Tips for Inspiring the WI Members in your Group

Photo Courtesy http://londonmasalaandchips.blogspot.ca
Photo Courtesy http://londonmasalaandchips.blogspot.ca


• Make it a practice to thank your WI members for their efforts
• Encourage, motivate and show enthusiasm for projects and programs
• Plan some fun programs, share jokes and stories
• Keep things simple – do not deal with too many issues at one time
• Find out the issues that the members are interested in and invite speakers on the topics
• Write a resolution about a “burning” issue
• Brainstorm to come up with new ideas or new ways to present old topics.
• Seek feedback from your members by having comments and questions at the end of your meetings
• Solicit program ideas from the membership
• Make sure no member is carrying more responsibilities than she can handle or desire
• Frequently check with each member so that discontent can be known and changes made
• Use the talents of your members
• If certain practices are no longer working in your group, change the way things are being done
• Be flexible – try different ways of meeting, working and planning

W.I. Our goal is to Inspire Women to make a difference! Let’s have fun and make that happen.

Can you add to the list? Join in, please,  and comment below!

#IAmWI – The Highlight Reel

If you were near a social media outlet on Wednesday October 1, you may have spotted some of the smiling faces in the gallery below. Jo Beal of the Cambridge WI in the UK launched the #IAmWI campaign in order to promote the current image of women’s institutes around the world. Take a look and I think you’ll agree, the face of WI is vibrant and bright.

Addie’s Apples

If people would only realize the value of fruit in its natural state, much of the time devoted to the preparation of pies, puddings, etc., would be saved. All uncooked fruit should be thoroughly ripe and served fresh and cold. Sometimes fruit is more easily digested when the woody fibre has been softened by cooking than when in its natural state, therefore a few simple recipes for cooking fruit are given.”

Adelaide Hunter Hoodless, author

Pare, core and quarter 6 or 8 tart apples.

Make a syrup with 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of water, and a little grated lemon peel.

When boiling, add the apples and cook carefully till they are just tender, but not broken.

Remove them carefully, boil the syrup down a little and pour it over the apples.

(For serving with roast goose, etc., cook the apples in a little water, mash until smooth, add sugar to taste.)

Coddled Apples.
Pare tart apples of uniform size; remove the cores without breaking the apples.

Stand them in the bottom of a granite kettle, sprinkle thickly with sugar, cover the bottom of the kettle with boiling water, cover closely and allow the apples to steam on the back part of the stove till tender.

Lift carefully without breaking, pour the syrup over them and stand away to cool (delicious served with whipped cream).


Reprinted from





President School of Domestic Science, Hamilton.
This Book may be used as a Text-Book in any High or Public School, if so ordered by
a resolution of the Trustees.


Entered according to Act of the Parliament of Canada, in the year one thousand eight hundred and ninety-eight, by The Copp, Clark Company, Limited, Toronto, Ontario, in the Office of the Minister of Agriculture.

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About Addie – Adelaide Hunter Hoodless
Adelaide was born on February 27, 1857 and raised on this isolated farm in Canada West.
Her public life began after she became a wife and mother. It was instigated by a tragic event: her fourth child died of what was then called a ‘stomach complaint’. Seemingly blaming herself for this tragedy, Adelaide’s campaign sought to raise the level of education for girls and to put supports in place for women so that they might safeguard their families.
She is credited as a co-founder of the Women’s Institute, the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), the National Council of Women and the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON), and a major force behind the formation of three faculties of Household Science. She achieved national recognition in her twenty years of public life. She died in 1910, the year Laurier stated, “The twentieth century belongs to Canada.” Her work had ensured that Laurier’s words applied to women and families.

Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

This Recipe was included in October’s news bulletin from the FWIC head office. Kate reports

“I’ve made this before and it’s probably the best dessert in my repertoire!

Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

Photos courtesy Allrecipes.com

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese,
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust
1/2 cup pumpkin purée
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground cloves
1 pinch ground nutmeg
1/2 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
2. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Blend in eggs one at a time. Remove 1 cup of batter and spread into bottom of crust; set aside.
3. Add pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg to the remaining batter and stir gently until well blended. Carefully spread over the batter in the crust.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until center is almost set. Allow to cool, then refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight. Cover with whipped topping before serving.



An Afternoon Tea to Celebrate Kuntsford Women’s Institute 1864-2014

On Saturday September 6 2014, Kuntsford Women’s Institute hosted a 1864-2014 celebration which included pictorials displays, presentations, music, and an afternoon tea. Joan Smallman presented flowers to Empress McDowell on her 95th Birthday, Jacquie Leard recognized Silver Dennis for 75 years service in WI. Greetings were extended by Hon. Robert Henderson, Marie Kenny, FWIC President and. Jacquie Leard, PEIWI. Congratulations to Fairley Yeo, chair and Orlo Smallman, President Knutsfort WI for a wonderful celebration !


It was a wonderful celebration and certainly reflected the dedication and commitment of so many WI volunteers to community building.

Your displays, memorabilia, and pictorial displays celebrated your rich history.

I congratulate you!!

The past is your lesson
The present is your gift.
The future is your motivation.

Blessings always

Marie Kenny, FWIC President

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2014 Summer Fete at Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead

Summer Fete 2014 was held August 10th, 2014 at the Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead. The weather cooperated and we’re glad it did.

This gallery is a compilation of photos taken by Homestead staff and members of the press who came to record the fun and festivities. People of all ages took part in the garden party, a tour through the homestead, games, and music; they had their wee face painted and they petted the farm animals, including Harry the Goat! As well, there was a chance to interact with local vendors & demonstrators.

Susan Gamble of Sun Media spoke with volunteer co-ordinator Kate Belair about The Homestead on Blue Lake Road and the Summer Fete.

Today is our third annual event and we’re just trying to bring the community together. We don’t charge the vendors and we don’t charge visitors. We just hope people will learn about the place, our programs and Adelaide.


Cottage Cheese Batter Bread


Taken from an old Breads 4-H manual in Manitoba.

½ small onion
1 package instant yeast
2 ⅓ cup flour
1 tbsp margarine
1 tbsp dill
1 cup creamed cottage cheese (room temperature)
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg (room temperature)
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ cup warm water
2 tbsp sugar
Use the metal ‘S’ blade in your food processor. Place onion in the processor and chop to fine.
Add flour, spice, salt, baking soda, sugar and yeast. Pulse 6-8 times.
Add margarine and process 10 seconds, add cottage cheese and egg and process 10 seconds.
With motor running add warm water. Knead 10 seconds.
Place cover on feed tube and allow to sit in a warm location for 15-20 minutes.
Turn machine on for 5 seconds.
Proceed to shape the loaf.
Put into a 1 ½ litre (8 inch casserole)*
Let rise to double 15 minutes
Bake at 350º F. For 40-50 minutes.
Remove from dish and cool on rack.

*The author of the recipe writes, “I use my soufflé dish with straight sides. Using a dish that slopes to the bottom will possibly give you a loaf that is not cooked in the centre.”


Peace Garden Scholarship 2014

International Peace GardensFour young women were awarded a scholarship to spend the last week of June at the International Peace Garden on the Manitoba and North Dakota border. Their visit was part of an exciting new initiative between The Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada (FWIC) and the Peace Gardens. The delegates chosen* to attend were:

Holly Bus from Ontario, Hayley Campbell from Quebec, Sonja Mueller from Manitoba, and Bethany Saunders from Prince Edward Island who was unfortunately unable to attend.

 FWIC Ann Mandziuk (Manitoba) with Peace Garden scholarship recipients at the Gardens.
FWIC Ann Mandziuk (Manitoba) with Peace Garden scholarship recipients.

In order to be eligible for the scholarship, young women must meet the following criteria:

  • Between 17-19 years of age as of January 1
  • Demonstrate an interest in tourism, retail, horticulture, photography, creative writing, and music
  • Have community and volunteer experience

As part of the application, a candidate writes an essay describing her interests and detailing how the experience would benefit her.

This scholarship program is designed as an opportunity for a young women from each province across Canada to participate in a one week educational program which includes

  • The history of the International Peace Garden
  • Horticulture
  • Retail
  • Public Relations: engaging with the visitors to the gardens
  • Photography
  • Wildlife
Delegates to the 2014 International Peace Garden spruce up the Maple Picnic Area, a park that has been sponsored by the Manitoba WI and FWIC since 1951.
Delegates to the 2014 International Peace Garden spruce up the Maple Picnic Area, a park that has been sponsored by the Manitoba WI and FWIC since 1951.


planting annuals

In her recent correspondence with WI members, Marie Kenny reported that the young women enjoyed the week-long experience under the direction of the CEO, Doug Hevenor.

Doug was so wonderful! He kept us busy and made us feel comfortable! He was a great tour guide and definitely made the gardens show their true beauty.

Holly Bus, Ontario

Sonja Mueller of Manitoba, recalls her most memorable moments as

those spent with the other girls laughing and sharing stories. After a week at the garden I really realized how great an organization WI is; we can come together and teach each other from our own experiences.

Besides getting to know one another as Canadians, the young women also had the chance to meet international music students who were there to participate in the International Music Camp. Emily Jones, an Exchange Student from Australia staying in Manitoba, was also thrilled about her week at the Peace Garden and will have wonderful memories to share with the World President, Ruth Shanks, when she returns home.

At the end of her stay, each delegate prepared and submitted a report in a media of her choice to her provincial Women’s Institute office. She will also make at least one presentation to a Women’s Institute group or conference. You can view  Part 1 and Part 2 of a video presentation available on YouTube. More images and reports are found on this site, prepared by Emily Jones,

Everyone should experience the International Peace Garden at least once in their lifetime

Hayley Campbell, Quebec

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*Due to scheduling conflicts or funding issues, WI’s from New Brunswick, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland, and Nova Scotia were unable to send a delegate.

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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.