Daisy Wilson Coldwater Branch News

Daisy Wilson Coldwater RWTO/OERO is delighted to invite retired women teachers from the Daisy Wilson Coldwater and Midland areas to join us.

All retired women teachers are eligible to join at any time.

Marion Drennen, Daisy Wilson and Genevieve Ball. These ladies were Coldwater Branch supporters and friends for Daisy when she was Provincial President in 1992.

A Day For Daisy

Our Daisy is a wonder. She’s a Provincial Past President, a world traveler, a dedicated bookworm and an enthusiastic gardener. Her garden is full of perennials, native plants and bulbs and she shares! I have been fortunate to be on the receiving end of her generosity and my garden is richer for it.

I agreed to be the Archivist last term and inherited our accumulated materials. Among them was a note book containing the minutes and photos of early members from the beginning of our branch. I didn’t recognize anyone, but I knew who might – Daisy. I called to ask for her help and of course we gravitated to gardening talk. Her cardinal flowers had died in the heat and she was bemoaning their loss. Mine were just ducky and blooming up a storm. My original plants had come from – you guessed it – Daisy’s garden. We planned a time to meet – Daisy to look at the photos – me to plant.

When I arrived I was stunned at the condition of her garden – the heat and lack of rain and the invasion of grass and weeds. I planted my plants and we had a nice visit It wasn’t until later that I had a brainstorm. Our June meeting was in the offing. At the meeting I gave everyone an update on Daisy. She finds it difficult to attend every meeting. She is in her nineties, uses a walker and sometimes she just doesn’t feel well enough. I told everyone how the summer had affected her garden and suggested that we make up a work party and in the spirit of “sharing and caring” we try to reverse the ravages of a brutal summer and clean up Daisy’s garden. I couldn’t believe the response. Lots of hands went up to support the idea and on June 29th six eager beavers worked for two and a half hours to make a start…Daisy supervised our efforts and then insisted on making a donation to the branch. We celebrated our achievements with bananabread and pink lemonade and vowed to do it again.

Marilyn Bancsi

All retired women teachers are welcome.

For more information about our meetings please call President Helen Carstairs, phone 705-534-4092

May 2018 Meeting

At our May 1/18 meeting we celebrated the coming Royal Wedding. We had fine china, fancy sandwiches, a special cake and each member brought their own special china tea cup for different blends of English tea. We wore our elegant clothes and fascinator hats.Each of us sent a message of good wishes which was mailed to the Royal couple. We are awaiting a reply.

June 2018 Meeting

This meeting is at Gloucester Estates at 11:00 am. Sociallizing around the pool we will reminisce about our Muskoka Summers: camping, cottage, or canoe trips.
Reports for the Convention will be given. Pat O’Shea will give a special report about the ove ninety luncheon which she attended.
We hope for a happy and healthy summer.

April 2018 Meeting

Tuesday April 3/18 the Daisy Wilson RWTO. of Coldwater had our meeting and lunch at the Queen’s Quay in Victoria Harbour. Twenty four of us had lively conversations until lunch. Our guest Sally Joe Martin showed us the contents within the sleeping kits which are given out to the children of third world countries aged six to twelve years. Sally has been on eight overseas trips to distribute these kits for Sleeping Children Around the World. We were proud to present her with a cheque of eight hundred sixty dollars. Proceeds from our Christmas fund raiser were used to care and share for Sleeping Children Around the World.

Sally Jo Martin is receiving a cheque for eight hundred sixty dollars from our Branch.
The charity of SLEEPING CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD was begun by the Dryden family of Toronto to give out bedrolls and a duffle bag of personal supplies to school aged children six to twelve in Third World Countries. This money was raised at our Christmas auction.





April 3,2018 Meeting

The Daisy Wilson Coldwater Branch will meet April 3/18 at Queen’s Quay in Victoria Harbour for lunch at 11:00 am. A speaker will explain her part in distributing Bed Roll Cots in Third World Countries.
All retired women teachers are welcome.
For information contact Mary 705-538-1857.

December 5/17

The Daisy Wlson Coldwater Branch met December 5/17 at the Matchedash Community Centre [former school]where we welcomed several new members. The hall was beautifully decorated for our Christmas Dinner where twenty-five members could easily be seated.
Each member brings a gift wrapped and our auctioneer Mrs. Doubtfire takes charge with her Troll to bring in the bids. This auction is a fun event generating laughter and good feelings of warmth and cheer. Our auction raised over six hundred dollars to support Bed Kits for Street Kids of the Third World.
At our April meeting we have arranged for a speaker from this organization and he or she will be presented with a cheque.
Further the Nursing home in Coldwater received humungous Santa bags filled with presents and gifts that can be distributed throughout the year.
Also a cheque was presented to the Food Banks of Victoria Harbour and Coldwater to replenish empty shelves.
We enjoy ourselves in caring and sharing and have provided an improved life for our less fortunate.

November 7/17

Our Branch will be hosted in the Party Room of the Aberdeen Condos in Midland.
Our Remembrance Service will share heartwarming accounts of wartime, involving our family and friends. We also collect for a large Santa Sock of gifts for the nursing home in Coldwater.

October 3/17

This was our Thanksgiving Luncheon at the Cafe’ of Ste. Marie Among the Hurons. We heard of the history of Ste. Marie and the different activities that they host for the winter and summer.

 September 12/17

Daisy Wilson Coldwater Branch joined the Orillia Branch on Sept. 12/17 -for a pot luck lunch and the meeting of our Provincial President Lois.
Marilyn Bansci from our unit was introduced as the new area six Director.

 June Meeting 2017

Date: Tuesday June 12,2017

Time: 12:00 p.m.

Place: Coldwater

The Annual Meeting Report will be on the agenda, Enjoy lunch and good conversation.  Please bring your own sandwich.

For further details phone Sandi at 705-686-7502

“Our Mothers and Others”

The Daisy Wilson Coldwater Branch of Retired Women Teachers of Ontario  will meet:

Where: The Restored Matchedash School

The theme is, “Our Mothers and Others”

When: Tuesday May 2, 2017

Time: 11:30 am.

For further information and directions call Erica at 705-835-2367.

Shaw’s Maple Syrup Shack

The Daisy Wilson Coldwater Branch welcomes Spring on April 4/17 at the Maple Syrup Farm. 

We are expected to be at Shaw’s Maple Syrup Shack at 11:30am. for lunch.

For more information you can phone Pat at 705-326-5561.  See you there.




Daisy Wilson Coldwater Branch RWTO

Hello Ladies:

Here are more fun and thoughtful meetings to tell about.

APRIL: We presented Sally Jo Martin with a cheque for 640.00 dollars. She volunteers to distribute Bed roll Kits to school age children in the third world countries. This money was raised at ,our Christmas Auction where Esther in the role of Mrs. Doubtfire was the auctioneer.


MAY: This was an exciting time as everyone prepared to watch the Royal Wedding. We added to this celebration by hosting our own Royal Luncheon. Fancy sandwiches, and a special cake w,ere served on bone china plates. In keeping with the theme each member brought their own favourite china cup to
sample the English Teas that had been brewed. The Spice Girls entertained to peals of laughter. Each of us wrote a personal message of good wishes to the Royal Bride and Groom. We are eagerly awaiting a reply. We welcomed our President Lois Lockhart to join us in our finery including fascinators and gloves.

JUNE: A sunny hot day found us gathered together around Sandy’s pool. We had a tasty lunch and discussed the reports from the AGM. We had received the Barbara Bain Award as we added four new members. Because we care and share and have good fun and friendship retired teachers want to be part of us.