Welcome to RWTO Sarnia Lambton Branch. We invite any retired woman teacher to come and join us at any time.

Sarnia-Lambton hosted the RWTO Convention in 2007. We used an image of the Bluewater Bridges to represent a well-known landmark for this area.

For more information, please consult our newsletter and yearly calendar or contact:


Mary Anne Barstead  519-383-2724

Communications Convenor

Johnna Johansen   519-862-3157

Insurance Convenor

Marilyn McKay   519-542-6374

Sarnia-Lambton Program 2022-2023


Past PresidentJohnna Johansen
PresidentMary Anne Barstead
TreasurerCatherine Phillips
Vice-PresidentOPEN for a Volunteer to join our team


MembershipSusan Morphew
InsuranceMarilyn McKay
CommunicationsJohnna Johansen
ArchivesJohnna Johansen
Angela Manuel
Card SecretaryMarilyn Walker
CallersGail Gilroy
ExtensionLoretto Cameron
Lucy Humeniuk
Food BanksCatherine Phillips
Doreen Klapak
GoodwillKathy Klompstra
ProgramDonna Jones
Doreen Klapak
SocialPat Morreau
Lucy Humeniuk
Leona Moore
Doreen Klapak


NOVEMBER 24, 2022 at the Point Edward Optimist Hall

“Hours” to enjoy our Christmas Bazaar

Program:   11:00 am – Registration

                    11:30 am – General Meeting

                    12:30 pm – Dinner -Roast turkey & “all the fixin’s”, pies, apple cider, coffee, tea


 *Meals are now $25.00

  *Bring money to buy Christmas baking and raffle tickets for our wonderful  baskets

  *Cash donations will be collected for local food banks

  *Collecting new children’s items for The Women’s Interval Home


General Annual Meeting
May 26, 2022
Wyoming Fair Buildings

We welcomed our Area#3 Director, Lynn Sulman as our Special Guest.
We heard about Day Trips.
We heard some Reports.
We installed the Officers for next year.
We ate a wonderful luncheon.
And we chatted and chatted and chatted!
We were glad to be back together again!

Top Left: Installation of Officers

Top Right:  President Mary Anne Barstead and Area #3 Director Lynn Sulman

Bottom left: Enjoying Lunch

Bottom Right: Donna Jones thanking Lynn Sulman


Welcome back! On April 28, 2022

Greetings by President Mary Anne Barstead and Membership Convener. Susan Morphew


We hope to see members on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at the Corunna Legion

Registration –                  11:00 am

Business Meeting –         11:30 am

Reconnect and Reflect   12:00 am

Luncheon –                       12:30 pm – cost – $20.00

To ensure safety – “All members must present proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID – 19 and masks must be worn except when eating.”

Time to renew membership for 2022 – 2023  ($43)

Cash donations for local food banks accepted

Collection of new pajamas, socks, underwear, etc for Women’s Interval Home


The executive met to discuss our plans for the ’21-’22 year.

It was with regret that we learned that the venues for our September, November and January luncheon meetings have cancelled our bookings.

This was very disappointing but we understand the challenges of reduced capacity and social distancing imposed on these halls.

We hope the April and May Meetings in 2022 will go ahead.

Retirement: It’s Important To Understand Estate Planning

Meeting: Thursday, January 30, 2020

Location: Pt. Edward Community Centre, Pt. Edward

Registration: 11:00 am

Business Meeting : 11:30 am

In Memoriam

Speaker – Estate Planning – Wills, Probate, POA, etc.

Lunch: 12:30 pm (Menu – Lasagna, Caesar Salad, Veggie Salad, Garlic Bread, Pies/Fruit. Coffee/Tea)

Cost: $20

Used Book Sale

Cash Donations for local Food Banks

Rebound: Cinderella Project: donations of jewellery, evening bags.

Meeting: Thursday, November 28, 2019

Location: Pt. Edward Community Centre, Pt. Edward

Retirement, It’s Time to Meet, Greet, Eat and Shop at our Christmas Bazaar 

Guests: Provincial President and Area Director.


Registration and Bazaar

11:00 a.m. (raffles, baked goods, crafts, cookies)

Business Meeting

11:30  additional bazaar & social time

Lunch Buffet

12:30 p.m.

Menu: Christmas Turkey and all the fixin’s

Cost: $20

  • Bazaar items – Deb Montgomery
  • Cookie plates – Deb Montgomery
  • Raffle baskets – Marilyn MacKay

* Please drop off priced baked goods before 11:00 am

* bring bags for purchases.

  • Used Book Sale will resume at January meeting.
  • Donations to Food Banks appreciated
  • Donations to Women’s Interval Home – new pjs, socks, undies, for children


Luncheon Meeting – September 26, 2019 at Corunna Legion, 350 Albert St., Corunna

THEME: “ It’s Important to Learn about Community Services”


11:00 am – Registration

11:30 am – Business Meeting

  • Presentation of Cora Bailey Awards and pins
  • Presentation of Caring and Sharing Donations and remarks from recipients

12:30 am – Dinner

  • Menu– Chicken breast, baked potatoes, bean medley, coleslaw, rolls, cheesecake, coffee/tea
  • Cost – $20.00

Used Book Sale continues – $1 per book – book donations appreciated

May 30, 2019  “TIME FOR SUMMER”

Place:  Wyoming Fairgrounds

Time:  11:00 am – Registration

11:30 am – Meeting followed by lunch

Program:  Annual General Meeting

Installation of Executive

Recognition of Callers

Speaker:  Family Counselling Centre, Programs and the Role of Volunteers

Reminders:  Membership Fees ($43) for 2019-20 will be accepted.

Cheques payable to RWTO Sarnia-Lambton.

Cash donations will be collected for local Food Banks

         The Used Book Sale continues.  All books $1. Book donations are welcome.


 Place:  Camlachie United Church

Time:  11:00 am – Registration

              11:30 am – Meeting followed by lunch

 Program:  “Time for Cancer Awareness – It is Daffodil Month”

 As nearly 1 in 2 Canadians is expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their

lifetime, we are dedicating this Luncheon Meeting to Cancer Awareness.

Our speakers will be Cindy Vinall and Paula McKinlay from our Sarnia-Lambton

Canadian Cancer Society Office.

We are asking that donations be made to the Canadian Cancer Society instead

of the Food Banks for this luncheon (A tax receipt is available for

donations of $10 or more)


* If a meal is ordered, it must be paid for, except in a true emergency.

* Membership renewal fees ($43) for 2019-2020, will be accepted.

* Personal care products (shampoo, soap, deodorant, etc.) will be gratefully accepted.

* The Used Book Sale continues.  All books, $1.00


January 31, 2019 – “Time for Africa”

Place: Point Edward Community Centre

Time: 11:00 – Registration

11:30 – Meeting followed by lunch


  • In Memoriam
  • Caring and Sharing Donation to “Cinderella Story”
  •  Speaker- “Time for Africa” – Turn the Lights On by Connie Furtney

Other: Cash donations at the door for Food Banks, Donations of jewellery and evening bags for Cinderella Story, Used Book Sale – $1/book

Theme for 2018-19 Meetings: “Retirement Time”

September 20, 2018 – “Time for Sharing”

 Place: Corunna Legion

 Time : 11:00 – Registration

 11:30 – Meeting followed by lunch

Program: Caring and Sharing Awards, Cora Bailey Presentations

Other: Donations at the door for Food Banks, Sign-ups for Christmas Bazaar, Used Book Sales

November 29, 2018“Time for Christmas Bazaar”-at Pt. Edward Community Centre

January 31, 2019“Time for Africa- at Pt. Edward Community Centre

April 25, 2019“Time for Cancer Awareness”-at Camlachie United Church

May 30, 2019“Time for Summer”-at Wyoming Fair Buildings




“Welcome to our new members.”

Thank you for submitting your membership fees for 2020-2021

New Members: Please contact our Membership Convenor:

Susan Morphew –

 Newsletter October 2022






September 2018


Membership Incentives

Members are encouraged to bring retired teacher friends as guests to a meeting. If the guest becomes a member, her meal at the next meeting she attends will be paid for. Other incentives to encourage bringing a guest include Tim’s cards and a draw at the last meeting of the year.


Archived Newsletters

Cora Bailey Award Winners 2019-2020

Cora Bailey Award Winners 2017-2018


At our September Meeting, we will honour 2 dedicated members of our branch with the Cora Bailey Award.  Names and photos of those honoured will be available after that meeting.



The Retired Women Teachers of Ontario (RWTO) Sarnia-Lambton Branch Make “Caring and Sharing Donations” to Community Groups.

At our September 29th Luncheon Meeting we “Enjoyed Learning About Support Groups for Youth in our Community”. We made $500 Sharing and Caring Donations to three community groups.
Johnna Johansen presented the donations to Sheila Brown , on behalf of The Gallery in the Grove – Visiting Artist Program in schools; Sean Dillon, on behalf of the VON Children’s Program: and Andrea Appledoorn, on behalf of Access Open Minds. Donations were appreciated by all.

The recipients of the $500 donations were Ross Atkinson and Marilyn Keanecke, on behalf of “Lambton Shores Nature Trails”; Erin Hawrelak, on behalf of “Parents for Parks” in Petrolia and Sydney Vrolyk, for “Summer Snack Program”.

Helen Van Slightenhorst was given the 16 table centre pieces for “Hugs for Homeless – Just add Water”. Each centre piece was a bag containing 15-20 items that will be appreciated by homeless persons.  Catherine Phillips, Treasurer, made the presentation.


In Memoriam Service – April 28, 2022

Conducted by Donna Jones and Johnna Johansen

Today we honour the 14 members who have passed away during the past 2 years:

BALL Evelyn
BALDWIN M. Patricia
ROY Linda
HUNT Virginia
JONES Shirley
KHAN Qamar


May they rest in peace!

In Memoriam Service January 30, 2020

Conducted by June Maginn and helped by Johnna Johansen

Today we honour our teacher friends who have passed away during the past year:

 Betty Greening – February 21,2019 – age 86

Ella Norton – March 4, 2019 – age 97

Pauline Levey– May 8, 2019 – age 90

Sandra Gudz – December 25, 2019 –

Those we love don’t go away

They walk beside us every day.

Unseen, unheard – but always near.

Still loved, still missed and very dear.

“Our In Memoriam Service”January 31, 2019.

Today we honour our teacher friends who have passed away during the past 6 months:

Marjorie Hands – August 30, 2018 –  age 90

Ruth Haughey – November 5, 2018 – age 93

Karen Smith – December 11, 2018 – age 78

Verna Johnson – November 19 – age 87 (past member)