RWTO/OERO Awards Policies
It is the policy of RWTO/OERO that the following honours may be bestowed on members.
Barbara Bain Membership Awards
This provincial award was named in honour of our long-time member, Barbara Bain, who served on the Provincial Board of Directors for 11 years. Barbara served as an Area Director, Assistant Insurance Convenor, Insurance Convenor, 2nd and 1st Vice-President, President, Past President and Honorary President. Barbara was also the first Membership Convenor for RTWO/OERO. Barbara continues to be an active member in the London-Middlesex Branch.
Since its inception in 2006-2007, the provincial Barbara Bain Award has traditionally been given to the three branches, one in each tier, with the largest percentage increase in the number of regular paid-up members. In 2015, the formula was changed: the actual increase is now calculated on how many new members join, less the number of existing members who did not renew during the April 1 to March 31 period. Awards of $300, $200 and $100 will be given in each tier, based on actual increase in membership. So now instead of 3 awards of $200 being awarded, we have 9 provincial awards, 3 for each tier, totalling $1800.
Barbara Bain Award Recipients for 2016
Tier 3, the smaller branches: (all first time recipients)
$300 – Niagara South, net increase of 6
$200 – Lincoln West, net increase of 4
$100 – Gananoque, net increase of 3
Tier 2, the middle-sized branches:
$300 – Upper Canada East, net increase of 9
$200 – Brant, net increase of 8
$100 – Brockville, net increase of 7
Tier 1, the largest branches:
$300 – Mississauga, net increase of 12
$200 – Belleville, net increase of 11
$100 – Peel North, net increase of 7
The membership increases are calculated by the Executive Secretary-Treasurer.
The Feather In Your Hat Award
The Feather in Your Hat was established by the Membership Committee.
Criteria for the Feather in Hat Award
- This award recognizes creative, innovative and successful activities carried out by a Branch that has clearly enriched the programs offered by RWTO/OERO.
- Area Directors can submit the names of deserving Branches.
- Branches can nominate themselves by writing a descriptive article and submitting it to the Chair of the Membership Committee for consideration.
- Chosen Branches have an article describing their activity or program published in the Provincial Newsletter and the “Hat” itself is presented at the Annual Meeting.
- Two or three Branches are honoured each year.
Submissions for Feather In Your Hat must be made to the Membership Convenor after January 1st and before March 1st. Mail a hard copy via Canada Post to:
402 Bay St
Orillia, On L3V 3X4
Notify her that it is in the mail and she will confirm receipt upon arrival.
A Provincial Honorary Membership in RWTO/OERO is the highest honour that can be bestowed on a member for outstanding service at the provincial level. This award is presented at the Annual Meeting. Nominations are sent to the Honorary Membership Committee Chair.
Criteria for Honorary Members:
- The most important consideration must be the member’s contribution to RWTO/OERO at the provincial level.
- The contribution may include: length of service, provincial offices held with distinction, extraordinary care and devotion to a task, outstanding ideas or innovations introduced.
- The retiring Provincial President is automatically recommended for this honour at the completion of her term of office
- No more than 4 members may be selected in any one year.
- A notice and the criteria for selection of a recipient are placed in the November newsletter by the Honorary Membership Convenor inviting branch executives and/or members-at large to submit nominations for this award.
- The name and the accompanying background information about the proposed recipient must be forwarded to the Honorary Life Membership Convenor by January 31.
- The Committee selects the recipients as soon as possible after January 31. The chairperson forwards the choices, along with the rationale for the selections, to the Provincial President for presentation, discussion and ratification at the April executive meeting. The decision is relayed to the chairperson of the Honorary Membership Committee who then notifies the recipients.
The Cora Bailey Award
Cora Bailey from the Peterborough Branch was RWTO/OERO’s first Executive Secretary-Treasurer. She held this position for eleven years until 1982 and wrote the History Book – OASWT 1956-1976. Beginning in 2003, this award was presented in her honour.
Criteria for Cora Bailey Award Recipients
- The Cora Bailey Award may be presented to a Branch member who has contributed outstanding service to her Branch.
- The certificate for this award is available on request from the Provincial Office and will be signed by the provincial President.
- All branch members are eligible for this award whether or not they have received an Honorary Life membership Award.
- There is no limit to the number of Branch members who can be awarded this honour, but usually not more that 3 are chosen in a Branch in one year.
- A picture of Cora Bailey, donated by Jean Axcell from Peterborough, is to be kept by the Archivist for display at the Annual Meeting.
- After being displayed at the Annual Meeting, pictures of the recipients for that year will be kept in an album by the Archivist.