WHO ARE WE?
Triella W.I was started in 2009 following the merger of two longstanding Institutes-Willerby and Kirk Ella joining with North and South Ella, hence three Ella's became TRIELLA.
We are one of over 50 W.I.s in the EAST YORKSHIRE FEDERATION OF WOMEN’’S INSTITUTES, and this is part of the National Federation covering the whole of England and Wales. The W.I. is not affiliated to any political or religious group, and is open to all women. It was founded in 1916 and has been a voice for women ever since.
A committee made up of members elected by the group, is responsible for the organisation of an annual programme of activities, and liaises with the local Federation, which provides a wider range of events across the county.
HOW WE ARE FUNDED
An annual subscription is payable in January, with a proportional amount payable for members joining later in the year. This includes a national magazine “WI Life” sent to members, eight editions each year. Potential new members can attend three meetings a year if they wish, before paying any subscription. As an example, the annual subscription for 2016 is £37.50, of which £18 comes to Triella WI, £8.40 to East Yorkshire Federation and £11.10 to National Federation.
At each monthly meeting we pay a small charge, currently 50p, to cover the cost of refreshments and a copy of the Federation newsletter. Voluntary contributions can be made to provide flowers for members when ill, and to donate to the ACWW (Associated Country Women of the World) which the WI supports nationally.
A raffle with about three prizes is held each month. There is usually a fund raising event held each year for our own accounts. Birthday cards are sent to members on their 80th and subsequent birthdays.
WHAT HAPPENS AT OUR MEETINGS?
A committee is elected by members at an Annual Meeting each October. The President oversees the running of the Institute, with a Secretary, Treasurer and a few other members.
At each meeting notices regarding our own and local Federation events are given, sometimes preceded by the singing of ‘Jerusalem’, the anthem of the WI. Tea and biscuits are served by volunteers on a rota basis, members being asked to bring their own mug.
The main event after tea is an activity or guest speaker. We cover a wide range of topics, presented in an annual programme. A visit to a place of interest is usually held in August.
A trade stall helps to raise money for our own funds, members donating books, produce, or any saleable items. The whole profit can go to our WI or the donating member can claim 90% of the sale price.
A voluntary competition is held most months on various topics, often linked to the subject of the speaker. A small prize is given and points for each entry totalled for the annual presentation of a cup.
A lunch is held each month at a local pub which members can attend, bringing a guest if they wish. At Christmas this is held at a suitable venue, such as an hotel.
Twice a year, a whole day’s Saturday meeting of all the WIs in the East Riding is held at Longcroft School in Beverley.
Some members can usually offer transport if it is needed.