We have been advised of the passing of the following members.
William Bauer, Janice Crowle, John Hyndman, Alice Nenonen, Mary Walton, John Wheeler, Joseph Sufady, Judy Cond, John Dunning, James Korrey, Wayne Viita and Paula Dunning.
We are grateful for their memory, their service and their friendship and extend our sympathy to their family and friends.
A Pandemic Christmas – Bernice Whalen
There sparkled within District 3 extra joy reaching out to our members. We dearly wanted them to know that they were not totally cut off from us and so Christmas was a beautiful opportunity through Goodwill to touch base with our membership. Our out of town card writing team prepared 265 Christmas holiday greetings from District 3. Double thumbs up to Marion Avery, Joyce Nicolson, Audrey Comeau and Patricia Pateman who are doing their part to keep District 3 connected even though we have a large geographical area. Awesome job with a very efficient crew!
The elves were out at Christmas this year. There were 89 in town members that were 85+ who received a beautiful box of Bavarian Cookies delivered with warm wishes from District 3 by the following team members: Bettyanne Plaskett, Chris Rous, Wayne and Gina Greco, Moyra O’Pallie, Kathy Greening, Barb Perry, Gayle Manley, Bruce and Marion Avery, Carmelina and Rick Spry, Page and Joyce Nicholson, Gary and Bonnie Wills, Folgo and Marie Della Vedova, Bill Purnis and Florence McCleod and Bernice and Francis Whalen. The feedback by so many was heartwarming.
We were determined that the pandemic was not going to eradicate the smiles that come to the faces of our members as they realize that we do care and we are trying our best in difficult times to stay connected. We just have to keep in mind that the vaccine is making its way to us and in the interim we just need to stay safe!
Maurice Upper says, “Thanks!”, in an amusing way!
It is with sympathy that District 3 extend their deepest sympathy upon the loss of the following people since the end of November until February 20th: James Korrey, Larry McNally, Andrew Trussler, Andre Mantha (Father-in-law of Don McConnell), Peter Pollard (husband of Marney Pollard), Shirley Ann Abell (partner of Chris Deller), John Sanderson, Robert Smith (husband of Lucille Smith), and Fred Dovigi (brother of Richard Dovigi).Donations to the RTOERO Foundation were made in memory of members and immediate family and cards were also sent expressing the condolences of District 3. Our hearts go out to their loved ones.
Thirteen“ thinking of you cards” accompanied a beautiful tin of Bavarian cookies. These were delivered to those experiencing medical challenges. It is our way of reaching out we to those facing health issues. Thank you so much to each of you to keeping us informed. We depend upon all of you, regardless of geographical area, to keep me informed. It truly takes a total team effort to effectively accomplish this goal! If anyone has been missed it has been because I have not been informed. In a time of not meeting face to face I do depend upon the telephone contact people and each one of you to let me know. Remember it is never too late to give a hug from our district! I would rather receive ten phone calls about the same thing than miss out on comforting one of our members. Information I receive is always kept private and my experience is that the invisible hug from all of you is greatly appreciated.
One hundred and two birthday cards were sent to those 80+ since our November newsletter. What a great sign this is as it indicates that our members are enjoying retirement for a longer period of time. Many thanks to the hours put in by the Goodwill Birthday Committee members who have lightened some of the parameters of goodwill: Barbara Perry, Cathy Pirrie, Rose-Marie Valade, Pat Pateman, Joanne Mancuso and Eileen Mitchell. These team-mates work with me to ensure that birthday cards are sent to all members 80+ in District 3. Welcome to our new team mate Eileen Mitchell.
So many people have taken time to drop off sympathy, birthday, get well and Christmas cards to my house (189 Reid St.). The response has been heartwarming—-but of course we know that District 3 is an area noted for caring. The pandemic is a great time to clean out those drawers and gather up those cards you are not going to use. Know these cards are keeping costs down for our district and are appreciated by the people who receive them. We almost have enough Christmas cards for 2021 but birthday cards, sympathy cards, thinking of you cards, and get-well cards are ones that are harder to come by. Thank you to Judy Gooderham for working upon handmade “Thinking of You” cards which are not readily available in the stores. A special thank you also goes to Del Weber who has delivered some cookie boxes to those ill. Much appreciated!
Please note: If you have moved please, please call or email your new address into RTOERO provincial membership. 1-800-361-988 or email@example.com. If you know of someone ill or needing a hug, please call 705-945-1074 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Together we make a difference!
Johnson Inc. contributions reach $1 million mark
We in District 3 know we can improve the aging experience. As a senior organization we recognize that Canada’s population is aging — and with the population shift, comes new challenges. We invest through the RTOERO Foundation in research, ideas and actions to build a better and healthier future for all of us as we age. The Foundation is part of the Canadian vision shared with our partners Johnson Inc. They have been a generous and reliable partner who have given a total of one million dollars since 2011. We at local level have donated approximately a $1000 each year in recognition of our deceased members and their families. The Foundation is fulfilling a critical role in supporting health research and delivering programs and solutions throughout Canada. We in District 3 actively share the vision of supporting healthy aging.
Do remember the RTOERO Foundation is a registered charity and tax receipts are issued for donations. By keeping the foundation in mind, we are keeping our members also at the forefront.
Please let us know if a member is in need of our local Goodwill services by contacting,
Bernice Whalen, RTOERO District 3 Goodwill
Note: Many Funeral Homes have “In Memory” Donation cards, should family wish to designate the RTOERO Foundation as a recipient.
Information: The Passing of a Member
It is important that all members of RTOERO be aware of the following, in the event that they need to provide assistance to the surviving family.
If the survivors themselves are not full members of RTOERO, they may not be aware that they may continue their coverage within the RTOERO Health Plans.
If their existing policy indicates Couple or Family coverage, then the survivors could be eligible for Membership, and therefore continued RTOERO Health Plan Coverage.
This seamless transfer of membership would enable them to continue their existing coverage without the need for evidence of medical insurability. This request should be made within sixty days of the passing of the member.
• In order for survivors to continue with RTO-ERO Health Plan Benefits, the Executor needs to contact our Plan Administrator, Johnson Inc 1-877-406-9007 and request that a document entitled “Continuation of Benefits Form” be mailed to him/her. This form will require the name of the new Member.
• For this membership, a single fee is paid once a year in December (prorated during applications at any other time of the year). This form will also require the choice of the Health Plan(s) desired for continuation of coverage. Premiums are paid monthly. This form along with a death certificate would then be mailed as per the instructions on the form.
• If further information would be of assistance, then contact the RTOERO office at 1-800-361-9888 or 1-416-962-9463. You may also visit the Provincial website at www.rtoero.ca.