Friday, May 24, 2013
OUR MEMBERS ENJOY MANY BENEFITS
We are retired women educators who have joined together to form a
professional organization called the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario/Organisation des enseignantes retraitées de l'Ontario (RWTO/OERO).
The purpose of this group is to provide fellowship, friendship,
communication and support to retired women teachers.
Our organization is governed by a Board of Directors, consisting of an
Executive and Area Directors. Each branch elects its own executive and
plans the program of activities for the year. A handbook is published
which contains the RWTO/OERO Constitution and also guidelines to assist in
organizing and carrying out branch programs.
Every member of RWTO/OERO receives newsletters regularly. These newsletters are
the official communication channel for the organization, containing
information on the work of RWTO/OERO, important announcements, and articles of
current interest to retired women teachers.
The purpose of the newsletter is to keep members informed of RWTO/OERO activities at
both the Provincial and Branch levels. Branches are invited to share ideas and
information about their local accomplishments and programs by submitting
articles and photos to the Communications Convenor or to Provincial Office.
Comments or questions about the newsletter should be directed to the Provincial
email@example.com or 1-877-607-6696.
Effective November 2006, paid advertising will no
longer be accepted for the newsletter. Public service announcement such as
school reunions will continue to be included for members. They should be
e-mailed to the Provincial Office.
ANNIVERSARY BOOK PROJECT
Chalk, Challenge, and Change
Stories from Ontario Women Teachers
Stories gathered from senior members of the
Retired Women Teachers of Ontario/Organisation des enseignantes retraitées de l'Ontario capture the heritage and history of classrooms
across the province. The storytellers are all over 90 years of age - some
over 100, and their stories take us into the classrooms of the past. They
tell about hiring and firing, struggles and celebrations, and the rewards of
teaching under conditions that were often challenging. Vintage photos add
another dimension to the book
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of RWTO/OERO, this book honours the teachers
who have dedicated so many years of their lives to educating the young
people of Ontario.
The publication had its official launch at the Annual Convention. Over 4000
copies of this excellent book have been sold and it is now SOLD OUT!
RWTO/OERO Insurance Plan
This organization offers a unique Health Insurance Plan which is not
available to members of any other retired teachers’ group. It is called
the RWTO Hospital & Home Care Plan.
Everyone in Ontario is covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan. Most
people carry additional health insurance to cover such things as the cost
of hospital care and treatment, doctor’s visits, eye glasses, dental
coverage etc. For some retired teachers, their District School Board often
offers extended health benefits to retirees until they reach the age of 65
years. After that time, retired teachers must seek another Insurance
Hospital & Home Care Plan
The RWTO Health Insurance Plan offers post-hospital home care insurance to
help with expenses when discharged from hospital following an accident or
illness. For certain benefits, the plan offers cash with no receipts
necessary -only the doctor's certification that you have been in hospital.
This is a unique plan, offered only to retired WOMEN teachers and their
spouses for a very modest premium. In order to apply for this insurance a
retired woman teacher must be a member of the RWTO organization. See our
Insurance Plan for benefits, notes and frequently asked questions.
RWTO Personal Accidental Death and Dismemberment Plan
This plan will cover you for losses incurred from a serious accident,
24-hours a day, anywhere in the world. Benefits are paid for accidental
death, dismemberment, or paralysis resulting from an accident. Choose the
coverage you need, in units of $25,000 up to $200,000. Your spouse can be
insured for the same level of benefit. Coverage reduces at age 70 by 50%,
reduces a further 50% at age 80, and terminates at age 85. When accidental
death occurs outside of Canada, the Plan will pay up to $5,000 to have the
body brought home for burial. For further information contact Manulife Financial at 1-866-410-0500.
Each year, during the first week of June, the Annual Meeting is held in a
different town or city in Ontario hosted by local branches. The Provincial
Treasury pays the expenses of one delegate from each Branch, thus ensuring
that each Branch has a say in all decisions made at the provincial level.
Branches may finance and send additional delegates and visitors. All
members are invited to attend the Annual Meeting and often a group of
people from one area will travel together to enjoy the fellowship and fun.
They enjoy participating in the business meetings, the bus tours, seeing
old friends and making new ones. The Annual Meeting is the big event of
the year, attracting members for over 55 years!
There is a local Branch of RWTO/OERO in nearly every region of Ontario. Each
Branch elects its executive and arranges its own programs and activities.
The Provincial office publishes a guidebook which contains the RWTO/OERO
Constitution and guidelines for organizing and running the local branch.
Many local groups have extensive goodwill programs for sick and shut-in
members in their areas. Regular luncheon meetings are held throughout the
year where members hear interesting speakers on a variety of topics, see
demonstrations or hear musical artists. In addition, some Branches
organize activities or interest groups such as bowling, walking, music,
current events, and trips to the theatre, concerts, art galleries or
museums. Retired women teachers are an enthusiastic and energetic group of
people with a multiplicity of interests. Local Branches provide programs
that allow members to participate in activities and programs that meet
their particular needs.
Go to Branch News to see up to date information about a specific branch!
Follow this link to the Materials Page.
We cordially invite you to become a member of our RWTO/OERO organization. For
more information see our How to Join form.