Monday, 12 June 2017

Liverpool AGM 2017

My name is Katie Reid and as the link delegate for Areley Kings, Astley and Mitton WI in Worcestershire I went to Liverpool for the NFWI Annual General Meeting.
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It was held at the ECHO Arena. Although it was very windy the rain held off for the day. 
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The AGM was a lot of fun the speakers were fantastic we had Jo Fairley former owner of Green & Black's Fair Trade Chocolate.
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 this was a great talk about how are teacher at school had said she would not amount to anything.  It was this comment that put "rocket fuel in her" to make something of herself.A very inspiring lady.

The other speaker was Suzie Dent of Countdown fame.

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Suzie is a lexicographer and etymologist. A very interesting talk about the origin of words and where they came from and how they come to be.

We then voted on the resolutions where the results are below.

2017: Annual Meeting Resolutions

At the NFWI Annual Meeting in Liverpool on 7 June 2017 delegates voted to pass two resolutions, which will both now form the basis of new NFWI campaigns.
The NFWI will be putting together campaign action packs for both of these new campaigns that will include background to the campaign, as well as ideas for how members can get involved. If you would like a copy of either of the action packs, or more information please contact the Public Affairs Department.

Plastic soup: Keep microplastic fibers out of our oceans

Microplastic fibers are shed from synthetic clothing with every wash and are the main contributors to microplastic contamination of the oceans. The NFWI calls on Government and industry to research and develop innovative solutions to this problem in order to stop the accumulation of microplastic fibers in our oceans.
Ashley Green WI, Buckinghamshire Federation

The resolution was passed with 98.9% of the vote.

Votes cast in favour: 6132. Votes cast against: 157

Delegates voted to pass the above resolution which calls on the UK Government and industry to take action to address the problem of microplastic contamination of our oceans by supporting and developing innovative solutions. Microplastic fibres are released from synthetic clothing every time it is washed. As they are so small they aren't caught by filtration equipment and can end up in our oceans where they are ingested by marine wildlife.

Alleviating loneliness

This meeting calls on every WI and the NFWI to work alongside health and social care providers and their local communities to raise awareness of the causes and impacts of loneliness, thus ensuring better identification of lonely people in order to be able to offer them the appropriate support and assistance.  
North Cave WI, East Yorkshire Federation

The resolution was passed with 69.3% of the vote.
Votes cast in favour: 4334. Votes cast against: 1919

Delegates voted in support of this year’s NFWI resolution to ‘alleviate loneliness’. The resolution seeks to ensure that people who are lonely, or at risk of loneliness, are identified at the earliest possible opportunity to enable them to access the appropriate support and assistance. It calls on every WI and the NFWI to work in partnership with health and social care providers and their local communities to raise awareness of the causes and impacts of loneliness to help achieve this.

We were then entertained by the marvellous band called The Retros. Everyone got up to dance. A great way to finish a great AGM. 

We said goodbye to our Chair Janice Langley and welcomed Lynne Stubbings as the new Chair.

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The new trustees for National are

Chair Lynne Stubbings 
Hon Treasurer Julia Roberts 
 Vice Chair Ann Jones 
 Vice Chair Pat Tulip

Chair Pat Tulip 
Mary Clarke, Jeryl Stone, Amanda Willday, Sue Wilson

Chair Sue Wilson 
Catriona Adams, Sally Kingman, Mair Stephens

Chair Julia Roberts 
 Officers, Chair of WIE, Chair of Denman, Hilary Haworth, Sally Kingman, Mair Stephens

Food & Garden 
 Chair Mary Clarke 
 Catriona Adams, Yvonne Price, Jeryl Stone

Membership Development 
Chair Amanda Willday 
Sally Kingman, Yvonne Price, Sue Wilson

Public Affairs 
Chair Ann Jones 
Mary Clarke, Hilary Haworth, Amanda Willday

Science & Leisure 
Chair Catriona Adams 
Hilary Haworth, Yvonne Price, Jeryl Stone

I had a great time and I do hope I have lived up to the job of being the link delegate for this years AGM.  I now pass that torch on to thew next WI gruop and wish luck to the next Link Delegate for the meeting in Cardiff next year.


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