St. Thomas-Elgin Branch News

October 2020

 

 

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 rwto.ste@gmail.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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE.

Executive 2020-2021

PresidentLynn Christiechristielynnjean@gmail.com
First Vice PresidentSue Bandeensbandeen1@gmail.com
Second Vice PresidentCatherine Gardinercgardiner6112@gmail.com
SecretaryDiane Peasedpease@rogers.com
TreasurerMillie Gremonprezmilliegremonprez@gmail.com
Insurance ConvenorJudy De Grootejdegroote@sympatico.ca

Convenors

Communications ConvenorSusan Jakobjakobjs@kanservu.ca
Telephone ConvenorRita Demchesonrdemcheson@hotmail.com
Goodwill Convenors
East:Linda Laforgelindalaforge@hotmail.com
Central:Gisele Toulousetoulouse2@hotmail.ca
West:Ginny Barfettbarfettginny@gmail.com

To The St Thomas-Elgin Branch of RWTO/OERO

Executive

PresidentLynn Christie519-207-2383 christielynnjean@gmail.com
First Vice PresidentSue Bandeen226-980-9719
Second Vice President. Catherine Gardiner519-852-9203 cgardiner6112@gmail.com
Past PresidentBeth Phoenix519-207-2384 b-batty@hotmail.com
SecretaryDiane Pease519-631-7954 dpease@rogers.com
TreasurerMillie Gremonprez519-660-9095 milliegremonprez@gmail.com

Convenors

MembershipRuth Quenneville519-633-3267 Quenneville.rumar15@outlook.com
Building MembershipHazel Sims519-637-1936 msimsn618@rogers.com
CommunicationsSusan Jakob519-773-2287 jakobjs@amtelecom.net
InsuranceJudy DeGroote519-633-1337jdegroote@sympatico.ca
ArchivesLeslie Carroll-Frey226-777-5094lcarrollfrey@rocketmail.com
Wendy Glover519-633-8756wendglo@icloud.com
TelephoneRita Demcheson519-633-7960rdemcheson@hotmail.com
Goodwill
EastLinda LaForge519-202-0275lindalaforge@hotmail.com
Central East ElginGisele Toulouse519-226-7704toulouse2@hotmail.ca
West ElginGinny Barfett 519-764-2419 barfettginny@gmail.com
Lunch Attendance NumbersPatricia Legault519-639-2227

 To Our New Retirees

 May You Enjoy A Long And Happy Retirement!

 

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.

Please click here for the Zoom Meeting Minutes of October 2020

The St Thomas-Elgin RWTO/OERO

 

 CORA BAILEY AWARD WINNERS

2018-2019

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

 2017-2018.

 

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
2020-2021

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

TURNERJessie 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