Oakville May Court Club hosts May Court Clubs of Canada AGM

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The May Court Club of Oakville is hosting the Annual General Meeting of the Association of May Court Clubs of Canada on May 4th and 5th, 2018.

Founded in 1898 on the eve of May Day in Ottawa, Ontario, May Court’s founder, Lady Isabel Aberdeen, the wife of Canada’s Governor General, was a truly extraordinary woman. Lady Aberdeen had strong ideas about the role of women in society. More importantly she put her ideas into action.

She was the founder of the Council of Women and the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON). To support these endeavours, she then founded a women’s service club, The May Court Clubs of Canada. It is the first service club in Canada and over a century later, May Court Clubs have grown to more than 1,500 volunteer women located in nine Ontario cities; all driven by the same spirit and passion for making a difference in the communities they serve.

The umbrella organization, The Association of May Court Clubs of Canada, comprises 2 delegates from each of the 9 clubs and an executive committee of 5 elected from past club presidents. They meet twice annually to share successes, brainstorm challenges, and to discuss common projects. All members are encouraged to attend our annual meeting where they can meet new friends, renew acquaintances, be energized and inspired by the positive changes that May Court’s caring has brought to our communities.

All nine May Court Clubs in Ontario will be attending. The topic of this year’s event is “You’ve Come a Long Way Lady” referring to the growth of the May Court Clubs of Canada since their inception in 1898 by Lady Aberdeen. There will be 25 delegates comprised of the presidents and vice presidents of the nine May Court Clubs and members of the association’s board of directors. The delegates will attend business meetings on May 4 and during the day on May 5. In addition, the May Court registration package to all our guests will be full of information promoting Oakville and area with points of interest, restaurants, shopping, etc….

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The May Court Club of Oakville President, Joan Price says, “Our focus is on women, children, seniors and today, we are the gold standard for volunteerism in our community We have stood the test of time and have continued to grow over the years to over 237 members strong. Because we are 100% volunteer run, we have minimum administration fees and the funds we raise go directly to our community and stay in our community.”

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Volunteers at May Court of Oakville’s Nearly New Shop in Kerr Village. Photo Credit: Janet Bedford

Be sure to visit The May Court Club of Oakville’s Nearly New Shop located on Kerr Street in Oakville. It is one of the club’s main fundraisers and you will leave with quality clothing, shoes jewelry and household items of every description. A fashion show using fashions from the shop will be part of the festivities on Saturday May 5th.

The May Court Club of Oakville always welcomes new members.

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