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February is Women’s Institute month: remembering the Night of Country Sounds

Hello again WI members, former members and friends.

Hello again WI members, former members and friends.  This week we would like to tell you of a few of our activities – before and after Covid-19!  

Many of you will remember the annual Night of Country Sounds, a musical variety show with local talent, hosted by Landry WI for 35 years with proceeds going to local children with health needs.  This was an extremely popular and enjoyable evening of family entertainment.  Many contestants started their musical careers at one of these events.  Is it time to revive this kind of activity?  

Did you know that in the early 1900s, the Women’s Institutes in BC saw a need for specialist care for children in the province and raised money to start the first Children’s Hospital in Vancouver and they still support it today.  Between 1979 and 1988, B C W I members raised $21,000 for the B C Children’s Hospital.  

Individual branches have always worked to improve health care, education, equality for women, home improvement, safety and nutrition.  They furnished rooms in hospitals and care homes and raised money for many different causes.  

In these days of isolation, members are still working to support care homes, the women’s shelters, and the homeless.  One branch filled Christmas bags for Rotary Manor and made afghans for a senior apartment.  They support the food banks, Salvation Army, and make quilts for burned out families.  

Yes, they are busy ladies, but meetings are not always work bees!  They have interesting speakers, take part in competitions in many areas such as art work, poetry, gardening, flower arranging, recipe exchanges, knitting, needle work, and many other interesting activities.  The also have had birthday lunches and a lunch for all members of the Peace River District to celebrate Women’s Institute Week each February.  I feel sure these activities will be resumed when gatherings are again being allowed.  Some of the branches and districts are having Zoom meetings which is a great way to keep in touch with other members. 

If you are interested in contacting a branch you could phone Patsy Nagel for a list of branches in your area, at 250 784-0050.