A hugely popular annual event, the Frontenac Chapter IODE Rummage Sale is set to run Sept. 20th and 21st.
Drop-off days continue Sept. 3rd, 5th, 10th and 12th between 5 and 8 p.m., on Sept. 16th from 9 a.m. through to 8 p.m. and also on Sept. 18th from 9 a.m. through to 3 p.m.
Hours for the rummage sale are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sept. 20th and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 21th.
IODE Canada is a national women’s charitable organization, notes the group’s web site.
“It stands for the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire, and it was started more than 100 years ago,” said Vivian Lowther, one of the event’s organizers.
The local rummage sale has a long history in Stettler, stretching back more than 75 years, she said, adding she has been a part of the local chapter since 1991. Currently, there are about 20 members.
“Originally, it was to support the veterans overseas and their families,” said Lowther of the group’s beginnings.
According to the IODE Canada web site, it was back in 1900 that Margaret Polson Murray of Montreal encouraged the formation of a federation of women to promote patriotism, loyalty and service to others.
“The first chapter, Federation of the Daughters of the Empire, was formed in Fredericton, New Brunswick in early 1900. Primary chapters were formed in quick succession across Canada as were junior chapters.
“In 1901, the Federation was incorporated as Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire and Children of the Junior Branch.
IODE was incorporated as a Canadian women’s organization by a special act of the Parliament of Canada in 1917.
“Women of all ages, from all walks of life and educational backgrounds, meet in local chapters for fun, friendship and community volunteerism. Members volunteer with and for people, focusing on children, education and community services.
“The main benefit of belonging to IODE is being part of a like-minded group of women who work together to improve the quality of life for those in need.”
These days, Lowther said the organization is mainly focused on supporting education.
“We give awards to the schools and we also support the library, the hospital, women’s shelters and anybody that needs help, we will provide that help,” she explained. The group’s funds come primarily from events like the annual rummage sale as well.
Meanwhile, the local group meets the first Monday of the month except for July and August at the Stettler United Church.
Meetings start at 7 p.m.
For Lowther, belonging to the group brings its own source of joy.
“The members that we have are great to work with,” she said. “It’s also a time to get out and socialize.”
For more information, find them on Facebook at ‘Frontenac Chapter IODE Stettler’.