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Dewittville Women’s Institute celebrates 65 years

The members of the Dewittville Women’s Institute gathered on September 14 to raise a glass – or cup of tea – to their 65th anniversary.

Members from the whole of the Chateauguay-Huntingdon County were invited to a festive luncheon at the Village Church in Ormstown, and around 40 women were in attendance including several from the Howick, Aubrey-Riverfield, and Hemmingford groups. The meal was enjoyed along with several readings and the sharing of different stories and jokes, to much laughter and applause.


Ellen Bulow presented Marian Ruddock the only remaining charter member of the Dewittville WI with a 65 year certificate and a house plant during the celebration PHOTO Joanne Cunningham


Carolyn Cameron animated the meeting that followed, which included special presentations to various members in commemoration of their years with the Dewittville WI.

Marian Ruddock, who is the only remaining founding member, was presented with a 65-year certificate as well as a lovely house plant to bring back home to Morrisburg. Ruddock started the Dewittville WI with Alexa Bryson in 1958, and she has remained an active member ever since. “When we needed a place for a meeting, Marian’s home was there. When we needed advice, or a consult, Marian was our go-to person, our compass,” said Ellen Bulow in a lovely address.


Members of the Dewittville Womens Institute were joined by neighbouring members for a festive luncheon on September 14 to mark the groups 65th anniversary PHOTO Sarah Rennie


Several other members were also honoured, including Dorothy McCaig who received a 50-year certificate and pin for her dedication, and Fong Camvan who was presented with a 25-year certificate and pin. Rosemary Mason, Joanne Cunningham, and Ellen Bulow each received a life membership and pin for their contributions over the years to the WI. Bulow was also presented with a 50-year certificate and pin.

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