St. Thomas-Elgin Branch News

Welcome To The St. Thomas-Elgin Branch 2018-2019!

The St Thomas-Elgin Branch of RWTO/OERO continues to be an active group of approximately 140 ladies. Community projects keep us individually and collectively busy. Regularly supported charities and programs include our three Elgin Food Banks, Christmas Care, Women’s Shelter, Violence Against Women, and our special Backpack Project.

September began with a Coffee Break where new retirees and special guests were introduced, welcomed and honoured. Lunch meetings happen during the months of October, November, December (with RTO), March, April, May, and June at different venues across our County. Each meeting starts with a social visiting time, lunch at 12 noon, followed by a brief business meeting and then the highlight “fun activity”. These range from guest speakers, musicians, fashion shows, dancercise, tours, seasonal flower arranging and decorating to a silent and quarter auction, which is a major highlight. It is always so nice to reconnect with former colleagues and friends!

Members receive monthly emails or phone calls where they commit (or not) to attending that month’s meeting. Each month we pay $25 for our delicious meals.

Our group has a wonderful time together and new members are always welcome, whether newly retired or retired for awhile.

If you are not already a member of our Branch please join us at a meeting as a visitor or contact one of the Executive listed below. We look forward to welcoming you!!


To The St Thomas-Elgin Branch of RWTO/OERO


PresidentLynn Christie519-207-2383
Past PresidentBeth Phoenix519-207-2384
SecretaryDiane Pease519-631-7954
TreasurerLynn Johnston519-866-5220


MembershipRuth Quenneville519-633-3267
CommunicationsSusan Jakob519-773-2287
ArchivesLeslie Carroll-Frey226-777-5094
Wendy Glover519-633-8756
TelephoneRita Demcheson519-633-7960
GoodwillEast - Linda LaForge519-202-0275
Central East Elgin-Gisele Toulouse519-631-7704
West Elgin- Ginny Barfett 519-764-2419
Building MembershipHazel Sims519-637-1936
Lunch NumbersBonita Bristow519-485-0809

 To Our New Retirees

Our apologies to any new retirees we may have missed. Congratulations and may you have a long and happy retirement!

Year 2018-2019 At A Glance

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The St Thomas-Elgin RWTO/OERO




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!


SEPTEMBER– Backpack Project for children at the Women’s Shelter
OCTOBER– West Elgin Daffodil Society (Food Bank)
NOVEMBER– St Thomas Caring Cupboard (Food Bank) or Christmas Care
MARCH– Fresh Start (Maternity Home)
APRIL–  Violence Against Women Services Elgin County-VAWSEC- (bring personal care products)
MAY- East Elgin Community Assistance Program- EECAP- (Food Bank)
JUNE– Backpack Project for children at the Women’s Shelter