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Branch Newsletter

The Newsletter of the South Okanagan Retired Teachers' Association

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Branch Executive

Past PresidentTerry at Large (Social)Glenn Rabuka250-492-2108 

Title Name Phone Email
President Kendra Litke 250-492-3166
Vice President Evelyn Enns 250-492-3596
Second Vice President Shirley Stadler 250-492-7951
Secretary Linda Holman 250-494-7065  
Treasurer Evelyn Enns    

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Branch Report 2015

TEACHER SUPPORT
SORTA donated $1000 to the Okanagan Skaha Teachers’ Hardship Fund and $100 towards a special dinner to support teachers during last year’s teachers’ strike.   SORTA also contributes $50 to the Okanagan College bursary fund
in memory of any member who passes away.  

MEETINGS
There are three Executive meetings plus three combination luncheon/breakfast general meetings a year.  

SPEAKERS
 Members are currently being surveyed to determine if there is interest in hosting a COSCO workshop.  In the past there has not been much interest expressed in spite of the variety of workshop options.

COMMUNICATIONS
 The SORTA website (www.SORTA.ca) has been re-designed and has been linked to the BCRTA website as well as the Okanagan Skaha Teachers’ Union website. Email contact, however, still seems to be most efficient.

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
On the opening day of school a ‘To Hell With the Bell’ breakfast is held at a local golf course where retired teachers raise a glass to toast their colleagues still working in the classroom.   Both the winter and the spring luncheons are followed by a general meeting.

SCHOLARSHIPS:  One $1,000 bursary is awarded an Education student at Okanagan College in Penticton. Up to eight $50 Kiwanis Music Festival scholarship awards are also given.

RECRUITMENT
The branch president or delegate attends the annual local union retirement dinner to make a presentation on the benefits of joining the BCRTA/SORTA.  This is followed up by a card of congratulations accompanied by a membership form.  SORTA members are informed who the new retirees are so that personal contact and encouragement to join occurs.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
The updated website with links from the union website (OSTU.ca) and the BCRTA website

SHORT RANGE PLANS
A golf tournament in September

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

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