Well, what a month that was! After an excellent Annual Council Meeting, here I am—the new Chair for Middlesex Federation. Thank you—I think!—to my fellow Board members for your votes.
The first thing I would like to say is a massive thank you to Lorraine Reed-Wenman, our outgoing Chair, for everything she has done over the last four years.
Lorraine remained in office for an ‘extra’ year to steer our Centenary celebrations, but unfortunately the Covid situation meant that we were unable to arrange the events that we had been planning.
Lorraine also had to deal with helping our wonderful WIs to keep going through lockdowns, social distancing and all the other restrictions we have all been facing over the last two years. Not an easy job!
Although we had to cancel our planned activities, I am sure some of you have been celebrating with your own WIs—and hopefully there are more celebrations to come!
Don’t forget to let us know what you have been up to— and send some pictures! Middlesex News would love to hear from you.
As mentioned, our Council Meeting was well attended and we had a thought-provoking talk from Petra Wenham from Suffolk Federation – more details later in the magazine.
The Resolution for this year has been chosen: ‘Women and Girls with ASD & ADHD—under- identified, under-diagnosed, misdiagnosed, under-supported’. Please discuss this with your WIs; your delegate will need to know how you want them to vote at the Annual Meeting! You will also need to let them know if they have your permission to change that vote if they are persuaded by the arguments on the day!
Hopefully, the weather will start improving now and with Easter coming, are you getting crafty? There is a Craft sale (and coffee morning) at County Office on Thursday 7th April and Saturday 9th April. Why not come along – you might find just what you are looking for.
I am sure many of you will be organising your own celebrations for the Queen’s Jubilee; let’s hope for some lovely sunny weather in June. Have you seen the pattern for Winnie the corgi in March WI Life? Who has been busy knitting?
I am really looking forward to the next few months and I hope to be able to meet with some of you soon, but please get in touch with me or any of the Board if we can be of any help—it’s what we are here for.