Currently there is no cost for new members to join the BCRTA, Vancouver branch and R R Smith Foundation, as fees are waived for new members for one year. Contact the BCRTA for details: www.bcrta.ca
The membership of the VRTA is approximately 1500 members. Life membership is given for those over the age of 90. We honour the members over the age of 85, living in Vancouver, by delivering a poinsettia at the holiday season. Our current dues are $12 a year for the branch dues. Membership fees for the BCRTA are $38 yearly and for the R R Smith Foundation Fund $2.
The R R Smith Foundation is a charitable organization which provides scholarships and bursaries as well as makes grants to Canadian registered charitable organizations for literacy, both in BC and overseas. Within BC grants have been awarded to Cariboo/ Chilcotin, Chilliwack, Clearwater, Coquitlam, Gulf Islands, Langley, Princeton, Sechelt, Terrace, Vernon, and Vancouver.
The R R Smith Bursaries in Education are awarded annually to students training to be teachers at the following universities-UBC, the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, the University of Northern BC, Thompson Rivers University and Vancouver Island University.
This is the link to Fill in a Membership Form online. To join the VRTA be sure to click on box on the Last page for Branch membership and TYPe in the name Vancouver or VRTA in the space for the Branch name. We can't wait to meet you! NOTE: You can also download this two page form and mail it to the given address, if you prefer. Membership fees this year only 2017-18 are FREE for NEWLY retired teachers and any retired teacher who neglected to join whenever they did retire.