Item - Wingate's Raiders IODE fonds

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Wingate's Raiders IODE fonds

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  • 1945-2007, nd. (Creation)
    Wingate Raider's Chapter IODE

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approx. 13 cm of textual records
6 scrapbooks
1 oversized framed document

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(1 September 1945 - May 2008)

Administrative history

The IODE (Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire) is a national volunteer organization for women, dedicated to providing assistance, to those in need, in the areas of educational programmes, community services, and citizenship projects. It was a voluntary organization open to all Canadian women and girls with a love of country and a concern for others.
The Wingate’s Raiders Chapter of Woodstock was formed on September 1, 1945, and was named after British General Orde Wingate’s 77th Indian Brigade, called the Chindits - a guerilla unit which fought the Japanese in Burma in 1943-1944. Claire Dunlop was the Chapter’s first Regent.
The Chapter organized such events as teas, bridge parties, recitals, fashion shows, dances, bake sales, rummage sales, and bingos. One of the Chapter’s more popular events was their spring project “The Reg Hall Fashion Show” which was held in conjunction with Reg Hall Ltd. until the business was sold. Each show had a different theme every year, and the Chapter was responsible for making the arrangements and selling the tickets. Through events such as this, the Chapter was able to raise money for fundraising endeavors such as supporting two remote schools, offering bursaries for local high school students, adopting two Greek children through the “Save the Children” organization and contributing funds to complete the exterior lighting of Woodingford Lodge.
As numbers continued to decline over the years, the Chapter finally closed in May 2008.

Custodial history

The records were created by members of the Wingate’s Raiders Chapter of the IODE and were maintained by Charter Member and Past Regent Eileen Whitehead. Following her death, in 2012, her son, Pat Whitehead, donated the records to the County of Oxford Archives in spring 2017.

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The fonds consist of various materials related to the activities of the Wingate’s Raiders Chapter of the IODE and is arranged into the following series and subseries:

Series 1: Administration
Subseries A: Charter and By-laws
Subseries B: Reports
Subseries C: Memberships
Subseries D: History

Series 2: Communications

Series 3: Special Events
Subseries A: Events/Functions
Subseries B: Anniversaries
Subseries C: Newspaper Clippings
Subseries D: Scrapbooks
Subseries E: Photographs
Subseries F: Local Involvement/Community Functions
Subseries G: Miscellaneous

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The materials in this collection are mostly in good condition.

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The fonds was acquired in spring 2017 from Pat Whitehead of Woodstock.


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  • English

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The fonds is open to publish research. However, please contact the archivist responsible for the records regarding access, as some materials may be too fragile to handle. The Archives will make every effort to supply reference copies where feasible.

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Copyright is held by the archives. Researchers are responsible for observing copyright regulations that may apply to the publication of their research. If you wish to publish any of this material, please contact the archivist responsible for the records.

The Archivist has the right to restrict reproduction if the material is in a fragile condition.

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COA39 Admiral Vansittart I.O.D.E. fonds

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