Before Christmas each year, the ERTA Board of Directors selects a charity which the membership may wish to support with a financial contribution. This year, the board members have chosen the Alberta Retired Teachers Charitable Foundation. Remember to provide your full name and addressso that the foundation is able to issue a receipt for income tax purposes.
On November 17, 2010, the ARTA Board of Directors mandated an ad hoc committee to do the preliminary work required for the creation of a charitable foundation, the vision of a number of forward-looking ARTA members, to help Alberta seniors access appropriate housing and health services along with second language education programs that they may not be able to otherwise afford.
The foundation was incorporated as a non-profit society on June 22, 2012, was granted charitable status on May 25, 2015, and elected its first full-fledgedBoard of Directors November 25, 2015.
The foundation is fully operational and is able to solicit tax-deductible donations.
Recently the foundation entered into partnership with three health-related organizations to provide financial support for program initiatives.
Contributions by cheque, made payable to the Alberta Retired Teachers Charitable Foundation (ARTCF), can be mailed to the ARTCF office at 11835 149 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T5L 2J1. Online donations can be made through PayPal by going to artcf.ca/give. Donations can also be made in honour of a loved one. Receipts will be issued in mid-December of each year.
Visit the website, www.artcf.ca, to find out more about the charitable foundation.
Membership Report -November 2017
By Cliff Otto
Current total membership 490
Renewals as of 30 June 201745
Canada Post 141
No newsletter (by request) 2
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Luncheon Registration November 29, 2017 Deadline
Christmas Luncheon December 6, 2017
Board of Directors Meeting February 14, 2018
Greater Edmonton March 1 & 2, 2018 Teachers' Convention
Spring Luncheon March 21, 2018
Retiree Brunch April 14, 2018
Mayfield Dinner Theatre May 16, 2018
Second Wind Conference September 6, 2018
ARTA AGM Report
On October 3 and 4, 2017, Marilyn Bossert, Lorna McIlroy and Dolaine Koch were elected to the position of president, vice-president and treasurer, respectively at the ARTA Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at the Chateau Nova on the Yellowhead. Elections were also conducted for the vacant committee positions.
The ARTA officers and chairs of the standing committees, the ARTA Benefit Trust Fund and the Alberta Retired Teachers Charitable Foundation reported to the board members and branch delegates present.
The Communications Committee is thinking about using the WordPress platform in place of the Joomla content management systemfor branch websites because it is simpler to set up and operate and less costly to main-tain. Outreach to those members in areas of Alberta and British Columbia without branches is being contemplated.
The ARTA Retiree Benefits Plan now has an enrollment of over 17,000 members. Although the diabetes initiative was terminated, Cubic Health continues to assist the Health Benefits Committee with oversight of the benefit plan.The paramedical practitioner list was expandedto include medical care providers operating within Primary Care Networks and registered clinical counsellors. The benefit list was up-graded to include mobility scooters as well.Medical marijuana, however, is not covered by the ARTA plan. Premiums for emergencytravel coverage will not increase this year. The Benefits Committee delayed the renewal date from September 1 to November 1 just in case the announcement of the new dental fee guidewould have a positive effect on the dental plan.
The revised roles and responsibilities of the current standing committees reflect MNP’s organization restructuring recommendations. The powers and functions of the Executive Committee were added to the ARTA Bylaws.
The fourteen books appraised by the Pension and Financial Wellness Committee this year are available from the ATA Library at no cost to retired teachers.
The altered Strategic Planning and Advocacy Committee reviewed and revised the ARTAStrategic Plan, planned a retreat and arrangedorientations for new board and new committee members.
Ten branches booked body composition clinics in 2017. The ARTA Walking Challenge will be expanded next year. The Wellness Committeecontinues to ensure that health-related articles appear in each issue of the ARTA magazine.
A logo, a letterhead, a brochure, as well as a grant package have been developed, and an animated video is presently being prepared for the Alberta Retired Teachers Charitable Foundation. Partnerships have been initiated with the CNIB, the two Alzheimer societies in the province and Parkinson Alberta.
ACER–CART, the national retired teachers’ association, collaborates with like-minded groups to provide a voice for all seniors. The organization actively supported the lobby for a public drug plan organized by the Canadian Health Coalition.
As of June 30, 2017, the market value of the reserves in the Education Sector Account of the ARTA Benefit Plan Trust Fund amountedto $10,044,445.09, while the funds held in thePublic Sector Account totalled $3,564,151.52. The assets in the Emergency Travel Account were valued at $1,883,429.03.
Revenue for 2016–2017 was $3,092,619 and expenses were $2,422,528. Receipts for the upcoming fiscal year are projected to be $3,127,467, while expenses are expected to total $3,033,202.
During the previous school year, the Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund (ATRF) paid out about $818 million to 27,015 retired teachers. Beginning in September of 2016, the activeteacher contribution rate was decreased from 13.46% to 12.68%. Currently, females make up 74% of the active teaching force.
As ARTA transitioned into its new facilities this past year, the association refocused its strategic plan and the realigned committeesadjusted to their mandates. The membership is being well served.