Information for New Members to our WI
This is your WI
Friendship, Fun, Good speakers, Educational opportunities, Social activities
Staunton on Arrow WI is part of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) and also of Herefordshire Federation of Women’s Institutes (HFWI). Our WI has a committee of seven members elected at the Annual Meeting, led by the President who is nominated from that committee and voted in by the WI members.
We have a monthly meeting, arrange many social activities and have outings, theatre visits and a monthly lunch club.
Contact details: a) Secretary Alison Lord: email@example.com 01544 340256 07896888629
Staunton on Arrow WI belongs to the Marches Group, together with Pembridge, Eardisland, Kington, Huntington Kington and Brampton Bryan WIs. We meet once a year and each WI takes turn to host a meeting, usually a social one.
Herefordshire Federation (HFWI)
HFWI is based in WI House in Hereford. The Board of Trustees (elected by WIs) meet there and also several sub-committees; events and activities for members’ participation are arranged by them. An Annual Council Meeting is held in the spring to which every WI sends a delegate and all members are invited to attend.
Members can attend a variety of courses and workshops on all aspects of WI and the running of WIs which are usually held in WI House.
At present there are 60 WIs within the federation and Herefordshire is one of 69 Federations which make up the National Federation.
Contact details: Federation Secretary: 01432 272268 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Federation Chairman: email@example.com
National Federation (NFWI)
NFWI has its office in London, and its committee is elected by the WIs. The National Annual Meeting is held in June and all WIs are represented.
A WI Adviser (a helping hand) is a WI member particularly interested in the way the organisation runs and has agreed to have special training. She has visited NFWI in London, has studied at Denman College with other trainees and is appointed by NFWI, to work within the Federation. Her role is to ensure that members enjoy all that is available within the WI, and to help WIs run smoothly.
ACWW (Pennies for Friendship). Associated Country Women of the World to which NFWI belongs. WIs can make contributions to ACWW; this money is used to help educate under-privileged women in third-world countries.
Resolutions. These are submitted by individual WIs, Federations or NFWI on social and topical matters, discussed within each WI and voted on at the National AM. If passed, they empower the WI to influence local and national policy making (a mandate).
Denman College is the WI’s own short-stay adult-education residential college near Oxford, with a full programme of 2, 3, or 4 day courses covering a variety of topics. Any WI member may apply to attend and pay her own way or you may be lucky to win our WI bursary. It is also open to non-members and husbands/partners.
WI Life is the national WI magazine, published 8 times per year and sent to every member.
WI Enterprises sell books, gifts, and various other items.
My WI is a special section accessed from the main website which contains useful information about the WI and the running of your own WI. When you join, your membership details are placed on the MCS (Membership Communication System) and if your email is included, you may have a password to access My WI.
Visit the WI website for more information about the WI: www.thewi.org.uk
Updated January 2018