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.
Pre-Retirement seminars are offered to active teaches who are thinking of retiring in the near future.
Committee Chair & Member/s
- Joan Dawson
- Linda Scott
- Charles Clifford
- Rosalie Bornn
- Linda York
Committee Report to the 2020 RTAM AGM
Membership and Chapters Committee Report to the 2020 RTAM AGM
Members: Charles Clifford (Portage la Prairie), Allen Havard (Winnipeg), Esmeralda Havard (Winnipeg)
Most of the Membership and Chapters Committee correspondence occurs through e-mail and telephone conversations, but as the need arises, our meetings are held in the afternoon the day after the Board meeting.
Each RTAM Chapter President was sent a welcome letter in the fall of 2019 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 9,814 TRAF members of RTAM and 240 non TRAF members of RTAM for a total of 10,054 members.
Thirteen Chapter Initiative Grants have been approved as of April 15, 2018.
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 Winnipeg Pre-Retirement Seminar was held in February 2020. There were 96 people in attendance (86 teachers/guests and 10 RTAM volunteers). The topics covered were an overview of RTAM's Voluntary Group Benefit Plans presented by Jessica Simpson of Johnson Insurance, and "Life after Teaching" presented by a panel of retired teachers.
The Brandon Pre Retirement and the Thompson Pre Retirement Seminars were to be held in March 2020 but were postponed because of COVID-19. ZOOM conferences will provide those registered with the required information.
An article on Why Join RTAM was submitted for the June edition of the MB Teacher magazine.
Thank you to all the committee members for all their hard work and dedication throughout the year.
Respectfully submitted by
Chair Membership and Chapters
Membership & Chapters Timeline
- - Send RTAM brochures to MTS for distribution at their Pre-Retirement Seminars.
- - Place an article in Fall KIT about Retirement.
- - Send Welcome Letterto RTAM Chapter Presidents.
- - Make arrangements for Pre-Retirement Seminar for Winnipeg in February. (Or whatever date is suitable).
- - Make contact with Brandon members about Brandon Pre-Retirement Seminar. (They usually look after their own).
- - Thompson usually looks after their own Pre-Retirement Seminars.
- - These seminars may be offered virtually, all together or separately.
- - Speak to presenters about above Pre-Retirement Seminars.
- - Place advertisement in Manitoba Teacher (January/February Edition), KIT and RTAM website for the above Pre-Retirement Seminars.
- - Send letters to Independent Schools and surrounding school divisions with information, and poster to distribute, about upcoming Pre-Retirement Seminars in their area.
- - Get documents and giveaways organized for the Pre-Retirement Seminar.
- - Pre-Retirement Seminar.
- - Get organized for the Annual General Meeting in May.
- - AGM
- - Review and update the content in the Join RTAM brochure.
- - Place an article in Manitoba Teacher “Why Join RTAM?”
- - New member applications.
- - Chapter Initiative Grant and Well Initiative Grant applications.
- - Articles for KIT re: Pre-Retirement Seminar ads, pictures, and articles about the seminar(s), also available on the RTAM website.
- - Keep RTAM website updated with Membership and Chapter information.
RTAM Chapter Initiative Grant Application Guidelines
The RTAM Chapter Initiative Grant (CIG) is available to chapters to promote member engagement. Chapters are urged to develop a project and/or activity that meets the unique needs of their individual membership. Once the plan has been formulated, an application form (attached) should be completed and sent to the RTAM office. Each chapter is eligible for a subsidy of up to $250 per fiscal year to assist with their project. Be aware that funding is limited. Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing.
The criteria used for evaluating the CIG application are as follows:
- The initiative must promote member engagement.
- Describe the initiative to be undertaken. Project descriptions should be complete enough to indicate how "member engagement" will be promoted and what activity/activities are involved to facilitate this.
- Indicate the itemized expenses and estimated costs.
- Indicate the date or the period of time the initiative will take place. Completion dates may be projected at the time of the grant application.
- Activities for which funding is requested must take place after the application date.
- A description of how RTAM will be recognized for its contribution should be in the application.
- The exact same initiative should NOT be repeated yearly.
- Initiatives should avoid the direct transfer of funds received from RTAM to another organization where there is no additional chapter member involvement.
- A report must be sent to RTAM after the completion of the Chapter’s initiative.
- Initiative reports are to be received no later than 2 months after the initiative’s completion date.
- Reports from a previous grant must have been received by RTAM to be eligible for another CIG.
- Priority will be given to first-time applications if a choice needs to be made due to budgetary constraints.
Please contact the RTAM office if you have any questions, by phone at 204-889-3660, 1‑888‑393-8082 (toll-free) or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a result of COVID-19, the Chapter Initiative Reports are not due until December 20, 2020.