Retired Academics and Librarians of the University of Toronto

RALUT Membership and Events Committee Terms of Reference

Membership and Events  
Chair Geraldine (Jody) Macdonald g.macdonald@utoronto.ca
Members Claudia Colas, Elinor Fillion, Diane Henderson, Alan Jacobs

Recruitment is an important and on-going activity both to increase membership numbers, and thus strengthen our presence and credibility in the University community, and also to compensate for the inevitable loss from our ranks over time. The Committee is also responsible for the planning and carrying out of RALUT events, principally the Annual General Meeting, but other special events that may be held, as well as ensuring members are reminded of the “first Wednesday of the Month Lunch” at the Faculty Club.

In addition to the medical and dental plans available to retirees through the University, there is a wide variety of other benefits, from a variety of sources, which may be of interest to retirees. They include, but are not limited to:

1. To give priority to encouraging recruitment to RALUT by developing programs of recruitment. These will include, but not be limited to, the annual recruitment through the retirement seminars presented by Human Resources for which RALUT provides a spokesperson to address the meeting, and also provides up-to-date material for the retiree package; the annual recruitment of retirees through an invitations to join, with a personal letter and information.

2. To devise other suitable outreach programs, as feasible, to encourage growth of the membership, e.g. developing programs involving departmental representatives to assist by alerting the Committee with information on potential new members currently in their last five pre-retirement years.

3. Based on its ongoing experience, may make recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding changes in membership fees and categories, and other matters of concern.

4. To review, periodically, recruitment materials, including the standard membership application form for the information folder and for online use.

5. To plan and organize the Annual General Meeting to be held at a time and place and with a speaker decided by the Board of Directors in early autumn, based on the AGM Calendar of events.