This sub-committee is home to the WI Advisers in the Federation. In common with members of all committees, WI Advisers are volunteers who enjoy putting something back into an organisation from which they have received so much. Unlike the other sub-committees, our members are not elected. Observers, interested to discover more about the way WI functions, are always welcome. We meet 8 times a year, usually on a Tuesday at the Federation's Office.
WI Advisers, trained by the National Federation, are there to help the WIs. Each WI Adviser is attached to a number of districts; she attends district and WI events when invited, organises committee and officer training if requested, and holds information meetings for new members. She keeps a watchful eye on her WIs and is there as a listening ear when needed.
We are actively looking for members who would like to train as new WI Advisers. If you are interested or know someone who might be, please come along to one of our meetings at Ethel Hunt Lodge as an observer.
You can contact Jean Gibbins (WI Adviser Chairman), any of the WI Advisers or the Federation Office if you would like further information.
Do you know just what a valuable resource your WI Adviser is to you and your WI?
Not only do they open new WIs and sort out concerns but can offer you all forms of support and information. Due to their role, a WI Adviser ahs access to a wide range of information that may not be readily available to many WIs.
They can assist in the recruitment of more members and their induction and to work with you to encourage your members to join the committee and to play a more active role within the WI. They can suggest ideas for fund raising, share information about speakers and activities, regardless of the size of your WI and help you with the Resolution process if needed.
So, if you haven't had an Adviser to attend one of your meetings for some time, you don't have to wait until the Annual Meeting request forms are sent out. You can invite her to any of your meetings and she will be pleased to attend and meet you all, if possible.
On behalf of the Federation, a big thank you to all who have stepped up and joined their WI Committee, especially those members who have accepted an officer role, you will soon discover just how rewarding it can be.
It was a pleasure for the WIAs to meet so many of the new Presidents, Secretaries and Treasurers when they attended the recent Officers Training at Ethel Hunt Lodge, your Federation Office. For those of you for whom it was your first visit, we hope that you will return quite soon.
There is a range of help available for Officers and all members: your WI Adviser, members of the Board of Trustees, the Federation Yearbook, your WI copy of "Running a WI is easy when you know how", the NFWI website and the Moodle. If you have not already registered as an online learner, ask your WI MCS Rep to ensure that your email address has been correctly entered onto the MCS system and she has ticked you as an online learner on your record. You will soon discover the wealth of information past and present available to you.
Do you think you have what it takes to be a WI Adviser? Would you like to know more about the role and training?
Then visit the Moodle and click onto "So you think that you'd like to be a WI Adviser"
Formal training takes approximately six months, which involves two weekends and a full week at Denman. You will be joined by approximately twenty other WI members from other Federations across all areas of the country.
Topics covered during the training include:
- Communication Skills
- Understanding the WI
- Money Matters
- WI Activities
- Plus a day visit to the NFWI head office
You will also be encouraged to attend a range of WI meetings with one of the Federations existing WI Advisers. Books on the recommended reading list are available on loan from the Federation office.
Want to know more and get involved? Then please contact Samantha, WIA secretary so that she can invite you to attend forthcoming WIA committee meetings.
As you read this, you will all have held your Annual Meetings and new committees have been formed. Firstly I would like to thank all outgoing committee members for their contribution to their WI. Secondly on behalf of all members, I should like to thank those of you who have stepped up to be a committee member for the forthcoming year, especially those taking on the officer roles.
Being a committee member widens your knowledge of the WI. It enables you to work as a team to share tasks and assists in getting to know your members better. But most of all it is fun and enjoyable. For new officers of those who would like some more information, please book yourself onto one of The Officer training days to be held in July. Details and booking form are in the April and May editions of West Kent News.
Jean Gibbins - Chairman of WI Advisers
Calling All New Officers
The Officers Training Workshops for Presidents, Secretaries and Treasurers will be held in July.
So, if after the May Annual Meeting you are taking an Officers role in your WI and feel that you need to know more, please enrol on these workshops. This is an opportunity to discuss problems, exchange ideas and talk to other WI Officers in the Federation. The workshops will be led by WI Advisers and the Federation Treasurer at Ethel Hunt Lodge.
Secretary Training: Saturday 15th July, 10.00am to 12.30pm
Secretary Training: Monday 10th July, 10.00am to 12.30pm
President Training: Monday 10th July, 1.30pm to 4.00pm
President Training: Saturday 22nd July, 10.00am to 12.30pm
Treasurer Training: Wednesday 19th July, 10.00am to 3.00pm
Treasurer Training: Tuesday 25th July, 10.00am to 3.00pm
Please bring a packed lunch for the Treasurer Training. An application form can be found on the back page of you May edition of West Kent News.
Closing date - Friday 16th June
Jean Gibbins - Chairman of WI Advisers
Contact the NFWI
- Phone: 020 7371 9300
- Open hours: 9am–5pm Mon–Fri
- Address: 104 New Kings Road, London SW6 4LY
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