Membership Monday

I <3 Google

Google is my friend and I’d be lost without the search engine. I use it daily to complete my school assignments, my mineral hobby and especially for my volunteer work with FWIC.

I use Google News, too. It has an “alerts” feature. I have registered to receive an email notice “as it happens.” As what happens, you ask? “It” is the posting of any internet content that includes the terms, “women’s institute.”

Many of the Canadian WI’s, especially those in the eastern provinces make great use of the local newspapers to announce events and to promote their cause. I receive about one notice every other day.

Here’s something else you should know about me. I <3 email. Call me crazy, but I love seeing lots of emails in my inbox. Which leads me to the theme of this post:

I hereby challenge you to a… um, to a challenge! I would like to double the notices I receive from Google News. That means I need your help.

According to the International Public Library media database that lists newspapers and magazines worldwide, there are over 130 publications in Canada. Can you imagine how full my inbox would be if I had a notice from  130 news outlets? I’d be over the moon! (I may eat my words, too, but that will be material for a future post if this challenge is a success!)

Click on the image below and you will land on the International Public Library site all set up and ready to search on Canadian media outlets. Find your local newspaper and surf on over and find the contact information for the letters to the editor, the community news, the “what’s on” pages…whatever suits your fancy or your needs.

I look forward to hearing from you. Or from Google News. Or both!



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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.