Virgil WI

Niagara on the Lake
WI District
Lincoln-Niagara (formerly Lincoln District)
WI Area
Inception Date
Meeting Times
Third Monday of each month at 1:30pm unless otherwise announced
Main Focus

A Sisterhood of women working together for Personal Growth and Community Action in the Niagara Region.  Everyone is welcome.

Additional Interest

Virgil WI celebrated 100 years of Community Service on July 9, 2016!

Branch Secretary
Sheila Muir
Branch Contact
Sheila Muir
Branch Officer(s)
Past President - Lena Byl
President - Sandra Edgeworth
Vice President - Margaret Byl
Treasurer - Beverley Byl
Corresponding Secretary -
District Director - Sandra Edgeworth
Tweedsmuir Coordinator - Irene Smith
Advocacy - Lena Byl
Education - Margaret Byl
Public Relations - Sandra Edgeworth
Branch Director - Sandra Edgeworth
Alt. Branch Director - Margaret Byl
Branch Member(s)
Mavis Andrews
Margaret Buis
Beverley Byl
Lena Byl
Margaret Byl
Muriel Culp - deceased
Sandra Edgeworth
Nan Ford - deceased
Helen MacLean
Sheila Muir
Irene Smith
Edith Sonnenberg - deceased
Catherine Stevens
Anna Thwaites
Helen Voege -deceased

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Latest News



Celebrating 122 Years of WI on February 19, 2019

Members of Beamsville WI, Virgil WI & Women Empowered WI 

Donate Comfort Bears to Gillian's Place


Thanks to our guests, sponsors and donations, Virgil Women's Institute has raised over $855.00 for Lyme Disease Research and $200.00 in support of the Erland Lee Museum Home, birth place of Women's Institutes.  Special thanks to everyone that helped make our Murder Mystery Dinner a success!

visit to see our write up in Snapd St. Catharines News





Join us on May 11th to help support Lyme Disease Research at the G. Magnotta Foundation.  Help save lives.  Every cent counts!


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Celebrating 121 years of WI...Happy Birthday Women's Institutes.  WI has been supporting our communities since 1897!

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Left to right:  Margaret By, Lena Byl, Helen McLean, Sandra Edgeworth, Sheila Muir, Helga Rahn, Irene Smith, Guest Arla C.


2016 - 2017 Executive

Virgil WI & ROSE Program 

Virgil WI participated at the Home Show on Saturday, March 5th at Cross Roads Public School.  Members were available throughout the day to answer questions about WI, the Virgil Branch and the new St. Catharines Branch Information Night on March 17th.  A powerpoint display was played all day long and many visitors were interested in hearing more and attending our branch meeting.

Virgil WI Participates in Provincial Quincy Bear Project

As part of the 119th Anniversary of WI celebrations, Virgil WI Members, presented their Quincy Packages to the St. Catharines General Hospital Children’s Ward.  It is our hope that these gifts will bring comfort to the children.  Special thanks to the family of Tahmid for allowing us to show his photograph and to the Staff of the St. Catharines General Hospital, and Cogeco Niagara TV for participating in our presentation.



Margaret Byl of Virgil WI was elected FWIO Provincial President in 2014.


Members of the Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario, Virgil Branch enjoyed the Niagara-on-the-Lake Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 14, 2013 with many others. The beautiful snowflakes added to the holiday fun. The Virgil group donated money to the parade manager, Bruce Pospich. The NOTL Legion President, Mr. Harrington, also received a donation for improvements that the building requires. It is an annual joy to offer donations to the above associations as well as to the Virgil Centennial Arena. Food donations which had been gathered at their Annual Christmas Luncheon were also given to Newark Neighbours. 

The Virgil WI will start annual fundraising with their Euchre parties which begin in January.  It is a fun, economical, tasty Friday night out and the money goes to great organizations and support groups. The Next Euchre Parties will be February 28th and March 14th of 2014.  Please watch for additional dates.

Stay tuned for more updates of their wonderful activities.  FWIO – A Sisterhood of Women working together for Personal Growth & Community Action. 

For more information and membership please contact Public Relations Officer, Sandra at 905-262-5044.


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