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Bylaw Revisions

A comprehensive revision of the branch bylaws, approved at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in 2012, resulted in the incorporation of ERTA as a not-for-profit organization.

Following a recent review of the bylaws, the ERTA Board of Directors opted to submit a few revisions for consideration by the membership at the ERTA AGM in June.

The existing bylaw ( states that spouses or partners of full members who are deceased are eligible for full membership including voting privileges. The proposed revision would change the membership category for these individuals to (2.1.2 'Non-Voting Members').

The rationale for creating this category is that some spouses or partners may not have had an association with the education profession and, therefore, should not be granted voting rights. They could, however, retain their connection to the branch as a non-voting member. The category of 'Membership' would therefore be renumbered.

Other changes would include omitting the hyphen in the word 'coordinator' (2.2 and and substituting the lower case 'b' for the upper case in the word 'board' where the word refers to the 'Board of Directors' (2.1.2, 2.3.2,, and 5.24). The upper case ‘A’ in Association will be replaced with the lower case ‘a’ in fifteen (15) instances as well.

ERTA bylaws (8.1) dictate that the membership must be informed of any intention to propose an amendment a minimum of twenty-one (21) days before the meeting (June 13). The bylaws can be amended by a special resolution passed by a seventy-five percent (75%) majority vote of the members present and eligible to vote at the AGM.

Membership Report - March 2018

By Cliff Otto

Current total membership                 454

Memberships not Renewed               41

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Spring Luncheon                        March 21, 2018

ARTA Wellness Challenge        April 1, 2018

Faculty Club Brunch                   April 7, 2018

Technology Workshops            April 12, 2018

Mayfield Dinner Theatre             April 18, 2018

Technology Follow-up                April 19, 2018

Board of Directors Meeting       May 9, 2018

Summer Luncheon & AGM        June 13, 2018

ARTA Golf Tournament              June 21, 2018

Second Wind Conference   September 6, 2018

In Remembrance

by Cliff Otto

Bernard Henri Lemay, an honorary life member and former executive secretary of the Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No. 54, passed away on January 18, 2018.

He earned his Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1956 and then worked as an accountant for an oil company for three years prior to enrolling in the Faculty of Education.

He began his teaching career as a vice-principal in a Catholic school in Beaumont, a position he held for five years. In 1963, Bernie received his Bachelor or Education degree. In 1964, he joined the staff of Austin O’Brien High School, teaching science and business courses for three years. Bernie assumed the role of executive secretary of the  local only a few years after the position was created served in that capacity for twenty-seven years, retiring in June 1995.

He functioned as the treasurer of the St. Albert and Area Retired Teachers’ Association for four years before becoming the acting treasurer for ERTA early in the winter of 2005. He served as the branch’s official treasurer for the next eight years.

Music and community service were of foremost importance in Bernie’s life.

Do you know a retiree who qualifies for an ERTA membership but has never joined? Bring them to an event and, if they take out a membership, your name will be entered into a draw for a $60.00 gift certificate to either the Royal Coach Dining Room at the Chateau Louis Hotel or the Faculty Club at the University of Alberta.


Although all elected officer positions have been filled, the ERTA Board of Directors would like to encourage anyone interested in contributing to the Association in some small way to join the ERTA Board. No job is onerous; and the old adage “many hands make light work” definitely applies here. More members on the Board would enable current directors to feel free to travel extensively or to be involved in activities that might otherwise conflict with an ERTA commitment.

Please contact any board member if you are interested or to submit a name of someone who might be persuaded to become involved.

Check out the Roles and Responsibilities of the ERTA Board of Directors. on the Governance page.