These are the remarks made by Past National President and Honorary Vice President Chris Batemen at the 113th National Annual Meeting in Calgary, June 1st, 2013Chris Batemen presents E. Anne Mason with the president's badge for IODE Canada
I wish to thank Anne Mason for the privilege of installing the National Officers for 2013 – 2014. As incoming President she and the officers have a great responsibility for guiding IODE as it continues to evolve.
I personally met Anne at the Bestowal of Charter Ceremony of her primary chapter, IODE Holland Landing Chapter in 1987. She was joining IODE, I was pouring tea as my chapter was hosting and providing the refreshments for the new chapter. Little did we know back then that we would be standing up here! I think my Mother-in-law and Jean Richards had something to do with it. Jean came to PEC and told us that she had a member in her chapter who would be an asset to Provincial and she was going to go places! As they say, the rest is history. I remember the day you joined PEC, the day you joined NEC, became an Officer at Provincial and National. At the primary level you have served as Secretary and President. At the Provincial level, you have served as Assistant Education, Education and Membership Officer, Annual Meeting Convenor, War Memorial Convenor, Second and First Vice President before becoming Provincial President.
Anne joined the NEC in 1990. She was IODE Ontario Provincial President from 2007-2009. By virtue of this position, Anne was a National Vice-President of IODE Canada. She has served as Echoes Officer, Secretary, Co-Chairman of the National Annual Meeting, 2nd and 1st Vice President and Office Administrator.
Anne has been a member of all sub-committees since 2007, travelling on a regular basis to take an active part in committee meetings. She has served on Echoes Editorial, Labrador Bursary, Nominating Committee, 100th Anniversary Grant Program, 110th Anniversary Committee, The National Chapter of Canada IODE Violet Downey Book Award, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Selection Committee, War Memorial and Website Committees. Anne has also been the representative of IODE Canada to the Canadian National Exhibition Association. During her time as Second-Vice President and now First Vice-President she has represented the National President at special events and annual meetings of chapters at all levels. She has given freely of her time and talents and has generously donated quilts for the early registrants at Provincial and National Annual Meetings.
Her quiet, gracious manner and sincere interest in members and chapter activities has generated renewed enthusiasm for this premiere women’s organization.
I know Anne will be a great President. She has the personality, courage, clear vision and ambition to succeed. She will encourage the officers to perform to their optimum and drive organizational change and success. She knows how to get things done, how to organize tasks and how to avoid procrastination. Anne knows how to generate energy for projects and empower her officers. She can make decisions quickly when necessary, but can also slow down to consider all the options on the table. She has the confidence to make tough decisions, the compassion to listen to the needs of others and the dedication to follow through with her commitments. I wish that all the joys that I experienced in my three years as your president will accompany her on her great and glorious adventure as she performs with the multitude of skills she brings to this office.
Together IODE members share a common ideal and embrace a common goal. Regardless of our differences, we strive shoulder to shoulder, confident in one another’s faith, trust and commitment. In the end, together we can fulfill the mission of IODE because we believe in each other. Anne, I believe in you and I look forward to what you and the incoming National Officers can accomplish together.
You and the incoming Officers of IODE Canada have challenges in the year ahead, but the greatest is to increase membership and build on the Momentum created by the National Membership Campaign, Making Connections … The Key to the Future of IODE. I ask you to seek interesting ways in which to invite women to join IODE, but most importantly, oversee the creation of new chapters. I wish you every success as you seek new opportunities and challenges within IODE at all levels.
To the incoming officers: May you work together as a strong team with confidence as you strive for excellence in all you do. I wish you much success in the year ahead. Together you will achieve the extraordinary!
Motivational speaker, Anthony Robbins, is quoted as saying, “The most important thing you can do to achieve your goals is to make sure that as soon as you set them, you immediately begin to create Momentum.”
As the new Officers go forward for the term 2013-14, I feel confident that they will lead with dedication and commitment, set goals to build on the Momentum created by the Making Connections membership campaign, start new chapters to achieve growth of membership and bring awareness of our wonderful organization across this magnificent country. I have confidence that the officers will face these challenges with diligence and great commitment.
I wish to thank the nominating committee chaired by Catherine Moore, Mary K Anderson, Linda Dennis, Barbara Johnston and Renate Schuetz for their dedicated effort in securing the slate of officers. Based on the final nominating report, I will announce each officer and ask the nominee to stand.
President E. Anne Mason, Newmarket, ON
First Vice-President Karen Barker, Toronto, ON
& Constitution Officer Carol McCall, Toronto, ON
Secretary Chris Bateman, Queensville, ON
Treasurer Marion Wallace, Guelph, ON
Assistant to the Treasurer Renate Schuetz, Shelburne, ON
Citizenship Officer Sheila DeJaegher, Chatham, ON
Echoes Linda Dennis, Markham, ON
Education Officer Sandra Smith, Pain Court, ON
Membership Officer Bonnie Rees, Waterloo, ON
Public Relations Officer Laurel Mayne, Ajax, ON
Services Officer Jane Cushing, Saint John, NB
War Memorial Officer Hazel MacLeod, London, ON
To you Anne, as President, and to you as Officers of IODE Canada, is entrusted the honour and the responsibility of guiding IODE in all of its undertakings throughout the coming year. As I induct you into office I encourage you to continue your good works that benefit your community, Canada and IODE. May IODE continue to grow in membership and knowledge during your term of office.
May each of you have the strength, wisdom and courage to be equal to your responsibilities and embrace all opportunities that come your way. As leaders of IODE, I ask you to capture the imagination and enthusiasm of the members with clearly defined goals that cut through the fog like a beacon in the night. I now present you with the gavel, a symbol of the office you now hold. I know you do not like to use the gavel, too often. However, use it wisely and often. It will keep the members in line. I congratulate you and wish you every success. Together we can continue to see the possibilities before us to work together to assist those in need and each other.
Anne Mason: As the President, and on behalf of the Officers and members of IODE Canada, I pledge that, in accepting these offices, we will endeavour at all times to uphold the Constitution of IODE. We will strive to provide leadership that will inspire all members of IODE to improve the quality of life for those in need through educational, social service and citizenship programs.