The Hatley-stanstead North Women’s Institute
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.