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Kingston WI - November

Thursday 01 November 2012

The Annual Business Meeting, held on 1st November, began with the availability of glasses of wine. The proceedings were chaired by the Vice-President Beverley Wakeford-Brown in the absence of the President, who was unable to attend owing to a mobility problem caused by serious injury to her ankle. The Meeting sent best wishes for her recovery. A 'news bulletin' of other members, absent due to illness, was issued. Reminders of the Institute's programme of activities were given and a schedule of County events was available on the Secretary's table. Comments and discussion were invited on proposed changes to WI governance documents. Instructions were handed out for the collection of contents for the Christmas Boxes for Rumania. The choir entertained with their renditions of a hymn and an ABBA song. Slides of Woolbeding, the venue of a summer outing, were shown during the break for tea or coffee.

The business of the evening resumed with the presentation of the report of the Treasurer, Jan Sumner. The Secretary, Janice Barber, reminded us of the programme of the past year. The President's address, in which she thanked her committee, and others, for their work during the closing year, was read out by the Vice-President. Hazel Craven, a former County Advisor, then took the chair for the election of the new committee. All of the nine current members had received nomination and were prepared to serve again; an additional nomination, for Lynne Tunley, had been made. All ten were elected en bloc. All ladies present were invited to choose, in writing, one member of the new committee for the position of President. These nominations raised three names: the overwhelming majority for

Barbara Cunningham, who was duly appointed to serve for another year.

The next meeting will be the Christmas Party on Thursday, 6th December.

- Joyce Taylor