Alberta Women's Institutes

Calling all writers!

There is still time to make the extended Creative Writing Competitions deadline of June 30 for your creative writing submissions. Check out the full details of the competition and rules on the Creative Writing page!

You can email your submissions to our Creative Writing Coordinator Linda Toews at

Each year AWI hosts a Creative Writing Competition, the deadline for submissions is March 31 of each year. However, in 2021 Council has extended the submissions deadline to June 30. Get your submissions in today to be part of this competition.

Classes include: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry and Plays.

Happy Writing!

Summer Solace, National Indigenous Day

June 21, A few WI members from different areas of the province met on Google Meets for a virtual visit tonight. It was nice to meet some of them for the first time and also good to see old friends. We will have to do this again.

Home and Country – Latest Issue

The most recent issue of the Home & Country is now available for your reading pleasure. Click on picture to download or here.

June News and Notes

The latest issue of News and Notes is now available for your reading pleasure.

Click the image to download Your News!

Some Highlights

  • If you can Click – staying connected online, it’s easy.
  • Update from Manitoba WI
  • Final Thoughts from Your President

Argyle Branch Members participated in the ringing 215 times of the old school bell in Alliance in recognition of the children of the Kamloops residential school.

May News and Notes

Greetings all,

The May issue of News and Notes is now available. We have changed the format and hope you like it.

Some Items included in this issue are:

  • WI 101
  • Staying Connected
  • Alberta Women’s Science Network – Scholarships Available for STEM
  • UK Pen Pals

April 29, 2021

Argyle Walks Again

When the Associated Country Women of the World had the first ‘Women Walk the World”   event in 2012, Argyle Branch participated.  This active branch in a small village in Alberta has walked every year through all kinds of weather.  Thanks to sponsors over $450 was raised to support the work of the society around the world.


This years participants were (from left, clockwise) Verlene Spady,Dianne Carroll, Norma French-Heslep, Molly Boudreault, Diane Dammann. Lorraine Hewett, Karin McCracken, Rose Marie Wickstrom and Bailee the dog. 

2021 AWI Handicraft List is Now Available!

A Message from Marilyn Wattenbarger, AWI Handicraft Coordinator.

Welcome to spring everyone.  Easter has just passed and it was a wonderful warm weekend.  Hoping everyone got to have dinner with one member of their family. 

There have been some changes accepted by council to the Handicraft list.  There is a new category called “Felting” and the Arts section has been altered and expanded.  Please look for these changes in the new Handicraft List which will be published by the AWI Council.  I am hoping that everyone has been able to complete projects to put in the up and coming AWI Convention in September.  There will be two items per category allowed from each branch, but these must be from two different members.  This is a one time allowance because of COVID-19 and the in person AWI convention 2020 being cancelled. 

Happy crafting in whatever category you enjoy. 

Click here to view Handicraft Page.

April News and Notes


Your Provincial Council had a meeting March 29 via Google Meets.

We approved the changes to the Handicraft List. This will be posted on our Website by the end of April.  We had a discussion on burials in rural graveyards, the appeal of these plots for our urban neighbours and issues facing local residents not as active with rural cemeteries and churches.  Watch for more on this.  Our next council meeting is May 31 

The first donation from the collection of recycled bottles was received.  Thank you to Grace Scheffelmair, Ridgewood WI for the $30 donation.

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A Visit with Hoagadon

We had a lovely luncheon meeting on Saturday at Trochu with the Hoagadon Branch. left clockwise

guest Wanda Jones, Leona Pryor,President, Diane Dammann, AWI President as guest, Faye Mayberry, Past AWI President as guest, Lousie Aellen, Treasurer, Gloria Coates, Lise Willsie, Joyce Sibernagel, Doreen Whitenett, Secretary.