“On Wednesday, 27 March, I attended the 100th Annual Meeting and Dinner of IODE Toronto Municipal Chapter held at the Spirale Banquet and Conference Centre in Don Mills, ON. Before the opening ceremonies, I took the opportunity to visit with many of the members of ten Toronto chapters represented.
Piper Marilyn Willis of the 48th Highlanders of Canada led the processional of standards, carried by Municipal Standard Bearer Barbara Lewis, assisted by Barbara Johnston.
Following the IODE Prayer and Affirmation, IODE Toronto President Mary K. Anderson opened the meeting and asked for one minute of silence in remembrance of members who had passed away. Catherine Searles, Past Municipal President, offered grace prior to dinner. June McDonald, Past Municipal President and Honorary Vice President of IODE Canada, gave a toast to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Following dinner, I had the honour to bring greetings from IODE Canada and congratulations on the 100th anniversary of Toronto Municipal chapter. It was, however, a bittersweet moment knowing that this might be the last time a National President had the opportunity to celebrate IODE Toronto Municipal as the chapter members were voting as to whether or not to disband.
During dinner, eight Past Municipal Presidents, Municipal Life Members and primary chapters were recognized. CARD was represented by Executive Director Penny Smith and Events Coordinator Bonnie Hartley.
Toronto Municipal recorded 14 chapters as of the end of 2012, with a combined total of 801 years. Each chapter’s year of service was announced. The longest serving chapter is the 48th Highlander Chapter, 105 years, and the youngest chapter is the Captain Nichola Goddard Chapter, two years.
Dwight Troop assisted with the presentation of the Municipal Chapter of Toronto IODE Jean Troop Book Award, given in honour of his wife, to winning author, Cary Fagan, for his children‘s book Mr. Zinger’s Hat and illustrator, Dusan Petricic. Books sold were autographed by both the author and the illustrator.
The IODE Toronto Community Relations Award was presented to PC Patricia Fleischmann for her work in the field of education and awareness regarding seniors' issues.
Following the reading of the annual reports by Municipal Secretary, Margo McKinnon and the Treasurer’s report, by Lynne Maxwell, IODE Ontario Provincial President Karen Barker seconded the reports of the chapter and offered the support of the provincial chapter if the members voted to disband.
Mary K.’s address to the chapter she reported that the members of Toronto voted in favour of the disbandment of IODE Toronto Municipal. The sadness I felt upon learning of the member’s decision cannot be expressed.
Following the singing of God Save the Queen, the final annual meeting of IODE Toronto Municipal was adjourned.
I wish the Toronto members much success in the years ahead. It is my hope that the primary chapters of Toronto stay connected with each other, and that they embrace the National membership campaign message that we must grow IODE’s membership by making connections.
On behalf of IODE members across Canada, I celebrate and thank IODE Toronto Municipal Chapter for 100 amazing years of service in the name of IODE.
I thank the NEC for approving this visit in order for me to bring greetings on behalf of IODE Canada.”