President's Newsletter February 2021

Dear Member

Since I last wrote to you, many of us have received at least the first dose of the Covid 19 vaccine. I hope that this is the first step towards a return to a more “normal” and sociable life.

Although the weather has been so cold and snow has fallen heavily in some areas, the SWI committees are still meeting regularly. In fact, we have had more committee meetings than in “normal” years! Using Zoom, the ladies attend the meetings from the comfort of their own homes with no travel in treacherous conditions. The Finance committee meet regularly.

The Communications committee is reviewing our website and online activities as well as all aspects of contacting members. This committee are also running a competition to design a new SWI scarf size 180cm x 65cm in any medium. Closing date is 31st May, 2021. Further details at

 The Handcraft and Homeskills committee are revising and updating the Handcrafts Proficiency schedules- this will not affect anyone who has already applied to sit a certificate.

The Education and International committee have arranged competitions for members as well as an evening of Scottish Entertainment with music, poems and a fun Scottish Music Quiz on Saturday, 20th March at 7.30pm. This will be held on Zoom and the meeting ID is 826 8526 0852  Passcode 582066. For those who do not wish to use Zoom, the evening can be accessed by dialling 0131 460 1196 followed by the meeting ID and Passcode when prompted.

 The Variations on a Theme competition will be held online on Saturday, 10th April where a team of four members perform their choice of 6-9 pieces of prose and poetry in a time of 12- 15 minutes. Further details of both these events are on our website

The Board members attended a Strategy Workshop with the University of Strathclyde Business School to formulate a plan to market the organisation and increase membership. The Board is also meeting regularly to oversee the organisation.

We also have meetings to plan our National Conference in September as well as the ACWW European Area Conference which we are now hosting from 19th – 23rd September, 2022.

My diary has been busy recently albeit with virtual events. I have also joined our Womankind by SWI demonstrations, talks and chats whenever possible as well as Federation and Institute Zoom meetings around Scotland.

The weeks are certainly full and the Scottish Womens’ Institutes committees are busy planning for the future. I look forward to the time when we can all meet in person. Take care and stay safe until then.

Best wishes

Anne Kerr


Scottish Women’s Institutes