Closing Meeting of Maxwell #17 Rebekahs of Bishopton
On Sept.17 Officers of Maxwell Rebekah Lodge held their “closing meeting”. Special guests were Vicepresident of the Rebekah Assembly of Quebec, Ernestine Whipple, as she had missed the President’s Official Visit, Assembly Secretary, Nancy Barton, who was there for picking up their Charter and effects, Deputy Grand Master Arnold MacKeage, Ernestine’s chauffeur. Although it was a very sad occasion we were honoured to be present for this meeting, to greet all our dear friends and Sisters, and to share this occasion. We shared many memories and happy times. Some pictures were passed around and remarks given. Their Large White Bible given to them by Od Felloes had been given to Victoria #16 as their Bible was in grave condition, with thanks.
Their Small White Bible given to them on their 50th Ann. was given to Fidelity #33 as they did not have a Rebekah one, and it will be cherished. Some pins were shown around and those wanting one got it. Madelyn Betts, Noble Grand had History.
May 24,1907, Maxwell came to be Ernestine Whipple Warden R A of Que. instituted by Princess #4 of Sherbrooke, showing 27 Charter Members,19 sisters and 8 brothers. From that date we started to count and then the years started to mount. Those early years were not “a bed of roses” tired backs and aching hearts but perseverance and hard work, from which Maxwell never shirks.
Maxwell is very proud to boast that we have had 7 Assembly Presidents.
1924, Connie Gilbert, 27 Annual sessions held in Montreal.! 934, Elsie HughesLeonard 37th Sessions in Masonic Hall in Sherbrooke, 1957 Myrna MacAulay, 60th, in New Sherbrooke Hotel, 1965 Flora McIntyre, 68th in New Sherbrooke Hotel, 1991 Barbara Blair,95th, at Le Baron, Sherbrooke, 1993 96th, Grayce Betts at Hotel Le Castel in Granby, 999 Madelyn Betts 102nd, Le Castel, 2002 Donna Davis,105th, at Le Castel. 107 years later Grayce Betts is a 52 yr. member, Madelyn 48 yrs. Donna Davis 33 yrs. Barbara Blair 33 yrs., Violet Main 25 yr. member. Hall was sold in 2007 due to cost of maintenance. # original members, Grayce, Madelyn and Violet Main. Myra Bailey, 50+ member of Rebekahs.
From l-r; Donna Davis, treasurer, VP Ernestine Whipple,
Assembly Sec. Nancy, VG Ferne McConnell, Birthday girl Barbara Blair, W. Violet Main, Sec. Grayce Betts, NG Madelyn.
Happy Birthday Barbara Blair !