Hatley-Stanstead Women’s Institute
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