If the phrase ‘many hands make light work’ is true, then the Mount Temple IODE chapter
has never had to do any heavy lifting. Because, while the dedicated and hard working women of the Imperial Orders Daughter of the Empire have often had their hands full, they approach each task by working together. They also don’t consider their fundraising efforts over the past 75 years as work, but rather, an honour.
“It’s an honour for me to be given the chance to pay it forward,” member Lorraine Williams says of raising funds to support the community.
And support the local community they do. From schools to the Banff Mineral Springs Hospital and St. Martha’s, to the food bank and YWCA to Santa’s Anonymous as well as Valley Winds and the Girl Guides, their efforts benefit many. Not to mention, a Grade 4 classroom at a school in Labrador, a women’s shelter in Calgary, and books for a library in Manitoba. The IODE ladies fund these donations through craft and bakes sales, handmade knitting, hot dog barbecues, harvest luncheons, and strawberry teas. In 2013 alone, the group raised $20,000 and donated more than $21,300 to various projects.
Granted their charter on September 23, 1939, the Mount Temple IODE has played a vital role in our mountain community, notably Betty McHardy who is the longest serving member with 75 years and Kay Watt with over 55 years of service.
“It is very important to have organizations such as IODE in the community,” Williams says, “we are here to enhance the quality of life.”
So whether you’ve been a recipient of an IODE scholarship or eaten one their famous hot dogs, it’s safe to say that the IODE are the unofficial godmothers to our community and we’re so happy to have them here to help and watch over us.