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Branch Reports to Oct 28 18

Half-way Grove went to Ellis Bird Farm.  They presented member Anne Teuwsen with the Creative Writing Award she won at Provincial Convention.

They will be hosting the Stettler Constituency Conference on October 30.

Cottonwood Branch had 3 speakers who talked about helping the girls in Uganda with menstrual cleanliness.  The famous Canadian Woman that they found out about this month was Debbie Muir, Olympic swimmer.

Duffield had tea at Stony Tea House and toured the museum.  They had a speaker telling about the effects of digital devices and phones being hard on the eyes. The October meeting had Betty Milne give a history of Nordegg which they shared with me.  Very interesting.

Stony Plain Branch heard about newest plans for senior lodges and independent living.  They have all tables booked for Crafters Cottage in November.

Heather Brae had District 3 Director, Yvonne Erickson as a guest.  Yvonne brought them up to date on Council news.

Little Red Deer Dorcas voted to leave us.  I do hope that we can coax them back.

Round Hill exchanged preserves for a roll call.  International Affairs was their topic and they discussed the new USMCA and it’s effect on Canadians.  They are planning the Christmas get together, the 2019 activity book and Ladies Night in February.\

Ella Jane catered an anniversary supper and are planning a CARA luncheon.  The roll call was “what is your favourite part of Halloween?”

Echo Hill learned about the Primary Care Network and Senior Resources.  They have been busy with layettes and shoe boxes, and historical signs.

Argyle had 3 guests.  The program was a report on my trip to Kenya and Ghana.

Landon member, Eugenia Brander passed away Oct 4, 2018. It is always sad to loose a friend and member.

 

Branch reports are coming in.

Round Hill presented awards at the Bench Show.

Hogadone members worked at the Trochu Flower and Bench Show.

Berwyn really wants to get some new members.  They are going to do an information blitz.  They had a recipe exchange at the meeting with appetizers being the recipes of choice.

Verdant Valley had a roll call with everyone bringing a sample of finger food.  They have a ‘birthday bag”  for children who come through the local Salvation Army.  The bag contains a cake mix and decorations and a gift card to Wal-Mart for Mom to get a gift.

Cottonwood is finding out about a famous Canadian woman each month.  This month was Jean Drever Pinkham.  They also visited the Equine Center east of Olds.

Darwell studied an article on water footprints from the Canadian Geographic.  They also had a summer outing to the Reynolds Museum and they have a monthly lunch date.

Echo Hill had Elaine Solan talk about lily problems.

Ella Jane had a roll call “what is your opinion of facebook?” They have been busy catering.  99 volunteer hours.

Stony Plain sent in several reports at once.  At one meeting they had a lawyer, Ann Montgomery speak about Wills and Estates.

Little Red Deer Dorcas branch participated in the roadside clean up.

Argyle maintained their centennial  garden and sponsored the children’s games for the July 1 celebrations.

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.