Volunteers Needed at Prince Charles Public School
Do you have an hour or two to read one on one with a primary student who needs practice and support learning to read? If so, let us know and we can connect you with the dedicated group of volunteers who have restarted our One-to-One Literacy Support at Prince Charles Public School in Belleville. This program helped over 50 students improve their reading skills in the two years before COVID struck. Principal Tanya Whittaker and her staff are eager for us to carry on our good work once again. Reading with primary kids is fun – good for them and for us as volunteers. If you know you are interested, or if you want to know more, contact Gerry Watts at the president19 email address below and we will get in touch.
Join Us on Executive
If you are interested in becoming a member of The District 19 executive, please contact Past President Bill Edwards or President Gerry Watts at the president19 email address below. Another great way to overcome social isolation! Our present slate of candidates will appear in The Chronicle and will be presented at the May 25th AGM.
Free Financial Literacy Workshop for District 19 Members on March 30th
Your District 19 executive has decided to offer additional Zoom webinars this year. You may have participated in the Benefits Update webinar we ran in the spring, and this will be another in a series we hope to offer you. This workshop was postponed in December.
Kevin Maynard from the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education (CFEE) will offer a financial planning virtual workshop to our members on Thursday, March 30, 2023, from 1:00-2:30. Topics to be discussed include:
- Making estate arrangements;
- Moving as housing needs change;
- Dealing with attempted fraud or financial abuse;
- Caring for a loved one;
- Living with long-term illness or disability;
- Managing retirement; and
- Wills and legacy giving
The link to the Zoom webinar will be sent to all members of District 19 in advance as well as some Poll questions. A few of us have heard Kevin and he is an excellent speaker with valuable information for seniors. We hope you will join us for this important district event.
Spring District 19 AGM
Finally, our District 19 family is getting together! Our first in-person meeting in over three years is scheduled for Thursday, May 25th beginning at 9:00 am at the Maranatha Church in Belleville. In the spirit of the celebration that all of us need, there will be a FREE buffet luncheon, a guest speaker, musical entertainment, and a short business meeting. When your copy of The Chronicle arrives in your mail box, please detach the LUNCHEON REGISTRATION FORM, complete it and mail it to executive member and registrar Maxine Walker (address at the bottom of the form) by April 20th. For those who read the newsletter on line, please complete the “tearoff” and mail it. We need numbers for our caterer.
Please plan to attend, if for no other reason than to see how gracefully your executive has aged during the last three years!! Lots of good humour and mingling will be the order of the day.
District 19 Benefits From District Benefits Rep David Beer
Assess and prevent: Have a home inspection, e.g., do I need grab bars? Are my area rugs a problem?
Stay connected: Use your smart phone; call family or friends; set up a buddy system to keep tabs on each other
Stay active : Join a gym; walk around the block regularly, maybe even to Tim’s for coffee
Open communication: Talking to others enhances our lives and reminds us we are in this together
A Reminder: As of January, 2023, there is a six-month filing deadline for claim submissions.
David Beer, District Benefits Representative
Check out Chimein, “a program designed to help RTOERO members to connect with one another and enjoy regular social activity.” The link is www.rtoerofoundation.ca/chimein. Click on this link to access registration and further information. It is a weekly opportunity for members, especially those socially isolated as COVID continues, to join RTOERO colleagues across the province and the country (we are a national organization) for open conversation. A great way to help overcome the social isolation that all of us have been experiencing! Please note that the Thursday morning time slot is presently on hiatus.
Questions or Concerns?
You can reach any member of the executive through District President Gerry Watts at [email protected]. Your question or concern will be directed to the appropriate executive member.
Illness or Bereavement?
If you have information about one of our District 19 RTO family who has moved, is ill, or has passed away, please contact executive members Ernie and Carolyn Payette through the president19 email address (above) so that we can reach out. We attempt to stay current, but sometimes the information doesn’t reach us in a timely manner.
The Chronicle Online
Once again, for those who prefer to read their newsletter online, please follow the link:
Scroll down to “What’s New” and find the most recent edition. The next paper issue should be in your mail slots the week of March 20th. We think you will truly enjoy this one! If you receive the paper copy, please don’t forget to complete and send the tearoff registration for the May 25th AGM. If you read the newsletter on line, please print the appropriate page, complete it, and send it to Maxine Walker.
Please email us at the president19 account if you would like us to remove your name from our list of those who receive print copies of The Chronicle. Submissions for our next newsletter can be sent to Editor Mike Walsh at [email protected]
District 19 Facebook Page
Check out our Facebook page at rtoerodistrict19hastingsandprinceedward.
Executive members Rick MacIvor and David Fox will continue to do their best to post current information of interest to our membership. Ideas for new postings can be sent to either through the president account (above).