Central Algoma Branch News
The Members of Central Algoma RWTO have welcomed a return to in-person meetings with our first gathering on October 26, 2021. For attendance at our meetings, Members are required to show proof of full vaccination against Covid-19, wear masks (except when eating lunch) and keep a safe distance apart. We have kept a sign in book for contact tracing. Members were comfortable with the necessary protocols and were very happy to be meeting again after so long.The executive have planned meetings for November, April, May and June. Of course, all plans are contingent on the Public Health situation in Algoma.
President, Central Algoma
To join us please contact:
Branch President: Cathy Pirrie- firstname.lastname@example.org
or Secretary: Maureen – email@example.com
Our hike this morning on the North Shore
Christmas Silent Auction is always a favourite.
Our Central Algoma Teacher Support (CATS) group has , with a grant from RTO, put together four suitcases full of dementia related activities for caregivers to borrow.
The hiking group gets its marching orders before finding Lost Lake.
Smelt fishing done the easy way!
The Hiking Interest Group
A hardy few made the blustery hike along the farm roads in Desbarats in March. When is spring coming?
Children’s Musical LiteracyThe Central Algoma Branch of Retired Women Teachers, represented by President Marg MacKay, presented a cheque for $200 to teacher, Jaimie Miller at Echo Bay School. Ms. Miller submitted a request for funds to purchase musical instruments to aid in developing children’s musical literacy to further improve the school’s music education program. New brain research recognizes that musical training can improve reading skills, language processing and social skills. These literacy skills are what this retired women’s teacher group is trying to encourage with an annual donation to an elementary school in the Central Algoma area.
RWTO Central Algoma – Meetings 2021-2022
October 26, 2021
Program: Amid the Amish
Program: Christmas and Silent Auction
January 19, 2022
Joint meeting with Sault Ste Marie
Guest: Nancy Bell, Provincial President
April 20, 2022
Program: To be confirmed
May 19, 2022
Program: Raising the 12-sided barn
June 14, 2022
*Meetings are contingent on the Public Health situation in Algoma and will be confirmed
by our telephone committee to each member in advance of each meeting.
Thursday, September 12, 2019
“We Hear You”
Time: 11 a.m.
Place: Bar River Hall
Speaker: Kerri Tuckett, Canadian Hearing Society
Members bring a potential member who will receive a free lunch.
Sign up for interest groups
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Joint meeting with the Sault Group
Place: Sault Ste. Marie
Speaker: Provincial President: Karen Clark-Lauzon, Insurance Convenor: Donna Hemeron
More details to follow.
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Christmas in Technicolour
Time: 11: 00 a.m. (possibly 10:30 to distribute meat pies)
Place: Zion United Church, Thessalon
Bring a contribution so we all can do some Christmas shopping at the Silent Auction.
Wear your most colourful Christmas sweater.
Bring an article of food for Thessalon Food Bank also.
Wednesday April 22, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Place: Grand Gardens North
Speaker: Director of Breton House
Caterers: Grand Gardens North
More details to follow
Thursday, May 21 2020
“We will welcome Will”
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Place: Sowerby Hall
Speaker: Will Samis on Amish / Mennonite communities
Caterer: Fred Falls
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Tiptoe through the Tulips
Place: Bruce Station Hall
Speaker: Anne Cranston: Flower Arranging
Bring vases and flowers from your garden and we will make flower arrangements to donate to shut-in members
Wear: your gardening gloves and hats
Information about our Interest Groups is located in the newsletter.
We welcome retired women with a teaching career in elementary, secondary or post secondary field. Contact our Vice-President, Cathy, at 705-843-1485 for more information.
As a member you are eliglble for supplementary health insurance that tops up what you would receive from RTO or ARM. Contact Marlene at 705-256-1681 or check out the main RWTO webpage.
Feather in our Hat Award
With the support of a RTO grant, our Central Algoma Teacher Support ( CATS) interest group created five collections of dementia friendly activities for families living with dementia at home. The activities are in local libraries and day away programmes and can be borrowed to enrich the lives of residents and to provide respite for family caregivers.
In partnership with the Bruce Mines and Plummer Additional Union Public Library, the branch’s history binders were digitized to add to the library’s electronic local history database.
CORA BAILEY AWARD WINNERS
Honouring Exceptional Contributions To Our Branch
2006 Marg Snider
2007 Shirley Kent
2008 Martha Summers
2009 Glenis Johnstone
2010 Ruth Juhola
2011 Marny Pollard/Alice Ward
2012 Ruby Vaughan
2013 Nancy Konzuk
2014 Joyce Ratz
2015 Marlene Falls/Carol Neave
2016 Verna Lapish
2017 Muriel Hornby/Kathy Greening
2018 Gayle Manley, Ruby Buck, Nina Warnock
2019 Cathy Bennett, Anne Wildman
Barbara Bain Award
For increasing our membership
- within Tier 2,
- Middle Size Branches
2018 – 2019
- within Tier 2,
- Middle Size Branches
CASS graduation award: $500
Donation to Hilton Beach library: $300
Winner of book board Marg McKay: $100.
Donations to 2 local libraries: $400
Nina Warnock 1938 – 2019
For years Nina was an integral part of our branch, preserving our history in creative and complete binders. She is now at peace.
Rev. Canon Muriel Hornby 1922-2020
Muriel taught elementary school and enriched our meetings with stories from her life in war-torn England. She was an active participant in the book club and the theme dinner group. She is sorely missed.