Belleville Branch News


welcomes new and returning members.

Join us for a great friendly experience 4 times a year and sign up for fun interest groups.


Co-PresidentJudy Mewett
Past PresidentDiane Fisher
1st Vice PresidentWendy Bryson
2nd Vice PresidentElenar Pound
SecretaryJoan Long
TreasurerEileen Freeman


Insurance ConvenorJudy Vanleeuwen
Issues & ConcernsJudy Vanleeuwen/Brenda Ingram
CommunicationsLynda Rollins
PublicityLynda Sommer
MembershipKay Snedden
GoodwillIrene Duncan
TravelLynda Rollins
ArchivistJean Sowden
ProgramLynda Sommer/Patti Clapp/Lynda Rollins
Alternative FilmsKay Snedden

Upcoming Events

We meet in April, June, October and December. Our meetings include a social time, luncheon, business and entertainment.

Next General Meetings:

Fall Luncheon will be on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Emmanuel United Church in Foxboro. This meeting will be a celebration of Canada’s 150 years as an official country. The luncheon menu will feature some dishes from this time period. Richard Hughes from the Hastings Historical Society will be the speaker. Members are asked to wear red and white.

Christmas Luncheon will be Tuesday December 5, 2017 at First Pentecostal Church, Dundas Street West, Belleville, Ont. Musical Performance: Kim Doolittle – singer/songwriter

Spring Luncheon will be held on Wednesday April 11, 2018 at St. Mark’s United Church in Cannifton, Ont. The Cora Bailey Award will be presented followed by the program, “ Nature Walks” – presented by Elizabeth Churcher and George Thompson.

June Luncheon will be Thursday, June14, 2018 at First Pentecostal Church, Dundas Street West, Belleville, Ont. Musical Performance: by a local
singer/songwriter TBA

*11:00 am: Social Time

*11:40 am: Business

*12:15 pm: Lunch & Entertainment


Interest Groups

Alternative Films: Contact – Kay Snedden

Afternoon Wednesday viewing of Alternative movies at The Empire Theatre .

Euchre Club – Contact Lois Thompson 

The Euchre Club meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 1:00 pm at the Richmond Retirement Residence on North Front Street. They have lunch at the nearby Tim Horton’s at 12:00 noon. Sometimes the group plays bid euchre or regular euchre, depending on the number of players.

Come and join us for fellowship and fun.

Chit Chat Club: Contact Marilyn Stobbart 

The Chit Chat club is a friendly, small group of RWTO members who meet on the 4th Tuesday of every month except for July and August. The meetings are held at Federation House, 114 Victoria Ave. Belleville at 1:30 pm. The group discusses current topics of interest. A light snack concludes each meeting. Twice a year the group dines out at a local restaurant. Interested in joining?

Book Club Contact Robin O’Connor 

The book club meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 1:30 pm. Favourite books are discussed and members may recommend the next read. It is an informal book club and not everyone must read the same book. Interested in joining the book club?

Diners’ Club – Contact Carol Watson 

The name says it all. This group meets and eats! They dine out the 2nd Monday of each month at 12:00 pm.

Walking Club – Contact Judy Galway 

This group meets each Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. and walks various trails throughout the city. It’s a great way to get to know one another. The walkers are invited to bring along friends or family.

The Scrappers – Contact Jan Coates 

This group meets monthly. New members are most welcome. Need to spruce up a photo album, create a new one or have a special project in mind?

The Belleville and Area Branch is seeking retired women teachers in Belleville and surrounding areas from Prince Edward County to North Hastings and areas in between!

Interested in joining our RWTO/OERO Branch?

Call 613 962-7390

We meet in April, June, October and December. Our meetings include a social time, luncheon, business and entertainment.


Cora Bailey Award 2018



Eleanor Alexander joined RWTO Belleville Branch in 1988 and became involved in events and soon a member of the executive. She was President in 1992-1993. In those years they were short of funds, so bus trips were organized to raise funds. Eleanor was Goodwill convenor for 2 years and head of the Euchre Club for 2 years. She also started the Diners Club. Eleanor creatively developed the Trifold on white paper and coloured in the emblem.

Eleanor attended RWTO Conventions in Toronto, Niagara Region, Trenton and Kingston. All of this occurred after a rewarding teaching career of 27 years. Initially she taught in a 1 room school house in PEC then completed her teaching career in the Belleville area while upgrading her teaching credentials at Queen’s University.

Cora Bailey Award Presentation

The recipient was Eileen Freeman.

Kay Snedden gave a detailed description of the many years of service Eileen has given to the Retired Women Teachers. Judy Mewett and Diane Fisher presented Eileen with a certificate and flowers.

Eileen spoke of her years with RWTO and even that she had taught our guest speaker John Cairns in grade three. Eileen introduced the guests that she brought with her to celebrate the occasion.