A bit of history on the Kirkton’s W.I., by Secretary Orrie Hartwick:
The Kirkton Womens Institute was organized in 1902, but after a period of three years, the Group disbanded. In 1908 it was reorganized and has been active ever since. A discussion regarding music in the school at a January Meeting of 1921, resulted in this subject being taught by Roy Goulding in Woodham and Kirkton Schools, funded by the Womens Institute before the Local School Boards picked up the tab.
In 1927, a Committee of interested W.I. Members were named to begin the task of cleaning up the old Methodist Cemetery, located on the North side of The St. Pauls Anglican Church, Kirkton. With the help of the public the cemetery was beautified and maintained.
The W.I. sponsored the first Historical Plaque erected in Perth County. This was erected for the Right Honourable Arthur Meighen, former Prime Minister Of Canada, near his Birthplace at Anderson, Ontario on August 27th, 1961. In August 1963, W.I. sponsored another Historical Plaque for Timothy Eaton of The Great T. Eaton Company of Canada, who operated with his brother, a small store and the first Post Office in Kirkton during the 1850 years.
The Kirkton Womens Institute has been going for 117 Years, meeting on the fourth Thursday of every Month. We have a Bake Sale at Kirkton Fair and Euchre during the year. We regularly have different speakers at our Meetings.