Lynne Stubbings has been elected as our new National Chairman. Congratulations Lynne from all the members of the Cheshire Federation
Lynne was co-opted on to the NFWI Board of Trustees in 2008. She was elected as an NFWI Vice-Chair in 2013, and as Chair of the WI Enterprises Board in June 2015. Lynne also sits on the Finance Committee, and has previously served on the Public Affairs, and Training Committees and as head of the National Training Team.
Lynne’s first job was with the BBC in London but in 1972 she moved to Birmingham and became PA to the senior partner of a firm of chartered surveyors. She stayed in chartered surveying for 22 years then moved to the Warwickshire Union of Golf Clubs.
She joined Wishaw WI in 1979 and held many posts, including that of President. In Warwickshire Federation she has served as News Editor, Press Officer, Vice-chairman and Chairman and is WI Marketing Adviser and Independent Financial Examiner.
She has been a National Trainer since 1999 with expertise in recruitment, publicity and marketing.
Lynne visited Cheshire to speak to members at our Spring meeting at Winsford and to run a training course for our Board of Trustees.
Lynne’s interests include cinema and theatre, family history and calligraphy and her pet cats.
I am delighted to tell you Georgina Denny, Chairman of Public Affairs, has been appointed a member of NF Public Affairs Committee. I send our warmest congratulations and very best wishes as it is well deserved and I know Georgina will be a great asset to the Committee.
Well done Georgina.
Jean Harding, County Chairman
Cheshire Members joined WI members from all over the UK and the islands at the 2017 Annual Meeting in Liverpool
REPORT OF THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF WOMEN’S INSTITUTES 2017 ANNUAL MEETING
Arriving at the Echo Arena Liverpool on Wednesday 7th June for the NFWI Annual meeting we were met with heightened security checks but were soon in our allotted seats and ready to sing Jerusalem. Joe Anderson, the Mayor of Liverpool welcomed us to his vibrant, growing, friendly city.
With formalities for the meeting completed, National Chairman, Janice Langley, gave a resume of her four incredible years in office which included the WI Centenary. Sharing information and how we communicate has changed dramatically during her time and as a final gesture she launched the “My WI Website”. To use the new easy-to-access website you must ensure that the email address that you have listed on the MCS is current and one you access regularly. Once the site goes live you will receive an email with details on how to access the site.
Janice was cautiously optimistic for the future of Denman College, fund raising will continue, over £360,000 having been raised to date but absolutely key is member’s attendance at, and support of the college.
Julie Roberts, NF Treasurer, gave a positive appraisal of the Wls finances and was delighted that the increase in bookings for Denman had been sustained.
The “Alleviating Loneliness” resolution was proposed and seconded by East Yorkshire Federation and carried with a 69% majority. Many delegates wished they had been given a discretionary vote by their link Wls.
The morning Guest Speaker Jo Fairley, founder of Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate and now The Perfume Society was inspirational.
Lunch eaten, sales tables investigated and for some a bracing Mersey Riverside walk we were ready for the second resolution on “Plastic Soup”. Very professionally proposed and seconded by Buckinghamshire federation plus specialist speaker Dr Natalie Welden, with many comments from the floor the motion was carried with a 98.8% majority.
Susie Dent of Countdown fame, a lexicographer and etymologist gave a fascinating dialogue on the ongoing development of our language.
The new Board of Trustees were announced and the four retiring members thanked. Janice Langley, retiring Chairman gave a brilliant and very humorous overview of her exciting and emotional time as our leader and sincerely thanked her team, Jana Osborne NFWI Secretary
and the staff. To thunderous applause she was given a standing ovation and wished a long and happy retirement.
To round off a memorable day “The Retros” took to the stage and quickly had the Echo Arena alive with Mersey sound and members dancing in the aisles. It was time for the traditional anthems and soon we were on our way home.
Special thanks to Mary Hignett and Hazel Fogg for so efficiently making the arrangements for the Cheshire delegates, observers and WI Advisers to attend the meeting. Next year the AGM will be in Cardiff on Wednesday 6th June.
Christine Bailey Cheshire News Editor
Chair: Lynne Stubbings
Hon Treasurer: Julia Roberts
Vice Chair: Ann Jones
Vice Chair: Pat Tulip
Denman: Pat Tulip
Craft: Sue Wilson
Finance: Julia Roberts
Food & Garden: Mary Clarke
Membership Development: Amanda Willday
Public Affairs: Ann Jones
Science & Leisure: Catriona Adams
Photos of the Day
Enjoying the finale with the Retros
I Like It
Is being launched by Janice Langley tomorrow and goes live on Monday
To receive details of the new member-only website you need to have an email address on the MCS so please check with your WI’s MCS rep to add your email address.