Guelph-Wellington Branch News

Welcome to the Guelph Wellington Retired Teachers (GWRWT) Branch of the RWTO/OERO!

All retired teachers living in the Guelph Wellington Area are invited to join our group of over 200 retired women teachers, regardless of the length of time they taught.  As part of your membership in RWTO/OERO, you will  have access to the RWTO Insurance Plan and all of our Interest Groups.

GWRWT hold four luncheons a year in September, December, April and May or June.  These meetings are listed and further detailed in the Events section of this Branch website 2018-19 Events Program.  At these luncheons, we also support local charitable organizations such as GW local Women in Crisis groups, SLEEPING CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD (SCAW), and local special reading groups.  Frequently we have guest speakers who ask that their fee be donated to a charitable organization of their choosing.

GWRWT has an abundance of interest groups who meet monthly.  You can find a list of all our groups and their leaders in the Events Section.  Whether you are already a member or looking to join our group, Contact Carol Christie, the overall Convenor of the Interest Groups with any questions  you may have in that regard .

For information on how to join Guelph Wellington Retired Women Teachers contact our current president, Joan Berry,  Current members will also find other helpful Branch information on our site, such as upcoming events, photo galleries of previous events, executive members contact  information, Proviincial Newsletters, membership fees and  due dates, etc.

If you experience problems with this site – – please contact your Branch Website Convenor, Marion Kelly –




President Joan
Past President Nancy Fulton
Vice President Mary Gittins 519-846-5955
Recording Secretary Patti
Insurance Convenor Sandra O’

GWRWT 2019-2020 Convenors

Membership Karen
Social Convenor Brenda
Interest Groups Carol
Website Convenor Marion
Decorating Julia
Joy ClubLynda
ArchivistDonna Rawbone
Mary Cunningham
Nomination Committee ChairPat



October 9, 2019

Victoria Park East Golf Club, Guelph

Introduction of Interest Groups

(Cheque to Brenda McGinnis by September 27)


December 4, 2019

Melville United Church, Fergus

Collection for Sleeping Children Around the World

Musicians, Caitlyn and Samuel

(Cheque to Brenda McGinnis by November 22)


April 1, 2020

St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fergus

Rocking Retirement, Part Two

Collection for Women in Crisis Centres

(Cheque to Brenda McGinnis by March 20)


May 20, 2020 (tentative date based on theatre)

Drayton Community Centre, Drayton

Entertainment at Drayton Theatre

(Cheque to Brenda McGinnis by May 8)




SEPTEMBER 26, 2018


1.Welcome Nancy Fulton

Thanks for survey input, executive members summer input, and RWTO convention participants. We were honoured to win the Barbara Bain Membership Award. This is for our 2017-2018 membership increase.  This award has a $200 monetary value. Members are welcome to sign up to receive our on-going communication by e-mail. The printing cost of material continues to rise.Kelly, our Area 2 Director, is encouraging anyone to submit and share photos you have or will take this year with her. She encouraged members to purchase  50/50 Draw tickets if they haven’t as of yet.

2.Membership Marina Howlett

Marina welcomed new members. She reminded them to collect their Welcome Gift at the Registration desk if they haven’t already. For all members, she encouraged them to remind their friends to submit their membership. On a second note, our Drayton Luncheon will be on June 12 and the pay will be “Annie”

3.Budget Mary Hermann

Summary of the budget was available at each table. This is presented at the first meeting each fall for approval. Cost are rising for our luncheons. Today’s luncheon is being subsidised for $4.00 per plate. The motion to accept the budget was 1st by Mary Walsh and carried.

4.Travel Lynn Morrison

Haunted Toronto trip tickets available.         Oct. 24

Possible Options for next year include:

Dear Evan Hansen, Royal Alec Theatre, Brigadoon, Shaw Festival, Point Pelee, Kington , Ottawa and Gatineau, Agawa Canyon or Diefenbaker Bunker.

Focus will be on Canadian locations.

5.Goodwill Joan Berry

Let us know if you are aware of anyone over 80 that would appreciated receiving a Birthday or Christmas card or need a caring/sharing/suffering correspondence from us. Use the table baskets to submit the information.

6.Insurance Sandra O’Connor

Brochures are available at the front. RWTO Insurance at around $14.49 per month is a reasonable purchase for the extras it can provide.

7.New Members Marion Kelly

She requested that they come to the front to receive their RWTO Membership pins

Thanks for Meal          Carol Christie

8.Draws             50/50 Draw                 Joan McCormack

Early Bird                    Carolyn Schmidt

Attendance                 Marilyn Coleman

9. Interest Groups Carol Christie and all

Each group presented a summary of what their group is about and how often they meet.

10. Guest Speaker Joan Berry

Elaine Charal, a Graphologist, provided all with a variety of insights on what we express about ourselves as we write. She also delved into prominent people and what a simple selection of a tie can give us clues of their personality.

Next Meeting

Wednesday Dec. 5, 2018

Meville United Church, Fergus

Collection will be for

Sleeping Children Around the World


 Please contact Carol Christie, Interest Groups Coordinator, if you have questions:

 The following groups are open to additional members

 Name of Interest Group               Coordinator                                Time

 Walking Club                                    Jane Shifflett/Carol Christie                  2nd Mon.

Hiking Club                                          Jane Shifflett                                         3rd Mon.

Movie Groups                                      Wendy Thompson/Guelph.                   Varies

Johanne Martin/Elora

GF Book Club                                       Joan Berry/Fergus/Elora                      TBD

Travel Club                                            Carol Christie                                       2nd Thurs

Singing Group 2                                   Needs Coordinator

Live Entertainment Group             Carol Christie

Event determined

Art Club                                                      Susan Hersey

Event determined

French Club                                              Bonnie Burton

Drumming Club                                      Sandra O’Connor

(With KW in Waterloo)

Games Club                                               Jane Rocher                                          1st Wed.

Card making/Scrapbooking              Donna Rawbone.                                  Wed. AM


Use the link below to the RWTO/OERO Newsletter and find information about what is going on around the province, as well as important dates, useful information and interesting articles related to retired women teachers.

RWTO/OERO Connections 

In 2018 Guelph Wellington won the Provincial Barbara Bain Award. See below what that is all about.

Barbara Bain Membership Awards

This provincial award was named in honour of our long-time member, Barbara Bain, who served on the Provincial Board of Directors for 11 years. Barbara served as an Area Director, Assistant Insurance Convenor, Insurance Convenor, 2nd and 1st Vice-President, President, Past President and Honorary President. Barbara was also the first Membership Convenor for RTWO/OERO. Barbara continues to be an active member in the London-Middlesex Branch.

Since its inception in 2006-2007, the provincial Barbara Bain Award has traditionally been given to the three branches, one in each tier, with the largest percentage increase in the number of regular paid-up members. In 2015, the formula was changed: the actual increase is now calculated on how many new members join, less the number of existing members who did not renew during the April 1 to March 31 period. Awards of $300, $200 and $100 will be given in each tier, based on actual increase in membership. So now instead of 3 awards of $200 being awarded, we have 9 provincial awards, 3 for each tier, totaling $1800.

Barbara Bain Awards 2018

Tier 3, the Smaller Branches

1st place – $300 – South Bruce, net increase 5

2nd place – $200 – Daisy Wilson Coldwater, net increase 4

3rd place – $100 – Beaver Valley, net increase 3


Tier 2, Middle-Sized Branches

1st place – $300 – Stratford, net increase 11

1st place – $300 – Durham North, net increase 11

2nd place – $200 – Central Algoma, net increase 4

2nd place – $200-Lydia Snow North Halton, net increase 4

3rd place – $100 – Owen Sound, net increase 2


Tier 1, Largest Branches

1st place – $300 – London-Middlesex, net increase 22

2nd place– $200 – Guelph-Wellington, net increase 19

3rd place – $100 – St Catharines, net increase 13


Past Barbara Bain Award Recipients


The membership increases are calculated by the Executive Secretary-Treasurer.

Cora Bailey Awards

Cora Bailey from the Peterborough Branch was RWTO/OERO’s first Executive Secretary-Treasurer. She held this position for eleven years until 1982 and wrote the History Book – OASWT 1956-1976. Beginning in 2003, this award was presented in her honour.

Criteria for Cora Bailey Award Recipients

The Cora Bailey Award may be presented to a Branch member who has contributed outstanding service to her Branch.


 Outstanding Service to the Branch


Brigitte Turner


Anne Smith

Marina Howlett


Carol Christie


Betty Mottin

2013     – Brenda McGinnis, Beth Taylor

2012      – Lynda Gillham

2011      – Judy Palmer

EWEN, Margaret Ruth (McNeil)

At the age of 91, passed away at home holding her daughter’s hand. Her loving husband of 40 years Bill and beloved daughter Bonnie predeceased her. She will be sadly missed by her daughter Brenda and cherished granddaughter Sarah Pyke. Margaret will be lovingly remembered by family Lynn and Dan Lubitz, her many wonderful nieces, nephews and their families. Loved sister-in-law to Joan McNeil, she was predeceased by her parents Emerson and Jessie McNeil, her brothers Hardie (Isabel), Lloyd and sister Hazel(Roy). Margaret was born on the family farm near Drayton.  Starting in a one room school house in 1946, she was a dedicated, passionate teacher for 37 years. She and Bill lived on their farm south of Elora partnering in ranching mink. They lovingly welcomed through adoption their school aged daughters Bonnie and Brenda in October 1967. Margaret was a dedicated actively involved member of the Elora United Church. Her enthusiasms included curling, euchre and always chatting with friends. Family, friends, church and community were the cornerstones of her life. Visitation will be held at the Elora United Church, 75 Geddes St. Elora on Saturday April 27th, 2019 from 1-3 pm. Continuing at the church at 3pm will be the service to celebrate Margaret’s life.  Lunch will follow the service. Interment will be at a later date. Donations in Margaret’s memory may be made to the Elora United Church or the Groves Memorial Hospital Building Fund. Arrangements entrusted to the Graham A. Giddy Funeral  Home.

Barbara Stewart-Schieck (Trask)

Elora passed away peacefully at Groves Memorial Hospital, Fergus on Friday, March 15, 2019 in her 87th year. Beloved wife of the late Arnold Stewart (1983), Douglas Schieck (2010) and Douglas Grove (2015). Dear mother of Major Kent Stewart and his wife Leslie of Kingston and Carol Bailey of Kitchener. Loving grandmother of Dylan Stewart and Kelsey Bailey. Loved step-mother of Elaine Hensen of Buckhorn and the late John Hensen, Yvonne (Rev. Tom) Carman of Windsor, Jeanette Schieck (Bruce McKay) of Orr Lake, Jim (Annette) Schieck of Vegerville Alberta, Don Schieck (Kaye Wood) of Arkona, Elizabeth “Betty” Schieck of Guelph, Catherine Schieck (Pat Rooyakkers) of Grand Valley, Marilyn (Murray) Abraham of Fergus and Bob (Peg) Schieck of Moorefield. Fondly remembered by her three sisters Marie Stoddart of Elora, Lillian and her husband Bill Ingram of Ariss and Marion Ferguson of Milton, sisters-in law of Delores Trask, Dorothy Potter, and Margaret Stewart and brother in law Larry Schieck, as well as her many step-grandchildren and step- great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her parents Rev. Reginald and Irene (Bowman) Trask, brothers and sisters-in-law Donald (Lorna) Trask, Robert (Shirley) Trask, Leslie Trask and Douglas (Donna) Trask, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Bertha (George) Douglas, Garnet Potter, Christina Schieck, Floyd Stewart, Morgan (Marjorie) Schieck and Arthur (Phyllis) Schieck.

Brighton Chapter 201 will conduct an Eastern Star Service in the Funeral Home on Monday evening at 8:00 p.m.

Spring Interment in Elora Cemetery.

POST, Grace Elizabeth Ethel “Betty”

Passed away at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Guelph on Sunday, December 23, 2018 at the age of 73 years.

Betty was the beloved wife for over 47 years of Ray Post.  She was the dear sister and best friend of Marie Denham and Rina Moss (Jack).  Betty was the much-loved aunt of Jason and Marni Moss, their children Rachel and Thomas and of Rebecca Moss (Cory Bye).

Her presence is sadly missed by her furry companion Maddie.  Betty (Mrs. Post) is fondly remembered by the many students and colleagues at Rockwood Centennial School where she taught from 1967 until 1995.  Her devotion and talent on the organ for 40 years is also remembered at Rockwood Presbyterian Church.

Betty is predeceased by her parents; George and Hazel Denham.