South Bruce Branch News
Welcome to the RWTO South Bruce Branch
South Bruce Branch has approximately 50 members which includes four life members. Although small in number, we continue to care and share while having fun. We invite retired women teachers from Kincardine, Walkerton, Hanover, Port Elgin, Southampton, Paisley and Ripley or surrounding areas to join our branch.
We meet for two lunches and a Christmas tea each year at different venues throughout the area. A business meeting is conducted before lunch followed by some form of program: an inspirational speaker, a healthcare specialist, or perhaps a craft making session.
At each of our meetings we have a raffle with three prizes. We support the Saugeen Grannies with jewellery donations, the Kincardine and District Food Bank and Bruce Grey Kids Are Special. We also have a book exchange at our fall meeting.
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South Bruce RWTO Christmas Tea 2018
The weather outside was frightful but the company was delightful as 20 members of the South Bruce RWTO branch gathered at the Kincardine Baptist Church November 15th for their annual Christmas Tea.
Adorned in their most festive holiday headgear and gloves, the ladies enjoyed a delicious lunch of soups, sandwiches and squares followed by presentations, gift exchange and a carol sing.
Francesca Dobbyn, on behalf of the Grey Bruce United Way, accepted a $400 donation from Treasurer Carole Machan. In thanking the group, she reaffirmed the need for financial support that in 2017 provided winter coats and outerwear to 800 children and sent approximately 150 kids to summer camp.
Karen McLelland, June Slessor and Lori Alexander did double duty preparing and serving lunch and afterward presenting their humanitarian project to the gathered RWTO members. On service trips to Haiti, these ladies noticed the periodic absence of girls at school. When they discovered that a lack access to feminine hygiene products was preventing girls from fulfilling their academic potential, they resolved to work on a solution. After a period of learning about similar initiatives and experimenting with designs, they were confident in their model and began producing menstrual care kits in drawstring bags containing reusable fabric pads, liners and panties.
The academic success of girls is an issue that really resonated with the retired teachers who responded with generous donations of fabric and $100 for other necessary supplies.
In the final presentation President Pat Emmerton was given the RWTO/OERO Cora Bailey Award in recognition of outstanding service to her branch. Long-time friend and colleague Barb Ross outlined Pat’s teaching career and her dedication to the RWTO ideals of caring and sharing as demonstrated in her work as branch president and in other volunteer organizations. Barb presented Pat with the Cora Bailey certificate and pin.
With business and lunch taken care of, the ladies enjoyed a raucous gift exchange game followed by a carol sing directed by Dianne Simpson and Jean MacDonald.
South Bruce RWTO Health and Wellness Meeting
Have you ever heard someone joke that if they’d known they would live so long they would have taken better care of themselves? Living well in retirement is about more than having enough money; good health is also a critical factor.
With that in mind, twenty-six members of the South Bruce Retired Women Teachers of Ontario/ Organisation des enseignantes retraitées de l’Ontario (RWTO/OERO) met in Southampton October 25th to socialize, conduct business and enjoy a mini wellness fair.
South Bruce branch President Pat Emmerton welcomed the ladies including visiting RWTO/OERO Provincial President Sharron Colter.
In her address to the group, Colter emphasized the benefits of belonging to RWTO which include maintaining social connections, community outreach opportunities and additional health insurance benefits.
Retired teachers know that social interaction and personal relationships are very important to a happy retirement. That’s why each meeting of the South Bruce branch incorporates ample time for casual visiting to give members a chance to catch up on personal news.
In the business portion of the meeting, Betty Johnson was recognized and thanked for her many years of service as the branch’s insurance convenor. Christina Weylie was welcomed as the new convenor.
Another warm welcome was extended to new member Gail Hughes.
Lynda Cerson and Christine Roberts reported on their experiences at the RWTO/OERO 2018 convention held in early June in Alliston. Roberts highlighted the vital roles performed by members of the branch which was one of seven who organized and hosted the annual provincial gathering.
In a touching memorial service, Audrey MacDonald paid tribute to the lives of two South Bruce members who died in the past months: Leona Cavanaugh of Southampton and Margaret Ferguson of Ripley.
After taking care of business, there was more social time and a delicious lunch served by the staff of the Walker House Restaurant.
The program following the meal consisted of three short wellness presentations on the topics of nutrition, falls prevention and pain relief through acupuncture.
Nicole Ruff, a registered dietician with the Grey Bruce Health Services, stressed measures to prevent loss of independence by maintaining muscle mass through exercise and proper nutrition. She explained the changing nutritional requirements of older adults and provided handouts to help plan meals that contain enough vital protein.
Emily Powell, a Health Promoter with the Grey Bruce Health Unit, focussed on risk factors that lead to falls, ensuing loss of independence and often, hospitalization. In her address, dehydration was identified as one of many common and easily remedied risk factors. She also provided many useful materials including safety checklists for the home and exercises that can easily be done at the kitchen sink.
Tessa Shier is a self-employed registered acupuncturist in Kincardine. She chronicled her personal and professional journey from massage therapist to her embrace of Chinese medicine and subsequent training and accreditation to become an acupuncturist. Although pain relief is the most common treatment application, Shier outlined many other conditions that can be alleviated through acupuncture.
With instructions for the November 15th Christmas Tea at the Kincardine Baptist Church and inspired by the passion of the presenters, the ladies of the South Bruce RWTO left the meeting armed with new knowledge and tools to make improvements in their healthy and happy retirement.
Retired women teachers throughout South Bruce County whether newly retired, new to their community or new to RWTO, are always welcome as a guest or new member. Interested ladies should contact President Pat Emmerton, 519-396-1120 or Treasurer Carole Machan, 519-395-6589.
April Meeting 2018
After a long winter apart, the members of the South Bruce branch of the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario (RWTO) enjoyed gathering Thursday, April 26th at the Lucknow United Church for socializing, business and fun.
President Pat Emmerton promised to maximize social time by keeping the business portion short. Items included updates on insurance, finances, goodwill and the provincial convention jointly organized by RWTO branches in Grey-Bruce being held June 5th – 7th. In the break between business and lunch, members were encouraged to sign up for interest groups, browse the photo albums and patronize the raffle.
After enjoying soups, sandwiches and more social time, the group was ready for some fun. Past President Leslie Uttley introduced the guest presenter, Anne Cameron, former teacher with the Waterloo Region School Board and belly dancing instructor.
Cameron was introduced to the ancient expressive dance form in her youth but became more devoted as life allowed her more time. She offers dance workshops in the Waterloo/Wellington area as a fundraiser for the non-profit group, Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (www.CW4WAfghan.ca) . Her particular interest lies in supporting teachers’ salaries which in Afghanistan averages approximately $750 every six months. She will host a belly dancing workshop at the 2018 RWTO convention in June.
Following a brief explanation of the origins of the dance form and Hollywood’s influence on the costume pieces, Cameron had the group on its feet and dressed to move in gaily coloured coin belts and veils.
Hand and hip movements were explained using evocative and familiar Canadian descriptors such as waterfall, snake, hip check, wrist shot and washer agitator. Against the backdrop of a rhythmic soundtrack, Cameron led the South Bruce teachers in a joyful, flowing celebration of movement and a surprisingly vigorous workout.
Judging by the smiles and enthusiasm, the ladies thoroughly enjoyed the experience; the unfamiliar moves, hypnotic music and the beauty of the colours and all in support of a cause near to a teacher’s heart.
Cora Bailey and Past President Pins
Joyce Scammel of Port Elgin proudly displays her Cora Bailey and Past President pins.
November 16, 2017
South Bruce RWTO Christmas Tea
A blustery day outside only served to enhance the collegial warmth inside as the South Bruce branch of the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario met for their Christmas Tea November 16th. Area 1 Director Shirley Greenwood joined 26 South Bruce members at the Kincardine Baptist Church for a delicious lunch and entertaining program.
Francesca Dobbyn, Executive Director for the United Way of Grey Bruce, was on hand to accept a sizable donation to the “For Our Kids” fund which endeavours to mitigate poverty related issues for children in Grey and Bruce counties.
Two new members, Cheryl Wilken and Janet Browne, were welcomed to the group.
Canadian trivia knowledge was tested in a team competition and then several members shared their talents with poetry readings, stories and musical accompaniment and direction for a carol sing.
Chair of the event, Barb Ross, wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe and healthy new year until the next meeting April 26, 2018.
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Upcoming Events 2019
May 9, 2019 – Tour of the Bruce Nuclear Power site
You will need to bring with you a piece of identification that includes your picture (passport, driver’s licence, or any other government document that includes your picture). When registering for this event you must include your complete name as it is written on the ID you are bringing with you. You will also need to give your complete address. This information is used by Bruce Power for a security check and must be submitted two weeks before the tour. It is vitally important that we receive this information by April 23rd.
Cost: $12 for cold lunch of sandwich fixings, buns, cheese, vegetables and fruit, dessert, tea and juices.
Meet at the Bruce Power Visitors Centre (3394 Bruce County Rd 20, Tiverton, ON) at 11:30 am. We will eat lunch and view a short film before beginning the tour at 1 pm to 3 pm.
Contact: Pat Emmerton, 48 Boiler Beach Rd, Kincardine, On., N2Z 0B3; 519-396-1120; email@example.com by April 23.
Thursday, June 20, 2019 – Pot Luck Dinner at the home of Pat Emmerton, 48 Boiler Beach Rd., Kincardine. Happy Hour (BYOB) – 4:30-5:30 pm followed by dinner.
Bring: plate, cutlery, lawn chair and something to share
A short business meeting will follow dinner.
Friday, September 6, 2019 – Breakfast get together at Ainsdale Golf Club, 2264 Huron Township Concession 12, Kincardine, ON. Details to follow.
Place: Kincardine Baptist Church,
559 Queen St, Kincardine
Registration – 11:30 Lunch-12:00 pm.
Menu – Soup, sandwiches, dessert, tea & coffee.
There will be an opportunity to donate to United Way (Christmas projects) .
Bring a wrapped gift worth $10 for a fun game.
Wear your best Christmas hat or fascinator and gloves. There will be a carol sing.
October 25, 2018 – Fall Meeting
For more information contact:
Carol Machan – 519-396-6589 firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, February 8, 2019
The family of Gladys Eileen Morris is saddened to announce her passing on Friday, February 8, 2019 at Trillium Court, Kincardine.
Wife of the late Andrew Morris. Beloved mother of Jim (Josie) Morris of Glammis, Helen (Steve Crossley) Tovey of Kincardine Township, and Lorna (Clayton Lemay) Carston of Bolton. Grandma to Lauren, Katie, Michael (Samantha Bester), Heather, Andrew, Kailey, John, and Rachel. Great-grandma of Darren, Bentley, and Cian. Eileen will be remembered by her sisters; Teeny Garland of Pinkerton and Shirley (Bob) Bourgeois of Walkerton, in-laws; Shirley Thompson of Glammis, Eleanor Thompson of Kincardine, and Felix Brockway of Brampton. Eileen is predeceased by her beloved daughter, Anne Brockway and Anne-Marie in-infancy. Brothers; Howard, Ron, Lloyd and Stewart (Vina) Thompson, and sister Belva (Bob) Agar. Brother-in-law Arthur Garland.
At 17, Eileen finished high school in Walkerton and moved to her sister, Belva’s in Stratford to attend Normal School to obtain her teaching certification. By 19 she was teaching in a one room schoolhouse back in Glammis. She taught until retirement 40 years later, much of that in the Bruce Central School, and Kincardine Township School. In 1956, she married Andrew Morris and moved to the farm on the 10th concession of Kincardine. Teaching, farming, raising 4 children and obtaining her university degree occupied the next 25 years. Mom put her heart into everything she did. We were repeatedly reminded, “Anything worth doing, is worth doing well.”
She loved teaching and in return she was loved by many children she taught. One of these children that she taught in the late 50’s, Sandy Bill Henderson, called mom every year on her birthday. How she loved to get that call. After retirement, Eileen kept every bit as busy as before caring for her grandchildren, volunteering for the Heart and Stroke Association, and helping write the history of Glammis.
When her health declined, Eileen moved into Tiverton Park Manor where she reconnected with old friends and made new ones. For the past 2 years, as her Alzheimers significantly progressed, Eileen was blessed by being cared for by the staff at Trillium Court. Our family is so appreciative of the love and respect that mom was treated with by all members of the long term care staff. And we marvel at the kindness of those palliative care volunteers who are so generous with their time and love .
We also want to express our gratitude to those friends and relatives who continued to visit Mom even as those visits became increasingly difficult. Marg McKinnon, a dear neighbour and old friend, visited regularly until the end. Ever gentle and kind, the last words I heard Mom say after months of silence were “Thank You” when one of her caregivers made her more comfortable last week.
Friends and relatives are invited for a casual memorial visitation from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at Cameron Funeral Home, Walkerton.
A service celebrating Eileen’s life will be held at later date.
As expressions of sympathy, donations to Heart & Stroke Foundation and Alzheimer Society, would be appreciated by the family. Cards available at the funeral home (519-881-1273) Donations and condolences may also be made online at www.cameronfuneralhomes.com
MARGARET J. FERGUSON
October 15, 2018
Margaret J. Ferguson (MacMurchy) died peacefully, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, at the Kincardine hospital, in her 95th year.Survived by children, Glen (Doreen), Grant (Diann), Wayne (Diane), Mary Lynne (Murray), Kevin, and Carol (Bill). Also greatly missed by grandchildren, Doug, Julie, Kerry, Sarah and Jenna; great-grandson, Everest; sister, Audrey; and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by husband, William; sons, Ron and Roy; and sister, Norma. Margaret was an avid reader, gardener, and a retired teacher who had a life-long joy of learning. She was a member of the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario (RWTO) which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2016. At that time, she told the South Bruce branch that she was teaching in Kingsbridge in 1956 and remembered being storm-stayed at the school. “It was so cold, we took the heavy curtains off the windows and rolled them up like blankets. I enjoyed teaching, and I still meet some of my pupils which is a real joy.” She will be missed by her family and many friends. A Celebration of Margaret’s Life will be held at the Pine River United Church, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at 11 a.m., with visitation two hours prior. Interment Lochalsh Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Kincardine and Community Health Care Foundation, the Pine River United Church or a charity of your own choice, would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.
Date: Monday, July 23, 2018
Service Summary: Visitation at the Eagleson Funeral Home, Southampton on Friday July 27, 2018 from 7:30-9:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass for Leona Cavanaugh will be held at St. Joseph Church, 920 Wellington St., Port Elgin on Saturday July 28, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Followed by luncheon in the Parish Hall.
Jean Hargrave, of R #1 Hanover, passed away at South Bruce Grey Health Centre – Durham Site, on Thursday, August 31, 2017. She was in her 92nd year. Born in Walkerton on March 24, 1926 to the late Harvey and Emma (nee Loughleen) Grice. Jean was a beloved public school teacher in rural Ontario for many years. She was a devoted member of Crawford United Church. She will be remembered as their organist. Survived by daughter Emilie Whitefield of R #1 Hanover, step children Russ (Darlene) Hargrave of Humphrey, Shirley Neff of Oakville, Dene (Bryan) Forrest of Vancouver, Bob (Barbara) Hargrave of Utopia and Donna (Garry) Kuehl of Kitchener. She will be missed by her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Predeceased by her husband Carman A. (2000) and sister Elsie Grice. Visitation was at Knox United Church, Durham, Tuesday, September 5, 2017 from 10 am – 11 am, followed by the Funeral Service at 11 am. Rev. Tessica Hackshaw officiated. Interment in Durham Cemetery. Memorial donations to the South Bruce Grey Health Centre – Durham are appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Arrangements entrusted to MIGHTON FUNERAL HOME , Hanover. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mightonfuneralhome.ca
DEVITT, Althea Of Tiverton , passed away at the Kincardine Hospital on Wednesday January 11, 2017 in her 98th year. She was born on October 18, 1919 to the late Melvina Shantz and Emerson Bock. Beloved wife of the late Homer Devitt who predeceased her in 1991. Greatly missed by her children Sylvia (Erv)Nixdorf of Vancouver Island, Graham (Carol) Devitt of Waterloo, Blake (Patty) Devitt of Ripley, Brad (Marla) Devitt of Florida and Lavonne (Brian) Robinson of London. Also survived by 9 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, sister-in-law Grace Bock of Toronto and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her son Dennis in 1957 and siblings Ronald Bock, Cameron Bock and Marjorie Sherk. Althea had a deep faith that sustained her throughout her life. She was a gentle and caring person who made everyone she met feel special. She was a gifted artist and writer who took pleasure in sharing her artwork and memoirs with family and friends. A Funeral Service will be held at the MACKENZIE & MCCREATH FUNERAL HOME, Ripley, on Thursday January 19, 2017 at 2 PM with visitation 2 hours prior. Interment Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener. The family wishes to thank the staff at Tiverton Park Manor for their support and compassionate care given to Althea. Donations to the Alzheimer Society, Heart & Stroke or the charity of your own choice are greatly appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Memorial online at www.mackenzieandmccreath.com
McFARLAN, Betty Thelma (née Elliott)
Betty Thelma McFarlan (née Elliott) of Kincardine, passed away peacefully, with family by her side, at the South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Kincardine on Sunday, February 12th, 2017, at the age of 83. Born in Huron Township on October 20th, 1933 to the late Earl and Margaret (née Byers). Beloved wife of Ken McFarlan. Dear Mother of Andy McFarlan of Stittsville and Steve (Joanne) McFarlan of Kincardine. Missed by grandchildren, John, Amanda, Anna, David and Scott McFarlan. Survived by her brother Bill (Betty) Elliott and sister-in-law Donna Elliott all of Kincardine. Fondly remembered by nieces, nephews, friends and members of the McFarlan family. Predeceased by her brothers, Joe Elliott, Jim Elliott, Bert Elliott (Marjorie) and sister Edith Simpson (Donald). Betty’s focus was always family and friends. She loved entertaining, cooking and baking for the numerous people she welcomed to her home over the years. She was a notoriously great cook and her butter tarts are remembered by many. Betty also enjoyed music, gardening, spending time at the cottage, and a good game of cards. The funeral service to celebrate Betty’s life was conducted from the Kincardine United Church on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., with Betty Elliott and Pastor Judy Zarubick officiating. Serving as pallbearers were John, David and Scott McFarlan, Brent and Jim Holroyd and Robert Elliott. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Kincardine Hospital Foundation appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial online at www.daveylinklaterfuneralhome.com
ELLIOTT, June E.
ELLIOTT, June E.–Beloved wife of the late Gordon J. Elliott, passed away peacefully at Pinecrest Manor, Lucknow on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 in her 92nd year. She was born in Kincardine on June 2, 1925 to the late Emma (Wilson) and Jim Farrell. Greatly missed by sons Rick (Susan) Elliott of Point Clark and Terry (Mary Ann) of Alberta, grandchildren Kristen, Erin, Mark, Josh and Diane (Chris) and great-grandchildren Connor, Tyler, Dean, Kent, Kaylan, Miles and Nyla. Also survived by sister Marion McLeod of Lucknow. Predeceased by daughter Jill, granddaughter Melissa and brothers Wilson, Gordon and Murray Farrell. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of June’s life will be held at a later date. Interment Lurgan Cemetery. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society are greatly appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Arrangements have been entrusted to the MacKENZIE & McCREATH