National Annual Meeting 2017
Save the Dates! 25-27 May 2017
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Early bird registration ends 07 April.
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IODE Violet Downey Book Award Winner for 2016 Announced
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IODE War Memorial Scholarships Awarded
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Founded in 1900, IODE Canada is a national women's charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals through education support, community service, and citizenship programs.
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IODE Canada is a national women's charitable organization. Women of all ages, from all walks of life and educational backgrounds, meet in local chapters for fun, friendship and community volunteerism.
Members volunteer with and for people, focusing on Children, Education and Community Services. Each IODE chapter has the independence to choose and support projects in their own community. If you have just a few hours to spare monthly, you can make a difference and form lifelong friendships.
IODE membership is many things to many people. It is this diversification that holds the interest of the members and attracts others to it. What other organization has so much to offer to so many and in such different age groups?
The main benefit of belonging to IODE is being part of a like-minded group of women who work together to improve the quality of life for those in need.
Heritage and Traditions
IODE is proud of its heritage and traditions. In 1900, Margaret Polson Murray of Montreal encouraged the formation of a federation of women to promote patriotism, loyalty and service to others.
The first chapter, Federation of the Daughters of the Empire, was formed in Fredericton, New Brunswick on 05 January 1900. Primary chapters were formed in quick succession across Canada as were junior chapters.
In 1901, the Federation was incorporated as Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire and Children of the Junior Branch. IODE was incorporated as a Canadian women's organization by a special act of the Parliament of Canada in 1917.
IODE Founder's Day Message 2017
IODE Founders Day is a time to celebrate: a time for all IODE members to celebrate our heritage as an organization that is dedicated to helping those in need; a time to be proud of the work we and our predecessors have accomplished over our 117 year history; and a time to be proud of the work we have accomplished in the past year. Primary chapters have completed their annual reports: compiled the statistics and listed the many charitable works done in their communities and across Canada. These reports are impressive. Often chapter members are amazed by the amount of good deeds reported. They do not realize, from meeting to meeting over the course of the year, how much we collectively contribute. I am sure that all chapters are pleasantly surprised by these totals. We do many things in addition to fundraising and those “little” things mean so much to the people who receive them. Acts of kindness both great and small continue to be appreciated. IODE members will continue to do what is compassionate and kind.
We accomplish this because we work together. Together we motivate each other, accomplish what one person cannot do alone and make considered decisions on what to do next. The decision making process is important and part of that process involves hearing the different ideas of the members. It is interesting to see people playing off the ideas of each other, improving the result and expanding horizons. One person, however well intended, can rarely see all sides of a question or all possibilities. Together, we have the benefit of fellow members’ wisdom and experience, as well as the fresh ideas of newer members. Together, we decide and together, we act.
Very often, we act in partnership with other organizations. A chapter may have a long-standing relationship with a shelter, regularly providing toiletries, bedding and clothing. A chapter may have contributed funds for the new wing of a hospital or library, help erect a cenotaph or commemorative cairn and continue to support those institutions and structures. Many chapters still give prizes, bursaries and scholarships to students of all ages. When we attend public functions, we often encounter people who mention that they recall receiving an IODE award in school. They remember IODE. We are honoured that they remember us and hope that our influence helped them achieve their goals.
We hope that all IODE chapters are participating in the Canada’s 150th Anniversary IODE Good Citizenship Award project. A number of chapters have contacted us already to indicate that they have embraced the concept and selected worthy recipients. Whatever your chapter does will contribute to an impressive collective effort. All chapters are partners in IODE and working together on a project like this shows the value of our partnerships.
This year, for our National Annual Meeting we are trying something different. With the full enthusiasm of IODE British Columbia, we are combining their Provincial Annual Meeting with our National Annual Meeting, holding these events back-to-back at the same hotel. We hope this will cut expenses and time committed for BC members who would otherwise be faced with the dilemma of attending their Provincial Annual Meeting in one month and our National Annual Meeting the next month. Often members commit to either one or the other. This experiment may allow them to enjoy the best of both. IODE BC has kindly invited all members to attend their meeting that will be held on the Thursday, with the National Annual Meeting on Friday and Saturday. Take this opportunity to see how things are done in another province. I expect that you will come away with ideas you might implement in your own province.
Margaret Polson Murray, the Founder of IODE, expressed the hope that women across Canada would come together to help a cause she held dear. We did come together. We continue to work together. We are Better Together.
So, celebrate the founding of IODE on 13 February. Raise a toast to Mrs. Murray and all the fellow IODE members through the years. Thank them for building an organization that continues to fulfill its lofty goals, to help those in need; an organization of women who have become our best friends.
Under the jurisdiction of the National Chapter of Canada IODE are provincial, municipal and primary chapters across Canada. With approximately 3,000 members across Canada in more than 200 chapters, the IODE tradition of serving children, youth and those in need continues. The name IODE was officially adopted in the 1970's. We are a federally chartered charitable organization.
IODE Canada and our members across Canada undertake an extensive variety of charitable and philanthropic projects every year. These include financial assistance and contributions of time and effort to students, educational institutions, hospitals, the under-privileged and those in need.
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