TheHatley-Stanstead Women’s Institute met at the home of Barbara Hewitt and husband Paul Sharpe, in Ste. Catherine de Hatley on Thursday June 5th, 2014. Phyllis opened the meeting at 1:30 p.m., thanking Barbara for inviting us into her home and Irene for being co-hostess. We sang Happy Birthday to Velma who will be celebrating her birthday on August 4th. Jean had also celebrated her birthday the week before our meeting. The Collect, Lord’s Prayer and Salute to the Flag was repeated in unison. Motto: Genius is 2% inspiration and 98% perspiration. Velma read the Roll Call answered by ten members, all naming three friends that they admire past or present. Tea, Birthday, Calendar money and Coins for Friendship were collected. Secretary Barb Hewitt read the minutes of the May meeting. Business arising included last minute plans for our trip to Macdonald College. This marks the 100 year that The Women’s Institute Convention has been held at Macdonald College. Sunshine Report: We had 20 sunny days in May, so Doreen and Scotty collected for their Sunshine Bank. A Pillow/Quilt was made by Jackie Tilton and signed by all of us for one of our members, Phyllis Knapp, with a card sending our Best Wishes. Phyllis had also recently celebrated a birthday. Velma Eryou gave the Treasurer’s Report, showing a favourable balance. A motion was made to pay any outstanding bills. A note of thanks was received from Sunnyside School’s Principal, Steve Weary, for the food box. The monthly article from Norma Sherrer “A Healthier You” was handed out to each member. Fundraiser: Barbara gave out the flowers and bulbs ordered from Vesey’s. We were pleased with our results. The Program was to make Fascinator hats for the Convention exhibit. Seven very beautiful and stylish hats were created, under the leadership of Barb and Jean. The meeting was terminated and we all enjoyed a selection of different teas, each to our own little tea pot, served with a delicious dessert. Summery: On June 7 Rev. Doreen Moffat being the chauffeur, took Irene Humphrey, Phyllis Dustin and County President Dyanne Saanum to The Women’s Institute Convention at Macdonald College. We arrived there about 9:30a.m. in time for the meeting, the four of us all wearing our Fascinator creations. At noon a lovely luncheon was served to about 60 members. But before we got to eat, there was a fire drill and all of us ended up out on the front steps or in the parking lot until all was cleared to go back inside. We made use of this time to get many pictures taken of the whole group. In the afternoon there was a program giving us much enjoyment and laughter, from readings, jokes and singing. Our branch did a skit written and narrated by Irene Humphrey titled “Behind the scenes of a Hatley-Stanstead W I meeting”. This was a lot of fun and brought many laughs. Later our branch realized we had received First Prize on our Fascinator hat. This hat was the idea of Barb Hewitt, created and made by Jean Cass. A job well done girls. By mid-afternoon we were on our way home, remarking that we had enjoyed our day. On July 15 Irene Humphrey and Phyllis Dustin enjoyed a lovely visit with Phyllis Knapp, taking her the Pillow/Quilt and news from our W I branch. While there Irene and Phyllis enjoyed a nice ice cream Sundae with Phyllis. This was a delightful surprise to all of us. Our next meeting will be in September.
Jackie Tilton & Phyllis Dustin