Stanstead County Women's Institute Summer Meeting
OnAugust 12th, 2015, The Stanstead County Women's Institute met for their summer meeting in the County tea room on the Ayer's Cliff fair grounds, with nine members and one guest present. President Dyanne Saanum opened the meeting at 10:30 am with a warm welcome to everyone. The Collect was repeated in unison. The Roll Call was answered by one member from Ayer's Cliff, one member from Hatley Centre and seven members from Hatley-Stanstead. Two members sent their regrets. We had one guest, Janet invited her grandson Jake Simpson to join us. As Debbie was not present the minutes of the last meeting were not read. Correspondence: Dyanne read a note from Marcil Branch, in Shigawake, Qc. congratulating us on our 100th anniversary and including a nice gift. A letter was also received from Pierre Reid's office with a generous donation. Dyanne has sent thank you cards to both. Phyllis presented and explained the Treasurers Report,. Phyllis moved her report, this was second by Janet McLellan. All in favour- carried. Expenses for the anniversary party were presented, and paid. Thank you ladies for your extra efforts that made our anniversary such a success. Dyanne spoke about what a great party we had and that she is still receiving many compliments from guests who had attended. Convenor Reports: Phyl read her Agriculture Report, titled "Horses and Sports at the 2015 Pan Am Games, talking about Colleen Loach who is from our area. She rode Qorry Blue D'Argouges for a Bronze medal. There was no Health & Community Reports or publicity as the members were absent. Education was given by Barb Hewitt. Barb suggested we give our school families help, by donating to our county schools, money for back to school supplies. Jackie Tilton moved, second by Irene Humphrey to accept these reports as read. All in favour, carried. Barbara spoke about the Time Line she wants to put around the walls in the tea room for the fair. Elaine and Phyllis will give her a hand. Barbara mentioned an Art Gallery on Hatley Road. It would be a nice place to visit. This month it was featuring many interesting old Post Cards. New Business: Getting back to the school supplies for our Anniversary Project. It was decided that we donate a sum of money to each of the four local schools in our County, that once took part in the Stanstead County School Fair. Also two Special Prizes at the local fair, as a onetime gesture, it was decided to give the Ladies Dept. $25.00 to be given during the fair as a Special by the Stanstead County Women's Institute. Also $25.00 will be given to the Horticulture Building for a Special by the Stanstead County Women's Institute, to be given to anyone at the directors discretion. The above was moved by Barb Hewitt, second by Jackie Tilton All were in favour. Carried on September 17th, Hatley-Stanstead will host the fall County meeting. It will be held this time in the Tea Room so all can view the Time Line and be a central meeting place for our invited guests. Members to arrive at 10 a.m., guests to arrive at 11 a.m., presentation will take place at 11:15 a.m., view the Time Line and lunch will be served at 11:30 with the County meeting to follow at 1 p.m. Janet had brought in a box of archives, Stanstead County Letter Head stationery and other memobilia to be kept by the county. These had been removed from their cupboard in North Hatley. Fair W.I. County Tea Room: Hours were set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with Hatley Centre working on Friday, HatleyStanstead working on Saturday and Ayer's Cliff working on Sunday. Dyanne will take care of the tea room supplies. Debbie will look after the coffee. Barbara moved, second by Janet we give Stanstead County Agriculture Society $100 for passes for W I members working in the Tea Room. Also $50 to the Ladies Department and $24 for children's art prizes. The meeting closed about 12:30 p.m. with Ayer's Cliff host Dyanne serving a delicious luncheon. Dyanne did a great job. After Grace was said we all enjoyed a delightful lunch. Next County meeting set for September 17th at 10 a.m., host Hatley-Stanstead at the Tea Room in Ayer's Cliff.
Phyllis Dustin for Connie Smith