When it came time to cut the ceremonial cake to mark the 100th anniversary of the McConnell Club of St. Marys, the choices to do the honour were pretty clear. As present and past members, along with their friends and families, packed the St. Marys branch of the Royal Canadian Legion on Sunday, Sept. 14 to mark the independent organization’s centennary, Edna Fay Le Lond Campbell and Bernice Coulson were handed the cake-cutting honour.
Edna is a relative the man for whom the Club was named, William “Bill” McConnell, after he was one of the first St. Marys residents killed in the World War One. She now lives in Manitoba, and travelled to Sunday’s celebration with her daughter, Lois Cormier.
Coulson, meanwhile, is the current past-president of the McConnell Club of St. Marys, and has served as its president on more than one occasion. She has been a member of the organization for 18 years and worked on many of the group’s projects — including taking a lead role in organizing Sunday’s 100th anniversary.
Also honoured on Sunday were three 60-year current members of the Club: Reta Facey, Rena Wilson and Doris May.