The Hatley-stanstead Women’s Institute
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.