Membership Monday – Featuring Quebec Women’s Institute

Today for Membership Monday, we feature the Women’s Institutes of Quebec. Sheila Needham, the editor of the Quebec Women’s Institute Newsletter, graciously agreed that we could reprint the pictures and summarize the content of the Autumn/Winter issue for you. The journal is very well done and full of great photographs and good news stories.  Read on to learn what the women of Quebec have been up to.

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QWI Rally in Shigawake, Bonaventure County, Gaspé Sep 2014

QWI Rally in Shigawake, Bonaventure County, Gaspé Sep 2014

Late in September, a group of QWI women attended a rally in Shigawake, Gaspé. After lunch and opening ceremonies, the women spent the afternoon discussing recruitment and promotion. Some of the ideas that arose from the workshop were

  1. Encourage, motivate, and praise the current members

  2. Have fun

  3. Spread the word about WI – use local print media to announce meetings

  4. If a member leaves, try to find out why and encourage her to re-join.

Not only is it a challenge to recruit new members but it is just as important to maintain the ones we have! The members within each branch need to work together to create interesting programs, keep business to a minimum, and use various tools to keep their organizations strong.

After the discussion, the women took part in handicraft demonstrations such as quilling, learning a “finger pin-cushion”, and quilting; Norma Sherrer demonstrated how to knit a star dishcloth. 

Star knit dish cloth

The second day of the trip was as sunny as the first. The women toured the beach and craft shops adjacent to Percé Rock. Next, it was off to Fort Ramsay, the home of the Gaspé County President Darlene Williams. Everyone enjoyed refreshments including Christine Mullins’ Mars Bars Squares which were a big hit.

Mars Bars Squares

In the President’s Report segment of the newsletter, Norma Sherrer announces that the QWI are able to award not one, but two Frances Taylor bursaries. The two recipients are Sierra Ellen Sanchez, of Caplan, in the Gaspé. Sierra is in the Science Acceuil Program at John Abbott College. The other recipient is Cameron Burns of Cookshire, QC. Cameron is in the Farm Management and Technology Program at John Abbott College.

Sierra Sanchez, Norma Sherrer, (pres QWI) Evelyn Lewis,(/fordyce) Elizabeth Milroy,(Fordyce) (back) Pat Clarke,QWI treasurer) Judy Page Jones,(QWI President Elect) June Lamay,(Fordyce) Vicky Fraser(AubreyRiverfield)