Donations for local schools
Aspecial County meeting of the Stanstead County Women’s Institute took place, last Thursday, in their famous Tea Room on the Ayer’s Cliff Fairgrounds. Celebrating their hundredth year in the region, members of the three Women’s Institute branches that make up the organization met for the presentation of a Time Line and to present donations to four local elementary schools.
With so much involvement in the community for so long, it’s no wonder the Time Line banner spreads along all the walls of the Tea Room, filled with facts and photographs from the past. “We’d like to leave the whole banner up but one of the walls of the Tea Room is in bad shape, so we’ll probably have to take some of the banner down eventually,” explained member Phyllis Dustin.
County president Dyanne Saanum presented donations to representatives from Ayer’s Cliff Elementary, North Hatley Elementary, Princess Elizabeth Elementary and Sunnyside during the meeting. “Because it is our 100th anniversary, we received some donations and we’ve made some money, so we wanted to give back to the community by giving money to the school for things like basic school supplies,” said Mrs. Dustin.
At the Ayer’s Cliff Fair, the Stanstead County Women’s Institute provided two extra prizes, also because of their centennial celebration. A $25 Ladies Department prize for an outstanding work was shared by Marcella Brown, for her quilt, and Yolande Lamire for her Christmas wreath, while a special $25 Horticulture Department prize was won by Perry Mackinnon for his honey.
The special County meeting was attended by about a dozen members and invited guests Joan Lalonde and Melvin Dustin.