ACM-Saturday 6th March 2021 online - further details available in January
The NFWI is aware that the on-going pandemic, and resulting restrictions on freedom of movement and assembly, have caused logistical difficulties for WIs and federations when attempting to comply with the governance requirements in their governing documents (constitutions).
It is therefore proposing changes to the constitutions of WIs and federations (as well as its own governing document), to make these processes easier. The changes are summarised in the attached explanatory note.
To ensure WIs are happy with the changes, NFWI’s articles of association specify a process where Federation Representatives (the chairman and treasurer of each federation) consult with the WIs in their federation. This is that consultation.
We would be grateful if you could provide any comments in relation to the questions below (and using the questions provided), by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to the address below so it has arrived with us by 15 January 2021. Any feedback that arrives after this date will unfortunately not be included in our formal response to NFWI.
NFWI then intends to send notice of an NFWI special meeting which it anticipates will take place in early February 2021, pending the outcome of this consultation.
As our Federation is structured as a Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG), we will then have a Board meeting to adopt the changes.
NFWI Constitutional Changes Explanatory note
1.WI Constitution tracked changes - for consultation
2a. CLG Federation articles tracked changes – for consultation
3. NFWI articles tracked changes – for consultation
2.Unincorporated federation constitution tracked changes – for consultation
2b. CIO Federation articles tracked changes – for consultation
"DOWN ON THE FARM” Quiz 2020
As ever, thanks to everyone for supporting this quiz, which raised a magnificent £166 for LRFWI funds. There were 66 entries received altogether, and of these, only 8 were all correct: The lucky winner drawn at random was Mrs Clare Robertson Smith of Ullesthorpe WI, who won £25 - congratulations Clare, I hope you enjoyed your well-deserved prize! Answers
Resolution Procedure open here
Board of Trustees Nominations
No nominations have been received for new members to stand on the Federation Board of Trustees 2021-2023. As a result, no election will take place. The Board are keen to co-opt members and would welcome observers to board meetings. If you would like to observe a meeting please get in touch.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for ‘Trustee Tuesdays’ to find out more about our current board members!
Be a WI Adviser!
WI Advisers are members just like you, who have been put forward by the federation to fulfil this role. As a WI Adviser you would establish new WIs and help existing WIs to grow. As well as developing new skills, such as public speaking and digital communication, training will offer you a recognised qualification. The team meet monthly on Zoom. Why not contribute to the success of LRFWI and beyond? Interested? Contact Mandy @ email@example.com
Leisure Committee Update
The Leisure committee had their monthly committee meeting this week via Zoom. It was decided to cancel the Ghost Walks due to the rule of 6 and Leicester still being in lockdown. These events have been rearranged for October 2021.
Christmas at Belvoir Castle has also been cancelled, although Belvoir are still opening at Christmas you can only book for a 2 hour slot and the coach capacity would be limited due to social distancing. This is very disappointing, however Belvoir have events planned for next Christmas so the visit will be rearranged next December.
If you have any ideas for future events please get in touch with a member of the Leisure Activities Committee.
Support for members during Covid 19
Membership Subscription Extension
The NFWI has been very concerned about the disruption this lockdown period has had on WI meetings and activities and your membership experience this year. We recently held consultations with all federations to discuss ways in which we can acknowledge this in our membership subscription this year.
We are delighted to share with you that as a result we are offering a three month extension to this year’s membership subscription. The next renewal date for membership subscriptions will therefore be 1st April 2021. In addition, from this point onwards, membership renewals will always be in April. This is to acknowledge the feedback many of you shared with us during the recent Strategic Vision consultation about the challenges of the January payment date and how you wished to see this changed in the future.
We know that many WIs have responded creatively to the practical challenges posed by lockdown and we continue to be inspired by the activities being delivered to ensure members remain connected during this difficult time. However, we do appreciate that this period has meant that many members have experienced disruption to their WI experience and therefore we hope the additional three months will provide some compensation to acknowledge the disruption.
An update for you on the two resolutions that were due to be discussed at the NFWI Annual Meeting this year. As the Annual Meeting was cancelled, the two resolutions were not able to be debated or voted on by delegates.
The NFWI Board of Trustees has decided that in these exceptional circumstances, the results of the shortlist selection process will be used as a proxy for the Annual Meeting vote.