There was a good turn-out for tonight's meeting in spite of the fact that some members never feel that a monthly meeting should be dedicated to the WI resolution procedure which takes place every year before the Annual General Meeting.These people really haven't got the message that the WI movement has aims and interests beyond the local scene and they miss a lot of what keeps the WIs alive and worth joining.Not just to cater for these non-believers, we always have a little something as well as the discussion on the resolution. This year the Headteacher from the local school for special needs came to describe the physical and educational developments in hand at the school. We were able to look at the plans and see where the LIfe Skills department was going to be built and how the funds that we hope to raise to help with this project are going to be spent. The awareness resolution on asking everyone make known her wishes about organ donation was overwhelmingly supported and several people immediately took down details on how to update their donor cards or apply to go on the national register. If this pattern of response is typical of other resolution meetings across the UK, the object of the resolution is almost achieved already.
We had to delay our Book Group meeting by a day because a coach load of the local WI members had booked to visit a chocolate factory in Brackley. Apparently they had found it very interesting and no one was sick on the bus coming home although it sounds as if rather a lot of chocolate was consumed on the visit.
Our book was "Roman Fever" a collection of short stories by Edith Wharton. Some of us are not too keen on this genre but we had to admit that the author was a master at writing intriguing stories which leave one wondering with delight about what could possibly happen next after the twist at the end.The theme was the hypocrisy of the social scene in the late 1890s and early twenties where women were never allowed to escape the stigma of divorce or of wanting to have an opinion of their own.The story about a book group was wonderfully amusing and I am glad to say not appropriate to our group---well I don't think so!
I seem to have missed several WI county events. I wish I had been around to witness our WI's triumph in the northern session of the quiz. We wish all the Bucks' teams well in the Inter-County round in the summer. The craft group is working hard at the commemorative tablecloth: several panels are now finished and we are ahead of schedule.We plan to go up probably by train to the NEC, Birmingham for the Craft Exhibition in August. One always finds inspiration there and also the exhibited items bring one back to the reality of how high the national standard is in craftwork, especially using new fabrics and techniques.