Former members of the East River St. Mary’s CGIT met recently for a reunion in the Bethany United Church, East River St. Mary’s. The first CGIT group in East River St. Mary’s was formed in the early forties by CGIT Leader, Margaret Gunn, affectionately known in the community as Margaret Herbie. Four members from that first group were in attendance. A second CGIT group was formed in the mid-sixties by CGIT Leader, Edith Green, which continued until the late seventies. Edith Green attended the reunion and a bouquet of flowers was presented to her in recognition of the contribution she made to CGIT and for the good Christian values she instilled in the girls of her community.
This large group of friends and former neighbors enjoyed an afternoon of reminiscing, sharing photos, memorabilia and stories from their CGIT years. As part of the reunion, Rev. Derek Ellsworth, minister for the Bethany United Church, conducted a short vesper service. He spoke on the roots of the CGIT movement. Candles were lit in memory of former CGIT members, prayers were offered and the women repeated their CGIT motto, song and closing taps.
A picnic lunch was shared by all who attended. Thanks were given to those who planned the reunion and especially to Carol (Hillier) Yorke, whose idea it was in the first place. Those who attended the reunion showed interest in meeting again in 2015 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of CGIT.
(Submitted by Christie Wilson)