Alberta Women's Institutes

December News and Notes

Greetings all,

The December News and Notes is ready for your reading pleasure. Inside this issue:

This month’s Tuesday Coffee Chat is on Tuesday, November 29th at 9 am MST. Topic is Holiday Catchup and Cro-hooking project progress. To register and get the Zoom Link, go to our Online Learning Page.

Tuesday Coffee Chat – November

You’re invited to our Tuesday Coffee Chat, November 29th at 9 am MST. Share your progress on your cro-hooking projects that were started at last month’s Coffee Chat, share ideas for future coffee chats and have a general catchup with the AWI Ladies.

Go to our Online Learning Page for registration details.

Membership Renewals

Greetings! It is that time again, time to renew your memberships! Provincial Dues Statements have gone out in the postal mail today and via email as well. And to ensure all angles are covered I am also uploading the Provincial Dues Statement & Branch Secretary Forms here for your convenience.

Associate Members – don’t despair, I haven’t forgotten about you! Your membership forms have also gone out in the postal mail, and email. And these forms are also available here to download.

I haven’t forgotten about any of you truly!

November News and Notes

Greetings all,

Your latest issue of the News and Notes is ready for your reading pleasure. The call for nominations is out for President-Elect, Financial Officer/Bookkeeper and auditors. If you have someone you would like to put forward please send their information to Cathleen Thurston. Her full contact information is in the News and Notes.

Be Safe Online

Recently I was in my local ATB branch and they had a great display which included the Little Black Book of Scams published by the Competition Bureau Canada. This independent law enforcement agency protects and promotes competition for the benefit of Canadians- both consumers and businesses.

I picked up a hard copy of the Little Black Book of Scams with the thought I would share with you our members for their benefit. As over the months I have heard the concern from members about doing things online, and their concern about security, identity theft and other scams that are circulating the internet.

The Little Black Book of Scams, which is in its second edition, includes over a dozen different types of scams to watch for, each with tips to keep you safe, as well as how you can report things you are suspicious of.

On such scam is Identity Theft, according to the Little Black Book, “Scammers are always on the lookout to collect or reproduce your personal information to commit fraud. Thieves can make purchases using your accounts, obtain passports, receive government benefits, apply for loans and more. This could turn your life upside down. ”

“They look for credit card information, bank account details, full name and signature, date of birth, social insurance number, full address, mother’s maiden name, online usernames and passwords, driver’s license number and passport number. Identity theft is a serious crime!”

Here are some tips to protect yourself from the Little Black Book of Scams:

  • Never provide your personal information over the phone, via texct message, email or internet.
  • Avoid public computers or Wi-Fi hotspots, such as in coffee shops, to access or provide personal information, they put you at risk.
  • Create strong and unique passwords for each of your online accounts. Password-protect your devicesand home Wi-Fi network.
  • Use a secure and reputable payment service when buying online–look for a URL (web address) starting with “https” and a closed padlock symbol.
  • Avoid giving out peronsal information on social media. It can be used along iwth your pictures to comit fraud.
  • Always sheidl your PIN when using your card. If you had it over to a cashier, never lose sight of it.
  • Shred and destroy documents with personal information.

If you suspect a scam, always report it! To find out how and where to Report a Scam click here.

Download a copy of the Little Black Book of Scams here

October News and Notes

The October Issue of the News & Notes is now available for your reading pleasure! It is time for leadership change in 2023! If you have potential candidates you would like to put forward read on! Click on the image of News and Notes to download. Also, I have made the Branch Secretary Report Form available as well. Click on the image on the right below to download a pdf version of the form. If you would like a fillable Word version of this form, contact me directly and I will email it to you.

Tuesday Coffee Chat

Greetings all,

We are trying again. Our September Tuesday Coffee Chat didn’t pan out quite as planned due to technical difficulties we were not able to have the cro-hooking demonstration as scheduled. But as my Mom used to say, “If it doesn’t work. Then try, try again.” And that is what we are doing this month.

Our October Tuesday Coffee Chat has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 25th at 9 am MST. And Fern Killeen will be doing a cro-hooking demonstration.

To find out more details and to register visit our Online Learning page

Click Here to download to the Cro-Hooking Pattern and Supplies needed to fully participate in this demonstration.

2023 ACWW World Conference

Greetings all,

After the post earlier this week, there was a question about 2023 ACWW World Conference registration information. The conference registration closes on December 31, 2022. According to the ACWW website. All registrations for the 30th Triennial World Conference in Malaysia will be “all inclusive”, and details are shown below.  This means that once you have landed at the airport in Malaysia, you don’t have to spend a penny, cent, or Ringgit until you get on the plane to head home! (Unless you go shopping!!).

For full details on registration, pricing and FAQs related to the conference, visit the ACWW Conference Page.

Scroll to the bottom of the page for FAQs such as

  • What’s included in Registration Fees?
  • What’s NOT included in these fees?
  • COVID-19 & Conference
  • Do I need a visa to visit Malaysia?

Be sure to keep scrolling down on this page to get all the finer details and the online conference registration form.

If you would like a pdf copy or print copy of the registration form, please contact ACWW Central Office at office@acww.org.uk – please do not try and print the online form.

International Day of Awareness of Food Loss & Waste – September 29th

Stop Food Waste & Loss for the People, For the Planet

Studies show that in Canada, 12% of avoidable food waste and loss occurs at the retail phase of the supply chain. Another 13% occurs at the hotel, restaurant and institution phase of the supply chain. In 2017, Food Loss & Waste had significant financial implications for Canadians – food loss and waste cost us $17 Billion. This has implications to farm profitability and post-farm gate profitability.

Local Resources for stopping food waste is the Loop Resource: Grocery stores give damaged/outdated food to farmers and charities. www.loopresource.ca (Thank you Mary Leighton for sharing this resource).

What’s Alberta Agriculture doing? The latest “Trend in Retail” looks at food loss and waste, and what is being done along the food supply value chain. It’s a concern for both producers and consumers alike. To see what’s Alberta doing visit this link. https://www.alberta.ca/dealing-with-food-loss-and-waste.aspx

FlashFood App – provides consumers with updates on foods at grocery stores that are nearing the best before date. This is an app that works both in Canada and the United States. Although it may not be available in more remote areas of the country. You do get what there is, so creative cooking may come into play. www.flashfood.com

To Learn More visit about International Day of Awareness of Food Loss & Waste visit:

https://www.fao.org/international-day-awareness-food-loss-waste/en/

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