The February meeting of Gracehill and Galgorm Women’s Institute began on a sad note for members as they remembered one of their own - Florence McKinley - who recently passed away.
Members stood in silence as a mark of respect to Florence who had been a very regular attender at monthly meetings and WI events. She had held office in the institute on many occasions over the years, not least the role of Honorary Treasurer.
Members recalled that Florence was a perfectionist in all she did and rewowned for her diligence and attention to detail. Many members attended the very large funeral servce in St. Patrick’s Parish Church, Ballymena, and this reflected the high esteem in which Florence was held by different organisations in the local community.
Prior to moving on to monthly business, members were given a presentation by Samuel Reid on the work of Dogs Trust including its dog sponsor scheme and ways that the public can get involved with the Trust and its local rehoming centre at Teeshan.
The competition for a ‘Picture of a Family Dog’ was won by Elizabeth McBride, with Yvonne O’Neill second and Annabel Woodcock, third.
Details were given on various events including the WI dinner at Tullyglass Hotel, the Slemish Area committee January meeting in Broughshane Isobel Halliday, representation by Heather Hogg and Avril Chapman at the Slemish Area Quiz event in Carnlough.