St. Thomas-Elgin Branch News
ZOOM WITH US!
Update from Your Executive
As you know, our RWTO Branch Executive has decided to avoid in person meetings due to the size of our membership, and public health restrictions. Instead, we are planning creative ways to connect with our membership. We hope you received our September update by Canada Post. If this mail did not reach you, please email our Treasurer Millie Gremonprez by replying to this email at email@example.com
In October and January, we have booked speakers who will share their presentation by ZOOM. An email with the ZOOM links will be sent out to our membership 2 days before each meeting. Please mark the following dates and times on your calendars and watch for those email invitations and links.
Our ZOOM meetings will be held:
Thursday October 22nd, 2020 at 10:15 a.m. -12:00 noon. Our speaker Russ Chantler, will share Info. and photos about Hawk Banding at Hawk Cliff. You can see more of his beautiful nature photos by checking out his website at www.russchantler.com
Thursday January 21st, 2021 at 1:45- 3:00 p.m. Our speaker will be
Pete Sheridan. Pete is President of the Elgin Historical Society. He will be sharing photos and stories about the History of Las Vegas. If we can’t easily snowbird, let’s travel virtually to Vegas!
Our ZOOM meetings will only admit 100 people so we be able to accommodate the first 100 that sign in at the scheduled meeting times. Plan to join us for brief, branch updates and our speakers from the safety and comfort of your own home! Watch for the invite/link which will be sent 2 days before the meeting.
Our next Executive Meeting will be Thursday November 5th at 10:00 a.m. on ZOOM. Please contact President Lynn by Nov. 1st if you have any questions or suggestions for our agenda.
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|Second Vice President||Catherine Gardineremail@example.com|
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To The St Thomas-Elgin Branch of RWTO/OERO
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May You Enjoy A Long And Happy Retirement!
Thursday November 5th, 2020 the St Thomas-Elgin RWTO Executive, under the leadership of Lynn and Sue, held their first “Zoom meeting“. They have held several socially distanced executive meetings prior, at treasurer, Millie’s place, but since the Branch purchased Zoom, month by month (cheaper), we decided to try our executive meetings this way, too. Our first members’ meeting, last month, with guest speaker, Russ Chantler talking to us about hawk and Monarch butterfly banding was our first Zoom success! Watch for word of our next exciting travelogue one in January.
Sue, Susan,Millie, Rita, Catherine, Judy, Diane and Lynn.
Zoom Meeting October 2020
Top Row Left to Right:
- Dangerous work! No gloves are usually used as they impede dexterity.
- Releasing a captured hawk in order to band it. Some from our area have been seen as far south as Mexico.
- Putting a band on a hawk. For safety they shove the hawk in a tube, which keeps them calm and then they can safely band them.
- Watching and waiting.
Bottom Row Left to Right:
- A male and a female hawk; contrary to what one might think the female is the larger bird.
- Russ demonstrating a hawk’s pretty plumage.
- Dangerous talons, dangerous birds!
Our guest speaker, Russ Chantler, was very interesting and informative and gave us a lot of information on hawks and hawk banding at Hawk Cliff.Hawks like to soar all day in the thermals air currents that lift them high.The last image is the cabin where they wait and watch for hawks to come and get caught in the net.
President Lynn and First VP Sue B (photographer) visited Leslie one sunny afternoon to present Leslie with a token of our appreciation for representing our Branch, so very well, as Area 3 Director for the past three years. Leslie enjoyed getting to know so many ladies from the Area 3 Branches. In lieu of a gift Leslie had the money donated, in her name, to Violence Against Women, St Thomas-Elgin.
Leslie has been and remains one of our St Thomas-Elgin Branch Archivists, along with Wendy Glover.
Members of the Executive, Millie, Rita, Catherine, Sue B, Lynn and Susan J got together in September at Millie’s house, social distancing, to plan part of the year ahead and stuff September newsletter items to go out in the mail. October’s newsletter was emailed to everyone and snail mailed to those without email. (See October’s emailed newsletter on our Home page, here.)
Below are photos of your executive hard at work. Next month’s executive meeting will be held via Zoom.
One of our own recently celebrated her 105th birthday! Congratulations to Frances McCallum on this magnificent milestone! She welcomes visitors.
Grace Hoshal’s 100th Celebration
Grace Hoshal turned 100 December 11, 2019! She is still hale and hearty and welcomes visitors. Congratulations Grace!
November Meeting 2019
Top Left: A wonderful buffet turkey dinner, with all the trimmings was served. Delicious!
Top Right: Some of the donations from our members to the St Thomas Christmas Care.
Top Photo: “Special Birthday” honourees, Sylvia, Marj, and Marion receive flowers from President Lynn, on behalf of the membership who wished them all, all the best.
Bottom Left: Head Elf, Carole and one of her helpers, Judy, were kept busy presenting gifts from our raffle and quarter auction. The ladies were very generous and everyone loves this program!
Bottom Right: Membership Convenor, Ruth and Treasurer, Millie, hard at work, at our meeting.
Especially happy were lucky winners, Catherine, and her tablemates!
Good times and camaraderie were had by all.
October Meeting 2019
Top Row Left to Right:
- We love getting a chance to visit with one another before eating and the meeting.
Bottom Row Left and Right:
- At our October meeting we welcomed our eight sister branch special guests from Chatham-Kent. They were introduced by their President, Sharon Nicholson (in orange).
- Some of our senior ladies who have been the backbone of our branch enjoy catching up.
From Left to Right:
- Our October meeting was held at the Lawrence Station Community Centre where they served us a wonderful roast beef dinner with all the fixins.
- The kitchen and serving staff were thanked for the delicious meal.
From Left To Right:
- Fran read a thank you card from Big Brothers/Big Sisters for our ongoing contribution of monies so two girls from our community could attend Pearce Williams camp.
Fran also announced additional community support for the Sleep Kits project to allow this charity program to continue. Some of our members volunteered to make cotton bags for these kits. Great teamwork and support!
- Deb and Judy told us about a painting class for Seniors at an Aylmer Nursing Home. They are working to extend this program to a St Thomas Nursing Home. Volunteers needed.
- Our Outreach Backpack Project coordinators distributed the rest of the 30 backpacks to Liz Brown, Executive Director of Women’s Place, which serves over 3000 women and children every year. Well done!
- Guest speaker, Susan G., who spoke to us about the Me to We Charity she has worked with since retirement. She showed slides of her trip to Kenya, with them, to see the classroom for Maasai children she and her donators had raised money for. Our first Vice Sue B thanked her for her enlightening and inspiring project.
St Thomas-Elgin Branch Meeting at Elmhurst
June 20, 2019
On the left:
- Participants in our In Memoriam service, remembering those who have preceded us.
On the right:
- Enjoying our delicious treat meal at Elmhurst Inn, before the business meeting.
On the left:
- Induction of our new 2019-2020 executive by Carole Watson, our former Branch and Provincial President.
On the right:
- June and September charity, the Backpack Project, organizers, Monique and Gianna.
Our lovely group of members from East, West, and Central Elgin.
From left to right:
- Wednesday afternoon Winery tour. Jeanette and Charlotte are fascinated at the wine artifacts.
- Susan at the Pillitari winery sales room; after a wonderful, informative tour.
- Our delegates, members, and new friends from our host branch: Jeanette, Charlotte, Susan, Leslie, Ruth, and Beth at the Welcome dinner.
Past President, Incoming President, and current President; our leaders.
- Wednesday Banquet started with the piping in of the head table and executive.
- St Thomas-Elgin representatives, Beth, Leslie, Ruth, Susan, Charlotte, and Jeanette.
Note the table favours, bottles of local wine, to be taken home.
Celebrating a very successful and fun Convention, “A Barrel of Fun” by our wonderful St Catherine’s and area hosts; Ruth, Jeanette, Charlotte, Leslie, Susan, and Beth.
- Our former Area 3 Director, Val Luscott and present Area Director, Leslie Carroll-Frey.
- Leslie and friends played for our Memorial Service Thursday morning. There were a lot of members who passed on this year, sadly.
Left to Right:
- Busy members at the AGM; resolutions were passed quickly, this year.
- Areas 8 and 9 introduced next year’s Convention, “Cruising Down the Waters”, in Kingston.
- Our new Provincial President, Karen Clark- Lauzon, from Windsor.
- Induction of the new RWTO Executive 2019-2020.
Our Seniors’ Centre meal of lasagna, garlic bread, Caesar salad and sweets was delicious!
3. RTO President Deb with RWTO President, Lynn, making an announcement.
4. Beth presenting lucky winner of our $100 for a Toonie draw, Sandra, with her $100.
Aurilla shares our 48th child, with us, that we are collecting pop tabs for.
- The models all in black and white parade by.
- Our Program was a Fashion Show from Studio Style in Pt Stanley; Fran models.
- More Spring Fashions from Studio Style.
- Studio Style models including our own Fran and Lynda.
- Fran thanking commentator and Studio Style owner, Kim, for a wonderful presentation.
March Meeting and Luncheon 2019
Our wonderful lunch was a delicious turkey dinner, enjoyed by all.
- Area Director, Leslie Carroll-Frey, speaking to our ladies and introducing Provincial President, Sharron Coulter, who visited us this month.
- President Lynn and Membership treasurer, Ruth welcoming two new members.
- President Lynn and Membership treasurer, Ruth welcoming two new members.
- Sharron wears “many hats”.
After the meal and business we had a dancercise program where some participated and some watched.
October Meeting and Luncheon 2018
- Canadale Mini Fashion Show
- Flower Arranging for Fall and Christmas
- New retirees being greeted by President Lynn Christie at our September Coffee Break.
- Our musical entertainment for the September Coffee Break led by member Rosemary Charlton. They were fun and funny singing and playing beautifully!
Thursday January 21st, 2021 at 1:45- 3:00 p.m. Our speaker will be Pete Sheridan. Pete is President of the Elgin Historical Society. He will be sharing photos and stories about the History of Las Vegas. If we can’t easily snowbird, let’s travel virtually to Vegas!
Our ZOOM meetings will only admit 100 people so we will be able to accommodate the first 100 that sign in at the scheduled meeting times. Plan to join us for brief, branch updates and our speakers from the safety and comfort of your own home! Watch for the invite/link which will be sent 2 days before the meeting.
The St Thomas-Elgin RWTO/OERO
CORA BAILEY AWARD WINNERS
Beth Phoenix is Past President of our St Thomas-Elgin RWTO Branch. She was actively involved with ETFO while teaching, so was willing and able to step into the role of our President when she was needed. Beth continues as a mentor and member of RWTO, when she is not busy with grandchildren, golf, quilting, and community volunteering.
CORA BAILEY AWARD WINNERS
Left to Right:
Leslie Carroll-Frey is presently District 3 RWTO Director. This is her second year in this position which she has been thoroughly enjoying getting to know many in all District 3 Branches. She has also been one of the St Thomas-Elgin Branch Archivists for many years.
Susan Jakob has been a member of the St Thomas-Elgin executive since she retired in 2010 holding the positions of treasurer for four years and then going through the Chair positions. She is presently Communications Convenor.
Wendy Glover has worked closely with good friend, Leslie, sharing the St Thomas-Elgin Branch role of Archivist. These ladies have recorded written and photo documentation of all our meetings for many years.
All their efforts are greatly appreciated by our branch!
2008-2009– Theresa Sherratt
2010-2011- Carole Watson
2010-2011- Elsie Parish
2010-2011– Margaret Hulls
2011-2012- Sandra Andrews
2011-2012- Mary Robinson
2011-2012- Fran Wren
2012-2013- Mona Wilkins
2012-2013- Wendy Thomson
2012-2013- Monique Wood
2013-2014- Hazel Sims
2013-2014- Nenagh Craik
2013-2014- Judy De Groote
2014-1015- Bonita Bristow
2016-2017- Ruth Quenneville
2016-2017- Gianna Filipovic
2016-2017- Anna Lunn
ST THOMAS-ELGIN RWTO/OERO CHARITIES
1. Backpack Project for children at the St Thomas Womens’ Shelter- an amount equal to what is usually collected from our members is being given to Gianna and Monique to purchase backpacks and supplies.This year, under COVID-19 meeting restrictions, the Executive decided, the following charities would each receive a $200 donation on behalf of our branch. This money comes from our branch bank balance.
2. St Thomas Food Bank/Caring Cupboard
3. Grace Café (provides meals for homeless individuals)
4. East Elgin Community Assistance Program (Aylmer Corner Cupboard food bank and Christmas hamper programs)
5. West Elgin Daffodil Auxiliary Welfare (food bank for West Elgin)
6. St Thomas Christmas Care
ST THOMAS-ELGIN RWTO/OERO CHARITIES FOR 2019-2020
SEPTEMBER- Backpack Project for children at the Women’s Shelter (cash preferred)
OCTOBER- West Elgin Daffodil Society (Food Bank)-(Any non perishable food item, sanitary products, or cash or cheques are appreciated.)
NOVEMBER- St Thomas Caring Cupboard (Food Bank) or Christmas Care (a gift for a child)
MARCH- Grace Cafe
APRIL- Violence Against Women Services Elgin County-VAWSEC-(monetary gift or cheques made out to VAWSEC or new children’s books are requested)
MAY- East Elgin Community Assistance Program-EECAP-(Aylmer Food Bank)
(Any non perishable food item, sanitary products, or cash or cheques are appreciated.)
JUNE- Backpack Project for children at the Women’s Shelter (cash preferred)
NOTE: FYI: For many of our charities rather than donating “stuff” (example, non perishable items) if you choose, rather to donate by cheque, most of these charities give out income tax receipts so it becomes a win-win for both the giver and the receiver.
NOTE #2: The monthly donations are strictly voluntary.
McCALLUM, Frances Marion
Peacefully, on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at Bobier Villa, Frances Marion McCallum (née Simpson) passed away at the age of 105. Born in Mosa Township on February 18, 1915 to the late Charles F.Simpson and Jemina (née McEachran). Predeceased by her beloved husband Duncan A. McCallum (1984). Loving mother of Dorothy Gillies (late Duncan) of London, Cathy (Arnold) Clarke of Dutton, Mary Howard (late Ken) of West Lorne and Helen McCallum (Jerry Cherwonick) of Delta, British Columbia. Cherished grandmother of Carrie Howard (Bill Lang) and Mike Howard (Teresa). Fondly remembered by her great-grandchildren; Connor and Katie Howard and Hannah and Emery. Survived by her sister, Ina Nelms (late Vern) and brother-in-law, Harvey Parker. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Frances is predeceased by her siblings; Douglas (Edna) Simpson, Stewart (Betty) Simpson and Dorothy Parker.
Frances lived a full life, guided by determination, love and faith. In her early years, she taught grades one to eight in various one-room schools in Mapleton, Campbellton, Willies as well as S.S.#3, and later, schools in West Lorne and Dutton. Frances was always able to clearly recall stories from her early teaching years to share with family and friends. Even after retirement, Frances returned to school, this time as a student, to obtain her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario in 1993. While living in West Elgin, Frances practiced her faith as a member of the Argyle Presbyterian Church, Crinan.
Due to gathering restrictions as a result of COVID-19, a Celebration of Life with interment of ashes in Oakland Cemetery, Glencoe, will be held at a later date. If desired, memorial donations to Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario, Argyle Presbyterian Church, Crinan or a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family. DENNING’S OF WEST LORNE (519-785-0810) entrusted with arrangements. Condolences online at www.westelginfuneralhome.com
Published on May 9, 2020
Shirley Ann Millington
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Shirley Ann Millington of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. Dearly loved sister of Norma Jean and Beverley Millington. Born in Blenheim, ON, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Madeline (née Willcox) Millington. Shirley was an elementary school teacher in Sarnia for many years, having been a graduate of London Teachers College and the University of Western Ontario. She was a member of the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario, St. Thomas Anglican Church and the former Trinity Anglican Church, St. Thomas. Honouring Shirley’s wishes, a private funeral service was held on Thursday, February 20th at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160), followed by interment in Elmdale Memorial Park. Memorial donations to the STEGH Foundation, St. Thomas Anglican Church or the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.
Jessie Elizabeth Turner
02/04/1930 – 01/08/2020
TURNER – Jessie Elizabeth (Whitelock) of Maple Manor, Tillsonburg and formerly of Sparta, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 8th , 2020, in her 90th year. Beloved wife of the late Basil Myrvn Cadell Turner (2011). Step-mother of Vanessa Turner, Carole Turner (Farooq Fatah) and the late Bill Turner (late Lila). Cherished grandmother of Kira, Kyle, Kathy, Kevin, Malcolm and Zoe and great-grandmother of Jillian, Madyson, Isaac, Ryan and Tyler. Dear sister-in-law of Nina Riches (Stan) and Gaynor Norman (Edward). Predeceased by her two sisters. Remembered by several nieces and nephews. Jessie was born in Dunwich Township on April 2nd, 1930, daughter of the late Archibald and Edrie (Nott) Whitelock. She had a successful teaching career, working in Chatham, Mississauga (South Peel), Sandy Mount and Elgin County. She was a member of the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario. A Memorial Service to celebrate Jessie’s life will be held at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, St. Thomas on Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 at 11:00am. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10:00-11:00am. Cremation has taken place with private interment of ashes in St. Stephen’s Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to C.N.I.B. or charity of one’s choice.
To see the full obituary for Jessie Elizabeth Turner, click here