing, community Band Concert, Christmas Carol Festival.
  • The SVRT welcomed retired Superintendent, Tim Mendel at our meeting in February.

Submitted by Jean Keillor, Secretary SVRT


Respectfully submitted by Darlene McKibben

Members: 23

Executive Officers for 2018-2019

President – Barb Plumb

Vice President – Aldrich Novotny

Secretary – Sheila Kelbert - March: Darlene McKibben - starting in May

Treasurer – Henry Barkowski

Past President – Ed Richenhaller 

The chapter held three regular luncheon meetings (May, September and December) following the annual AGM.  Henry reported that as of December there are 23 members (one new member).  Around 15-20 members usually attend.  Our annual fee is $5.00. 


May: Ed (Past President) and Pat Richenhaller (Past Treasurer) attended the RTAM AGM in Winnipeg on May 8 and 9, 2018. 

June: Several members attended The School Division Service Awards Retirement Banquet in June.  Retiring teachers are presented with a “Welcome to Retirement” bag and are encouraged to join the local chapter of retired teachers.

November: Members of the group volunteered to judge Remembrance Day Contest entries for the local legion.  On behalf of the local chapter a wreath was presented at the community Remembrance Day service.

January:  Members met to socialize for an “After Christmas” luncheon at the Timberland Inn.  A collection of food items was donated to the local Food Bank.

February: Our chapter delivered Meals on Wheels for two weeks.

Throughout the past term, chapter members and their families were acknowledged with get well/thinking of you cards.

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Our Chapter is yearly involved in the judging of the Legion sponsored Remembrance Literary and Poster entries of the students of the Swan Valley.

SVRT are invited to the Retiring Teachers Banquet. There we present the retiring teachers with gift and invite them to a free lunch at our next meeting.