ACWW update on Pickles and Fish

A year ago, we posted an announcement on how WI members could support two ACWW projects. Today I have good news, and soon to be good news.

Sheila Needham, Canada’s ACWW representative just issued her Fall 2015 ACWW newsletter which includes an update from the ACWW office in London, England:

Dear Sheila
I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your pretty card, showing autumnal colours, (Card was one of Linda Hoy’s) enclosing a cheque for £2,950.00, being donations from Canadian societies, following your very helpful spreadsheet. This is a very generous amount, and we confirm that these amounts have been allocated strictly in accordance with your instructions, with the following exception:-

Project No. 0960 ‘Pickles’
With these donations, you have exceeded your pledge to this project. We have therefore allocated the amount of Can $ 150.83 out of the 466.20 to project 0960, and we have allocated the ‘surplus’ for this project to project no. 0961.

I am delighted to attach a Certificate of Appreciation to this email, to mark the fact that you have fulfilled your pledge to project 0960.

Project No. 0961 ‘Fish’
As mentioned above, the ‘surplus’ of donations to project 0960 has been allocated to project 0961. This means that your donations to this project now total £1,662.11 out of your pledge of £2,786.00, leaving the amount of £1,123.89 still to be raised. [$2,269.19 CAD]

We are very grateful for the support of Canada Area for our projects and work. We understand that you have already thanked the various members and societies – thank you for thanking them!

With best wishes from a rather autumnal-feeling London
Juliet Childs, Projects Administrator

Please consider this post a reminder to include ACWW fundraising during your up-coming program year. Then I hope to post the good news that we have met (or exceeded!) the target!

For a .pdf copy of the project details or how to submit your donations, please click here.

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About WI
Women’s Institute is a local, provincial, national and international organization that promotes women, families and communities. Our goal is to empower women to make a difference.

About FWIC

The idea to form a national group was first considered in 1912. In 1914, however, when the war began the idea was abandoned. At the war’s end, Miss Mary MacIsaac, Superintendent of Alberta Women’s Institute, revived the idea. She realized the importance of organizing the rural women of Canada so they might speak as one voice for needed reforms, and the value of co-ordinating provincial groups for a more consistent organization. In February 1919, representatives of the provinces met in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to form the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada.

F.W.I.C. Quilt “A Story in Patchwork”

Wanted

A piece of your fabric

Not just any piece.

Looking for one of your favourites that tells a story.

100% cotton

Any shape piece of new fabric will do.

Up to 3 entries per person

Deadline for submission of fabric August 30, 2016

Attach your name and story of the piece and send to:

Donna Henderson

725 Napier St W.

Listowel Ontario

N4W 3M2

Questions? email donnahenderson80@gmail.com

You may recall Donna’s quilt that she created and donated as a fundraiser for FWIC just this past summer. That one was special. This one will be too!

patchwork quilt

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About WI
Women’s Institute is a local, provincial, national and international organization that promotes women, families and communities. Our goal is to empower women to make a difference.

About FWIC

The idea to form a national group was first considered in 1912. In 1914, however, when the war began the idea was abandoned. At the war’s end, Miss Mary MacIsaac, Superintendent of Alberta Women’s Institute, revived the idea. She realized the importance of organizing the rural women of Canada so they might speak as one voice for needed reforms, and the value of co-ordinating provincial groups for a more consistent organization. In February 1919, representatives of the provinces met in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to form the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada.

Fundraising with Victorian Flare

Fall is upon us and that means two things for those of us WI gals in Brant County:

  1. The St. George Applefest.
  2. And a return to our regular scheduled WI program.

Festival organizer Jean Tucker wrote in a March 2015 press release, “The 30th anniversary edition of St. George AppleFest was recently selected as one of the Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario (out of 2,500 events) by Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO). Nestled centrally to Cambridge, Paris and Brantford, St. George is blessed with apple blossoms in the spring and a fresh crop of apples in the fall. At this time of year our community “comes alive” and hosts a fantastic festival highlighting apples, pies, crafts, artisans, live entertainment, kids’ rides and much more.”

The event is held in and around the center of town adjacent to the gorgeous Sunnyside Mansion presently owned by David Bailey. This year, David has invited Women Inspiring Women WI to host an Open House and Victorian Fair during the St. George Applefest. The public will get a rare opportunity to take in some history in one of Brant County’s most historic homes.

Sunnyside fundraiserSunnyside stands as a memorial to its former owners, Dr. and Mrs. E.E. Kitchen, who contributed much to the life and times of their era and to their community. Dr. Kitchen’s wife, Annie Charlton, was a friend of Mrs. Adelaide Hunter Hoodless, founder of the Women’s Institute. Mrs. Kitchen supported Mrs. Hoodless in her work by holding Women’s Institute meetings at Sunnyside.*

The Sunnyside Mansion was built at 13 Main St. South, St. George in 1888 and is very rarely opened to the public. Events on September 19th will include a partial home tour, Victorian­-style games, music in the parlour room, tea & refreshments and a silent auction. The event will be open to the public, with admission by donation at the door. Proceeds are in support of the Brant Community Foundation’s David Bailey Legacy Fund and Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead, home to the founder of the Women’s Institute. The event holds special significance for Brant County WI members as the very first meeting of the St. George Branch was hosted here in 1903.

The mansion gained recent notoriety as a film set for the popular Canadian detective drama Murdoch Mysteries. Members of the Women Inspiring Women W.I, local historians in period costumes, local dignitaries, and the public will be on hand to celebrate the unique peek back in time.

Apple Blossom Recipe on YouTube - click on through
Apple Blossom Recipe on YouTube – click on through

On the Facebook Event page, organizer Andrea Roddy invites WI members and friends to volunteer for the weekend. Email invitations for volunteer sign-ups have been sent to all WIW WI members. You can also access the sign-up by following these 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/J5F8us
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Andrea and she can sign you up manually.

Applefest runs Saturday September 19th 10 AM – 6 PM and Sunday September 20th 10 AM – 5 PM.

Sunnyside Open House ­ hosted by the Women Inspiring Women W.I. at 13 Main Street South, St. George, Ontario Saturday, September 19th, 2015 @ 10am ­ 4pm

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About WI
Women’s Institute is a local, provincial, national and international organization that promotes women, families and communities. Our goal is to empower women to make a difference.

About FWIC

The idea to form a national group was first considered in 1912. In 1914, however, when the war began the idea was abandoned. At the war’s end, Miss Mary MacIsaac, Superintendent of Alberta Women’s Institute, revived the idea. She realized the importance of organizing the rural women of Canada so they might speak as one voice for needed reforms, and the value of co-ordinating provincial groups for a more consistent organization. In February 1919, representatives of the provinces met in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to form the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada.

Winner of the Federated Women’s Institutes Quilt Draw

Winner of the Federated Women’s Institutes Quilt draw at the Triennial Conference in Fredericton New Brunswick is Denice Glaze of Fordwich Ontario, pictured here with her husband Joe and children Ashley and Matthew. She is absolutely thrilled as her 2 children greatly resemble the ones in the quilt.

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Second photo with the quilter, Donna Henderson. Congratulations, Denice!

 

Easter Egg Hunt at the Homestead 2015

The FWIC owned and operated museum Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead National Historic Site hosted over 1600 kids and family members from our community on Good Friday! We all had a blast! Happy Easter to all families from FWIC.

Images copyright Sara Naim and Maggie Wilson

 

 

Fashion Accessories: New Branch March 28 Fundraiser

My Sister's Closet

ANNOUNCEMENTS!

All Women Welcome!
Learn about the New Brant WI.

PLEASE SHARE THE NEWS WITH YOUR FRIENDS!

Plan to attend an accessory swap March 28 at the T.B. Costain Community Center in Brantford. The new branch of the Women’s Institute is holding a fundraising event in collaboration with and support of Nova Vita.

Come shop for gently used purses, sunglasses, scarves, jewelry etc. Invite Mom, Grandma, Sis, and the kids! Please pass this information along to anyone in your network.

If you are interested in helping that day, please let us know.

Contact Dana Gignac for more information.

Bring donation articles with you on the 28th or drop them off before to:

37 Jane Street Paris, ON
8am to 7pm; (519)442-0887

9 Sunset Ave, Brantford, ON
(519)-209-4758

Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead, St. George
9am to 4pm Mon. to Thur. (519)-448-3873

For more info please contact Dana Gignac
Phone: (519)-209-4758

 

FWIC Quilt Raffle

Our Quilt Raffle fundraiser is now open!

Purchase raffle tickets for this astonishing quilt from the FWIC executive officer in your province!

Contact your FWIC Executive officer for $2 raffle tickets today!

Let’s make this our best sale EVER!

Donna Henderson Quilt a
Donna Henderson, the Barefoot Quilter and the Quilt on offer for the FWIC Fundraiser
Donna Henderson Quilt b
The inspiration.

 

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About WI
Women’s Institute is a local, provincial, national and international organization that promotes women, families and communities. Our goal is to empower women to make a difference.

About FWIC

The idea to form a national group was first considered in 1912. In 1914, however, when the war began the idea was abandoned. At the war’s end, Miss Mary MacIsaac, Superintendent of Alberta Women’s Institute, revived the idea. She realized the importance of organizing the rural women of Canada so they might speak as one voice for needed reforms, and the value of co-ordinating provincial groups for a more consistent organization. In February 1919, representatives of the provinces met in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to form the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada.

W.I. Willie the Worm Craft Challenge

Whether individual, branch or provincial, we challenge Women’s Institutes members from across Canada to submit their hand-crafted Willie the Worm for the June 2015 Triennial Convention held in Fredericton, NB.

On your own, or as a team, create a Willie the Worm craft using any materials you please as a fundraiser challenge for FWIC.

Send your completed Willie projects along with the crafter(s)’s names and branch information to the New Brunswick provincial office by June 1, 2015.

New Brunswick Women’s Institute
681 Union Street
Fredericton, NB E3A 3N8
Phone: 506-454-0798 | Email: nbwi@nb.aibn.com

Please note that we are unable to return any projects that are mailed.

Alternately, on the morning of June 9th, 2015, bring your handiwork to the Convention craft table in Fredericton where they will be showcased.

This will be a fun and interactive exhibit. Convention goers will cast their “votes” by donating change for their favourite “Willie the Worm”. At the end of the Convention, the Willie that collects the most attention wins! The winning Worm (and his creator) will receive an official “Thank you” as well as a prize donated by President Elect, Linda Hoy and be recognized as the “Official FWIC Willie the Worm”.

If you need some inspiration, check out our Willie the Worm Pinterest Board.

A very dapper Willie the Worm created by Sara Naim
A very dapper Willie the Worm created by Sara Naim

Please, do share the results of your handiwork. Post photos of not only the final product, but of the crafting event, too. You can find FWIC on Facebook or Twitter. Or drop a message here, in the comments box below.

The Challenge is on!

Hmmm, I wonder what Willie looks like with a moustache? It is Movember, after all…

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About WI
Women’s Institute is a local, provincial, national and international organization that promotes women, families and communities. Our goal is to empower women to make a difference.

About FWIC

The idea to form a national group was first considered in 1912. In 1914, however, when the war began the idea was abandoned. At the war’s end, Miss Mary MacIsaac, Superintendent of Alberta Women’s Institute, revived the idea. She realized the importance of organizing the rural women of Canada so they might speak as one voice for needed reforms, and the value of co-ordinating provincial groups for a more consistent organization. In February 1919, representatives of the provinces met in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to form the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada.

Pickles and Fish – Fundraising for Women in India

In her fall newsletter, Sheila Needham, the Canadian Area President of the Associate Country Women of the World (ACWW) sent along details of two fundraising efforts that might be of interest to your WI. The following two projects are the top two choices of the members at the Canada Area Conference that was held in Camrose, Alberta, in June this year. Both are designed to provide financial support to women’s groups in India.

The Grace Trust Project No. 0960. ACWW Grant £3,337

Grace Trust has formed 50 women’s Self Help Groups among disadvantaged rural Dalit women in Sedapatti block, Madurai district, Tamil Nadu. Their plan with this project is to provide a revolving fund to 50 women, so that they can carry out income generating activities, having first participated in skill training. The women will be trained in making pickles, papadums or candles, as well as in quality control, micro credit and savings, and record keeping.

Most of the products will be sold in local villages, as it is known that there is a high demand for these items locally. The women will repay part of the loan each month with 1% interest, and in this way loans will be made to further women Self Help Group members.

The beneficiaries will use the income to buy food for their families and to pay for their children’s schooling, and any other family necessities.

Pickle

The Organization for Community Development (O.C.D) Project No. 0961 ACWW Grant £4,702.

The aim of this project is to train 60 women in fish processing (drying and packaging). These women are among the most marginalized of the fisher folk community, being either widows or having husbands who are invalid or alcoholic. Because they lack resources, they have been forced to borrow money at exorbitant rates of interest from moneylenders in order to purchase fish to sell, and they are then often not able to make a profit owing to fluctuating prices and the perishable nature of fresh fish. They would sell processed fish alongside fresh fish and this would mean that they do not have to sell at a loss, and would have something to sell during the ‘off-season’ (fish breeding season), and when the catch is small owing to stormy weather.

The Federation of Women Head Load Fish Vendors will assist with beneficiary selection, training, micro credit disbursement and monitoring repayments. The training will consist of: processing fish of different varieties according to season and availability (equipment for storing and transporting unsold fish will be provided for the trainees); EDP (Entrepreneurship Development Training); leadership development; micro credit; maintaining accounts.

The Canadian Area has pledged $7,500.00 CAD or £4,123 pounds to be split between the two projects – £1,337 for project (0960 Pickles) and £2,786 (0961 Fish)

For a .pdf copy of this information and details on how to submit and direct your donations, please click here.

Margaret Christensen's ideas

Margaret suggests that the details of the projects be printed on card stock and put up near a collection jar or a fish bowl at any luncheon table that is at a W.I. meeting or other event.