“Your seat is waiting!”

Carol MacLellan, Executive Officer from PEI
Carol MacLellan, Executive Officer from PEI

Carol MacLellan and the planning committee are pleased to inform you that the FWIC Convention plans are taking shape nicely. The Convention Planning Committee in New Brunswick met with FWIC President Marie Kenny, Jan 23 and 24th to touch base regarding the planning and production.

FWIC Convention planners meet at the Fredericton Convention Centre, Fredericton, NB. Angela Faubert, Chair of Hospitality; Carol MacLellan, Executive Officer from PEI; Angela Scott, NBWI President; Marie Kenny, FWIC President; Holly Hersey, Host Committee Co-Chair; and Terry Spragg, Sales Committee.
FWIC Convention planners meet at the Fredericton Convention Centre, Fredericton, NB. Angela Faubert, Chair of Hospitality; Carol MacLellan, Executive Officer from PEI; Angela Scott, NBWI President; Marie Kenny, FWIC President; Holly Hersey, Host Committee Co-Chair; and Terry Spragg, Sales Committee.

The 2015 FWIC triennial convention is in Fredericton NB, June 9-13. The convention will include educational workshops, inspirational speakers and plenary sessions focusing on FWIC’s Triennial Theme Women’s Institute, Planting Seeds of Change.

FWIC President Marie Kenny said;

Conventions are a great opportunity for the membership and guests to come together, to be informed, to learn and to share ideas. Planting seeds of change is a beginning, deepening the roots of change takes working together, motivating and inspiring each other on journey.

Please share with your membership, the media, and your social media, the attached Convention 2015 update, and photograph from FWIC Publicity Chair Carol MacLellan and President Marie Kenny.

link to Convention update: FWIC Prepares for Upcoming Convention

Click on the poster image for your Convention Registration package.

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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.

Preaching to the Choir

Our office received a call last week from a member of the Calhoun WI in New Brunswick. The caller wondered if we had any advice about attracting new members. Their group has five.  A mighty five, if you consider their successful door-to-door fundraising efforts for FWIC.

“Are you online?” Kate asked.

“No.”

Oh, dear.

It’s a perennial problem, this business of attracting new members. That, and communication. Not to mention the dreaded words marketing, branding, or promotion. We are not comfortable with tooting our own horn, are we? We see a job that needs doing and we do it. We don’t brag. Life is busy enough without taking extra time to write about it on a blog or Facebook or Twitter. Who’s got time for that?

Click on image for Google Maps to Calhoun, NB

I turned to Google to find out where is Calhoun, anyway? The Wikipedia entry is a dry as dust. Calhoun is an unincorporated community in Westmorland County, New Brunswick. Okie dokes, thanks, but I want colour, I want commentary, I want to see faces and recipes and projects and events. Me, me, me, it’s all about me!

Well, yes, to a point, but it’s also all about you, too. You are WI. You are a woman inspired and if you are able to connect with other woman around the world via the internet you will encounter thousands, more likely hundreds of thousands of inspiring woman. You are no longer one fifth of a small and isolated branch next the Trans-Canada highway. You are connected to women all over the world.

I re-learned this yesterday as I gathered information for the June 2015 Triennial Convention in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Organizers invite delegates and speakers and others to attend the event. Alternately, they invite them to send greetings. So far the list of invitees includes the usual suspects: the Queen, the Governor General, and the Mayor of Fredericton.

My mission was to suggest names of people, politicians, heads of state, and anyone else who might help to raise the profile of Women’s Institutes in Canada. I felt very much out of the loop celebrity-wise, important women-wise, high-profile women-wise. I don’t watch TV and I don’t read newspapers or magazines. What to do, what to do?

I wrote a blog post  and asked my readers to make suggestions. Within half a day I had compiled a list of over fifty names. Some I knew, but most I did not.

Click here for Ann's TED Talk Video
Click here for Ann’s TED Talk Video

A friend of mine suggest the name of a 16 year-old science inventor Ann Makosinski from Victoria, BC. Ann had invented a flashlight powered by the heat of her hand. She was inspired to help a female friend in Philippines to study after dark, when there was no light.  My friend went on to say,

If the WI is going to go forward, they will need to reinvent the wheel to keep the interest in the next generations. It goes without saying that these kids were born plugged in and we adults are just playing catch up.

As I read this email from my friend, I thought to myself, thanks, but you are preaching to the choir.

Which is exactly what I am doing here: you are reading this online. You are comfortable with technology and know how to make it work for you and your branch.

But what about those who do not have the resources? What about those who do not have the time, money, equipment, or desire to be online?

It’s Membership Monday. I’d like to start a conversation about communication in general and online communication specifically. How we can bring new members to WI? How can we stay in touch with the members we already have and encourage them to try out the new methods of online communication?

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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.