Chatham-Kent Branch News
Join your fellow retired women teachers for four luncheons over the course of the school year. There are also two socials that occur in November and May to round out our activities for the year.
With a membership fee of $45.00 for the entire year, you will be contributing to our Provincial organization and also to our local Chatham Kent group.
Please contact our membership convener, JoAnne, for more details.
Lynn Sulman: 519-351-2676
JoAnne Chrysler: 519-676-8640
In 1956, a small group of retired women teachers got together for the purpose of trying to persuade the government to raise the level of pensions for retired women teachers to the same level as their male colleagues.
In the following years, many new groups were formed and joined in the crusade to present a stronger case to the government.
In 1967, success was achieved when the government agreed that the minimum pension would be raised to $1200.00 per year.
We have come a long way since then!
This group continues to exist because there is still a need for an
organization that cares for the interests and well-being of retired women
- continually works to be a fully accessible organization to meet the unique needs of retired women teachers
- fosters and promotes interaction among retired women teachers to help members maintain and establish friendships with former colleagues
- provides interesting stimulation and supportive programs for all members
- provides a wide range of opportunities for members to use their leadership, communication and creative skills
- is socially conscious and works to establish a visible, outward-looking presence among teachers in particular and the public in general to improve the lives of all women and children.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Charing Cross United Church – 11:30 am
”Special Presentation to the New Retirees”
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Country View Golf Course – 9:30 am
Entertainment : featured Christmas music
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Charing Cross United Church – 11:30 am
Entertainment: speaker of interest
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Country View Golf Course – 9:30
Entertainment: Round Table Interest Forum
The Chatham Kent Branch decided to begin awarding its own “Feather in Your Hat” Award to deserving members of our organization. This award goes to a member who is involved in ongoing community activities. Two such awards have been handed out over the past year; one to Marsha Thorpe and another to Barb Suitor.
Marsha Thorpe volunteers at the local library, for the Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke and the Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle. She also ushers at the local theatre and assists friends when needed. These activities are in addition to the work she does with the Chatham Kent RWTO Branch where she has served on the executive and is often the smiling face that greets people at the door as they enter buildings for our meetings.
Barb Suitor is a volunteer in Dresden at the school breakfast programme, the food bank and with teaching craft projects (bear making) at the local public school. In addition she volunteers with the Cancer Society as well as Heart and Stroke. She is a big support to her family. This is in addition to her work with The Chatham Kent RWTO Branch where she has been through the chairs, served as Insurance Convenor and Assistant Membership Chair.
The Chatham Kent Branch is very proud and grateful to our members who volunteer in our community by “sharing and caring” their skills and experiences. By recognizing their contributions, we can celebrate the benefits of volunteering and hopefully encourage other members to become involved in a cause that interests them. It’s a win-win!
Sharon joined our local branch when she retired and has been a member of our executive for the past 15 years. In her spare time she enjoys quilting. Several years ago she quilted the RWTO/OERO logo for us. We now hang this item on the podium for our general meetings. For our meeting celebrating Canada’s 150, Sharon displayed the Canada quilt she made from a kit. We are so pleased to have Sharon share her talents with us.
Janet enjoys crafts. Several years ago she made small stuffed fabric reindeer as table centre pieces for to use at our Christmas general meeting. Another year she made new versions of the reindeer to give to our shut-ins at Christmas time. Now we have Christmas tree centre pieces. When Janet learned sewing machine embroidery, she embroidered lace snowflakes for our shut-ins. We are so pleased that Janet is willing to share her talents with all of us.