Halfway through the month already! Tonight the local WI discussion group got together. We were supposed to be talking about New Year Resolutions but it wasn't a topic conducive to much talk.Most people there didn't make them or knew that they broke them very early on anyway. Also if one revealed a resolution it rather drew attention to one's basic failings which perhaps should remain hidden and certainly not be discussed by everyone in the WI. So we ended up running through the members' experiences with the local NHS and the town pharmacy which did provide mixed feelings. The topic for the next session should be more interesting. Perhaps I ought to have conducted a bit of a survey on the referendum I introduced on my blog in the first entry of this year.
Today was the meeting of the Current Affairs sub-committee down in High Wycombe at the Bucks Federation HQ. We spent a lot of time organising the coming Investigation and Discovery meeting in March which promises to be a sell-out.We are especially pleased about this as we know that other federations have difficulty attracting WI members to any event which has a whiff of science about it. So well done to Bucks members! We also spent time debating whether we ought to return to being named Education and Current Affairs because we didn't want to be restricted to work with the WI campaigns. We know that the events that have been popular over the years have been based on history, geography and the environment and we don't want to be deadly serious all the time. We need to cover the campaigns because that is our job and we enjoy organising things like the Great Food Debate and lobbying MPs about midwives but we want a bit of fun too. So we have asked the BOT to agree to a change back.
The first local WI meeting tonight and yet more new members arriving! We are going to need our name badges more than ever as we get to know new faces.The talk was given by one of our own members and she called it Spinning Plates. If the crowd had come to see a juggler it would soon have seen its mistake because these spinning plates are beneath our feet. We watched an excellent presentation about volcanoes and earthquakes and everyone was so quiet and attentive that you would have heard a pin drop, never mind a plate.It was not the same during the coffee break when the level of chatter was extremely loud---well, we hadn't seen each other for about a month! We handed in our voting slips for the AGM resolution choice and paid subscriptions and planned events over the next few months.Some of us are going to play scrabble to see if there is a team in the making for the County competition.I am sure our WI will have a go because it usually does have a shot at most of the county competitions whether it is craft or croquet.