Ladies Aid Society was established on October 14 1914 at Mrs. Roseborough's home (above the hardware store). This group was formed to help raise funds to furnish the new church and to represent the ladies' opinions in church affairs. Organizing to voice their opinions was a relevant action when we remember that women at that time did not have the right to vote in elections or be involved in public business decisions. In 1962 the organization became the UCW (United Church Women). Fundraising continued to be the focus - both for local events and for international charities. Community receptions, funerals luncheons, anniversaries, pot luck suppers, catering farm sales, Sport's Day involvement, garage and bake sales to name a number of the activities undertaken.
Homemakers Club in Gray began in 1915. The organization motto was "For Home and Country" - very appropriate as World War I was in progress. Early fundraising and projects were devoted to wartime efforts - sewing, knitting, food parcels. Activities included home cooking (offered for sale at the Greer and Courneya Stores), plays, tag days (flea markets I think) and hosting refreshment booths at local events. The group welcomed all women (there was no church affiliation) so was able to include anyone who wished to join. The beginnings of the organization were at a time when women weren't allowed to vote or own property. The group allowed them an opportunity to organize and manage initiatives for the improvement of rural lives and their community.
Fundraising continued over the years with many local projects and charity groups receiving funds. In 1971 Homemaker's Club joined the Women's Institute organization. With regrets the group was disbanded in 1974.
Some of their projects included;