Trenton Branch News
Past President -Cheryl Rose, President – Nancy Patterson Wickson, Treasurer – Marg Young. Our insurance convener is Chris Lesage. Check our Facebook page at Retired Women Teachers-Trenton and District.
Trenton and District meets 10 times a year in several venues in the surrounding area. Our regular meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month. Our theme for 2019-20 is ‘Women in Action’. Our guests will include a geo-cacher, a ladies musical group,a card maker, a country singer and a police officer. Details are available in our trifolds posted under events.
“Women in Action”
May Meeting 2018
Our Annual General Meeting was held at Occasions by the Bay on May 3. Lois Lockhart was invited to install the executive for 2018-19. Our guest entertainer was a local musician, Dave Bush.
We welcomed 2 new members as well.
Trenton and District Branch has utilized the theme of ‘History, Health and Happiness’ for our topics this year. Our first meeting we gathered for a meet and greet and a morning of happiness. We each selected our favourite chocolate bar and as we went around the table each member or guest told about pet peeves, future plans, favourite foods etc. A fun morning!!
A hearty salad plate was enjoyed followed by the singing of ‘O Canada’ before enjoying a piece of cake. Guest Scott Henderson outlined the work of the housing division of the Mental Health Unit in the area. Homelessness is on the increase and in many cases , the cities do not have the capacity to cope with those needing support. One of our members, Pat, presented Scott with a tote filled with ‘transition’ items (bed linens, dishes, cutlery etc) that can be given to people setting up a household. Our summer reading book sale was very popular with everyone and leftover books were given to the local Alzheimer Society. Our September meeting will be held at Trinity United Church in Frankford on Sept. 7, at 9:30 for coffee and muffins.
The Annual General Meeting for our Branch was held on May 4 at Occasions by the Bay. Our Cora Bailey recipient was Cathy O’Brien a former secondary school teacher. She has taught in Quebec as well as Africa. She has held all the executive positions and helped with planning a variety of programs. We also welcomed Peggy Stock and Jennifer Davis as well as Heather Bailey Argyle, a niece of Cora Bailey. All of our former winners received the new Cora Bailey pins. Musical entertainment was provided by 3 young students of Micheal Faulkner. Karen Murphy won the $100 bill and Suzanne Smith was the early bird and got her membership reimbursed. Our year will wrap with the next meeting on June 1 at Westminster United Church. Belleville and Napanee Branches have been invited.
The April meeting of Trenton and District was held at Westminster United Church. This meeting focused on our budget and resolutions. Both were supported with little discussion. We had a number of items donated for our yearly Loonie Frenzy and the bidding was fast and furious. We raised $195. to be used for Branch activities. We welcomed a new member and enjoyed some fellowship with our members. Our next meeting will be on May 4 for our Annual General Meeting. We will welcome Peggy Stock, Jennifer Davis and Heather Bailey Argyle who is a great niece of Cora Bailey.
Our January meeting was a time for games and chatting. We had a Memorial Service for Julia Sager, a Life Member who passed away in November.
We were fortunate that the weather cooperated and Carole Nelson was able to drive from Toronto and join us. She is a Trenton lady at heart and she was able to bring current news about the Convention. She explained in detail the ‘Follow the Dream’ project and we are confident that our Branch will have names on that wall.
Our trip committee is collecting names and cheques for a spring trip to see Legally Blonde in Oshawa in April. There were a few hands of euchre around the room but the majority of members enjoyed some time to chat.
Our November meeting was held in Stirling at Grace Bible Chapel with Christian Jaehn-Kreibaum as our guest speaker. He was born in Germany and came to Canada as a young man. He has been interested in the history of Germany and has prepared a presentation on the Rise and Fall of the Berling Wall. He presented many facts that history books did not include. The Wall went up overnight and many families were ripped apart and many killed as they tried to join their relatives. It was a sad time for all. We should be so thankful that we live in Canada.
Our members are undertaking a project to provide tactile muffs for the Alzheimer patients in our area nursing homes. We need knitters, sewers and donators. This will be on ongoing project.
Members were invited to our Christmas meeting in Foxboro on December 1. Food bank donations will be accepted.
Our Trenton and District members were entertained by a local comedian, Grant Ketcheson, who is the brother of one of our faithful members. He had us laughing as he spoke of his carpentry skills building privies. A donation was made to his community’s library as our thank you.
We had been served a bountiful lunch of soup and sandwiches with pie for dessert – several varieties to tempt almost everyone’s palette! The ladies of St. Paul’s United Church in Stirling always serve a delicious meal. We had a short business meeting and our members lingered to visit.
Our next meeting will be on November 3, 2016 at 11:30 at the Grace Bible Chapel, Stirling. Our guest will be Christian Jaehn Kriebaum with a presentation on the Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall.
Meet and Greet Report
Trenton and District kicked off this year with a ‘Meet and Greet’ in Frankford at the Trinity Anglican Church.
We were treated to a breakfast meeting thanks to the wonderful ladies and gentlemen of the church. We held a memorial service for a member who passed away during the summer – Belly Watson. Our past president, Susan was a student of Betty’s and gave us a close up look at Betty’s career in music. A local radio personality sent kudos for the Stirling music program for encouraging his love of music. Our callers were recognized and other announcements were made. Our next meeting is on Oct. 6 at St. Paul’s United in Stirling. A local comedian will entertain us!
Trenton and District wrapped up the year with ‘Legacy Videos” presented by David Sword, the son of one of our members.
Trenton United Church ladies fed us a wonderful summer salad plate and refreshing desserts. David and his wife spoke about the importance of having our heritage available for future generations. He showed us a video of his wife’s grandmother who passed away shortly after the filming. She shared memories of family members that his wife might not have known. David and his family are living in Picton and would love to share his videos with other branches.
Our annual book sale for summer reading netted over $200.00 to be used for next year’s activities.
Our members are looking forward to our September ‘Meet and Greet’ in Frankford. Happy, safe summer to all!
Our membership is open to any qualified teacher who is retired and pays the annual fee. This year Trenton and District’s fee is $40. plus a $5. social fee. An invitation is published monthly 1 week before our meeting in the local Community Press. It is also posted on our Facebook page.
Click on the link below to access the Trenton Branch Program 2018-2019.
Trenton and District provided 32 bags of items for the Youthab in Belleville and Trenton. The items included personal care items, books, writing material, gift cards and winter clothing items. Our mattress making interest group also made 6 mats for their comfort as many live in door ways and under bridges.