Hat­ley-Stanstead Women’s In­sti­tute

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TheHat­ley-Stanstead Women’s In­sti­tute met at the Manoir Stanstead on Fe­bru­ary 5th 2015 at 1:30 p.m. Phyl­lis started the af­ter­noon by thank­ing Jackie Til­ton for ar­rang­ing the meet­ing at the Manoir for us. Her co-host­ess was Gertrude Ketcham who sup­plied the cheese. Phyl­lis wel­comed ev­ery­one to the first meet­ing of the year. We had a spe­cial guest Lois Cooper who was in­vited to join us. Lois is a res­i­dent of the Manoir for the win­ter. Happy Birth­day was sung to Gertrude Ketcham cel­e­brat­ing her 89 on Feb. 1st. Also Elvera is cel­e­brat­ing later in the month. A beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated cake was made by Velma Eryou. Af­ter the W I Grace, the cake was cut by Gertrude and Elvera and served with cheese. Bar­bara gave us an in­ter­est­ing demon­stra­tion on how to make the per­fect cup of tea af­ter which Jean gra­ciously served each of us a cup of this de­li­cious brew.

Phyl­lis opened the meet­ing with the Col­lect and Salute to the Flag which was re­peated in uni­son. Fe­bru­ary is Health and Com­mu­nity Living, Motto: Good char­ac­ter is like a good soup. It is usu­ally home­made. This motto had been cho­sen by Gertrude. Roll Call was an­swered by eight mem­bers and one guest. Name an im­por­tant event in 2014 that made the news. Bring cook­ies for Valen­tine bags, and pay mem­ber­ships. Birth­day, tea, dues, cal­en­dar money and coins for friend­ship was col­lected by Velma. Min­utes of the Novem­ber meet­ing had been taken and read by Jean Cass. Velma Eryou handed out the au­dited year end Trea­surer Re­port. There were no er­rors, Thank you, well done Velma. Trea­surer’s Re­port form to be sent to Pat Clarke, QWI Trea­surer, had been com­pleted and will be sent this month.

Sec­re­tary Barb He­witt read A greet­ing re­ceived from Gen­eveive Shep­herd, Thank you’s from Paul Sharpe for the Ad­vent Christ­mas Box and Vanessa Leonard for the Can­cer Ditty bag sup­plies.

Our Sun­shine girls Rev. Doreen and Scotty were ab­sent. We will get their re­port next month. Bar­bara ex­plained the ar­ti­cles to be made for the 2015 County Fair Hand­i­craft com­pe­ti­tion. The Hat­leyS­tanstead W I will also be sell­ing Ve­sey bulbs again this Spring. Bar­bara He­witt is in charge of Ve­sey or­der. Con­venors Re­ports were given. Agri­cul­ture: Phyl­lis read an ar­ti­cle on “Win­ter War­riors” Snow Buntings thrive in Que­bec and Mar­itimes win­ters. They are a pretty lit­tle bird and the hardi­est birds we see. They feed in farmer fields on corn, well south of their breed­ing range of Arc­tic tun­dra. Phyl­lis re­ports hav­ing a flock feed on her deck for the past two months.

Irene spoke about dis­ci­pline in schools to­day, per­tain­ing to a topic heard on a talk show. The meet­ing ter­mi­nated about 3:30 p.m. The pro­gram for the af­ter­noon was mak­ing Valen­tine gift bags for friends and shut ins. Twenty bags with an as­sort­ment of home­made cook­ies and fudge, with a few choco­lates and candy hearts stuck in for good mea­sure. Th­ese were tied with a red rib­bon and held a valen­tine greet­ing. We were all pleased with our day. We would like to Thank The Manoir Stanstead for let­ting us use their beau­ti­ful room for our meet­ing and all the as­sis­tance they gave us. The next meet­ing will be held at Phyl­lis Dustin in March. Bring ar­ti­cles for a si­lent auc­tion.

Jackie Til­ton, by Phyl­lis Dustin

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