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

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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