Glenavy Women’s Institute – August ReportGlenavy Women’s Institute – August Report Members of Glenavy WI met at the Glenavy Hall for their monthly meeting and were welcomed by President Hermien van’t Klooster. The Aspirations were repeated. Glenavy has purchased two new children’s car seats for Timaru Plunket rental.  These have been paid for with money raised at last month’s progressive dinner’s cake auction.  A very good cause and an excellent result.  Well done those who donated goods for the auction and those who purchased. Our Institute banner which is looking very fragile at the moment is to be replaced.  There had been the thought of a change but members have unanimously voted for it to be a replica of what we already have. Once the banner is made, the old one will take pride of place in our display cabinet. There was only one birthday for the month and a spray was presented to Sue Koevoet.  Shona Bethany from Waimate, was then  introduced.  She demonstrated card making.  Shona has been making cards for five years and demonstrating for the last two. Her word of advice was “not to worry if it’s not perfect.   Better to have your  personal touch, be it a little imperfect, as the card you are creating is not the Hallmark brand. “ How nice it always is to receive something that has been handmade.  And to be truthful, if you do receive one, you never look for any imperfections !!!!!!! Shona also demonstrated how a die cutting/embossing machine created lovely designs that have a professional look.  Members were most impressed with what could be done.  It was then time for our own members to try their hand at making a card.  Shona had packs already made up which made it easier for members to get started.  She went round everyone to help in any way she could.  The cards that were made were then judged for one of our competitions. There were two boards that Shona had brought that featured many different types of cards that could be made.  She also had catalogues for sale which showed the many stamps, dies and other accessories needed.  An excellent demonstration that was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Shona was thanked by Hermien and presented with baking. A typical WI supper was then served and a little more chatter over a cuppa completed the evening.Competition Results: Weed Arrangement :  1st Hazel Poole   2nd Sue Koevoert, Handmade Card: 1st= Joyce Wallace, Hermien van’t Klooster .

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