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Consulting with members by Diane Cooper CEO

Our draft strategy, which has been formulated by the Board and staff, has been made available for member consultation, which is a key milestone. The main aim of the consultation is for members to participate and be included in changing the future together. Inclusiveness must be at the heart of what we do.


Engaging with Members! by Diane Cooper CEO

I am listening to what members have to say - it is vital for me to know what members need and want from their national membership body.


Up and Running! by Diane Cooper CEO

After nearly three months, I am up and running! I am learning how the organisation functions and where there is a need and, more importantly, a desire for change.


President's Christmas Newsletter

Dear Fellow members My very best wishes for the Festive Season. Although events have continued to be limited, it has been wonderful to see so many institutes meeting again. I hope that all your Christmas celebrations go ahead and that you have a happy and healthy year in 2022. I hope that the events planned by everyone for 2022 will go ahead and that we will be able to meet more freely. Our new…


President's Newsletter - October

Dear Fellow Member, Our #SWIbacktogether week was a resounding success with many Institutes around Scotland meeting up for the first time since March, 2020. The Rural Rambles have also been well supported. Our online talks were attended by large numbers of members and friends and I hope that many ladies, having seen what we do, will join our great organisation. Most of the talks are available on…


President's Summer Newsletter

I have been delighted to see some Institutes having meetings outside recently. It is so good to meet in person again after such a difficult and worrying time. Although there may be more restrictions ahead, we can currently meet up in limited numbers. Unfortunately, we are unable to hold our Triennial Conference in September this year but hope to have a combined Conference and AGM on 30th April, 2022…


President's Newsletter June 2021

Dear Fellow Member, We had our second Virtual AGM and I was pleased to see that we had even more members attend this year. When we held our AGM last August none of us expected that we would still be meeting virtually in May, 2021. Zoom has allowed me to join meetings around Scotland and hear some interesting and talented speakers but I still hope to be able to join “real” meetings soon! With a view…


President's Newsletter April 2021

Dear Fellow Member Last week brought news of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Sincere condolences have been sent to Her Majesty the Queen and all the Royal Family. The virtual “Variations on a Theme” competition on 10th April was a great success. There were 10 teams who took us on 10 very different journeys by way of prose and poetry. The winning team was Dumfriesshire…


President's Newsletter March 2021

Dear fellow member, We are now well into March and there are positive signs around us. The first Spring flowers are blooming, the days are stretching and hopefully restrictions may soon be reduced. We had a tremendous response to the photography competition with over 250 photographs being submitted by 88 competitors. The judge chose the 6 best photographs in each section and an overall winner which…


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!…