Friday 31st January
Policy
Spent much of today working with various members of the Board on checking our range of Policy documents. Next Tuesday is our Annual Policy Review Day and we are all working in teams checking loads of documents. Thank you, Margaret for collating everything for us. Much appreciated.

Wednesday 29th January
Go for it, Lynne !!
We are all very proud of Lynne Stubbings, NFWI Chair and member of Wishaw WI, not forgetting the fact that she is an Adviser for Warwickshire WIs and sits on our Membership and Promotions Committee. I do hope that all our WIs are going to join in with The Great British Spring Clean.

Tuesday 28th January
Committee Day !
Brilliant to see visitors/ potential Committee members at both Creative and Leisure Activities meetings today! Both Committees have got some absolutely brilliant activities coming up, including a joint Italian day …. Can’t wait! AND we had first sight of the flyer for Stand Up Paddle Boarding!

Monday 27th January
What a Day!
Brilliant. It was great to see so many Officers from all of our WIs, and even better to hear them all so keen and interested in the future of our WIs! Thank good ness for the Trustees in charge of the teas- we really needed them!

Sunday 26th January
All ready for Presidents Day
Think I have got everything sorted……. going to be a busy day with three separate meetings during the afternoon and evening. Really looking forward to seeing what the various discussions throw up ! By heck we will all need all those cups of tea….

Saturday 25th January
Spring is Sprung!
Delighted to see Dora’s Daffodils out on the bank as you drive into the village. A WI Member many years ago…. I always remember her fondly when I first see those daffs!

Friday 24th January
Getting ready for the AFM
Just starting to check things out for the Annual federation Meeting on 30th March.
We are honoured to have the four key National Officers with us on the day.
Had a great chat to The Butterfly Brothers this afternoon – they are our keynote speakers. They have worked with the wonderful Sir David Attenborough…… can’t wait to hear what they have to say on the day!

Thursday 23rd January
I got spotted!
A sharp eyed member from Studley Daytime WI spotted my photo in The Peoples Friend magazine this week! I was lucky enough to attend their 150th Birthday celebration last year in Dundee at this time last year!

Wednesday 22nd January
Coffee Morning….
Had a lovely time at Newton Regis WI this morning – we do a village Coffee Morning once a month – it coincides with the Outreach Post Office visit on a Wednesday morning. Great to spend time with friends old and new!

Tuesday 21st January
Whew! What a day!
Brilliant Public Affairs Meeting- Serious Science Evenings and Drastic on Plastic day all organised. Well done, Gillian and the Team.
Great to meet our Climate Ambassadors – these five members have volunteered to join the NFWI initiative – full of ideas and will be great Ambassadors for the Federation!
Managed to fit in a Staff meeting with our lovely office Staff – Sarah and Kathy. We just like to see if we can do anything to make their lives easier!
Finally what a super evening. So good to meet with our new Presidents- full of enthusiasm and keen as mustard. If we could bottle and sell their enthusiasm we could make a fortune!

Monday 20th January
Are we ready?
Paperwork….. Power points……. And lots more!
Ready for Public Affairs Sub- committee tomorrow ? Yep…
Ready to meet Warwickshire Federation’s FIVE Climate Ambassadors tomorrow? Yep…..
Ready to meet and work with the new to post WI Presidents tomorrow night? Yep…

Saturday 18th January
Marmalising!
Good job I am reasonably up to date with my WI stuff as the lovely Paul on Tamworth market greeted me with “Guess what I have got for you?” this morning…
A 40ld box of Seville oranges. Brilliant I love making marmalade! Been marmalising all afternoon. Lovely

Friday 17th January
Ready for Presidents Evening Number One.
We are trying something new this year and have invited all of our new to role presidents for a special get together on Tuesday night. I’ve done the Powerpoint about the essential stuff which they need to know about running an effective WI and was dead pleased when I put a picture on social media…….. then I realised I had put the wrong date SO I had to start again and apologise on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. It’s definitely on Tuesday 21st!!

Wednesday 15th January
Terrific treasurers.
Sue Myhill and Sue Ensor tell me that the Training for Treasurers went really well last night at Federation House. Smashing news!

Tuesday 14th January
What a Day!
Sorted out loads of events for all you lovely Warwickshire members for later in the year. We have begun the task of changing all our paperwork to say WFWI CIO with the new Charity number. Just waiting for the new Bank accounts to be finalised so that we can notify all of our WIs. We will actually be running four during the transition period. (glad I’m not Sarah or Kathy in the Office at this point……. Or Sue Myhill, Federation Treasurer!!!)
Everyone on the Board worked really hard today and I am very grateful for their dedication.

Monday 13th January
Whew!
All paperwork checked and ready for tomorrow.
Got my budget and flyer ready for a Gin Lane Trip and the Grand day Out to Windsor! Smashing. Looking forward to it!

Sunday 12th January
Well…….
I was supposed to be checking everything ready for Board on Tuesday but it was the big village clean up today and I went to sleep in the chair this afternoon….. now I know I’m getting old! Mind you, it was a real WI effort AND we did start off Keep Britain Tidy, didn’t we?

Saturday 11th January
Policy.
Every year the Board of Trustees has to go through every piece of policy the Federation holds. Whether its Standing Orders, Coach Trips or Finances we are required to have an up to date policy document on it which is reviewed annually. The Policy review is in February so the Lovely Margaret Pilkington and I have been checking all the documents and making sure we know who is doing what on 4th February.

Thursday 9th January
WELCOME to the Warwickshire Federation!
Sue Myhill and I were honoured to go along to Earlsdon WI tonight as they have transferred to our Federation. We were made incredibly welcome and the members are all looking forward to meeting you all at the various courses and events. So do say hello when you see them!

Wednesday 8th January
Busy, Busy Busy
Sarah and I were busy all day today trying to make sure we have all the paperwork ready for next Tuesday’s Board meeting. I swear the email was red hot!

Tuesday 7th January
Office and Finance Day
Really good to see everyone after the Christmas Break……… Kathy and Sarah were ploughing through mountains of post and emails. Good meeting with Sue, our Treasurer and Veronica and Christine, Vice Chairs and Yvette, Assistant Treasurer. Lots of work to do to finalise the changeover to the CIO, and after discussion we made a number of recommendations which will go forward to the Board meeting next week. Great!

Monday 6th January
Amazing!
We have enough people to go for a second coach to the Tutankhamun Exhibition in London on March 5th. There are still a few seats to fill so do contact me or Sarah / Kathy in the office if you would like to come along. Open to members and friends. Last chance to see this Exhibition before it all returns to Egypt for ever.

Sunday 5th January
Back to normal…….
A long email from Sue Myhill, our lovely Treasurer today has made me start thinking about our first meeting on Tuesday. It’s Office and Finance- we will be thrashing out all kinds of financial stuff ready to go to the Board on the 14th . Really looking forward to seeing everyone after the break!

Friday 3rd January
A little bit of what you fancy!
I’m just looking over the Warwickshire Federation plans for the next few months….. the range of activities available for our members is astonishing!
Serious Science – Digital Autopsy, Willow weaving, Mosaic Knitting, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Archery and an ABBA Night to name but a few! Wow!

Thursday 2nd January
WHOO HOO!! We are all official !

I am delighted to confirm that the Warwickshire Federation of Women’s Institutes CIO is now officially up and running! Thanks to everyone for all their support with this changeover.

Wednesday 1st January 2020.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
On my Instagram account (you can find me as: askabusywoman)  I posted my favourite photo of the dawn from 2019  and wished everyone a good dose of 20:20 vision for the new decade! That’s very true for the whole of Warwickshire Federation. We have some brilliant WIs, loads of marvellous members and a great group of volunteers who run the Federation and the sub- committees. I’m really looking forward to some great events in 2020 and hope to meet you along the way.