Niagara South

 Group Meeting Niagara South April 6th, 2020 CANCELLED

Niagara South invites all members, new retirees and those currently retired, who may be interested in joining us, to attend our Events for 2019-2020. Our yearly membership fee is $45.00, and Retirees who are members of other Branches may join our group as a social member for $10.00 annually.

New Retirees and Potential New Members may contact Kathy Smith at 289-820-7615 or at

Best wishes for another year of caring, sharing and having fun!

Our Niagara South Branch delighted in caring and sharing with our members and community throughout the year. We celebrated life members, and supported local businesses and women’s and children’s charities.

The Fall meeting welcomes retirees and honours recipients of the Cora Bailey Award. At Christmas we all get creative with decorative seasonal materials at Vermeer’s Greenhouses in Welland. We collected pajamas and books for needy children in our communities.

We look forward to our spring meeting in April when we will have a joint meeting with the Niagara Falls branch. Our guest speaker will be Elaine Charal who is a handwriting analyst. Elaine presented a workshop at the June convention and was highly entertaining and very informative.

Our final event will be held at The Ridge Film House in Ridgeway. We will have a private viewing of a film of our choice and enjoy lunch together as well.

Our members anticipate a new year of fun, caring and sharing. We welcome all retired women teachers to come and join us.


Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Christmas Make and Take

Vermeer’s Greenhouses

684 South Pelham Rd, Welland

12:30 pm Meet and Greet

 1:00 pm Meeting

Arrangement and Refreshments, $20

Pajamas and books donated for children

Monday, April 6, 2020

Handwriting Analyst/Power of the Pen

Betty’s Restaurant

8921 Sodom Rd, Chippawa

11:30 am Meet and Greet

Cost $20

Joint meeting with Niagara Falls branch

Monday, June 15, 2020

Off to the Movies

The Ridge Film House

320 Ridge Rd N, Ridgeway

11:00 am Meet and Greet, 11:30 Meeting

Cost: $20 Lunch and movie


Monday, April 9, 2019



Old Town Hall

491 Canboro Rd, Ridgeville

Women’s Place donations


Spring 2021

Past Newsletters

Winter 2021


Filomena Presti

Filomena is a great example of a retired woman teacher who is caring and sharing for others.

She came to Canada as a young child and enrolled in DeWitt Carter school where she credits them for helping her learn the English language. She attended McKay and Port Colborne High School before St. Catharines Teachers College.

Filomena started her teaching career at Vimy School in Port Colborne and was also at Steele Street, Caroline M. Thompson and Ross School in Welland.

Filomena has been active in the Niagara South branch visiting members who are not living at home and staying in contact with others as a caller. She’s very conscientious and genuinely concerned about them.

She is active in the community as well with the University Women, Italian Hall, Casa Dante and her church.

Filomena believes you give back to those who help and that’s why she is a wonderful recipient of the Cora Bailey award.


Cheryl Elliott

The Retired Women Teachers’ motto of Caring, Sharing and Having Fun exemplifies very much our friend Cheryl.

Cheryl was an occasional teacher in Fort Erie and then worked for many years at Ridgeway Public School. She continues to volunteer at John Brant School (previously Ridgeway Public) assisting a former colleague in her classroom.

In retirement, Cheryl continues to be active in her church offering a willing hand and supporting the many activities in the community.

Cheryl has been a goodwill ambassador for the Niagara South Branch for many years. She visits many of our former members bringing them small gifts and her beautiful handmade cards. She has a genuine interest in each of them and listens to their stories and shares news.

Cheryl assists the Branch in arranging meetings and speakers and is the unofficial UBER driver for many who need a ride to our meetings. Cheryl has a joyous laugh that lights up the room.

Cheryl’s flair for decorating became very evident when she was one of the volunteers for the silent auction committee. She helped all of us not only make many beautiful baskets but drew the attention of many at the convention because of the quality of our baskets.  Cheryl also arranged for the 50th anniversary centerpieces.

We are fortunate to have Cheryl as a member of the branch and are pleased to present her with the Cora Bailey award for her many contributions to the women in Niagara South.