© District 3 RTO/ERO           Legal Notice Human Rights Statement 

Reflections of District 3 Past Presidents

I joined RTO/ERO after I retired in 1995 and soon found myself with a job – helping Treasurer Barb Lamb collect lunch money. Our meetings then were mostly of a social nature with lunch followed by a guest speaker/program – very little formal business.  Meetings were mostly at the Riuniti (now Grand Gardens North) and some fabulous lunches were served by their kitchen staff. They were so delicious and filling that the membership decided that soup and sandwiches would be more appropriate; hence, the move to the Legion. Leaders from my early years were presidents Bob Manson, Elta McLeod, Orlando Sicoly, Mary White; Jean Duquesnay looked after membership; Grant Lawson chaired the phoners, Mary Kidd published the newsletter, Leona Galloway looked after goodwill; Betty Gjos was our travel rep; John Jefferson kept us up-to-date with health matters; Ben Smith and Mickey Contini were active at the provincial level. I joined the executive as VP to President Ken Frier.  I attended my first Senate meeting with Ken while Mickey was campaigning for Provincial Office.  Being a ―lunch-bucket northern community, we decorated yellow plastic ―dollar-store hard hats with Mickey Mouse decals and wore them to the sedate senate sessions. We weren‘t ejected, but Mickey won the election. At Senate, Ken and I met a lady from Espanola who was in charge of an RTO/ERO unit attached to Sudbury District #4. District #4 was Sudbury- centred and our District #3 was Sault-centred.  What about all of the retired teachers living along the north shore? The Espanola unit might serve Manitoulin, but there was an opportunity for increased membership for us in Elliot Lake, Blind River and points in between. Thus began an aggressive outreach to these retirees to join our organization.  Meetings were arranged within their driving distance and mileage was paid for them to attend Sault meetings. Following my 2-year stint on the executive Moyra O’Pallie took the reins. This was great because there seemed to be a much lesser proportion of OECTA members on our rolls. It‘s great to see that this has changed! Thanks for your efforts and contacts, Moyra. With Elta McLeod‘s encouragement, I submitted an application to sit on a provincial committee. I was selected to join the Member Services Committee.  I spent 4 busy years providing input into several changes and/or initiatives.  This group had responsibility for membership recruitment and hence a major role in preparing and delivering retirement planning workshops. We also attended annual meetings and conferences of ETFO, OECTA, OPSOA, and Principals‘ Associations.  A two-year review of our travel program was conducted with the resulting partnership with Merit Travel. As a member of the Goodwill subcommittee, I chaired sessions hearing submissions from members seeking financial advice or help from the Employee Assistance Program. Provincial Committee work was a very rewarding experience that I would encourage others to consider.  Bill Purnis has had the opportunity, so too has Moyra O‘Pallie; Gayle Manley is currently the chair of the Health Services Insurance Committee.  Rich Prophet was a member of Member Services Committee and now is a member of the Provincial Executive. Talk to them about volunteering. Note:  John Fleming was President of District 3 RTO/ERO in 2002-2003.  He was a recipient of the (Mickey Contini) Award of Merit pin in 2004.

Past President John Fleming, 2002 - 2003

Past President -- Moyra O’Pallie

Moyra O’Pallie was President of District 3 Algoma RTO/ERO in 2003-2004 and again in 2008-2009. She has been a member of the District 3 Algoma Executive Board since 2001. She was a recipient of the Award of Merit pin in 2010. Presidents have been asked to reflect on their terms in office, as RTO//ERO prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2018. My terms were 2003/2004 and 2008/2009, and I have been a member of the executive board since 2001. Recalling specifics is not easy, but a few topics come to mind. For the past several years, the Royal Canadian Legion Hall has been our home base, but it was not always so. Prior to that, we shopped around at different locations, Riuniti being the most popular, until Marilyn Patterson offered us a home base at the Legion. Our board and regular meetings are held there, and our records and archives are stored there. Thanks, Marilyn. In 2003, a new member, Nancy Sachro, inquired about socials, and was immediately recruited for what was to become our annual Christmas Dinner-Social. It has been our gala event ever since. Generous members have donated items for the raffle table, with oohs and aahs as lucky names are called. Thanks to all those organizers. In the earlier years, the planning meeting for each year was held at the new president‘s home in late August, to plan the first meeting, coinciding with the opening of the school year. It was referred to as ―To H--- with the Bell. It consisted of a brunch, getting acquainted and setting goals. Today, meetings are held in the Legion Board Room, with the first general meeting in October. The newsletter was originally a one pager, mostly under the careful supervision of veteran member Mary Kidd. It has developed into a colourful magazine type mailing with all the latest news and views under the excellent editorial leadership of Maj-Liisa Donaghue. We enjoy three super issues annually.  A contest for a name was held, and Accent on Algoma was chosen (my submission -- where is my prize, Bill?). Service to Others projects have been very successful over 15 years. I recall ―Training the Trainer - a workshop for volunteer organizations; a project by The Children With Disabilities Association; and a Camp MacDougall Restoration project which all received financial grants. The biggest change at the district level is our website. We originally had difficulty finding someone to set it up, until Gary Wills arrived. Today, our website is the envy of other districts — everything inquiring minds need to know about District 3 Algoma, plus other needed provincial information. You are a technical wonder, Gary, and greatly appreciated. As well, today we are inundated with information from provincial office with every item forwarded on to board members. Previously, my excellent secretary Bonnie Forsell handled these items and mailed out our meeting agendas.  Today all is online. WOW! How things have changed!! So here we are in 2016, with almost 1100 members locally, 73000 provincially, a new CEO with exciting vision, a Geriatric Foundation up and growing, an enviable health plan, a Super Senior Celebration coming up, and excellent leadership this past term under President Bernice Whalen and her awesome executive board! Harry Houston shall carry the banner this term. We are Blest!!

Past President

Bill Purnis, 2010-2011

During my year as president, our Executive worked hard to bring awareness to the countless hours of volunteering that members of District 3 supply to Sault Ste. Marie and the Algoma region. Without the help of our members, programs such as Battle of the Books, Vision Screening, Festival of Trees, and Christmas Cheer would not exist — plus work at the Sault Area Hospital, the Davey Home Tuck Shop, local Churches…and on and on. Teachers have never been good at bringing awareness to their own contributions at these events. So the Executive tried to encourage the membership to talk to others about these programs to encourage everyone to help to make our community stronger. In this effort we met with the Bush Plane museum folks to increase retired teacher assistance in their operation. In addition, RTO /ERO began participating in the Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Essar Centre. Perhaps best of all: Gary Wills became our new webmaster!

History of District 3, 1993-2018, followed by Reflections of District 3 Past Presidents

District 3 Algoma 1972-1993

The inaugural meeting of the Algoma District Branch of STO was held

in the Centennial Room of the Public Library, Sault Ste. Marie, on

Thursday, November 3, 1972. Over 70 superannuated teachers came

from Blind River, Thessalon, Bruce Mines, and Sault Ste. Marie. Mr.

Weldon Abernethy, who had been instrumental in organizing the

meeting, acted as chairman. Guest speaker was Mrs. Laura Cook,

provincial president. The first Executive was elected that day:

President, Weldon Abernethy; Vice-President, Helen Wood;

Secretary, Iola Fountain. Later Glen Payne was chosen as treasurer.

Since then there have been 16 presidents according to the minutes.

Some are no longer living, but others are still going strong and some

were present for our anniversary luncheon on June 9, 1993.

Presidents of District 3 

1975-76 Helen Wood

1976-78 Bert Perkin

1978 Gladys White (resigned due to move)

1979-80 Bruce Martin

1980-81 Nora Jeffrey

1981-83 Edna Vail

1983-84 Norma Smith

1984-85 Marion Savela

1985-86 Bruce Ness

1986-87 Fred MacKinnon

1987-88 Cal Haner

1988-89 Jean DuQuesnay

1989-90 Flo McCarthy

1990-91 Orlando Sicoly

1991-92 Mary Kidd

1992-93 Ben Smith

Continuing Concerns through the Years: 

Improved pensions, escalation clauses, health insurance and OHIP,

extended health care, how to attract more retirees to STO, the work

of the Good Will Committee, travel arrangements.

Various Speakers:

Don Nixon (lawyer) on wills; Mr. Bregmen on his trip to Russia for the

Canadian-Russian hockey series (1972); Harold Tolley on the Algoma

Fall Festival; Mrs. Armstrong on yoga; many travelogues; Fred Wilson

on investments; Mr. Biagini on travel tours; Madra Martens on

Elderhosteling; talks on nutrition; Peggy Smyth of the Canadian

Consumers' Association; Ralph Thomas on financial matters; Steve

Burgess of the John Howard Society; Tym Garside and the "Blue

Box" program; Ray Federly of Crime Stoppers; Provincial President,

Mary Saad (1992); Ted Nolan, Coach of the Sault Greyhounds; Al

Matthews our own Health Convenor; and Mayor Joe Fratesi.

Other Interesting Activities:

Tour of the new Civic Centre and Greetings by Mayor Nick Trbovich;

fall colour tours throughout Algoma; longer bus trips to various parts

of southern Ontario; entertainment by many choirs, bands, and music

ensembles; tour of the Museum; tour of the Forest Pest Management

Institute; L.S.S.C. Planetarium; tour of the Air Traffic Control Tower

and Weather Station; trip to Elliott Lake and address by Mayer

George Farkouh.

Of Further Interest:

In November, 1974, Mr. Abernethy reported that District 3 had a

higher than average percentage of retired teachers belonging to STO.

Our first Newsletter was produced in 1981 with Dorothy Burrows as

editor. She continued as editor until 1986 when Norma Smith

succeeded her. Since 1990 Mary Kidd has been preparing the

Newsletter with help from Ben Smith who does the typing.

District 3 adopted its own Constitution. This was revised in 1991.

In 1992-93 we have invited the Presidents of the five Affiliates of OTF

to join us for our luncheon meetings, in an effort to improve liaison

with teachers in the work force, especially those about to retire.

Prepared by Secretary, Joyce Mertes

June 9, 1993.

STO/ERO & RTO/ERO District 3, Algoma 1993-2018

The inaugural meeting of District 3, Algoma Branch of STO/ERO was

held in November  1973. The summary of our first twenty years was

submitted in 1993.

District 3, Algoma is a vast geographical district about the size of Great

Britain, stretching from Spanish along the north shore of Lake Huron,

through Blind River, Iron Bridge, Thessalon, Bruce Mines, Desbarats,

Echo Bay and Sault Ste Marie. It continues north to Wawa along Lake

Superior then east again through Chapleau and Elliot Lake. Most of our

members are in the area from Sault Ste. Marie to Blind River and north to

Elliot Lake. The distances make meeting the needs of our members a

challenge. Our newsletter, "Accent on Algoma" published 3 times each

year, keeps communication current for all our members. An efficient

phone tree also keeps our 1150+ members connected.

Presidents  after 1993 were:

1993-1994 Charlie Brown

1994-1996 Elta McLeod

1996-1997 Bob Manson

1997-1998 Sam Fera

1998-1999 Mickey Contini

1999-2000 Mary White

2000-2002 Ken Frier

2002-2003 John Fleming

2003-2004 Moyra O'Pallie

2004-2005 Diane Marshall

2005-2006 Anna Cosgrove

2006-2008 Geoff Shaw

2008-2009 Moyra O'Pallie

2009-2010 Gayle Manley

2010-2011 Bill Purnis

2011-2013 Emily Noble

2013-2014 Bob Cole

2014-2015 Rich Prophet

2015-2016 Bernice Whalen

2016-2017 Harry Houston

2017-2018 Rich Prophet

Our District is one of volunteers. Our members not only volunteer under

the RTO/ERO umbrella, but also with service clubs, hospitals, hospices,

churches, cultural organizations, community boards, musical and

theatrical organizations, Seniors' initiatives,  and community support

groups like Christmas Cheer. Volunteers can be found at the local,

provincial, national, and international levels.

Our first Project Service to Others- The Festival of Trees, in conjunction

with the Lung Association, in 2002-2003, has thrived. This past year over

100 RTO/ERO members volunteered at the Festival of Trees, organizing

volunteers, working the door, selling tickets, and providing auction

numbers, over the four days of the event, making this fundraiser so

successful.

In another STO Project: Vision Screening, partnered with the Lions Club,

District 3 volunteers screen the vision of Kindergarten children within all

the Sault Ste. Marie area. After testing the Lions Club provides children in

need with glasses.

We just completed an STO project partnered with the Royal Canadian

Legion entitled "The Battle of the Books" started in 2005. It encouraged a

reading competition for Junior students.  Other projects have supported

children with learning disabilities, children with physical and intellectual

disabilities, children's afterschool programs, children and adults with

disabilities performing puppetry and acting in plays, and Tumaini Afrika,

supporting women and children in Kenya.

Under the RTO/ERO District 3 umbrella, volunteers support the Davey

Home Tuck Shop two weeks in the fall, providing coffee, tea and kind

words to the residents of this long term care facility. We initiated

scholarships to Sault College and Algoma University in 2010. Money was

raised at our Annual General Meeting in 2013, for these scholarships. Our

Silent Auction continues to make more than $1000 each year, providing

competitive fun over the lunch hour. All the items are useful, consumable

or edible,  as we retirees don't need more stuff!

A  successful yearly social event is our Christmas Dinner Dance, held at

the Marconi Hall each November for the past 14 years. Live music and

the traditional Italian multi-course dinner makes for a wonderful evening. 

Many of our members provide draw prizes for the event.

Since 2010, we have had a Biennial Event called Super Seniors. All our

80+ members are invited to a special luncheon. They receive corsages 

boutonnieres, enjoy a lovely luncheon prepared by the Legion ladies. A

celebratory cake and  musical entertainment is provided by local groups

(which include many of our RTO/ERO members). Our fifth Annual Super

Seniors Event will be May 1, 2018.

At our 2012 Annual General Meeting, we celebrated our local 40th

Anniversary. We recognized many attending Past Presidents. A special

cake was shared with the attendees. We have had two Provincial

Presidents- Weldon Abernathy, 1977-1978 and Mickey Contini, 2002-

2003.  Mickey shared memories of his time as Provincial President. Over

the years, many of our members including Ben Smith, Moyra O'Pallie,

Charlie Brown, John Fleming, Bill Purnis, Gayle Manley and Rich Prophet

have served on Provincial Committees.  Gayle Manley has chaired the

HISC for the past four years. Rich Prophet is presently our Provincial First

Vice President.

The District 3 Award of Merit was renamed the Mickey Contini Award of

Merit in 2013. The thirty recipients of this prestigious award include

Barbara Lamb, Jean DuQuesnay, Leona Gallaway, Ben Smith, Orlando

Sicoly, Grant Lawson, Jean King, John Jefferson, Mary Kidd, Bill Kidd,

Ken Frier, Mickey Contini, John Fleming, Maj-Liisa Donaghue, Marilyn

Patterson, Diane Marshall, Leone Hamilton, Pat Fremlin, Bill Purnis,

Geoff Shaw, Bonnie Forsell, Moyra O'Pallie, Nancy Sachro, Gary Wills,

Gayle Manley, Marie Della Vedova, Bruce Avery, Page Nicolson, Emily

Noble, and Bernice Whalen

Mary Kidd spent almost 30 years as a member of our local executive,

many of them as our treasurer.

Moyra O'Pallie has been on our local executive and on several Provincial

Committees during the last 30 years. Moyra was recognized in 2013, for

her contributions both locally and provincially as a recipient of the

Distinguished Member Award.

Marilyn Patterson, our Goodwill Convener from 2001 until her passing in

2016, was instrumental in the STO projects Vision Screening and The

Battle of the Books. Marilyn initiated our relationship with the Royal

Canadian Legion. We use their facilities for both general and executive

meetings.

Our Political Advocacy Committee  has reported regularly at our meetings

and in "Accent on Algoma". Letters have been written to politicians at the

provincial and national levels, senior citizen issues have been addressed,

surveys have been completed and open public political meetings  during

election campaigns have been organized.

District 3, Algoma, works hard to support our members and our members

work hard to support the many organizations within their communities.

We are a district which is "other focused" continually working together to

better the lives of many within our communities.

Thank you Joyce Mertes and

Kathy Greening for providing

District 3 members with 46 years

of our history!

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Reflections of District 3 Past Presidents

Past President John Fleming,

                       2002 -2003

I joined RTO/ERO after I retired in 1995 and soon found myself with a job – helping Treasurer Barb Lamb collect lunch money. Our meetings then were mostly of a social nature with lunch followed by a guest speaker/program – very little formal business.  Meetings were mostly at the Riuniti (now Grand Gardens North) and some fabulous lunches were served by their kitchen staff. They were so delicious and filling that the membership decided that soup and sandwiches would be more appropriate; hence, the move to the Legion. Leaders from my early years were presidents Bob Manson, Elta McLeod, Orlando Sicoly, Mary White; Jean Duquesnay looked after membership; Grant Lawson chaired the phoners, Mary Kidd published the newsletter, Leona Galloway looked after goodwill; Betty Gjos was our travel rep; John Jefferson kept us up-to-date with health matters; Ben Smith and Mickey Contini were active at the provincial level. I joined the executive as VP to President Ken Frier.  I attended my first Senate meeting with Ken while Mickey was campaigning for Provincial Office.  Being a ―lunch-bucket northern community, we decorated yellow plastic ―dollar-store hard hats with Mickey Mouse decals and wore them to the sedate senate sessions. We weren‘t ejected, but Mickey won the election. At Senate, Ken and I met a lady from Espanola who was in charge of an RTO/ERO unit attached to Sudbury District #4. District #4 was Sudbury- centred and our District #3 was Sault-centred.  What about all of the retired teachers living along the north shore? The Espanola unit might serve Manitoulin, but there was an opportunity for increased membership for us in Elliot Lake, Blind River and points in between. Thus began an aggressive outreach to these retirees to join our organization.  Meetings were arranged within their driving distance and mileage was paid for them to attend Sault meetings. Following my 2-year stint on the executive Moyra O’Pallie took the reins. This was great because there seemed to be a much lesser proportion of OECTA members on our rolls. It‘s great to see that this has changed! Thanks for your efforts and contacts, Moyra. With Elta McLeod‘s encouragement, I submitted an application to sit on a provincial committee. I was selected to join the Member Services Committee.  I spent 4 busy years providing input into several changes and/or initiatives.  This group had responsibility for membership recruitment and hence a major role in preparing and delivering retirement planning workshops. We also attended annual meetings and conferences of ETFO, OECTA, OPSOA, and Principals‘ Associations.  A two-year review of our travel program was conducted with the resulting partnership with Merit Travel. As a member of the Goodwill subcommittee, I chaired sessions hearing submissions from members seeking financial advice or help from the Employee Assistance Program. Provincial Committee work was a very rewarding experience that I would encourage others to consider.  Bill Purnis has had the opportunity, so too has Moyra O‘Pallie; Gayle Manley is currently the chair of the Health Services Insurance Committee.  Rich Prophet was a member of Member Services Committee and now is a member of the Provincial Executive. Talk to them about volunteering. Note:  John Fleming was President of District 3 RTO/ERO in 2002-2003.  He was a recipient of the (Mickey Contini) Award of Merit pin in 2004.
Past President Moyra O’Pallie Moyra O’Pallie was President of District 3 Algoma RTO/ERO in 2003-2004 and again in 2008-2009. She has been a member of the District 3 Algoma Executive Board since 2001. She was a recipient of the Award of Merit pin in 2010. Presidents have been asked to reflect on their terms in office, as RTO//ERO prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2018. My terms were 2003/2004 and 2008/2009, and I have been a member of the executive board since 2001. Recalling specifics is not easy, but a few topics come to mind. For the past several years, the Royal Canadian Legion Hall has been our home base, but it was not always so. Prior to that, we shopped around at different locations, Riuniti being the most popular, until Marilyn Patterson offered us a home base at the Legion. Our board and regular meetings are held there, and our records and archives are stored there. Thanks, Marilyn. In 2003, a new member, Nancy Sachro, inquired about socials, and was immediately recruited for what was to become our annual Christmas Dinner-Social. It has been our gala event ever since. Generous members have donated items for the raffle table, with oohs and aahs as lucky names are called. Thanks to all those organizers. In the earlier years, the planning meeting for each year was held at the new president‘s home in late August, to plan the first meeting, coinciding with the opening of the school year. It was referred to as ―To H--- with the Bell. It consisted of a brunch, getting acquainted and setting goals. Today, meetings are held in the Legion Board Room, with the first general meeting in October. The newsletter was originally a one pager, mostly under the careful supervision of veteran member Mary Kidd. It has developed into a colourful magazine type mailing with all the latest news and views under the excellent editorial leadership of Maj-Liisa Donaghue. We enjoy three super issues annually.  A contest for a name was held, and Accent on Algoma was chosen (my submission -- where is my prize, Bill?). Service to Others projects have been very successful over 15 years. I recall ―Training the Trainer - a workshop for volunteer organizations; a project by The Children With Disabilities Association; and a Camp MacDougall Restoration project which all received financial grants. The biggest change at the district level is our website. We originally had difficulty finding someone to set it up, until Gary Wills arrived. Today, our website is the envy of other districts — everything inquiring minds need to know about District 3 Algoma, plus other needed provincial information. You are a technical wonder, Gary, and greatly appreciated. As well, today we are inundated with information from provincial office with every item forwarded on to board members. Previously, my excellent secretary Bonnie Forsell handled these items and mailed out our meeting agendas.  Today all is online. WOW! How things have changed!! So here we are in 2016, with almost 1100 members locally, 73000 provincially, a new CEO with exciting vision, a Geriatric Foundation up and growing, an enviable health plan, a Super Senior Celebration coming up, and excellent leadership this past term under President Bernice Whalen and her awesome executive board! Harry Houston shall carry the banner this term. We are Blest!!

Past President

Bill Purnis, 2010-2011

During my year as president, our Executive worked hard to bring awareness to the countless hours of volunteering that members of District 3 supply to Sault Ste. Marie and the Algoma region. Without the help of our members, programs such as Battle of the Books, Vision Screening, Festival of Trees, and Christmas Cheer would not exist — plus work at the Sault Area Hospital, the Davey Home Tuck Shop, local Churches…and on and on. Teachers have never been good at bringing awareness to their own contributions at these events. So the Executive tried to encourage the membership to talk to others about these programs to encourage everyone to help to make our community stronger. In this effort we met with the Bush Plane museum folks to increase retired teacher assistance in their operation. In addition, RTO /ERO began participating in the Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Essar Centre. Perhaps best of all: Gary Wills became our new webmaster!

Thank you Joyce Mertes and

Kathy Greening for providing

District 3 members with 46 years

of our history!

District 3 Algoma 1972-1993

The inaugural meeting of the Algoma District Branch of STO was held in

the Centennial Room of the Public Library, Sault Ste. Marie, on Thursday,

November 3, 1972. Over 70 superannuated teachers came from Blind

River, Thessalon, Bruce Mines, and Sault Ste. Marie. Mr. Weldon

Abernethy, who had been instrumental in organizing the meeting, acted

as chairman. Guest speaker was Mrs. Laura Cook, provincial president.

The first Executive was elected that day:

President, Weldon Abernethy; Vice-President, Helen Wood; Secretary,

Iola Fountain. Later Glen Payne was chosen as treasurer.

Since then there have been 16 presidents according to the minutes.

Some are no longer living, but others are still going strong and some

were present for our anniversary luncheon on June 9, 1993.

Presidents of District 3 

1975-76 Helen Wood

1976-78 Bert Perkin

1978 Gladys White (resigned due to move)

1979-80 Bruce Martin

1980-81 Nora Jeffrey

1981-83 Edna Vail

1983-84 Norma Smith

1984-85 Marion Savela

1985-86 Bruce Ness

1986-87 Fred MacKinnon

1987-88 Cal Haner

1988-89 Jean DuQuesnay

1989-90 Flo McCarthy

1990-91 Orlando Sicoly

1991-92 Mary Kidd

1992-93 Ben Smith

Continuing Concerns through the Years: 

Improved pensions, escalation clauses, health insurance and OHIP,

extended health care, how to attract more retirees to STO, the work of

the Good Will Committee, travel arrangements.

Various Speakers:

Don Nixon (lawyer) on wills; Mr. Bregmen on his trip to Russia for the

Canadian-Russian hockey series (1972); Harold Tolley on the Algoma

Fall Festival; Mrs. Armstrong on yoga; many travelogues; Fred Wilson on

investments; Mr. Biagini on travel tours; Madra Martens on

Elderhosteling; talks on nutrition; Peggy Smyth of the Canadian

Consumers' Association; Ralph Thomas on financial matters; Steve

Burgess of the John Howard Society; Tym Garside and the "Blue Box"

program; Ray Federly of Crime Stoppers; Provincial President, Mary

Saad (1992); Ted Nolan, Coach of the Sault Greyhounds; Al Matthews

our own Health Convenor; and Mayor Joe Fratesi.

Other Interesting Activities:

Tour of the new Civic Centre and Greetings by Mayor Nick Trbovich; fall

colour tours throughout Algoma; longer bus trips to various parts of

southern Ontario; entertainment by many choirs, bands, and music

ensembles; tour of the Museum; tour of the Forest Pest Management

Institute; L.S.S.C. Planetarium; tour of the Air Traffic Control Tower and

Weather Station; trip to Elliott Lake and address by Mayer George

Farkouh.

Of Further Interest:

In November, 1974, Mr. Abernethy reported that District 3 had a higher

than average percentage of retired teachers belonging to STO.

Our first Newsletter was produced in 1981 with Dorothy Burrows as

editor. She continued as editor until 1986 when Norma Smith succeeded

her. Since 1990 Mary Kidd has been preparing the Newsletter with help

from Ben Smith who does the typing.

District 3 adopted its own Constitution. This was revised in 1991.

In 1992-93 we have invited the Presidents of the five Affiliates of OTF to

join us for our luncheon meetings, in an effort to improve liaison with

teachers in the work force, especially those about to retire.

Prepared by Secretary, Joyce Mertes

June 9, 1993.

STO/ERO & RTO/ERO District 3, Algoma 1993-2018

The inaugural meeting of District 3, Algoma Branch of STO/ERO was

held in November  1973. The summary of our first twenty years was

submitted in 1993.

District 3, Algoma is a vast geographical district about the size of Great

Britain, stretching from Spanish along the north shore of Lake Huron,

through Blind River, Iron Bridge, Thessalon, Bruce Mines, Desbarats,

Echo Bay and Sault Ste Marie. It continues north to Wawa along Lake

Superior then east again through Chapleau and Elliot Lake. Most of our

members are in the area from Sault Ste. Marie to Blind River and north

to Elliot Lake. The distances make meeting the needs of our members a

challenge. Our newsletter, "Accent on Algoma" published 3 times each

year, keeps communication current for all our members. An efficient

phone tree also keeps our 1150+ members connected.

Presidents  after 1993 were:

1993-1994 Charlie Brown

1994-1996 Elta McLeod

1996-1997 Bob Manson

1997-1998 Sam Fera

1998-1999 Mickey Contini

1999-2000 Mary White

2000-2002 Ken Frier

2002-2003 John Fleming

2003-2004 Moyra O'Pallie

2004-2005 Diane Marshall

2005-2006 Anna Cosgrove

2006-2008 Geoff Shaw

2008-2009 Moyra O'Pallie

2009-2010 Gayle Manley

2010-2011 Bill Purnis

2011-2013 Emily Noble

2013-2014 Bob Cole

2014-2015 Rich Prophet

2015-2016 Bernice Whalen

2016-2017 Harry Houston

2017-2018 Rich Prophet

Our District is one of volunteers. Our members not only volunteer under

the RTO/ERO umbrella, but also with service clubs, hospitals, hospices,

churches, cultural organizations, community boards, musical and

theatrical organizations, Seniors' initiatives,  and community support

groups like Christmas Cheer. Volunteers can be found at the local,

provincial, national, and international levels.

Our first Project Service to Others- The Festival of Trees, in conjunction

with the Lung Association, in 2002-2003, has thrived. This past year over

100 RTO/ERO members volunteered at the Festival of Trees, organizing

volunteers, working the door, selling tickets, and providing auction

numbers, over the four days of the event, making this fundraiser so

successful.

In another STO Project: Vision Screening, partnered with the Lions Club,

District 3 volunteers screen the vision of Kindergarten children within all

the Sault Ste. Marie area. After testing the Lions Club provides children

in need with glasses.

We just completed an STO project partnered with the Royal Canadian

Legion entitled "The Battle of the Books" started in 2005. It encouraged

a reading competition for Junior students.  Other projects have

supported children with learning disabilities, children with physical and

intellectual disabilities, children's afterschool programs, children and

adults with disabilities performing puppetry and acting in plays, and

Tumaini Afrika, supporting women and children in Kenya.

Under the RTO/ERO District 3 umbrella, volunteers support the Davey

Home Tuck Shop two weeks in the fall, providing coffee, tea and kind

words to the residents of this long term care facility. We initiated

scholarships to Sault College and Algoma University in 2010. Money

was raised at our Annual General Meeting in 2013, for these

scholarships. Our Silent Auction continues to make more than $1000

each year, providing competitive fun over the lunch hour. All the items

are useful, consumable or edible,  as we retirees don't need more stuff!

A  successful yearly social event is our Christmas Dinner Dance, held at

the Marconi Hall each November for the past 14 years. Live music and

the traditional Italian multi-course dinner makes for a wonderful evening. 

Many of our members provide draw prizes for the event.

Since 2010, we have had a Biennial Event called Super Seniors. All our

80+ members are invited to a special luncheon. They receive corsages 

boutonnieres, enjoy a lovely luncheon prepared by the Legion ladies. A

celebratory cake and  musical entertainment is provided by local groups

(which include many of our RTO/ERO members). Our fifth Annual Super

Seniors Event will be May 1, 2018.

At our 2012 Annual General Meeting, we celebrated our local 40th

Anniversary. We recognized many attending Past Presidents. A special

cake was shared with the attendees. We have had two Provincial

Presidents- Weldon Abernathy, 1977-1978 and Mickey Contini, 2002-

2003.  Mickey shared memories of his time as Provincial President. Over

the years, many of our members including Ben Smith, Moyra O'Pallie,

Charlie Brown, John Fleming, Bill Purnis, Gayle Manley and Rich

Prophet have served on Provincial Committees.  Gayle Manley has

chaired the HISC for the past four years. Rich Prophet is presently our

Provincial First Vice President.

The District 3 Award of Merit was renamed the Mickey Contini Award of

Merit in 2013. The thirty recipients of this prestigious award include

Barbara Lamb, Jean DuQuesnay, Leona Gallaway, Ben Smith, Orlando

Sicoly, Grant Lawson, Jean King, John Jefferson, Mary Kidd, Bill Kidd,

Ken Frier, Mickey Contini, John Fleming, Maj-Liisa Donaghue, Marilyn

Patterson, Diane Marshall, Leone Hamilton, Pat Fremlin, Bill Purnis,

Geoff Shaw, Bonnie Forsell, Moyra O'Pallie, Nancy Sachro, Gary Wills,

Gayle Manley, Marie Della Vedova, Bruce Avery, Page Nicolson, Emily

Noble, and Bernice Whalen

Mary Kidd spent almost 30 years as a member of our local executive,

many of them as our treasurer.

Moyra O'Pallie has been on our local executive and on several Provincial

Committees during the last 30 years. Moyra was recognized in 2013, for

her contributions both locally and provincially as a recipient of the

Distinguished Member Award.

Marilyn Patterson, our Goodwill Convener from 2001 until her passing in

2016, was instrumental in the STO projects Vision Screening and The

Battle of the Books. Marilyn initiated our relationship with the Royal

Canadian Legion. We use their facilities for both general and executive

meetings.

Our Political Advocacy Committee  has reported regularly at our

meetings and in "Accent on Algoma". Letters have been written to

politicians at the provincial and national levels, senior citizen issues have

been addressed, surveys have been completed and open public political

meetings  during election campaigns have been organized.

District 3, Algoma, works hard to support our members and our members

work hard to support the many organizations within their communities.

We are a district which is "other focused" continually working together to

better the lives of many within our communities.

History of District 3, 1993-2018,

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Reflections of District 3 Past

Presidents