Orillia Branch News

The Orillia Branch consists of 60 retired teachers that enjoy meeting once a month for food and fellowship at St Andrew’s, Presbyterian Church on Peter Street.

This year our meetings will begin on Mon. Sept.19th, and we will welcome the Daisy Wilson Coldwater Branch to join us for a “Pot Luck” luncheon. Peggy Stock, the RWTO President will also visit us that day along with Ken and Elaine Heron who will provide some musical entertainment and teach us the 60th Anniversary Song that Ken wrote for RWTO.

Orillia has the unique opportunity of celebrating 150 years with Canada this year. It is the only city that was formed in Canada in 1867. RWTO is planning some special events around this occasion and will provide some speakers and stories at the meetings.

The Orillia Branch raises money through an auction held at their October Meeting, to support Big Brothers, Big Sisters. This has become an annual event and we look forward to it every year. In November our Guest Speaker will be Miranda McSorley manager of Sharing Place Food Bank. Our group will donate cashed canned donations to help over there Christmas Season.

In December our group has a catered Christmas dinner at a local Church. It is always enjoyable and helps out the Church as well.

We meet again in April and our topic will Alzheimer’s and in May we will be hearing stories of Orillia from a local historian David Town. We will celebrate 150 years of Orillia and Canada at this Meeting.

In June we celebrate the end of year by going out for lunch and enjoying some light entertainment.

In 2015-16 we honoured Pam Goring and Marina Drybrough with the Cora Baily Award. Orillia Branch is very fortunate to have a Group called the “School Belles” who sing at Retirement and Nursing Homes. This will be the fifteenth year for this group. We also have a “Lunch Bunch” group that meet for lunch once a month in different restaurants about town. Small interest groups are formed as the need arises. Orillia is an active vibrant group of Retired Teachers who look for ways to help children and the community.

Contact Fay Hunter for further information: fayedwaynehunter@rogers.com

Orillia Branch 60th Anniversary Song

RWTO – Orillia Words

In Orillia and surroundings we have me to for sixty years.
And our auctions raised some money to donate
To the boys and Girls club locally (it seemed the thing to do)
Since those children often several years do wait.

Now our School Belles sing for seniors and they practice week by week.
At our meetings they will entertain us too.
In orange and black we sometimes dress when time to celebrate
And we often hear from speakers who are new.

Orillia Verses: Lois Cullis