Record of Shorwell WI Meeting Monday 12th November 2018

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The November meeting is always our Annual Meeting, when we review the year and vote for the new Committee and President for the coming year. Debbie welcomed Sylvia, our WI Adviser, to help us with this process.

We held our normal monthly meeting before this, which we opened by singing ‘Jerusalem’. Birthday cards were given to Vanessa, Hilary, Isabel and Linda, who all have birthdays this month. Chris thanked everyone who helped to make the recent birthday party such a success – a lovely buffet supper was followed by music from the Brass Monkeys (and there was even some dancing!). It was nice to see some past presidents, a couple of whom had travelled from the mainland to join us.

Then, as the meeting was only a day after the centenary of the Armistice which ended World War 1, Renella read a poem by May Wedderburn Cannan, a poet and VAD volunteer in the war, as our tribute.

Four of our members had been on the recent Federation weekend at Denman College, and Isabel said how much she had enjoyed her calligraphy course there. Dilys and Jean will give their reports at the January meeting, as they used their bursaries to attend.

Our post-Christmas lunch will be on January 17th, and the Soup & Pudding Lunch on February 16th.

A questionnaire was distributed, asking people whether they wanted the competitions to continue, as they are not always well supported. Also included was what form next year’s birthday celebration should take – eating out, a party in the hall, or something else.

The Annual Meeting was taken by Sylvia, where the new committee was elected; the ballot for President resulted in Debbie being re-elected for a second year.

The business being over, we relaxed with tea, the raffle, and a Beetle Drive. The bloom of the Month was brought by Christine.