LRTA Newsletter June 2018

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The LRTA June 2018 Newsletter 


~Submitted by Maureen Wilson~

I would like to thank all of our members who have supported us over the past year by donating to the Langley School District Foundation scholarship fund, and who have attended our luncheons. My last four years, as president, has been made a lot easier by the support of our executive and I have enjoyed working with them. Sue Mackenzie, our vice president, has been a great shoulder to lean on over the past year. She will be stepping up to the position of president. Wayne Wiebe, our secretary, has kept us all informed of what we say and do at our executive meetings. For some of us, it’s difficult to recall what we did last week, let alone two months ago. Jacquie Hollybow has been our sunshine lady, sending out cards of condolence and encouragement, as well as Christmas cards to our members who are 85 years

plus. Maureen Pepin has done an excellent job working with the Langley School District Foundation, which manages the scholarship fund. She has done this job tirelessly for the past several years.
I appreciate all of the knowledge that
Judy de Vries, has brought to our group as our member support liaison. This position will now be part of the role of the vice-president. Judy has signed on as one of our members-at-large for the next term.

I would also like to thank our members at large, Heather Anderlini, John Salmon and Annette O’Connor who are so willing to help out whenever they are needed. One of the largest, and most time-consuming executive task is handled by George Main. He has done a great job keeping us informed via our website. If you haven’t checked it out yet, please take a minute to do so. You will find it at

I would like to thank Mary-Jo Hall, our treasurer, who is stepping down from this position after serving as treasurer for many years. Thank you for all of the years of keeping our finances straight. Susan Preast has done a great job as our liaison with the BCRTA, working as our membership chair, keeping the name tags up to day -- a huge job -- as well as informing the BCRTA of any changes that need to be made to our branch’s webpage on the BCRTA website. She has managed to do all of this while vacationing down south during the winter months. The executive will miss her. I would also like to thank Cindy Silen for her excellent work sending out luncheon invitations to our members and keeping track as to who will be attending. She, too, will be stepping down from the executive, and we will miss her smiling face at our executive meetings.

And, although not officially on the executive committee, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Beverley Anderson who, whenever she is able, takes great photos of the activities at our luncheons. Again, without such a support team, my job as president would not have been as successful. 

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We continue to stay connected with ‘community’ as members of COSCO (Council of Senior Citizens’ Organizations of BC) and the Langley Chamber of Commerce, as well as with other RTAs in our area. Sue Mackenzie and I attended the April BCRTA zone meeting, which were conveniently held at the LTA office. This gave everyone a chance to find out what other branches were doing. Our members are kept informed of what is happening, through the newsletters, as well as our LRTA website.

We held four food-related events, the first being our ‘No Bell Brunch’, held on the first day of the new school year in September. We toasted our new retirees and welcomed them to the next phase of their life. The Langley School District Foundation sponsored a ‘Silent Auction’ at our November luncheon. The baked goods, as always, garnered high bids.

In December, Annette O’Connor and I attended our first collaboration meeting with the Surrey and Delta RTA’s. We are hoping to be able to offer members of all three associations and opportunity to meet together to hear presenters. Our first endeavour was a success with our invitation to the other two groups for our February LRTA luncheon, featuring Terry Small, ‘The Brain Guy’, who enlightened us about our brain as we age, and what we can do to keep it young. We had a full house, with as many Surrey RTA members attending, as Langley RTA members -- 123 people in all!!! To learn more about Terry Small, and to subscribe to his ‘Brain Bulletin’, please visit his website --

And, for the final luncheon in May, the Brookswood Secondary senior jazz band, under the direction of Mr. Derrick Turi, entertained us. It’s always a delight to hear these young people perform. We were so pleased to hear so many vocal numbers -- such talent! Please check our Langley RTA website for more photos from the luncheon. There are some fantastic shots -- thanks to Beverly Anderson’s expertise.

We had some special guests at our May luncheon, as well. Five of our more senior members: Olive Burns, Marilyn Dyer, Hazel Harrower, Dorscie Paterson, and Kathleen Wagner were honoured with a beautiful corsage.

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The Langley District Foundation has announced the names of the winners of the LRTA scholarships ($800 each):

ACSS.      Emily Hood                                                      LSS.            Adam Shahin

BSS          Emily Bergeron                                                REMSS.      Katrina Nicolle

DWPSS    Jessica Hua                                                      U-Connect  Beverly Wilton

LFAS.       Jayden Holoman                                              WGSS         Cassidy Hegwidden

LFMSS.     Lauren Blackmore

Elections for the 2018-19 executive and the BCRTA AGM 2018 delegates were held at our May luncheon. 


The following is a list of retiring teachers and administrators (A), as of press time. I apologize, in advance, if I have left anyone off the list. We look forward to many of them joining our group.

Patricia Barkley,  Ron Barkman,  Sarah Bauder, Jeannette Bittman,  Karen Bowcott, Peter Bramhall, Irene Brown, Rob Butler, Mari Calixto-Klimple,  Grace Carlsen, Gail Chaddock-Costello, Franco Cortese,  Wendy Danford,  John Flack, Jean Garrod, Monica Harding, Bill Harrington,  Kim Heber,  Ming Hu, Glenn Johnston, Miki Kemmett, Brian Kimoto, David Klingensmith, Steven Lee, Jodi Legentil, Debbi McKinnon, Kerry McNeill, Jean Moir, Dan Okamoto, Merril Osers, Lisa Peterson, Cora Pickering , Jeanette Proznick,  Brenda Randa, James Reich, Brian Rice, Ruth Sawatsky,  Edna Schuehaus, (A) , Diana Spori, Marilse Stahl Jeannie Tam 

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We had a great turnout of retirees at the LTA retirement dinner, held at the Langley Golf Centre on Wednesday, June 6th, and at the Langley School District retirement dinner, held at Newlands on Monday, June 11th.


Our annual No Bell Brunch will be held on Tuesday, September 4th at Newlands. Doors open at 9:45 AM, with the festivities starting at 10:15 AM, and brunch at 10:30 AM. We hope that you will be able to join us in toasting our newly retired colleagues.

Congratulations to new retiree, Kerry McNeill, who won a ‘free lunch’ at one of the LRTA luncheons or the No Bell brunch! 

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