Long time member passes

Hazel Swainson, Life Member of Alberta Women’s Institutes and long time member of Lougheed Branch passed away just a few weeks after her 90th birthday.  Hazel maybe remembered for her work on the “Get Cracken-Get Snappin'” project a few years ago.

She was an enthusiastic and valuable member.  Donations in her memory can be made to the office fund.AWI council convention 2016 047

Location of Branches in Alberta

PEACE RIVER AREA DISTRICT 1
VALHALLA CONTACT JAN LAWRENCE
BERWYN AND GRIMSHAW CONTACT JOAN BOGNER

EDMONTON AND HIGHWAY 16 AREA DISTRICT 2
DARWELL CONTACT CATHLEEN THURSTON
VERMILLION(CREIGHTON) CONTACT B.AVILLA HESS
LAVOY
MANVILLE
DUFFIELD CONTACT PAT SCOTT
STONEY PLAIN CONTACT JEAN GOEBEL
WESTLOCK CONTACT VERA BROWN
EDMONTON

CENTRAL AREA DISTRICT 3
CAMROSE CONTACT DIANE DAMMANN
LOUGHEED
ROUNDHILL
ALLIANCE
STETTLER CONTACT DOROTHY UNGSTAD
PONOKA

CALGARY HIGHWAY 1 NORTH DISTRICT 5
BROOKS
CESSFORD CONTACT SHARON THOMPSON
INNISFAIL CONTACT MARGARET BOWES
OLDS
DRUMHELLER
BOWDEN CONTACT BRENDA WILLSIE

CALGARY SOUTH TO BORDER DISTRICT 4
CALGARY
LANGDON CONTACT ELLEN RECHNER
PRIDDIS (WESTOE)
COUTTS CONTACT COLLEEN BIANCHI

At the Annual General Meeting.

Women from the north, Grimshaw, and women from the south, Coutts and women from all places in between gathered at the Norseman Inn in Camrose to meet and greet and take care of business.

The business was a notice of motion to change the structure of the Provincial Council. It was defeated.  The motion would have cut council down to three directors, president and president elect.  The directors would have been elected but not from districts.

I am sure that the reason we are staying with the present method of 5 districts and District Directors on Council is because the costs have been slashed and the system is working.

AWI Council meets every 6 weeks now by Skype.  Districts are responsible for their Directors expenses.

There were three resolutions passed.

  1. To urge the government  of Alberta and Canada to make playground and school speed zones active all day long, every day, all year long.
  2. to urge the government of Alberta to forbid supermarkets from wasting food that can be eaten and instead reduce the price or donate to a food bank.
  3. to urge the government of Alberta to ban scented cleaning products being used in public places.

Our organization at work

The motions and resolutions passed or re affirmed at the Associated Country Women of the World Conference in Warwick carried the responsibility of follow up.  Coni Murray has sent this up date/

acww responses

Click on it to read the responses from our Cabinet Ministers.

Your Provincial Council met.

The second meeting by Skype was held Nov. 18.  This no cost convenient way of meeting is going quite well.  We are all still learning but isn’t that what WI is all about.

It was decided to offer Associate Members a deal on a three year membership.  Three years for $110.   Annual membership is $40.  An associate member is one who does not have a branch near by.  Another change recently is that the associate member is eligible to hold office at any level and can enter handicraft at the conventions.

If we can really get things going maybe there will be an internet branch for the associate members.

AWI Tartan in crochet.

The Alberta Women’s Institute tartan is a registered tartan.  Doreen Kelley on Golden. BC converted a sample of fabric to a crochet pattern and demonstrated the weaving to members of Argyle Branch in Alliance.  She also did a place mat on plastic canvas.In the background are blankets that she made in the Okanagan tartan, Nova Scotia tartan and the dress Stewart.001

Summer recess is over. Branches are meeting again.

Roundhill had 134 volunteer hours and a new member.

Echo Hill Branch met in a members home where they learned that a long drought is possible for the prairies.

Heather Brae Branch has a lunch meeting at Smitty’s restaurant in Camrose.

The Lavoy Branch up at Vegerville had a July meeting after a pot luck lunch.  They are thinking of disbanding although they have 9 members enrolled.

Darwell and Duffield Branches meet for lunch once a month at different locations.

It looks like Valhalla Busy Bees have a chili cook off.  They also have an annual fall supper.  Two of their members made a display for the Communities in Bloom day.

Ella Jane Branch in the Brooks/Cessford area put in 206 volunteer hours mostly catering for a wedding supper and memorial lunch. They have 19 members.

Argyle Branch at Alliance had a lively discussion on health issues at the Sept. meeting.

Lougheed Branch, the branch with all the young members, met to make freezer meals.  This branch meets on Sunday afternoon and brings the kids.  Members take turns planning and hosting a program/meeting.