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Retired Women Teachers' Association

Pat Opalko
292 Greenwood Avenue Winnipeg, MB R2M 2T5
204-257-6814
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Our chapter membership is open to all retired women teachers in Manitoba. Please contact Pat Opalko (patopal@mymts.net) or Cecile Alarie-Skene (caskene@mymts.net) for a membership form or DOWNLOAD HERE

Dear Members,

With the Delta Variant upper most on our minds at this time and for the safety of all members, your RWTA Executive has cancelled the September luncheon scheduled for September 30, 2021 at the Masonic Centre. We look forward to seeing you soon at the luncheons scheduled for December 9, 2021, February 24, 2022, and April 21, 2022 at the Masonic Centre.

Retired Women Teachers' Association

2020 REPORT

March 27, 2020

Respectfully submitted: Pat Opalko, President, patopal@mymts.net

2019-2020 is our sixty-eighth year as the Retired Women Teachers’ Association (RWTA). Our membership presently is 268 members with 17 of those members being Life Members who are aged 90 years or over. Membership has increased and we hope that it will continue.

During the year the RWTA executive met five times to plan four luncheons with activities and entertainment.

The September luncheon was highlighted by our annual Fashion Show by Northern Reflections. The models for this fun event were volunteers from our very own RWTA membership. Northern Reflections kindly distributed coupons that day and many of our members were seen at St. Vital Mall shopping at Northern Reflections that afternoon!

At our Christmas luncheon we were entertained by “True Harmony”, an all-female a cappella group based in Winnipeg, who regaled us with Christmas music. We were delighted by the traditional served Christmas dinner of turkey and all the trimmings, prepared by the caterer at the Masonic Centre. Mrs. Claus, our wonderful member, Emily Williamson, rewarded everyone with a special Christmas gift, a tiny orange, on her annual visit.

For February’s luncheon we were entertained by RWTA member and author, Oriole Veldhuis. Dressed as a pioneer woman, Oriole shared her great grandmother’s family history from her book titled “For Elise-Unveiling the Forgotten Woman on the Criddle Homestead”. Oriole gave a fascinating talk and members had the opportunity to purchase her book. In honour of Festival du Voyageur, members enjoyed bison tourtiere with caribou gravy for lunch presented by Wow Catering.

Our April 2020 get together with members was to be our AGM with a luncheon to celebrate Manitoba’s 150th but that has now been postponed to September’s luncheon due to COVID-19. The entertainment planned for this April’s luncheon will be postponed to the April 2021 luncheon when we’ll celebrate the beginning of RWTA’s 70th year.  It promises to be a lot of fun!

We continue to hold our luncheons at the Masonic Centre at Corydon and Osborne where our delicious and varied meals are prepared by WOW Catering. Guests are always welcome.

Donations of toiletries for women’s shelters, used eye-glasses for the Eye Bank and reusable bags for Winnipeg Harvest continue to be collected at each luncheon. This February members were very generous with donations of over 200 pairs of socks for the needy. Also, donations to our Angel Baskets at our December luncheons continue to allow us to recognize our shut in members with small gifts at Christmas and Easter and cards on other occasions.

All retired and newly retired women teachers are welcome to join RWTA in 2020-2021. The annual membership fee is $8 and our luncheons, with entertainment, are $20 for members and $25 for non-members.

As RWTA president I wish to thank our RWTA executive and members for their support and help.

On behalf of the RWTA Executive and members we thank RTAM for its support and dedication. We would love to have more retired women teachers join us to keep our membership numbers increasing.

Sincerely,

Pat Opalko,

RWTA president 2019-2020

Pat Opalko

President

Cecile Alarie-Skene

Past President

 

Vice-President 

Phyllis Arnold-Luedtke

Treasurer

Cécile Alarie-Skene

Membership Convener

Pat Opalko

Recording Secretary

Ethel Mair

Corresponding Secretary

Brenda Zebrynski

Club Notices

Lynda Tunny

Luncheon Coordinator

Louise Burton

Arlene Billeck

Laurel McFarlane

Social Committee Chair

Social Committee

Social Committee

Birdielyn Gray

Barbara Haddow

Tickets

Tickets

Peggy Prendergast

RTAM  / Pensions

Emily Williamson

Lenore Butler

Visiting Committee

Visiting Committee

Helen Norrie

Publicity

Jacquie Field

Archivist

Charlotte Stech

Pianist


2019 REPORT

Respectfully submitted: Cécile Alarie-Skene, President

Members: 279

Now in our 67th year the Retired Women Teachers’ Association (RWTA) membership currently stands at 265 regular and 14 Life Members who are aged 90 years or over. This is the first time in ten years that our numbers have increased and we hope that they will continue to do so. In the 2018 - 2019 season, the executive met five times to plan activities and the four luncheons for the year. We regretted that our planned bus excursion to the Steinbach Heritage Museum in June had to be cancelled due to insufficient numbers.

The September luncheon was highlighted by our annual Fashion Show. Northern Reflections provided fashions for our members to model and afterwards many of us planned a new wardrobe.

At our Christmas luncheon we were entertained by RING OUT, a handbell quartet, who regaled us with Christmas music. We were delighted by the Christmas menu of turkey and all the fixings, prepared by the caterer at the Masonic Centre. Mrs. Claus rewarded everyone with a Christmas orange at her annual visit.

Our February luncheon invited speaker was Mary LeMaitre from the University of Winnipeg. She shared many facts from Canadian History that helped us to understand why stereotyping is so prevalent these days. After her informative session, many of our members asked questions to further enlighten us. At this luncheon, members were invited to provide food items and money for Winnipeg Harvest.

Our AGM will be held at our April luncheon. RWTA members will be entertained by Grant Simpson, with his vaudeville act comprised of music, singing and much laughter. It promises to be a lot of fun!

We continue to hold our luncheons at the Masonic Centre at Corydon and Osborne where our delicious and varied meals are prepared by WOW Catering. Guests are always welcome.

Donations of toiletries for women’s shelters and used eyeglasses for the Eye Bank continue to be collected at each luncheon. We also have an annual project of collecting food and reusable bags for Winnipeg Harvest. Donations to our Angel Baskets allow us to recognize our shut in members with small gifts at Christmas and Easter and cards on other occasions.

We invite all former and newly retired women teachers to join RWTA in 2019 - 2020. Annual membership fees will be $10 and our luncheons with entertainment are $20 for members and $25 for non-members.

As RWTA president, I wish to thank our RWTA executive and all its members for their support and help.  We all thank RTAM for its support and dedication. We would love to have more retired women teachers join us to keep our membership numbers increasing.

Name

Role

Cécile Alarie-Skene

President

Ruth Hartnell

Past President

Pat Opalko

Vice-President 

Phyllis Arnold-Luedtke

Treasurer

Cécile Alarie-Skene

Membership Convener

Pat Opalko

Recording Secretary

Ethel Mair

Corresponding Secretary

Brenda Zebrynski

Club Notices

Lynda Tunny

Luncheon Coordinator

Louise Burton

Kathy Deyman

Sultana Hussain

Social Committee Chair

Social Committee

Social Committee

Birdielyn Gray

Kathleen Parums

Tickets

Tickets

Peggy Prendergast

RTAM  / Pensions

Emily Williamson

Lenore Butler

Visiting Committee

Visiting Committee

Helen Norrie

Publicity

Jacquie Field

Archivist

Charlotte Stech

Pianist