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 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.

We Work for the United Nations

Sheila Needham
Sheila Needham

Last night I told my husband about my latest project. It’s a continuation of the membership profile I wrote about Sheila Needham. On December 9th, 2014, Sheila, who is the Canadian Area President of the Associated Country Women of the World, was interviewed by CBC radio. The station has graciously permitted us to use the recording of the show hosted by Susan Campbell, as a way to promote the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW).

It’s been fun scouring the internet for photos to use as illustrations to accompany the radio interview.

It’s also been educational, as is the case on some many of the pieces I write for this blog. “Did you know,” I told my hubby, “That the WI has direct ties with the UN?”

“Really?” he said.

“Yup. It starts right at the local branch level. We collect money for the ACWW, and then there are regional and national committees and sub-committees that advise the UN on women’s issues. Cool, eh?”

“Well,” he said. “I guess you work for the UN, then.”

Huh.

I guess we do!

You can watch the video here. Enjoy.

un-building-web

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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.