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Item ID# Country Sisters fonds
Title Country Sisters Community Club fonds
Object Name Archival Fonds
Dates of Creation 1919 - 1921, 1931 - 1997
Creator Country Sisters Community Club
Other Creators Country Sisters Club
Country Sisters War Efforts Society
Description The fonds reflects the interests and activities of the Country Sisters Club and contains records including:
- minutes of the general meetings (1920-1997),
- membership rolls,
- a treasurer's book (1953-1954),
- a book of highlights (1934-1979), and
- meeting programs, plans and notes (1950s-1990s).

The fonds also includes centennial planning booklets, correspondence from the United Farmers of Ontario and the United Farm Women of Ontario (1940s) and thank you cards.
Finding Aids Series-level description, with file lists, is available
Finding Aid and Transcription Links Country Sisters Community Club fonds finding aid
Admin/Biographical History The Country Sisters Club was established in late 1919 by women in the vicinity of S.S. #1, Saugeen Township. The Club was formed as part of the United Farm Women of Ontario, a women's auxiliary to the United Farmers of Ontario, and was assigned the name "U.F.W.O. Country Sisters Club No. 1370A", as reflected in the 1934 minute book.

The club name "Country Sisters" was chosen at the May 21, 1920 meeting. In October 1942, the club reorganized as the Country Sisters War Efforts Society, separate from the club. After the end of the Second World War, the club resumed the "Country Sisters" name. Commencing in the 1970s, programs and newspaper articles refer to the club by the name "Country Sisters Community Club".

The Country Sisters Community Club provided rural women with an opportunity to meet socially and a forum for discussion about issues of importance to farmers, farm women and the rural community. Meetings were held, initially in member's homes, approximately once per month; less often during some winters. Commencing in the 1980s, meetings often took place at the Lawn Bowling Club House. The group's monthly meetings varied with speakers, worship, devotions, topical discussions and activities.

The Club's Motto was: "I expect to pass this way but once. If, therefore, there is any good deed I can do, or any kindness I can show to any fellow-being, let me do it now; let me not defer nor neglect it; for I shall not pass this way again." The Club was very active during W.W. II, adopting a family in England and sending many parcels overseas. The Club also served the local community by contributing to the Hospital Auxiliary, donating items to the local school and donating time, items and funds to a variety of local organizations. To raise money for charitable organizations, the group held a variety of events and social activities, including card parties, picnics, quiltings and special speakers.

An executive body governed the club. As of 2009, the club continues in existence.
Provenance Records were held by various members of the Country Sisters Club over the years. The records were donated to the Bruce County Archives on May 6, 2008 by the Country Sisters Club.
Collection Country Sisters Community Club fonds
Physical Description 17 cm of textual records (Incl. 19 bound minute books)
1 photograph
Subjects Farm Radio Forum
Organizations
Rural life
Service clubs
Social life
People Avis, Beatrice
Caley, Lorna
Chapman, Mildred
Christman, Ann
Clazie, James
Daniels, Dick
Fenton, Jean
Heard, Lillian
Lamont, Irene
Guyer, Hannah (Leeder)
McConkey, May
McGillivray, Edith
Nelson, Horatio, Mrs.
Nuttall, Bevil
Scott, Dorothy
Seaman, Marie
Shipley, Lyle, Mrs.
Smith, Hazel
Smith, Ina
Thede, Hazel
Thede, Joyce
Thomas, Elizabeth
Turnbull, Hazel
Upshall, Myrtle M.
Wark, Reta
Webber, Velva Christmann
Wilson, Gwen
Businesses and Organizations Country Sisters Community Club
Place Saugeen Township
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