FWIC National Board Meeting in Brantford and St George, Ontario June 16-19, 2016
National Board Meetings in Camrose, Alberta June 14-17, 2014
ACWW Canada Area Conference June 12-14, Camrose, Alberta
Adelaide Tea Party
President Marie Kenny hosts an Adelaide Tea Party in her home for WI members during WI Week. She served Adelaide tea, a gourmet blend created by Abigail’s Tea Room in St. George’s, Ontario, along with several dainty treats.
Erland Lee Museum Reopens
The Women’s Institutes of Ontario purchased the home of Co-founders, Erland and Janet Lee, (along with Adelaide Hoodless) in 1972 on their 75th Anniversary and opened it to the public as the Erland Lee Museum. Six generations of the Lee family had lived in this Gothic Revival home in Stoney Creek from 1808-1971 and many original artifacts still remain including the walnut dining room table where Janet Lee wrote the Constitution for Women’s Institute with the help of her husband. The 1873 Carriage House features exhibits of farming equipment, a quilt collection, and information about Mrs. E. D. Smith, the first President of Women’s Institute and her husband’s fruit canning operation. The Museum was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2003.
Due to financial straits, the Home was closed in December of 2011, but some dedicated and historically-minded women worked hard at fundraising to reopen the Museum in April of 2013 and ensure its preservation. When the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada visited the Museum in November, 2013, following the Executive Meetings, they found the property in excellent condition, were thrilled to view the place where such momentous events took place, and enjoyed the beautiful luncheon provided by the Volunteer Welcoming Committee. The Home was decorated for Christmas and festive workshops were being held. This Museum is a wonderful credit to FWIO and we thank the volunteers for their enthusiasm in keeping the Museum alive.
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