Austin Women’s In­sti­tute gets spe­cial in­vi­ta­tion

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Ma­gog

Yes­ter­dayafter­noon, Ma­gog mayor Vicki May Hamm held a re­cep­tion at the Ma­gog Town Hall for mem­bers of the Austin branch of the Que­bec Women’s In­sti­tute, which is cel­e­brat­ing its 100th an­niver­sary this year. The mem­bers of the Austin branch, as well as mayor May Hamm and Austin mayor Lisette Maille, all dressed in pe­riod cos­tume for the oc­ca­sion.

The Austin branch of this world­wide or­ga­ni­za­tion was founded in 1926 and has been a part of the cul­tural land­scape of the Ma­gog area ever since. Ev­ery year the mem­bers or­ga­nize sev­eral fund-rais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to raise money for stu­dent bur­saries for un­der-priv­i­leged stu­dents and the branch con­trib­uted sig­nif­i­cantly to­wards the de­vel­op­ment of the Ma­gog Li­brary. One of the In­sti­tutes main ob­jec­tives is to fos­ter ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams that en­cour­age women to be­come more knowl­edge­able and ac­tive cit­i­zens.

photo Stanstead Jour­nal

Proudly sport­ing their pe­riod cos­tumes for the re­cep­tion at the Ma­gog Town Hall are (front row l. to r.) Anita Proulx, Austin and Ma­gog May­ors Lisette Maillé and Vicky May-Hamm, Betty Telford, El­iz­a­beth Good­win, Gerry Meesen, (back row l. tor.) Lise Des­bois, Mar­jorie Glass­ford, Deb­bie Bonn, Lucy McGill, Win­nie Kirby and Bea Juby.

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