These minutes were taken by Anne Breault, Secretary, St. Lawrence College Retirees Association. Item numbers refer to the accepted agenda. [The minutes are unofficial until approved by the membership at our next AGM.]
John thanked everyone for attending this 2016 AGM. He thinks it is nice to see people still interested in staying in touch with former co-workers.
Our most recent coffee gathering, held in the hospitality room of the apartment building where Dick is living, was very successful. He thanked Dick for making arrangements and also updating the Retiree Association website.
He is looking forward to the 50th Anniversary of the College system next year.
Suggestion: see www.amazing50.ca
#2. Adoption of Agenda
Moved by Ruth Doran Seconded by June Nalon Carried.
#3. Approval of Minutes of the 2015 AGM
Moved by Ian Wilson Seconded by Dennis McDermott Carried
#4. President’s Report - John Anderson
John thanked those who had organized the AGM, said it was just a privilege to attend this meeting, and that he had nothing to add to his opening remarks.
# 5. Treasurer’s Report and Membership – Clare Rayner
We currently have $2080.00 in our bank account - Financial Report Summary for year ending December 31, 2015 is on file with the minutes. [See below]
The majority of the revenues raised each year are used to subsidize the cost of the various events that are held throughout the year and the donation to the Alumni Foundation to benefit the student population. Last year the Association gave the Alumni Foundation $300.00.
Rob Zubak explained the money was added to the $50,000.00 fund. This money is used as an endowment for tri-campus bursaries. Clare asked if those attending felt we should do the same this year. All agreed, yes.
Membership: There are 69 annual members and 28 Life members for a total of 97 members. This is down from last year. Complete breakdown and list of members is on file with minutes. [See below]
Discussion of declining membership and low attendance at Association functions followed.
Some suggestions from members were:
We, as personal members, could forward Dick’s messages to non-members that we know.
Have a list of volunteer drivers willing to pick up folks needing transportation to Association functions.
Arrange: bus trips for members to theatre productions, as in the past to Brockville,
Walking tours of Barriefield,
Tour of Bill Kirby’s apiary, and
Tour Kingston City Hall, which Vincent Durant offered to lead
# 6 Social Convenor’s Report - Dick Tindal
Dick is not inclined to organize more ambitious and lengthy activities. But if members wish to organize such undertakings, he will certainly publicize them.
The recent coffee gathering held at 1066 King West, was very well attended and Dick is willing to arrange again.
Lunches at Cataraqui Golf Club are well attended and he is willing to arrange one again.
The September Golf Tournament and 19th hole reception is always well attended.
There was an agreement to plan more coffee events. A final one this year will likely be held in November.
There was interest in another lunch at Cataraqui Golf Club. Tentative plan is to have one in July and a second in November.
The Annual Golf Tournament and 19th hole will be held Tuesday, September 6, 2016.
# 7 Election of Executive Officers - John Anderson
Although all members have agreed to stay in their position for another year, all positions are open for nominations.
Nominations from the floor were requested by John.
Vincent Durant moved, the existing executive be confirmed. Seconded by David Craig
John Anderson, President
Ruth Doran, Vice-President
Anne Breault, Secretary
Clare Rayner, Membership and Treasurer
Bill Kirby, Founder
Dick Tindal, Social Convener
Shadow Cabinet Members: Vincent Durant, Al Parkin, Nancy Sudak, June Nalon
# 8 Update on Survey of Soft Benefits - Dick Tindal
Very limited offers have come from the College.
Free parking is not possible at this time
Complimentary library privileges, not possible. Members can use library materials while visiting the library. Paid membership is required to sign anything out.
Complimentary general education courses not possible because of the grant system.
Invitations to College events - Yes
# 9 Plans for 50th Anniversary Celebrations - Dick Tindal
Kelly Wylie will head up the College 50th Anniversary events
The College is still vague on plans. They will try to piggy-back on Provincial plans or on regular SLC functions held during the year.
The College is happy to have the retiree group do something.
At the moment, we are planning to host a Hospitality Room for retirees. As well we would have copies of the Book of Memories and order forms for anyone wishing to purchase printed copies.
The College does have a DVD of the Wall of Appreciation ceremonies held May 1997. This could be playing in the background. Copies could also be ordered by anyone wishing to purchase one.
A suggestion was made to have display tables holding memorabilia from the first 50 years.
Have the Hospitality event the same day as our 2017 AGM in May. College space would be easier to reserve this time of year than during the fall when students have returned.
Place an ad in the Voyageur in hopes of connecting with retirees not living in this area.
Dick will keep members informed of plans. Volunteers will be needed.
It was agreed we give the College until fall to come up with definite plans.
We will try to hold the next MOU meeting in November. We will then know how/when we will proceed. This can be shared with members attending the final fall social event.
#10 New Business - John Anderson
Ian Wilson encouraged all to make a donation to the 50,000.00 campaign.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:05pm.
SLC Retirees Association: Members and Money
Highlights of Report from Clare Rayner to the May 18, 2016 AGM
28 life members (25 from Kingston, 3 from Brockville)
69 annual members (59 from Kingston, 5 each from Brockville and Cornwall)
97 total membership, down from 112 in 2015
In 2016, OCRA had 26 annual members from SLC, all of whom also belong to our Association. OCRA also has 45 life member who are SLC retirees, but only 28 of them belong to our Association.
Revenues of $940 and Expenditures of $1120 for annual deficit of $180
Cash in bank at end of 2015 was $2080
Expenditures were for food at retiree events ($590), donation to Alumni Foundation ($300), office supplies ($150) and miscellaneous ($80)
Note that our Association also received $250 on behalf of OCRA, which was forwarded to the provincial association.