Our Annual Meeting – of sorts – was held via Zoom on 5 May 2020, the coronavirus lockdown still being in force. All WIs have been temporarily exempted from complying with our requirement to hold a formal Annual Meeting and elect a Committee and President, and current President Maggie Weatherby asked the members present for a show of hands to support the continuation of the current Committee and President until such time as a traditional Annual Meeting can be held with a Middlesex Federation WI Advisor.
Secretary Nina Jewell presented the Annual Report, recounting another busy year, including woodpeckers, antiques, novel writing, middle eastern food and of course lots of crafting. The Annual Financial statement had been circulated previously for information, and was approved by a show of hands. Maggie reminded members of our annual objectives, and the members supported a Committee proposal to once again support the Muswell Hill Food Bank at this challenging time.
Following the formal business, we shared updated on our communal textile design project, with some fabulous and diverse ideas from members for decorating a 30x30cm square to celebrate our tenth birthday in October 2020.
We chatted about highlights of the year and members chimed in with their favourite activities, as well as updating the group on lockdown fun including freezer-tidying, Tube-themed cryptic crosswords (Sally wins for both of these!) and sticky moth traps (good tips thanks to Jacque and Fiona).
As always we appreciated the chance to catch up, see familiar faces and share the warm WI fellowship.