Alberta Women's Institutes

December News and Notes

Greetings all,

The last issue of News & Notes for 2021 is now available. Inside: Reminders of award deadlines, Branch Renewals and Online Learning on Thursday December 2nd.

Wishing you and yours all the best this Holiday Season!

Zoom Basics II

On Tuesday, November 16, the first of our online learning sessions, Zoom Basics was held. Due to requests from the group we are holding a Zoom Basics II in early December. This session has been scheduled for Thursday, December 2 at 7:00pm.

The registration is now open and the tickets are FREE! But we need you to register. As the instructor I too am learning, as I have never integrated Zoom and Eventbrite before, but I have for these sessions. This is my second trial, and I have made a couple tweaks from the first time around, so hopefully it will be an improvement.

So click the picture or caption below to register for Zoom Basics II.

In the first session we went over features and controls when you are a participant in a meeting. In Zoom Basics II we will go over scheduling a meeting, and role of host. These sessions are only 40 minutes, with about 25 minutes of instruction and then some interaction with Q&A.

World Kindness Day

Saturday, November 13th is World Kindness Day, what are you doing to make kindness the norm? The World Kindness Day in an international observance on November 13th. World Kindness Day was introduced in 1998 by The World Kindness Movement, a coalition of nations’ kindness NGOs. The Random Acts of Kindness website has resources for the individual, activist or educator to integrate more kindness into your daily life.

Be inspired by their calendar for the coming year! To get you started here are 7 ways to starting making kindness part of your daily life!

AWI’s Zoom Basics – Registration now open

We are now accepting registrations for our Zoom Basics Online Learning Session scheduled for Tuesday, November 16th at 7pm. We will be accepting registrations using Eventbrite. To register simply click here to be redirected to our Event Page.

Please tell us your branch and location, or if you are an Associate member, where you are signing in from. Stay tuned for our line up of online learning opportunities in the New Year!

See you on the 16th!

November News and Notes

The November Issue of the News & Notes is now available for your reading pleasure.

Virtual Online Learning Opportunities – AWI will be offering online learning opportunities, starting with Zoom Basics on November 16th to get you ready for what is to come!

If you are interested contact the Provincial Office to register.

October News and Notes

The October Issue of News & Notes is now ready for your reading pleasure. Some Highlights:

Congratulations to our Cash Raffle Winners, First Prize to Ken Williamson of Peace River and Second Prize to Brenda Grainger of Chestermere. Reminder: Please return any unsold cash raffle tickets to the Provincial Office as soon as possible. Thank you if you have already sent yours in.

Award of Excellence winner Diane Smith, Grimshaw WI. Read Diane’s bio on the Provincial Convention Page.

Berwyn WI President, Joan Bogner has issued a challenge to all members.

The News & Notes is a monthly email newsletter from Provincial Council President, which is also made available on AWI website and social media.

Need Help with Technology?

While reading the Costco Connections I came across an article about Tech Support for Seniors. Given the recent conversation about technology, and having to switch our in-person Provincial Convention to an all virtual one, this topic seemed to ring bells like a klaxon.

The article included a couple of great online service providers to help you become a bit more tech savvy. These are based in Ontario but they have helped beyond those borders. TechServeTo (www.techserveto.com) is a free online serve that uses a volunteer group of about 175 tech-savvy millennials to provide support to seniors.

Another website the article mentions is a Toronto-based Cyber Seniors (cyberseniors.org) which trains younger volunteers to be mentors for seniors. You can read the full Costco Connections article Tech Support for Seniors here. But while I was looking for some more information I came across a non-profit called Connected Canadians whose mission is to connect older adults with technology support and training. To find out more visit their website.

Additionally, most communities have an adult learning association that offers free or affordable courses in a variety of topics as well as providing one-on-one consults and support. You may want to check out your local Community Adult Learning Association (CALP) for technology training and support. Here in Flagstaff County, our Community Adult Learning Association is located in Killam. Visit the CALP online portal to find the nearest location to you.

Another Provincial Convention Wraps Up!

It may have been a bit different than in years past, but there was comradery, sharing, laughter and fellowship throughout the day. And what a day we had! Thank you to all the attendees for joining us on Zoom, and persisting even when the virtual door was locked. You knocked louder and got in! Wonderful. I personally am not sure why things didn’t work as smoothly as I had hoped. But at least we were all in the same room this year!

I have updated the Provincial Convention page to now hold some of the proceedings. Here you can read Award of Excellence Winner, Diane Smith’s bio at your leisure although you did hear it read out over the airways today.

And you can view the 2 video presentations that were shared. We have lost a number of our members over the last couple years. But they are not forgotten. Click here to go to the Convention page. Or you can navigate there from the menu at the top of the page.

Congratulations to our Cash Raffle and 50/50 Raffle Winners!

Finally, the Silent Auction is running through till the end of the day September 30 (this Thursday). There are some late additions added just today so be sure to check it out and get your bids in! The Silent Auction is on AWI Facebook page. Winners of the Silent Auction will be contacted on Friday and Saturday.

Until Next time

Bernadette Logozar
AWI Executive Director

2021 Report Book Now Available

The 2021 Report Book is now available for your reading pleasure. The Provincial Convention is scheduled for Tuesday, September 28th and will be taking place on Zoom. Today (Friday, September 24th) is the final day to register.

All attendees will be receiving a digital copy of the Report Book. As well 2 copies have been mailed out to every branch today.

Thank you to all contributors and to all our members for their patience and understanding as we shifted gears from an in-person convention to an all virtual one.

I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.

Online Silent Auction – Live

Live on Facebook!

The 2021 Silent Auction is now live. Items can be viewed on the Alberta Women’s Institute Facebook page, bids can be placed by putting your bid in the comment section of the specific item. Simply Click on the item to see details of it and then you are off!

Please review the Auction Rules BEFORE proceeding, as there have been changes since last year.

New this year, is starting bid for all items is $10, after subsequent bids must be in at least $1.00 increments.

Thank you to the branches, districts and members who donated items for our silent auction.

Also, reminder that we are still accepting items for the Closet Fashion Show. Please email a photo and description with Branch/District of your item to the Provincial Office. The deadline to submit your clothing items is Thursday, September 23 by 4 pm.