Information and Greetings for April, 2022

PARTA President’s Message

As we follow the lead set by ARTA and continue our “No Contact” protocols, I bring you a hopeful message of “Spring to Come”.  Actually, it has been snowing most of the day while I compile this information but just now the sun is poking through the grey clouds – 5:25 PM!!

Condolences to you who have lost loved ones or acquaintances to the virus. Please continue to take care of yourselves and be cautious as we experience the transition into more open social practices.

I want to remind you about the Alberta Health Services “Green Sleeve” initiative supported by ARTA.  I use mine regularly and have also found the myalbertadigitalid very helpful in keeping my medical “stuff” organized. There is also a video to view at  Just type either of these links into your search and the information (along with lots of other topics you may find helpful) will be there for you to see.

ARTAfacts, March 2022:

Please check out the informative articles in your most recent copy of ARTAfacts:

ARTA Office Reopening Spring 2022   

Beginning in April, ARTA staff will begin to return to the office, and members will be able to start booking appointments to visit beginning May 1.

  1. The booking calendar for members to make appointments will become available on and during the month of April.

Volunteer Opportunity

There are many volunteer opportunities at the Pioneer Museum in Stony Plain.  School Program presenters are needed, in particular, but there are many other areas of the operation where volunteers are invaluable.

Members who want more information can contact the Museum office at 780-963-1234.

Briefing Notes from the BoD Feb 22-23:

Briefing notes have been updated here:

Direct links to the files are:

2022 Photo Contest

ARTA’s 10th annual photo contest has been announced.  Photos can be submitted for one or more of the four categories:

  • Travel: Photos of your travel adventures, wherever they took you.
  • Nature: The physical world, collectively, including plants, animals, landscape and other features and products of the earth excluding humans and human creations.
  • Making It: Photos that demonstrate how something is made.
  • Ten: In honour of our 10th anniversary, photos that symbolize 10.

All ARTA members in good standing are eligible to enter.  Please include your ARTA membership number on the official entry form.

The closing deadline for entries is: 4:00 pm, May 31, 2022.

There are two entry divisions:    1. Previous winners (masters) 2. All others (novice).

The Following Rules and Forms Documents are attached to this email or can be found on the ARTA Website:

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, digital photos will now be accepted for the 2022 Contest.  Please send your digital copies to:  Please keep email file sizes lower that 10MB as email servers may restrict delivery of very large files.

Second Wind Conference

The ninth annual Second Wind Conference will be held on September 22, 2022 at the

Chateau Louis Conference Centre in Edmonton.

All retirees in the Edmonton area and beyond, are welcome to attend. Find all eighteen topics, speakers, and session descriptions posted on the web-site at Register before July 31 to take advantage of the $95.00 early bird fee rather than the regular one for $110.00 that comes into effect after that date.

The registration numbers will be capped and the fee includes:

  • Light breakfast
  • Keynote presentation with Dr. Wagg.
  • Eighteen compelling sessions.
  • Buffet lunch and coffee breaks.
  • Relaxing ‘wine down’
  • Craft displays and sale tables.
  • Door prizes
  • Exhibitor booth.

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