Hatley / Stanstead Women’s Institute
The March meeting of the Hatley/ Stanstead W.I. was held on March 3rd at the home of Phyllis Dustin with Jean Cass co-hostess. Phyllis had her home festively decorated for St Patrick’s Day. Refreshments were also of the St Paddy theme.
Ten members were present. After the Collect the members were pleased to have Joan Lalonde installed as their newest member. Welcome Joan. The birthdays of two of the members were acknowledged with a birthday card being signed by the members and sent to Winnie Wright.
The motto of the month is “Little deeds are like seeds. They grow to flowers or they grow to weeds”. Roll call was to bring hints on composting or gardening. Many useful hints were given. Some of the suggestions were: using egg shells to keep slugs away, adding leaves to your garden in the fall and in the spring tilling them into the ground to add extra nutrients to the soil and using sawdust to keep weeds from growing between rows.
Minutes of the February meeting and the treasurer’s report were both read and accepted. Thankyous were read and verbally given from people who were given valentine cookies last month. As well as the cookies the visits were much appreciated. A thank you was received from Debbie Smith for her sunshine basket and from Madelyn Curtis for inviting her to the February meeting.
New Business: Phyllis reported that the county meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 12th at 1:30 p.m. at Janet McLellan’s. Barbara Hewitt went over again the Items for the QWI Handicraft competition and the Ayer’s Cliff Fair competition that W.I. does with the Cercles de Fermieres groups. Barbara also reported she has received a catalogue from Vessey’s. Members would like to participate again this year in a fundraiser for the branch. Bulbs may be ordered from any of the members.
Convenor Reports were given. In her Education and Personal Development report Barbara Hewitt reported that the Townshippers’ Association will be holding “Caregiver Forum 2015” on March 19th 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Princess Elisabeth Elementary School, Magog. For more information contact the Townshippers’ Association. Velma Eyrou presented a Health and Community Report on how important exercise is to our health. She summed it up with “No pill is better than moderate exercise”. For agriculture Elaine Stone gave out a short agriculture quiz with Barbra Hewitt going home the winner.
Scottie thanked Phyllis for opening her home for the meeting. The next branch meeting will be held on April 7th at Scottie’s.