Teacher Tales from Texas


Teacher Tales from Texas

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Volume IX, ii Fall 2019 With Special Guest Speaker A LIS O N QUI N N HILL IS "Teacher Tales from Texas" Reserve by August 28 Pay at the Door $20/Person All are welcome! Pre-Register with rtoero20@gmail.com Or call Past-President Dennis Quinn 613.384.6434 Please indicate any specific dietary concerns. See Page 3 for details! Cat c h up wi t h f ri e nds ! Ce l e brat e y our Re t i re RTO/ERO District 20 Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Federal Election – Monday, October 21, 2019 Tuesday, Sept ember 3, 2019 Travelodge Hotel, 2360 Princess St., Kingston 8:30AM Registration 9:00AM Texas Sized Buffet Breakfast

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www.facebook.com/RTOERO20/ email: rtoero20@gmail.com Page 2 INSIDE THIS ISSUE Inside This Issue 2 Breakfast Guest Alison Hillis 3 Executive Board 4 President’s Message 5 – 6 Past-President’s Message 7 Membership Report 8 - 9 Travel 2020 10 - 13 Political Advocacy Report 14 - 15 District 20 Call for Executive 16 - 19 RTO/ERO Foundation Updates 20 - 21 Awards and Grants 22 Celebrating Our Community 23 - 25 Benefits Report 26 Calendar of Events 27 Upcoming Dates to Remember 28 For a complete and current List of Perks and How To Redeem, please log in to https://rto-ero.venngo.com and Show All Perks.

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www.rtoero20.com twitter.com/RTODistrict20 Vision 20/20 Volume IX, Issue ii, Fall 2019 Page 3 Alison Quinn Hillis Alison has lived in the town of Lufkin, Texas, in the region of Deep East Texas since 2001. She and her husband, Michael, have two children: Noah, 16 and Kaleb, 13. Alison and Michael both work for the Lufkin Independent School District (ISD), where Michael is a Grade 9 Assistant Principal at Lufkin High School. After 11 years of teaching various levels of high school English, Alison became the English Instructional Coach (Department Head) at the high school.

She oversaw 22 language arts teachers and 2 instructional aides. In addition she was responsible for the language arts instruction of 2,200 high school students. In June 2019 Alison was appointed Director of Advanced Academics, coordinating the gifted and talented program for the entire Lufkin ISD.

Before moving to Lufkin, Alison received her Bachelor of Arts Honours from Queen’s University in Kingston, her hometown, and then taught English as a Second Language in Japan. Currently, she is pursuing a Master’s Degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in Literacy Studies. The Annual District 20 To 'ell With The Bell Texas-Sized Buffet Breakfast! With Special Guest Speaker "Teacher Tales from Texas" Tuesday, September 3, 2019 Travelodge Hotel 2360 Princess St. Kingston 8:30AM Registration 9:00AM Buffet Breakfast Pre-Register and Pay at the Door $20/Person Reserve by Aug. 28/19 Email rtoero20@gmail.com Or call Dennis Quinn 613.384.6434 Please indicate any specific dietary concerns.

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www.facebook.com/RTOERO20/ email: rtoero20@gmail.com Page 4 RTO/ERO District 20 Executive and Committees 2018 - 2019 www.rtoero20.com is updated regularly with executive updates, travel news, grant applications, publications, luncheon details and more! Email: rtoero20@gmail.com Les Forkes les.forkes@gmail.com 613.389.1015 Juanita Everett everett.jl@gmail.com 613.900.8147 Vacant Dennis Quinn expos09@hotmail.com 613.384.6434 Ted Whiteland ted.whiteland@me.com 613.929-6363 Madeleine Wotherspoon madlyn1912@gmail.com 613.766.4887 Liz Carson carsonl@hotmail.com 613.389.5419 Patricia Bland pattibland@gmail.com Barbara Canton barbarajcanton@gmail.com Linda Hunter linda.hunter511@gmail.com David Kendall davidckendall@yahoo.ca John Kitney kitneyj@kingston.net Lorraine Tank lstank@cogeco.ca Juanita Everett everett.jl@gmail.com 613.900.8147 Lorraine Tank lstank@cogeco.ca 613.384.6211 Patricia Bland rtoero20@gmail.com Dennis Quinn expos09@hotmail.com 613.384.6434 Les Forkes les.forkes@gmail.com David Kendall davidckendall@yahoo.ca Ted Whiteland ted.whiteland@me.com Dennis Quinn expos09@hotmail.com 613.384.6434 Ted Carson ted.carson@gmail.com 613.389.5419 Vision 20/20 is published in the Winter, Spring and Fall.

The colour e-copy is emailed and available at RTOERO20.com. The printed copy is sent via Canada Post. All materials and editing are completed by District 20 volunteers and all printing is managed by DigiGraphics in Kingston.

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www.rtoero20.com twitter.com/RTODistrict20 Vision 20/20 Volume IX, Issue ii, Fall 2019 Page 5 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Les Forkes les.forkes@gmail.com Hello Fellow RTO/ERO Members and welcome to another edition of Vision 20/20! I hope that you had an enjoyable summer. It seems that our weather patterns are changing and we skipped over spring and went straight to summer again. Hopefully, we will experience a long and pleasant fall season, starting with our annual To ‘ell With The Bell Breakfast with a very special guest speaker, Alison Quinn Hillis. She will present her Texas sized Tales of Teaching on Tuesday, September 3.

Make sure you join us by pre-registering. (See Page 3 for details!) Late in May I attended the Annual Meeting and Senate with executive members Dennis Quinn, Elizabeth Carson and Ted Whiteland. Over three days many interesting topics were covered that I will outline with a few of the highlights. * Elections were held for three positions on the Board of Directors and I am pleased to inform you that our own David Kendall was elected to a 3-year term. Also elected was Gayle Manley and Claudia Mang who will be the District 20 liaison contacts to the Board. The name change proposal from RTO to ViiV has been sent back to committee for further examination and to look at other name change suggestions that will reflect the current makeup of our total organization.

Membership fees will be restructured January 1, 2020. The changes are as follows: the membership fees for all RTO/ERO members currently paying less than $70 shall remain unchanged, subject to an annual inflationary adjustment based upon the Consumer Price Index. Membership fees for all RTO members currently paying more than $70, shall be fixed at $70, subject to annual inflationary adjustment. Membership fees for newly retired RTO members shall be set a $70, subject to an annual inflationary adjustment. These changes have been brought about by a need to keep all present services fully operational.

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www.facebook.com/RTOERO20/ email: rtoero20@gmail.com Page 6 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE (Continued from Page 5) * RTO/ERO is a not-for-profit organization and as such we are following the Canada Not for Profit Corporations Act. For this reason we have moved from a provincial executive with a president to a Board of Directors with a Chair chosen by the nine elected Directors. Since this has happened it is necessary to make a number of changes in by-laws so that our wording and titles of positions are consistent with the CNCA. Some examples of the name changes are: Executive Director becomes Chief Executive Officer; Senate becomes Forum; and Senators become known as Corporate Members.

The minimum annual grants to small districts have been changed so that the minimum shall rise each year for the next five years. In 2019 the grant shall be $10,978 and rise to $15,000 by 2023. * At the meeting District 20 had an opportunity to meet with other executive members from other Districts with open sharing of ideas. All other districts also met with their provincial liaison representatives. I believe that these meetings and other feedback to the Board of Directors resulted in the RTO name change suggestion being dropped. I want to thank Barbara Canton for organizing the Spring Luncheon again this year.

It was a highly successful social event that also raises money for books for students. Thank you Barbara! Well done! RTO/ERO District 20 will hold its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, Nov. 14 at Edith Rankin Memorial Church where we hope that as many of you as possible will attend. It is always important for any volunteer organization to have new members join the executive in order to provide differing views on topics and to bring new life to the organization. Please read the notice in Vision 20/20 that outlines the various roles available locally. The executive hopes to see you at this important meeting.

Les Fork es

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www.rtoero20.com twitter.com/RTODistrict20 Vision 20/20 Volume IX, Issue ii, Fall 2019 Page 7 As Past President of District 20 I have been able to keep myself involved in our District events over the months since the Spring Vision 20/20. In May I was able to attend the Annual Spring Luncheon, organized by Barbara Canton, at Edith Rankin Memorial United Church. At the end of the month I represented District 20 at the RTO/ERO Annual General Meeting in Toronto as a Senator where we helped elect David Kendall to another term on the Board of Directors. David and I, along with District 20 President Les Forkes, attended the Northern luncheon in Sharbot Lake in early June.

There were 15 RTO members in attendance at this event organized by Joanne McCullough. The monthly breakfast get-togethers at the Kingston Travelodge on the second Wednesdays in June and July, as always, provided opportunities to catch up with former colleagues and fellow RTO members. On June 25 I gave a presentation in the Arm Chair Travel series at the Kingston Seniors Centre – North American Sports Tours. That was a lot of fun to do! Finally, the annual excursion to the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque, set up by John Kitney, was a chance to see an amazing musical production of Canadian favourite, Anne of Green Gables.

While participating in all of these RTO/ERO District 20 connected events, I have been working on September 3 “To ‘ell With the Bell” and in Travel Committee activities that are both covered in this issue of Vision 20/20. Dennis Quinn PAST-PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Dennis Quinn expos09@hotmail.com

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www.facebook.com/RTOERO20/ email: rtoero20@gmail.com Page 8 MEMBERSHIP UPDATES Liz Carson, Membership Secretary carsonl@hotmail.com District20welcomes 40 new members!CONGRATULATIONS! AsofJune2019 RTO/ERO20 iscomprisedof1419 registered members. Allarewelcome to join usonSeptember 3 forour Annual To ‘ellWiththeBell Breakfast!(SeePg.3) Christine Armstrong Michael Arsenault Leanna Barton Nellie Belluz Ann Botros Debra Cook Hermano Couto Laurel Cruise-Alkenbrack Paul Dederer Joan Dufresne Sheila Dundon Linda Ford Christopher Forster Margaret Gillespie Karl Hammer Kathleen Harding Michael Hardy Jeanine Holland Jill Irwin Douglas James Dianne LaFortune George Lamacraft Bruce Lonneberg Kim MacGregor Ian MacKellar Alistair Macleod Karen MacSweyn Denis Magnusson Dianne Melanson-Howe Donna Mary Karen Moran Anthony Oliveri Heather Proderick Beth Pye Thomas Russell Kathryn Sager Rita Schulze Hana Sramek Robert Turcke

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www.rtoero20.com twitter.com/RTODistrict20 Vision 20/20 Volume IX, Issue ii, Fall 2019 Page 9 On behalf of the members of District 20, the Executive expresses its sincere condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of those recently deceased. We share in the mourning of their loss and celebrate the services they rendered. This list is current as of June 2019. In Memoriam Audrey Bailey Marie Campbell Marjorie Fossey Donald Hall Gyles Johnston Marilyn R. McRae-Dundon Anne Murphy Josephine Nestman RTO/ERO District 20 Annual General Meeting Thursday, November 14, 2019 12:30 PM Social and Refreshments.

1:00 PM Meeting Edith Rankin Memorial Church, Collins Bay/Kingston

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www.facebook.com/RTOERO20/ email: rtoero20@gmail.com Page 10 TRAVEL WITH DISTRICT 20 in 2020 Committee Report from Dennis Quinn, Chair The formal name of RTO/ERO District 20 Travel Committee is The Kingston and Area Retired Teachers Travel Council (KARTTC). The Council members are: John and Karen Kitney, Nadene Strange and Dennis Quinn. The KARTTC is actively planning and organizing travel experiences for RTO/ERO members. The most recent activity was a day trip to the Thousand Islands Playhouse organized and hosted by John and Karen on July 3, 2019. RTO/ERO members and friends boarded a bus at the Kingston Centre and enjoyed a leisurely drive to the Gananoque theatre.

After a delicious lunch on the Playhouse deck overlooking the St. Lawrence River, the participants were treated to a discussion with some of the actors in the production. We then watched the amazing musical interpretation of “Anne of Green Gables” performed by very talented actors, accompanied by a terrific band and surrounded by an incredible set. It was a sensational afternoon for all!

Dennis and Nadene are each involved in the Armchair Travel series at the Kingston Seniors Association. Dennis’ presentation on June 25 of the North America Sports Tours was very well received. Nadene will be presenting on August 27 with a perspective on Northern Canada to the Senior Centre. That event segues into the next section of this report - RTO/ERO District 20 planned tours in 2020. The following 3 pages provide a wealth of information about two trips already mapped out. Nadene Strange is leading a CANADA NORTH excursion in July 2020. A full itinerary is now available and reservations are being taken.

Dennis Quinn is organizing an HISTORIC GERMANY trip for September 2020. A full itinerary will be available in September 2019.

The KARTTC is already investigating potential future tours in: 2021 – CROATIA 2022 – SHONGOLOLO (a train tour in South Africa) 2022 - SPORTS TOUR somewhere in North America

www.rtoero20.com twitter.com/RTODistrict20 Vision 20/20 Volume IX, Issue ii, Fall 2019 Page 11 Brandenburg Gate - Berlin Oktoberfest—Munich Hosted by Dennis Quinn (RTO/ERO, District 20) Beginning in the capital of Germany, Berlin, travelling to Munich and finally to Mainz, this tour will visit famous sites in German history. Sightseeing and event opportunities will include a focus on the 30th anniversary of the Fall of The Berlin Wall, Museums Island, Sanssoucci Castle and Gardens, Nuremberg’s historic rock-cut cellars, Oktoberfest in Munich, Olympic Park, the Dachau Memorial Site, the BMW Museum, Heidelberg Castle, a 3-hour cruise on the Rhine River and local wine-tasting near Mainz.

  • Round-trip international airfare
  • Round-trip airport transfers from Kingston to Toronto
  • 4 Star accommodation with breakfast daily and 11 dinners
  • City tours of Berlin, Potsdam, Dresden, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, Munich and Heidelberg
  • All transfers, tours and entrance fees as per the itinerary (available on request)
  • English speaking tour coordinator and hop-on local guides
  • All taxes, service fees, porterage and gratuities Please contact Dennis Quinn (expos09@hotmail.com) to receive a full brochure.

For registration information please contact Gayle Outhwaite MERIT TRAVEL KINGSTON (TICO # 50017676) 613-549-3553, ext.

3372 or by email: gouthwaite@MeritTravel.com Tour cost: $6,650 pp dbl occ (single supp: $825)

www.facebook.com/RTOERO20/ email: rtoero20@gmail.com Page 12 TRAVEL WITH DISTRICT 20 in 2020 Hosted by RTO District 20 Travel Leader Nadene Strange Tour cost: $9400 pp dbl occ (Single supp. $1,115) ** Fly to Yellowknife. Tour the city including the Legislative Building, Back Bay and discover that mining has now expanded from Gold to Diamonds. Fly across the Arctic Circle to Inuvik which means “the place of man”. Spend 2 nights in this beautiful location at the head of the Mackenzie River Delta. Tour the year round Greenhouses and learn what life is like above the Arctic Circle.

Visit an authentic whaling station at Tuktoyaktuk.

We will spend some time travelling the famous Dempster Highway. In Dawson City we will be taken back in time to the Gold Rush Era. Next we stop in Whitehorse. We will board the “White Pass and Yukon Route Railway” for a trip along the gold rush trail to Skagway, Alaska, then return to explore magnificent Whitehorse. ** This may seem expensive, but remember this will be almost “all inclusive”. The season in the North is very short and not geared to tourism so it is more of a challenge. Food in the North is very expensive. In the North a big package of toilet paper costs $37.50!

  • www.rtoero20.com twitter.com/RTODistrict20 Vision 20/20 Volume IX, Issue ii, Fall 2019 Page 13 INCLUDES
  • All Accommodation (including overnight in Toronto)
  • Meals included – 10 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • All admissions as shown in the itinerary
  • All tipping
  • Porterage where available
  • Transfer Kingston to Toronto and return
  • Services of an experienced guide
  • All taxes & service charges
  • All ground transportation in the itinerary Included Flights: Toronto – Edmonton Edmonton – Yellowknife Yellowknife – Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk – Inuvik Whitehorse – Vancouver Vancouver - Toronto For more information please contact Nadene Strange 613-542-5796 nadenest@yahoo.ca To book your tour please contact Gayle Outhwaite MERIT TRAVEL KINGSTON (TICO # 50017676) 186 Princess St., Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 1B1 613. 549.3553 x 3372 866.341.1777 x 3372 FAX 613.548.1787 gouthwaite@MeritTravel.com

www.facebook.com/RTOERO20/ email: rtoero20@gmail.com Page 14 Political Advocacy Report Committee Chair and Councillor, David Kendall davidckendall@yahoo.ca Federal Election Monday, October 21, 2019 During the last federal election in 2015, the Government created the new political riding of Hastings-Lennox & Addington. RTO-ERO District 20 FrontenacLennox & Addington and District 19 Hastings-Prince Edward share this new riding for voting purposes. Our two Districts have collaborated since then to work with other education sector unions to sponsor All Candidates Meetings as a public service during federal and provincial elections.

RTO-ERO District 20 has once again has joined forces with the education sector unions and others to co-sponsor a series of All Candidates Meetings in the following political ridings in our region leading up to this next federal election scheduled for Monday, October 21, 2019:  Lanark, Frontenac, Kingston  Kingston and the Islands  Hastings-Lennox & Addington  Bay of Quinte The education sector unions and others participating on the Committee to sponsor an All Candidates Meeting in the riding of Lanark, Frontenac, Kingston include the following:  Limestone ETFO Teacher Local  Limestone ETFO Occasional Teacher Local  Limestone OSSTF  Algonquin-Lakeshore OECTA  RTO-ERO District 20- Frontenac, Lennox & Addington  The Frontenac News This Committee is also in discussions with the Kingston and Area Labour Council to possibly offer an All Candidates Meeting in Kingston.

CUPE 1479 – Caretakers  CUPE 1479 – Education Workers  Quinte Labour Council  District 19 Hastings-Prince Edward RTO-ERO  District 20 Frontenac-Lennox & Addington RTO-ERO (Continued on Page 15)

www.rtoero20.com twitter.com/RTODistrict20 Vision 20/20 Volume IX, Issue ii, Fall 2019 Page 15 RTO-ERO has added three new Districts to its complement: District 49...The Prairies District 50...ECHO (Quebec) District 51... Atlantic The members within these jurisdictions currently belong to one of our other 48 Districts for communication purposes and now have the opportunity to move within the membership of one of these Districts.

Vibrant Voices: RTO-ERO cooperated with a number of other like-minded national organizations in February to conduct a two day lobbying exercise of Members of Parliament in Ottawa on issues of critical importance to our members and seniors in general, particularly the creation of a national seniors’ strategy, income security and Pharmacare.

Associations participating in this lobbying exercise included the following:  Canadian Association of Retired Teachers (ACER-CART)  Canadian Federation of Pensioners  Canadian Health Coalition  Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP)  College and University Retirees Association of Canada (CURAC)  International Longevity Centre Canada  National Association of Federal Retirees (NAFR)  National Pensioners Federation  Retired Teachers of Ontario (RTO-ERO) The education sector unions and others participating on the Committee to sponsor All Candidates Meetings in the ridings of Hastings-Lennox & Addington and Bay of Quinte include the following:  Hastings-Prince Edward ETFO  Hastings-Prince Edward OSSTF  Algonquin-Lakeshore OECTA  CUPE 1479 – Caretakers  CUPE 1479 – Education Workers  Quinte Labour Council  District 19 Hastings-Prince Edward RTO-ERO  District 20 Frontenac-Lennox & Addington RTO-ERO CKWS TV news anchor, Bill Hutchins, will perform the responsibilities of Moderator for each of these All Candidates Meetings.

Members are encouraged to attend and participate in one of these forums to become more informed on the political positions of the various parties competing in this election.

Federal Election Monday, October 21, 2019 (Continued from Pg 14)

www.facebook.com/RTOERO20/ email: rtoero20@gmail.com Page 16 OUR RTO/ERO DISTRICT 20 COMMUNITY Volunteer Opportunity Retired teachers, are you missing the joy of presenting new knowledge and ideas to groups of positive, enthusiastic learners? Compassionate Communities Kingston Canada, in partnership with Hospice Kingston and South Frontenac Community Services, has an opportunity for you. We are looking for individuals with great presentation skills to participate in Train the Trainer activities to promote knowledge of Advance Care Planning in the community.

Advance care planning refers to the process of deliberating about your values and beliefs about end of life care and then communicating those wishes to loved ones, your substitute decision maker and health care providers. Anyone may engage in advance care planning at ANY stage of life.

Currently we are seeking volunteers to learn about and present Advance Care Planning workshops to friends, neighbours and community groups. For more information contact: Kerry Stewart at kjsmac@icloud.com HEALTH INSURANCE ADVICE (from Les Forkes) Executive members are often contacted for advice and information regarding the Extended Health Plan offered by RTO. All executive members have a reasonable grasp of the benefits packages - but we are not experts. We cannot offer advice on what you should do or what you have purchased from RTO. When you have specific questions it is best to contact RTO or Johnson Insurance directly as they can access your information and provide specific and accurate information.

Here are a list of phone numbers that may be of use: Retired Teachers of Ontario 1-800-361-9888 Johnson Inc. group benefits 1-877-406-9007 Johnson Inc. claims 1-800-638-4753 Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan 1-800-668-0105 All of these numbers can be found in your RTO 2020 Pocket Planner. Please have your membership number available when you make these calls. It should be noted that if you purchase car or house insurance from Johnson that these are not RTO products.

www.rtoero20.com twitter.com/RTODistrict20 Vision 20/20 Volume IX, Issue ii, Fall 2019 Page 17 CALL FOR NEW RTO/ERO DISTRICT 20 EXECUTIVE MEMBERS As noted in the President’s Message (Page 5), our District 20 is always looking for new members to join our executive. We would encourage anyone who is interested in becoming an executive member to contact any member of the current executive. Being part of the District 20 executive is an opportunity to:
  • socialize with fellow retirees
  • provide leadership to District 20 members
  • learn more about the workings of your Board of Directors
  • move into positions of responsibility at the provincial level
  • help to set policy for RTO both locally and provincially The executive positions do not require a great deal of time or experience as you have the opportunity to take positions with little responsibility as you learn or to jump right into a more demanding role. The choice is yours. The term of office for each position is one year with elections at the Annual General Meeting to be held November 14th this year. Executive meetings are generally held once per month with no meetings held in March, July or August. Each meeting is about three hours in length and may require an additional hour of time between meetings. If you are interested you are also able to attend an executive meeting as an observer to see if this is right for you.

The following reflects the positions and responsibilities of our executive. We sincerely hope that you will find this a rewarding opportunity and join us. Les Forkes PRESIDENT To convene and chair the regular and special meetings of the District Executive To act as Chair for the District Meetings To be an ex-officio member of all District Standing requested To have a general responsibility for all activities of the District organization To act as a liaison with the Board of Directors To be a Signing Office for the District (Continued on Page 18)

www.facebook.com/RTOERO20/ email: rtoero20@gmail.com Page 18 (Continued from Page 17) PAST PRESIDENT To chair the Nominating Committee FIRST VICE-PRESIDENT To perform the duties of the President when the President is unable to carry out such duties To chair the Resolutions Committee SECOND VICE-PRESIDENT To perform the duties of the President or First Vice-President when they are unable to carry out their duties To chair the Awards Committee SECRETARY To prepare and present the minutes of District Executive Meetings and any special meetings called by the President To carry on the correspondence that is required to conduct the business of the District To send notices of Executive, Committee, District and special meetings at the direction of the President and District Executive TREASURER To prepare an annual budget for approval by the District Executive To maintain in a separate account in the name of the District, in an accredited financial institution, all monies accruing to the District To receive the annual rebate of monies from the RTO Board of Directors To receive and collect charges levied by the local District To pay all invoices as directed by the Executive To receive a financial statement for the fiscal year from the chair of a standing or special committee that is handling District money To present an annual District Financial Statement, reviewed by at least two District members, to the District Executive for approval, at least one month before the Annual General Meeting (Continued on Page 19) Call for New RTO/ERO District 20 Executive Members

www.rtoero20.com twitter.com/RTODistrict20 Vision 20/20 Volume IX, Issue ii, Fall 2019 Page 19 (Continued from page 18) MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY To serve as a liaison between a District member and the Provincial Member Services Committee when there is a need for emergency assistance, if requested To maintain a District 20 membership database and receive and reconcile Provincial membership lists with District 20 membership lists To investigate and recommend to the Executive, strategies for increasing RTO membership from those soon-to-retire teachers, and retired teachers who are not members of RTO and from potential associate members who are about to retire COUNCILLORS To represent members of the District To initiate social functions as needs demand, e.g.

breakfasts, first day of school gatherings, golf tournaments etc.

To assist the nominating Committee in finding capable councillors To maintain and submit expense vouchers for costs incurred in the performance of duties, e.g. mileage, telephone and incidentals To report on activities at Executive Board meetings Executive Committee positions can be filled by Councillors The following is a list of Committees: Awards; Constitution; Nominations; Resolutions. STANDING COMMITTEES Health services and Insurance Committee Communications Committee Political Advocacy Committee Membership services Travel Ad Hoc Committee (as required) As you can see there are a wide variety of roles available on the District 20 executive.

Please consider these opportunities. Call for New RTO/ERO District 20 Executive Members RTO/ERO District 20 Annual General Meeting Thursday, November 14, 2019 12:30 PM Social and Refreshments. 1:00 PM Meeting Edith Rankin Memorial Church, Collins Bay/Kingston

www.facebook.com/RTOERO20/ email: rtoero20@gmail.com Page 20 RTO/ERO Foundation Rep Ted Whiteland ted.whiteland@me.com Highlights from Foundation Updates June 2019 RTO Foundation Grants Announcement The RTO/ERO Foundation has announced the recipients of its annual grant program. The announcement was made by Board Chair Joanne Murphy at the RTO/ERO's annual Spring Senate event. A total funding pool of $75,000, made available through the fundraising efforts of the Foundation in 2018, has been awarded to two projects.

One grant, in the amount of $50,000, was awarded to the collaborative, co-managed project shared by the National Institute on Ageing, Ryerson University (NIA) and the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE).

Establishing Best Policies and Practices for Understanding and Addressing Social Isolation in Older Canadians, aims to synthesize and catalog best policies and practices, nationally and internationally, with respect to social isolation. The second grant, in the amount of $25,000 was awarded to Catholic Family Services Peel-Dufferin for a project entitled Peel Senior Connectors. The initiative aims to reach isolated seniors at community outreach locations, through current one-on-one support systems, and at health care facilities.

Welcoming New Board Members The RTO/ERO Foundation's Board of Directors is a small group of volunteers, responsible for financial and strategic oversight and who are accountable to our donors. We are very excited to welcome two new members who have recently joined the Board. Brent Stucke joins the Foundation Board with 25 years' experience in the technology field as a business owner and entrepreneur. Also, Margaret Werkhoven, a retired educator with 35 years experience with Hastings & Prince Edward District School Board, joins the Foundation from RTO District 19. Total funding pool of $75,000...

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www.rtoero20.com twitter.com/RTODistrict20 Vision 20/20 Volume IX, Issue ii, Fall 2019 Page 21 Foundation (Continued from Page 20) Learn more about the RTO/ERO Foundation at www.embrace-aging.ca Contact us at 1-800-361-9888 or 416-962-9463 foundation@rto-ero.org The Making of a Grant Each Foundation granting cycle begins with a review of our current and past grants and key learnings. Funding criteria are developed for each granting envelope and a Call for Proposals is distributed broadly. Prospective grantees are asked to focus their proposals on multiple measures including among others, project objectives, methodology, evaluation, sustainability and budget.

For each Granting Cycle we bring together experts in the specific funding area, along with members of the Foundation Board, who participate in a series of scoring sessions, ending with a full meeting of the Review Panel to discuss and rank proposals. Top ranked proposals are reviewed by the Foundation Board of Directors, who approve the final funding.

Projects must receive an ethics approval from their institution prior to the release of funds. But the granting cycle continues with the creation of longer term partnerships with our grantees. The tools, knowledge and programs created through each project are made available via the Foundation to RTO/ERO members and others. This results in articles, educational workshops and webinars, conference presentations and many other forms of knowledge sharing. With each granting cycle the Foundation continues to expand its network of researchers, educators and community activators, and further builds our influence and reputation as a credible source of information that members and seniors can rely on.

Webinar Series Launch The Foundation's online webinar series was introduced during the inaugural Social Isolation Awareness Month in October 2018. Now in its second year, we have expanded the series to include more webinar episodes and a wider variety of subjects and speakers. Webinars are scheduled from June through November 2019 and include presentations from Raza Mirza and Lori Schindel Martin, as well as RTO Chair in Geriatric Medicine, Dr. Paula Rochon, and RTO Executive Director, Jim Grieve. Watch for registration details.

We bring together experts...

www.facebook.com/RTOERO20/ email: rtoero20@gmail.com Page 22 Grants and Awards Juanita Everett, Second Vice-President everett.jl@gmail.com Award Deadline Criteria Provincial Scholarship Starts September 2019 Closed February 2020 Form on RTO/ERO web: www.rto-ero.org/scholarship/ RTO/ERO Charitable Donation February 1, 2020 Nominations from Districts RTO/ERO Distinguished Member Award Nominations by May 1, 2020 3 per year Nominations from Districts RTO/ERO Provincial Founding Member Award Nominations by May 1, 2020 1 per year Nominations from Districts Provincial Service to Others Nominations by May 1, 2020 Local, national or international programs often involving children, disadvantaged groups, culture and heritage Project Service to Others – District Award (minimum of $2,000 annually) NEW!

October 31, 2019 AND April 30, 2020 As above - focused on local groups with an education related theme, connection, goal or component Irwin Ruttle Award April 1, 2020 For outstanding voluntary contribution to the work of RTO/ERO at the District level Send Service to Others Awards Applications to Juanita Everett, Awards Chair, RTO/ERO District 20, 78 Hambly Road, Napanee, ON K7R 3K8 613.900.8147 Grant applications are available at www.rtoero20.com or can be requested from: everett.jl@gmail.com

www.rtoero20.com twitter.com/RTODistrict20 Vision 20/20 Volume IX, Issue ii, Fall 2019 Page 23 Visit the RTO/ERO Wellness Website Today! www.rto-ero.org/mywellness CELEBRATING OUR DISTRICT 20 COMMUNITY District 20's Service to Others Spring grants have been awarded in record numbers.

The attendees of the Spring Luncheon saw the South Frontenac Community Services Corporation receive a donation of over $2100 towards the purchase of iPads which will be used in a variety of ways. Connectivity is one of the cutting edge technologies being used to help remediate isolation among seniors living in rural communities and the “Tech Savvy Seniors” will have lots of opportunities with five new iPads.

Les Tréteaux de Kingston (French Community Theatre Company) requested and received a $1000 grant to provide rehearsal space for the Camp d'été artistique at the Centre Cultural Frontenac. This summer day camp experience fosters the development of the performing and visual arts among the youth of Kingston's Francophone community. A final donation of $500 was made to the Napanee Community Gardens. This group, under the auspices of the Salvation Army's Community Outreach, grows vegetables for the local food bank. Funds will be used for site improvements such as remediation of the clay soil with sand, seeds and site expansion.

Volunteers are always needed and the group regularly weeds Monday mornings. Are you affiliated with a group that could benefit from an injection of funds for a special project? Consider making a request using the application form available on the RTO/ERO District 20 website. www.rtoero20.com

www.facebook.com/RTOERO20/ email: rtoero20@gmail.com Page 24 Spring Luncheon May 22, 2019 By Barbara Canton This year the RTO Annual Spring Luncheon was held at the Edith Rankin Memorial Church and it was a great success. Over 45 attended the event and many left with door prizes. Lunch was catered by Mel McNulty of Limestone Catering who prepared a wonderful hot turkey lunch with all the trimmings. And the dessert – wonderful! Thanks to Mel for providing us with such a delicious meal. Once again this year RTO District 20 members in attendance signed bookmarks to be enclosed with books that were donated to Molly Brant Elementary School.

We received a lovely thank-you note from the school and they were thrilled to receive such a generous donation from former teachers. We also presented a cheque for over $2000 to the South Frontenac Community Services Corporation to support their new project Tech Savvy Seniors. Andy Mills, who is in charge of Fund Development and Administration with the SFCSC, gratefully accepted the cheque and then spoke to the group to let us know about their work which encompasses Community, Food, Family, Transportation and Senior Services. Based in Sydenham on Stage Coach Road in the Grace Centre, they are always on the lookout for volunteers.

Feel free to contact Andy or the SFCSC (613-376-6477) or via email (info@sfcsc.ca) if you would like to donate your time.

A big thank you to all those who joined us for the annual luncheon. As usual, it was a great time to catch up with people and enjoy good food, good company and a good presentation. We look forward to seeing you next year! CELEBRATING OUR DISTRICT 20 COMMUNITY Barbara Canton at her door prize table at the Spring Luncheon in May at the Edith Rankin Memorial Church.

www.rtoero20.com twitter.com/RTODistrict20 Vision 20/20 Volume IX, Issue ii, Fall 2019 Page 25 CELEBRATING OUR DISTRICT 20 COMMUNITY Juanita Everett, First Vice-President and Awards Chair, presents a District 20 Service to Others grant cheque for $2107.73 to Andy Mills for the Tech Savvy Seniors Project in Sydenham, Ontario.

Mills accepted the grant at the Spring Luncheon on May 22, 2019. RTO District 20 members at the Spring Luncheon signed bookmarks to be enclosed with books that were donated to Molly Brant Elementary School.

www.facebook.com/RTOERO20/ email: rtoero20@gmail.com Page 26 ** RTO District 20 is unable to endorse any specific treatments or products, but we do like to keep members informed with items related to good health. BENEFITS REPORT ** Lorraine Tank LSTANK@COGECO.CA Healthy and Happy in Retirement Ask any new retiree what they look forward to in their retirement and they may answer to be happy and healthy. During our career years, our family and employment requirements often take priority over our own happiness. Therefore, it is important in retirement for our personal happiness to be a main focus.

What Makes People Happy? It is important for all people to be happy with their life and also happy in their life. Happiness can be achieved if you do activities you love, using skills that you possess with people you enjoy. It is important to do something every day that you value and makes you happy and proud. Activities with others are also important for our happiness. It is important to keep our social network and to allow it to grow.

What Makes People Healthy? In retirement staying active becomes our new ‘job’. We don’t need to exercise to the extreme, but frequency is important. To become more physically active, it is best to start small and build gradually. Maintaining your strength is important because strength equals independence. Exercise can be considered an anti-aging intervention. Once our health begins to deteriorate, it can be difficult to get it back. Activities to Build Health and Happiness In retirement it is important to assess our daily activities and brainstorm what activities make us happy. To do this first ask yourself these four questions:  What activities make me happy now?  What activities made me happy in the past?  What activities will get me more physically active?  What new activities would I like to pursue? Then make a list of options.

They can be as simple as taking a cooking class or more complex as learning to speak another language. It is important to try something new that makes us happy and keeps you healthy. Best Doctors is now providing a new service. They will collect up to 3years of a member’s medical records and store them on a secure USB flash drive. This will allow the member to access and take their own medical records anywhere, at any time. Another recent change to the Extended Health Care Plan for 2019 was an extension of services for Best Doctors. All services provided by Best Doctors have been extended to your parents, parents-in-law and children, even if they are not part of the Extended Health Care Plan.

To contact Best Doctors, go to www.bestdoctorscanada.com or phone 1-877-419-2378.

www.rtoero20.com twitter.com/RTODistrict20 Vision 20/20 Volume IX, Issue ii, Fall 2019 Page 27  Aug. 14, ’19 9:00 AM District 20 Breakfast Travelodge, Kingston  Sept. 3, ‘19 9:00 AM “To ‘ell With the Bell” with Speaker Alison Hillis at the Travelodge Kingston (Pg. 3)  Sept. 3, ‘19 11:30 AM Lunch @The Cardinal Cafe, Sharbot Lake  Sept. 11, ‘19 9:00 AM District 20 Breakfast Travelodge, Kingston  Oct. 2, ‘19 11:30 AM Lunch @The Crossing Pub, Sharbot Lake  Oct. 9, ‘19 9:00 AM District 20 Breakfast Travelodge, Kingston  Oct.

19, ‘19 9:00 AM RPW Ambassador Hotel, Kingston  Monday, October 21, 2019 Federal Election  Oct. 31, ‘19 District 20 Service-to-Others Grant deadline (Pg. 22)  Nov. 13, ‘19 9:00 AM District 20 Breakfast Travelodge, Kingston  Nov. 14, ‘19 12:30 PM District 20 AGM, Edith Rankin Mem Church, Kgn  Dec. 4, ‘19 11:30 AM Lunch @The Maples Restaurant, Sharbot Lake  Dec. 11, ‘19 9:00 AM District 20 Breakfast Travelodge, Kingston  July 1, 2020 Canadian North Tour (pg 10-11)  Sept. 18—29, 2020 Germany Tour (Pg 12) Steven Wong, Director of Health Benefits for RTO/ERO, presented two sold out Retirement Planning Workshops on April 13, 2019 at the Donald Gordon Centre.

Calendar of Events Register online at rto-ero.org/rpw or call 1-800-361-9888 DISTRICT 20 IS HOSTING A NEW RPW!

When: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM Sat. October 19, 2019 Registration/Refreshments start 9:00 AM Where: Ambassador Hotel & Convention Centre 1550 Princess St. Kingston, ON

www.facebook.com/RTOERO20/ email: rtoero20@gmail.com Page 28 DATES TO REMEMBER— TIMES TO MEET FRIENDS! North/Central Frontenac 2019 Luncheon Schedule. All luncheons start at 11:30 AM and are in Sharbot Lake. Tuesday, Sept. 3 - The Cardinal Café Wednesday, Oct. 2 - The Crossing Pub Wednesday, Dec. 4 - The Maples Restaurant Contact Joanne McCullough joannemccullough24678@gmail.com District 20 Monthly Breakfasts at the Travelodge Hotel Second Wednesdays from 9AM 2019:Aug.

14, Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13, Dec.11 2020: Jan.8, Feb.12, Mar. 11, Apr. 8, May13, Jun.10,July8, Aug.12 Do you shop online? Do you SAVE your credit card information on that site for easy access the next time you shop? YOU ARE TAKING A SERIOUS RISK! If you can access this information easily, so can any hacker! Take the time to re-enter your credit card details each time you shop using the Internet.

To ‘ell With the Bell Breakfast with Speaker Alison Hillis (Pg. 3) Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 8:30AM Travelodge Hotel Pre-register Pay at the Door RTO/ERO District 20 Annual General Meeting Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 12:30 PM Social and Refreshments. 1:00 PM Meeting Edith Rankin Memorial Church, Collins Bay/Kingston Federal Election – Monday, October 21, 2019 14 Davey Crescent Amherstview, Ontario K7N 1X6 Retirement Planning Workshops on April 13, 2019 at the Donald Gordon Centre.

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