Vernon WI is a strong Branch with members as young as 30yrs old and as young at heart as to have great grandchildren. We are grasping the advances in technology and have both a Facebook page which we hope you will "Like" (Women's Institute-Vernon Branch) and a Twitter feed @VernonWI. We have over 125 followers on Twitter and many of them are Branches in England. We meet monthly at the Vernon Recreation Centre and usually have guest speakers present. We also cater to help raise funds which we in turn donate to the local community. We sponsor a Foster Child, donate regularly to Winchester District Memorial Hospital, Rural Ottawa South Support Services (ROSSS), Osgoode Care Centre, and the Osgoode Emergency Food Cupboard.
Vernon WI also contributes to local High Schools through bursaries, Make-A-Wish of Eastern Ontario, 4-H, Grannies for Grannies (Stephen Lewis Foundation), and other worthwhile charitiable events. Our Annual St Patrick's Luncheon is always well attended by the community and features a fabulous lunch, door prizes, live music with a singalong, bake table, white elephant sale and, of course, Irish jokes. Each August we have a daylong bus trip to interesting and exciting places somewhat close by. We open this trip to other community members that would like to travel with us. Some trips have been to Parliament Hill, Tatlock Quarry, The Stonebridge, on a Gananoque boat cruise and to a theatre for a play and, last year, a tour of Kingston City Hall with shopping. Each year we work with other Branches as well as the District to host a Tea Room at the Metcalfe Fair. It is much appreciated and enjoyed by both Fair patrons and workers. We are seen as the best place to grab a fresh, homemade snack or dessert. We host ROSE programs such as working with Women's Initiatives for Safer Environment self defence workshop and safety audit, and Tell Your Own Story writing workshop. We regularly have members attend both District and Area Annual Meetings so they can share information with members unable to attend.
Life-Heather Bellinger, Marg McDiarmid, Ann Velthius, Helen McDonald, Isabel McDiarmid, Kay Johnston, Lila Smiley
Our annual Tea Room at the Metcalfe Fair is always a huge success. Patrons enjoy the homemade treats as well as the company.
In 2013, our Branch as well as others at the DIstrict Annual, posed to show our support for Tissue and Organ Donation through a Living Green Ribbon.
On Sat. Mar. 15 2014, The Vernon WI hosted our Annual St. Patrick's Luncheon at the Presbyterian Church. Our day was enjoyed by over 50 Ladies and Gentlemen. We enjoyed various stews, told jokes, had a singalong with piano, flute and harp music, door prizes, and of course, our infamous bake sale
We were honoured to have many guests at our Luncheon including Area President Maritta Saharinen, Nyamme Samuels, Laurie Curtis (pictured) as well as District President Sandra Toll and candidates for the 2014 Municipal Election
We have had members take a bus trip with other members of our District to Stoney Creek for WI Rocks the World. Members also attended the Area Convention and 100th Anniversary of our Area which was celebrated in October 2014. Our AGM and annual potluck dinner will take place in April and elections will be held that evening as well. Within a month of elections, we will hold a planning meeting to prepare for the next WI year. We will be attending the District Annual Meeting this Spring and we are looking forward to it already.