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  • FALL 2017 We value your input. Please follow the contact information on

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    Editors: Mary & Don Checkley Contact us at: calgaryretiredteachers.org

    2017-2018 CRTA Board of Directors President: Linda Manwarren Vice-President: Denis Espetveidt Vice-President: Brian Scott Past President Greg Chitrenky Secretary: Myrna Eichhorn Treasurer: Paul Demers Director: Liza Bennett Director: Marg Brucker Director: Don Checkley Director: Mary Checkley Director: Gordon Cumming Director: Margaret Espetveidt Director: Elizabeth Galatiuk Director: Marlys Glass Director: Sandra Grassick Director: Mary McDougall Director: Joesph Manchurek Director: Gordon Marconi Director: Rolande Parel Director: Lynn Rule Director: Barb Smith Director: Helena Smith

  • President’s Message Linda Manwarren Hello to all of you. As you read through this newsletter you will see for yourself we have in- deed been busy. Thank you for supporting our events. We plan them with you in mind but sometimes we do not know how they will be received. To that end, I am inviting you to send us your feedback, either to my email directly or to the event organizer’s email or using the Contact drop down menu on our website. We would also appreciate ideas for future events or learning opportunities you would like us to explore. We welcomed three new Board members at the AGM! As a Board, we took time to pause and reflect. We met for the day with Barb Pedersen who lead us through this retreat, Working Successfully Together. It was time well spent as we reviewed what we are about and what we want to achieve. Congratulations to all who participated in the ARTA Walking Challenge. As winners of the Branch participation award we received 30 copies of the cookbook, Healthy Cooking for Two (Or Just You) by Frances Price, RD. to distribute to our top 30 walkers. Everyone who walked, however many steps, is a winner in the world of paying attention to our health! This is the time of year when I can share news from the Calgary Foundation. The Calgary Teachers Memorial Fund was established in 2011 as an endowment fund managed by The Calgary Foundation for Community, Forever. On our behalf, the Fund seeks charities that would benefit seniors or provide scholarships for those in the field of geriatrics. This year the grant went to Father Lacombe Care Centre to support the construction of a specially designed “healing garden”. The garden is being built to appeal to all five senses which research has proven to be beneficial to the physical, social, psychological, and spiritual health of those with dementia. As the calendar turns toward December we anticipate the annual trip to Rosebud Theatre for their seasonal presentation. It is also the month of the Winter Solstice. Although we see win- ter as a season of dormancy and cold, the Solstice actually marks the days slowly becoming lighter and longer. Celebrations of the lighter days to come and the use of light to dispel the darkness of December are common in festivals throughout history. I wish you joy bright enough to light the dark days of December and love to keep you warm. Merry Christmas. Happy Hanukkah. Joyous Kwanzaa. And may 2018 be a time of good health and peace of mind.



  • CRTA AGM September 7, 2017 Don Checkley The Annual General meeting for the CRTA was held prior to the fall luncheon. Linda Manwarren gave a short President’s message to start the meeting. Paul Demers presented the Budget report as approved by our auditor, the Board of Di- rectors and the members at the AGM. Greg Chitrenky as the Past President then conducted the election of the new Board of Directors for the 2017 – 2018 year. The board members are listed on the first page of the newsletter. A thank you to all the new board of directors for letting their names stand and we look forward to the contributions of the new and returning members of the board.

    Linda Manwarren giving the President's Report to the AGM

    After meeting discussions

  • Fall Luncheon September 7, 2017 Marlys Glass The weather outside was rainy and cold, but a warm and happy group of retired teach- ers gathered on September 21 to eat a delicious lunch, and get information on the CRTA at the Annual General Meeting. The event was held at the Coast Plaza, where we were treated to tasty food and gra- cious hospitality. Thank you as always to our wonderful sponsors for the door prizes:

    A barbecue set from TW Insurance won by John Terray A hand painted scarf made by Catrina Loman won by Marjorie Weerstra A travel credit from Merit Travel won by Sandi Grassick A Thanksgiving Centre piece won by Rebecca Aizeman

    And three coffee table books donated by CRTA and won by Marlene Sorenson, Norma Ellis, and Marilyn Shoults. We had four brand new retirees join us, and several new people join the Board of Di- rectors, and this is exciting. Welcome to all these energetic and inspired new people, and of course, thank you to all the hard-working returning members of the Board who led so many wonderful activities in the past year. The most amazing thing is the generosity of retired teachers! We raised $250.00 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary to support their work in providing needed services for the children in our communities. Thank you to all for your generous contributions! Mark your calendars for the annual Christmas Luncheon at the Carriage House: November 29, 2017.

  • The Whyte Museum

    Lunch at the Old Spaghetti Factory

    CRTA Banff Trip September 12, 2017 David Peyto On Tuesday September 12th, fifty-one members and guests of the CRTA spent the day exploring Banff. In the morning we visited the Whyte Museum of the Canadi- an Rockies. After lunch at the Old Spaghetti Factory, the group accompanied Da- vid Peyto on a walking tour past some of Banff’s historic buildings.

    Banff’s history dates back to 1883 when a group of Canadian Pacific Railway workers discovered what we now know as the Cave and Basin National Histor- ic Site. In 1885 the Federal Government established the Hot Springs Reserve. Two years later, this reserve was expanded and became Rocky Mountains Park, Canada’s first National Park. In 1886 George A. Stewart was appointed as the first superintendent of Rocky Mountains Park. One of his tasks was to design a townsite that would attract the wealthy and well-travelled tourists of the Victo- rian era. Over the years Banff has changed from being an exclusive resort com- munity to a popular tourist destination. The park name changed to Banff Na- tional Park in 1930.

  • The Mather cabin located behind the Whyte museum

    The Masonic Cascade Lodge

    Peter and Catharine Whyte created the Wa-Che-Yo-Cha-Pa Foundation in 1958. Their vision was to construct a museum that would serve as an art gal- lery, a historical archive and a public library. The foundation had been given this name by Stoney Nakoda Chief and medicine man Tatanga Mani or Walking Buffalo. The name translates as “everything you do and see is per- fect and creates influence and education.” Catharine reinterpreted the name as “where the good, the wise and the beautiful come together in harmony.” Catharine had an extensive collection of archival material that was originally housed in the attic of their home. The collection was moved into main muse- um building after it opened in 1968. The library was later moved into the building next door. In 1979 the foundation was renamed the Peter and Cath- arine Whyte Foundation.

    In addition to the photographs, journals and records housed in the Whyte Museum, the Foundation owns a collection of Banff heritage homes and cabins. In the summer months the Peter and Catharine Whyte House and the Moore House adjacent to the museum are open to visitors.

  • The Moore Cabin Located on the Whyte Museum property

    Mary Schaffer Warren’s Residence known as Tarry-a-while

  • On the walking tour after lunch we viewed about twenty historic buildings or lo- cations. Each August, Doors Open Banff provides an opportunity for participants to step inside some of the buildings we walked past. Other historic buildings or locations in Banff include: the Administration Building and Cascade Gardens, Sign of the Goat Curio Shop, Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum, Bow River Bridge, Byron Harmon Residence, Margaret and Henry Greenham Residence, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Sibbald Residence, Crosby Residence (Abegweit), Bankhead Train Station, Walter S. Painter Residence, Canadian Pacific Railway Station, Belmore Browne Residence, Banff Upper Hot Springs, Cave and Basin National Historic Site and the Banff Springs Hotel.

    Banff’s Presbyterian church

  • Cst Duchesney

    Fraud Awareness Presentation September 27, 2017

    Steve Manwarren On Wednesday, September 27 the CRTA hosted an anti-fraud presentation to 42 participants by Cst. Carter Duchesney of the Calgary Police Service. Cst. Duchesney covered several main topics relating to fraud as they pertained to the seniors in his audience. The first and foremost was awareness. Seniors, he told us, were more vulnerable and targeted more often than other groups. In fact, one in twenty is victimized by fraud artists, yet only one in nine ever report the in- cident. He asked that we, as leaders in o