HURRAH & HALLELUJAH!

The unveiling of the plaque denoting Margaret “Madge” Watt as a Canadian Woman of Distinction will take place on August 14, 2015.

This award was initially applied for in 2008 – 2009 and we are delighted to see it coming to fruition. Do you want to be there to see it for yourself? Then let us know at your very earliest convenience, so we may arrange for your invitation to be issued.

Who: The Federal Government and the British Columbia Women’s Institute

What: The Ceremony to unveil the Plaque for Mrs. Watt

When: 10:00 am August 14, 2015

Where: Colwood Hall, 2219 Sooke Road in Colwood

Why: To seal Mrs. Watt’s position as a Canadian Woman of Distinction, and one whose efforts have contributed enormously to the betterment no only of early British Columbia, but also many nations throughout the world.

Looking forward to seeing you there!!

Donna Jack, President
South Vancouver Island Women’s Institute
Donna_Jack@telus.net

Ruth Fenner
British Columbia Women’s Institute, Provincial Historian
landrfenner@shaw.ca

Please RSVP your name and complete postal address, or email to Donna Jack or Ruth Fenner by Friday July 10, 2015

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Federation Bulletin for March 2015 – Dates and Events to Remember

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Included in this issue of the Federation Bulletin is the reminder that a number of deadlines are drawing close. We wrote about the Senator Cairine Wilson and  Tweedsmuir Competitions and the Peace Garden Scholarship last year, if you’d like a refresher.

March 2015 Deadlines

Erland Lee is credited with encouraging Adelaide Hunter Hoodless to speak to the wives of the Farmers’ Institute. From this talk, the first WI was formed in 1897 at the Stoney Creek home of Erland and Janet Lee. The homestead is now owned by the Federation of Women’s Institutes of Ontario and serves as a museum and headquarters of the FWIO.

Erland Lee Competition

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The FWIC Quilt Draw Sales are well under way. The Quilt Draw is traditionally an important fundraiser for FWIC. The last two conventions both sold nearly 1500 tickets each, raising almost $6000 total! Please continue to sell and promote tickets sales within your province.

Donna Henderson Quilt a

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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.

British Columbia WI Newsletter

WIFYI logoI like the title of this publication: WIFYI News.

Here are the highlights from the British Columbia Women’s Institutes Newsletter for November, 2014.

Janet Bangs, the editor and president of BCWI included a link to the recipe for her traditional Battenberg Cake. She writes that she has never made it but her mom has taught her daughter-in-law well, so the tradition continues. It looks like a great tradition to experience, don’t you think? Click on the image for instructions.

Click the image for recipe from the BBC.

Click the image for recipe from the BBC.

Thanks to the newsletter, I’ve found another blogger to follow. Click on the image below for the instructions to knit boot cuffs, or as the blogger Wake & Whimsy calls them, leg warmers. These accessories are apparently all the rage.

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boot cuffs instructions

Last, but by no means least, some Facebook links for the gals out on the west coast. They would love for you to drop on by to say hello.

Click on the bold text to surf on over:

BCWI
Northside WI

Atchelitz WI has a Facebook Group page and the only difference here is that you will need to request to join. While I was visiting Atchelitz, I ran across yet another group, Upper Sumas WI.

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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.

 

 

FWIC January – June 2015 Calendar

We’ve (that’s the editorial “we”) been busy learning MailChimp. Thanks to a stormy day yesterday, Kate had the office to herself so she put together the first publication of Federation News that will be delivered electronically. To subscribe, click on the image below. There you will also find a link to 12/12/2014 – FWIC FED BULLETIN JAN 2015. You will want to set aside some time to update your calendar with all of the events this year, including the Triennial FWIC Convention in Fredericton, New Brunswick in June.

Calendar of Event 2015

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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.