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Update on the final stage of the 2020/21 resolution process.
Resolution debate recording
After a successful hybrid Annual Meeting, the recording of the speeches and debate on the proposed resolution on ovarian cancer is now available to watch on the WI’s YouTube channel.
We would encourage you to share the link below with your WIs as they may wish to use the recording to help inform their vote on the resolution, if this has not yet been made, and with Link Delegates to assist them in reporting back to their WIs on the Annual Meeting.
You can access the recording here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heHfbIDSVVI
Reminder: Resolution voting
We would also like to remind you of the voting deadline on 9July at 5pm. Please remind your Link Delegates to reach out to the WIs they represent in order to obtain their votes and submit them via the voting platform by the deadline.
All Link Delegates and Federation Representatives should have received voting instructions via email.
If you or any of your Link Delegates have not yet received their voting information, please ask them to double-check their junk inbox before contacting the Public Affairs team.
The outcome of the vote will be announced in the August mailing and in the September issue of WI Life.
If you have any questions about the resolutions process or NFWI campaigns, please get in touch with the Public Affairs Department via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (020 7371 9300 ext.238).
Save the date - Saturday 11 June 2022 - NFWI Annual Meeting - Liverpool
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Not in my Name campaign to rnd viloence against women. Check here for details of how to enter. Closing date 15 October 2021
Updated Constitution and Rules for Womens Institutes
For information on the updated Constitution and Rules for Womens Institutes please check here
You will find the changes made are on page 13 - section 38 & 39 to allow for Virtual meetings.
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Check here for the letter sent to WI Committee Members on the new flexible subscription payment initiative
Check here for the useful Q and A document relating to the new flexible subscription payment initiative. Some of the questions you may be asked are here
Please check here for the current diagram illustrating how your subscription feeis divided and how it is spent by NFWI, DFWI and by your own WI
Updated resuming meetings guidance
In light of the recent changes to Government guidelines in England and Wales, we have updated the NFWI resuming meetings guidance on My WI here. If you copy and paste this information to share with members, please be aware that the guidance sometimes changes daily, so please direct them to Gov.uk for the most up to date guidelines.
Please be aware that there will be a number of appendices that will give information on specific areas such as any exemptions, accommodating visitors and new members and a risk assessment template. These are not ready yet and will be added to My WI as soon as they have been approved. There is a full list of the topics that will be covered at the end of the main guidance
Pro-rata subscription rate eligibility
We are delighted to announce a change to the former pro-rata subscription rate ineligibility period of 10 years. Following feedback from members and very careful consideration by the Board of Trustees, this ineligibility period has been reduced to 1 year.
The aim is to maintain the function of having an ineligibility period for former members so WIs are not disrupted by individuals switching their membership on and off, while bringing in the most welcoming and encouraging approach possible for our former WI members who wish to re-join. This will also support WIs wishing to reach out to their former members and invite them back – helping to retain as many members as possible.
This will come into action from 1st April 2021 so it can be active and applied throughout the next pro rata year.
There are so many life events that can lead to women feeling they have to give up their WI membership, such as moving house, new career, becoming a mother, periods of debilitating illness, increased demands on time due to caring etc. We know that many of these members would like to re-join as soon as they feel able to and their WIs want to be as accommodating as possible to help them do so. Reducing the pro rata ineligibility period to 1 year will we hope be a very practical and impactful way of enabling WIs to offer this understanding and support.
There are a few elements we want to clarify that you may get questions about:
- This only applies from April 2021 going forward (no retrospective refunds or arrangements can be made for former members who re-joined before this date).
- The rules on dual membership remain the same. Dual members only pay the WI portion to their second WI so there is no pro rata rate for this
- All levels of the WI (NFWI, federations and WIs will obviously need to review their literature / websites / Facebook etc. to make sure all the wording on joining the WI reflects this change from April 2021
This will also be communicated to members via WI Life, My WI and social media.
Important update about WI meetings
Please check any information and details on Gov.uk as this will always be the most immediate source of any information. A link to the Government’s latest update which this guidance is based on is here. We appreciate that government advice is changing fast and this creates anxiety for you and your members. Please be assured that we will share information with you as soon as we receive it and do contact your federation or NFWI if you have any questions or concerns.