At our District 37 Fall Luncheon, cheques were awarded to two organizations who support seniors. A grant was awarded in the amount of $4,000 dollars for improvements on the Sweaburg Trillium Accessible Hiking trail. View the presentation and the work done on that trail. It was our pleasure to support the community in this way. Many of the members of the Sweaburg Lions Club are teachers and we loved working with them.
Other Donations Made from District 37 in 2021 =============================================================================
Thanks to a $2,500 grant from District 37 Oxford in 2021, a new viewing platform will add to the enjoyment and appreciation of the Oxford Thames River Trail, near Woodstock.
The Oxford County Trails Council will be completing a platform on the east end of the 3.1 km trail, on high ground in the spring. The south-facing platform will enable observation of wetland birds, butterflies and mammals from a safe distance, so they remain undisturbed by humans and pets. This wetland area has been restored jointly by Stewardship Oxford, Ducks Unlimited and the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority.
The District 37 funding is part of RTOERO’s annual Community Grants program. Districts apply for individual projects (education-related or other community initiatives) that support local programs. Up to $2,500 per project is available.
Since 1968, RTOERO has been a voice for those who work in and retire from the education sector. Our mission is to improve the lives of our members and seniors.
“Adding the platform will allow birders and trail walkers to view the flora and fauna harmlessly, and connect the wetlands to the trail,” says Helen Reid, president, District 37 Oxford
“The board and membership of Oxford County Trails Council thank RTOERO for their generosity as the lead sponsor for the project,” said Ken Westcar of the council.
Each year, a committee of RTOERO members assesses the merits of each Grant submission. For 2021, RTOERO funded 31 projects for a total of $79,885. Since the inception of the Community Grants program 21 years ago, RTOERO has donated $1.85 million to more than 525 programs and projects.