South Bruce Branch News
Welcome to the RWTO South Bruce Branch
South Bruce Branch has approximately 50 members which includes four life members. Although small in number, we continue to care and share while having fun. We invite retired women teachers from Kincardine, Walkerton, Hanover, Port Elgin, Southampton, Paisley and Ripley or surrounding areas to join our branch.
We meet for two lunches and a Christmas tea each year at different venues throughout the area. A business meeting is conducted before lunch followed by some form of program: an inspirational speaker, a healthcare specialist, or perhaps a craft making session.
At each of our meetings we have a raffle with three prizes. We support the Saugeen Grannies with jewellery donations, the Kincardine and District Food Bank and Bruce Grey Kids Are Special. We also have a book exchange at our fall meeting.
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April Meeting 2018
After a long winter apart, the members of the South Bruce branch of the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario (RWTO) enjoyed gathering Thursday, April 26th at the Lucknow United Church for socializing, business and fun.
President Pat Emmerton promised to maximize social time by keeping the business portion short. Items included updates on insurance, finances, goodwill and the provincial convention jointly organized by RWTO branches in Grey-Bruce being held June 5th – 7th. In the break between business and lunch, members were encouraged to sign up for interest groups, browse the photo albums and patronize the raffle.
After enjoying soups, sandwiches and more social time, the group was ready for some fun. Past President Leslie Uttley introduced the guest presenter, Anne Cameron, former teacher with the Waterloo Region School Board and belly dancing instructor.
Cameron was introduced to the ancient expressive dance form in her youth but became more devoted as life allowed her more time. She offers dance workshops in the Waterloo/Wellington area as a fundraiser for the non-profit group, Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (www.CW4WAfghan.ca) . Her particular interest lies in supporting teachers’ salaries which in Afghanistan averages approximately $750 every six months. She will host a belly dancing workshop at the 2018 RWTO convention in June.
Following a brief explanation of the origins of the dance form and Hollywood’s influence on the costume pieces, Cameron had the group on its feet and dressed to move in gaily coloured coin belts and veils.
Hand and hip movements were explained using evocative and familiar Canadian descriptors such as waterfall, snake, hip check, wrist shot and washer agitator. Against the backdrop of a rhythmic soundtrack, Cameron led the South Bruce teachers in a joyful, flowing celebration of movement and a surprisingly vigorous workout.
Judging by the smiles and enthusiasm, the ladies thoroughly enjoyed the experience; the unfamiliar moves, hypnotic music and the beauty of the colours and all in support of a cause near to a teacher’s heart.
Cora Bailey and Past President Pins
Joyce Scammel of Port Elgin proudly displays her Cora Bailey and Past President pins.
November 16, 2017
South Bruce RWTO Christmas Tea
A blustery day outside only served to enhance the collegial warmth inside as the South Bruce branch of the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario met for their Christmas Tea November 16th. Area 1 Director Shirley Greenwood joined 26 South Bruce members at the Kincardine Baptist Church for a delicious lunch and entertaining program.
Francesca Dobbyn, Executive Director for the United Way of Grey Bruce, was on hand to accept a sizable donation to the “For Our Kids” fund which endeavours to mitigate poverty related issues for children in Grey and Bruce counties.
Two new members, Cheryl Wilken and Janet Browne, were welcomed to the group.
Canadian trivia knowledge was tested in a team competition and then several members shared their talents with poetry readings, stories and musical accompaniment and direction for a carol sing.
Chair of the event, Barb Ross, wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe and healthy new year until the next meeting April 26, 2018.
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Upcoming Events 2018
October 25, 2018 – Fall Meeting
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Jean Hargrave, of R #1 Hanover, passed away at South Bruce Grey Health Centre – Durham Site, on Thursday, August 31, 2017. She was in her 92nd year. Born in Walkerton on March 24, 1926 to the late Harvey and Emma (nee Loughleen) Grice. Jean was a beloved public school teacher in rural Ontario for many years. She was a devoted member of Crawford United Church. She will be remembered as their organist. Survived by daughter Emilie Whitefield of R #1 Hanover, step children Russ (Darlene) Hargrave of Humphrey, Shirley Neff of Oakville, Dene (Bryan) Forrest of Vancouver, Bob (Barbara) Hargrave of Utopia and Donna (Garry) Kuehl of Kitchener. She will be missed by her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Predeceased by her husband Carman A. (2000) and sister Elsie Grice. Visitation was at Knox United Church, Durham, Tuesday, September 5, 2017 from 10 am – 11 am, followed by the Funeral Service at 11 am. Rev. Tessica Hackshaw officiated. Interment in Durham Cemetery. Memorial donations to the South Bruce Grey Health Centre – Durham are appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Arrangements entrusted to MIGHTON FUNERAL HOME , Hanover. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mightonfuneralhome.ca
DEVITT, Althea Of Tiverton , passed away at the Kincardine Hospital on Wednesday January 11, 2017 in her 98th year. She was born on October 18, 1919 to the late Melvina Shantz and Emerson Bock. Beloved wife of the late Homer Devitt who predeceased her in 1991. Greatly missed by her children Sylvia (Erv)Nixdorf of Vancouver Island, Graham (Carol) Devitt of Waterloo, Blake (Patty) Devitt of Ripley, Brad (Marla) Devitt of Florida and Lavonne (Brian) Robinson of London. Also survived by 9 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, sister-in-law Grace Bock of Toronto and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her son Dennis in 1957 and siblings Ronald Bock, Cameron Bock and Marjorie Sherk. Althea had a deep faith that sustained her throughout her life. She was a gentle and caring person who made everyone she met feel special. She was a gifted artist and writer who took pleasure in sharing her artwork and memoirs with family and friends. A Funeral Service will be held at the MACKENZIE & MCCREATH FUNERAL HOME, Ripley, on Thursday January 19, 2017 at 2 PM with visitation 2 hours prior. Interment Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener. The family wishes to thank the staff at Tiverton Park Manor for their support and compassionate care given to Althea. Donations to the Alzheimer Society, Heart & Stroke or the charity of your own choice are greatly appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Memorial online at www.mackenzieandmccreath.com
McFARLAN, Betty Thelma (née Elliott)
Betty Thelma McFarlan (née Elliott) of Kincardine, passed away peacefully, with family by her side, at the South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Kincardine on Sunday, February 12th, 2017, at the age of 83. Born in Huron Township on October 20th, 1933 to the late Earl and Margaret (née Byers). Beloved wife of Ken McFarlan. Dear Mother of Andy McFarlan of Stittsville and Steve (Joanne) McFarlan of Kincardine. Missed by grandchildren, John, Amanda, Anna, David and Scott McFarlan. Survived by her brother Bill (Betty) Elliott and sister-in-law Donna Elliott all of Kincardine. Fondly remembered by nieces, nephews, friends and members of the McFarlan family. Predeceased by her brothers, Joe Elliott, Jim Elliott, Bert Elliott (Marjorie) and sister Edith Simpson (Donald). Betty’s focus was always family and friends. She loved entertaining, cooking and baking for the numerous people she welcomed to her home over the years. She was a notoriously great cook and her butter tarts are remembered by many. Betty also enjoyed music, gardening, spending time at the cottage, and a good game of cards. The funeral service to celebrate Betty’s life was conducted from the Kincardine United Church on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., with Betty Elliott and Pastor Judy Zarubick officiating. Serving as pallbearers were John, David and Scott McFarlan, Brent and Jim Holroyd and Robert Elliott. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Kincardine Hospital Foundation appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial online at www.daveylinklaterfuneralhome.com
ELLIOTT, June E.
ELLIOTT, June E.–Beloved wife of the late Gordon J. Elliott, passed away peacefully at Pinecrest Manor, Lucknow on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 in her 92nd year. She was born in Kincardine on June 2, 1925 to the late Emma (Wilson) and Jim Farrell. Greatly missed by sons Rick (Susan) Elliott of Point Clark and Terry (Mary Ann) of Alberta, grandchildren Kristen, Erin, Mark, Josh and Diane (Chris) and great-grandchildren Connor, Tyler, Dean, Kent, Kaylan, Miles and Nyla. Also survived by sister Marion McLeod of Lucknow. Predeceased by daughter Jill, granddaughter Melissa and brothers Wilson, Gordon and Murray Farrell. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of June’s life will be held at a later date. Interment Lurgan Cemetery. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society are greatly appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Arrangements have been entrusted to the MacKENZIE & McCREATH