Hatley-Stanstead Women’s Institute
The Hatley-Stanstead Women’s Institute met at the home of Gordon and Irene Humphrey in Hatley on April 11th. 2013. Phyllis welcomed everyone and thanked Irene for hosting the meeting with Jean and Barb her helpers. A beautiful Birthday cake was made and decorated by Jean Cass with the signs of spring having yellow daffodils and finches for decorations. The Birthday song was sung to Barb Hewitt, who cut her cake, and all enjoyed the cake and a great cup of tea. The Motto: Book keepers are people who never return books they borrow. The Collect, The Salute to our Flag and the Lord›s Prayer were repeated in unison. Velma Eryou read the Roll Call which was answered by eleven members and one guest Wendy Mason. Roll Call: Bring a book to lend, tell about it or give a recommendation.
Books were brought to exchange or lend with lots of good ideas and reading. Tea, Birthday, Calendar monies and Coins for Friendship were collected. Treasurer Velma read her report, which showed a favourable balance. It was moved to pay all outstanding bills. Thank you notes were received from Crystal Lake Cemetery and The Ayer›s Cliff Legion. Our Vessy›s flower campaign was a great success. Thank you to all who bought flowers to support us. Also thank you to Barbara for chairing the Fundraiser. It was successful only due to the hard work of all our members. Phyllis says Thank You. Phyllis read an e-mail from Norma Sherrer «A Healthier You» It was read and members were asked to take part in doing one thing on the list to make our health or the environment a better place. Sunshine: A Thinking of you gift and card was given to Winnifred Wright who had been in the hospital a few times. We are all happy to know she is fine and feeling much better. We planned our May meeting, hoping to visit the Colby Curtis Museum and see their new Solarium. Wendy Mason had been invited to our meeting, to show us the beautiful handmade cards that the Stanstead County Horticulture Society is selling as a fundraiser. These cards are pictures taken in the Eastern Townships framed in a Greeting Card or can be used for all occasion notes. Anyone interested let Wendy know. The Program for the day: April being Education month, Our Teacher members took us back to our school days. We felt we were in a one-room schoolhouse. Teacher Mrs. Humphrey had us in a two team Spelling Bee. The teams tied so needed a (Shoot Out) the last word we had to spell was «it», but read so if you were not paying attention you might miss it. Team two won and got the trophy (Cookies) Madame Hewitt showed us how much education has changed. We did our math on slate boards with chalk. She also showed us how it could be done on a Tablet by down loading Abs. I think most of us felt more comfortable with the chalkboards. Madame Hewitt gave us two math tests. We all showed her how smart we were. I think this class was better in math than Spelling. Then came the writing test, but the teachers had enough of this class and gave up on us. The Bell rang and class was dismissed. I heard the teachers talking, that this was the worst class they had ever taught. They also had a few retired teachers in their class as well. It was great fun, we all came home feeling a little bit smarter, and a lot healthier from all the laughter that filled our day