© District 3 RTO/ERO           Legal Notice Human Rights Statement 
Welcome Welcome to The Retired Teachers of Ontario, District 3!  District 3 is one of 48 districts that make up  RTO-ERO.
Already a Member? Enjoy exploring the District 3 Website! To access your RTO/ERO Membership Centre, on the provincial website, Click HERE! Interested in teaching after retirement?   Click HERE!
District 3 Algoma  1,156 Members ... and growing! ------------------------------------------------------ First Meeting of 2018-2019   Tues. Oct. 16, 2018-11:30 A.M.

Please don’t be a Meeting “No Show”!  If

you’ve committed to attend a meeting but are

unable to attend, please contact Carmelina! 

No shows cost District 3 $$$$$!

Phone Committee Contacts Wawa - Linda Ilola 705-856-7286 Echo Bay - Jean Campbell  705-248-1612 Echo Bay - Mary Eaton 705-248-2021 Desbarats - Marny Pollard 705-782-6931 Hilton B., Richards Landing - Alice Ward 705-246-2392 Thessalon - Linda MacDonald 705-842-2946  Elliot Lake - Carol Rossetto  705-848-2983 Iron Bridge - Laurian Montgomery 705-843-2138 Algoma M, Blind R - Blair Sterling 705-356-7072 Bruce Mines - Rita Rawn Thank you callers!!! If there is someone willing to help the telephone committee, please contact Carmelina, 705-942-3916
NOTICE:  If you have an address/contact info change, it is YOUR responsibility to contact PROVINCIAL so that you don’t miss out on Newsletters, meeting reminder calls, etc.       This is provincially mandated!
Welcome NEW District 3 Members-----Christopher Elliott.....Terry Guzzo.....Karen LaPlante.....Bonita Pozzebon.....Diana Thompson.....Lise Belanger…..Vincent Buczel…..Denise Colizza…..Reid Killen…..Sheri Minardi…..Mary Petrocco…..Darlene Bobbie......Mark Brown.....Murray Clark.....Robert Harrison.....Michelle Juusti.....Richard Kniahnicki.....Christopher Rous.....David Nicholson.....Ruth McDonald.....Allison Corbett
U.S. Travel Advisory!!! Do YOU regularly travel to the U.S. for long stays?  (”Snowbird?”) Are you / or should you be keeping a log of border trips? There are new US/Canada Travel rules AND a way to Extend Your Stay Limit by TWO more months! Click for details. Share with your friends.
2018 COLA increase = 1.6%
Check out the “Our Past” page!  RTO/ERO years, as seen through the eyes of Past Presidents John Fleming, Moyra O’Paille and Bill Purnis, etc
New General Meeting Milegage Rates
Batchewana - $30 St.Joe's        - $30 Bruce Mines - $30 Thessalon    - $40
Iron Bridge - $40 Blind River - $45 Elliot Lake  - $60 Spanish     - $70

Welcome

Join Us!

Since 1968, The Retired Teachers of Ontario/Les enseignantes et enseignants retraités de l’Ontario

(RTO/ERO) has provided excellent programs and services for teachers, school and board administrators,

educational support staff and college and university faculty in retirement.

A bilingual and voluntary organization, RTO/ERO offers numerous benefits to members, including:

     • pension protection

     • health care coverage

     • a Long Term Care Plan

     • advocacy on social, political and economic issues

     • group travel programs

     • community involvement

     • regular communication from both Provincial and District levels

RTO/ERO provides a strong and active voice for a membership of over 70,000 members. Members range in

age from 51 to 100 plus and include 4,000+ associate members, most of whom receive spousal pension as

widows or widowers of retired Ontario teachers.

                    RTO/ERO Membership Video                       RTO/ERO Membership Info & Application Form

Retirement Guide for staff retiring from an Ontario District School Board

Download Membership & Health Benefits Brochures!
President’s Report on Governance Click to learn more!
new! Elliot Lake’s Roundabout Exceptional Puppeteers awarded $4,000 Project Service to Others         Click for more…
Attention all RTO/ERO Members: In organizing the history of District 3, Algoma, for the RTO/ERO 50th Anniversary, I would appreciate your assistance. Do you remember any significant events, successful projects, special people? Please drop me a line at rtoalgoma@gmail.com with your memories. I think District 3, Algoma has a wonderful ongoing history of volunteerism. Please share your story. Although all submissions will be placed in our archives, RTO/ERO has asked for a 800-1000 word summary which will be shared at our Birthday Party in April.
Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors
Are you 60 years of age or older? Earning an university degree has never been more affordable! Algoma University is pleased to offer senior students free tuition. It’s never too late to learn. Click Logo.
Here is a document often requested by members. It contains general useful information and lists documents your spouse/family member should know the location of -- power of attorney, will, birth certificate, social insurance number, bank accounts, health card, and so many more.   Click on the document to learn more…
View, Download, Save, etc the booklet and see the changes for 2018 Check out the FAQs regarding your Health Plan Coverage…
For Details
OPEN  ENROLMENT WINDOW!
Kathy Greening receives the Mickey Contini Award of Merit from 2nd. VP Folgo Della Vedova at the May 16, 2018 Annual General Meeting.
NEWS FLASH!!!            Rich Prophet & Gayle Manley elected   RTO/ERO Provincial Directors! L to R:  Rich & Jan Prophet, Gayle Manley, Moyra O’Pallie, Kathy Greening, Marie & Folgo Della Vedova.
Athlete Folgo Della Vedova was one of three people inducted into the Sault Ste. Marie Sports Hall of Fame during a ceremony at City Hall Thursday June 14th. Folgo is presently serving as First Vice-president for RTO-ERO District 3. We are proud, Folgo, to have you on our local team. Congratulations from your friends and colleages in District 3. Highlights of Folgo Della Vedova’s Javelin Career – Coaching, Athlete   •   Coaching: 1975 - 2018 Secondary School and University Javelin athletes •   1970 - 1974 OUAA Bronze, Silver, Gold Medalist, Record Holder •   1975-1999 Senior Men Provincial, National Bronze, Silver, Gold Medalist •   1985 - 1999 Masters Provincial, National, International Medalist, Record Holder •   1978-1991 Provincial & National Achievement Award for Distinguished  Performance in Amateur Athletics
Next  Retirement Planning Workshop Saturday, October 27, 2018 Tell your retired friends and friends nearing retirement. Details to follow.
  L-R:  City councillor Rick Niro, Richard Evoy, Sherri Smith, Folgo Della            Vedova.                      Picture courtesy of James Hopkin/SooToday
From the President: Kathryn Greening The lazy days of summer are coming to an end. I have to admit that even though I've settled into retirement mode, I can still hear the siren's call of school supplies- pens, pencils, markers, paper and binders and more-oh my! September is, for all of us in the education sector, a time of new beginnings, new tools and new relationships. We look forward to meeting our new retirees at our first general meeting Tuesday, October 16, 2018. RTO/ERO District 3, Algoma anticipates an exciting year as we continue to celebrate fifty years of existence as a provincial organization (forty-six years in Algoma) Our local 50th Anniversary Committee initiated an Anniversary Party, with a free lunch, at our April General Meeting. At that time we made a donation on behalf of District 3, Algoma, of $2000 to the Paediatric Unit of A.R.C.H. If you have a chance, watch the excellent interviews on Community T.V. Channel 10, regarding the scope of volunteerism within our RTO/ERO community. The  "June Szeman Award" a one-time only award recognizing outstanding contributions to our district, was presented to Gary Wills for all that he does for District 3. In the 2017 Annual Report (enclosed with the Summer 2018 Renaissance magazine) you will note that RTO/ERO members live in every part of Canada and are represented in 46 Districts in Ontario and two districts in British Columbia. As we, in District 3, Algoma, have celebrated volunteerism within our communities, so too, has the Annual report acknowledged that 81% of our members agree that volunteering contributes to the enjoyment of retirement, and that 72% of RTO/ERO members are active volunteers. Not only do our members give back their time, their energy and their enthusiasm to our communities, we also access provincial funds for community-based Service To Others Projects, and provide local scholarships to Sault College and Algoma University (through funds from our Silent Auction at our Annual Meeting). Folgo Della Vedova and I had the opportunity to attend the Spring Senate and Annual General Meeting in May. This was an historic meeting as RTO/ERO Provincially has moved to the Canadian ”Not For Profit" governance model. We can be so proud of our members Rich Prophet and Gayle Manley who were elected to the initial Provincial Board of Directors. As an aside, a former Saultite, Bill Huzar, representing District 47, Vancouver Island, was also elected to the Board. Congratulations to Rich Prophet as the Vice-Chair of the Provincial Board.    I encourage you to visit our website, www.rtoalgoma.com, keep connected with your friends and colleagues, and have fun. The Silent Auction Committee would like to thank all those who donated, bid, and contributed to our successful Silent Auction at our Annual General Meeting. District 3, Algoma has increased our scholarships to Sault College and Algoma University to $750 each. Our Auction generated $1249.00 towards those scholarships. The additional funds will be provided through our local budget. At the May Senate and Annual General Meeting: Algoma was certainly well represented at this historic meeting. Rich Prophet, Gayle Manley, Folgo Della Vedova and Kathy Greening attended the business sessions, participated in the election of the newly created Provincial Board of Directors and in the 50th Anniversary Celebrations. We had the opportunity to participate in a Toronto Harbour Cruise.     On the way to the Harbour Cruise, Kathy, Marie and Folgo                         Rich and Jan kissing the cod                                       Marie, Kathy, Martha Foster, Jackie Aird and Gayle    At the dinner on the Tuesday night, many special guests attended. Our own Moyra O'Pallie, Distinguished Member Award Recipient in 2013, was there with her dancing shoes on.                           Moyra and Bill Courtney,                                 Moyra's sister Kathleen, Moyra and Gayle 1996-1997 Provincial President                                Moyra and Gayle                                Rich and Jan                          Moyra and her sister Kathleen                                                                         Moyra and Gayle What a night!
Martha Foster, Chair, and Rich Prophet, Vice Chair of the RTO/ERO Provincial Board of Directors
Gayle, the  Pole dancer, singing "Sweet Caroline"
© RTO / ERO District 3 Legal Notice       Human Rights Statement  
Welcome Welcome to The Retired Teachers of Ontario, District 3!  District 3 is one of 48 districts that make up  RTO-ERO.

Please don’t be a Meeting “No Show”!  If

you’ve committed to attend a meeting but are

unable to attend, please contact Carmelina! 

No shows cost District 3 $$$$$!

Phone Committee Contacts Wawa - Linda Ilola 705-856-7286 Echo Bay - Nancy Chantigny 705-248-2077 Echo Bay - Bettyanne Plaskett 705-248-1219 Desbarats - Marny Pollard 705-782-6931 Hilton B., Richards Landing - Alice Ward 705-246-2392 Thessalon - Linda MacDonald 705-842-2946  Elliot Lake - Carol Rossetto  705-848-2983 Iron Bridge - Laurian Montgomery 705-843-2138 Algoma M, Blind R - Blair Sterling 705-356-7072 Bruce Mines -  Rita Rawn Thank you callers!!!  If there is someone willing to help the telephone committee, please contact Carmelina!
Already a Member? Enjoy exploring the District 3 Website!
NOTICE:  If you have an address/contact info change, it is YOUR responsibility to contact PROVINCIAL so that you don’t miss out on Newsletters, meeting reminder calls, etc.  This is provincially mandated!
Welcome NEW District 3 Members-----Lise Belanger…..Vincent Buczel…..Denise Colizza…..Reid Killen…..Sheri Minardi…..Mary Petrocco…..Darlene Bobbie......Mark Brown.....Murray Clark.....Robert Harrison.....Michelle Juusti.....Richard Kniahnicki.....Christopher Rous.....David Nicholson.....Ruth McDonald.....Allison Corbett.....Jeanne Brunet.....Remi Gentes…..Tamara Mitchell…..Allen Bell…..Veronica Bornyi…..Cathy Haley…..Debbie King…..Maria La Tassa…..Colette Levesque…..Jill McCaig…..Kim McConnell…..Carol Robertson…..George Turyk
District 3 Algoma  1,156 Members ... and growing! ------------------------------------------------------ First Meeting of 2018-2019   Tues. Oct. 16, 2018-11:30 A.M. 2018 COLA increase = 1.6% U.S. Travel Advisory!!!  •	Do YOU regularly travel to the U.S. for long stays?  ”Snowbird?” •	Are you / or should you be keeping a log of border trips?  There are new US/Canada Travel rules AND a way to  Extend Your Stay Limit by TWO more months! Click for details. Share with your friends.
HIS - BENEFIT STATEMENT In mid-February, members of the Health Plan should have received a letter from the RTO/ERO Group Benefits Program outlining coverage, premiums and usage over 2015. If you did NOT receive this letter, contact the Benefits program about premiums @ 1-877-406-9007 or with questions about claims @1-800-638-4735. REMINDER The total premium paid, as well as the difference between your  total claim and the total amount paid may be eligible to be used on your INCOME TAX return as a medical expense.
New General Meeting Milegage Rates
Batchewana - $30 St.Joe's        - $30 Bruce Mines - $30 Thessalon    - $40
Iron Bridge - $40 Blind River - $45 Elliot Lake  - $60 Spanish      - $70

Welcome

Join Us!

Since 1968, The Retired Teachers of Ontario/Les enseignantes et enseignants

retraités de l’Ontario (RTO/ERO) has provided excellent programs and services for

teachers, school and board administrators, educational support staff and college

and university faculty in retirement.

A bilingual and voluntary organization, RTO/ERO offers numerous benefits to

members, including:

     • pension protection

     • health care coverage

     • a Long Term Care Plan

     • advocacy on social, political and economic issues

     • group travel programs

     • community involvement

     • regular communication from both Provincial and District levels

RTO/ERO provides a strong and active voice for a membership of over 70,000

members. Members range in age from 51 to 100 plus and include 4,000+ associate

members, most of whom receive spousal pension as widows or widowers of retired

Ontario teachers.

                    RTO/ERO Membership Video

                    RTO/ERO Membership Info and Application Form

Provincial Membership Centre

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Retirement Guide for staff retiring from an Ontario District School Board

Download Membership & Health Benefits Brochures!
President’s Report on Governance Click to learn more!
new!
Elliot Lake’s Roundabout Exceptional Puppeteers awarded $4,000 - Project Service to Others! Click for more…
Attention all RTO/ERO Members: In organizing the history of District 3, Algoma, for the RTO/ERO 50th Anniversary, I would appreciate your assistance. Do you remember any significant events, successful projects, special people? Please drop me a line at rtoalgoma@gmail.com with your memories. I think District 3, Algoma has a wonderful ongoing history of volunteerism. Please share your story. Although all submissions will be placed in our archives, RTO/ERO has asked for a 800-1000 word summary which will be shared at our Birthday Party in April.
Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors
Are you 60 years of age or older? Earning an university degree has never been more affordable! Algoma University is pleased to offer senior students free tuition. It’s never too late to learn. Click Logo.
Here is a document often requested by members. It contains general useful information and lists documents your spouse/family member should know the location of -- power of attorney, will, birth certificate, social insurance number, bank accounts, health card, and so many more.   Click on the document to learn more…
Check out the new “Our Past” page!  RTO/ERO years, as seen through the eyes of Past Presidents John Fleming, Moyra O’Paille and Bill Purnis
View, Download, Save, etc the booklet and see the changes for 2018 Check out the FAQs regarding your Health Plan Coverage…
For Details
Spread the word to your working friends or family!  RTO/ERO is holding an open enrolment period for its insurance plans for retirees in the broader education community from Dec. 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018.
OPEN  ENROLMENT WINDOW!
Update from Provincial An update to Provincial Policy will now allow District Executives to initiate membership changes on behalf of members.  Instead of having to contact Provincial re a change in address, email, etc, members are now able to contact the local District 3 Executive. The Executive will complete a Membership Change form and submit it to Provincial. To allow the Executive to advocate on your behalf, you will need to provide proof of identity upon contact.
RTO/ERO has eliminated the designations of “Full” and “Associate” memberships.  Now, all members are simply “Members”.
NEWS FLASH!!!  Rich Prophet & Gayle Manley elected        RTO/ERO Provincial Governors! L to R:  Rich & Jan Prophet, Gayle Manley, Moyra O’Pallie,     Kathy Greening, Marie & Folgo Della Vedova.
Athlete Folgo Della Vedova was one of three people inducted into the Sault Ste. Marie Sports Hall of Fame during a ceremony at City Hall Thursday June 14th. Folgo is presently serving as First Vice-president for RTO-ERO District 3. We are proud, Folgo, to have you on our local team. Congratulations from your friends and colleages in District 3. Highlights of Folgo Della Vedova’s Javelin Career – Coaching, Athlete   •   Coaching: 1975 - 2018 Secondary School and University Javelin athletes •   1970 - 1974 OUAA Bronze, Silver, Gold Medalist, Record Holder •   1975-1999 Senior Men Provincial, National Bronze, Silver, Gold Medalist •   1985 - 1999 Masters Provincial, National, International Medalist, Record Holder •   1978-1991 Provincial & National Achievement Award for Distinguished  Performance in Amateur Athletics
  L-R:  City councillor Rick Niro, Richard Evoy, Sherri Smith, Folgo Della            Vedova.   Picture courtesy of James Hopkin/SooToday
Next Retirement Planning Workshop Saturday, October 27, 2018 Tell your retired friends and friends nearing retirement.  Details to follow.
From the President: Kathryn Greening The lazy days of summer are coming to an end. I have to admit that even though I've settled into retirement mode, I can still hear the siren's call of school supplies- pens, pencils, markers, paper and binders and more-oh my! September is, for all of us in the education sector, a time of new beginnings, new tools and new relationships. We look forward to meeting our new retirees at our first general meeting Tuesday, October 16, 2018. RTO/ERO District 3, Algoma anticipates an exciting year as we continue to celebrate fifty years of existence as a provincial organization (forty-six years in Algoma) Our local 50th Anniversary Committee initiated an Anniversary Party, with a free lunch, at our April General Meeting. At that time we made a donation on behalf of District 3, Algoma, of $2000 to the Paediatric Unit of A.R.C.H. If you have a chance, watch the excellent interviews on Community T.V. Channel 10, regarding the scope of volunteerism within our RTO/ERO community. The  "June Szeman Award" a one-time only award recognizing outstanding contributions to our district, was presented to Gary Wills for all that he does for District 3. In the 2017 Annual Report (enclosed with the Summer 2018 Renaissance magazine) you will note that RTO/ERO members live in every part of Canada and are represented in 46 Districts in Ontario and two districts in British Columbia. As we, in District 3, Algoma, have celebrated volunteerism within our communities, so too, has the Annual report acknowledged that 81% of our members agree that volunteering contributes to the enjoyment of retirement, and that 72% of RTO/ERO members are active volunteers. Not only do our members give back their time, their energy and their enthusiasm to our communities, we also access provincial funds for community- based Service To Others Projects, and provide local scholarships to Sault College and Algoma University (through funds from our Silent Auction at our Annual Meeting). Folgo Della Vedova and I had the opportunity to attend the Spring Senate and Annual General Meeting in May. This was an historic meeting as RTO/ERO Provincially has moved to the Canadian ”Not For Profit" governance model. We can be so proud of our members Rich Prophet and Gayle Manley who were elected to the initial Provincial Board of Directors. As an aside, a former Saultite, Bill Huzar, representing District 47, Vancouver Island, was also elected to the Board. Congratulations to Rich Prophet as the Vice-Chair of the Provincial Board.    I encourage you to visit our website, www.rtoalgoma.com, keep connected with your friends and colleagues, and have fun. The Silent Auction Committee would like to thank all those who donated, bid, and contributed to our successful Silent Auction at our Annual General Meeting. District 3, Algoma has increased our scholarships to Sault College and Algoma University to $750 each. Our Auction generated $1249.00 towards those scholarships. The additional funds will be provided through our local budget. At the May Senate and Annual General Meeting: Algoma was certainly well represented at this historic meeting. Rich Prophet, Gayle Manley, Folgo Della Vedova and Kathy Greening attended the business sessions, participated in the election of the newly created Provincial Board of Directors and in the 50th Anniversary Celebrations. We had the opportunity to participate in a Toronto Harbour Cruise.     On the way to the Harbour Cruise, Kathy, Marie and Folgo             Rich and Jan kissing the cod                 Marie, Kathy, Martha Foster, Jackie Aird and Gayle    At the dinner on the Tuesday night, many special guests attended. Our own Moyra O'Pallie, Distinguished Member Award Recipient in 2013, was there with her dancing shoes on.                  Moyra and Bill Courtney,            Moyra's sister Kathleen, Moyra and Gayle 1996-1997 Provincial President                      Moyra and Gayle                  Rich and Jan            Moyra and her sister Kathleen                                         Moyra and Gayle What a night!
Martha Foster, Chair, and Rich Prophet, Vice Chair of the RTO/ERO Provincial Board of Directors
Gayle, the  Pole dancer, singing "Sweet Caroline"