On Wednesday 2nd November we held our 2016 Annual Meeting, to review the Social Lites’ year.
The 2016 Financial Report and Annual Report, were delivered by our Treasurer Louise and Secretary Vicky respectively. The Committee members from 2016 were approved for the following year and our President Caroline was voted in for her fourth term. Then we got on with the important business of a chip supper!
You can read the Annual Report in full below.
Also at the meeting we had member stalls selling crafts, jewellery, sweets and vintage finds, which gave everyone a good opportunity for a spot of Christmas shopping. We had a fantastic response from our members to a call for toy donations to Trafford Domestic Abuse Service, which supports individuals and families affected by domestic abuse.
Committees Annual Report – November 2016
Over the past 12 months we have had a varied programme that has kept us informed, entertained & inspired. We had 125 members & on average 70 members attended each meeting.
We started 2016 with a transformational talk from Amanda Brown of Leading Ladies who inspired members to look at the positive changes they could make to ensure they got the best out of 2016 & I know that this meeting had a real impact on some members & they have spent the last 12 months developing themselves & their businesses. We heard about life on the BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee & made bee pin cushions with Deborah Simms. In March, Andrew Simcock came to speak to us about the WoManchester Statue, its history & how we could get involved. Resolutions were announced & these were voted on at April & May’s meetings – we had a great talk from the Real Junk Food Project about how we can avoid food waste & we have continued our talks with them to look at working together in the future. May saw us discussing the appropriate care in hospitals for people with Dementia & how we can support John’s Friends. In June we had a speaker from Salford Museum & Art Gallery & we looked at the role of women during the WW1 & 2 – this was then followed by a fantastic production of The Canary Girls by The Mikron Theatre which was held at Flixton Girls School & open to the public & lots of WI’s from the region also came along. July was the summer party we had a social evening with Pimms, strawberries & cream while crafting hearts for the Organ Donation Campaign Yarn Bombing. After the summer the first meeting back was on First Aid, this created a discussion & hunt for Defibrillators in the area, something that members were clearly passionate about & the year ended with a talk from Pauline Lloyd on ghostly sightings around Manchester.
This year we have also given members the opportunity to have a craft table at meetings to show off & sell the different things that they produce as a hobby or a business.
Outside of the formal meetings there was even more activity. Book Club, led by Pam Hartley have read and discussed a wide range of novels & even made a few cinema trips. Craft club continues to meet monthly & the talent of our members was on display at The Cheshire Show held in June. We entered over 50 different projects & with points totalling 71 we were awarded The Kandy Trophy.
We have been putting one foot in front the other & raising money for various Charities supporting Breast Cancer with members embarking on walks & runs ranging from 100k to 10k. We have also supported Food Banks, Breast Cancer Awareness week, collected sanitary products & been heavily involved in promoting Organ Donation with our President speaking at Manchester Town Hall as well as attending local community events such as the NHS Party in the Park, heading up a Yarn Bomb & having our Choir showcase their musical talents with a “Sing Your Heart Out” concert.
Emma Hawley took the time to understand the resolutions process this year & put forward a resolution on providing sanitary products to homeless women. This attracted a lot of attention & made it through to the final vote. Unfortunately our proposal wasn’t chosen this year but it has been encouraging to see lots of WI’s across the country supporting this initiative & collecting sanitary products.
Members have also been informed & inspired at various workshops throughout the year such as jewellery making, cake decorating & two members were awarded bursaries towards courses of their choice.
We continue to work & connect with other WI’s within Cheshire & Lancashire & our Choir has grown to include members from Urmston & Stretford WI’s. This year also saw us work together with other WI’s when Emma Hawley, our Vice Secretary, co-ordinated 100 members from various WI’s in the region to march in Manchester PRIDE & show our support for the LBGT community.
Popular Social Lite events still prove to be those involving food & drink! We’ve had curry nights & afternoon teas washed down with beer tasting, gin tasting, whiskey tasting & fizz tasting.
We have had a group walk following in the footsteps of The Pankhursts & Suffragettes of Manchester. We’ve enjoyed theatre trips to see The Calendar Girls & A Street Car Named Desire. A few members also braved the great outdoors & attended the Tea & Tents Camping trip.
The profile of Social Lites continues to grow due to our social media presence – we are on twitter, instagram & our blog is always being updated.
Throughout 2016 Social Lites have continued to embrace the spirit of the Women’s Institute by providing educational activities, fun, laughter & support for all the members & we look forward to continuing this into 2017.
Vicky Jones (Secretary)
2nd November 2016