The fifty women who met at the Arlington Hotel Thursday had a mandate: pick a name and plan the yearly program.
Like all women on a mission they got down to business immediately. After the social part of the program, of course!
Earlier on Facebook, the members suggested ten names for the new Women’s Institute. Chris Quinlan organized the “dotmography” voting system. Chris gave each woman ten sticky dots. The nominated names were mounted, one to a page. The voter could apply all ten dots to one name, or one dot to each of the ten names, or any variation in between. This made for an easy visual to determine the most popular choice.
Women Inspiring Women WI won the ballot. Just by a dot or two, though. The runner-up name, “Adelaide’s Hoodlums” was inspired by an auto-correct error when one gal’s cell phone didn’t recognize the name Adelaide Hoodless, the co-founder of the Women’s Institute.
WI women meet for the enrichment of themselves and their community. It has been the mandate of the WI since its inception in 1897. Thursday night, Cassie McDaniel chaired a brainstorming session to determine this group’s goals. By way of comparing then to now, McDaniel read a list of agenda items from the Paris WI of 1905:
- The care and washing of blankets
- Sweeping and dusting
- The care of winter clothing
- What to do when unexpected company comes
- Table setting and serving
- Fleas, flies, and mosquitoes
And a personal favourite: “some things a woman should know.”
Cassie then asked the women to list the activities they wanted included in their Women’s Institute program. Each group of five women presented the top three items on their list.
The suggestions were as varied as the number of members:
- farm tours
- garden tours
- and wine-tasting tours
- Random acts of kindness in support of those in need and
- random acts of yarn bombing in support of things in knitwear
- Learning how to cook and how to manage stress
- Recording the group’s history as well as that of the community’s via the Tweedsmuir program
- Offering practical and financial support for mental health programs
- Lobbying for transportation across the county and lobbying across the country in support of missing and murdered indigenous women.
Last month the group donated food items to a northern community. This month, on March 28, the New Brant WI aka WIWWI are hosting a fundraiser in support of and in collaboration with Nova Vita. The fashion accessory sale and swap will be held at the TB Costain Community Center 16 Morrell Street, Brantford, 11:30 to 2:30pm.
April 9, 2015 will be the group’s inaugural meeting. At that time the women will elect the executive committee. We encourage members to apply for roles such as president, secretary, and treasurer, as well as committee leaders like program, event, and volunteer coordinators.
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