Welcome to the Presidents Post for September. I hope it finds you all well.
As you will all know we are all now restricted to meeting in groups of six – so as far as meeting as a WI we have been advised by NFWI that resuming meetings should not be happening and therefore any meetings over 6 people will not be covered by WI insurance. So, we will (as planned) continue to meet via Zoom. Of course, we can meet in up to six and if you feel like you need a WI fix of 6 – why not put out a message on the WI-Flyers WhatsApp group to see if anyone is free?
Over the next few days – please expect some documents to drop into your inbox. Please look at these before next week’s meeting – which will take place in place of our Annual meeting. We will be asking anyone of you to propose and second these reports (Annual Report / last year’s Annual Meeting minutes/ Presidents Report/financial Statement). After proposing and seconding these will need to be agreed as accurate by you all.
We will spend just a few minutes on this before our speaker.
Wednesday 23rd September Our Speaker is Susan Essex. Susan talks about 9 months in her life as a house mother at a charity school in India. Susan has some great slides and stories to tell. Zoom details below:
On Wednesday 28 October – Light some candles and turn down the lights – Sarah Slater is going to tell us some stories about the Ghosts of Hampton Court on Wednesday 28 October. Zoom details below for your diaries
Wednesday November 25 – We may not be able to sing together but we can sing along with Jennifer Parker-Lummis. Jennifer is a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of music and Drama in Classical Voice; Jennifer has spent many years perfecting her vocal ability to be able to switch voices from Opera to Musical theatre effortlessly setting her apart from “the norm”. She sings wide variety of songs and we hope she will sing us some Christmas classics.
Hampshire Federation of WI’s
Hampshire Federation has had to cancel two important events this year at Portsmouth Guildhall. These meetings were the Federations Annual meeting. This is being replaced by a virtual event to take place next Wednesday (23rd September). If you’d like to join in and listen to Ben Fogle speak – tickets will be £9. Please contact Karen at Hampshire – firstname.lastname@example.org If you’d like a ticket.
If you are a Facebook user and are interested in virtual events head on over to Facebook and search for the WI Wanderers. The WI Wanderers are putting together lists and links to all online events. I have listened to a couple of talks by Simon Gregor on parts of London (he does other great talks as well) and a craft session. The Denman talks are £5 and others are free. Take your pick and enjoy!
Hampshire WI are organising some online Zoom events too. More details to follow – but please take note of the dates. These zoom meetings will carry a small charge.
Looking forward to seeing you all next week online – bring along your cup of tea or glass of wine – maybe a piece of cake?
Take care, stay safe