In August, I had the opportunity to reconnect with my IODE friends when several of us joined together to celebrate summer in the way that thousands of Canadians do – we went to the Ex, that is, the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto!
For two days, we greeted the public at our display booth which showcased IODE’s volunteer history of 111 years. We encouraged visitors to sign our book with their greetings and congratulations for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on her Diamond Jubilee as our reigning Monarch. We welcomed women interested in joining IODE. As one woman stated about IODE … “It’s just what I have been looking for!” She embraced what we stand for, that of helping others, and appreciated that with her busy schedule, her time commitment could be as little or as much as she wished it to be.
Visitors were interested to learn that IODE is offering in 2012 a special, one-time $25,000 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee War Memorial Scholarship for Canada’s most outstanding PhD scholar in celebration of this historic event. Five additional scholars will receive scholarships of $15,000 each. If you are interested to learn more about our IODE War Memorial Scholarships, information can be found in the Education section of this website.
For those of us who love summer’s warm, long days, we are not ready to see fall arriving, but it does so ever so gradually. We sense change in the air as the days get cooler and shorter, we hear the cacophony of blue jays as they forage in the woods, smell a difference in the morning air and see a subtle changing of the leaves.
September is here! A month of new beginnings! I feel excitement for students and teachers as they go back to school and for mothers who can give a sigh of relief that summer vacation is now over!
September is a time to join in volunteer activities, begin classes and find new discoveries to fulfill our lives. It is a time to reconnect with old friends, make new ones, learn, and research all the possibilities that life holds.
At this very moment, you have a wonderful possibility to explore, to build on your philanthropic energy, to make new friends, to have lots of fun, to network. Membership in IODE, Canada’s premiere women’s charitable organization, can bring you all that!
Louise McKinney, one of Canada’s Famous Five, is quoted as saying “The purpose of a woman's life is...to make the best possible contribution to the generation in which she is living.” There are so many individuals in Canada who need our assistance to build a better future for them. Together, along with our 4,000 members across Canada, you can make a difference!
IODE members are motivated and inspired as they plan the year ahead of giving back to their communities. They welcome you and invite you to join in the fun they share as they volunteer to make a better Canada for our children and future generations.
I invite you to call me or Bonnie Rees, Membership Officer, at 1-866-827-7429 to find out more about joining IODE. By doing so, you will begin the first step on the journey of a lifetime.