submitted by Jeanne Lambert
The annual Bishop’s Mills Women’s Institute Fundraising Christmas Auction took place in December, and the money that was raised was donated to Kemptville District Hospital for their Mammography Clinic, along with an equal portion to Lazarus House. This long-running event is always great fun for those in attendance and, this year, raised over $800, all from donated goods. WI members would like, once again, to thank our wonderful auctioneers, the dynamic duo, Jane and Vicki Graham, for keeping us all laughing – and buying! There were nearly 40 women present – WI members from other branches in the District and many guests.
The January meeting of the Bishop’s Mills Women’s Institute was held at the home of member Linda Desroches, and local author Diana Leeson Fisher was our guest. She entertained us with her stories and photos of life as The Accidental Farmwife, as well as telling of some of her world travels.
The February Meeting was held in the home of a member Liz Streight, and she requested members bring whatever craft they might have on the go. Members spoke of quilts and sewing, as well as knitting and many other handicrafts. Liz also prepared a tray full of tools used for various home and handicrafts, including some antique ones for members to guess their purpose. It was an enjoyable evening.
The March meeting will be on Thursday, March 8, focusing on history, and will be an opportunity for WI members to share their Ice Storm stories and to add them to the Tweedsmuir history collection. Susan Jenkins and Jillian Wainwright will be our hosts.
The Bishop’s Mills Women’s Institute has been involved in the community since 1985, including documenting the history of the village and encouraging positive change. The Bishop’s Mills Women’s Institute holds monthly meetings and welcomes new members interested in meeting their neighbours and getting involved in their community.
For information about attending local meetings, please contact President Sheryl McKim 613-926-2472 or Jeanne Lambert at [email protected].
If you are interested in finding out more about WI, see the Provincial organization’s website: www.fwio.on.ca.