Competitions - Dual Membership
A query regarding members holding dual memberships entering national competitions has recently been brought to our attention. To clarify...
It is recommended that should a member, with a dual membership, wishes to enter a national competition, then she must decide which WI she is entering under and remain loyal to that WI; it would be inappropriate and unfair if the dual member contributes to one or more WI competition entries, therefore she may only enter under one WI.
NFWI have now requested that subscriptions are sent to the Federation by 30 April 2021 where possible. An amended subscriptions letter is attached.
We are aware that collecting subscriptions is likely to be more difficult than normal this year so please keep in mind we are setting the above date to be followed as much as is reasonable and possible.
If you are able to send what you have collected so far by the date above that would be most helpful.
Subscriptions 2021-22 Update
The NFWI has been very concerned about the difficulties created by Covid-19 and its impact on WIs and members.
We are particularly concerned that some members have felt a lack of a full ‘WI experience’ this year, particularly those in WIs where activities have been significantly impacted by the pandemic, and that this is causing some members to reconsider whether to renew their membership in April.
As we have already offered a three month extension to the current membership subscription, which has cost the organisation £1.7 million, we (NFWI, federations and WIs) simply cannot afford a further extension or any monetary acknowledgment of the ongoing challenges faced by WIs.
However, we are delighted to launch a new initiative which allows WIs greater flexibility over their portion of the membership subscription, offering WIs the option to charge the full amount of the WI portion (as set by the NFWI and National Council each year), reduce the WI portion of the subscription, or completely waive the WI portion of the subscription. The decision on which option to choose is up to your committee.
NFWI and federations have fixed costs in order to deliver fixed aspects of the WI experience, such as WI Life, newsletters, promotional materials, member support, etc. However we are aware that WIs may have saved on these fixed costs this year and in some instances may not always need their full portion of the membership subscription in order to deliver their WI experience to members. We have become particularly aware of this during the Covid-19 period, when some WIs have been able to continue relatively seamlessly – giving a member experience and using their funds as normal – but others have not.
Before this initiative was rolled out to WIs, we undertook a member consultation in which we reached out to a wide variety of WIs, rural and urban, of all sizes, across the entire geographical location of the organisation. Thank you to all WIs who were involved in this consultation, your feedback has been invaluable in the development of this initiative and the accompanying guidance.
The NFWI strategic vision, which was launched in September 2020, includes ‘Flexible’ as one of its main statements, and more flexibility was something that many members requested as part of our vision consultation. We are delighted to able to offer initiatives such as this which reflect WI members’ requests for more flexibility and our commitment to introduce this into the way we operate. Although there is no obligation for any committee to make changes as part of this initiative, we hope all members will appreciate the additional flexibility.
This guidance will also be placed on My WI, where we will add FAQs over time if necessary, so please refer to My WI for the most recent version at any given time.
We hope the guidance is clear but if you have any further questions or would like clarification or assistance, please get in touch with your federation or the NFWI Membership and Engagement department (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Annual Report 2019 -2020
Annual Report of the Board of Trustees
Amendments to WI/Federations/NFWI Governing Documents
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.
WIs were asked for comments and these have been forwarded to NFWI to inform the consultation.
NFWI then intends to send notice of an NFWI special meeting which it anticipates will take place in 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
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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
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.