Antique Quilt Show Features WI Work

Quilt Show photo

The Arnprior & District Museum is holding its 9th annual antique quilt show.  It is on now until November 16.  Admission is just $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for seniors and students, $5.00 per family.  The museum is open for this special show from 11 to 4 pm daily, except Mondays.  Several WI quilts are on display including a “Crazy Quilt” from 1941 pieced together by Bonnechere Valley WI members and recently donated by Eva Filleter.  For more information on the event, you can call 613-623-4902.

Eastern Area WI Annual Meeting a Success

Thanks to all the members, volunteers and the organizing committee who made this year’s Eastern Area annual convention a success.  Over 140 women from all over eastern Ontario joined us in Arnprior for the 100th anniversary celebration. Reports will be given at branch meetings and more photos will be posted to the gallery soon.  Special thanks to Lynn Clelland for chairing the organizing committee.

Arnprior & District Museum WI Display

At the RSDWI district annual meeting, branches voted to support the creation of a permanent exhibit at the Arnprior & District Museum about the WI in our area.  Work has started on collecting items for the display.  Please send an email to Sara MacKenzie at if you have some older items that you would think would help tell our story.  An inventory is being taken now and work on the story for the display will start soon.

Area Convention Coming to Arnprior

important_dateRenfrew South District will be hosting the Eastern Area Convention in Arnprior on Saturday October 18, 2014.  It will be held at Glad Tidings Church on Baskin Drive, just off Highway 17. It promises to be a special one since the Area is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Information on registration will come via your branches. The deadline is October 1.

Bernice Noblett Essays

This year, each of our branches exhibiting at the Renfrew Fair submitted essays entitled “When, How and Why I joined the W.I”.  Thanks to Gail Reid from Balsam Hill – Horton branch for the idea to post them to the site.  Excellent job everyone.

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Arnprior Fair List 2014

Arnprior FairTheme: St Patrick’s Tea

1. Sewn Placemat for St. Patrick’s Day (SMA)

2. Computerized Invitation for St. Patrick’s Day Tea

3. Poster advertising the tea (8×10) not on computer

4. Recipe for Irish Stew – Hand Written, Penmanship to be judged only (8.5 x11)

5. Sewn 1/2 Apron, decorated to theme (SMA)

6. Child’s size Fair Isle Knitted Pullover, size no less than 8 or larger than 12 (SYA, Renfrew Fair)

7. A bag or purse made from old jeans, Max 20″x16″ (SMA)

8. Pair of knit bed slippers (SYA)

9. 3 scones on a styrofoam plate, covered

10. Loaf of soda bread

11. 3 date squares on styrofoam plate, covered

12. 3 oatmeal cookies on styrofoam plate, covered

13. Jar of marmalade (with decorative lid in cloth) at least 2 fruits named, 250 ml (Bernice Noblitt)

14. Cup and saucer for centrepiece – decorated to theme

15. Vase with dried flowers not to exceed 18″ in any direction


  • Entry fee is $5.00, only open to WI Branches and work must be done by a member and exhibited by the branch to which they belong.
  • Each branch will have a 5 ft table.
  • Entry time is Wednesday between 6:00pm and 8:30pm only
  • At least 10 out of 15 articles must be exhibited.
  • If a branch wants to put in more than the 10 items that is fine as long as they have 10.  If list was longer, then no more than 15.
  • Prizes are $8, $6, $4 and $20 (given by the Arnprior Agricultural Society for best display)
  • Set up in exhibit hall Wednesday August 6.
  • Judging will be Thursday, August 7 at 9 am. two members must attend judging.
  • Pick up between 3pm – 4pm Sunday, August 10

New Executive for Renfrew South

Here is the list new list of officers for the executive of RSDWI for 2014-2015.

  • Past President: Margie MacKenzie
  • President: Joanne McDonald
  • 1st Vice President: Jo-Anne Camelon
  • 2nd Vice President: Sara MacKenzie
  • Secretary: Gail Reid
  • Treasurer: Jane Flain
  • Public Relations Officer: Lynn Clelland
  • Curator: Irene Robillard
  • Advocacy Co-ordinator: Lillian Collins
  • Membership Co-ordinator: Anita Schubrink
  • Scholarship Co-ordinator: Lynn Clelland

A report on the District Annual will be reported by your District Director at upcoming branch meetings and minutes will be circulated at a later date. Best wishes to outgoing President Margie MacKenzie and a big welcome to Joanne McDonald who is taking her place. Thank you to guests Judy Bohn (North Renfrew) and to Myra Kelly (Eastern Area Board Member to FWIO), Maritta Saharinen (Eastern Area President) and Ruth McHugh (Eastern Area Secretary) for joining us in Glasgow.

101st District Annual Meeting in May

The Renfrew South District Women’s Institute District Annual Meeting will be held in the evening on Wednesday May 7, 2014 at Glasgow United Church at 87 McCallum Drive.

  • Registration and Entertainment: 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm –please bring your own name tag!
  • Light supper : 6:00 pm , followed by meeting
  • Hosts: Glasgow Branch
  • Theme: The Next Century Begins
  • Roll Call: How did you celebrate the 100th anniversary of the district?

To register, please contact your branch.  Registration form and payment due to the district treasurer: by April 25th


We hope to see you there!

Renfrew Fair List 2014

All rules for the 2013 fair year apply with exception of the modifications listed below which will be typed in Bold font in the 2014 prize list book.


# 8 Items in section 4 through 15 must depict the Theme with All “Four Season’s” being represented in the display. Each fair tag must include notification of which season of choice item is representing. Ex Wind Chimes are representing “Summer”.

The items this year will receive placing according to judges decisions following the Homecraft Judging Standard Book of 1st

The display will be judged according to judge’s discretion with consideration to Inclusion of all four seasons being depicted in display, Creative Design, color, use of materials, and general appearance.

1. A bag or purse made from old jeans. Max 20”x16”. SMA Bernice Noblitt Comp. 2014

2. Short essay “When, How and Why I Joined the W.I. (Max. 250 words) Bernice Noblitt Comp.2014

3. Jar of Marmalade(with decorative lid in cloth) at least 2 fruits(name them) 250 ml jar Bernice Noblitt Comp 2014

4. Wind Chime using Recycled Material

5. Scrap Book Page depicting the four seasons, to include journaling on 12” X 12” page

6. Child’s Size Fair Isle knitted pullover, sizes no less than 8 and no larger than 12 SMA

7. Photo Collage of WI activities, mounted on 8.5” X11”

8. 3 pieces of chocolate fudge, size 2”X2”, plated and in clear plastic bag

9. Quilted, Reversible Table Runner, no more than 20” wide and 45” long, SMA

10. Winter arrangement using natural materials, no larger than 3 ft in height by 24”

11. Handmade Christmas Tree ornament

12. Homemade “Salsa” in 250ml preserving jar

13. Crochet scarf, no more than 60”inches in length

14. Handmade – Decorative Door Stop, Originality to be judged

15. Handmade “Scare Crow”, size 24” high X 18”

Note Change to Donors To Women’s Institute Classes

Mary MacGregor Memorial Award- Will be awarded to the branch with the highest number of 1st


White Lake WI Enjoys March Program

Nothing like a relaxing massage at a meeting!  In March, members of White Lake Branch enjoyed a hand massage from Cathy Silke from Silke Touch in Waba at their monthly branch meeting.

Cathy’s organic potions and magical touch left our hands very soft and our spirits refreshed.  Thanks to Cathy for sharing and Karyn Martin for another wonderful program.

White Lake WI Program