© District 3 RTO/ERO           Legal Notice Human Rights Statement 

Goodwill

In Memoriam

We have been advised of the passing of the following members:  Leon Barbeau and Laura Walker.   We are grateful for their memory, their service and their friendship.  We extend our sympathy to their family and friends.
GOODWILL Please let us know if a member is in need of our local Goodwill Services by contacting, Bernice Whalen 705.945.1074   bernicewhalen89@shaw.ca Note:  Many Funeral Homes have In Memory Donation cards, should         family wish to designate the RTO Foundation as a recipient.
Goodwill Committee Contact Bernice Whalen 705.945.1074   bernicewhalen89@shaw.ca
Information:  The Passing of a Member The passing of a family member is a difficult time for all concerned.  The best advice for a prospective Estate Executor is to consult with, and accept the advice of, a qualified lawyer. Provincial laws are subject to change and may contain subtle phrasing beyond the knowledge of the average person. It is important that all members of RTO/ERO 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 RTO/ERO, they may not be aware that they may continue their coverage within the RTO/ERO Health Plans. If their existing policy indicates Couple or Family coverage, then the survivors could be eligible for Associate Membership, and therefore continued RTO/ERO 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 Associate 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 RTO/ERO office at 1-800-361-9888 or 1-416-962-9463. You may also contact our website at www.rto-ero.org.
Vision Screening  ---  Submitted by Bernice Whalen Our vision screening for the senior kindergarten begins Tuesday November 6th under the leadership of Carolyn Evoy. We are proud to announce that all volunteers from last year have offered their services once again. To add to the roster we welcome two members: Maureen Gooderham and Christine Kitzman . Ten public schools and 1 Catholic school have been booked for screening before Christmas. A few additional schools have been booked for January. This year, due to low numbers, both the junior and senior kindergartens at Central Algoma and on St. Joseph Island will be completed in the spring. It is the intention of the team not to do screening at those two schools in 2019 but to book screening for both junior and senior in 2020. Thus an alternate year pattern will be explored on these sites. How proud we are of these dedicated volunteers who travel through wind, rain and snow to support a vision we all share----that one person can make a difference in the life of a child. Reading unlocks learning but one must see the page for this to occur. Hats off to all these people who unselfishly give of their time.
Fall Goodwill Report - Bernice Whalen Since the October General Meeting, 38 birthday cards were sent to those 80+ on behalf of RTO/ERO District 3.  Phone calls, visits (where possible) and cards as well as chocolates.  Tim Horton’s cards or cookies were brought to five people who have had to greet some health challenges since early September.  We want them to know that their friends and colleagues are wishing them better days ahead.  One Fiftieth Anniversary card was also sent. I am pleased to share that no bereavement needed to be acknowledged this past month. Christmas Cards are under way, thanks to the kindness and generous offer of Marian Avery and Joyce Nicolson.  A little over 200 cards will be sent to our members who live outside the Sault Ste. Marie area. Next on the project list will be addressing Christmas Cards and purchasing chocolates or cookies for those 85+ in the Sault Ste. Marie area.  If there are some elves willing to help deliver these goodies in December, please let me (Bernice Whalen) know.  Volunteers are greatly appreciated and many hands do make light work. Last year, it was decided to put the Battle of the Books to rest.  Those novels showing wear were donated to Friends of the Library and letters were sent to both Boards, indicating that we had over 2,000 quality books that we would like to donate to the junior/intermediate grades throughout the district.  Eight schools indicated an interest.  This was a time intensive undertaking but the books now have homes and are in the hands of the appropriate age groups.  Special thanks to Gary Wills for the labels, to Moyra O’Pallie, Joanne Mantha McConnell and Francis Whalen for all the time devoted to this project.  We met our target date to have the books in the courier before October 19th.  Well done, team!! Twenty-five small plastic totes (purchased by District 3) are in my possession until they are designated an appropriate home.  I am requesting 12-14 of these totes to create separate card bins to separate Get Well, Sympathy, Anniversary, Male Birthday Cards, Female Birthday Cards, Thinking of You Cards, Christmas Cards (4 totes), Special birthday Cards and Blank Note Cards.  This would save much time sorting through cards and would stack well in a concentrated area. As you can see by this report, the success of Goodwill depends on the kind of team work demonstrated by District 3.  If we are reaching out to our community in a meaningful way, it is because of the seeds that were planted by Marilyn Patterson and through the beautiful support received from the Executive Board, our diligent members and our spouses.  Kudos to all of you!!
© RTO / ERO District 3 Legal Notice       Human Rights Statement  

Goodwill

We have been advised of the passing of the following members:  Leon Barbeau and Laura Walker.   We are grateful for their memory, their service and their friendship.  We extend our sympathy to their family and friends.

In Memoriam

Goodwill Committee Contact Bernice Whalen 705.945.1074   bernicewhalen89@shaw.ca
GOODWILL Please let us know if a member is in need of our local Goodwill Services by contacting, Bernice Whalen 705.945.1074  bernicewhalen89@shaw.ca Note:  Many Funeral Homes have In Memory Donation cards, should family wish to designate the RTO Foundation as a recipient.
Information:  The Passing of a Member The passing of a family member is a difficult time for all concerned.  The best advice for a prospective Estate Executor is to consult with, and accept the advice of, a qualified lawyer. Provincial laws are subject to change and may contain subtle phrasing beyond the knowledge of the average person. It is important that all members of RTO/ERO 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 RTO/ERO, they may not be aware that they may continue their coverage within the RTO/ERO Health Plans. If their existing policy indicates Couple or Family coverage, then the survivors could be eligible for Associate Membership, and therefore continued RTO/ERO 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 Associate 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 RTO/ERO office at 1-800-361-9888 or 1-416-962-9463. You may also contact our website at www.rto-ero.org.
Vision Screening  ---  Submitted by Bernice Whalen Our vision screening for the senior kindergarten begins Tuesday November 6th under the leadership of Carolyn Evoy. We are proud to announce that all volunteers from last year have offered their services once again. To add to the roster we welcome two members: Maureen Gooderham and Christine Kitzman . Ten public schools and 1 Catholic school have been booked for screening before Christmas. A few additional schools have been booked for January. This year, due to low numbers, both the junior and senior kindergartens at Central Algoma and on St. Joseph Island will be completed in the spring. It is the intention of the team not to do screening at those two schools in 2019 but to book screening for both junior and senior in 2020. Thus an alternate year pattern will be explored on these sites. How proud we are of these dedicated volunteers who travel through wind, rain and snow to support a vision we all share---- that one person can make a difference in the life of a child. Reading unlocks learning but one must see the page for this to occur. Hats off to all these people who unselfishly give of their time.
Fall Goodwill Report - Bernice Whalen   Since the October General Meeting, 38 birthday cards were sent to those 80+ on behalf of RTO/ERO District 3.  Phone calls, visits (where possible) and cards as well as chocolates.  Tim Horton’s cards or cookies were brought to five people who have had to greet some health challenges since early September.  We want them to know that their friends and colleagues are wishing them better days ahead.  One Fiftieth Anniversary card was also sent.  I am pleased to share that no bereavement needed to be acknowledged this past month.  Christmas Cards are under way, thanks to the kindness and generous offer of Marian Avery and Joyce Nicolson.  A little over 200 cards will be sent to our members who live outside the Sault Ste. Marie area.  Next on the project list will be addressing Christmas Cards and purchasing chocolates or cookies for those 85+ in the Sault Ste. Marie area.  If there are some elves willing to help deliver these goodies in December, please let me (Bernice Whalen) know.  Volunteers are greatly appreciated and many hands do make light work.  Last year, it was decided to put the Battle of the Books to rest.  Those novels showing wear were donated to Friends of the Library and letters were sent to both Boards, indicating that we had over 2,000 quality books that we would like to donate to the junior/intermediate grades throughout the district.  Eight schools indicated an interest.  This was a time intensive undertaking but the books now have homes and are in the hands of the appropriate age groups.  Special thanks to Gary Wills for the labels, to Moyra O’Pallie, Joanne Mantha McConnell and Francis Whalen for all the time devoted to this project.  We met our target date to have the books in the courier before October 19th.  Well done, team!!  Twenty-five small plastic totes (purchased by District 3) are in my possession until they are designated an appropriate home.  I am requesting 12-14 of these totes to create separate card bins to separate Get Well, Sympathy, Anniversary, Male Birthday Cards, Female Birthday Cards, Thinking of You Cards, Christmas Cards (4 totes), Special birthday Cards and Blank Note Cards.  This would save much time sorting through cards and would stack well in a concentrated area.  As you can see by this report, the success of Goodwill depends on the kind of team work demonstrated by District 3.  If we are reaching out to our community in a meaningful way, it is because of the seeds that were planted by Marilyn Patterson and through the beautiful support received from the Executive Board, our diligent members and our spouses.  Kudos to all of you!!