The President of Broughshane WI welcomed everyone to the final monthly meeting before breaking for summer and welcomed guest speaker Raymond Robinson.
Martha thanked members for their contribution towards Cash for Clobber which has proved useful towards WI funds and a lovely way to both de-clutter and recycle unwanted items.
The President congratulated members who were nominated for Federation Committees: Diane Murdock - Home & Garden, Sophia Maybin - Home Craft and Eileen Mol - Arts Sub Committee.
Martha also congratulated members who gained awards at the Spring Area Meeting on 23rd April: Iris McCosh who gained a Silver Pin and Iris McFetridge, Diana McCaughey, May Adams, Ann Maybin and Sally Arthur who gained Ribbons.
Annie Davidson was thanked for leading a relaxing and informative walk around the historic village of Glenarm for Associated Country Women Worldwide to help deprived women and raised £157.50p.
The president congratulated Margaret Logan for being Highly Commended in the handwriting Competition and Diana McCaughey and Marlene Adams for getting articles published.
The President introduced Raymond Robinson “Green Fingers”. Raymond despite the awful weather gave an inspiring talk on plants and new varieties he had acquired for this year including many for hanging baskets and tubs. Secrets on how to get the best from your exhibits were given. Members were quick off the mark to purchase these lovely new plants and Raymond answered all questions from very enthusiast members. Joan O’Neill delivered a well-deserved vote of thanks to Raymond.
Monthly Competition: A Gardening Tip was judged by Raymond Robinson: 1st Eileen Mol, 2nd and 3rd Maureen Ballentine and the Monthly Magazine winner was Sheila King.
The Friendship Cup was awarded to the President Martha Wilson.
Martha thanked Dunclug for a lovely supper.
Broughshane WI Outing will be to Londonderry on 6th June by train and members are looking forward to some “retail therapy”.
Broughshane WI will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary with an Exhibition and Afternoon Tea on Saturday 5 September 12 noon – 4pm, venue Saint Patrick’s Church Hall - full details will be advertised later but for now save this date in your diary. Next meeting will be the AGM on 14 September.
Elizabeth played the Country Women’s Song and Martha wished members a lovely summer.