Hat­ley-Stanstead Women’s In­sti­tute May Meet­ing

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The monthly meet­ing of the Hat­ley-Stanstead W.I. was held on May 5th with 7 mem­bers present. The April meet­ing had been can­celled be­cause of sick­ness. Be­fore the meet­ing the mem­bers en­joyed a de­li­cious birth­day cake Irene Humphrey made for Bar­bara He­witt who cel­e­brated a spe­cial birth­day in April.

Phyl­lis Dustin wel­comed ev­ery­one and thanked Irene for open­ing her home for the meet­ing and to Bar­bara for as­sist­ing. Phyl­lis asked the mem­bers to keep the fol­low­ing peo­ple in their thoughts: The Al­berta fire vic­tims, Scott Kirby, Keith MacDon­ald, Steve and Alda Brus, Bruce and Deb­bie Smith and the fam­ily of Duf­ferin An­nes­ley. The Col­lect and Salute to the Flag were re­cited by mem­bers. Roll Call was “If you have to leave home, to what coun­try would you go and why? (April’s roll call) and for May “Opin­ion of on-line news sub­scrip­tions”. The Bri­tish Isles was a favourite place to re­lo­cate and most of the mem­bers al­though they have used on-line sub­scrip­tions en­joy hav­ing the ac­tual news­pa­per to read. Min­utes of the March meet­ing and the fi­nan­cial re­port were read and ac­cepted as cor­rect. A sum­mary of the an­nual Stanstead County meet­ing held in April was given. A thank you was read from the fam­ily of the late Genevieve Shepherd for the do­na­tion to the W.J. Klinck Foun­da­tion. A thank you was also re­ceived from the W.J. Klinck Foun­da­tion. A thank you was read from Richard and Isabel Price for the Valen­tine Gift. A card was signed and sent to Richard and Velma Eryou. Richard is re­cov­er­ing from a hip re­place­ment. Mem­bers hope you are on the mend Richard. New Busi­ness: A let­ter was read from the Hat­ley 4-H who will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in an ex­change with mem­bers of the Al­berta 4-H this sum­mer. Ten of the Hat­ley mem­bers will be go­ing to Leth­bridge in July. Phyl­lis re­ported that Septem­ber 24th is the date of the Ayer’s Cliff Culture Day. Elaine and Phyl­lis will meet with Scot­tie to dis­cuss a project about the Hat­ley W.I. A do­na­tion was given to Matthew Shel­don, a North Hat­ley stu­dent, to help him with his school trip. The pro­vin­cial con­ven­tion will be held the long week­end of May. As none of the mem­bers will be able to at­tend the con­ven­tion a proxy vote will be sent to the con­ven­tion. The QWI news­let­ter was given out to the mem­bers. Con­venor Re­ports were given: Agri­cul­ture Re­port was given by Elaine Stone. She gave some facts she found on the “Bring­ing Back the Bees” web­site. Did you know that dif­fer­ent bee species have dif­fer­ent tongue lengths that adapt to dif­fer­ent flow­ers? Bum­ble bees are the ones that pol­li­nate your toma­toes. Health and Community Liv­ing Re­port was given by Doreen Mof­fatt. She re­ported that Queen El­iz­a­beth has cel­e­brated her 90th Birth­day, world-wide cel­e­bra­tions are tak­ing place this year to cel­e­brate 400 years since the birth of Wil­liam Shake­speare, Earth Day was cel­e­brated April 22, and The Paris Agree­ment was signed by 177 UNFCC coun­tries. Doreen re­ported that sleep de­pri­va­tion is a con­cern in chil­dren. A child needs 10 hours of sleep each night. A lo­cal health con­cern is the cell tower that Videotron wants to put up in the Ayer’s Cliff area. Education and Per­sonal

Devel­op­ment was given by Bar­bara He­witt. She re­ported that plants lack mag­ne­sium. Ep­son salts is a good source of mag­ne­sium. Toma­toes, pep­pers and roses lack a lot of this min­eral. When trans­plant­ing toma­toes use 1 ta­ble­spoon of Ep­son salts to 1 gal­lon of wa­ter, put some of the mix­ture into the ground, add some dirt on top and then pro­ceed with trans­plant­ing. It can also be used as a weed killer. Two cups of Ep­son salts to 1 gal­lon vine­gar and a lit­tle dish soap. Put in a spray con­tainer and spray on weeds. Pub­lic­ity was given by Elaine Stone. She re­ported that Florence Eller­ton a past pres­i­dent of QWI was the re­cip­i­ent of the Adelaide Hunter Hood­less Woman of the Year Award for 2016. Also that the Macdon­ald Col­lege Jour­nal has been archived and can now be found on the web. For sev­eral years the WI news was re­ported in the Macdon­ald Col­lege Jour­nal. Irene Humphrey did the pro­gram for the meet­ing. She had the mem­bers think­ing with a fun quiz “Guess my Name”. One of the ques­tions was “I go up and down, twist round and round, but never move. What am I?” A river. Phyl­lis was the quiz win­ner. The next meet­ing will be June 2. Bring your walk­ing shoes and meet at the Town Li­brary at 11:30.

Elaine Stone

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