President's Newsletter - January 2021

Happy New Year! We have all weathered the storm that was 2020 and can now look forward to better times ahead in 2021 with the Covid 19 vaccine roll out under way. We now have SWI Face masks in the online shop ready for meetings to begin! We are holding the “Variations on a Theme” competition virtually on Saturday, 10th April and I am looking forward to hearing the teams’ programmes on the theme of “Journeys”. The team of 4 members have 15 minutes to perform their choice of 6 pieces of poetry and prose on the given theme. Items can be written for the competition. The theme was decided by the Education and International committee and provides scope for all types of journeys. It will be an entertaining afternoon and I would be delighted to see many of you there supporting the teams.

Unfortunately, the Scottish Country Dance Weekend will not go ahead but we are planning a virtual “Scottish Evening” on Saturday, 20th March when we should have been dancing in Pitlochry Town Hall. We will have music (you can dance along at home) and a Scottish quiz. This evening will be open to all members, their family and friends.

The Photography competition has been well supported. There is still time to enter the Warnock Trophy competition for a Limerick beginning “There was a young woman…”. Further details for both competitions are on our website.

Our online “Womankind by SWI” meetings and talks are proving to be increasingly popular in the current Lockdown. Our recent talk by horticulturist Sue Pomeroy was very well attended. Sue’s presentation is now available on our YouTube channel, Scottish Women’s Institutes TV along with previous “expert talks” and demonstrations.

The programme of online events are published in our “Women Together” magazine, on the “Womankind by SWI” and the “Scottish Women’s Institutes” Facebook pages along with the joining instructions. The meeting number is 875 8883 8838 and the password is “Friendship”.

I look forward to being able to meet many of you at events as soon as circumstances allow. In the meantime, please stay safe and well.

Kindest regards

Anne Kerr