Kars WI 100th Anniversary

Kars Women's Institute (Eastern Area) was formed on January 6, 1912.  In order to become acquainted with, reflect on the past 100 years, and plan for the future in a relaxed celebratory atmosphere, the Members met on January 6, 2012 to view a PowerPoint Presentation of the group’s activities and achievements.

The next celebration took place on July 17th. Members of Kars WI and nearby Branches, with their relatives and friends, enjoyed a Boat Cruise on the Rideau King. Then, on October 27th, there was a Centennial Tea in the Kars R.A. Hall.  Local historian and Kars WI Tweedsmuir Coordinator Coral Lindsay was the quest speaker. Her topic was historical events. A poem on being a WI Member was read by Lois Brownlee, the longest serving Member of the Branch.  

Pictured: Jean Cowan and Muriel Mercer receiving Branch Life Membership Certificate and Pin
from Carleton District WI President, Ruth Kennedy.

Messages were received from the Governor General, FWIO President and other dignitaries. Jean Cowan and Muriel Mercer were recipients of Branch Life Membership. Kars WI Member, Nyamme Samuels, was the vocal soloist.  WI displays with Tweedsmuir History Books and artifacts, a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee display, and the continuous PowerPoint Presentation in the background provided a memorable and festive atmosphere to the afternoon’s event.

In commemoration of this special year, the Kars WI Centennial Stamp was revealed.

Pictured: Helen Nixon, 102 year-old resident of Kars, cutting the 100th
Anniversary Cake at the Centennial Tea.