Ottawa-Carleton Branch News

Welcome to the Ottawa-Carleton Branch of RWTO/OERO!  We are a branch of over 100 members who enjoy the “caring and sharing” aspects of the organization, and having fun at the same time.  We welcome all retired women teachers from anywhere and any level of education to come and join us. If you have recently retired or relocated to the Ottawa area, or have just learned about RWTO/OERO and would like more information, or are interested in joining us, please contact our president, Sharon, at rwto.ottcar@gmail.com.

Our branch program consists of several luncheons at a variety of venues throughout the year: a kick-off to the new year of retirement in September, a Christmas celebration, and a luncheon with the Annual General Meeting in May, along with other activities at different times.  Look under the “Events” tab to find out about the following:

  • speakers and presentations on topics of interest to retired women teachers
  • visits to area attractions such as art galleries, museums, historical sites, community services, theatre productions
  • get-togethers at members’ homes or cottages with potlucks or other refreshments
  • monthly meetings of our active book club

Community outreach is another important aspect of the branch activities. We hold a variety of fund raising activities at our luncheons and are able to make donations to various local charities. Check out the link to “Charities” to see what we have done in the last few years.

Our latest newsletter is posted under Newsletterson this web site. Have a look and check out what we have planned for 2019-2020. We would love to have you join us to see what we are all about. Contact Sharon for more details.

2019-2020 Executive

Executive

PresidentSharon Chop
Past PresidentKathy McLean
1st Vice-PresidentMargaret Dempsey
Recording SecretaryPatricia Taylor
TreasurerBarbara Edwards
Insurance ConvenorMargaret Dempsey

Convenors

Membership ConvenorMargaret Dempsey
Social ConvenorVacant
Goodwill ConvenorMarilyn Adair
ArchivistVacant
Communications ConvenorMartha Summers
Member-at-LargeVacant

 

2019-2020 Branch Activities

September 17, 2019

“After the Bell” Fall Luncheon

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

“Classroom Memories” – A Luncheon to Celebrate our Members who are 80+ Years of Age

Monday, December 2, 2019

Let’s All Be “Present” – Christmas Luncheon

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Let’s Go Out for Lunch – Lunch at the Mandarin to Celebrate the Year of the Rat

Monday, March 16, 2020

“Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy” – Luncheon

Thursday, April 16, 2020

“Protect Your Money” – A Lunch & Learn Opportunity

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

“Spring into Summer” – End-of-the-Year Luncheon and AGM

Each year, several local charities are selected as recipients of monetary donations from our fund raising activities.  In the last few years, the following have benefitted:

Youville Centre, a non-profit, registered charity that serves adolescent mothers and their children.

Twice Upon a Time, a registered charity in Ottawa, operated entirely by volunteers, whose goal is to encourage children to read by giving them new or gently-used books.

Ottawa Basketeers, who collect baskets of household items for women who have had to flee violent situations to women’s shelters for safety, and are ready to make the transition to new beginnings.

 

“Sharing in Student Success”, a program of the Caring  and Sharing Exchange, Ottawa, which provides grade-appropriate stuffed  backpacks to needy children so that every child in Ottawa can return to school in September on an equal footing, ready to learn.