District 1 is having an event!!!!!

On Saturday, July 25 at 1 pm at Dunvegan. This was a hastily put together event brought on by the impending visit of President-elect who is on a road trip. I am looking forward to seeing as many WI members as possible with social distancing being the guideline.

Those ARGYLE WOMEN are at it again. Working in the garden on Saturday morning we were pleased to see such a nice show of Fleeban(?) and the roses.

Summer Fun

Ridgewood Branch went to the Kerry Wood Nature Center then had their lunch and meeting. Guests from another branch joined them at MacKenzie Trail for tea afterwards. From l to r

Pauline Bill, Marilyn Wattenbarger, Grace Reister(Guest from Argyle) Faye Mayberry, Diane Dammann(Guest from Argyle) Grace Schefflemair. Vi Moore, Dorothy Bickley and Evelyn Cressey were just leaving as we, the guests, arrived. It was a beautiful day in a beautiful setting and lovely company.

DUFFIELD BRANCH held a meeting June 18 with all 5 members and 2 guests in attendance. They discussed the resolutions that will be coming up at the Convention and the handicrafts they plan to enter. One members accepted the challenge to write about how the pandemic affected her.

ELLA JANE BRANCH had a meeting in June and July. They have a new member!!!!!! Up to 17 members now. They were busy cleaning out the Cessford hall. They will go back to meeting in members’ homes

Sorry to report the passing of charter member Alene Kading on June 4 at age 89.

They are contributing to the new hamlet sign for Cessford that will be posted for highway 876.

The local Library Manager is a member of the branch. She outlined the new procedures at the library due to the COVID virus.

Four Branches have sent reports

Valhalla Busy Bees will be 100 on June 27, 2020. Congratulations. Well done!

Valhalla Busy Bees suffered the loss of their President, Tracy Campbell to cancer. She was way too young and will be sorely missed. The branch did the memorial for Tracy. They recorded 50 volunteer hours.

Echo Hill had 6 of the 7 members in attendance plus 1 visitor at the June 3 meeting. The roll call was to name a local business. They have 90 volunteer hours.

Darwell had all 5 of the members in on the June 3 meeting although one member was on speaker phone. What ever works. The roll call was “a skill or talent you wish you had” Interesting responses were, American Sign Language, musical talent, time management, crochet and computer web page design.

The program was about MSG.

Congratulation to Edie Richardson upon receiving her 50 year membership pin

Argyle Branch went on the annual trip to a green house to buy the bedding plants for all of our gardens. They went to Echo Glen by Donalda about 45 minutes away. One member went looking for a high pot—she found it.

President-elect Diane Dammann called on Irvine WI members to join in for lunch at the local Irvine Hotel.

Home and Country Magazine – Summer Edition

Due to COVID-19 AWI has altered the publication schedule for the Home & Country and Report Book. The Report Book is published to be available around the Provincial Convention, as our Convention has been rescheduled for September, the Report Book will be published later in the year to coincide with this schedule change. Thus the Home & Country issue that normally comes out in the fall, has been shifted earlier. Click here to view the full Summer issue of Home & Country.

COVID-19 Situation Update May 26,2020


I have combined information from press conferences, news releases and other sources from yesterday and today. Anything in green is an update on something from the last one I sent out or on an outbreak. Anything in bold and italics are my comments. 

If you would like to see anything that I sent out previously, or have a question on a particular topic, please ask me and I will be pleased to send to you whatever I have. 

If anyone has anything helpful to add, please send it to me and I will include it. Linda

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New Dates for Handicraft

Alberta Women’s Institutes

Handicraft Information Form

Convention 2020


Please use 2020 Handicraft List

(Revised October 2019)



  1. Mail or email the completed copy of the entry form #1to:

Marilyn Wattenbarger

25 Reeves Crescent

Red Deer, AB

T4P 2Z4

Phone: 403-340-3106

Email: marilyn_wattenbarger@gmail.com


  1. This information must be received by the Handicraft

Coordinator by August 21, 2020


  1.  Send the copy of the completed entry form #2in the

box with the entries.


  1. Send the copy of the completed entry form #3with the

person picking up your entries.


  1. Send your entries to Norsemen Inn, Camrose, to arrive

between September 14th, and September 19th, 2020.

If you are delivering your entries to the Norsemen Inn

in person they must be received by Sunday, September 20th,

    2020 by 4:00 PM.

Norsemen Inn mailing address is:


ATTENTION: Catering Norsemen Inn                       

6506 – 48 Avenue

Camrose, AB

T4V 3K3

Toll free: 1-877-477-9171

Changes Due to COVID 19

The Annual Conference in Camrose has been postponed to September 22-24 2020 but is still at the Norseman Inn in Camrose.  The Directors and Officers will hold their currant positions until the conference.

The BC Conference has been cancelled as has the Area Canada Conference that was scheduled for the middle of June.

Hopefully Branch meetings can soon resume.

Argyle meeting amid quarentine

Argyle Branch held a land line conference call to hold their meeting.  They are seconding a resolution from Half Way Grove and a resolution from Wildrose Go-getters.  The Flagstaff Food Bank will get a donation to help them out during these tough times.  April 29, ACWW Day some members will meet to do the Women Walk the World Walk keeping in mind that we social distance while we do so. They are meeting in front of the restaurant in Alliance to begin at 10 am.

This was a Telus conference call since several members do not use cell phones or computers.  It went well with 6 members in attendance.