Acklington WI, October meeting

Two new members joined the latest meeting of Acklington WI, Mary and Janet.

President Flora Steele opened the meeting by welcoming all members and Women’s Institute advisor, Alison Strong.

The record of the last meeting was read and members perused the Northumberland News.

After a review of correspondence the financial report was agreed and an auditor appointed for 2014.

The annual report was read, followed by Flora’s president’s address.

Flora thanked each committee member for their contribution over the previous year then stated her intention to stand down from the committee.

June Pirie expressed her intention to stand down as secretary after 25 years of continuous service in this role.

Alison thanked Flora for her year as president and June Pirie for her remarkably long service as secretary, and complimented Barbara Cock on the high standard of the financial report.

The low level of funds was of particular concern. However, Alison advised the Institute to make a concerted effort to raise funds in the coming year. The recruitment of new members should be a priority.

June Barras, Barbara Cock, Barbara King (in absentia), Moira Peden and Sylvia Linnett had expressed willingness to serve on the committee and were appointed.

The ballot for a new president was conducted by Alison and Sylvia Linnett was elected.

June Barras was appointed secretary and Barbara Cock agreed to continue as treasurer. New member Mary was co-opted into the committee.

Janet Bell awarded prizes for the most points over the last year from monthly competitions as follows: 1 Barbara Cock; 2 Linda Aston; 3 Moira Peden.

Alison Strong judged the October competition for an autumnal photograph and awarded: 1 Mary Guy; 2 Janet Bell; 3 Moira Peden.

Members were reminded that the speakers at our next meeting in Acklington Village Hall on November 12, at 7.15pm are Mr and Mrs Gilbert, presenting Awesome in New Zealand, at which guests are most welcome. The competition is a holiday souvenir.

Following the business of the meeting, light refreshments were served.