Miss Civitan Club 1976? Who Are These Women?


Another picture from The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum‘s boxes of photos from the old Canadian basement that Jennifer Fenwick Irwin rescued.

1976 Almonte Civitan Club

Was this a public speaking event? Was it a Miss Civitan club pageant? Any ideas?


Lisa Stanley Sheehan said it was the Miss Almonte Pageant and she recognizes —Linda Vaughn, Lorraine Sonnenburg, Theresa Byrne, Angela Gossett

Mary Anne Harrison- I’m pretty sure about these names and it certainly looks like a Miss Almonte Pageant.

L-R Lianna Hallas, Julia Coe, Angela Gosset, Kathy Ohkie, Susan Bailey, Theresa Byrne, Angela Scott, Shirleen Sonnenberg, Frannie Scissons, Suzanne Bach.


Almonte Civitan Club – A Brief History

The sponsoring club, Carleton Place, and its president Gary Deschamp, organized the first meetings in mid 1971. They were assisted by Western Grizzard, a field representative of Civitan International. Their hard work paid great dividends and the Almonte Civitan Club was chartered on January 22, 1972. The club was incorporated as a not‑for‑profit corporation, under the name The Civitan Club of Almonte Incorporated, on February 15, 1978 but is better known as The Almonte Civitan Club.

Our Charter President, Bill Ritchie, his executive and members of the day worked very hard to set the formal ground work of the club. Meeting dates and locations were set, projects were started, and the constitution and by‑laws were hammered out. Today, our meetings are every second and fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 pm in the club owned Almonte Civitan Community Hall.

Our club has a great list of fund-raising and community projects under its belt. A small sampling is listed here: Claxton Cake Sales, Medical Equipment Loan Program, various dinner dances for fund-raising or just for fun, Pie Days, Craft Sales, Raffles, Christmas parade, Canada Day Celebrations, various Christmas Parties, many functions for Seniors, Youth and Challenged individuals, Scouts & Guides, Junior Civitan, Special Olympics, Community festivals and much more.

In January, 1990 the Arnprior & District Civitan Club was chartered as a direct result of much hard work by Almonte club members. This club has since dissolved.

Almonte was also the sponsor in September 2004 of the very successful Pakenham & District Civitan Club.

We are proud to be members of this great organization called CIVITAN and look forward to many more years of HELPING PEOPLE !

About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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