Home and Country – November 2020

Our latest edition of Home & Country and the last issue of 2020 is now available for your reading pleasure! Hard copies will be arriving in branch mailboxes soon! Included in this mailing are your membership renewal forms and a Sales Table order form.

Click on the image to the left to open your copy!

Happy Reading!

We are a learning organization.

We keep our minds active. We are creative. We continue learning and sharing.

The Tweedsmuir Competitions have not had any entries yet but there is still some time. Submissions have to be in to the FWIC office by Janurary 15, 2021. There is a cultural competition for a story of any FWIC event. The Handicraft competition is a needlecraft sampler 8″x 10″. A photo of the winning sampler will be used as a cover of a booklet. The History competition is a collage of pictures of FWIC events from the past 100 years. There is one more catagorie and it is new, the Community Competition which will be What’s Next for WI Canada and it can be poem, drawings or art work. Check out the rules and consider entering.

Here in Alberta there is a call for stories of how COVID has affected you. These stories can be submitted to the Lindas. Linda Toews, our president-elect and creative writing convenor or Linda Mason, or representative to FWIC where they are also collecting stories.

Our physical contact may be limited but we can still phone and chat so don’t forget to call friends and invite them to join WI.

News & Notes – November

News and Notes November 2020

Once in a blue moon, Oct 31, well that is tonight, I will get the next News and Notes out on time at the first of the month before all of the branch meetings.

Square, the online payment system is working for our sales of items in the office as it worked for the online auction.

I think it was 2014 when I was in Ottawa for November 11 and a meeting of FWIC when we all attended the service at the War Memorial. It was a moving ceremony so moving that the windows in the facing buildings shook when the 21 gun salute went off. Marie Kenny was president at the time and she laid a wreath on our behalf. Joan Holthe was also at that service.

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Fall Meeting Reports

ARGYLE had 6 members attend the AGM virtually. They had a practice run the week before. There were 39 volunteer hours.

BERWYN had 33 volunteer hours. They sent some money for Pennies for Friendship. They enjoyed the virtual convention.

`DARWELL makes a donation to the thrift store every month. They passed along a hint that a red cloth around the base of a plant will make it grow faster. They compared the COVID-19 pandemic to the Polio epidemic of the early 1900’s

ECHO HILL had 120 volunteer hours in September. They will go to the Westlock library to attend the AGM. The roll call was a good insect.

ELLA JANE put in 96 hours in August and 20 in Sept. They are honouring founding member Alene Kading. They made a $1000 donation to Adelaide Hoodless Homestead. They also donate to Eagle Wings, Mustard Seed and Women’s Shelters. They had a major discussion about COVID-19 rules and peoples attitudes towards the pandemic.

Seeing is believing…Items for Virtual Sales Table

The items for our virtual Sales Table are now available for viewing on our website go to the Virtual Sales Table page to check out our inventory! Prices are listed on the Sales Order form. We have a pdf and Excel version available for you to download. Contact the Provincial Office if you have questions. Happy Shopping!

One of the items available are our New Photo Cards!

Virtual Sales Table for AGM!

Greetings all,

This is a year of changes, as Alberta Women’s Institutes is holding our Annual General Meeting virtually we didn’t want you to miss the opportunity to purchase from our selection of Sales Items that are available during the Provincial Convention. To this end, we’ve created a ‘virtual’ Sales Table. Simply download the print version of our Order Form and send it in to the Provincial Office. Printable Order Form

Only 4 Branches Reporting Out of 27

There are a variety of ways to send a secretary report.

1. use the secretary report book and mail or scan and email it to me.

2. set up a form on your computer to make a report containing the date of meeting, attendance, roll call, volunteer hours amount of donations and a new members’ contact information and email it to me.

3. Just send a letter/note with the above information.

Now what has been going on at Stony Plain. They had 18 members at their meeting in March. They have 2 new members. They had a Founders Day Tea in February and raised $260 for the Adelaide Hoodless Homestead. They donated $500 to AWI and $1500 to 5 local organizations. They had a Rotary Exchange student from Austria tell of her life and education in Austria. They have a Fibre Arts group meeting on Monday evenings.

Darwell WI had a meeting in March and has suspended meetings until later. They volunteered 102 hours that is for 4 members. They made a donation to Tender Hearts and the Thrift Store for $25. They have a draw prize each meeting and between meetings they do “Ladies Who Lunch” which involves the neighbouring branch of Duffield. I think they have too much fun!!!

Verdant Valley and Dorcas down by Drumheller, had an August meeting in the evening. They had planned an outdoor wiener roast for July but got rained out. They have 10 members who put in 23 volunteer hours. They donated $150 to AWI and another $350 to other projects. They make their money selling a Daytimer Calendar and nuts.

Hogadone Branch is located by Trochu. In March they met at the Blue Quill Restaurant in Trochu. Sharon Doran showed some of her handicrafts and offered 2 as a door prize. Joyce won one and their guest Ruby won the other. They made plans to attend a District Meeting and a Flower show and then COVID hit. They had 5 of the 6 members meet in June practicing social distancing at an outside roast beef dinner to which their husbands came. They have 90 volunteer hours to their credit. They observed a minute of silence to remember charter member Loretta Morgan.