Northumberland-South Durham Branch News
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Welcome to Northumberland South Durham Branch!
We are approximately sixty vibrant, retired women teachers, who are committed to RWTO as a vehicle of choice for their activities today. We have three meetings a year in Spring (May), Fall (September), and Winter December). Connection, Consideration, and Community are three key words that I feel describe our vision and activities, with ‘fun’ being a key element of everything that we do. We wouldn’t want it any other way! As part of Area 7, our Branch follows the route of Lake Ontario from Oshawa (south), through Courtice, Bowmanville, Newcastle, Port Hope, Cobourg, and Brighton, right up to the boundaries of Trenton, Belleville, and Peterborough. Since 1956 when we were first formed, our Branch diligently recalls the visionary quest of our first RWTO group, as they voted to affirm our need for ‘caring and sharing,’ pensions, fun and fellowship.
In 2016, we celebrated the 60th Anniversary of RWTO. It was a sell-out success! Within the venue of a Victorian tea, we incorporated our theme, “Past, Present, and Future, Following the Yellow Brick Road” as based on the Wizard of Oz musical. Music, food, historical dress, exceptional decorations, archival displays, special guests and speakers, added up to an exemplary event. The returning comment from the Executive meeting was, “Can we do more of this?”
Canada’s 150th Celebration
At our fall meeting on September 27, 2017 we celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday in style. Members were asked to wear red and white. Our branch’s choir, under the direction of Vicki Cubitt and Bunny Wright, met on several occasions to prepare a selection of Canadian music. Songs including “Land of the Silver Birch”, “They All Call It Canada”, “Alouette”, and “Something to Sing About” were sung with gusto to celebrate our sesquicentennial year. The highlight of our meeting was a fashion show produced by Lynne Templar and Dawn Waters, from the Northumberland Players in Cobourg. These ladies spoke to us about fashion across the decades, and then moderated the outfits that were worn by members of our branch. The ladies strutted their stuff on the “runway” with flair! We all truly felt what it means to be Canadian, eh?
Our Branch believes and acts on the principles associated with Connection, Community and Consideration in terms of their RWTO commitment. If you wish, do drop in for a meeting as our invited guest. We would love to have you!
Please check the tabs above for information with regards to the date, time and location of our meetings. Our contact information is also given. We welcome you and look forward to hearing from you.
|2nd Vice-President||Bonnie Brown|
Please note: If you wish to contact anyone on these lists, please contact Jan Engel, President
using the following e-mail, email@example.com
|Membership and Archives||Barbara Moorcroft|
|Goodwill East||Astrida Chalmers|
|Goodwill Central||Shirley Stewart|
|Goodwill West||Vicki Cubitt|
|Table Favours||Bunny Wright|
Governor General’s Award
Barbara Marion receives her award from the Governor General.
Barbara Marion being recognized by the Northumberland South Durham Branch for her outstanding work which resulted in a Governor General’s Award.
Canada’s 150th Celebration
September 27the Meeting at St. Andrew’s
United Church, Grafton
This is Billie Kemp, one of our oldest members
who attends every meeting.
President Jan Engel honours Billie Kemp with flowers on the occasion of her 90th birthday.
Our branch choir entertains members with traditional Canadian folksongs in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. Vicki Cubitt directs the choir and is assisted by Bunny Wright playing the drum, and other choir members.
Verna Templer enjoys listening to the choir.
Verna Templer’s daughter Lynn Templer (curator), narrates a presentation of historical costumes from the Northumberland Players Archives in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary. The fashion show was an outstanding success and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. Thank to Lynn and her assistants as well as models from our own membership. It was an awesome presentation as the following pictures attest!
Upcoming Events 2016-2017
Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
Grafton United Church
Guest Speaker – Barbara Marian
Thursday, December 8th, 2016
St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church
Port Hope, ON
Christmas music and auction with Jean Axcell of Peterborough as auctioneer.
(see photos on our “Gallery” page)
Ongoing Group Activites
A casual, informal get together every third Thursday of the month at Traditions Restaurant, 1053 Simcoe Road, North, Oshawa. There is no business conducted – just visiting, caring and sharing! Contact Vicki Cubitt at firstname.lastname@example.org
The group continues to meet on a regular basis working at putting together an archival binder for our branch. For more information, please contact Barbara Moorcroft (Chair) at email@example.com
Cora Bailey Awards 2017
President Jan Engle presents Sharon Staples with the Cora Bailey Award at our September 27th 2017 meeting. Congratulations Sharon!
April 29, 1929 – February 11, 2017
Peacefully at the Northumberland Hills Hospital on Saturday February 11th, 2017 in her 88th year. Beloved wife of the late Alexander Irvine. Loving mother of Duncan (Sophie) and Kim Armstrong (Dwayne). Cherished grandmother of Dawn, Jordan, Amanda, Rory, Sofia, Drake, Kyleah, Jana and Piers and great grandmother of Felix. A Memorial Service will be held in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on Tuesday February 28th at 1pm. with visiting from 12 noon – 1 pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Northumberland Hills Hospital. Condolences received at www.MacCoubrey.com.
Elizabeth Joan Anderson (nee Knox)
Peacefully at Northumberland Hills Hospital in Cobourg on Monday January 23, 2017.
Beloved wife of the late Donald Anderson. Loving mother of Janet (Jim Daignault), Robert (Faye Crerar), Karen, Kevin (Denia Garcia) and the late David. Dear sister of Carson Knox (Betty) and lovingly known as “Dippy” by her nieces Lesley, Joan (Wayne) and Jennifer (Greg) and her nephew John (Julie) and her grandsons Harry and Hugh.
Born and raised in Fenelon Falls, Elizabeth was a cherished Primary School teacher in Bowmanville, an active member of Trinity United Church and a giving member of Community Care Durham. She was also a loyal member of the Bowmanville Lioness Club for many years.
Elizabeth will be deeply missed by her family, friends and community.
Visitation will be held at NORTHCUTT ELLIOTT FUNERAL HOME, 53 Division St. N. Bowmanville on Saturday January 28th from 2 – 4 pm. A Memorial Service will be held at Trinity United Church, 116 Church St, Bowmanville, on Sunday January 29th at 2 pm, with visitation one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Community Care Durham or The Canadian Diabetes Association.