Richmond County Women’s Institute semi-annual meeting
The semi-annual meeting of the Richmond County W.I. was held on Monday, September 24, 2018 at the St. Andrew’s Church Hall in Melbourne. President, Joyce Cinnamon, called the meeting to order at 9:35 a.m. by all repeating the Mary Stewart Collect and the Opening Ode. A minute of silence was held for past member, Bernice Beattie, 35-year member of Richmond Hill W.I. Joyce thanked everyone for attending.
The roll call was answered by 15 members - Cleveland 2; Gore 4; Group ‘92 2; R.Y.W.I. 3; Spooner Pond 4.
The minutes of the annual meeting were read by Mona Mcgee and approved as read.
Group ‘92 has not brought in their history information sheets.
The volunteer evening was a lovely evening. Mona Mcgee received the Volunteer Appreciation Certificate for the Richmond County W.I.
The W.I. Float for the Canada Day Parade was well attended. Joyce thanked Patricia, Peggy, Freda and Matty for decorating the float. Thank you to Larry Cinnamon who drove the tractor pulling the float.
Soup labels are also still being collected.
Treasurer’s Report: Vera Hughes gave the treasurer’s report showing a total balance to date of $4,597.94. A copy was given to each branch. Bills presented were for the hall rental $35.; Vera Hughes for Townshipper’s Day expenses $28.97.
Motion: Moved that all bills be paid. Moved by Matty Banfill. Seconded by Fran Dewar. All in favour. Committee Chair Reports Agriculture Report: Patricia Keenan Adank reported. She thanked those who helped at the parade. Winners of the inter-branch competition were 1st Spooner Pond; 2nd Cleveland; 3rd Gore; 4th Group ‘92. All other photos were displayed as well. There were less classes this year from other years but some had more entries in them.
Education & Personal Development: Vera Hughes reported that prizes were given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for the essay contest at St. Francis. Prize amounts were $20.; $15.; $10. at Provincial level and $10.; $5.; $5. at County level.
County Bursuries for the high school level went to Kelsea Kydd and Brogan Keenan.
Health and Community Living: No report.
Publicity: Mona Mcgee gave report that was sent to the QWI newsletter.
Sunshine: Jean Storry will continue as Sunshine Convenor. Jean buys the cards and stamps as part of her contribution to the W.I. Vera thanked Jean for her work.
Motion: Motion made that County buy a book of 30 stamps for Jean Storry and send these to her with a thank you note. Moved by: Vera Hughes. Seconded by Muriel Duffy. All in favour.
Motion: Motion made that all reports be adopted as read. Moved by Patricia Keenan-adank. Seconded by Alice Weare. All in favour.
Joyce Cinnamon presented the Interbranch competition plaque to Shirley Marceau (Spooner Pond).
Gore is in charge of the Inter-branch Competition for 2019. This will be Christmas Vest with at least one button hole and one button.
Branch assessment fees are now due to Vera Hughes.
As there was no fair prizes for 9-year old class at County level it was decided to change the ages.
Motion: Motion made to change the fair entry classes for Richmond County entries to read: Ages: 3 - 6 years; 7 - 9 years; 10 - 12 years. Moved by Patricia Keenan Adank. Seconded by Matty Banfill. All in favour.
It was also decided to display a photo from each branch at the fair - a group photo (8 x 10) of a group activity. Deadline for the photo will be August.
Also a change will be made to clarify the wreath entry size as some judges count the size differently. The reading now will be Wreath size 14 inches not including decoration.
A break was held with snacks supplied by Gore W.I.
Joyce thanked Group ‘92 for making 50 mug mats out of recycled material for the 2018 QWI convention.
Vera Hughes has QWI pins if needed. QWI newsletters will be published October 1 and March 1. Branches have the choice of receiving newsletters in paper form or by email. All chose to receive paper copies.
Linda Hoy is the new ACWW President.
There were many essay entries and Richmond County did very well at provincial level.
Alice Weare spoke about an outreach project that is being started through the CLC room at RRHS. There will be video conference and tea & talk sessions held. A list of upcoming activities was given out.
Motion: Motion was made to donate $100. to Meals on Wheels. Moved by Peggy Healy. Seconded by Anne Clark. All in favour.
Discussion held on whether to pay the person supplying the tractor and driving in the Canada Day parade.
Motion: Motion was made to give $25. for supplying tractor, etc. Moved by Matty Banfill. Seconded by Shirley Beasley. All in favour.
Reminder that each branch supply a large bag of candies for our table at Townshipper’s Day.
Elizabeth Mastine or Joyce Cinnamon will lay the Remembrance Day wreath at the cenotaph. Service will be held on November 11 at 2 p.m. Joyce will get a bill.
All convenor reports are due to County at the end of November and to Provincial at the end of December.
All branches were reminded of their duties for the year.
Branches are to get their program to Louise Perkins, Cleveland, by December 15, 2018.
Joyce thanked Ellis Clark for opening the church, Anne Clark for the music, Gore W.I. for the snacks and all WI members for all they do.
The annual meeting will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Church Hall. In case of bad weather it will be on Saturday, April 6, same time, same place.
As there was no further business Joyce Cinnamon adjourned the meeting at 11:35 p.m. by all singing the Hymn of All Nations.
Submitted by Mona Mcgee