Pillaton WI Report - March 2011

Annual Meeting

There was a palpable air of, if not quite tension, then certainly anticipation, in Pillaton Village Hall as we assembled for the Annual Meeting this March.

Being aware that our President, Alison Downing, had come to the end of her three year term of service and also that no nominations had as yet been received to fill the role, we were not at all sure what may happen to our WI.

The evening began with the regular business meeting and reminders of forthcoming events both locally and within the County. Dates for diaries include our birthday meal in the Village Hall on 19 March and the group meeting at St Ive on 14 April, when the guest speaker will be Barbara Smetherham. President Alison Downing gave a brief report of the very enjoyable County organised Operetta day at Withiel on 11 March, when Peter Clarke talked a packed hall of unusually silent WI ladies through the history of Operetta. This was an excellent seminar with an able presenter, copiously illustrated with wonderful music by Offenbach, Gilbert and Sullivan, Johann Strauss II and others. Peter concluded by showing how Operetta, the popular music for the nineteenth century, gave way to the musicals, such as “Oklahoma!” which have become today’s popular music of choice.

Now for the Annual Meeting! We were fortunate to be able to welcome County Advisor Pam Parnell to guide us through a potentially difficult session and hopefully save our WI from being closed down.

Treasurer, Sue Archer, and Secretary, Pam Lowther, presented excellent financial and annual reports of the year’s activities. Pam described our busy and successful year, which included the high profile Garden Safari day, attracting some 300 visitors to our small village and raising funds for our local community. Our programme secretary, Jenny Francis, had organised a varied selection of speakers for our monthly meetings attended by an average of 60% of our 39 members. Our monthly bookstall, operated by Angela Kingdon and Rosemary Long, continues to encourage book swaps between members – a valuable service in a village some way from the nearest library. Our Press Officer, Ann Henderson, had been awarded the West Briton cup for her coverage of Pillaton meetings, and our team in the Festival of the Spoken Word had been placed third. Additional activities included Birthday and Christmas parties, craft evenings, a visit to flower arranger Barbara Smetherham and a village wide collection for local charity Operation Sunshine.

In her address, outgoing President, Alison Downing, thanked the “dedicated committee” for their hard work and commitment, highlighting how their efforts have enabled Pillaton WI to thrive and continue to attract new members.

Wasting no time, County Advisor Pam Parnell then took the floor to guide us through the voting process for a new President. At the last moment, a 10th nomination for Committee came forward and Pam handed voting slips to all members present.

A few more moments of tension as Pam checked through the slips and asked those nominated if they would accept the role – and at last members could relax as the new President for Pillaton WI was named as Liz Llewellyn Jones.

Our next meeting will be on 11 April, when the guest speaker will be local jeweller Ann Pengelly.

Pillaton WI is a friendly group and welcomes new members. We meet in Pillaton Village Hall at 7.30 pm on the second Monday of each month. Come along and meet us! If you would like to know more about Pillaton WI, please contact me on 351289.

Ann Henderson

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