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.
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.
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
AWI Executive Director
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.
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.
Convention Reminders and Updates
Greetings all, Today is September 15th and it’s the last day to register for Early Bird savings for the all virtual Provincial Convention.
The cost for virtual registration has been reduced to $50 (Early Bird) per site and after September 15th the price is $60 per site. You can pay by cheque or etransfer. Full details are on the Provincial Website and the form. Please ensure the email address you want to use to connect with on September 28 is clearly written on your registration form. I will be sending out the Convention link in the week of September 20th.
Other updates: Handicraft Competition is still happening! Yippee. Council met last night and the judges have been lined up and a display space has been reserved in Red Deer. Judging and public viewing will take place at The Clubhouse, #14 Jenkins Drive, Red Deer on Monday September 27 from 1-3 pm. Public Welcome, donations also welcome. If you have already sent in your application for submission, You can send your handicraft items directly to Marilyn Wattenbarger, Handicraft Coordinator. Marilyn will be contacting those who have submitted directly with details of where to send your items. Please make sure that your items are delivered by Sunday, September 26th. Just as they have been in years past.
By popular request, I have started this again. It will not be daily as before, but once or twice a week. If you no longer wish to receive it, please let me know so I can take you off the list.
Linda Toews, President Elect, Alberta Women’s Institutes.
Contact Linda directly by emailing her click here.
Announcements, Alberta News
Alberta’s outlook has dramatically improved over the first three months of the fiscal year. Finance Minister Travis Toews says that Alberta’s Recovery Plan to diversify the economy and create jobs is working
As of July, Alberta added 73,000 jobs since the beginning of the year and has recovered nearly 90% of the jobs lost when the pandemic started. The real gross domestic product is expected to grow by 6.7% in 2021, up from the budget forecast of 4.8%. Many economic forecasters, including the Conference Board of Canada and some of the largest Canadian banks, predict Alberta will lead all provinces in growth this year.
Increased investment and economic activity has led to unemployment dropping to 5.5%. Oilsands production has risen over 8% in the first half of the year. Investment in commodities other than energy is forecasted to grow about 5% in 2021 and 2022 and will return to 2019 levels this year.
Alberta’s deficit is still sizeable and more than $2.6 billion will be spent this year on debt servicing, reducing the amounts that could be spent on public services.
Alberta’s government is using 3 fiscal anchors to guide decision-making:Read More
There was a glitch with the online check out to use a credit card to pay for the Provincial Convention. I have fixed by using a work around and different option with Square virtual terminal. The pay or now green register button should work. Just a heads up when you click on it, the virtual terminal on Square will say it is a donation. I had to use the donation checkout feature in order to ensure that multiple users could use this button.
Don’t panic! It still will be assigned to your registration for the Provincial Convention. My recommendation is to take down your confirmation number, put that on your registration from with the timestamp of your purchase and email or snail mail that form to the Provincial Office.
If you have questions, or run into issues do not hesitate to contact me either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone. Remember if you are registering via snail mail, your registration MUST be postmarked by today as the deadline for registration is Sunday, September 5th.
This issue of News and Notes is chock full of information about the upcoming Provincial Convention! Find out details of pre and post conference tours, the line up of guest speakers and much more.
We are holding both an online and in-person silent auction. Deadline for Early Bird registration is coming up fast — Sunday, September 5th!
Updated Convention Registration forms have been uploaded to the Provincial Convention Page as well.
See you at Convention!
We are now accepting registrations for our 2021 Provincial Convention scheduled for September 28th and 29th.
There are workshops, pre and post conference tours and of course great speakers. This year we are offering both in person and virtual convention packages. We are back at the Norseman Inn in Camrose.
Workshops – Monday, September 27th
Workshop #1: “Card Making” $20.00 each- 6:30-8:00 pm. Work with Hilda Tomaszewski to make 10 beautiful hand-made cards to take home. Glue sticks available for purchase from Hilda or bring your own. Class size is limited so register early!
Workshop #2: “Creative Writing” $10.00 each – 8:00 – 9:00 pm, A chance to learn more about the writing process from Linda Toews, Creative Writing Coordinator.
Early Bird Registration Deadline – Sunday, September 5th