As secretary, I was asked to prepare a speech for our AGM. Firstly this filled me with fear, but as I looked back on what we have done in the year, it filled me with pride.
Our meetings have consisted of initial thoughts from the members on our first night, becoming reality at a low cost, due to our initial balance being zero.
Our first speaker was Stacey Armes who gave us a wonderful insight into the history of the WI and why we are here today and for the next 100 years.
In December our President Claire demonstrated to us all the art of making a seasonal wreath. Many of us then created our own and surprised ourselves with how beautiful they looked at the end of the evening.
In January we had our own Margaret Johnson sharing her experiences of being an author and how she researches material by challenging herself to experiences such as stand-up comedy.
In February we had our treasurer’s dad, a retired GP, come and help us with how to help ourselves before visiting the GP. Honey is the number 1 answer and he has donated some of his to our raffles during the year.
In March we all crafted name badges and got to know each other more. This has been an important part of this year, helping us to grow stronger.
Who can forget April? H V Graves the butcher! We had a wonderful talk and demonstration. His jokes were as sharp as his knifes!
In May we got down to true WI business. We discussed and voted on the resolutions, then started to create entries into the Royal Norfolk Show WI competition.
In June, Vicki our treasurer, designed a frugal tip night. Again a way of us getting to know each other whilst sharing knowledge. One of our members, Kate, typed them all into a document, and Roisin created a booklet for all of the tips. A great joint project.
In July, we had the lovely Val Thomas, teaching us about our hedgerows and gardens and how we can frugally heal ourselves and cook with herbs.
August we had a typical Norfolk summer event. Picnic inside and games on the lawn in the rain. But we did not let it stop us smiling and laughing.
September came around very quickly, we were one years old. Bubbles, singing, cake and a talk on our local history by Caroline Jarrold made the evening a success.
In October, we came back to crafting. Committee members shared skills and crafts, again frugally and in a very social way. The room was buzzing with atmosphere.
But that is just the meeting nights, there has been more ……
During our first year as a WI we have;
AND I believe overall we turned from caterpillars into beautiful strong butterflies.
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