The Whatsoever Circle of the International Order of The King’s Daughters and Sons is an interdenominational Christian service organization - www.iokds.org.
The chapter’s name, Whatsoever Circle, is based upon scripture found in Philippians 4:8. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
We support the ministries of the International Order as well as sponsor local projects and services for area residents with a three-fold emphasis: religious, educational and philanthropic.
The Whatsoever Circle has approximately eighty members. All ladies in the Edisto community are invited to visit as guests and become new members.
Isabelle Mims -- President of the Whatsoever Circle
The Circle meets on the third Thursday morning of each month, September through May (second Thursday in December), at local churches. Speakers present a wide range of topics which help promote community awareness and the work of Christian living and thinking. Topics have included local missions, local ecology, community resources, and South Carolina authors/musicians. Members enjoy a fellowship time at each meeting.
2017 Meeting Dates
- Jan 19 -- 9:30 a.m. -- Edisto Beach Baptist Church
- Feb 16 -- 9:30 a.m. -- Trinity Episcopal Church
- Mar 16 -- 9:30 a.m. -- Edisto Island United Methodist Church
- Apr 20 -- 9:30 a.m. -- Presbyterian Church on Edisto
- May 6 -- 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. -- Edisto Day Bazaar -- Lions Club Building
- May 18 -- 11:00 a.m. -- Spring Luncheon
- Sep 21 -- 9:30 a.m. -- Episcopal Church on Edisto
- (meets in historic sanctuary adjacent to New First Missionary Baptist Church)
- Oct 19 -- 9:30 a.m. -- Edisto Beach Baptist Church
- Nov 16 -- 9:30 a.m. -- St. Frederick and St. Stephen Catholic Church
- Dec 14 -- 11:00 a.m. -- Christmas Luncheon (second Thursday)
Women from Edisto Island have had a long tradition of Christian service. The Whatsoever Circle was organized January 13, 1888, and is one of the oldest continually operating IOKDS circles in the United States. Mrs. Lucille Venning Mikell served as the Circle’s first president. Beginning with a bazaar and plantation tour in 1963, the Whatsoever Circle is the sponsor for what has evolved into the annual Edisto Day Bazaar.
Edisto Day Bazaar
The annual Edisto Day Bazaar is held the first Saturday in May, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., at the Lions Club building, 2970 Myrtle Street, Edisto Beach. The bazaar is the Circle’s only fundraiser. Donations to the bazaar are tax deductable.
Come enjoy an OLD TIME BAZAAR:
- Win a handmade quilt and gifts from local merchants.
- Enjoy lunch at KD’s Café.
- Visit with guest Artists and Crafters
- Buy a special treasure -- Booths include:
- Attic Treasures
- Baked Goods
- Boutique: Ladies Clothing, Jewelry & Accessories
- White Elephant
*** And Much More! ***
Local needs are a continuous focus of our Social Service Committee. The following organizations are typical of our Circle’s contributions over the past several years.
For Children and Education:
- Begin with Books (books for preschoolers)
- Communities in Schools at Jane Edwards Elementary School
- Community Services of Edisto Scholarship
- Edisto Island Community Association Scholarship Fund
- Green River Preserve Summer Camp
- Jane Edwards Elementary School
- Literacy Partnership with Schools and Public Libraries
- Presbyterian Church Pre-school
For Health, Community. and Human Services
- Edisto Belles (breast cancer support)
- Edisto Home Mission Team (home repair for elderly and handicapped)
- Edisto Island Blanket Ministry
- Edisto Island Food Pantry
- Edisto Island Animal Lovers of Edisto Canine Rescue
- Good Samaritan Clinic on Edisto
- Mattie Raysor Home in Orangeburg (only IOKDS home for elderly in SC)