NFWI Annual Meeting in Brighton 11th June 2016

2016 NFWI Annual Meeting Notes

Chair’s Address – Janice Langley

Janice looked back on the centenary – including the fruit cake! – the WI Fair in Harrogate and the Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House.

She spoke about Denman and how with the extension of the campus, costs have also increased.  Only 3% of members use Denman and NFWI want to increase this.   Maintenance will be looked at by a professional survey company.

There will be a healthy eating week in June 2017.

The website will be updated with ‘Have a go at…’ projects to download.

NFWI can send someone to talk to groups with more than 50 members to tell them about the NFWI.

MCS currently shows 226,402 members.

Hon. Treasurer’s Statement

Income £6.83 million
Expenditure £7.28 million
Net deficit £450,000

Subs are likely to increase.

Resolution

Appropriate care in hospitals for people with dementia

‘We call upon HM Government and the NHS to provide facilities to enable carers to stay with people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia that have been admitted into hospital.’

3305 for, 856 against – motion carried

Guest Speaker – Rona Fairhead, BBC Trust Chairman

She showed a montage of BBC clips and Tom Hiddleston’s appearance received plenty of attention.

She congratulated the WI on achieving so much in 101 years.

Financial pressures mean there will be tough decisions in the future but they will continue to Inform, Educate and Entertain.

Resolution

Avoid food waste, address food poverty

‘The WI calls on all supermarkets to sign up to a voluntary agreement to avoid food waste, thereby passing surplus food on to charities thus helping to address the issue of increasing food poverty in the UK.’

5146 for, 1080 against – motion carried

Guest Speaker – Baroness D’Souza, Lord Speaker

She explained the procedures that occur in The Lords when bills come to them for approval from The Commons.

Although the age distribution, race and religion mix are changing, there is still a long way to go.   There are more than 800 members of the Lords – only the Chinese National Congress is larger – and she believes that it is too big.   It is also getting too politically biased and there are relatively fewer cross benchers.

Chair’s Remarks

The WI will continue to develop in the future.

More use will be made of the website and social media.

September is the next MCS month.

There will be a members only section of the website with exclusive resources, projects and recipes.

Moodle will be developed in it’s training role.

The WI wants to improve communication.

There will be a NFWI census for all members online and in WI Life so that members can express what they want from the WI, how it spends it’s money etc.

The meeting finished with the National Anthems plus a selection of Proms inspired songs.

Report by Louise – President – Puckeridge WI

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