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.
Committee Chair & Member/s
- Charles Clifford (Portage La Prairie)
- Allen Havard (Winnipeg)
- Esmeralda Havard (Winnipeg)
Committee Report to the Last RTAM AGM
Respectfully submitted by Linda Scott, Chair (Winnipeg)
Members: Rosalie Bornn (Dauphin), Charles Clifford (Portage la Prairie), Audrey Greenhill (Winnipeg), Allen Havard (Winnipeg), Esmeralda Havard (Winnipeg), Beth Smith (Dauphin)
Most of the Membership and Chapters Committee correspondence occurs through e-mail and telephone conversations, but as need arises, our meetings are held on the morning the day after the board meeting.
Each RTAM Chapter President was sent a welcome letter in the fall of 2018 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 9,921. Eleven Chapter Initiative Grants were approved as of April 15, 2019.
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 Brandon and Thompson Pre-Retirement Seminars were held in April 2019. The Winnipeg Pre-Retirement Seminar was held in February 2019. There were 91 people in attendance (82 teachers/guests and 9 RTAM volunteers). These seminars have three common themes: An overview of RTAM's Voluntary Group Benefit Plans, "Life After Teaching" with a panel of three retired teachers and RTAM - Who We Are, a Power Point Presentation.
"Did You Know", an information article about MTS 100th Anniversary events and local opportunities for Chapter participation, compiled by Beth Smith, was published in the Spring 2018 KIT Magazine.
An RTAM bookmark was designed, on the suggestion of Allen Havard, and was distributed at RTAM's Pre-Retirement Seminar and the 2019 AGM.
Thank you to all the committee members for all their hard work and dedication throughout the year.