Durham North Branch News

Welcome to Durham-North. Retired women teachers are always welcome to join our branch. We are increasing our membership each year. At the last three annual conventions Durham North has received the Barbara Bain Membership Award for the increase in membership for a small branch. We look forward to welcoming new members.

Our branch has two annual luncheons. Our Spring Luncheon on the second Wednesday in May and the Fall Luncheon on the second Wednesday in October. We meet at 11:30 am with lunch at 12:00 noon at the Sunderland United Church in Sunderland, Ontario. The hot meal includes roast beef, potatoes, vegetable and homemade pie for a cost of $20.00. Besides the great meal there is usually a guest speaker and there is time to meet other retirees with caring and sharing.

Last year many of our members enjoyed activities such as theatre outings, coffee hours and lunches at the Roadside Diner in Sunderland. During the summer a number of members went to the Lucy Maud Montgomery Tea and play in Leaskdale, Ontario and others went to afternoon tea at Maryboro Lodge in Bobcaygeon, Ontario and the winter outings, included “The Festival of the Trees” in Bobcaygeon as well as a few musicals. We look forward to our luncheons and our outings and we hope that you can join us.

If you have any questions or concerns about Durham-North branch or would like to become a member please email Gerry Oldham, Communications Convenor for Durham-North.

Gerry Oldham

 About Durham North-Area 7

Set in a rural setting, Durham North is an enthusiastic group. We have been able to fill all our executive positions. Time is thoughtfully spent planning group events that very in interests. Most events are subsidiced by the branch to encourage involvement. no matter what event there is ample conversation. If you are interested in Carrot Cake desserts, Lavender Farms, roast beef lunches with entertainment, you are most welcome to join us. Members are contacted by phone or emails so as not to miss out in the fun. There is plenty of laughter and friendly banter. All are welcome.

Contact: Marie Geelen our President or Peggy Bredin our Past President to join. Their contact information is following this.


Past PresidentPeggy Bredinjohn.bredin@ sympatico.ca905 985 7046
PresidentMarie Geelenjmgeelen@lindsaycomp.on.ca 705 786 2037
1st Vice PresidentPat Manorek brian.manorek@ sympatico.ca705 357 3737
2nd vice PresidentWendy Campbellcampbell.wendy@gmail.com 705 432 2923
TreasurerConnie Dunlopconnie_dunlop@ hotmail.com 705 953 9636
SecretarySusan Lowrie susanlowrie44@gmail.com 705 357 0270
InsuranceCarol Phoenix905 985 3421


GoodwillMary Lee Tully mtully@sympatico.ca 705 432 2415
Carol Phoenix905 985 3421
Membership Peggy Bredinjohn.bredin@ sympatico.ca905 985 7046
Marie Geelen jmgeelen@lindsaycomp.on.ca705 786 2037

September 18 , 2018      Carrot Cake Gathering, Sunderland

October 10, 2018           Fall Luncheon, Sunderland

November 28, 2018     Christmas at Home Marie’s

January 9, 2019     River Street Diner, Sunderland

February 14, 2019   Red Desserts/Soup/Brain Drain Games, Sunderland

April 24, 2019     Spring Luncheon, Sunderland





July, 2018

Lavender Farm Tour (Date will follow)

Aug, 20, 2018

Victorian Tea ( more details to follow)

Jan.29, 2018

Winter Warm-Up at Sylvia Oldenziel’s

Feb. 7, 2018

Valentines Dessert Time at Sunderland United Church

April 25, 2018

Annual Spring Luncheon at Sunderland United Church

Oct. 11, 2017

Annual Fall Luncheon at Sunderland United Church

Oct. 18, 2017

Victoria Quilt Sunderland Church

Nov. 2017

Lunch and Chic Chat at Katie’s Cafe in Sunderland
Every Second Wednesday starting

Nov. 27, 2017

Christmas at Home at Marie Geelen’s










Cora Bailey Award for 2018         

Carolyn Ballard

Barbara Bain Award for 2018 

Most New Members