The Hat­ley-stanstead North Women’s In­sti­tute

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TheHat­ley-stanstead North Women’s In­sti­tute met at the home of Mel and Phyl Dustin in Ayer’s Cliff on April 5th. 2012, at 10:00 a m. The meet­ing was opened with a warm wel­come by Phyl­lis and birth­day wishes were ex­tended to Win­nifred and Bar­bara. . The Col­lect and Salute to the Cana­dian Flag was re­peated in uni­son by the ten mem­bers present. The Motto for the month was: “The only things im­pos­si­ble to fin­ish, are those never started”. The roll call was an­swered by ev­ery­one recit­ing their favourite nurs­ery rhyme. Tea and birth­day money was col­lected and Pen­nies for Friend­ship. The cal­en­dar say­ing for this month read: Easter and Spring Bon­nets we see, Pay your head size in Pen­nies please! We gave Barb the task to mea­sure all our heads. She did this in cen­time­tres giv­ing us lots of laughs and ex­tra change for our fund. Sec­re­tary Bar­bara Hewitt read the min­utes of the Fe­bru­ary meet­ing. Busi­ness aris­ing from the min­utes was the clos­ing of the Mansur School bank ac­count. We de­cided to have a col­lec­tion for the Sun­shine Com­mit­tee. This will be de­ter­mined by the num­ber of sunny days in the month. Bar­bara act­ing as our me­te­o­rol­o­gist will de­ter­mine how much money we will all owe to the sun­shine fund. Velma gave her trea­sur­ers re­port, which showed a favourable bal­ance. It was moved to pay all out­stand­ing bills. Do­na­tions were made by our branch to The Hood­less Homestead up­keep and the W I Con­ven­tion Sales ta­ble at Mac­don­ald Col­lege tak­ing place on June 1st & 2nd. Sev­eral Thank Yous were re­ceived and read for the Valen­tine gifts given. Think­ing of you and Get Well cards were signed to be sent. Our May meet­ing will be held at Irene Humphrey›s on May 3rd with a guest speaker. The County meet­ing will be in North Hat­ley April 12th at 1:30 pm. Our plans for the June meet­ing is to eat out and visit the Gran­ite Mu­seum in Stanstead, hus­bands are in­vited. At noon the W I Grace was re­peated and a de­li­cious lunch of soup, rolls, crack­ers and cheese was served fol­lowed by singing Happy Birth­day to Win­nifred Wright and a beau­ti­ful 80th Birth­day Cake which was made and dec­o­rated by Jean Cass. Win­nifred voiced her ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the nice cake and the gift bag of good­ies. Af­ter lunch Mel had kitchen duty and we con­tin­ued with our Com­mit­tee Re­ports. Agri­cul­ture Phyl­lis read an ar­ti­cle ti­tled «Tem­pest in a Yogurt Cup». US based Greek Chobani Yogurt seen as threat to lo­cal mak­ers. Ed­u­ca­tion, Irene Humphrey spoke about the new As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the E.T. School Board. Irene also read a let­ter from QWI per­tain­ing to a one time bur­sary that will be given out to a stu­dent in our lo­cal high school. Com­mu­nity and Health, Gertrude Ketcham read an ar­ti­cle about Menopause and hot flashes. Scotty sent a Sun­shine Re­port that she had sent out a few cards.

The pro­gram for the af­ter­noon was a happy oc­ca­sion. It started with a poem by Jackie Til­ton ti­tled. «My Mother Al­ways Said» that was much en­joyed and so true. Phyl­lis had a list of use­ful tips ti­tled Sim­ple So­lu­tions to Ev­ery­day Prob­lems. Doreen told a cute joke.

Then we got down to the im­por­tant busi­ness of the day. Our branch wel­comed new mem­ber, Doreen Moffat to our group. Phyl­lis called on Doreen to come for­ward and with a few cho­sen words expressed to Doreen how happy we were to have her join our group on Feb. 2nd. and then pinned on her mem­ber­ship pin. Gertrude Ketcham was pre­sented with her 25th year pin and certificate. Gertrude joined Stanstead North Branch in 1987 fill­ing many of­fices and serv­ing as trea­surer over the years. Elvera Pat­ter­son was pre­sented with her 25 year pin and certificate for her 37 years as a faith­ful mem­ber, in many of­fices in­clud­ing past pres­i­dent. Last but surely not least, Phyl­lis pre­sented Win­nifred Wright with her 50th year pin, and a certificate stat­ing she has been a faith­ful mem­ber for 55 years. The ladies were all very sur­prised and voiced their ap­pre­ci­a­tion. To close out an en­joy­able day, Barb Hewitt had brought a read­ing which was a game. This cre­ated much laugh­ter and the prize was won by Win­nifred. Mil­dred Miller was un­able to at­tend this meet­ing, but we caught up with her a week later at the County meet­ing when Phyl­lis pre­sented Mil­dred Pin and Certificate. Mil­dred had joined Women›s In­sti­tute even be­fore two of our younger mem­bers were born. Also County Pres­i­dent Dyanne Saanum pre­sented Scotty with a certificate of Ap­pre­ci­a­tion for her sixty three years of end­less hours of hard work and faith­ful at­ten­dance. Mil­dred has been our branch sec­re­tary for many of those years. She has served in many ca­pac­i­ties, most of­fices and com­mit­tees. She is in charge of the Tea Room at the County Fair. She faces ev­ery chal­lenge with a smile, and Mil­dred is the King Pin that keeps our branch go­ing. She is a Great Lady and we are just so lucky to have her in our Women›s In­sti­tute both in our branch and the Stanstead County.

Jackie Til­ton

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