Part of what’s wonderful about the WI is the chance to be introduced to new experiences and ideas. So we were delighted to welcome lecturer and author Mick Collins to discuss human potential with us. Mick led a fascinating debate on what we consider human potential to be, the consequences for our culture and the future of the world in the face of innovation and change. There was a whole range of ideas and viewpoints in the room, but what shone through was that all of us want to make a positive contribution to the future of the planet, and it focussed our thoughts on how best to do that.
It wasn’t the most dramatic or headline-grabbing election of that week (that title belongs to the US presidential race), but the Swallowtail WI voted for their own leaders too. Each annual general meeting gives our group the opportunity to vote on who runs the committee, and who holds the title of president. Happily, a year in charge hadn’t scared President Claire Wade from standing again, and she was unanimously voted back into her role, as were the rest of the Swallowtail Committee.
With the AGM being a chance for reflection about the past year, and a look at the future of our WI, it was quite an emotional evening. Inspiring and heart-warming speeches by Claire and our secretary Szara left many girls in the room deeply moved as we looked back on what an incredible first year our WI has enjoyed.
In just 12 months, we’ve had some fascinating speakers, excellent craft nights and enjoyed plenty of yummy homemade cake. We’ve set up dog walking, film and book clubs, enjoyed nights out together and most importantly, made some lovely new friends. We can’t wait to see what happens in 2017, and having our committee remain in their roles means that we can evolve even further over the next 12 months. Excitingly, we’ve also got a new committee member in our midst as lovely Fran signed up to take on official duties too. Human potential might feel like a big existential subject, but in our small way, we like to the think the Swallowtail WI is pushing its boundaries.
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