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18 December 2013

CHRISTMAS AND AN ENSUING ELECTION

CHRISTMAS PARTIES

I went to two Christmas events this year. One was a very nice Christmas lunch at a local hotel, organised by my WI, and the other a relaxed meeting at the TG with Christmas carols and a bit of food. The relaxed meeting was held because the Chair lady had been in hospital and wasn’t fully recovered.

The final WI meeting of the year was normally a relaxed one with cards and a lucky dip present to open or save depending on the preference of the receiver. This year was different. At the November AGM, in the absence of an official overseer, the President overlooked the necessity to hold an election for her own position which means that it had to be done at the Christmas meeting in the presence of a WI Advisor. I could understand the woman’s dilemma, after all who wants to conduct an election on their own position? The problem was ... she didn’t consult or raise the question.

Members were somewhat overheated by the lapse in procedure, rightly so, and this led to a committee member inviting me to accept nomination for the President’s job. So, after a lot of thought and consultation with Joe, I was all geared up to accept when I got a call from Federation to say no WI Advisor could attend and that the election would be carried out in January. Duh! I shall still go for it, though. I might not win but at least I will shake up the ailing attitudes and but a bit of excitement in the place. 

10 comments:

Jenny Woolf said...

Congratulations on being asked to stand, Valerie. I am sure from reading your blog that you would do the job very well.

Brian Miller said...

well that sounds fun....and a bit of responsibility as well...good job being willing to step in there...and shake things up too...smiles.

Mel said...

It's always a nice thing to be asked to take a position--speaks to the integrity you have with folks. That's way cool.
As are parties with cookies and prezzies and FUN! Which I do hope was had. ;-)

Akelamalu said...

Good luck with the election Valerie, something to look forward to in the new year! :)

Montanagirl said...

Go for it, Val! A little shake-up and excitement can be a good thing. My best to you and Joe.

Geraldine said...

Oh, good luck with that Val, lots on your plate I know but good to have something less close to the heart to work on, dwell on...I know.

I love what you say about laughter on your sidebar. I couldn't agree more. We need more laughter and light moments in life. Sometimes we have to work at making more of those happen I think.

Wishing you a magical Christmas season and all the good things in 2014! :<) I hope some positive changes come your way soon, for you and for your husband too.

Star said...

Yes congratulations Valerie. I hope you get it (in January).

Carol In Cairns said...

Valerie ~ what does WI stand for ~ I am guessing it is a women's group ~ I hope I have not asked this previously? I do recall reading something previously on your blog. But what do you do. And how exciting to take up the responsibility. I hope you are successful ~ you seem passionate about the cause.

DeniseinVA said...

That's wonderful and congratulations. Go for it! You'll be like a breath of fresh air. Thanks for stopping by and wishing us a Happy Anniversary :) We had a very quiet day but did so enjoy it.

HermanTurnip said...

I say to go for it! I'll volunteer to print up buttons and fliers. :-)