Sarnia-Lambton Branch News

Welcome to RWTO Sarnia Lambton Branch. We invite any retired woman teacher to come and join us at any time.

Sarnia-Lambton hosted the RWTO Convention in 2007. We used an image of the Bluewater Bridges to represent a well-known landmark for this area.
We are using a photo of the same impressive feature of our area as our Header Photo.

For more information, please consult our newsletter and yearly calendar or contact:
Gwen Moore


PresidentJohnna Johansen
Vice-PresidentMary Anne Barstead
TreasurerCatherine Phillips


MembershipSusan Morphew

Positions of Secretary and 2nd Vice-President are available to be filled … volunteers welcome to join a helpful supportive team.

Imperial Theatre “Exit Laughing”

Come and join us for an afternoon of fun and frivolity on April 15th at the Imperial Theatre; brunch before at the Holiday Inn if you wish

What: Theatre Sarnia production of Exit Laughing, directed by
our member Willi Beckers Locke

Brunch at Bridges in the Holiday Inn at noon

When: April 15th 2018; 2:00 p.m.

Cost: Theatre Ticket is $22; brunch is paid for on the day, max. $18.95

You can sign up at the meeting on November 30th
or e-mail or call Gwen Moore at or 519 869 6412.

We must have numbers by January 30th

Past Events

November Meeting 2017

Our Second Meeting of the year found us having a Christmas feast on Nov. 30. Best attendance of the year!!
It was our pleasure to host both Provincial President and Area Director. Other features of the day included a huge donation of PJ’s, socks, etc. to the Women’s Interval Hone, as well as cash donations to local food banks.
Cookie plates are sold, as donated sweets tempted us, and we held a raffle of amazing baskets and gifts plus a table for crafts and baking. We usually have something for everyone.
This is our major fund raiser for the year, and an early estimate placed the proceeds at about $1100 … all for Caring and Sharing.
A former president and convention co-chair announced she will be moving to BC in the new year … apparently her new grandson, Henry, has enticed her to relocate … hence the O Henry bars in one of the photos … she has been secretary for a number of years and will be missed. Best of luck, Judy

Luncheon Meeting 2017

Attendance was 121 members plus 5 guests
Caring and Sharing presentations were made to Jen Dafoe, local author, Safe Communities, and St. Joseph’s Hospice Children’s Program Three members received the Cora Bailey Award … Doreen Klapak, Pat Morreau and Lillian Skerratt
Previous Cora Bailey recipients received pins from Dianne Rice, former provincial RWTO presidentand a member of our branch.

Our Theme for this year is “The 4 R’s of Retirement” .. with each of our 4 luncheon meetings featuring one of the R’s :
September 28,2017

Reaching Out to Community Needs

November 30,2017

Rejoicing in Christmas Giving

April 27,2018

Realizing Your Potential

May 31, 2018

Reflecting on Your Journeys

Donations to the Food Banks will be accepted at each meeting, and sale of used books will continue to help add to the donations.

September 29, 2016
Corruna Legion
11:30 meeting, lunch 12:15

November 24, 2016
Christmas bazaar
Arena in Point Edward

Member directories will be available for pickup at the September meeting … those not picked up will be mailed.

Evelyn Ball, a Life member in our Branch, celebrated her 100th birthday in August. We sent flowers to acknowledge this very special event. When asked how she would like us to use the birthday gift from the Provincial RWTO, Evelyn asked to make a donation that would benefit children. Her $100 donation was given to the Inn of the Good Shepherd to assist in their backpack program and school lunch supplies.


Members are encouraged to bring retired teacher friends as guests to a meeting. If the guest becomes a member, her meal at the next meeting she attends will be paid for.Other incentives to encourage bringing a guest include Tim’s cards and a draw at the last meeting of the year.

A tour is planned for October 26 to visit the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery which will feature “Witness – Canadian Art of the First World War” .. cost is $12.

Archived Newsletters

Three dedicated members of our Branch will receive the Cora Bailey award at the September meeting: Pat Morreau, Doreen Klapak, and Lillian Skerratt.
Previous recipients of the award along with the 3 named here will be presented with the new Cora Bailey pin by Dianne Rice, former Provincial President and a member of our branch.

Caring and Sharing awards will be presented to the following at our September meeting:
Jenn Dafoe – Local Author
St. Joseph’s Hospice Children’s Program
Canadian Mental Health

Representatives will be enjoying lunch with our group as our guests.
Used book sales and donations to the area food banks will assist in making donations to worthy causes helping children in our area.