There was much thought and hard work that went into the planning of the celebration. IODE Toronto Municipal President Mary K. Anderson and her 100th Anniversary Committee are to be congratulated on the excellence of the event. Upon her arrival, each Past Municipal President was presented with a corsage of red roses, and I was delighted to also be the recipient of a corsage. At each table, there were beautiful vases of roses and at each place setting, an anniversary menu, a program, a 2013 purse-sized planner, and a bookmark highlighting the IODE Toronto Municipal Jean Throop Book Award, hand-tied with a gold ribbon.
I had the opportunity to view a wonderful archival display highlighting IODE Toronto Municipal over the years, including a copy of their charter and a beautifully framed 1915 photograph of Toronto members in front of the Ontario legislative buildings. This landscape photograph was restored from being in six pieces to the dynamic one on display. Throughout the afternoon, a PowerPoint presentation ran on a large screen, highlighting the work and the members of Toronto Municipal.
Following IODE Toronto President Mary K. Anderson’s opening remarks, welcome, and toast to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, a delicious lunch was served with an anniversary cake for dessert.
I brought greetings from IODE Canada that congratulated and honoured the chapter on their significant anniversary. IODE Ontario Provincial President Karen Barker brought celebratory greetings on behalf of IODE Ontario. Mary K.’s keynote address was focused on the importance of primary chapters supporting the Municipal chapter and how they must all work together for the future of Toronto Municipal.
Mary K. presented a corsage to the newest member of IODE in Toronto, Carolyn Nolan of IODE Kathleen Drope Chapter, a member of just one week, and in return, Mary K was presented with a silver bowl filled with red roses. As we prepared to go home, all Past Municipal Presidents of Toronto and I were presented with a vase of roses
I was honoured to bring celebratory greetings on behalf of IODE Canada on this milestone in IODE history, the 100th Anniversary of IODE Toronto a most wonderful celebration.