Burlington Branch News

The Burlington Branch of RWTO/OERO is a truly caring group of women who are happy to share their retirement with one another; having fun is our business!  We welcome you to join us for any of our 6 yearly  luncheons.  Our Luncheons begin at 10:45 a.m. with a coffee and social time, followed by a delicious buffet and capped with an exciting speaker or some other type of entertainment.

Burlington Branch also maintain several Interest Groups – Book Club, Knitting Group, Travel Club, Euchre Group, Paper Crafts, Tea Room Tours  and a new interest group “Dinner and a Movie”.

Throughout the year we plan different Special Events. Over the years we have enjoyed Mardi Gras, Painting Nights, A Night at the Races.

We hope that all retired women teachers who currently live in Burlington or worked as a teacher in the Burlington area will join us.

Please feel free to contact us at burlingtonrwto@gmail.com



Location: Burlington Holiday Inn

“Olympic Gold Comes to Burlington” Brandon Wagner

Wheelchair Basketball

Payment due: September 7



Location: Tyandaga Golf Club

“A Different Road to Vimy 100” Hugh & Mary McCully

Payment due: October 11



PENTA 2018

Peel North 11:00 a.m.

Garden Banquet &Convention Centre 8 Clipper Court Brampton ON

Payment due October 30, 2018 to Carolynn

LIFE IN THE PINK   Speaker: Dini Petty



Location: Burlington Holiday Inn

Christmas Auction & Raffle Collection of Hats and Mittens and Socks
Carol Sing

Payment due: November 19

Cost To be announced



Location: Tyandaga Golf Club

“The Story of Burlington Teen Tour Band” Rob Bennett

Payment due: January 3


Monday, October 1, 2018

Get to Know a Working Farm.

Brantwood Farms 251 Powerline Rd Brantford Ontario  N3T 5L8

  • Come pick your perfect pumpkin and some apples.
  • Enjoy delicious home baked goodies and
  • a wagon ride led by Marilyn Park.
  • Individual or pair Scavenger Hunt

Contact person Marilyn Park  905 627-9208  mipark1960@gmail.com

You may bring a friend to this excursion !

Interest Groups 2018- 2019

Book Club Heather – 905 639 2922
Euchre Pam – 905 659 5967
Knitting Norma – 905 632-4774
Paper crafting/ Cards Bonnie – 905 336 3164
Tea Room Tours Mary – 905 333 0826
Travel Club Bev – 905 335 7046
Go to the Movies-Marilyn- 905-928-6209

Burlington Branch luncheons are held:

December,2017 – Burlington Holiday Inn

January, 2018 – Tyandaga Golf & Country Club

May, 2018 – Burlington Holiday Inn

For more information email burlingtonrwto@gmail.com

10:45 a.m. – Doors open for coffee
11:30 a.m. – Business & Announcements
12:00-p.m. – Lunch


Current Newsletter


Archived Newsletters

Cora Bailey Award Winners 2018

Sharon Ariss

Today we honour  Sharon Ariss. She has been our wonderful insurance rep for many years, answering your questions, attending the annual insurance meeting and writing her articles for the newsletter.

After her 3 daughters were born she became a substitute teacher and was highly favoured for her efficiency by Carol Martin.

In chatting with Marie Rhodes, I learned what a helpful and supportive friend Sharon is. They enjoy their euchre days and sharing rides to RTO and RWTO. She is a great listener. You may remember Sharon as our faithful ticket seller, treasurer and an organizer of the seating plans for our wonderful fashion shows PRETTY IN PINK. Sharon does not make a fuss, she just quietly steps up and does a great job. We’ll really miss you for that, my friend.

About 10 years ago, Sharon took courses to enable her to do taxes and audits. She really enjoys this type of work but finds April exhausting. She also audits the RWTO books providing suggestions to our Treasurer Carolynn Blake. So thanks again.

In her private life she is the wife of John and the mother of 3 daughters, including twins.  She has grandchildren that she adores. My favourite Sharon story… is how she passed out when her daughter … was giving birth. Sharon had to be taken to emergency to be checked out! New grandmother, mother and grandson were all fine!

In her free time, she loves to travel, especially cruising, loves seeing new places and spending time with friends. Sharon has attended many Conventions as a delegate for Burlington Branch.Sharon was a wonderful alarm clock and advisor when I attended my first RWTO conference!She quietly and wisely guided me through the booklets, procedures and business. It was quite overwhelming and I certainly appreciated her supportive patient help.

In 2015, Sharon was awarded the Ontario Volunteer Pin for all her work with RWTO.  Today we thank Sharon for her years of service to our Branch by awarding her the Cora Bailey Award. Well deserved, Sharon!

The award was presented by Ruth Miller

Peggy Blair

Being nominated for the Cora Bailey Award from RWTO/OERO is a little like being nominated for an Academy Award.  There are many roles that merit recognition. For instance, if you have served in an executive position it is rather like the lead role or best actress award.

Today’s recipient has been nominated because of her outstanding contribution as best supporting member. She is pleasant, talented and supportive both of her friends and our organization.

Her best friend, Moira Plexman, has these words of praise for her.

Peggy has been a supportive friend for many years. We became friends while teaching together. She was maid of honour at my wedding, helped with my daughter’s wedding and has used her sewing skills to produce many treasures over the years , including quilts and outfits for my granddaughter. Our friendship includes attending RWTO/OERO luncheons together. She has regularly donated some of her creations to the Christmas Silent Auction.

Five years ago when our theme for Penta was “Dick and Jane”, she sewed all the napkins that were part of the décor and the take home gifts for the attendees. For Penta 2017, celebrating Canada 150, she spent much of the summer using her embroidery machine to create lovely ,red maple leaves. The leaves supported the theme and were the take home keepsake for those attending. They were a huge hit. She also donated a Mountie banner for the draw. Another starring role in a supportive position for the RWTO/OERO Burlington Branch.

Peggy Blair, a quiet, modest member who never hesitates to lend her creative skills for the benefit of our group, please come forward and receive your Cora Bailey pin for your outstanding work in a supporting role!

The award was presented by Carol Martin