2016 - 17 RTO District 9 President

2016 - 17 RTO District 9 President: Dave McClure

Dear Retired Teachers:
I hope that you have enjoyed your spring and summer. Our executive members have organized several local social activities and
a play this summer. We all appreciate your support in them. Many enjoyed the Downsizing Seminar at the Mitchell Legion Hall
in April.

In May we were treated to an excellent architectural, historic and cultural tour of StraIord. The town could have died when Canadian
National Railways closed their repair shops but instead foresight and imagina'on enabled its transforma'on into a major theatre
centre in the 1950's.

It was so interesting to hear one of our members tell us about her family's connection with Frances Hyland, a renowned Canadian
actor on Canadian stages. She also acted as the mother in the film by National Film Board, "The Drylanders”, which depicted
the lives of settlers on the Canadian Prairies from 1907 to 1929.

On June 7, Donna Hardie was our host for a tour of the CNR School on Wheels in the Sloman Park in Clinton. The museum depicts
the benevolence of our Ontario Department of Education and the hard and innovative work of teachers like Fred & Cela Sloman
who provided educational opportunities for children in isolated settlements along the Canadian Pacific & Canadian National
rail routes across Northern Ontario. These railway school cars operated from 1926 until 1967. You may have seen the
Blyth Theatre play "Fires in the Night” which portrayed educational life on an Ontario Railway School car.

On June 21 we enjoyed the excellent play, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" at Huron Country Playhouse.

As well we hope that you enjoyed Local Social programs at the Lucan Donnelly Museum and The Gardens of Huron & Perth.
Still on the calendar are “A Day at Brocksden School” (Sept. 12) and Vimy Ridge Remembered (October 13).

All of us extend special thanks to Clare French and Doug Bundy for organizing our events.

Many of our members are busy organizing educational activities for our International Plowing Match in Walton. The
match also appreciates our help as volunteers.

Join us at the “T’‘ell with the Bell” brunch at the Mitchell Golf & Country Club on Tuesday, September 5.

Our Annual General Meeting and dinner at Clinton will be on Tuesday, October 3 where Bob Heywood will provide
musical entertainment. Pat Evers will accept donations for the Teachers' Boxes campaign supporting schools in
impoverished countries. A special invitation is extended to our 23 members who retired from teaching 25 years ago.
We are providing them with a free dinner. In return we would like to hear about their teaching careers and any
activities in which you have been involved since retirement. Let's have a big attendance to honour these special

Yours sincerely, Dave McClure
President of RTO-ERO District 9