St. Thomas-Elgin Branch News


The St Thomas-Elgin Branch of RWTO/OERO is an active group of about 135 retired women teachers from Public and Separate Boards and Elementary and Secondary panels. We enjoy getting together seven times a year for a good meal, warm chats and catch up time with friends, participate in activities and charities and generally have a good time together.

September starts with a FREE Coffee Break from 10 am until 11:30am on Friday September 20th, 2019 where new members and new retirees will be welcomed and we catch up with old and new friends.

Regular lunch meetings are held six times a year (October, November, March, April, May, & June) at 11:30am at different venues for a yummy noon lunch, a short business meeting, and a fun activity/program. We usually finish by or before 3:00 in the afternoon.

Membership is $45, which includes a $5 social fee, due in September, if you have not already paid. Lunches are $25, each, payable at the door of each lunch meeting.

For further details re: dates, venues, meals, and activities see the YEAR AT A GLANCE chart under EVENTS.

For whom to contact to join please check out the ABOUT page, or come with a friend, or just show up at one of our meetings.

And to see all the charities we support, annually, look under the heading  CHARITIES.

Our group has a wonderful time together and new members are always welcome. Check the GALLERY for photos of our fun times.

                       JOIN US – WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU!!

To The St Thomas-Elgin Branch of RWTO/OERO


PresidentLynn Christie519-207-2383
First Vice PresidentSue Bandeen226-980-9719
Second Vice President. Catherine Gardiner519-852-9203
Past PresidentBeth Phoenix519-207-2384
SecretaryDiane Pease519-631-7954
TreasurerMillie Gremonprez519-660-9095


MembershipRuth Quenneville519-633-3267
Building MembershipHazel Sims519-637-1936
CommunicationsSusan Jakob519-773-2287
Central East ElginGisele
West ElginGinny Barfett 519-764-2419
Lunch Attendance NumbersPatricia Legault519-639-2227

 To Our New Retirees

 May You Enjoy A Long And Happy Retirement!


Year 2019-2020 At A Glance

Click on the words above to download the chart.


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 (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.