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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
We publish 3 newsletters annually, winter, spring, summer and fall, and updates as needed. These are posted on this web site under Newsletters, and give you a good idea of what we are all about. We would love to have you join us. Contact Sharon for more details.
|Past President||Kathy McLean|
|1st Vice-President||Margaret Dempsey|
|Recording Secretary||Patricia Taylor|
|Insurance Convenor||Margaret Dempsey|
|Membership Convenor||Margaret Dempsey|
|Goodwill Convenor||Marilyn Adair|
|Communications Convenor||Martha Summers|
COVID 19 Update…
Since March 2020, things have changed for all of us. Being unable to conduct our regular branch activities, we have developed a number of ways to continue our “Caring and Sharing” with our members:
- Zoom has been a useful tool for conducting virtual gatherings – executive meetings, monthly Book Club get-togethers, “Coffee and Chat” times to stay in touch, and a few presentations on topics of interest.
- Several outdoor activities, weather permitting, included “Picnics under the Gazebo” in a local parkand restaurant patio “Breakfast and Conversation” events.
- Mail outs to all members included birthday cards each year, Valentine’s Day bookmarks in 2020, Christmas cards with enclosed tea bags (2020) and hot chocolate pouches (2021), spring butterfly decals for windows (2020), and other seasonal greetings.
- A major project was the publication of a branch cookbook entitled “Stirring up Memories; Favourite Recipes”, for which members were invited to contribute favourite recipes and stories to accompany them – a huge success!
- Members were invited to share stories of things they had done during this “COVID time” which they probably would not have done otherwise – a great addition to the newsletter!
- Phone calls by our telephone committee to stay in touch, and email updates to all were well received.
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.