April 11, 2022

April 2022 WCRTA Communication

We hope that everyone is doing well and enjoying the return to more normal activities with the precautions that are appropriate for each of us.

Wolf Creek Branch Happenings

As a branch, we are looking forward to resuming our normal activities.  We will be hosting a luncheon meeting around the end of June.  Watch for the date and details to come in May.  We will be looking forward to playing catch up over the next couple of meetings with recognizing new retirees, life members, and volunteers due to the last two years.

We are thankful to ARTA for the generous branch subsidy grant that we received based on our membership.  This will assist with branch expenses for our activities.  In addition to this grant, the number of delegates for our branch at the ARTA annual meeting is also determined by our membership numbers.

Thank you to those that have responded to the invitation in January to renew your branch memberships.  Through this membership drive, we have also identified three more members that we can honour with life memberships.  A reminder that branch memberships are a nominal $5 a year or for savings, $20 for five years.  Life memberships are for those reaching 85 years of age.  Complimentary memberships are given to new retirees in their first year of retirement.

If you would still like to renew your WCRTA membership use the renewal form on the WCRTA website.  Then follow up by mailing your cheque made payable to WCRTA to the address on the form – Wolf Creek Retired Teachers’ Association (WCRTA)  4417 43St.  Ponoka AB T4J 1B9.

Alternatively, you can print off the membership form in the attachment above and mail it with your membership cheque.


The ARTA office is reopening this spring.  In April ARTA staff will begin to return to the office from working from home.  In-person appointments will be resuming by appointment in May.  Helpful ARTA information can be found on the ARTA website, in the news&views magazine, or in ARTAFacts.

The ARTA Wellness Challenge has started.  It runs from April 1st to June 30th.  The change this year is that you can record either steps or minutes.  Fitness level does not matter, just keep track of your activities and at the end of June pick out your best 30 days and submit the total.  Look for information in the latest News & Views magazine on pages 36-38 or at  arta.net/wellness-challenge.  Let me know if you are participating so that I have a list of participants for our branch.

The deadline for the tenth annual ARTA Photo Contest is May 31, 2022.  Visit arta.net/photo-contest for contest rules and entry form.  Also, see page 8 in the most recent news&views magazine.

Watch soon for information on the 2022 ARTA Writing Contest.  The deadline for entries will be Nov. 18, 2022.

The 2022 ARTA Scholarship season is around the corner.  The deadline is July 31, 2022.  These scholarships are available to students related to ARTA members.  Review the criteria and apply online at my.reviewr.com/site/ARTA/Scholarships.  See page 49 of the most recent news&views magazine.

The twice-delayed ARTCF Charity Golf Classic is happening at the Ponoka Golf Club on June 16, 2022.

At the May ARTA Board of Directors meeting there will be an election for a member on the ARTA Health Benefits Trust.  If this is something that may be of interest to you please let me know and I will forward the nominations package to you.

If you haven’t had a look at the new ARTARx health benefit plans take the time to compare to your current choice to see what works best for you.

Frank Tschabold
WCRTA President