TWO NEW WIS
First of all a very warm welcome to two new WIs formed in January this year. After a short break without a WI, the village of Barnt Green now has a new thriving WI with 40 members already. The formation of this WI has been championed by a small group of enthusiastic WI members from a local WI. A similar scenario has encouraged the formation of second WI in Wythall, in the far north of the county which will be known as The Pearls of Wythall WI. In both cases members locally have seen an opportunity to open another WI in the same area offering a different genre of WI. As we all know, each WI has the same skeleton, but the members put their own mark and ideals on and enjoy a WI that fulfils their wishes. If any member feels that a new WI in their neighbourhood could fulfil a need, perhaps an afternoon or morning one to complement an existing evening one, or one that would attract people with different preferences, we would love to hear from you. It is so encouraging to have a core of members local to the area, helping to set up a new WI. A big thank you to those WI members who were so essential to the formation of our two new WIs.
IS YOUR WI FULFILLING THE WI CONSTITUTION?
Which leads me on to the importance of making sure that your WI is fulfilling the WI Constitution. For the annual subscription, your members are entitled to 11 meetings per year . Most WIs offer refreshments and a raffle at each meeting as an opportunity to raise funds. However, paying for refreshments should not be seen as mandatory, nor should the raffle. We have to be aware that all members have different circumstances and that their subscription should allow them to come to meetings without the need to pay for anything else. Best practice for paying for refreshments is to have a donations box by the refreshments so that people can offer what they can afford.
WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY NEWSLETTER
Finally, Worcestershire County Newsletter is a great resource as all the courses and news from around the county are included. The Newsletter is particularly important for keeping members up to date with all that the Leisure and Pleasure, Creative Activities, Performing Arts and Public Affairs, Marketing & Development Committees have organised as well as enjoying the articles from our own WIs around the county. The federation provide two free copies to each WI but for a very modest price per year, each member could have their own copy. Most WIs pay for their current members to have a copy and we would very much like to encourage all WIs to do this as it is an important communication tool for members from the Federation.
At our Connecting for the future workshops, it has come to light that some WIs in Worcestershire have websites but have not informed Jill Taylor who runs our federation website. This means that they are not showing on the web directory as having their own website and therefore will not have a direct link set up. Please check on the WFWI website and make sure your WI name is underlined which indicates you have a website; if not contact Jill Taylor by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
HANDY HEARING HINTS
Try not to switch all the lights off during a presentation, you canât lip read in the dark! That also applies to places
like the opticians â ask them to explain what they want before the lights go out!