he first meeting of the Hatley-Stanstead Women’s Institute after the summer break was held on September 1st at the home of Elaine Stone with Doreen Moffatt co-hosting. Nine members were present. President Phyllis Dustin welcomed the members and conveyed Birthday wishes to Velma Eryou who has already celebrated her birthday and to Jackie Tilton who will celebrate at the end of the month. The Collect and Salute to the Flag were recited by all. Motto for the month is “To live from a garden you must live in it first.” Roll call was - Name something that pollutes the environment. Some of the polluters given were garden sprays, plastic water bottles, wood stoves, run-off from brooks and streams, acid rain, cars, oils and asbestos. The June minutes were read by Secretary Jean Cass and accepted as correct. Business arising from these minutes were the Ayer’s Cliff Culture Day in September. Because of commitments of many of the members around this date it was decided that for this year the branch will not participate. The Christmas Village will be discussed at the next county and branch meeting. New Business: The branch would like to invite one of the 4H members to speak to us about their trip to Western Canada. A motion was made to send donations to the ACWW Pennies for Friendship and to the FWIC Hoodless Foundation, Peace Garden and “Willie the Worm”. A thinking of you card was sent to Debbie Smith. Hope you are feeling better Debbie. Convenor Reports: Velma Eryou spoke briefly about an article she found on West Nile. Several cases have been reported in the Townships. Barbara Hewitt showed us how to make a rose out of 2 apples and puff pastry. Barbara also did the monthly program and reported on Les Cercles de Fermieres /W.I. handicrafts exhibit at the Ayer’s Cliff Fair. Stanstead County W.I. came in 2nd. Barbara displayed the entries made by the Stanstead County W.I. for the exhibit. Many hours of TLC were put into these handicrafts. Thanks to those who contributed to the exhibit. The next meeting will be in October before the county meeting.