Congratulations to our current Federation Chairman, Jean Harding, on her award of a Certificate of Appreciation from the Cheshire Agricultural Society (CAS) at the stewards reception on 25 January 2019. She received the award from the Lady Patroness the Rt Hon Esther McVey MP.
CHESHIRE FEDERATION OF WIs: FEDERATION CHAIRMAN
The job of the Chairman of the Federation has many facets but is primarily to facilitate both the needs of its members and to liaise with the National Federation of WIs based in London. The WI tenets of Truth, Tolerance and Justice are key to the WI administration.
Cheshire Federation is the second largest in the country with approximately 8,500 members contained in 198 WIs. The Chairman presides over a Board of Trustees who she must rely on for their own areas of expertise and who must work as a team. All information garnered by this team must be filtered through her and the rest of the Board. In the case of dispute and division, hers is the deciding vote. She is assisted in this task by the Hon. Federation Treasurer and three Vice Chairmen who form the “Officers” of the Federation.
The Chairman is also required to expedite the smooth running of the office. In the case of Cheshire, we have three paid members of staff, one of which is the Company Secretary.
Wherever possible, the Chairman attends the meetings of all sub-committees of the Federation and has input to enable the smooth running of each committee in conjunction with its various chairmen.
Another important role for the Chairman of the Federation is as an ambassador for the WI. This can be in the form of speaking at, and attending, outside functions to promote the work of the organisation within the larger community. One of the primary events in Cheshire is organised by the Cheshire Agricultural Society (Royal Cheshire County Show) and her participation in all topics is a year-round commitment.