Soon after the opening of the Theological College in the fall of 1969, delegates at a meeting of the League of Women's Societies in Ontario decided to organize the Women's Savings Action for the College. This decision followed a tradition initiated in the Netherlands after the Liberation in 1944 when the library in Kampen had to be built up again at the Theological College and a women's savings action was started. When a similar action was initiated in Canada, Women's Societies across the country were invited to participate in this venture, and representatives are now found in virtually every congregation.
The funds collected by the Women's Savings Action are the main source of income for the purchase of books and periodicals for the library; in the past they also financed the purchase of a number of necessary teaching aids. In 1984 a very substantial contribution was made toward the purchase of the present College building; a plaque in the foyer commemorates this fact. The fall of 2000 saw the official opening of the new library facility. Once again the Women's Savings Action was able to make a generous donation.
The work of the Women's Savings Action was first coordinated by Mrs. G.R. Selles, the wife of the late Prof. L. Selles, and Mrs. C. Lindhout Sr. of London, Ontario, who acted as treasurer. These dedicated and enthusiastic workers of the first hour are now home with the Lord. Since 1969 the work could continue with many different representatives and a number of different board members participating. The present executive is : Mrs. J. Van Dam, president, Mrs. J. VanVliet, secretary and Mrs. C. Nienhuis, treasurer. The Lord blessed the efforts of the Women's Savings Action for more than 30 years. Contributions to the Women's Savings Action are also regularly received from our sisters in the Free Reformed Churches of Australia. As well, royalties for books written by the late Prof. L. Selles for the Inter-League Publication Board are donated to the Women's Savings Action. Our library contents and facilities would be unimaginable without this vital work.
Mrs. J. Van Dam, President - Email address: jvandam(at)cogeco.ca
Mrs. J. VanVliet, Secretary - Email address: livingstreams(at)shaw.ca
Mrs. C. Nienhuis, Treasurer - Email address: hnienhuis(at)sympatico.ca
Correspondence can also be sent by regular mail to:
Women's Savings Action
c/o 1492 Fletcher Rd
Hannon, Ontario L0R 1P0