Trochu News April 23, 2014

St. Mary's Auxiliary held their April 15 meeting with 12 members in attendance. The minutes and correspondence was read. Thank you notes were from the Continuing Care rec. therapy and the volunteer coordinator. Members have been helping out delivering several birthday corsages, doing the meals on wheels in the community, and volunteering on musical entertainment evenings. Members were reminded to attend the volunteer tea April 17, which was provided by St. Mary's Health Care Centre. Neona Molnar has updated much of the Auxiliary history and everyone enjoyed looking at the pictures and information. We then discussed and began organizing the Mother's Day tea and bake sale to be held May 8 at the Lodge dining room. Members then signed up to help for various activities including taking residents to the hall to attend the TroVal School play. The meeting adjourned with the auxiliary ring of friendship and visiting.
WI conference
The 61st Women's Institute (WI) conference was held April 5 at Trochu Hall. Ladies from two area clubs and guests enjoyed a day of friendship and fellowship. Handicrafts, baking photography and plants were on display. Items were judged the day before by Helen Steen, Joy McKee and Helen Reinhardt. Margaret Velichko and Gerri Shadlock of Verdant Valley-Dorcas branch from the Drumheller area are co-convenors and coordinated the activities. We began the day with the singing of O Canada with pianist Nonie Hepburn accompanying. Reciting the Mary Stewart Collect and Flag Salute followed. Val Warnock, for the Town of Trochu, gave the ladies a welcome to town. Jim Christie gave a welcome from Trochu Hall Board. Leona Pryor introduced the head table. Darlene Raketti was the recording secretary and read the minutes from the 2013 conference. Gerri Shadlock gave the financial report. Carol Brown of the Sundre area and District 5 Director gave a report on happenings and mentioned the display of her trip of a lifetime when she travelled to Africa. Carol will be finished her duties as Director this summer.
Alberta WI President, Brenda Willsie, spoke of the upcoming provincial convention June 10-12 in Camrose. The theme is: Educate The Women of Alberta. The Associated Country Women of the World area conference will take place immediately after, June 12-14, with the theme of Women Motiving the Future. Brenda will be finished her term as AWI president in June and Faye Mayberry will become president. Brenda spoke of our finances and is asking for ideas for fundraising. Members across Alberta gave presentations in the elementary schools, called Food and Farmers; What is the Connection? Over 8,000 children saw the presentation and pumpkin seeds were planted. This presentation will be available for students again this spring.
Members gave secretary and education reports. Four members were remembered in our memorial service conducted by Leona Pryor. All four ladies were in their 90's including Bette Hoppins, a 55-year member, Isabell Tetz, 25-years; Betty Howard, 70-years and Betty Vickery, 60-years.
The guest speaker was Ian Wheeliker, an executive director of the Red Deer Women's Shelter. Ian spoke of the newest room in the shelter, a healing room for children. It is for relaxing and designed for your senses. It has been found that children really benefit from distressing soon after they arrive. The women are now using the room also. The shelter has joined nine other agencies to create a prevention of adverse effects, by starting early in a holistic way and try to save the families by having people go out in to the communities, to stop domestic violence with presentations on prevention and awareness. The shelter is always in need of personal are products as well as gift cards and baby needs.
After a delicious lunch, the ladies joined Marcus Fung in a drum and mediation workshop. Marcus had enough drums for everyone present. This was most enjoyable.
Throughout the day, door prizes were drawn. Handicraft prizes were presented to members for their entries in baking, handicraft, photography and plants. The day concluded with God Save the Queen. Women's Institutes are always looking for new members. Call 403-442-2605 if you would like more information. Our motto is "For Home and Country".