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March 20th meeting

Tisdale Chapter of the Retired Teachers Plan Future Events

The March meeting of the Tisdale and area retired teachers (STS) was held at Trombley’s Bakery March 20. It provided an opportunity for an update on issues arising at the provincial level, a time to socialise over soup and sandwiches and an opportunity to plan for the future. Eleven people attended. The mantle of keeper of the financial records has been passed from Darlene McCullough to Dorothy Allen Bader. Darlene has served the group well for many years, but has looked for a capable person to step into the position. She has certainly found one in Dorothy. In the treasurer’s report, it was clear that Darlene is leaving the group solvent, and that the executive will continue to donate to the charities it has maintained for a while – NEOSS, grad scholarships and the Backpack initiative as well as some other school-directed charities.

The report from the provincial liaison indicated that there are now 11,336 members of the STS province-wide. The P.S.T. on group benefits will cease in March, and the 7579 plan members will be rebated. Sixteen resolutions have been forwarded to date for the AGM. Bylaw resolutions will have special treatment due to Canada Post restrictions. Finally, local delegates for the May AGM in Saskatoon were decided. This gives local members an opportunity to see the provincial organisation first-hand. The Tisdale have quite a delegation, since the chapter now has two Honorary Life Members in Darlene McCullough and Maureen Donald who can take part in the AGM as part of their past work in the organisation.

The STS remains active in more than armchair sport. Melfort is hosting the golf tournament in June. Donations of crafted raffle items are welcomed for this occasion. As well, bowling and fishing are on the calendar.

In Tisdale, STS members are active: Denise Lalonde has done a superlative job of sending cards marking significant events in the lives of chapter members. Jeanette Larsen is organising the May Birthday tea for New Market Place, and finally, Maureen Donald, chairperson, has arranged the June outing. It will be to the Tisdale Museum, where STS members will see the full extent of the museum, including learning about how items are catalogued. A picnic or BBQ will follow.

The Tisdale chapter of the STS provides lots of opportunities for activity and socialising for members and partners.