Beaver Valley Branch News
Welcome to RWTO Beaver Valley Branch. We invite any retired woman teacher to come and join us. Beaver Valley is small in size but large in enthusiasm.
In July we celebrated the 10th year of our Summer Arts Program for children aged 9 to 12. Cartooning, acrylic painting on canvas, collage and painting/embellishing birdhouses kept 23 participants actively engaged. Many projects are on display in a local storefront for the community’s viewing pleasure. We were proud to receive the “Feather in Your Hat” Award in Hamilton for our art camp and congratulate Pat Kortland for her leadership.
In 2012-13, Beaver Valley Branch met for ten breakfast meetings, a Christmas dinner and an annual picnic. We also attended a lunch meeting hosted by Blue Mountain Branch in April, a lunch meeting and tour of Seasons Retirement Residence in Owen Sound and a picnic hosted by Flesherton and Wiarton Branches in July. Three of our members attended this year’s convention in Hamilton. Our Bridge Group remains active and ideas are already being discussed for next year’s art camp. Beaver Valley supports three school breakfast programs, local outreach programs and the Grey Roots Museum.
We welcome all retired women teachers to join us in our activities. We meet at 9:00 a.m. for breakfast on the second Tuesday of each month [September to June] at Marguerite’s. The address is Georgian Bay Cafe, Sykes St, Meaford.
Our Christmas buffet lunch will be on Tuesday, November 26th at 1:00 p.m. The location is Grace United Church, Bruce Street in Thornbury. The cost of lunch is $15.00. Members are encouraged to bring donations for local outreach programs: unwrapped gifts for children and non-perishable food items for the local food banks. Retired women teachers who are not members are welcome to attend.
A meeting will be held at Ainsley Lewin’s house in December. Date and time to be announced.
Beaver Valley has enjoyed another successful year. Three of our members were part of the Convention 2018 Planning Committee and were proud to be part of such a wonderful event. Seven of our members attended the convention and helped with Hospitality and Table Decorations. We especially enjoyed honouring Lois Cook and her guest, Marjorie Davison, at the Thursday luncheon. Our Branch was delighted to receive a Barbara Bain Membership Award for increasing our membership. This summer our Art Camp focused on plasticine-sculpted pictures and creating lithograph prints. We are always amazed at the uniqueness of individual pieces. We are looking forward to our annual indoor picnic in September, our Christmas lunch, breakfast socials and lunch meetings.
We continue to support local charities and, in memory of two members, will be donating prize money for 2019 fall fairs in Meaford and Thornbury.