Beth Smith, Dauphin
  • Pat Bowslaugh, Brandon
  • Joan Dawson, Thompson
  • Joan Goble, Thompson
  • Audrey Greenhill, Winnipeg
  • Ray Sitter, Brandon    

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.

Report to the Last RTAM AGM

2015 – 2016 Membership and Chapters Report

Respectfully submitted by Beth Smith (Chair), Dauphin.

Committee Members

Rosalie Bornn, Dauphin; Pat Bowslaugh, Brandon; Joan Dawson, Thompson; Ray Sitter, Brandon; and John Sushelnitsky, Portage la Prairie.

1. The committee met primarily on the afternoon before the board meeting. Communications also occurred through email and telephone discussions.

2. Each chapter president was sent an email in September 2015 to inform them that they can contact the committee for any help they may need over the year. Two articles were also sent with the email: “Why Join RTAM?” and “Chapter Meeting Ideas” (66 ideas for chapters to implement throughout the year, if they so wish). These articles were also placed on the RTAM website.

3. Membership in RTAM over the past year, April 2015 to March 2016, has increased by 299 members.

4. Five Chapter Initiative Grants have been approved over the last year.

5. Vice-President, Rosalie Bornn; Membership and Chapters Chair, Beth Smith; and President of Dauphin Area Retired Teachers’ Association, Charlene Purdon travelled to Swan River on September 18, 2015 to help Swan River celebrate their 25th Anniversary at a delicious luncheon at the Westwood Inn.

6. Advertisements were placed in the Manitoba Teacher, December and January/February editions, to inform active teachers of Pre-Retirement Seminars in Brandon and Winnipeg. Ads were also placed on the RTAM website and in our KIT magazine, as it is distributed to every school in Manitoba.

7. Three Pre-Retirement Seminars were held for active teachers;

Brandon hosted the first Pre-Retirement Seminar with 19 attendees from Brandon and surrounding area.

Winnipeg hosted the second Pre-Retirement Seminar with 70 attendees from Winnipeg and surrounding area.

Thompson hosted the third Pre-Retirement Seminar with 15 attendees from Thompson and surrounding area. 

All three seminars had three common information sessions: “Pension and Financial Issues”, “An overview of RTAM’s Voluntary Group Benefit Plans” and “More than Money – About Planning for a LIFE in Retirement”.

Some comments generated from these sessions:

“Great mix of practical and spiritual/emotional – lifestyle choices and advice.”

“Hold these for younger teachers, as well”.

“Best session – common sense.”

“They have provided more applicable information in 3 hours than I learned from anyone else.”

8. Committee members contacted all chapter presidents by telephone to check in with them and inform them of the upcoming AGM in May 2016, to remind them to apply for a Chapter Initiative Grant, and advise them to check their chapter information on the website to make sure it is up to date.



Retirement is a time of transitions. Throughout your career you belonged to the Manitoba Teachers’ Society (MTS), but upon retirement you are no longer a member. The Retired Teachers’ Association of Manitoba (RTAM) exists to serve retired teachers. We invite you to join the growing number of RTAM members and enjoy the benefits of belonging.

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