The Ladies of Saint Anne is a local service club that works closely with the Pain Court faction of the Knights of Columbus as well as the local church – Immaculée conception & St. Philippe Parish to fund-raise for our local schools as well as for issues impacting our community members. A significant portion of the funds are raised through the running of bingo events as well as a twice yearly Chicken and Slider supper.
President: Linda Lachapelle
Vice President: Marie-Jeanne Alexandre
Secretary: Grace Cole
Treasurer: Angela Roy & Darlene Raaymakers
Phone: (519) 351-2206
History of the Ladies of Saint Anne
The Pain Court Ladies of St. Anne Society, formally known as Ladies of the Altar, was founded in 1915 by Fr. A. Emery. This society was created to help support the parish financially through fundraising. The ladies also enjoy the social aspect of this group.
Over the past 100 years, the Ladies have held numerous penny sales, bingos, picnics, card parties, teas, banquets and fashion shows. For many years, the Ladies of St. Anne prepared Christmas cookies for our shut-ins, and continue to do so. Many projects/renovations for the rectory and the church were funded by this organization. Our three schools receive annual donations to help with graduations and special events. The Ladies of St. Anne, along with the Knights of Columbus, sponsor the annual Children’s Christmas party.
Some of the donations we have made over the years include the Chatham-Kent Outreach for Hunger, Right to Life Kent, etc. We have also sowed and donated hundreds of turbans for cancer patients for several years. A group of our ladies also provide much appreciated funeral lunches for our grieving parish families.
Most of the group’s funds are raised through electronic bingos in Chatham, bake sales and Chicken & Sliders dinner/dances, co-sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.
We meet as a group, four (4) times a year for a dinner meeting. We encourage women of all ages, English and French speaking, to join our organization. We sincerely hope to keep this group vibrant and active for many more years. Many of our mothers and grandmothers proudly gave of their time and effort to support the Ladies of St. Anne… since 1915!