Dear Members

by Eileen Phillips

I am writing this just after Valentine’s Day, 2018, and I have been recalling how much fun it used to be at school – wearing red, sending Valentine-shaped cards, making Friendship Salad, and enjoying all the kind gestures that set the tone. But, this year, right now, in schools, there is even more of an activity flurry – not only is it St. Valentine’s Day but the Winter Olympics are happening and the Lunar New Year is on Friday. And, some teachers are also writing report cards which means that our active administrator friends are reading them.  Remembering can be so much more fun than actually doing! Especially on a day when one wakes to freshly fallen snow, like we had in the Lower Mainland today. And, yes, the yellow crocuses were persistently poking through.

How have you been spending the last few months? Please consider writing an article for the newsletter about your travels, hobbies, or adventures. We know our members love to hear what others are doing in retirement. Graham is always grateful for submissions.

Have you joined Yammer yet? You can join by clicking the link on our website or by sending me a note asking for an invite. As long as you are a member, you can sign on. If you are not a member, please download the application from the website and mail it in. All the information is on the form. Remember to check the website often – especially for opportunities to volunteer. In all website headings, new information is added as it comes to us.  Also, videos of our speaker presentations are uploaded – almost like being there! Thanks to Graham for all his excellent work here. Also thanks to Jeff, who is on our executive, for stepping in to learn some of the technological skills needed to give Graham a hand.

At each General Meeting and the AGM we draw names for 2 Gift Chapter’s/Indigo Gift Cards. Our winners from the October meeting were: Fred Nienaber of Maple Ridge and Joseph Varro from Port Coquitlam. We have successfully contacted one winner from the January draw and that is John McLellan of Kamloops. We are still waiting to hear back from our second winner from that draw. Perhaps Steve (you will know who you are because email and voice messages have been left for you) is travelling? Please contact us so we can confirm your address.

Our next General Meeting will be on March 13. The start time for the social is 9:30 a.m., followed by the meeting from 9:45 to 10:45. Then, after a break, the speaker presentation begins at 11:00. The topic this time will be about Health and Travel insurance plans available to us: e.g., Medoc, Prestige, Green Shield. A no-host lunch follows at a local restaurant for those who have the time to attend. This will be a good meeting to speak to our past president, Vivian, if you are interested in running for a position on the executive. If you cannot attend, contact us at and mention what position(s) might be of interest.

The AGM will be on May 3 and Dennis Ducklow, one of our members who is also a professional photographer, will be presenting a workshop: Taking Effective Travel Photos. We are offering this event free to our members. Lunch will be provided at the AGM. Please try to attend. Also at this meeting we will be electing the 2018 – 19 Executive slate. If you are interested in being on our executive, please contact me to have your name put forward.

Speaking of travel, have you heard about our newest affinity program? Please look at and subscribe to the newsletter. Thanks to Gerald for setting this up and to Travel Agency Tribes for partnering with us.

Each year we run a used education BOOK SALE at Short Course, held at UBC in early July. Funds raised from this sale are used to supplement our Scholarship Fund. (We now give up to 5 scholarships of $1000 each, every autumn, to students attending a tertiary Canadian institurion.) If you have finished with your leadership/education books, please consider donating them to us. They can be dropped at, or mailed to, the BCPVPA office during the months of May and June. The address is #200 – 525 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 1K9.

Smile often, stay healthy, and keep learning. Retirement is what you make it! Best wishes to you and do stay in touch.