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New Exhibit at the Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead Museum

What a perfect day we had for the new exhibit open house at the Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Museum!

Joanna Rickert-Hall, in her new role as Curator of the Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead, guided visitors through the new exhibit, “The Empty Crib: Legacy After Loss”.

For the last eight months, Ms. Rickert-Hall has been working at the museum as the Exhibit Developer under the Job Creation Partnership grant from the Ontario government. In that time she has conducted in-depth research, and asked contemporary questions about Adelaide and her legacy. The result is a transformative new look at the driving force behind the establishment of the International Women’s Institute Movement, the National Council of Women of Canada, the VON and the YWCA in Canada.

The Hoodless Homestead season runs from May 3 to Oct 31, 2015.

Please enjoy the images here courtesy our volunteer extraordinaire, Sara Naim!

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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.

Spring in Saskatchewan

SWI logoThe Spring 2015 Newsletter of the Saskatchewan WI landed in my inbox last week. Click SWI0415 for a PDF copy.

President Lynn Ballhorn writes:

Greetings Ladies
The sun is out and I think spring has finally arrived. Winter seemed to last forever. I’m on the mend from knee surgery and doing okay.
The executive have been busy getting organized and ready for the Rally-Annual Meeting on May 22. Hope you can attend. It will be held at the Western Development Museum on Highway 16A West, in Yorkton.
The agenda is on the last page of this newsletter. Please call Lynn at 306 782 3570 or e-mail wlballhorn@sasktel.net if you are coming.
The scholarship is available, please e-mail Karen if you need an application form.
We are in need of a Vice President, as my term is up and Marian is moving up to be President.
Hope everyone is in good health and has survived the winter. Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting.
All my best, Lynn

The newsletter is full of information and lots of anecdotes that will bring a smile. Here’s a sample:

Biology exam

A newsletter wouldn’t be complete without a recipe. Here’s this season’s contribution:Cinnamon_Roll_Cake-2

Cinnamon Bun Cake

Base
3 cups flour
¼ tsp. salt
1 cup sugar
4 Tsp. Baking powder
1 ½ C milk.
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
½ C melted butter (I used marge.)

Mix these ingredients all together adding the butter/marg. last.
Pour into a 9 X 13 pan

Topping

1 C softened butter
1 cup Brown sugar
2 Tbsp. flour
1 Tsp. cinnamon

Mix together, drop by spoonful on base as evenly as possible. Swirl into base with a knife (as for a marble cake)

Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. Glaze while still warm

Glaze

2 C powdered sugar
5 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

It seems like a lot of work but it really tasted good and my curling friends loved it!

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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.

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

 

Try this on – See if it Fits

Hey Women Inspired! We are less than two months away! Then we’re officially official with a name and mission and a plan!

The turnout at our information session February 12 was beyond our expectations. In the meantime, we continue to promote the Women’s Institute on our Facebook Group Page and plan for the March 28 fundraising event to be held in collaboration with Nova Vita.

As of today’s count, about 45 women will attend the March 12 meeting. Number one on the agenda is choosing our name. Then we can finally move forward on paperwork that’s been stacking up. Things like bank accounts and web sites and tattoos* and stuff.

We also want to get a head start on our program for the year. We will brainstorm the charities or causes we will support, speakers, outings, festivities, and fundraising events.

We also want to discuss the roles of branch officers and committee chairs. Traditionally, branch responsibilities have been shared among the executive officers. You know, President and Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and so on. While most branches still choose to be organized this way, it is not mandatory. Branches who wish to share responsibilities among the members must designate someone as Contact person and another as Treasurer.

Once the branch is formed in April we will hold elections. Check out the following positions. Perhaps there is something here you’d like to try on for size.

PresidentPresident 

The Leader of the branch. She runs the meetings and  is hostess of the evening – greets the guests and speakers and new members. The President keeps tabs on projects,  committees and sub groups that form, and basically oversees the branch. If there is enough interest in this position, the role of Vice President can be filled. This gal will fill in for the President when she is unable to attend meetings.

SecretarySecretary

The Secretary prepares the agenda, takes minutes of the meetings and prepares and delivers the written minutes to the members. She passes along any news from the Federation of Women’s Institutes of Ontario (FWIO). She is the primary contact between the branch and the provincial and federal offices. If there is more than one person interested in this role? Yup, you guessed it. A Vice Secretary is elected.

Speaking of minutes: many of our membership are online. But there are few who are not, and it is important that we find a way to keep these gals in the loop. We will set up a buddy system to pair up those with internet with those without.

treasurerTreasurer

This gal is responsible for the finances of the branch. She collects dues, pays the speakers and other service providers, keeps the books and prepares them for audit and presentation at the annual meeting.

Committee 1Advocacy Coordinator

The Advocacy Coordinator is the spokesperson for the branch regarding resolutions. Some of the duties may include: preparing resolutions, acting on local issues and concerns, and working with the Provincial Advocacy Coordinator.

Here is a snippet from the FWIO website.

Women’s Institute Members have been instrumental in establishing new laws and amending existing ones. Our Members voice their concerns and initiate resolutions at the community, provincial, national and international levels.

Historically, FWIO has played a pivotal role in influencing many changes to provincial laws and practices, including:

  • Mandatory stopping for school buses with flashing lights
  • Installation of railway crossing signs
  • Painting of white lines on provincial highways
  • Implementation of easy-to-understand food labels
  • Enforcement of proper use of slow-moving vehicle signs
  • Clear markings on poison containers

Committee 2Membership Coordinator

Some of the duties in this position may include outreach to promote WI at colleges or universities, for example ; speaking engagements or letter writing to attract new members; mentoring new members who join.

Committee 4Public Relations Coordinator 

This gal gets the word out. She writes our media releases to alert the press about our meetings, special events, and otherwise keeps our name in the spotlight. Social media and other writing projects like a blog or website are handled by this position.

ROSE Coordinator

Simply put, ROSE (Rural Ontario Sharing Education) is what Women’s Institutes have been doing for over 118 years – providing education to help build stronger families and vibrant communities.  This unique province-wide initiative is driven by WI Members who often work with local community organizations and businesses to increase awareness, provide support and promote community action.

The ROSE Coordinator promotes education to the branch and community. As long as one person from the public who is not a WI member attends the event, it qualifies as a ROSE program. Some of the duties may include: developing educational programs and activities for the community and promoting and organizing ROSE Sessions. You can read more about ROSE on the FWIO Website.

Tweedsmuir Coordinator

This position will appeal to the historian and the record keeper. She compiles and coordinates Tweedsmuir History Books. Some of the duties may include: writing and editing material and planning and exhibiting the Tweedsmuir Books.

Baroness Tweedsmuir
Susan Buchan, Baroness Tweedsmuir (née Susan Charlotte Grosvenor) (1882–1977) was the wife of author John Buchan. Between 1935 and 1940 she was viceregal consort of Canada while her husband was the Governor General. She was also the author of several novels, children’s books, and biographies, some of which were published under the name Susan Tweedsmuir.

Who or what is a Tweedsmuir? Here’s how the County of Elgin Women’s Institutes explain it:

west lorne TweedsmuirIn the mid 1930s Lady Tweedsmuir, wife of the Governor General began encouraging Women’s Institute branches to preserve the history of their communities in response to what she saw as a rapidly changing and urbanizing landscape. By 1947, local branches across the province were compiling living “scrapbooks” which came to be known as Tweedsmuir Histories. In many ways, the members of the Women’s Institutes were the unofficial archivists of their communities. They acquired records, oral histories, photographs and much more for inclusion in their volumes, leaving us today with an outstanding resource on the history of rural Ontario.  Click on the blue book cover right for a sample of a Tweedsmuir.

The roles listed above are the positions recommended and described on the FWIO website. We expect that we will also need the following positions filled:

  • Program Coordinator plans the content or topic for each meeting. This gal and her team will need to work hand-in-hand with the
  • Event Coordinator/Committee who plan special occasions like summer picnics or fundraising or Champagne Breakfast Celebrations (hint, hint). Both these committees will need to work closely with the
  • Volunteer Coordinator who will organize the helping hands for meetings or events for things like arranging for tea and cookies, organizing cleanup afterward, or finding someone with power tools and the skills to use them.

What do you think? Is there something here that suits you? Drop us a line if you have any more questions or suggestions.

Paris WI

* just kidding**

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This tattoo adorns the body of the President of the Cambridge Blue Belles WI, UK
This tattoo adorns the body of the President of the Cambridge Blue Belles WI, UK. Click on the image for the blog post.

Take 10 Recipes: Hobo Stew

Ann Mandziuk, FWIC Executive officer, Manitoba writes:

March – we know spring is just around the corner but what can we do about those winter blahs? Challenge yourself to do something different this month. Pick an activity and as a family do it. It could be outdoors, at a community facility or in your own home – just pick something to break up the winter ‘blah’ time. If the weather will co-operate go outdoors and skate, toboggan, walk, or make a snowman. Start a bonfire and cook something outdoors – savour the flavour of the food. What about a games night – no TV/video games, just play board or other games with friends or family. Imagine how some of these ideas can help to grow a healthier you.

WI Recipe: Hobo Stew (Campfire Stew)

  • Ground beef or stew meat cut into small pieces
  • Vegetables of your choosing – corn, green beans, carrots, onions, bell peppers
  • Garlic or onion
  • Butter
  • Salt and pepper, to taste, or other herbs/spices

Preparation
Tear off a piece of heavy aluminum foil large enough to fold into a pocket to put your ingredients into.
Spray the foil with cooking spray. Add meat first, then vegetables. Top with seasonings and then butter. Close foil on all sides, leaving some room for steam to build. Be sure to mark your packet so it doesn’t get mixed up with anyone else’s.
Put packet into the coals. Cooking time depends on how hot your fire is. I recommend checking in about 10 minutes.

Click on the image for the source and more pictures of how to make Hobo Stew
Click on the image for the source and more pictures of how to make Hobo Stew

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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.

Federation Bulletin for March 2015 – Dates and Events to Remember

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Included in this issue of the Federation Bulletin is the reminder that a number of deadlines are drawing close. We wrote about the Senator Cairine Wilson and  Tweedsmuir Competitions and the Peace Garden Scholarship last year, if you’d like a refresher.

March 2015 Deadlines

Erland Lee is credited with encouraging Adelaide Hunter Hoodless to speak to the wives of the Farmers’ Institute. From this talk, the first WI was formed in 1897 at the Stoney Creek home of Erland and Janet Lee. The homestead is now owned by the Federation of Women’s Institutes of Ontario and serves as a museum and headquarters of the FWIO.

Erland Lee Competition

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The FWIC Quilt Draw Sales are well under way. The Quilt Draw is traditionally an important fundraiser for FWIC. The last two conventions both sold nearly 1500 tickets each, raising almost $6000 total! Please continue to sell and promote tickets sales within your province.

Donna Henderson Quilt a

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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.