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President's Message

By Lynn Hitsman

There is a leap year, a fiscal year and a calendar year, for me the year has always begun in September. Once again it is a New Year.

I am pleased to write to you again in The 34th Story. This year we have several goals. We want to honour Volunteers. Statistics from RTO/ERO state that 72% of members do volunteer work in their communities. How would food banks, churches, driving of cancer patients to appointments, reading programs in schools and other outreach programs exist without volunteers? Retired teachers provide many of these services willingly, timelessly and cheerfully. We want your help this year to honour retired teachers in District 34 who volunteer in many capacities and situations. Look for upcoming information from the Awards Committee.

This year, we also want to encourage more people to consider working on the Executive. You can join a committee or run for office, but find a place where you are comfortable to start. Ask any of us who are presently serving, how you might be involved in the organization. New faces bring new ideas.

I want to remind members that all of the programs – seminars, trips to the theatre, golfing, and luncheons-- are organized and hosted by Executive Members who also volunteer our time for your enjoyment, information and socializing. District 34 has a membership over 3 600 people retired from education-related activities. Please keep in touch with colleagues who are considering retirement and suggest that they participate in the Retirement Planning Workshop to be offered in 2019. It will provide  good information on planning, calculating pension income and tips on expenses that will change over time.

I look forward to a very interesting year 2018-2019 for District 34.