Hatley-Stanstead North Women’s Institute
TheHatley-Stanstead North Women’s Institute met at the home of Irene and Gordon Humphrey on November 6th, 2014 at 10 a.m. for the annual meeting. President Phyllis welcomed everyone and thanked Irene and Rev. Doreen for hosting the meeting. Coffee and treats were served by our hostesses. The Motto for this month was: At the going down of the sun, and in the morning we will remember them. Velma Eryou read the Roll Call: Wear a Poppy or pay a fine and the nine members had to name a famous Historical battle. According to the answers, there hasn’t been much peace in our world. The Collect, Salute to the Flag and The Lord’s Prayer were repeated in unison. Phyllis was celebrating a birthday, so it was her turn to pay up. Tea and calendar money were collected, as well as coins for friendship. Jean Cass read the minutes of the October meeting. A thank you was sent to Pat Hurly and Donna Davis for taking our craft item to Convention. A thank you was sent to Bury WI for a wonderful day attending their lovely luncheon and meeting. Treasurer Reports was given by Velma Eryou, which showed a favourable balance. A motion was made to pay all out-standing bills. Donations were made to Vitae Argil, Magog Hospital, Ayer’s Cliff Legion Poppy fund, Sunnyside School Library, The Richmond Wales Home, Massawippi Medical Clinic and a donation to Hatley United church for the use of their hall. Convenor Reports: Discussion took place on articles about local farmer Michael Smith of Ayer’s Cliff committed to sustainable farm practices. Cost of daycare rising from $7. to $8. a day. Remembrance Day could become a national holiday. Bank of Canada Governor recommend that young Canadians who are unemployed or back in school get experience by applying for unpaid internship or volunteer work. More than 10,000 people made appointments for flu shots. Concerns about the high cost of Bell telephone services. Phyllis read her annual Agriculture report placed on file. Rev. Doreen read the Sunshine, Health and Community Living report and placed on file. The Treasurer’s Report will be handed in and filed at the end of 2014. Our gift giving this year will be an Advent Box to Paul Sharpe and support Vanessa Leonard with articles for the ditty bags that she delivers to cancer patients. Phyllis gave a short President’s address mainly thanking her members for their continuous support over the past year. This was followed by the election of officers. President Phyllis Dustin, Vice President Jean Cass, Secretary Barbara Hewitt, Treasurer Velma Eryou, County Fair Rep: Barbara Hewitt. Committees: Agriculture; Phyllis Dustin and Jean Cass, Health and Community Living; Gertrude Ketchm and Velma Eryou, Education and Personal Development; Irene Humphrey, Barbara Hewitt and Elvera Patterson, Publicity Awareness; Jackie Tilton and Phyllis Dustin, Sunshine; by Scotty Miller and Rev. Doreen Moffat. Our annual meeting was completed with a job well done. Our WI Grace said, we stopped for a delicious homemade soup, rolls and special treats. After a time for socializing, we continued with our meeting. Next on the Agenda was preparing our Program Book for the coming year 2015. Each member had picked out a Roll Call and Motto. This helped the process to move along smoothly. In no time we were finished and on to planning our Christmas Party. All members knew exactly what they wanted to bring and do. Our menu was prepared, guest list decided and program arranged. Now were all going home and just have to wait a month until our Christmas Bash. On December 4 the Hatley-Stanstead WI met at the beautifully decorated home of Mel and Phyl Dustin for their Christmas party. All arriving with delicious aromas coming through the door. At noon the host asked our four ministers present, each to say a short grace. Wonderful words of thanks filled the room. Ten members and guests Rev. Lee Ann Hogle, Rev. Lise Kuzminska, Rev. Barbara Wintle and Elaine Stone sat down to a wonderful feast with all the trimmings. Tourtiere pie, baked ham, roasted potatoes, salads, pickles and rolls. For dessert a delicious carrot pudding, gumdrop cake, fruit cake, cookies and cheese. The gumdrop cake was perfect for our singing Happy Birthday to Scotty Miller who will be celebrating 90 years young on January 17th. After lunch Mel came to our rescue tidying up the kitchen and packing up the left overs, keeping some for his pay. We shared a few jokes, had Christmas readings and played a card game with almost everyone going home with a prize. Now we are all looking forward to a new year, working together for Home and Country.
Phyllis Dustin for Jackie Tilton