Belleville Branch News

Caring, Sharing and Having Fun!

The members of RWTO Belleville are moving ahead and looking forward to the journey. Past President Jennifer Davis is now Area 7 Director and outgoing president Kay Snedden will be in charge of membership. Our branch is also moving ahead with the idea of a co-president. Diane Fisher and Judy Mewett have jointly taken on this position.

Our membership is growing and the interest groups are well attended. The Fall Luncheon will be October 5, 2016 and John Cairns, a motivational speaker, will inspire us to live positive, active lives. Louise Ford will entertain us musically at our Christmas Luncheon on December 6, 2016. The Cora Bailey Award will be presented at our Spring Luncheon on April 20, 2017 and the guest speaker will be from “Healing with Horses”. Our Summer Luncheon, June 14, 2017, is going to have a 50’s 60’s theme with entertainment provided by Peter Rea of the Reasons.

Jennifer Davis Area 7 Director, outgoing president Kay Snedden, co-president Diane Fisher



Co-PresidentDiane Fisher/Judy Mewett
Past PresidentKay Snedden
1st Vice PresidentWendy Bryson
2nd Vice President
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 Meeting: The 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.

*11:00 am: Social Time

*11:40 am: Business

*12:15 pm: Lunch & Entertainment


Recent Events

John Cairns – Inspirational Speaker
Thursday, April 20, 2017

St. Mark’s United Church
Cannifton, Ontario
Cora Bailey Award Presentation

Peter Rea Music from the 50’s & 60’s
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

First Pentecostal Church
Belleville, Ontario
Installation of Officers

*11:00 am: Social Time
*11:40 am: Business
*12:15 pm: Lunch & Entertainment


 Wednesday, June 14, 2017

President elect Judy Mewett welcomed members and guests to the meeting at the First Pentecostal Church.

Greetings from Provincial: Jennifer Davis, a member of our Branch and also District #7 Area Director, brought greetings from the Provincial. She outlined some features of the executive and the board. She appreciated working under President Peggy Stock and commented that her first year was quite rewarding.





Installation of Officers: Jennifer Davis installed the new slate of officers for 2017-18.








Jennifer also presented new pins for past Cora Bailey award winners.










Wendy Bryson thanked Diane for her year as president and that she demonstrated in a positive way the goals of RWTO; Caring, Sharing and Having Fun.








Entertainment/Speaker: Lynda Rollins introduced Peter Rea as a local musician who is very active with his band the Reasons. He was very entertaining with songs from the 50/60’s that we all recognized and enjoyed. The songs inspired members to clap and sing along and two members demonstrated their excellent jive moves.


The spring meeting was held April 20th at St. Mark’s United Church, Cannifton, Ontario.The church ladies treated us to home cooked ham and scalloped potatoes with traditional vegetables, salads and buns complete with homemade pies for dessert. Tulips and pussy willow branches created a spring atmosphere.


A Special Visitor

Jennifer Davis, a member in our Branch and District #7 Area Director, introduced our Provincial President, Peggy Stock.

Peggy was quite informative as to how far women teachers have come over the years. She mentioned a contract from 1921 with a few details such as a woman teacher was not to get married, not to keep company with men, no smoking, no consumption of beer, wine or whisky, and not to dress in bright colours. She gave an interesting talk on her entrance into the career of teaching because of her grandmother and stated how rewarding her position is to be able to travel across Ontario visiting many branches.

Diane Fisher thanked her for attending our spring meeting.


Guest speaker John Cairns John Cairns  – Inspirational Speaker      

Lynda Rollins introduced our guest speaker John Cairns who on November 30,1992, at the age of 26, had his life changed from an accident while assembling a train in the Toronto Canadian National  yard. John was run over by a 68 ton railway car and instantly suffered the loss of his right arm and right leg., She went on to mention how he has turned his life into positive activities and events that have helped him cope with his tragedy.

John began his presentation mentioning that he had been taught by Eileen Freeman. He spoke to us that his tragedy was actually a gift that he was able to turn the impossible into possibilities and triumph. He gave an uplifting presentation of where his life had taken him since his accident.

John has dedicated his life to enhancing the quality of people’s lives by sharing his own battles and victories to motivate and be a lighthouse of encouragement. John aspires to inspire to make a difference towards improving human and community capital.

He has started a Wheelchair of Hope Foundation in our area.  John also successfully summited the world’s tallest free standing mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro on August 7th, 2016, in Tanzania, Africa. September 2016 John was named to Canada’s Walk of Fame as the 2016 Unsung Hero Award of Canada.

He was very focussed on the positive things we can do in our lifetime. He left us with a positive thought: The difference between who you are and what you want to be is what you do. Believe it—See it.


John Cairns (Guest Speaker), Peggy Stock (Provincial President), Diane Fisher and Judy Mewitt (Co-Presidents)

Interest Groups

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 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.