Cambridge Branch News


 Area 2 : April 21st Meeting


The Cambridge Branch of the RWTO meets four times a year at the Galt Country Club on Coronation Blvd. in Cambridge.

The Branch supports two charities, The Bridge Shelter for the homeless and Haven House Women’s Crisis Services, through financial donations as well as the collection of health care products, magazines, books, winter hats, socks and mitts.

All retired women teachers are welcome to join us.

Cambridge Executive

Cambridge Callers


PresidentDianne Winkler 519 219 0851
Past PresidentTerry Hamilton 519 622 2298
1st Vice -President
Secretary/ArchivistMary Jane
TreasurerAnita M. 519-622-9231


Lunch Co-ordinatorCheryl O519 623 1536
Lili G. 519-624-0292
GoodwillMary L.519-653-3097
Insurance ConvenorMarg G.519-623-1425
Genealogy ClubCatharine M.519 716 7605

Interest Groups:

Genealogy Club:
Catharine M.  519 716 7605

Book Club 1:
Anne – 519-624-8261

Book Club 2:
Barbara – 519-653-7393 –

Hiking Club:
Mary Jane – 519-622-0415 –


Cambridge Branch, the first 25 years

Upcoming Meetings and Events

September 17, 2019

Sharon O’Connor, Drumming circles

November 20, 2019

Silent Auction in support of our charities

February 11, 2020

speaker – June Anderson, Cambridge Self Help Food Bank programs

April 21, 2020

speaker –Dr. Sharon Livingstone, gerontologist

June ? , 2020

Garden Party, Social

Cambridge Branch Luncheons 2018-19

September 18, 2018 – speaker- Joyce Palubiski – RTO Foundation

November 20, 2018 – Silent Auction and carol sing led by Dianne Winkler

Dec.1, 2018 – Annual walk in support of Bridges Homeless Shelter

February 19, 2019 – speaker – Jaime Griffith – Librarian at Idea Exchange

  • Sale of products from Ancora House (jams, tarts, meat pies)

April 16, 2019 –  speaker – Waterloo Regional Police – Fraud with Seniors

June 11 , 2019 – Garden Party, Social Victoria Park or Riverside park in Cambridge

September 17, 2019  TBA

November 19, 2019  TBA


Ongoing Events:

Hiking Club, every Thursday, 9:00-10:30 followed by coffee, goes all year round

Genealogy Club: first Friday of every month, 10:00-12:00

Guest Speakers for 2017-2018

February 20, 2018

Speaker –Terry Kennedy RWTO Provincial Insurance Broker

April 17, 2018

Speaker –Edith George – Environmentalist

June 12, 2018

– Garden Party, Social

September 19, 2017

-Waterloo-Wellington flag waivers

November 21, 2017

-Silent Auction and carol sing led by Dianne Winkler


Speakers At 2016-2017 Events

September 20, 2016
Eric Hageman – Next Level Performance Training –
Fitness and Strength for Seniors

November 15, 2016
Silent Auction
Chris Hamilton – Financial Horizons
Estate Planning and How to Invest for Your Grandchildren’s Education

February 21, 2017 (tentative)
Janet Howitt – Syrian Refugees in the K/W/Cambridge area

April 18, 2017
Elaine Charal – Understanding the Significance of Handwriting

Membership Fees of $40.00 are due as soon as possible and before September 30th. Please pay your fees to Anita Mullin, Treasurer.

Make cheques out to: RWTO Cambridge Branch

The fee for a member who retired on or before Aug. 31, 1980 is $15.00

Luncheon cost is $25.00 each time.

Meetings will be held at the Galt Golf and Country Club, on Coronation Blvd, next to the hospital. An elevator is available in the lobby.

Meetings follow this format:

Charity item drop off: In designated bins in the lobby on the way in: info from your caller, first meeting bring personal hygiene products for the women of Ancora House.

Mix and Mingle: 11:30 am

Business Meeting: 12:10

Lunch served:12:30

Guest Speaker(s) 1:30-2:30

Cora Bailey Awards




Cora Bailey Awards  presented at the Garden Party,

June 2018 to Mary Jane N., Barb W., Sheila W., Pat T., Helen D., Sue M., Mary L.



Terry Hamilton


Barbara Welfred

Pat Taylor

Helen Darby




Bridges Homeless Shelter    includes

Ancora House (for women)  and Saginaw House (for men) which are Sober Living Homes

Haven House    Women’s Crisis Shelter

Our charities are supported through donations of “most needed” items at the luncheons, the annual Silent Auction in November, sponsoring walkers in the annual Bridges Walk in December and by purchasing the food items produced by Ancora and Saginaw Houses.

Ancora House Jam Sales

Bridges Walk Lunch 2017

Fundraising Prize won by RWTO Team

Margot Yvonne Bogdon

July 30, 1958 – May 8, 2019


After a life lived fully with much laughter and joy, Margot passed away surrounded by her family in their home on May 8 2019 in her 61st year.

Margot leaves behind her beloved soul mate and best friend Peter, adoring sons Luke (Sara), Zachary (Stephanie), loving siblings Bob Birtch (Dyann), Susie Reid (Jason), Sandra Bogdon, nephews Joshua (Laya), Matthew (Leena) and Nathan (Paula), nieces Rachel and Laura, and her cherished granddaughter Brynn. She will be sorely missed by her extended family – the countless friends whose lives she impacted so positively.

Born in Woodstock to The Venerable Robert Birtch and Yvonne Birtch (nee Potter). Margot enjoyed her rural Ontario upbringing in homes filled with happiness and love. She studied to become a teacher at Huron College at Western University, where she found her true life calling as a beacon of love and positivity for so many. A creative mind, she also ran a successful interior decorating business with her sister for several years.

Margot and her life partner Peter married in 1987, spending the next 32 years building a beautiful home, family, and successful business together. They travelled extensively and often held celebrations with their friends, sharing their joy and their home with open arms. She was a genuine and thoughtful friend to so many.

Mom loved unconditionally and was known for putting an extra place at the table for anyone who might show up. She will be sorely missed by many of the boys’ friends who she welcomed into her home over the years, as well as her book clubs, rug hooking groups, knitting circles, and scrapbooking friends. She had a beautiful soul and a contagious smile that will not be forgotten. Now she is resting with the angels…and joy in the morning.

A celebration of life will be held in early June. Please contact a member of the family via email at or the Barthel Funeral Home in Cambridge (519-653-3251) for further information.

In lieu of flowers please spend time being present with a friend or contribute generously to a charity of your choice.