For the third year running, our Middlesex Federation Annual Council Meeting was held online, following a poll of our members. It was disappointing for us as we hoped to begin or end our centenary year in person, however we were pleased to have a healthy turnout online.
Outgoing Chair Lorraine Reed-Wenman, in her final ACM, welcomed Zoom attendees and spoke of the challenges of the past year and her period as Chair as a whole, while Treasurer Sarah Endersby presented the Financial Report.
We were very pleased to welcome an excellent speaker, Petra Wenham, a member of Cake and Revolution WI in Ipswich, Suffolk. Petra was the first openly transgender WI member to appear on the cover of WI Life magazine (July-Aug 2021). Petra shared her personal journey, of coming out to her wife Loraine in 2015, to living full-time as a woman in 2018, and joining the WI.
We hope you enjoyed the meeting if you were able to attend, but very much hope for a fabulous in-person meeting in 2023!
|Following the ACM, the Board of Trustees, without departing Chair Lorraine, continued the online meeting to elect a Chair to lead us through the next three years, assisted by Hertfordshire Federation Trustee Maggie Eccleston. We congratulate Angela Chessman on her appointment! Angela, a member of Stanwell WI, was co-opted onto the Board in 2016, enjoying her role as Denman Ambassador while Denman College was operating. More recently she ran the 200+ Club. Good luck Angela: we wish you well for your term as Chair!|