Hello to BCRPVPA Members,

Happy Spring! Here in Vancouver, it is pretty amazing to see crocuses peeking out of the snow. However, I am astounded by the weather we have had, and continue to have: seemingly never-ending winter with some spring-like breaks. Really makes one appreciate being retired – not needing to drive to school on icy roads to make sure all walkways are cleared and salted. But, when one considers that in the old Roman calendar March was the first month of the year and named after Mars (the god of war) perhaps this weather should not be so wonder inducing. The Anglo-Saxons’ name for March was Hlyd Monath meaning “Stormy Month” and also Hraed Monath meaning “Rugged Month”. And on how many primary grade bulletin boards have we seen  pictures of lions and lambs illustrating ‘March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb’. So, just by writing this, I am reconsidering my sense of astonishment and trying to regard this weather as merely representative of the month of March. Brrrr! Spring is in the air, though – I see buds forming, smell the fresh air right off the water, and hear morning birdsong.

I have four things to ask our members:

  • First, could you please ensure that students whom you may know who are graduating from Grade 12 and planning to attend a post-secondary program in BC are aware of our scholarship awards. We love gifting $1000 each to four worthy students – students who may be going on to attend a skill-based program, a trades program, university or college. Direct them to our website for an application form and further information: bcrpvpa.ca
  • Secondly, if you have not looked at our website recently, please take some time to troll through it. I think you may be delighted at some of the changes that have been made.
  • Thirdly, if you have any education/leadership books (classics or books published in the last 10 years) that you no longer need, consider donating them to our Book Sale. We sell these gently-used books at Short Course, held at UBC, in July and the proceeds go to our Scholarship Fund. These books are sold mainly to new administrators who are still adding to their leadership library. Donations can be taken or sent to the BCPVPA (# 200 – 525 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, V5Z 1K9) in May and June. Please clearly mark them for the BC Retired PVPA Book Sale.
  • Finally, I wonder if you might consider taking a role on our executive. We are looking at the slate needed for the coming 2017-18 year and would love to have representation from many districts and recent as well as seasoned retirees. If you are interested please let us know by contacting us, before the AGM on May 3, at info@bcrpvpa.ca

I know you will enjoy this issue of Chronicles and Capers. Many thanks to our editor, Graham Mulligan, for all his time, effort and expertise. Also, a big ‘Thanks’ to our contributors. Please consider sending an article to Graham – we all enjoy reading about what our members are doing and where they are travelling. Also, remember to keep your contact information up to date. Changes can be sent to info@bcrpvpa.ca

As mentioned in the last newsletter, many of our out-of-town members might not be aware that after each General Meeting and the AGM we draw an out-of-town member’s name for a $25 Chapter’s Gift Card. We feel this balances the attending Members’ Raffle that is held after the business part of each general meeting. The January 18 winner of the ‘away-members-draw’ was Lynn Kenneth Pecknold from Port Alberni. When I contacted Lynn to congratulate him, I found out that he is an artist. Please find time to Google him and enjoy some of his fine work.

I hope to see many of you at our AGM on the morning of May 3rd. It will be held in the Boardroom of the BCPVPA (#200 – 525 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver). The social is from 9:30 to 9:45 with the meeting following from 9:45 to 10:45. Then, after a short break, there will be a presentation from 11:00 to noon. A catered light lunch will be provided following the meeting. The presentation will be about educational travel for seniors and the speaker(s) will be from the not-for-profit organization ROAD SCHOLAR. If your timing does not permit you to come at 9:30, please feel free to join us at any point in the meeting – we will be very happy to see you.

Warm regards,