Hatley-Stanstead Women’s Institute May Meeting
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.