Fonds - Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire, White Cloud Chapter fonds

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Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire, White Cloud Chapter fonds

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Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire. White Cloud Chapter

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  • 1952-2011 (Creation)
    Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire. White Cloud Chapter

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51 cm of textual records

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The White Cloud Chapter of the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire was formed in May1952. The Bestowal ceremony took place at the Pacific Hotel, Wiarton. The first regent was Mrs. C. Gildner. Other members of the first executive include: Mrs. A. Whicher (1st vice); Mrs. F. Williamson (2nd Vice ), Mrs. Helen Ewals (Secretary); Mrs. John Good (Treasurer) and Mrs. D. Kruzweiser (Echoes). The group ceased to operate in 2012.

The geographical area in which members resided included Wiarton and areas in South Bruce Peninsula, Bruce County, Ontario.

The objects of the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire are to:
a) "promote education of all kinds, particularly the study of history and rrent questions ...";
b) "to care for the widows, orphans and dependants of Canadian Commonwealth soldiers, sailors and airmen during war, int imte of peace or under sickness, accident or reverses of fortune;"
c) "To forward all such good work as may be for the relief of those in poverty or distress irrespective of race, colour, creed or sex;"
d) "to assist in the progress of the arts;" and
e) "to give donations for charitable purposes."

Some of the fundraising events of the White Cloud Chapter included: bridge and euchre parties, art in the park events, quilting bees, strawberry socials, fashion shows, French Cafes, baking for events, mitten trees, strawberry socials, benefit performances / plays / theatre nights, and hat contests.

Some of the organizations supported through goods, volunteer time and/or finances include seniors' homes / nursing homes, local hospital, local schools (providing bursaries / scholarships), adopting non-local schools (for example, at Muskrat Dam), Salvation Army (quilts, knitted goods, and more), Bruce-Grey Women's Centre, Redmen hockey team, Girl Guides and Boy Scouts.

Custodial history

The items within this fonds were created and/or collected by various members of the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire, White Cloud Chapter, Wiarton, over the years. Members provided them to Heide Arnold as the Chapter's Archivist. She kept them in her home until the club disbanded in 2012.

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This fonds consists of governance and administrative documents, certificates and scrapbooks created or collected by the White Cloud Chapter of the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire, located in Wiarton, Bruce County, Ontario.

Included in the fonds are:
Charter (1952)
IODE Constitution and by-laws (1955, 1969, 1967)
Minute Book (1983-1992)
Certificates acknowledging awards, grants and/or anniversaries
10 scrapbooks containing clippings, photographs, planning notes, programmes, executive / member lists and posters reflecting the organization's meetings, fundraising activities and events, and charitable donations, projects and support for various years from 1952 - 2011.

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