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Message from President Terry Craig

January, 2018 — Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you, and I am looking forward to the challenges of the New Year. Fortunately, RTO/ERO District 27 Board of Directors is composed of several past presidents and others who have been with RTO/ERO for many years. I will be seeking advice, drawing on their experiences and will be open to any constructive criticism or suggestions.

The following are a few priorities that we would like to pursue in the year 2018 when RTO/ERO will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. Committees have been working on this project for over a year and everything is in place and ready to go to celebrate this landmark.

I would like to work closely with retirement residences so RTO/ERO can better serve the needs of the elderly. The RTO/ERO Entre-Nous Choir gives frequent concerts every couple of weeks. I am a member of the Entre-Nous Choir, and I get to see firsthand the loneliness of some of the elderly living in residences.

Past District President Ray Ball lives in a retirement residence. Ray is in good health and he is very mobile. He knows most of the residences and is aware of ones where residents most suffer from loneliness and/or depression.

Ray and I came up with some ideas that we would like to share:
1. Start small. We have chosen one retirement residence to begin with;
2. Try to get RTO/ERO retired teachers who live in or visit the residences involved;
3. Review case studies;
4. Develop a questionnaire to match people with similar interests;
5. Teach, or assist, those who need to learn how to use e-mail;
6. Create a Mystery Pen Pal program to encourage communication between a retirement residence and a local school;
7. Hold an event where pen pals have the opportunity to meet;
8. Have teens teach the elderly who enjoy sports so that they might learn how to play computerized games like ice hockey, football, etc;
9. Encourage senior citizens who like music or enjoy playing instruments, singing karaoke, etc. to actively engage in music;
10. Talk to students who work at our chosen residence for their input.

A committee has been formed which is now researching case studies. It is also contacting a bilingual school which is close to our chosen residence to get information about community service hours, possible course credits, etc.

Our goal is to implement this plan in September, 2018.

I will keep you posted.

Terry Craig
RTO/ERO President
District 27

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