Lydia Snow North Halton Branch News

Lydia Snow North Halton Branch is a vibrant group of retired woman teachers who would welcome you warmly into their midst.

To join us, please contact:

Gill Stevens

LeAnne Taylor


RWTO Lydia Snow Branch Brochure 2018-2019

About Us

RWTO Lydia Snow Branch Brochure 2018-2019

Lydia Snow grew up in Ballinafad. After graduating from Toronto Normal School in 1937, Lydia taught for fourteen years in rural one-room schools, before becoming the itinerate Home Economics teacher for Nassagaweya Township. Lydia then taught Home Economics in Burlington until her retirement from Tecumseh in 1975. Lydia served as local president of FWTAO, and for her many OASWT/RWTO contributions she received honourary membership.

In February, 1999, at the North Halton Social Pot Luck, Lydia inquired if anyone would be interested in forming a new branch in North Halton. Twelve people agreed to help. Sadly, Lydia passed away on October 1, 1999, before the new RWTO group could be formed. Later, Joanne Mackie provided leadership in forming the North Halton Branch. The by-laws were based on those in the provincial handbook. The mission statement is a simplified version of the province’s mission statement. The charter group voted to have this North Halton branch named after Lydia, since she was instrumental in establishing the new group.

The Lydia Snow group was officially formed in December 1999, with appropriate provincial dignitaries in attendance. The branch adopted the colour purple, because in the Bible Lydia is a seller of purple cloth. The Lydia Snow branch was the first RWTO group to create a brochure that outlines the yearly plan and provides a communication link for members.

Please join us in caring, sharing,
and having fun.

Lydia Snow North Halton RWTO holds 10 meetings between September and June. These include a five branch Area 12 gathering called PENTA and a wonderful Christmas banquet. Meetings are held in various locations throughout North Halton. The place of our meeting is clearly indicated in our brochure which can be accessed on this branch site. As well, more information is posted on our monthly updates. Some of our meetings are luncheons and some are coffee meetings. Members are welcome to attend a lunch meeting for the meeting part only at no cost. We begin each meeting at 9:30 with coffee and goodies. All meetings begin at 9:30 with coffee and social time, followed by a short business meeting at 10:00 AM. Every meeting includes a speaker or some other form of entertainment. Topics include health and wellness, travel, the arts, local history, musical performances, or performances by local school groups.

The Lydia Snow North Halton Branch is also active in giving support to our local community. We provide Christmas Gifts to teenagers and women who are assisted by Halton women’s Place (Milton site). As well, each year we assist an organization within the community that supports the needs of women, children and men with a substantial donation from our fund raising. We also provide funds to purchase several bedkits each year for Sleeping Children Around the World from our loose change collection.

Annual membership for the Lydia Snow North Halton Branch is $60.00. Retired women teachers are eligible to join at any time through the year and are welcome to attend a free meeting to check us out. Additional information can be obtained by contacting our Past President/Membership Convenor as listed at the top of the page. We know you will find the members of Lydia Snow North Halton to be welcoming and caring and the topics interesting and entertaining. We hope you will consider coming to one of our meetings and discover a whole new potential for lasting friendships.


Meeting Information

Please send cheques, made payable to
“RWT of Ontario Lydia Snow Branch” to
Dorothy Vandermolen
 P.O. Box 317
Erin, ON N0B 1T0



Thursday, May 24,2018

Place: Limehouse Community Hall

Time: 9:30 a.m. Coffee

Topic: John Macdonald: Historical Photos and Stories of Halton 4.

Tuesday, June 12th, Acton
Acton Town Hall Centre
9:30 a.m. Coffee/Summer Book Sale
Nora Savage: Our Memoirs
$20 R.S.V.P. by June 4

Thursday, September 20th, Cambridge
Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory
10:00 a.m. Coffee
11:00 Tour conservatory and displays
Lunch see website, order at meeting
Pay as you go
Participation Due Date September 11th


Need a ride to a meeting? PHONE Pat Gareth 905-702-8975

Know a member who is sick, bereaved, or has good news? PHONE Mattie Spencer 289-839-2024

Need a message sent out? Phone Marvyn Morgan 905-873-2862


Wednesday March 21 at Boston Presbyterian Church, Milton. Our speaker will be Judy Suke – Let Laughter Lighten the Load. The church ladies will be catering the lunch. Cost is $20.00. More information will be sent in the March Communication.

New members or interested retired teachers are always welcome. Please call Dorothy if you are planning on coming to check us out if you are new.

Date: Wednesday, March 21,2018

 Place: Milton Boston Presbyterian Church

Topic: Judy Suke: Let Laughter Lighten the Load

 Time: 9:30 a.m. Coffee

Cost: Luncheon $20.00 Due March 15



Date: Thursday, April 19,2018

Place: Acton, Acton Town Hall Centre

 Time: 9:30 a.m. Coffee

Topic: Vera Lavergne: Conversations on Louis Riel

Cost: Luncheon $20.00 – Due April 13

 February 13, 2018

Date and Time: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Coffee, 9:30, meeting begins at 10:00

Place: Knox Presbyterian Church, 44 Main Street, Acton, Ontario

Topic: Constable Tara McLorn and Police Service Dog Parker

Treats: Catered by the Ladies Group of Knox Church



Lydia Snow North Halton

Any retired woman teacher is welcome to join us.

For more information, please contact LeAnne at

Date: Tuesday,  December 5, 2016.

Time: 11:00 A.M.

Place: The Club at North Halton – Maple Avenue and Trafalgar Road

Cost: $40.00 – Due by November 29.

Please send your cheque to; Dorothy Vandermolen, 

230 Main Street,

P.O. Box 317,

Erin, ON N0B 1T0

If you need to contact Dorothy with questions about payment, her phone number is 519-833-9540

Please remember that we are required to pay for the number of meals we order on December 1.


Item for the raffle table – these should be new or regifted items – wine and home baking of Christmas specialties are also welcome. If you are bringing a raffle item, please come between 10:45-11:00 at the latest so we can get the raffle items set up. Remember, these funds go towards our Outreach Project as well as helping to cover our costs.

Gift cards or items for teens at Halton Women’s Place – gift cards such Cineplex, Indigo, Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart, Mark’s Work Wearhouse and Ardene’s are appreciated by the teens.

Please do NOT bring toiletries as we now do that in June

Christmas cards with envelopes and stamps – not attached- bagged in five or ten cards. Marg Kalil collects these and takes them to the Georgetown Food Bank.

Money for Raffle tickets and 50/25/25 and also for the SCAW jar

September 12, 2017

Meeting Information

Date and Time: Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Coffee, 9:30, meeting begins at 10:00

Place: Acton Town Hall Centre, 19 Willow Street, Acton

Topic: Kathy Somers: Tips to Manage Stress

Lunch: Catered by Tanner’s of Acton

Cost is $20.00

Please mail cheque by September 6 to:

Dorothy Vandermolen

230 Main Street,

P.O. Box 317, Erin, Ontario. N0B 1T0


Make the cheque payable to RWT of Ontario, Lydia Snow Branch

New members or interested retired teachers are always welcome. Please call Dorothy if you are planning on coming to check us out if you are new.

October 25,2017: Our General Fall Meeting. We will have a lawyer talking abou the Power of Attorney and what you should know. This will also be our fall book sale.This Coffee Meeting will be at St. John’s United Church in Georgetown.

November 14,2017: PENTA, hosted by Burlington Branch at the Burlington Convention Centre will feature Katherine Barber. Cost is $40.00 Please send to Dorothy by Friday October 28.

 June 2017 Meeting

Date and Time: Thursday, June 15

Coffee, 9:30, meeting begins at 10:00

Place: Milton Centre for the Arts, southeast corner of Main Street and Thompson.

We will be in the Bateman Room on the second floor – just past our usual meeting room.

Topic: Splash and Drip – Trixie Benner will help us discover our creative side in water colour.

Lunch: Following our meeting at Swiss Chalet on Market Street (near McDonalds,   just off Highway 25.)

 Things to bring:

Wear red and white, bring a “paint shirt” and a plastic bag for your creation.

Books for the book sale; money for SCAW, 50.25.25 and books ($1.00 each)

Toiletries for Halton Women’s Place – no sample or hotel products, no toothpaste or dental products. Think pampering items, cosmetics, nail polish, sanitary items, SUNSCREEN for women and kids.

Let Dorothy know if :

  1. You are coming to the meeting – we need to purchase painting supplies.
  2. You are coming for lunch – we need to reserve sufficient space.

Her number is 1519-833-9540

New members or interested retire teachers are always welcome. Please call Dorothy if you are planning on coming to check us out if you are new.

 May 2017 Meeting

Hello Members of Lydia Snow.

Here we  are preparing for our last meeting of the 2016-2017 Brochure. And now for something a little bit different. We have not gone on an “excursion” for a little while, so if you have questions about the meeting that are not answered in this communication, please feel free to call me at  905 877 7030 or by e-mail. ( Here is the information:

Date: Thursday, May 24 2017

Time: Coffee 9:30, Meeting 10:00

Place: Halton County Radial Railway 13629 Guelph Line – Between Sideroads 25 and 30 on the east side. There is a good map on their website under “Directions” at the bottom of the opening page.

Click here for directions:

Speaker: Bill Thompson

The facility is fully accessible, with lots of parking.

Coffee and goodies will be provided before the meeting. Bill’s presentation will tell us the history of the radial railway in Halton which was so important in the first part of the 20th century to North Halton Residents.

The meeting will be followed by a bag lunch, provided by The Lunch Box Café. Some of us have eaten at the restaurant in Milton. This is an employment opportunity for clients of Community Living North Halton. The food is very tasty -and healthy!

Your lunch will be composed of a sandwich or wrap, a cookie or lemon square, a fruit cup and a drink.

If you require gluten free, there will be a gluten-free chicken sandwich and cookie provided, but please let Dorothy know – your name, if you require this, will be written on the bag.

We are hoping for sunshine and warmth so we can sit at the picnic tables, but if not, we can eat in the meeting room.

After lunch, those wishing to do so can ride the rails. This is a big part of the experience. There is a stop for ice cream – in case you are still hungry!

There is also a gift shop – should you wish to purchase something for yourself or a train-crazy child or adult in your life.

Here are your choices for the day.

Attend the meeting only, no lunch, no ride – Free

Attend the meeting, stay for lunch only – $14.00

Immerse yourself in the meeting, the lunch and the ride -$25.00.

The ride will occur after lunch, around 12:30-1:00 and is about 20 minutes or so in length.,

Cheques must be made payable to:

RWT of Ontario, Lydia Snow Branch  -Please remember that this is the only notation accepted by the bank.

Send to Dorothy by May 12 – since this is a short time line, it would be a good idea to call her as well. Because of the holiday, our caterer requires our numbers for lunch on the 15th.

Dorothy’s Address:

231 Main Street, P.O. Box 317, Erin ON. N0B 1T0

Phone: 519-833-5940

The 2017-2018 brochures will be given out at the May meeting. Our June event will be “Splash and Drip” with our own Trixy Benner helping us discover our inner artist. We will be meeting at the Milton Centre for the Arts. Lunch will be by reservation at Swiss Chalet. The meeting date is Thursday June 15. There will be more information about this at the meeting and in the June communication.

All Aboard at the Halton County Radial Railway!

April 2017 Meeting

Yes, indeed. Another year has rolled around and we have reached another Annual General Meeting.

Here are the details:

Date: Thursday, April 20th

Time: 9:30 for coffee and chat, meeting begins at 10:00

Topic: Jeanne Gray, trustee for Halton Hills on the role of trustee and the workings of the school board.

Place: St. Alban’s Anglican Church, Glen Williams.

This is a luncheon meeting. Cost is $20.00. Please make your cheque payable to RWTO Lydia Snow and send to Dorothy by April 13.

Dorothy’s phone number is 1-519-833-9540

Please call and let her know you are sending a cheque. Her address is P.O. Box 317,

230 Main Street, Erin N0B 1T0

Since this is an Annual General Meeting, we will be approving the budget for 2017-2018, hearing reports from the Executive and holding a Memorial Service for our four member who have passed on this year.

There is a Memorial Service for Marion Gilmour on Saturday April 22 at 2:00 PM at St. Andrew’s United Church, Mountainview Road South.

May’s meeting promises to be fun! It will be held at the Halton Railway Museum and there is an optional train ride available for those who wish to go.!

March 2017 Meeting

We all like a good laugh and this meeting promises to tell us how humour developed and the role it plays in our society and our lives.

 DATE: Thursday March 23

 PLACE: Boston Presbyterian Church, Milton – on Third Line, north of Sideroad 5

Handicap Parking is past the main parking lot, at the top of the hill.

TOPIC: Melody Campbell: The History of Humour

 TIME: Coffee at 9:30, Meeting at 10:00 Luncheon ~12:00

 Need to Know:

Contact Dorothy to let her know you are coming, even if you paid for the cancelled lunch in January.

Bring money for SCAW and the 50/25/25 draw.

We will be voting on the recommendation from the Executive on the spending of our PENTA surplus.

 January 2017 Meeting

Can you believe we are into another year! Our next meeting is fast approaching, and because we have a bit of a short time line, I hope this gives you the information you need.

DATE: Tuesday January 17
PLACE: Acton Town Hall Centre
TOPIC: Kathy Somers “Stress”
TIME: Coffee at 9:30, Meeting at 10, Luncheon at 12:00

Please send your cheque to Dorothy by January 10

Need to Know:

If you need to contact Dorothy, and to send your cheque:
230 Main Street, P.O. Box 317, Erin ON. N0B 1T0

Kathy Somers spoke to us last year about Sleep. We were all so impressed with her helpful information and had many requests from members for a return visit. After the busy holiday season, we are likely all ready for some pointers on dealing with stress.

This is also our Winter Book Sale. Please bring only books that are recent publications or that you really loved and believe other members would enjoy. DVD’s and CD’s are also welcome, but no VHS please.
Make sure to bring your loonies and toonies to shop for those books that will help you while away a cold snowy winter afternoon.

Our business meeting will be busy – we will be considering where we might donate extra PENTA money, nominations for the slate of officers for next year, and looking for program suggestions as we begin our planning for 2017-2018.

Program Brochure

RWTO Lydia Snow Branch Brochure 2018-2019

Lydia Snow North Halton Branch

Retired Women Teachers.

Membership fees of $60.00 for 2018-19 are now being received. Please bring the fees to a meeting or send a cheque to Dorothy Vandermolen.


Make cheques payable to RWT of Ontario, Lydia Snow Branch.

Membership Dues can be sent to:

Dorothy Vandermolen,
P.O. Box 317,
Erin, Ontario
N0B 1T0
Phone: 519-833-9540
Make cheques payable to RWT of Ontario, Lydia Snow Branch.