FED BULLETIN & "Take 10"                                                                                                                  JANUARY 2015 

The Federated Women's

Institutes of Canada


FWIC would like to wish you and your family a Happy & Healthy New Year!

With many important dates and events on the horizon for 2015, FWIC has created this list of key dates and deadlines from January to the end of June 2015. 
FWIC January  – June 2015 Calendar

  • The FWIC Office will be closed from December 19, 2014 until January 5, 2015
  • Jan 15, 2015 -  End of Early Bird FWIC Convention 2015 Registration 
  • Feb 1, 2015 - deadline date for submitted names to FWIC for position of FWIC President Elect.
  • February 15-21, 2015 W.I. Week (Adelaide Hoodless’s Birthday is Feb. 27, 1857)
  • March 1, 2015 – National Tweedsmuir Competitions due (Handicraft, History, and Culture Competitions)
          Mail Provincial entries, one per category, to: New Brunswick Women’s             Institute, 681 Union St.  Fredericton, NB E3A 3N8
  • March 1, 2015 - Submission deadline to FWIC Office for re-affirmed resolutions and new resolution for FWIC Convention 2015
  • March 1, 2015 - FWIC Membership fees are due
  • March 31, 2015 - The deadline for Provincial participants’ name for the Peace Garden Scholarship Program to be submitted to the FWIC office
  • March 31, 2015 - Erland Lee Award nominations to FWIC Office, one per province
  • March 31, 2015 - Senator Cairine Wilson Competition, one per province
          Mail to:  FWIC, 359 Blue Lake Rd., St George, ON. Box 209, N0E1N2
  • April 1, 2015 - FWIC Executive's Triennial Reports due to FWIC Office
  • April 15, 2015 - FWIC Past President’s Competition (submissions are accepted directly from individual WI members)
         Mail individual entries to: Ruth Blenkhorn, 
         Box 46, Port Williams, NS, B0P 1T0

  • May 1,  2015 - NEW Executive Officer’s names are due to FWIC Office
  • June 7 & 8, 2015 - FWIC Board Meeting in Fredericton, New Brunswick
  • June 9 -13, 2015 -  FWIC Convention in Fredericton, New Brunswick
  • June 21-27, 2015 -The FWIC Peace Garden Scholarship Program. Each province will set their own application process and deadline.
FWIC Convention Registration dates
Super Early Bird Registration Date ........................ before January 15, 2015 ... $450.00
 Early Bird Registration Date ......... after January 15 before March 15, 2015 ... $500.00
 Full Registration Date ........................ after March 15 before April 30, 2015 ... $550.00
FWIC Registration package:

FWIC "Take 10" Growing a Healthier You
By Ann Mandziuk, FWIC Executive officer, Manitoba

January – a new year, a time for renewal and a time to start something new for yourself and the groups you belong to. I attend a cancer support group in Neepawa and one evening spoke on the importance of Laughter. Each month task is to bring something ‘funny’ for the group. A joke, a cartoon, or a story – it doesn’t matter what – the only requirement is to make us laugh. Laughter is the best medicine and can certainly help to grow a healthier you.

Toolkit Once on the site you can search for videos – I typed in funny children videos and some of them looked great.

Craft: This demonstrates how to make an Arm Knitting Infinity Scarf. This is instructions on finger knitting. This is a no sew scarf using old t-shirts. This shows making an infinity scarf from fabric.
Even if you don’t have the internet you could have one member watch the technique and teach it to the group at a meeting.


TAKE 10 

  • Read a humorous book. Share the title and funny bits at a meeting.
  • Find copies of Lynn Johnston’s books and read them. She is the author of the For Better or Worse comic strip.
  • If you hold a membership night in January what better time to start a tradition of adding laughter to your meeting.
  • Brainstorm for new ideas to try at your meetings – keep laughter at the top of the list. Challenge your group to try something new!
  • Invite someone who teaches Laughter Yoga to do a demonstration at your meeting.
  • Start your day with laughter – read something funny each day.
  • Appoint someone to bring a joke, cartoon or book title to each meeting.
  • Watch animal/children videos or YouTube videos.

Chicken Pot Pie Recipe
Submitted by FWIC President Elect, Linda Hoy
This recipe came to me from my ex-grandmother (who at the age of 98 I still visit and love dearly).Grandpa didn't like the traditional biscuits on top so Grandma put stuffing on top instead.  Everyone loves this recipe.  A great way to use up left over chicken and turkey with a little dripping saved while cooking.

1 chicken
1 onion
Celery stalk
Boil these 3 ingredients. Take chicken apart. Put in casserole, spread apart.
Mix together and add:
3 tbsp margarine (melted)
3 tbsp flour
1 cup chicken broth
1 can chicken soup
1 can mushrooms, drained
1 can peas/carrots, drained
Spread layer of dressing over all. Bake in over until bubbly.  (350º F would be my suggestion)

(Ann’s note – when Linda mentioned this recipe I saw it as a great way to use Christmas and New Year’s turkey leftovers. Leftover gravy, vegetables, potatoes would make great additions as well. If using leftover gravy I might leave out the soup and milk. This recipe came from a community school cookbook. I have quite a collection of ‘community’ cookbooks – they have fabulous tried and true recipes that were obviously family favourites.)
Members of the St. George W.I. in Ontario making a tasty stuffing covered Chicken Pot Pie for the local Lion's Club dinner. It was a big hit with the Lion's! 
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