I would be remiss, if I didn’t recognize the good folks at May Court Club of London this week. They let me know about a few of their upcoming events and I am more than happy to share that information with you. If you recall, I introduced you to the May Court Club back in May when they hosted the Homes of Distinction tour, but didn’t really tell you much about the organization. Allow me to rectify that today!


The May Court Club is one of Canada’s longest standing service clubs. It was founded by Lady Aberdeen, the wife of the Governor General, way back in 1898 in Ottawa, Ontario. The goal of the fledgling organization was to improve the lot of  children and the community at large. Their mission statement states that they are;

“dedicated to the nurturing of the well-being of the children of our community who are in need of social, educational, physical or emotional support”. 

The volunteers at the London chapter have been dedicated to that cause since 1934, when the Junior League of London joined the Association of  May Court Clubs. That amounts to almost 80 years of service to our community and counting! Pretty impressive in my books, but I am far from the only one who has noticed. The May Court Club of London has received awards from the City of London, Women’s Community House, Vanier Children’s Services, Goodwill Industries, the YMCA and most recently from Mission Services in 2010 as an important community partner. Those are some pretty important community organizations in themselves and they all have one thing in common – an appreciation for the services that the May Court Club provides.

A Full Belly Helps Fuel a Healthy Mind

So what exactly does the May Court Club do? Well, may I remind you that the Homes of Distinction tour raised money for the children’s breakfast programs that they sponsor. One of their major mandates, the School Breakfast program provides funding to over 90 schools around London in order for them to provide healthy breakfasts, lunches and snacks. It is a proven fact that children do better in school and learn more when they have healthy meals and full bellies. In other words, an empty stomach equals an empty mind (my words, not theirs). I can attest to that from my own experience, as when I am running on empty, so is my grey matter!

Along with their School Breakfast Programs, the May Court Club also runs the May Court Shop (594 Dundas St) where you can buy quality consignment clothes, a Sibling Program at Victoria Hospital, that helps explain to 3-6 year-olds about forthcoming new siblings, plus numerous social activities, including bridge games, fashion shows, luncheons, trips to the theatre and of course a Christmas Social.

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Before I forget though, let me tell you about why they contacted me in the first place! Tonight is Ladies Night at the Carolinian Winery! Head on out to the winery at 4823 Dundas St in Thorndale from 6-9pm. Along with canapes, dessert and of course some WINE (who would have thought at a winery?), they are also going to have a silent auction. The cost is $20 and all proceeds go to their Nutrition Program. Sweet deal!

Mark your calendar for another upcoming event too! On November 11th, 2012 from noon to 4pm, the Bellamere Winery (1260 Gainsborough Rd) will host the May Court Marketplace. There will be baked goods, preserves, crafts, holiday decorations, jewellery  handbags, original art and more. Enjoy a spot of tea in the tea room, as you fuel up for more shopping and enjoy the live entertainment on hand. Admission is free and proceeds go to May Court’s community work with children. Time to finish your Christmas shopping!

So wrap up what you are doing on point yourself in the direction of Thorndale so you don’t miss a moment of the Ladies Night fun tonight. Thank you to the May Court Club of London for letting me know about this wonderful events!

Keep working on keeping our children well!