Alberta Women's Institutes

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.

FWIC offers “Learning from Our Elders” Events

Is the COVID-19 Stay-at-Home mandate getting you down? Join FWIC’s virtual gathering and register now for a Landscape Painting demonstration with artist Linda Toews, AWI President Elect! The first 40 Canadian residents will receive a gift card to help cover the cost of materials. 

Visit FWIC for full details and how to register

You’re Invited to District 3 Online Event

News and Notes – March 2021

It is snowing a bit today (Feb 26) so I am thinking that March may come in like a lion and out like a lamb.  I am so ready for spring with hopes for a new beginning of all things bright and beautiful.

There were 227 participants on the WI Celebrates cross Canada event on the internet.  Several from the United Kingdom and the World President from South Africa were on the call.  Internet gatherings will probably be a lasting benefit from the pandemic just as a supplement I hope to in person meetings.

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Home and Country – Spring 2021

Our Spring edition of the Home and Country is ready! Check out the latest issue here.

News and Notes ~ February 2021

Elfrieda Westover have a very happy 100th birthday on February 28th

Some COVID restrictions may end soon and we can start getting together.

On March 10, District 3 will have an online conference.  The larger conferences need you to register ahead so that you can receive the email invite and have a smooth transition to the meeting. Send your registration to  

ACWW “Tea with the President” was a lovely event that can be viewed online.  The easiest way is to go to  and click on “Tea with the President.”  It is a lovely visit with Magdie DeCock of South Africa.

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News and Notes ~ January, 2021

We had a council meeting Jan. 11 virtually.  These are really working quite well and no cost involved. 

The account books have been audited by volunteer auditors appointed by the council.  Thank you to Linda Mason, Tina Radcliffe and Linda Toews for a job well done. 

It was decided to once again have a cash raffle with the draw date Sept 28.2021.  The tickets will be $5 each.

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Stay In Touch

There are websites for our FWIC and each of the provinces can be reached from our national organizations web site. Associated Country Women of the World just posted a visit with world president Magdie DeCock in South Africa. I encourage you to tap into these interesting and encouraging sites.

Fred Lawrence was very happy to receive the Erland Lee Award.