Gerry Smith, ARTA executive secretary
December marks the end of the United Nations' designated "Year of Older Persons." It is fitting, therefore, at this time to review the activities of the retired teachers' association of Alberta.
This year, the Alberta Retired Teachers' Association (ARTA) took on an innovative project. During our annual general meeting held October 27 at Barnett House in Edmonton, ARTA decided to join the Alberta Teachers' Association (ATA) in its Children and Poverty initiative. As a result, ARTA will donate $6,000 to this worthwhile project. Fran Savage, former ATA president, will coordinate the efforts of ARTA and the ATA.
Also during the AGM, ARTA elected a new executive. Floyd Sweet of Vermilion will take over as president from Dora Corbett. It is worth noting that, during Dora's term as president, ARTA's membership grew from 3,000 to 6,500 and three awards were established for education students at the universities of Alberta, Calgary and Lethbridge.
In 1995, thanks to the efforts of Ron Rhine, ARTA initiated its health benefits program for members.
ARTA's motto is "Looking Ahead!" We continue to do so and we continue to grow. I encourage those teachers who are retired or planning to retire to check out one of our 13 branches located across the province.
On behalf of the executive, I wish you health and happiness in 2000!
For more information about ARTA, call me in Edmonton at (780) 447-9474.