Lydia Snow North Halton Branch News
Regular meetings will now be in-person, but watch for Zoom Coffee & Chat sessions to keep everyone connected.
Lydia Snow grew up in Ballinafad. After graduating from Toronto Normal School in 1937, Lydia taught for fourteen years in rural one-room schools, before becoming the itinerate Home Economics teacher for Nassagaweya Township. Lydia then taught Home Economics in Burlington until her retirement from Tecumseh in 1975. Lydia served as local president of FWTAO, and for her many OASWT/RWTO contributions she received honourary membership.
In February, 1999, at the North Halton Social Pot Luck, Lydia inquired if anyone would be interested in forming a new branch in North Halton. Twelve people agreed to help. Sadly, Lydia passed away on October 1, 1999, before the new RWTO group could be formed. Later, Joanne Mackie provided leadership in forming the North Halton Branch. The by-laws were based on those in the provincial handbook. The mission statement is a simplified version of the province’s mission statement. The charter group voted to have this North Halton branch named after Lydia, since she was instrumental in establishing the new group.
The Lydia Snow group was officially formed in December 1999, with appropriate provincial dignitaries in attendance. The branch adopted the colour purple, because in the Bible Lydia is a seller of purple cloth. The Lydia Snow branch was the first RWTO group to create a brochure that outlines the yearly plan and provides a communication link for members.
Please join us in caring, sharing,
and having fun.
Lydia Snow North Halton RWTO holds 10 meetings between September and June. These include a five branch Area 12 gathering called PENTA and a wonderful Christmas banquet. Meetings are held in various locations throughout North Halton. The place of our meeting is clearly indicated in our brochure which can be accessed on this branch site. As well, more information is posted on our monthly updates. Some of our meetings are luncheons and some are coffee meetings. Members are welcome to attend a lunch meeting for the meeting part only at no cost. We begin each meeting at 9:30 with coffee and goodies. All meetings begin at 9:30 with coffee and social time, followed by a short business meeting at 10:00 AM. Every meeting includes a speaker or some other form of entertainment. Topics include health and wellness, travel, the arts, local history, musical performances, or performances by local school groups.
The Lydia Snow North Halton Branch is also active in giving support to our local community. We provide Christmas Gifts to teenagers and women who are assisted by Halton women’s Place (Milton site). As well, each year we assist an organization within the community that supports the needs of women, children and men with a substantial donation from our fund raising. We also provide funds to purchase several bedkits each year for Sleeping Children Around the World from our loose change collection.
Annual membership for the Lydia Snow North Halton Branch is $60.00. Retired women teachers are eligible to join at any time through the year and are welcome to attend a free meeting to check us out. Additional information can be obtained by contacting our President/Membership Convenor as listed on the Home page. We know you will find the members of Lydia Snow North Halton to be welcoming and caring and the topics interesting and entertaining. We hope you will consider coming to one of our meetings and discover a whole new potential for lasting friendships.
The challenge of a hybrid meeting (Zoom and in-person):
1. Deb introduces our presenters 2. Sue and Dave Williams, Ready to Come About, who talk about crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a sailboat—twice. 3. Linda Frey pass the gavel by Zoom in 2021 and 4. Deb Rauch in-person in 2022 to our new president, Margaret Beaudette. 5. Installation of officers 6. by Margaret Geare, Area 12 director 7. Jeanne Gray presents our Deb Rauch with 8. The Cora Bailey Award for her outstanding service that ensured Lydia Snow weathered the COVID storm with caring and fun—so many amazing presenters and coffee chats to keep us connected.
Lianne Harris, Historian and Social Studies Consultant Presented
Christmas: Stories and Symbols
Shaun Booth, owner of “In Our Nature,” presents Edible Native Plants.
The Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory Visit
Christmas Luncheon 2018
Halton Radial Railway Museum
Outreach Project Donations
R.O.C.K. (Reach Out Centre for Kids)
Links2Care Backpack Program
Community Living North Halton
Thursday, December 1st
Location: Carl’s Catering Wedding and Events Centre
1857 Queen St. W., Brampton (400 m from Mississauga Rd.)
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Cost: $45.00 This event is being subsidized. We have requested 6 people per table instead of 8 to allow for more space between us. The meal is buffet style & includes rolls, heritage blend salad with cranberries & balsamic dressing, maple glazed carrots, garlic red skin mashed potatoes, turkey, dressing, roasted garlic & assorted Christmas cookies.
Payment is due by Thursday, November 10. See the newsletter for details.
Tuesday, December 13th
Zoom Happy Hour
4:00 – 4:30
A Zoom link will be sent to your inbox on December 12th
Please send cheques, made payable to
“RWT of Ontario Lydia Snow Branch” to
12 Nixon Cres.,
Join us for a new year of meetings: Caring, Sharing and Having Fun.
Need a ride to a meeting? PHONE Pat Gareth 905-702-8975
Know a member who is sick, bereaved, or has good news? Phone VALERIE JORDAN 905-877-3291
Need a message sent out? PHONE Margaret Beaudette 905-699-7759
Lydia Snow North Halton Branch
Membership fees are now being accepted for 2022-2023.
$60.00 for new full members and $50.00 for returning full members to offset reduced costs during COVID.
Please send a cheque to our Treasurer Jeanne Gray.
Membership Dues can be sent to:
12 Nixon Cres.,
We also accept e-Transfers at firstname.lastname@example.org