This month's Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario newsletter, "Be The Spark," highlights the province's activities during this unprecedented time. Although it has been an even lonelier winter than usual here in Ontario - which is now following a strict "Stay at Home" order - our WI members offer words of encouragement and friendship. Featured in the "Meet Our Wonderful Committee" section this month is Cheryl Sullivan, President of Vernon WI and Secretary of Carleton Branch. Cheryl recounts her involvement in several organizations: 4-H, Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association Championship Seed Fair & Awards Committee, the Osgoode Township Rural Museum Board, her local church and UCW, Metcalfe and District Lions, and the 2021 National Holstein Convention. (Wow!) Says Cheryl of her current role with the WI: "I look forward to working with the Membership committee, meeting new members and continuing the work of WI locally, in my branch and area, and provincially." FWIO President Mary Shortt has compassionately dubbed 2021 a "Year of Hope": "Hope to be able to get together again physically. Hope to be free from fear of a devastating illness or of spreading it to others. Hope to feel ‘normal’ once again."
FWIO Membership Coordinator Sue Cushing encourages everyone to invite new members to the WI: "Invite your neighbours to join in to support your Branch community efforts. Tell them about WI, our international sisterhood, our rich history, our achievements and why we need their support. Associate memberships are available. Encourage that they join in our Zoom meetings. Let’s make 2021 WI’s year of membership change!"
Members of the Tec We Gwill branch express the challenges they have faced and the adaptations made over the past several months. They are looking forward to lining up some programmes in 2021 and outings by June or July.
The newsletter includes two book recommendations for the month of January: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens and Still Life by Louise Penny.
The FWIO announced the winner(s) of their mask design contest - a joint contribution by Valerie Gilson and Diana Dundas! The ladies felt it was important to contribute, and that the mask chosen should work well with different outfits.
Check out the full newsletter here: