At the invitation of Provincial President, I attended a brief Provincial Executive Committee meeting. Following the meeting, there was a reception hosted by the members of the Okanagan Thompson Zone where members came dressed in outfits from the decades since IODE was founded. As we enjoyed our refreshments, the chapter members of the Zone paraded their fashions with much festivity and grace. A quartet, ‘the Andrews Sisters’, sang popular tunes from the time of World War II. A grade 11 student performed the Bugle Boy from Company ‘B’. Following the entertainment, I was introduced to Margaret Clark, President of the Washington Chapter of the Daughters of the British Empire, and 1st Vice-President of the Chapter, Rosemary Stapleton.
Saturday morning, the 100th Provincial Annual Meeting commenced with Maggie Sharpe, Standard Bearer, Provincial President Elizabeth Worster, First Vice-President Dawn Henderson, Secretary Liz Hancock, and Treasurer Beverley Montague in procession.
Following O Canada, the IODE Prayer, and remembrance of members who had passed away, members affirmed their loyalty to IODE. Bette Snowdon, Chair of the Okanagan Thompson Zone, welcomed guests and members to Kelowna.
Elizabeth opened the 100th Provincial Annual Meeting and introduced the head table, Past Provincial Presidents, Provincial Life Members, and special guests from the Daughters of British Empire.
As First Vice President Dawn Henderson took over the chair, the President read Resolutions of Loyalty to Her Majesty. The President then resumed the chair and Dawn read Resolutions of Loyalty to the Governor General of Canada, and Resolutions of Loyalty to The National Chapter of Canada IODE.
Following roll call, and approval of the 2012 minutes, I brought greetings from IODE Canada to the members. Scrutineers were named and a balloted vote took place in which three members to the Resolutions Committee for NAM 2013 were elected.
Following the election, the Membership Award was presented to IODE Laura Gordon Chapter for seven new members in 2012 and the Island Zone won the Zone Membership Award.
National Councillors were acclaimed: Bette Snowdon, Maggie Sharpe, Gail Delaney and Loreen Dye.
Margaret Clark, President of the Washington Chapter of the Daughters of the British Empire, brought greetings to the chapter, and presented the Elizabeth with a beautiful metal plate centered with the emblem of the Daughters of the British Empire and a 100th birthday card
Special guest Constable Jack Stetz of the RCMP explained the selection process for the IODE British Columbia RCMP Community Award. He initiates the annual competition, but does not take a role in the decision making process. Constable Stetz brought members up to date on the location and work of the past recipients. He explained that IODE BC had partnered with BC Crime Prevention for a conference where an adult brought along a student to mentor. The cost for the youth to attend the conference was paid by IODE. Jack was presented with a beautifully framed certificate ‘Honorary Special Friend of IODE BC’ for his many years of overseeing the selection of the RCMP Community Award recipient. It was noted that Jack was the 2002 recipient of the award.
Elizabeth spoke on the need for IODE to change its constitutional requirements in order to continue under the new Canada Not-for-Profit Act by October 2014. Elizabeth and I took questions from the floor regarding the changes and the voting process.
A Provincial Life Membership was presented to Treasurer Beverley Montague for her many years of dedication in her work as Treasurer. Nancy Wilson presented the final report of the Nominating Committee for the term 2013-2014.
Following Grace offered by Betty MacKenzie, members and guests enjoyed a buffet luncheon. A unique event followed lunch when Shirley Dupuis, Chair for the Mary Emerson Trust Fund introduced, four primary chapters who in turn presented a project for consideration of a $15,000 award from the Mary Emerson Trust Fund. The skits were quite fun and well presented. IODE members present then voted for the most deserving project which was won by IODE Dewdney Chapter who will purchase two ARJO electric walkers for the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation from the award. All projects presented were most deserving.
A special membership presentation was made to Gertie Johnston for her 70 years of IODE membership. She was given a 60 year pin plus a 10 year pin! Gertie who turned 100 on 05 May was accompanied by her daughter. In addition, Kay Pettman was awarded a sixty year pin for her 68 years as an IODE member.
Prior to the Provincial Dinner, a reception was held in the suite of the President. Upon arrival at the dinner, members enjoyed table centrepieces of large goblets, filled with colourful ‘diamond” crystals and a fresh orchid provided by the Zone. Grace was offered by Rowena Reis, followed by a toast to Her Majesty the Queen.
The IODE British Columbia Police Community Relations Award was presented to RCMP Constable Angelina Bowen, who was accompanied by her fiancée Christopher.
I had the honour to install Officers for 2013-14. At the conclusion of the dinner, Dixie Allan, Island Zone Chair, invited members to the 101st Provincial Annual Meeting to be held on Vancouver Island.
I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to attend this very special annual meeting and thank the National Executive Committee for approving this wonderful visit.”