On Feb. 26 about 15 retired teachers met at the Superstore for their winter general meeting. Shirley Jeffery, the president, welcomed everyone and introduced the guest speaker, Allister MacDonald who is on the Nova Scotia Community Transit Board.
This board is an advocacy group which is trying to get funding for public transportation from the government. At present, in Pictou County, we have the CHAD bus and a volunteer service coordinated by the VON. He emphasized the need for more public transportation in our area. This would be used by seniors, students, the disabled or anyone who doesn't have a private means of getting around.
It was moved by Fred Jeffery and seconded by Alice Lees that the Pictou County branch of the RTO have a representative on the Community Transit Board. The motion was carried.
Shirley Jeffery reported on the presidents' meeting held two weeks ago. On the topic of pensions, it was noted that those teachers who retired before 2006 have a pension that is 4.22 per cent more than what teachers who retired after 2006 have.
Submissions to the provincial newsletter must be in by March 28.The annual general meeting will be on May 28 and 29 in Halifax. The dinner will be at Brightwood Golf Club on the 28th ($25 charge) with the meeting at the Teachers' Union Building on the 29th. Catherine Kohlsmith and Phyllis Leadbeater will be attending.
Fred Jeffery spoke on the RTO Foundation and Legacy Fund. Each year the interest from the fund goes to a group that works with sick and/or challenged children. Fred was encouraging members to make private donations in memory of their loved ones.
Jean Shaw was appointed to send cards to people who are sick or who have lost loved ones.
The annual spring (birthday) dinner will be held April 30 at the Durham Presbyterian Church at 5 p.m. Roast beef will be served. Anyone who wishes to attend is to call Shirley Jeffery at 923-2965.
The next local general meeting will be June 4, 10 a.m. at the Superstore.
Submitted by Laurene Mac Donald