The Hat­ley-stanstead Women’s In­sti­tute

Stanstead Journal - - CLASSIFIEDS - Hat­ley, Stanstead

TheHat­ley-Stanstead Women’s In­sti­tute met at the Colby Cur­tis Mu­seum in Stanstead on May 17th. 2013 for their sum­mer meet­ing. As we ar­rived, there was lots of chit chat and ex­cite­ment, en­joy­ing the beauty of the mu­seum and new so­lar­ium. The new So­lar­ium was a per­fect place for our sum­mer meet­ing. The flow­ers in the back gar­den were in full bloom. While wait­ing for all to ar­rive, Barb He­witt dis­played the ar­ti­cles for the Provin­cial Con­ven­tion. Pic­tures were passed around and more pic­tures were taken.

We had a warm wel­come by Harry Is­brucker, who ex­pressed he was happy to have us en­joy­ing our day at the mu­seum and thank­ing us for the china dishes the W I gave to Colby Cur­tis. We also thanked Harry for invit­ing us and pre­sented him with flower bulbs for their new gar­den and pre­sented Kathy with a tea pot for their tea room.

At noon we all gath­ered around the large ta­ble laden with a fine lace ta­ble cloth and china dishes. Th­ese dishes were our gift to the Colby Cur­tis Mu­seum from the Hat­ley-Stanstead Women›s In­sti­tute. They were the dishes used at the Mansur Brick School house when they served their fall Har­vest din­ners in the 1960 and 70›s. Now af­ter some fifty years, we were now eat­ing from th­ese dishes in the beau­ti­ful new so­lar­ium. Our meal of three de­li­cious sal­ads, stuffed din­ner rolls and tea was served by Kathy Cur­tis, as­sisted by Diane Laflamme. The W I grace was re­peated and all en­joyed a won­der­ful lunch. Thank You to Colby Cur­tis, Kathy and staff. Fol­low­ing our meal, a lovely birth­day cake made by Barb He­witt was pre­sented to Jean Cass who was cel­e­brat­ing her birth­day and we all joined in singing Happy Birth­day. If you were lucky and got the right piece of cake, you may have found a sur­prise baked in the cake. No one came home rich, but we had lots of laughs.

Now on with our meet­ing. Phyl­lis wel­comed ev­ery­one, and with Mother›s Day com­ing up, she read a poem ti­tled, «The Mean­est Mother in the World».

The Col­lect, Sa­lute to our Flag and The Lord›s Prayer were re­peated.

Motto: To­day is the To­mor­row, you wor­ried about yes­ter­day.

The Roll Call: an­swered by eleven mem­bers was, Talk about a News Head­lines that im­pressed you this month. Top­ics were City Cor­rup­tion, Fac­tory in China, Girl lives 17 days buried, The Bos­ton bomb­ings and Bomber on train ar­rested.

Birth­day, Tea, Cal­en­dar monies and coins for Friend­ship were col­lected. There were 25 sun­shine days in April. Our sec­re­tary read the min­utes of the last meet­ing. It was men­tioned by our mem­bers that it was nice to see our china dishes be­ing used.

Velma Eryou read her Trea­surer›s re­port. A mo­tion was made to pay any out­stand­ing bills. Bar­bara, who is in charge of our the Handy Craft ex­hibit showed and ex­plained the ar­ti­cles go­ing to the W I Con­ven­tion at Mac­Don­ald Col­lege. A child›s dress made by Barb, a stock­ing knit mon­key by Jean Cass, Scrap book page by Rev. Doreen and a T shirt em­broi­dered by Jackie Til­ton. A bank was also sent, made by Barb and Phyl with col­lected monies for Health Part­ners In­ter­na­tional for med­i­cal sup­plies for third world coun­tries. Barb He­witt had made eight ta­ble cen­ter pieces of pot­ted pan­sies from our Stanstead County, to send to Con­ven­tion.

The Fed­er­ated Women›s In­sti­tutes of Canada has a new pro­ject, each month we›ll have a new fo­cus and tips for Grow­ing a Health­ier You. Norma Sher­rer sends us the sug­ges­tions to fol­low. Our mem­bers re­ported they tried, or­ange Cauliflower, Phyl said she ate sauté Kale, it was very good. We had shared pot luck with friends, baked with our grand­chil­dren and ex­changed pickle recipes.

Agri­cul­ture Re­port: «Pur­su­ing Perfection in Hat­ley Town­ship›s». The McKin­ven farm re­ceiv­ing many vis­i­tors each year, Cal­lum also judges cat­tle in many coun­tries at the world›s most pres­ti­gious cat­tle shows.

A short pro­gram fol­lowed: Phyl­lis spoke about the new Health Care Cen­tre hop­ing to open soon in Ayer›s Cliff serv­ing all the sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties. The name cho­sen is Mas­saw­ippi Val­ley Health Cen­tre. She stressed the need for more doc­tors and health care in our area. Any­one wish­ing to give their sup­port to this im­por­tant cause, leave your name at the Ayer›s Cliff Phar­macy.

Our meet­ing was ad­journed at 4:00 pm. Ev­ery­one ex­press­ing they had a very en­joy­able day.

We›ll def­i­nitely look for­ward to an­other meet­ing at the Colby Cur­tis next year. Our June meet­ing and craft shop was can­celled, so we›ll meet again in Septem­ber.

Jackie Til­ton

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