Joan Foster enjoys socializing and giving back to community through Women’s Institute
Joan Foster weaves her life to include time for the Springdale Women’s Institute, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
The Springdale woman says she learned a lot over her 35 years with the organization that is celebrating its 80th year of existence in 2017. However, her love of the group goes way beyond what she has gained from her involvement.
“I enjoy the social aspect of it,” she said. “We help out in the community with different projects.
“It’s a place women get together to share skills and learn new ones. There’s a lot of camaraderie there, and a good place to go if you just want to relax and unwind.”
There are women from 14 years of age to 90 in the organization that is one of the oldest and strongest in the province. During times when many of these institutes folded, the Springdale chapter stayed active over the years.
Weaving has been a popular activity for the members, but Foster’s passion is rug hooking. She teaches others the traditional craft her mother taught to her.
The Springdale chapter will be doing a number of things throughout the year to celebrate its 80th year— including plans for participation in Canada Day activities, hosting a provincial meeting in October, and an anniversary dinner in November on the official date of formation.
Next week, in conjunction with Women’s Institute Week, the Springdale Women’s Institute will be holding an open house and afternoon tea Tuesday from 2-8 p.m. It is free of charge, and people are encouraged to come by and learn about the organization and meet the people involved.
Foster, an anniversary committee member, says it is a privilege to be involved in an organization so rich in history.
“I think it is marvelous,” she said, proud the chapter has persevered through times in which volunteer organizations struggle with enrolment.
Women’s Institute Week is from Feb. 19-25.
Joan Foster volunteers with the Springdale Women’s Institute, an organization in existence for 80 years this year, including teaching rug hooking. She is seen here with her piece, “Effie M. Morrissey at Battle Harbour, c. 1929.”