Thompson Association of
Retired Educators (TARE)
Our Chapter closed down in March and
did not have an AGM. The Executive will
continue in place until COVID-19 is over or
until someone must step down for personal reasons.
We have our first event planned for Tuesday, August
18. “Lunch on the Lawn” will be hosted in the back
yard of the Gobles where we may safely distance
from one another. Each person must bring a chair
or blanket to sit on and desired food and drink with
no sharing except with “family." We hope to have
time to catch up with one another and set some
tentative plans for the fall.
Currently, we have no place large enough to
meet safely but that may change if the School
Board Office opens up to us. We are all safe here in
Thompson and hope to stay that way.
Our last planned project was the Pre-
Retirement Seminar for prospective retirees
from the School District of Mystery Lake held
just before COVID-19 shut everything down.. Our
school year end project of delivering Rice Krispie
cookies to the classroom of a retiring teacher
had to be cancelled. Our June joint venture plant
project with the local Library had to be cancelled
so we did not have the opportunity to work with
the children. However, after the snow finally
disappeared and a few plants became available
for purchase, a few of us got together and filled
the four large planters in front of the Library.
We also weeded the side garden and the brick
walkway to tidy up the area. We have plans to
tackle the large front garden in a week or two.
It has not been tended to in years and requires
heavy maintenance. We will start by removing the
unwanted Manitoba maples that have encroached
on the space and finding out what else is actually
in there that is worth keeping and could be
encouraged to grow. By late September or early
October we will have to remove all plants from the
planters so that will be a project for a few of us.
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