Burlington Branch News
The Burlington Branch of RWTO/OERO is a truly caring group of women who are happy to share their retirement with one another; having fun is our business! We welcome you to join us for our luncheons this year at the Burlington Golf and Country Club. Consider joining us for our our ongoing interest groups. We hope that all retired women teachers who currently live in Burlington or worked as a teacher in the Burlington area will join us.
Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Burlington Branch luncheons are held:
Burlington Golf and Country Club,
422 North Shore Blvd, Burlington, Ontario
10:45 a.m. – Doors open for coffee
11:30 a.m. – Business & Announcements
12:00-p.m. – Lunch
Interest Groups 2017- 2018
See our program brochure or call for more information.
Program Brochure 2017-2018
Book Club Heather – 905 639 2922
Euchre Pam – 905 659 5967
Knitting Mary – 905 333 0826
Paper crafting/ Cards Bonnie – 905 336 3164
Tea Room Tours Mary – 905 333 0826
Travel Club Bev – 905 335 7046
PENTA planning Bev – 905-659-1096
Cora Bailey Award Winners 2017
Margaret Steedman- Turek
Margaret has certainly made a significant contribution to not only the teaching profession but also to RWTO Burlington Branch.Her involvement has spanned more than 15 years. She has been a valuable member who has taken an active part in many areas of our group. She has been on our executive and has held several positions including Second Vice President, First Vice President, President and Past President. Consequently she has also helped with the organizing of three Penta Luncheons.
Margaret was the archivist for our branch for 10 years before family commitments forced her to take a hiatus. In 2014, Margaret received the Ontario Volunteer Service Award for 10 years of service to our organization.Marg’s contributions to our Branch have earned her the recognition of her peers.
Margaret’s sunny disposition has helped her develop many friendships within our group. She loves to play card games and Dominos. She loves to travel to the cottage in the summer and to Florida in the winter.
When presented with the Cora Bailey Award at our AGM, Margaret responded that one should not get an award for something one loves to do!
She is the best candidate to be our Goodwill Chair. Because of Virginia, members of our branch receive cards for significant life events. She telephones members who might be on their own and who might like to hear a friendly voice. Virginia visits our elderly members – several in Long Term Care -particularly those who might need cheering up.
Because of her we have the best Christmas silent auction and penny auction ever. Even when Virginia was recovering from her accident last year, she had it all organized so it went off like clockwork.
Virginia belongs to our knitting group. She knits Izzy dolls and she knits the most wonderful teddy bears. After a lengthy stay in a rehab hospital she donated 30 teddy bears to a charity that supports spinal care.
We could go on at great length about what a wonderful person is our Virginia McKee. Suffice it to say, she is a most deserving recipient of the Cora Bailey award. She is a credit to the teaching profession, she is a blessing to our membership of our retired women teachers, she is a hard worker at whatever she chooses to do, and she is a charming, witty, clever and talented lady. We are all very fortunate to have her in our circle.
Ontario Volunteer Service Award
Ontario’s medal and recognition programs celebrate the people who make our province a better place to live. The programs acknowledge outstanding achievement in education, health care, business, science and medicine, community service, the arts, and many other fields.The Ontario Volunteer Service Awards recognize individual volunteers for continuous years of commitment and dedicated service to an organization.
This year we had four recipients for the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards. They were Carol Martin 25 years, Bonnie Folkard, Mary McCully and Joy McLaughlin all with 5 years service to our RWTO group.The Awards for the Burlington recipients were given in Hamilton on April 4.The pins were presented to the ladies by Eleanor McMahon, MPP Burlington, and Monique Taylor, MPP Hamilton. Mary McCully was unable to attend and received her pin at the May General Meeting.