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Retired Women Teachers’ Association Dianne Bewell T


he Retired Woman Teach- ers’ Association held a festive luncheon on December 12,


2013, at the Masonic Hall. As guests entered, Mrs. Claus handed out oranges to guests and chocolates were placed on the tables. After a turkey dinner was served, new members were introduced. Entertainment was provided by the


Village Green Morris Men who per- formed their lively folk dances using deer horns, sticks, handkerchiefs and swords. Teir costumes included breeches, baldrics, top hats, bells and tatter coats. Te dancers and singers were accompanied by an accordionist and a fiddler. Te Abbots Bromley Horn Dance put us in the spirit of the Winter Solstice and members enjoyed singing along to Christmas Carols. At each luncheon, the Retired Wom- an Teachers’ Association collects toi-


letries for women’s shelters. In the


spring of 2013, three shelters each received two boxes filled with a vari- ety of shampoos, conditioners and lo- tions. Other shelters will benefit from our members generosity this spring. Also, in the past two years, more than 300 pairs of eye-glasses have been do- nated to an optometrist school for re- calibrating. Tey were then provided to people in developing countries. At the February 27, 2014 luncheon,


Dr. Donovan Gray, author of the best selling book, Dude, Where’s my Stetho- scope? was the guest speaker. He gave an entertaining power-point presen- tation which provided us with insight into the life of an ER doctor. At that lun- cheon, as is done annually, donations were collected for Winnipeg Harvest. Our next luncheon and AGM will be


held on April 10, 2014 when members will be encouraged to wear hats (fab-


ulous, frivolous or fun). Te enter- tainment will be Michelle Anseeuw, who is the lead vocalist in the popu- lar local stage show “Sweet Dreams of Patsy Cline.” She will be sharing a special selection of her favorite Clas- sics and Country Hits. Michelle has enjoyed singing all her life, growing up with the music she is so passionate about now.


RTAM in DAUPHIN - FEB. 26, 2014 B


ased on the concept that knowl- edge is power, on February 26, 2014, the Educational Advocacy


Committee of RTAM, in collaboration with the Dauphin Area Retired Teach- ers’ Association and the Manitoba As- sociation of Senior Centres, hosted an information session: “Services Avail- able to All Seniors Ages 55+ Residing in the Dauphin Area.” In spite of a total lack of cooperation


from the weather gods that day, a com- mitted group of 40+ participants met in the Dauphin Multi-Purpose Senior Cen- tre at noon for a hot and tasty catered lunch and then stayed till past 4:00 p.m. for an information-packed afternoon. Susan Crichton, consultant for the Seniors and Healthy Aging Secretar-


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iat, opened with a keynote address “It’s NOT Right-Neighbours, Friends & Families for Older Adults.” Dauphin Mayor, Eric Irwin, then brought greet- ings from the city and was followed by a complement of presenters, who outlined a multitude of services and supports: provincial, regional and lo- cal--that may be accessed by Dauphin area seniors. Topics included: elder abuse awareness, diabetes awareness and education, Alzheimer Society services, arthritis, mood disorder and grief support group services, mental health supports for the older adult, public health service information, home care services and area services to seniors. Presenters also brought with them applicable publications


Educational Advocacy Committee


and brochures that participants scooped up to take home for future reference and reading, as well as to share with their neighbours, friends and family members. Participants’ evaluations of the


event indicated an overall very pos- itive response to the day along with some constructive suggestions to im- prove future presentations. Te Ed Advocacy Committee mod-


elled this presentation on a similar event that was offered previously in Tompson MB, in conjunction with the Tompson retired teachers. Te committee is currently seeking com- mitment from other interested local RTAM chapters, so that similar pre- sentations may be offered at other sites in the province in the future.


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