Dunham’s Women’s Institute – 2021 in Review

Submitted by Candy Coates– Publicity and Awareness Chair

As with all organizations, the Women’s Institute group (W.I.) had a challenging year for meetings due to Covid restrictions, but as the year progressed restrictions improved and all was not lost. A few Zoom meetings were held in the early part of the year. With the arrival of summer, we were able to meet in person, either outside at a member’s home or at Dunham Park.

We sponsored member Shirley Vaughan again this year for her walk for the Yamaska Valley Optimist Club’s cancer walk. Our annual fundraising yard sale was held in August, outside at the West Brome Anglican Church. We attended the spring and the fall Missisquoi County Women’s Institute meeting at Dunham Park. Nov. 11 was our annual Remembrance Day service at the W.I. Cairn in Dunham. With the onset of cold weather, our November meeting was held indoors in a space kindly offered by the Dunham Public Library.

We made a number of donations again this year, including to Heroes Memorial Elementary for end of year prizes, Butler Elementary for school supplies, apples from a member’s orchard to Heroes, as well as a donation to the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund.

Our December meeting was our annual Christmas potluck lunch, this year at the home of president Judy Page Jones. As our Christmas donation, we gathered toiletries for seniors at Residence Dunham.
We join all of you in the hope that 2022 will be a more normal year. On behalf of the Dunham Women’s Institute, we wish you all a merry Christmas and a healthy and happy 2022!

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