Education: North Grey Branch offers and award annually to area secondary schools, namely St. Mary's High School and Owen Sound District Secondary School. The award is designated for a female graduate furthering her studies at the post-secondary level in Family Studies, Community Service or Agriculture. We also support programs that encourage education (ie: 4-H; Queen of the Furrow; Ploughing Match; Grown in Grey, Grey -Bruce Envirothon Competition & Home With A Heart).
History: We compile Tweedsmuir Histories of events of our Branch and the community.
September 14 -7pm - Central Westside United Church, Owen Sound. Program: Photography Speaker: Julian Delf
July 20 - 5:30pm - Downs residence - Summer Social
June 8 - 7pm - Central Westside United Church, Owen Sound. Program topic: South Africa
May 3 - 7pm - Christian Reformed Church, Owen Sound. Program topic: Yoga
April 6 - 7pm - Central Westside United Church, Owen Sound. AGM and installation of the 2017-2018 Executive.
March 9 - 7pm - Central Westside United Church, Owen Sound. Program: Chapman House Canada 150 Project presentation
February 2 - 7pm - Central Westside United Church Owen Sound. Program Topic: OSHaRE; Speaker Colleen Seaman
January 5 - 7pm - at member's home. Movie night. Cancelled due to winter weather and road conditions.
On November 4, 1974 the North Grey Junior Women's Institute was formed with 10 Charter members. Bothwell Corner's WI was our mentor Branch with Marie Silverthorn as our primary advisor.
Our first President was Mary (Silverthorn) Hall and Secretary-Treasurer was Penny Fenwick. By the second meeting there were 17 members and by our 1st Anniversary we had 25 members.
On April 18, 1998, the Junior Women's Institutes of Ontario disbanded as an organisation and our Branch became the North Grey Women's Institute and continues to this day to be proud to work "For Home and Country."
NORTH GREY BRANCH WOMEN’S INSTITUTE
Saturday, November 1, 2014 2:00pm - 4:00pm
An afternoon of reminiscing and sharing was part of the 40th Anniversary celebration for our Branch. The 40th Committee was comprised of Janice Reid, Carol Davenport, Marion Koepke and Anne Woods. Along with November meeting conveners Penny Fenwick and Orma Cunningham, they did a wonderful job of decorating the Hall of Trinity United Church, in Annan, for the occasion, as well as providing delicious refreshments. Our Tweedsmuir History scrapbooks were on display and they brought back many memories.
Twenty-one of the current twenty-three members attended and there were 40+ guests who came to celebrate the occasion, many who were former members. President, Ada Haasnoott welcomed everyone and we all stood to recite the Mary Stewart Collect and sing the Institute Ode. Members from other Branches, District and Area brought greetings including: Parkhead, Howick, Burcoyne, Woodland Springs, Grey District, Centreville and Bruce County District. The program included: the reading of the Minutes of the first meeting of NGJWIO Branch from 1974; a listing of our donation history: the singing of several Institute songs, composed by members of the North Grey Branch, over the years – “Join the Institute” (to the tune of Que Sera, Sera) and “The First Year of North Grey WI” (to the Calendar Girl tune) sung by Marion Koepke, Bonnie Prevost and Marilynn Marshall. Also a poem, was read, about Women’s Institute written by Mrs. Buchanan (Great grandmother of former NG Branch member Linda Bumstead).
Our special guest for the day was Marie Silverthorn, former Bothwell Corner’s WI member and mentor of the original North Grey JWI Branch which became North Grey WI in 1998. She was presented with a corsage and asked to cut the Anniversary Cake. Charter members in attendance were presented with a red rose. 40 year membership pins were presented to Linda Tottenham, Carol Davenport, Anne Woods, Elaine Catto and Penny Fenwick.
After the festivities refreshments were served and a social time was enjoyed by all.
North Grey Branch supports District, Area, FWIO, FWIC projects and ACWW "Pennies for Friendship" projects. FWIO founding partner of Canada 150 project - Tell Your Story. For more information check the FWIO website. FWIO Motto: WI - Women Involved.
President: Elaine Catto
1st Vice: Penny Fenwick
2nd Vice: Louise Armstrong
Secretary: JoAn Glaves
Treasurer: Anne Woods
Public Relations & Membership Coordinator: Janice Reid
Tweedsmuir Coordinator: Louise Armstrong
Advocacy Coordinator: Linda Tottenham
ROSE Coordinator: Mary Hall
District Director: Myrna Casemore
MARCH 9, 2017 - BRANCH CANADA 150 PROJECT
Scott Lovell, Executive Director of the Grey Bruce Regional Hospice had been asked to attend our meeting. President, Elaine Catto spoke about the history of our Branch’s Canada 150 project. At the January 2013 meeting, Scott’s mother, Ruth Lovell-Stanners had talked to us about the hope of establishing a regional residential hospice and appealed for support to get this project off the ground and NGWI donated $500. Later we established a Committee to determine what to do for Canada 150 in 2017. Committee members were: Louise Armstrong, Anne Woods, Penny Fenwick and Cathy Snider. On their recommendation the Branch decided to raise funds for the planned Grey Bruce Regional Hospice. Over the next three years we had dessert and card parties and provided catering to small groups to achieve our goal culminating in presenting Scott with a “large” cheque in the amount of $5,000 on behalf of the North Grey Women’s Institute for the Grey Bruce Regional Hospice. Members asked that the funds be utilized in the kitchen area. Scott expressed his appreciation for our donation and for all the work that had helped us realize our goal. "Chapman House" as the Hospice will be known, is nearing completion and community open houses will be held prior to patients being moved in. Scott described what the facility will have to offer to those needing end of life care and to their families. He emphasized how important it is that there is a homelike atmosphere and that all areas are accessible for patients.
October 26, 2016 the North Grey Branch WI hosted a Dessert and Card party at Georgian Shores United Church Owen Sound (12:30 - 3:30pm). Funds raised will go towards our Canada 150 Project designated for the Regional Hospice.
The North Grey Branch in co operation with members of the Active Lifestyle Centre of Owen Sound held a Reaching Ontario Sharing Education Program, on Saturday, May 14, 2016 (10am- 3pm), at the First Christian Reformed Church. The morning session featured speakers from Just In Time Solutions (Professional Organizers); following lunch a hilarious "Funny Fashion Show" was presented by the NGWI members. Afternoon presentations were from Dr. Cobbler Shoes and Swirls on accessorizing and from the Painted Wardrobe featuring scarf tying. Door prizes followed and a good time was had by all.
Teddy Bear & Quincy Book Project
The North Grey Branch of the FWIO presented copies of the book, “Quincy and His Quilt: a Northern Adventure” by W.I. members Loreen Ambler and Debbie Thompson Wilson, along with a teddy bear and his “blankie” as part of a special project to celebrate the 119th Anniversary of Women’s Institute. On Friday, February 19, 2016, North Grey members presented five gift sets to Cindy Wheeler of the Bruce Grey Child and Family Services, Owen Sound. This was a province wide initiative of the organization, each Branch was asked to make gift sets and present them to a local children’s organization, to help comfort the children in their care.