The May Fulham WI meeting will take place on Monday, May 11 starting at 7.30pm sharp in the upstairs function room at THE PETERBOROUGH (may have gone back to being called the Southern Cross) on the New King’s Road.
Please remember subs are overdue. Cheques should be made payable to Fulham WI for £29.00.
Please find here a link to Streetmap for directions:
Andrew Humphrey – Tupperware!
Most of us grew up with Tupperware products in our kitchen cupboards and our school lunch boxes. The iconic brand of plasticware first appeared in the UK nearly 50 years ago, and is still going strong throughout the world. With its products still only sold through home parties, part of the Tupperware company's mission has always been to empower women to run their own small businesses as "Tupperware ladies". Even though the brand's UK heyday was in the 1970s, even now apparently here is a Tupperware party starting somewhere in the world every 2 seconds!
We have asked London Tupperware consultant Andrew Humphrey to tell us the inside story about being a Tupperware consultant, why the brand and the parties have been so successful over the years, and how he copes being a rare male Tupperware "Lady"! It will not be a Tupperware party as such, but Andrew has promised to treat us to some live Tupperware product demonstrations too, and he can bring catalogues for anyone who wants one. You can find out more on his website and blog: www.tupperwareman.co.uk
Susan Stuart – Thrive (our 2009 chosen charity)
Susan Stuart, Garden Manager at Thrive’s Battersea Garden project has kindly offered to come along to our May meeting to tell us about what the charity and give us some more detail on their Battersea project. Susan will also tell us how we can help, both by raising money and by volunteering time: http://www.thrive.org.uk/about-thrive.aspx
WI Resolution 2009
Every year a Resolution is chosen by the WI National Federation from a selection put forward by WIs all over the country. A Resolution can be submitted on any topical subject and if chosen and passed at the AGM this then becomes the Resolution for the whole WI for the following year. A Resolution is a guiding statement which highlights a certain issue concerning the WI today. The slogan can be used as part of campaigns to raise awareness and to raise money, to lobby Parliament and in general provides a subject that all WI members are supporting and so shows a “united front” in one area.
During the May FWI meeting the resolution will be read out and all those present will be asked to vote as to whether they wish to pass the resolution. If the mention is carried it is passed to WI HQ at the AGM.
This year’s Resolution is as follows:
“SOS FOR HONEY BEES – Honey Bees play a vital role in the pollination of food crops and in our environment. In view of concerns about the accelerating decline in the UK honey been population, this meeting urges HM Government to increase funding for research into Bee Health.”
FWI 2.0 – Facebook and Twitter
For those techno-savvy ladies, you’ll be happy to know that the FWI has gone all 2.0! We’ve had a facebook group for a while now, so we’ve moved on and set up a Twitter feed too. To follow us please got to www.twitter.com/fulhamwi All the latest news and events will be posted here in real time.
FWI Events – ALL EVENTS unless stated are open to family/friends
Book Club – Wednesday, April 29
We have chosen to read the 19th Wife by David Ebershoff which is a Richard and Judy read for 2009. It follows the tail of a modern murder mystery set against a backdrop of the polygamous Latter Day Saints community in America. It's widely available is has been included in lots of book deals. We plan to discuss on the April 29 at The Peterborough from 7.30 onwards.
The Arbiter Masquerade Party – Saturday, May 9
Polo in the Park – Saturday, June 6
You’ve probably seen the mailer we sent around offering ground tickets for Polo in the Park at the Hurlingham Club for £15.00. Those who are interested please email: firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP as we will be booking tickets by the end of next week.
FWI cake stall at Fair on the Green – Saturday, July 4
After successfully making around £900 last year we have decided to take a stall at the 2009 Fair on the Green. We are looking for volunteers to make cakes, bread, jam, chutney etc that we can sell on the stall and also those who would be interested in helping on the stall on the day. It was a fun time last year – and we are praying for sunshine again! The money raised from the cake stall will be split between our chose charity for 2009 and the FWI.
Email email@example.com if you are interested.
FWI Annual Ball – Saturday, July 11
After the success of our annual Christmas Balls we have decided to organise this years’ Ball in July. We will be holding the event at the University Women’s Club in Mayfair – it will be reception drinks, 3-course meal with ½ bottle of wine, disco and a casino. The theme is “Mid-summer Masquerade” – so get creative with those masks! The money raised from the Ball will be split between our chose charity for 2009 and the FWI.
There will be 140 – 160 tickets to sell at £50 each. We are currently setting up an online payment website for the ticket sales. However to reserve your table (of 8 people) or individual tickets please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We will also be having a raffle where we will be asking for help with prizes. If anyone can offer a raffle prize or know colleagues/friends/family who would be happy to donate a prize please let us know on the usual address: email@example.com
Cartier International Polo – Sunday, July 26
Last year we did not run our annual trip to the Cartier International polo in Windsor and a few ladies have been asking if we will be doing it again this year. We will be looking into costs of tickets and transport and will let you know ASAP. It would be great to get a rough idea who would be interested in this event. If you are interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org