Saturday, 5 May, IODE Ontario’s Eastern Area Conference, By the Mississippi, held at the Carleton Place Curling Club began at 10:00 a.m. and was well attended with 60 members from primary chapters under the jurisdiction of IODE Ottawa Municipal, as well as members from IODE Captain Hooper of Carleton Place, who were hosts for this event.
Distributed to each attendee upon registration, was a portfolio which included an IODE Chapter History form, Own a Book, Share a Book Literacy Program information, an order form for 2013 calendar book planners, Suggested Activities for IODE Members, At a Glance … A Quick IODE Reference, the 30th Anniversary Labrador Bursary brochure, National and provincial public relations materials, and descriptions pieces from each of IODE Ontario’s various departments.
Following the introduction of provincial and National officers and councillors, IODE Ontario President Karen Barker welcomed those in attendance to the conference.
The morning session of the conference began with my presentation of Making Connections… the Key to the Future of IODE, with its accompanying PowerPoint presentation. I was very pleased to see that three members in attendance committed to forming a new chapter in Ottawa.
During a review of services department work by Bonnie Rees, Caroline Rodgers and Karen demonstrated the packing of a box of items to be shipped to a nursing station in northern Ontario. Bonnie also highlighted the work of both provincial and National projects: Lucy Morrison Memorial Fund for Education, Toys for the North, Snack Pack, Canadian Veterans Overseas, IODE’s Royal Wedding Gift to veterans overseas and the IODE Canadian Disaster Fund.
Following luncheon, National War Memorial Convenor Marie Locke reviewed the process of how candidates are selected for the War Memorial Doctoral Scholarships and announced that the winner of the $25,000 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship would be present to receive the award and be key note speaker at the National Annual Meeting on 26 May.
Karen discussed IODE Ontario’s initiative to raise funds to build a cabin at Peacekeeper Park, and then IODE Toronto President Mary K Anderson explained the Own a Book, Share a Book project undertaken by IODE Toronto.
During the last session of the day entitled Tell Your Story, members related the history of their chapter, their projects and their fundraising ideas. A question and answer period preceded the adjournment of the conference.
IODE Ontario and the gracious hostesses of IODE Captain Hooper are to be congratulated on their contribution to a most successful, informative and well attended Eastern Area Conference.