Sunday 13th October
Ready for Tuesday
Well, nearly…….. it’s Office and Finance followed by the social media course! So I just need to be on the ball!

Friday 11th October
Last minute decision…….
We have been offered the chance to run a trip to see the Tutankhamun Exhibition in March next year. Decided that the Board would make a digital decision on this so that the flyer will go out to WIs in the mailing. Put March 5th in your diary if you think you might like to go.
It’s the Exhibition at the Saatchi gallery with a Blue Badge Guide and this is the last time these artefacts are coming out of Egypt!

Wednesday 9th October
Water Day
Fantastic day today. Thanks to Gillian and the Public Affairs Team. A really interesting range of speakers including Water Aid, Greenpeace, the children from Ferncumbe School, Severn Trent and The Environment Agency. We all enjoyed starting the day with coffee and Women Reaching Women Biscuits and ended by all pledging to make small changes in our lives which will all make a fantastic difference!

Tuesday 8th October
Sponsorship, Strategy and CIO Success…..
Great Board meeting today. All kinds of plans for the future agreed. We have everything lined up for the AFM on 30th March- just need to find some sponsors to help to pay for stuff.
Got the Strategic Plan approved. Whew!
The Charity Commission have given approval for us to move to a CIO so there’s a lot of work to be done to make this a reality but the approval means we can get on with it all now!
Lovely to have a visiting member from Ridge Lane WI at our Board meeting too!
AND well done, Julia. The planters outside Federation House look brilliant all planted up for the winter!

OOOOO! Just got to make the biscuits for Water For All day tomorrow when I get home!!

Sunday 6th October
Board meeting!
Just double checked all the paperwork for Tuesday. Particularly the Strategic plan for the Federation. All the Sub- Committees have reviewed their plans for 18-19 and I have collated it all ready for Tuesday. All we have to do is decide the plans for 2022-23 as it’s a five year plan!
Must look out some jam ready for the raffle on Wednesday – I always donate home made jam for the Women reaching Women Days!

Friday 4th October
Yes! Yes! Yes!
Just had a confirmation email from the last speaker for the Annual Meeting at the IXL Centre on Monday 30th March 2020!
I do hope you will all be coming. I am pretty excited about the day we have got planned for you all!

Thurs 3rd October
Getting ready for the next Board Meeting
It’s Board on Tuesday and I have been pulling things together right left and centre today! All the paperwork is done and Sarah has lodged it on the Trustees Area of the website. We really are trying hard to be paperless as much as we can at every meeting at Corunna House!

Weds 2nd October
Nordic Walking.
I couldn’t go as I look after my Dad on most Wednesdays but Julia (Chair of leisure Activities) tells me that it was a great day and everyone had a brilliant time. AND the weather was absolutely fabulous!

Tuesday 1st October
Social Media
What a lovely time I have had today working with WI friends and colleagues on the use of social media and, in particular Instagram. I just loved watching people’s faces when the saw the possibilities for photo editing! Lovely to catch up with Sarah and Kathy in the Office

Monday 30th September
Death by E-mail….
Reminder to self……… never ever go away for a fortnight without email and internet. I must have spent four hours on emails today! Never mind I feel like I am well and truly caught up with everything Federation wise. AND the National meeting next year is going to be at The Albert Hall. OOOOO! Great!
Just getting myself sorted for the Instagram and Social media Course tomorrow!

Sunday 29th September.
We are back!
Had a fabulous holiday. Had to make cheese in Switzerland ….. what WI member wouldn’t?

I missed loads of fun while I was away. The Line dancing looked brilliant

The Abba Workshop was very well received

Sunday 15th September
I wasn’t sure if we would be able to go on holiday due to family stuff but we are going!
Ray has a BIG birthday and we are off on a River Cruise on the Rhine. Sorry will be out of touch for the duration!

Thursday 12th September
Blimey!  Received an email acknowledgement today from the Charity Commission telling me that the Federations application to become a CIO has reached the scrutiny stage. Fingers crossed !!

Wednesday 11th September
Phew!  Everyone tells me that the board meeting went off really well. My thanks to the Officers for ensuring that it did!

Saturday 7th September
Ready for the Board meeting…….
It’s going to be very strange for me on Tuesday as Veronica and Christine will be taking the meeting as Vice Chairs. I have an unavoidable family commitment but I am very grateful to everyone on the Board for working so hard to support me.

Thursday 5th September
My own WI show !
Spent all day cooking and getting ready for the Newton Regis WI Show, which went very well. The most popular class was the Make A Green Heart class, where all the entries will be used to decorate our village telephone box in February!

Tuesday 3rd September
Great meeting of the Public Affairs Team today!
The Chair, Gillian Crisp made absolutely certain that we all know what we are doing on the Water Day in October. It promises to be a most interesting and informative day. I think there are still a few spaces so do ring the office for a ticket if you would like to join us. We talked through all the plans for Serious Science 2020. Goodness me jane has found some terrific speakers for us. Looking forward to them all!

Sunday 1st September
Centenary Celebrations
What an interesting display Barford WI have out together as part of their Centenary Celebrations. I had a most enjoyable visit to the Exhibition this afternoon … Lovely