Oakville Retirees' Club

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Did you know that our Fellowship Committee sent Easter Cards to our 166 Members who are on our Super Senior Retiree (over 80) List. If you know of any members needing assistance, suffering illness or celebrating a special event please contact Rose Kurak, or any member of the Fellowship Committee or the Executive.


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You can now view our 30th Anniversary Slide Show by scrolling down to the HAPPY BIRTHDAY Banner or go to Our Founder page.

"Crafters Who Care" The 2018 Annual Report by Bea Medland is now on the Crafters Who Care page - Read about the amazing charitable work that these women do.



 Historical Link including Bell Canada is on "Our Founder" Page. CHECK IT OUT!

The September 2019 Issue of the "Retirees-on-the-Go," Newsletter is now available on the Retirement Rag page.

01 October, 2019 - Our fall General Meeting at Maple Grove United Church had a good turnout on a beautiful sunny day. Following our luncheon Nicole Walker, the Events and Sponsorship lead  for the Darling Home for Kids was our guest speaker.

  Nicole was introduced by Bea Medland, of our own "Crafters Who Care" group who work year in and year out quilting and producing knitted articles and raising funds for the Darling Home for Kids.

  Nicole did a video presentation about the former Rose Cherry Home, renamed the Darling Home for Kids. She explained how the Home provides comfort and a break to families facing the daily challenges of caring for a child with complex medical needs.

  The General Meeting commenced with Ed Kurak chairing a session, with Dave Warren, Barb Gohm and Marie Walker laying out the road ahead when our club no longer receives funding from the Pauline Baxter Moore fund that ends on June 30th, 2020. With the club being completely self sufficient after that date, new by-laws will be introduced for approval at the April General Meeting and the name of the club  changed to "The Oakville Bell Retirees' Club." 

02 April, 2019 - Our 19th Annual Meeting of the Oakville Retirees' Club had a very good turnout. Following our luncheon, President Ed Kurak called the meeting to order and established a quorum was present. The minutes of the 18th Annual Meeting were adopted as read. Rose Kurak read the names of those who had passed on in the past year and a moment of silence and remembrance was observed.

  The President presented his report, followed by the P.B.M. Fund and Treasurers reports. The Immediate  Past  President, Barb Gohm,  Chair  of  the Nominating  Committee presented  the slate  of  officers for the 2019-2020 year. There being no further nominations from the floor the members put forth were acclaimed and posed for a group photo.

  Of particular concern to the executive and members was the future of the club when the Pauline Baxter Moore Fund is closed in the next year or so. A panel of Dave Warren, Barb Gohm, Marie Walker and Ed Kurak hosted a question and answer session. The consensus was that the membership wanted the club to continue without P.B.M. funding. The realization was that annual membership fees would have to be raised significantly to continue and luncheons and events would no longer be subsidized. 

 05 February, 2019 We had a good turn-out for our February General Meeting at the Maple Grove United Church. The members enjoyed the delicious luncheon prepared by the Monastery Bakery.

  Our guest speaker was Toaster Dementros, assisted by his wife Sabrina. They are the founders of "The Independents Community Outreach Volunteer Group," who work side-by-side with community leaders, neighbourhood and non-profit groups whose objective is Keeping Oakville Safe and Beautiful.

  They describe themselves as: a grassroots, home grown, non-profit organization, comprised of trained volunteers, who give back to the community with kindness, charity and goodwill.

  Some of their activities are assisting with: Community Road Watch - Park Ambassador Program - Neighbourhood Watch - Missing Person & Pet Searches - Free Snow Shovelling, for seniors and the Physically disabled. For more information go to their website  www.theindependents.ca

18 December, 2018 - Pictured at the right is Bea Medland (centre) presenting a cheque from Crafters Who Care, to Nicole and Shannon of the Darling Home for Kids.

 The monies raised from the Crafters annual raffle of their quilt and the Crafters Table at the Christmas Luncheon go towards support of the Darling Home for Kids. The Home is situated in Milton, where medically fragile children receive care in a home-like environment.

 The Home provides comfort and a break to families facing the daily challenges of caring for a child with complex medical needs.  Families are supported in knowing that there is a continuum of care from respite through to palliation and, when needed, end of life care.

 Please read their 2018 report on the Crafters Who Care page.


04 December, 2018 - We had a great turnout for our 30th annual Christmas Luncheon. Many thanks to the Programme Committee. There was the usual great food at the LeDome, numerous prizes and some toe tapping entertainment. There were many smiling prize winners. Just a great social event! The Crafters had a great array of items for sale with the proceeds going towards the charities they support.  A good collection of non-perishable food  was collected for the Salvation Army Christmas Bureau.

Photo - Courtesy of Ed Kurak

Tuesday 23 Oct. 2018: The ANNUAL MEETING of the 5 TCV Clubs was held at the Novotel Hotel in Toronto.  Our members enjoyed a nice luncheon followed by the return of Ted Barris as our guest speaker Ted did a presentation about his latest book: "Dam Busters, Canadian Airmen in the Secret Raid Against Nazi Germany."

  As always, Ted emphasized not only the courage and bravery of the airmen of Bomber Command, but the mainly unknown Canadians of the raid. The youth of the crews and the leadership of 25 year old Wing Commander, Guy Gibson, VC, DSO, DFC.

 The meeting closed with a short business meeting with an update on the future of the Telco clubs.

Tuesday 02 Oct. 2018 - Our October General Meeting was well attended. Following our luncheon we settled back for an excellent presentation by Barbara Dickson, author of "Bomb Girls." A little known Canadian WWII story about the output of a plant in Scarborough, Ontario, which produced more than 256 million munitions; making it Canada’s most industrious wartime factory.

  Barbara, author of several other books, spent ten years researching and interviewing the sons of the Hamilton brothers, who were the owners of the General Engineering Company (GECO) who built and staffed the plant. She also spoke of the experience of several workers and their families that she interviewed. In all an excellent and very interesting presentation.

The September 2018 Issue of the "Retirees-on-the-Go," Newsletter is now available on the Retirement Rag page.

03 June, 2018 - Our Volunteers may slow down a bit during the summer, but a number still keep busy. On June 3rd, Jerry Keay and his volunteers did another tour of duty at the Oakville Library packing books left over from their summer sale.

Lorna Maj came through again with her 17th year of volunteering at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. Lorna Maj recently presented a "Bell Canada Helping Hands" cheque for $250.00 to Luisa Parente of the O.T.M.H. Auxiliary. Through Lorna's amazing record of volunteer service the hospital has now received $7,000 from the Bell Helping Hands program. Congratulations Lorna!

03 April, 2018 - We had a good turn-out of 50+ for our Annual Meeting at Maple Grove United Church on a cool overcast day. A delicious luncheon and fellowship period was enjoyed before the meeting commenced at 12:45 pm.

  The meeting was chaired by President Ed Kurak who in his opening remarks thanked our membership for their volunteer hours that contribute as a service to our communities. Ed also commented on how the Executive has been taking stock of the expenses by the various committees and the impact on them as our payments from the Pauline Baxter Fund are reduced and eventually cease.

  Rose Kurak read out the names of who had passed on since our last Annual Meeting. A minute of silence was observed as each in their own way remembered those that had passed on.

   Marie Walker AVP Programs surveyed the members on their opinion, that due to reduced funding, if they would rather have fewer outings or pay more to enjoy the programs they have been used too. The consensus was that they would rather pay more.

  The meeting concluded with the election of members for the 2018 - 2019 Club Executive. Ed Kurak to complete the 2nd year of his two year Presidential term.

06 February, 2018 - For a sunny, cold winter day we had a surprisingly good turnout attending our general meeting. Helen Hawkins and Rhonda Kavanaugh, two members of the Fieldway club, also joined us. It was great to socialize before Aletha Kirkwood gave the blessing and we enjoyed a selection of Monastery sandwiches for lunch.

The guest speaker was Rochella Vasella of Elder Abuse Ontario who gave a presentation on a hidden topic that is gaining more and more recognition.  The presentation was quite interesting and invited many questions. Rochella provided information through a power-point medium, discussion and a selection of literature that alerted us to signs of victimization.


December, 2017 - Pictured at the left is Jennifer Young, of the Darling Home for Kids, receiving $1,000 cheque from Bea Medland of our "Crafters Who Care."  Please read their 2017 report on the Crafters Who Care page.

  The Darling Home for Kids, is situated in Milton, where medically fragile children receive care in a home-like environment.

 The Home provides comfort and a break to families facing the daily challenges of caring for a child with complex medical needs.  Families are supported in knowing that there is a continuum of care from respite through to palliation and, when needed, end of life care.

 05 December, 2017 - Ninety-four members enjoyed our ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON at the Le Dome Restaurant. An excellent meal and wonderful entertainment provided by the Kerr Street Singers.

  The "Crafters Who Care" quilt was won by Glenn Neilson. The Crafters report that they raised more than $1,800 from the quilt and the craft table sales.

  The funds raised are used to purchase materiel for their crafts and charitable works which includes the Darling House for Kids.

The September 2017 Issue of the "Retirees-on-the-Go," Newsletter is now available on the Retirement Rag page.  

03 October, 2017 - We had a good turnout to our Fall General Meeting. Following lunch our guest speaker was Glenn Barwell, BA, M.A.A.T.O of the Oakville Fire Department, Fire Prevention Division.

  Glenn gave an interesting presentation including a video that demonstrated how quickly and a fire spreads and how dangerous it can become in just two or three minutes.

  A second video, staring an aging Tom Bosley of "Happy Days" fame, led us through a number of safety prevention situations, especially for Seniors. Glenn followed up with a question and answer session and information pertaining to Oakville and area.


July, 2017 - Sixteen Years in a Row!

  Lorna Maj (right) recently presented a "Bell Canada Helping Hands" cheque for $250.00 to Rachel of the Volunteer Services at  the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital.

  This amazing record of service is Lorna's sixteenth year of volunteer service at the hospital. Her selfless dedication has culminated in a total of $6,750.00 of financial assistance to the hospital.

Lorna you certainly are an inspiration to us all CONGRATULATIONS!

25 May, 2017 Forty-six members enjoyed a comfortable coach ride on a dismal rainy day through the  country-side of Western Ontario. However spirits were not diminished by the weather, and our first stop at the Crossroads Restaurant in Elmira warmed us up with a sumptuous buffet luncheon. The next stop was the historic opera house in Drayton, now converted into the Drayton Festival Theatre. The two-act musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technocolor Dreamcoat" was an amazing adaptation of an ancient story. Thanks to Marie Walker and her committee for arranging such a wonderful outing.

04 April, 2017 - Our 31st Annual Meeting was fairly well attended with a delicious luncheon followed by the meeting and elections.

  President Eileen Chewter welcomed all to the meeting and Vice-President Ed Kurak read the Telco Statement of Objectives.  The minutes of the 2016 annual meeting were accepted and names of members who had passed on since the last annual meeting were read followed by a minute of silence.

  Past-President Barb Gohm, Chair of the nominating committee. presented a slate of officers for the 2017-2018 year, which was unanimously accepted. Ed Kurak is the President Elect for the coming year. "WELCOME Ed."


The March 2017 Issue of the "Retirees-on-the-Go," Newsletter is now available on the Retirement Rag page.  

05 March, 2017 - AVP Community Services Gerry Keay and his volunteers assisted the "Friends of the Library" with their book collection and packing at the Oakville Library. Due to the failure of the libraries new sign-in system Gerry's team had to complete the job without the aid of the usual people from the other volunteer groups. WAY TO GO GANG!

26 February 2017 - Our members enjoyed an outing at the Sheridan Theatre's matinee performance of "FOOTLOOSE." followed by dinner at Mandarin Restaurant

07 February, 2017 - Despite the rain and the freezing rain warnings a fair group of hardy souls turned out for our first 2017 luncheon and General Meeting. The opportunity for fellowship was renewed and a number of first time visitors were greeted and introduced.

  Members were able to pick up the latest Club Coming events flyer which featured the Theatre Sheridan matinee on Sunday February 26th and of course our Annual Meeting on Tuesday April 4th. Lets have a good turnout to elect the 2017-18 Executive.

  The speaker of the day was Lidia Lopes, Customer Care Specialist, of Connect Care. Lidia provided excellent information about the response when the button is pushed or activated during a medical emergency. Lidia followed up with a live demonstration of the equipment and some calls through to the Connect Care Centre. Of particular interest was the satellite equipment that they can provide where a telephone line is not accessible.


To View the 30th Anniversary Power-Point Presentation Click the HAPPY BIRTHDAY Banner above: Select "Open with MicroSoft PowerPoint" - (It may take a minute to load) From Tool Bar Select "View Show" - Left Click to advance from slide to slide (74 Slides) - To terminate part way through Right Click and select "End Show" or use "Esc Button". To return to Home Page "Click X" top right corner.


(in part) To promote participation and contribution by members in activities that are of service to the Community - To promote participation and contribution by members in various charitable organizations

We know that many of our members quietly contribute volunteer hours to their community and charitable organizations. Please let us know by reporting your hours to, A.V.P Participation, Dave Warren. It is important for our club to show that we are more than just a social club.

The Telephone Number for Bell Post Retirement Benefits & Pensions has changed to


NEW - Older past events have now been removed to a Past Events page accessed from the Coming Events page. Also older community service activities continue to be removed to the Community Service page.

You can now connect to our fellow Retiree Clubs and other sites through the links on the Link page.

 Last Update

08 October, 2019


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