We Are Doing it

March 3, 2018

Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter

we can do it

 The regular meeting of the Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter was held at Nootka Holler. The minutes from the previous meeting were read and accepted and the meeting began with members reciting Women of the World Take Over.

Convener of Hair and Fiber provided a report on the 2015 BBC Documentary Cake Bakers and Trouble Makers. Cake Bakers and Trouble Makers celebrates the 100 Year Anniversary of the Women’s Institute in the United Kingdom. Strongly asserting that Cake Bakers and Trouble Makers is essential viewing for all UWI members, the Convener of Hair and Fiber outlined how the documentary acknowledged the Canadian origins of the Women’s Institute with educational reformer Adelaide Hoodless’ start up work in Stoney Creek, Ontario in 1897. The documentary highlighted how the Suffrage Movement adopted Women’s Institute’s organizing methods to forward women’s issues after the freelance militant suffrage style typified by protests, marches, pranks, arson, firebombs, cat and mouse activities, prison and hunger strikes and Emily Wilding Davison’s infamous action at the 1913 Epson Derby, were eclipsed by World War I. Special acknowledgment was given to the Edith Rigby, closely associated with the Pankhurts, who set fire to one of Lord Leverhalme’s homes in 1913 and used her court appearance to speak about women’s issues and in 1918 went on to becoming a founding member and president of the Hutton and Horwick Women’s Institute. It was unanimously agreed that further discussion regarding how the Unauthorized Women’s Institute continues to deepen and forward this essential work will take place.

Convener of Minutes and Musings provided a report on the Fair Intellectual Club based in Edinburgh in 1720. A copy of the historical documentation and/ or written account of the Fair Intellectual Club was provided and a brief description of the club was provided. The Fair Intellectual Club was a group started by 3 young women in 1717 who were motivated to discover “what we might attain if we were as industrious to cultivate our minds as we are to adorn our bodies.” Predating both Olympe de Gouges‘, Declaration of the Rights of Women’s and of the Female Citizen, 1791 and Mary Wollstonecraft’s, A Vindication of the Rights of Women, 1792, the Fair Intellectual Club has received mixed opinions regarding their historical accuracy. Some historian’s assert that An Account of the Fair Intellectual Club would not have been possible for young women to pull off such a feat by writing an account of their self organizing. Some assert that An Account of the Fair Intellectual Club was actually written by men as a prank to mock women’s voice and issue. This stance is strongly refuted by playwright Lucy Porter. Porter in her 2014 adaption of An Account of the Fair Intellectual Club for the Edinburgh Fringe asserts that treating the Fair Intellectual Club as fraud is in it self belittling. She further asserts that the Edinburgh Enlightenment were exactly the kind of conditions where such an event would have been possible. Porter’s treatment of An Account of the Fair Intellectual Club as accurate, real and possible is as unique as it is riveting. A motion was made and accepted to bring forward the Fair Intellectual Club’s Rules and Constitution for review and possible adaptation for the Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter’s use. The use of Mistress Speaker at meetings holds particular appeal for UWI members and a motion was accepted to institute a rotating Mistress Speaker who will organize the the meetings.

The Convener of Pedagogy and Paranormal provided an update on the progress of the Unauthorized Women’s Institutes’ tartan construction. Colour scale swatches were reviewed and approved. A brief outline of James Miranda Stuart Brown, 1789 – 1857 who completely hoodwinked The University of Edinburgh’s Medical School as well as the British Army was then provided. A surgeon for the British Army and posted in Canada in 1857, James Miranda may be our first documented trans person. James Miranda was recorded as being seen driving a horse drawn red sleigh through the streets of Montreal with a small dog and a “manservant.” James Miranda is allegedly the first surgeon to perform a cesarean and was highly socially conscious of health conditions and fair treatment despite giving Florence Nightingale a professional and very public scolding when they both served in the Crimea. James Miranda was made a honourary UWI member and Convener of Hoodwinking. This presentation was followed by a rousing discussion of hysterectomies and dental work. Members in attendance felt strongly that despite the historical issues related to Hysteria they would likely chose a hysterectomy over dental work on any given occasion. The White Coat Black Arts podcast on Endometriosis: The painful search for answers was recommended. Mark Micale’s Approaching Hysteria and Elaine Showalter’s Hystories were also recommended readings.

Lastly it was observed by members that, Naomi Parker Fraley, more popularly known as Rosie the Riveter, passed away on January 20, 2018. Naomi was the model for the iconic image used during World War II to inspire women to join into non-traditional work to support the war effort. This image was picked up during the second wave of feminism because there were no copy write or royalty issues associated with it and became a galvanizing image for women’s work. In the wake of Naomi’s passing and in the face of the lack of recognition or payment for the use of her photograph, the Unauthorized Women’s Institute honours her for her contribution and being an enduring image of women’s strength, courage and power. In honour of Naomi, The Unauthorized Women’s Institute has made her a honourary member and Convener of Propaganda.

A reminder to all members that Pussy Riot will be performing at the Rickshaw on Sunday, March 25th. The next meeting will be again at Nootka Holler 2018. Vindication of the Rights of Women Bonnets and/ or Mad Hatters is the organizing/ exploratory theme. Alice Diamond and the Forty Elephants: Female Gangs of London was recommended reading and Hot Brown Honey was recommended viewing. Rotisserie chicken, salad and cake were served during recess.

 

Convener of Minutes and Musings (CoMM)

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Knees Pickled at Festival of Cheese

January 13, 2018

 

Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter

 

 The Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter held its Annual Festival of Cheese at Ferndale Farm. The minutes from the previous meeting were read and accepted.

The meeting opened with an impromptu performance by Lady Goo Goo. Members were asked to rub Cheese Whiz into Lady Goo Goo’s legs while she sat on a stool playing her ukulele and singing along to Ivor Cutler’s Pickle Your Knees. A motion was made and accepted to play Pickle Your Knees at every Festival of Cheese. In addition, it was unanimously agreed that Cutler’s Women of the World Take Over be recited at the every meeting. Jim O’Rourke’s cover of Cutler’s Women of the World Take Over is also encouraged.

Member at Large, Convener of Secrets and Clean Drinking Water for all Canadians, was unable to Skype from the vodka pickle bar in Regina. In her absence, the Convener of Secrets and Clean Drinking Water for all Canadians sent the membership a link in honour of the Holy Festival of the Perogy to the Ukrainian Oldtimers Band, who were coincidently playing in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, that same night. Yorkton, Saskatchewan is the Convener of Technology and Fancy Underthings’ place where she was born into her DNA perogy heritage. It was unanimously agreed that this video would be played as homage at every Holy Festival of the Perogy from here on.

 

The Convener of Books and Blogs presented to the membership by reading Activists in Aprons: From Handicraft to Social Justice within the Country Women’s Association of Victoria. The article, written by Carolyn Fraser, outlined the work undertaken in the Australian outback perceived by the Colonial Settler worldview as “empty land” to improve settler women’s moral, conditions, engagement and status. The article outlined how work undertaken in this context traces the growth of settler women’s social justice campaigns and increased social and political voice in Australia. The article outlined multiple projects undertaken to garner colonial identity and to keep women “engaged and on the land.” Projects included making Minesweeper Gloves for the war effort as well as purchasing a Domestic Science Van for preserves, pie and doilie making activities and other colonial educational and social practices. Both the Domestic Science Van and the Minesweeper Gloves were of particular interest to members and it was agreed that they require more research and attention. A presentation of Minesweeper gloves at a future meeting was agreed upon. The Domestic Science Van will be backburnered until the membership is clear on the Domestic Science Van’s potential and purpose.

Overall, Activists in Aprons stimulated thought and conversation by highlighting, through the absence of a colonial analysis, the embedded history of colonial practices and Women’s Social Groups such as Women’s Institute, Women’s Auxiliary and the Country Women’s Association. In the spirit and action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Unauthorized Women’s Institute fully acknowledges the deeply embedded history of colonial practices structural and embodied in the Women’s Institute movements of the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries. Moving forward practices and conversations begin from this understanding.

The Convener of Ukulele Magic and Love shared an adventurous description of a wild stay at the Pemberton Motor Inn after car trouble on the Sea to Sky Highway. It was agreed that Convener of Ukulele Magic and Love would be an ideal candidate to organize the Domestic Science Van should the membership decide to undertake this initiative. If members do undertake the Domestic Science Van, it was recommended that the van be co piloted by either Laurie Anderson due to her Big Science work, Donna Haraway due to her work on everything or Ursula K. Le Guin, due to her work on and for daughters at the edge of time. It was further suggested that the Domestic Science Van could act to convene conversations on the relationship between Science, Magic and Religion as well as the externalize the perspectives and biases embedded in the Women’s Institute social history alongside doilies, preserves and pie making. A delegation organized by the Convener of Technology and Fancy Underthings will approach and offer Laurie Anderson this role when she performs in Vancouver in April. Delegates have purchased their tickets for this event.

 

The Convener of Minutes and Musing presented the Sanitary Bag Report. She highlighted the critical and life affirming work of Brandy X. Lee. Brandy X. is an internationally recognized expert on violence and has consulted with the World Health Organization. Her research includes looking at the interlinked determinants of violence, by exploring the interactions between biological, psychological, social and environmental process for effective prevention and wellbeing. Trained in medicine, psychiatry and divinity Brandy X. Lee is currently leading a initiative calling for Donald Trump to be declared a public health hazard and unfit for duty. A motion was immediately accepted to make Brandy X. Lee an Honorary Unauthorized Women’s Institute member. Brandy X. Lee was made a member at large Convener of Public Wellbeing (CoPW) and will be notified of the Unauthorized Women’s Institute’s full support and gratitude for her courageous work challenging white ethno nationalist racism, autocratic rule and the Orwellian boot in the face. The Sanitary Bag Report strongly urges that Trump and his wanton disregarded for human wellbeing be sanitarily disposed of. As X Lee says, “our very survival as a species may be at stake.” The UWI fully acknowledges and supports Brandy X. Lee’s sane society movement and her commitment to assist us to exit the mad circus from this current “bump” presidency.

The Convener of Paranormal and Pedagogy provided a report on Tartan and its history. A motion was moved and accepted to create a tartan for the Unauthorized Women’s Institute. Members selected colours by secret ballot. The colour scheme was gathered and organized by the Convener of the Paranormal and Pedagogy. The weaving of the Unauthorized Women’s Institute Tartan is currently underway. Updates will be provided as needed.

The altitudinal capacity of the raccoon was discussed and debated. During mating season, it was agreed that raccoons perform well at very high heights. The Convener of Charm, Poise, Handicraft and Occasional Badness member shared that she had discovered raccoon prints on her skylight as well as an abandoned plastic fork likely used by same raccoon. The Convener of Hair and Fiber claimed she had seen a raccoon crossing the street that appeared to be the size of a Great Dane.

It was recommended that the membership consider undertaking a graffiti initiative. A stencil-making event at the next meeting was discussed. Invasive Species work was given high praise by the membership and a description of the graffiti work of collective A Women’s Work is Never Done was shared. The Convener of Charm, Poise, Handicraft and Occasional Badness provided a brief overview of some current projects underway and provided documentation from her extensive walking tours. An Unauthorized Women’s Institute tag and a mapped treasure hunt were also suggested and are being considered.

The Convener of Body Language and Medicine Bags shared the experience a family trituration of wolf. Territory, sexuality and survival were main themes in the family pack. An update on the sealskin Kammie Knickers project was provided by the Convener of Charm, Poise, Handicraft and Occasional Badness who reported she had finally secured a local line of sealskin and would now be able to proceed on these wardrobe items for the membership. She then shared stories of the local lone sea wolf hunting seal on an island in the Salish Sea. Photos of the wolf were provided and a brief discussion of the myths and realities of the “lone wolf” took place. How Wolves Change Rivers was recommended viewing for discussion at the next meeting and further discussion of the “lone wolf” – myth and reality will take place at a future meeting. Convener of Animals, Maps and Travel, then introduced Laddie a 2-year-old from Arkansas, as a pack companion for Gwenie at Grey Hound Gardens.

 

The floor was then opened for Convener’s to change their portfolios and a shuffle in convener portfolios took place. A motion to accept the Convener of Ukulele Magic and Love’s transformation to Convener of Magical Snacks and Dancing Ukuleles (CoMSDU) and a motion to accept the Convener of Books and Blogs transformation to Convener of Root Canals and Hysterectomies (CoRCH) were passed. Rob Brezsny’s Pronoia is the Antidote for Paranoia  was presented to the Convener of Magical Snacks and Dancing Ukuleles as part of a welcoming ritual to her secured membership in the Unauthorized Women’s Institute. She then spoke passionately about this book and the profound influence it has had on her life. The Convener of Magical Snacks and Dancing Ukuleles then cast a circle and the meeting came to its natural completion.

The next meeting will be March 3, 2018 at Maillardville Manor. Never Cry Wolf, The Unfinished Doll House and Seven Fallen Feathers were recommended readings. A motion was made and accepted to invite and host Velveeta as next year’s guest speaker at the Festival of Cheese. Travel costs will be covered by the UWI. Cheese, a divine pickle plate and hemp vodka were served during recess.

 

Convener of Minutes and Musings

Addendum: A fondue pot malfunction occurred again after last year’s Inquiry cleared Fondue Pot use at meetings. It should be noted that this year’s Fondue Pot malfunction appeared to be human error and will not affect Fondue Pot use moving forward.

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Festival of the Holy Perogy Observed

November 25, 2017

 

Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter

 

Carrier Bag

Member at Large returns to Regina with her carrier bag

 

The regular meeting of the Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter was held at Salon de Zed. The minutes from the previous meeting were read and accepted.

After a motion was made and accepted to officially name the night before the Festival of the Holy Perogy, Perogy Eve, a Perogy Procession ensued. The perogies were then blessed by our Patron Saint, Aunt Violet and anointed with butter before sharing and eating.

Convener of Medicine Bags and Body Language provided an overview on a science and magic lecture recently attended. A lively discussion of Quantum eclipsing Newtonian physics occurred – Convener of Secrets and Clean Drinking Water for all Canadians reframed this discussion as our “white, western narrative being foregrounded as our story of our ignorance.” The discussion was followed by several members coming forward to share stories of moving matter in their lives. The Convener of Pedagogy and Paranormal described being followed by a moss covered rock during a recent walk in the woods. Another member described the doorbell being rung on several occasions by a deceased loved one. All members agreed that the universe was vast and expansive and holds more than we can ever know.

Convener of Medicine Bags and Body Language raised the current state of elder care. A motion to have tactile walls, fidget quilts, storytelling, music and dance therapy be instituted immediately into every elder care facility in the province was made and unanimously accepted.

A discussion of the gendered division of labour and a lively exchange of the pedagogy of home economics and shop stories that we were raised under occurred. One member described being able to take shop and learning how to make wooden bowls. Another testified being “forbidden” to take shop and was so angry about being forced to take home economics she testified spitting into the food before it was taste tested by the teacher. Another member came forward and reported the distress she experienced after being “forced” to sew a kaftan. Convener of Ukuleles Magic and Love was the first “girl” to take shop at Woodruff High. Members unanimously agreed that a plaque commemorating this event should be installed in the front foyer of the school. A motion to accept the development of a Cross Dressing Tall Girl sub committee was passed.

A motion was made to nominate the Unauthorized Women’s Institute to sponsor a political party named Ten Thousand Ladies (TTL). The TTL is a response to the poisonous heroes who are bashing, raping and killing us. A flag design was immediately conceptualized. After a short brainstorm, members appeared to favour the breast shaped windsock. The Convener of Medicine Bags and Body Language was elected as First Lady of the Ten Thousand Ladies (TTL). While the Convener of Hair and Fiber reviewed the registration requirements for a political party in Canada on the Canadian Government website, the development of understandings, policies, agreements, alliances, decrees, laws occurred helping to build a solid foundation to drive the TTL to identify what’s happening and create conditions for loving each other less violently. It was unanimously agreed that a new member who is good with numbers be recruited to take care of the TTL’s financial house. An overview of sleep patterns and the impacts and limits of Facebook to organize politically was debated.

The Convener of Fancy Underthings highlighted the story of her grandparents escape from the Russian Cossacks and being part of the “Canadian Immigration Plan” to Saskatchewan. Although her grandparents – then young children – had been on the same boat heading to Canada, as evidenced in an archival photo taken while they were on the voyage, upon arrival they we separated and lived in separate communes. They did not meet again till much later when they met, fell in love and married.

Convener of Secrets and Clean Drinking Water for All will be returning to Saskatchewan in January to resume her teaching duties. Along with recovering her snow boots and digging out her parka, the Convener of Secrets and Clean Drinking Water for all Canadians has formed a sub committee to explore the practice of pickle accompaniment to vodka drinking. An update on this practice will be provided at the next meeting. Before leaving for Saskatchewan, Convener of Secrets and Clean Drinking Water for all Canadians, bequeathed a collection of “orphaned photos” to the Unauthorized Women’s Institute. These photos will be catalogue and placed in the Archives of the Museum of Everyday Objects, an affiliate organization of the Unauthorized Women’s Institute. Activities involving the orphaned photo collection will be updated as needed.

The next meeting will be January 13, 2018. The Annual Festival du Fromage and will be held at House of Goo Rue. Soviet styled borscht, perogies, triplicate salad and lemon loaf were served during recess. Popcorn was offered immediately after recess. James and the Giant Peach was recommended reading. Moustaches, antlers and ukuleles are strongly encouraged, but remain optional at meetings. The music of Dakhabrakha was also recommended.

 

Convener of Minutes and Musings

 

Addendums:

 

Hello to the first of the 10000 ladies!
I am still in a perogy coma…..unbelievably delicious Jeina!
Thanks for such a wonderful night….sorry I was just about asleep for the
latter part…..so incredibly tired this past week. So much fun though!
Thanks Zed and Jeina so much for hosting the festivities, and thank you Mary
Lou and Lisa for the ride as always. Lovely to meet you Goo and great to see
Barb again! Missed you Sandra and Louise!
Looking forward Shmengie(sp?)Christmas/aka Cheesefest.
Still worshipping the Holy Perogy!
xo C

 

That was a great night!

Thank you Z & J for sharing your beautiful home and delicious perogies.  Such a fabulous meal!  Thank you everyone.  I’m still feeling my chin for signs of butter!

It was great to catch up, share stories and make plans for the revolution.  My mind is still whirling.  I fear Lisa will have serious work with those minutes.  

Louise and Sandra.. you were truly missed.  Hope you can save the date for Shmengie Christmas/Cheesefest!  January 13th I believe.

Charm, I wish you wonderful success in Maple Ridge and beyond.  May your near future feel well rested!

Viva la Ten Thousand Ladies!!

Your first lady of the day,

TTL len (true titular leadership)

Dibs on a deluxe pickle tray at our next event!!  

 

 TTLadies!

Confirming January 13th for the next WI meeting. I couldn’t find any Shmenge Christmas on YouTube but found the below link to a Letterman episode…highly recommend watching part 2 as well. 

Thanks for a truly awesome night. I needed to laugh and laugh I did. I obviously needed some perogy magic and you all.

Hugs

Goo

https://youtu.be/_qixMnBDaw4

 

Good heavens that was a delightful evening indeed!

10,000 Ladies!

Perogie miracles!

Too much wine!

Thank you all for filling our home with laughter and friendship and love.

xoxoxoxoxox

looking forward to Cheesefest 7!

woot!

Zed (Convener of Hair and Fibre)

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Unauthorized Institute’s Patron Saint 

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 Staying with the Trouble

April 1, 2017

Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter

 

The regular meeting of the Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter was held at Nootka Holler. The minutes from the previous meeting were read and accepted.

The Conveners of Pedagogy and Paranormal and Minutes and Musings provided a full report on a their recent visit to a Gulf Island Affiliate Chapter. Gulf Island Member at Large, Convener of Canines and Corvids, assisted the Unauthorized Women’s Institute with the formal introductions to the Gabriola Island Women’s Institute. A tour of their hall, which has recently been donated to the Gabriola Island Arts Council, was provided. Plans to review their minutes at the local museum were made. Periodic updates can be expected as this research project develops. It was noted that the Gabriola Women’s Institute were responsible for the lines painted on the main road and that they continue to make quilts for the local women’s shelter. Souvenir pens from the visit were then distributed to members.

The Convener of Hair and Fiber opened the floor to a general inquiry into parallel realities, remembering and forgetting and the experience of restoration processes and the fear of opening a “Pandora’s Box.” The discussion shifted to Senator Lynn Beyak’s recent public comments about the “good deeds” of Indian Residential Schools and why “we just can’t forget about Canada’s Residential School History and move on.” The membership then listened to Murray Sinclair’s response to Beyak’s comments.

 

 

Sinclair’s reframing and distillation of this troubling perspective into, “it’s not why just we don’t forget, but it’s why we can’t remember,” is a critical question for all settlers/ Canadians. Beyak’s comments are a collective reminder regarding how easy it is for settlers to remain in colonial attitudes and behaviours; and despite the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, many settlers/ Canadians will continue to fall into the pattern of replicating colonial attitudes, behaviours and responses by our collective forgetting. Ultimately, staying with our own discomfort – remembering all the troubling details is the pathway to changing our beliefs, attitudes and actions. Staying with the trouble and building awareness, responses and connections is the way forward.

Guest speaker, Goo Rue, described her intense experience at the recent Pole Raising at University of British Columbia on Musqueam Territory as an act of remembering. Guest Speaker and Member at Large, BAM, Convener of Secrets and Clean Drinking Water for all Canadians (CoSCDWfaC) stated that reconciliation is always possible. When asked about the colonial structure and the problematic origins and the paradoxical positioning of the Unauthorized Women’s Institute, BAM stated that settler theory allows you to work from the framework that settlers can never escape colonization, but we can “unsettle ourselves by seeing how settler history, myth and identity have shaped and continue to shape our attitudes in problematic ways.”

Guest Speaker, Artist in Residence at Branscombe House and Member at Large, Convener of Secrets and Clean Drinking Water for all Canadians (CoSCDWfaC) presented her Petite Point Personalities project – the reconstitution of Ukrainian Peasant Petite points. Salvaged from a Thrift Store and reconfigured through data analysis of colour, pattern and graph represented through needlework, into new representations. She then ended with a demonstration of stretches for Golfer’s Elbow – an injury incurred through Petite Point Embroidery. The question as to how our Guest Speaker incurred Golfer’s Elbow through embroidery has been tabled. Further, since the needle is historically older that the golf club, why is this soft tissue inflammation is called Golfer’s Elbows instead of Embroiderer’s Elbow needs to be unearthed. She ended her presentation by recommending Linda Duvall’s work to the membership.

Shoplifting exploits were then shared and it was unanimously agreed that any items stolen from the Hudson’s Bay should not have any guilt associated with them. Keesic Douglas work Trade Me, was sited as a meaningful example of interaction with the Hudson’s Bay Company.

 

 

The links between racism and education were discussed and the Convener of Medicine Bags and Body Language raised privileged positions. A personal childhood experience was shared regarding her father’s biased beliefs about hippies and how they become interjected into her identity – especially her length of hair and what drove her to get a pixie cut. Convener of Medicine Bags and Body Language shared her exploits during a celebration of Klondike days and how she tried to subvert the celebration through her costume by dressing as half man half woman. She was particularly proud of her outfit despite the mishap with contact cement when applying the moustache. The unsightly scab that formed over her left lip after the mustache was removed lasted for several days.

Guest Speaker, Goo Rue, discussed magical thinking and how thoughts exert a force on the physical world. Drawing heavily from her experience as Night Shift nurse in a bone marrow transplant ward as well as her guidance from Skidigate Elders, she ended her compelling presentation by speaking to our immunity systems, stating that after a hard long winter and the election of a narcissist for president in our neighboring country – we all needed at least 20 minutes a day outside – even in the rain to activate and positively care for our immune systems. She then shared she hoped to return after death as a French stork. A Therapeutic Touch party trick was demonstrated. She then played Hungarian love songs composed by her grandfather to successfully woo her grandmother to the alter in the historic Garlic Flats area of Regina on her ukulele. After her performance she was immediately sworn in as Convener of Ukuleles Magic and Love (CoUML).

Garlic Flats

Convener of Ukuleles, Magic and Love welcomed into the Unuathorized Women’s Institute

The Convener of Technology and Fancy Underthings raised the issue of parallel realties; magical thinking and discussed experiences with loved ones after death. She then shared the 4,7,8 Ayurvedic breathing technique for falling asleep. The Convener of Pedagogy and Paranormal then demonstrated how to make a pom pom on a fork. Several pom poms were made by members.

Following pom pom making, the Convener of Minutes and Musings presented a historic overview of the Fool. Emphasis was made on the need for foolery and that there were multiple cross-cultural applications for foolery function. It was moved and accepted that a presentation of Foolery be made annually on April’s Fools Day to the membership. Tricksters, jokers and clowns will be covered at future meetings. It was unanimous that the spirit of misrule be involved in all future meetings and that foolery play role in how we construct and manage meaning. Although the emphasis on her research was on Greco-Roman roots of foolery with goddess and gods such as Hilaria and Saturnalia, the Western European medieval and renaissance form of foolery as embodied in the Jester occupied a lion’s share of her discourse. The Fool as clever commoner who uses their wit to outwit and speak truth to power was of particular interest. Mary Walsh’s characters Marg Delahuanty, Claire Bloom and Dakey Dunn were offered as fine examples of contemporary foolery.

A discussion of the institute’s logo took place. Members agreed that within our colonial context the beaver was overused and tired. One member felt that the raccoon would be more apt descriptor for the unauthorized institute’s work. The Convener of Technology and Fancy Underthings agreed to work with member’s input and develop something for members to review at an upcoming meeting. A brief discussion of potential UWI’s organizational swag occurred. Pocketknives, flashlights and embroidered hankies were suggested as potential items for institute branding.

Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto, Sandra Birdsel’s The Russlander and Paulette Regan’s Unsettling the Settler Within Indian Residential Schools, Truth Telling and Reconciliation in Canada were recommended readings. A motion was made and accepted that our next meeting include photos. Members are encouraged to bring one or two photos – any choice or theme – to the next meeting. Moustaches, antlers and ukuleles encouraged, but remain optional.

The next meeting will be in November at Salon De Zed. Glory bowls, salad and lime pie were served during recess.

Convener of Minutes and Musings

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Shenanigans Promised

Feb 23, 2017

 

Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter

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The regular meeting of the Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter was held at Salon de Zed. The minutes from the previous meeting were read and accepted. The Convenor of Medicine Bags and Body Language presented her regular report Shamanic Healing Practices: Perspectives From a Front Line Homeopath. Topics covered included direct accounts of current dementia care practices, vaccinations and the current backlash of the Anti Vaccination Movement. A demonstration on the essential Homeopathic First Aid Kit for the home was then provided. Aconite and Arnica were distributed to all members. During the discussion period, member’s asked questions about influenza, measles, shingles and the origin of mumps. A motion to accept a larger inquiry into the origin of the word “mumps” was unanimously supported. A second motion to have an in-depth demonstration of a trituration was made and tabled.

The Convenor of Books and Blogs provided a vivid description of late night spot check surveillance practices for worms during childhood. Flashlights and night terrors were highlighted. The Death Café movement and sacred dreams and hallucinations were discussed. An overview of our fight, flight or freeze response was then provided.

The Convenor of Animals and Travel and the Convenor of Books and Blogs introduced the evening’s guest speaker. Guest speaker Gweenie Hounds of Love, formerly know as Havana, eloquently took the floor and provided an overview of her life as a racing hound. While graciously snacking on chicken tenders, she summarized her racing life by sharing one thing every woman should know about life – be prepared to work like a dog. The membership was so impressed with her message she was instantaneously gifted the Convenorship of Couch Potatoes (CoCP). Gweenie has committed to providing regular updates to the membership on life after racing.

The Convenor of Hair and Fiber modeled a hand knit sweater and it was approved for overseas mailing. Members then discussed fathers and stories of scoundrels who ruled the roost were rigorously exchanged. Compelling stories of mothers were exchanged. A motion to form a Daughters of Depressed Mother’s (DoDM) sub group was made and accepted.

A commitment to the new membership drive was renewed. The next meeting will include a guest speaker who can play music with her teeth. The Convenor of Pedagogy and Paranormal promised a pompom making demonstration and the Convenor of Minutes and Musings committed to a report on the role of Fool in contemporary culture. Shenanigans have been promised.

Soul of an Octopus was recommended reading and the Convenor of Charm, Poise, Handicraft and Occasional Badness shared her latest musical adventure.

 

 

The next meeting will be April 1st at 7:00 PM in Mallardville. Pizza, car tossed salad and cake was served during recess.

 

Convener of Minutes and Musings

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Fondue Pot Under Fire

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January 28, 2017

Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter

 The Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter held its Annual Festival of Cheese at Miss Charmian’s House of Accordions. Before the minutes from the previous meeting could be read, a fondue pot malfunction, resulting in a small table fire, brought the meeting to an abrupt end. A full inquiry into fondue pot safety has been called for and a moratorium on fondue use has resulted. Endorsement of fondue pots at future meetings awaits the results of the investigation.

The next meeting will be at Salon de Zed.

Convener of Minutes and Musings

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In Camera Nomadic Meeting

 

November 26 and 27, 2016

Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter

The regular meeting of the Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter was held at Nootka Holler. The minutes from the previous meeting were read and accepted. The Nomadic themed meeting was held in camera throughout the evening in a bedouin like environment. In accordance with oral traditions, minutes were not taken.

The following day, Guest Speaker Jeffrey Hatcher, sang the complete high lonesome life of Pretty Boy Floyd. After this outstanding performance, the membership unanimously agreed to make him an honorary member of the Unauthorized Women’s Institute. Brother Frodo, we absolutely adore you and The Big Beat!

 

The next meeting will be the Annual General Festival of Cheese and will be held at Miss. Charmian’s House of Accordions. Lentils and rice were served during recess.

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Beachside Meeting Held

 

October 23, 2016

 

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The regular meeting of the Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter was held on a late fall day beachside. The minutes from the previous meeting were read and accepted. The Convener of Medicine Bags and Body Language presented an overview of her work with Dying With Dignity. All members were recruited for future work in this area. Collective Evolution, Elon Musk and our local Housing Network were then discussed.

The next meeting will be at Nootka Holler. A motion to accept the theme of Nomads to be explored at the next meeting was accepted. Moustaches will be optional.

Perogies were served during recess.

 

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Cards Against Humanity Played

 

April 2, 2016

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The regular meeting of the Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter was held at Salon de Zed. The minutes from the previous meeting were read and accepted. Convener of Medicine Bags and Body Language provided an overview of the sciatic nerve and particular issues that emerge with it through aging. Proper stretching of the sciatic nerve was emphasized and a short demonstration of the Brill Chicken was provided. The Convenor of Books and Blogs recommended reading the following: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and Beyond Civilization.

The Convenor of Animals and Travel presented the documentary Pets, Vets and Debits. Surgery for Hedgehogs was of particular interest to members. Camels and bunnycamels were discussed. The Convenor of Hair and Fibre noted that sheep only have teeth on the bottom jaw.

An overview on best before dates on food products was provided by the Convenor of Technology and Fancy Underthings. One member shared that her grandmother had a salad dressing that was over 20 years old. Another member shared finding cans of tomatoes the size of footballs in her mother’s pantry. Cancer as metaphor and materialism and perfectionism were then discussed.

Epic journeys were highlighted. The Convenor of Animals and Travel motioned that the Trans Canada Trail be brought forward as a potential summer ramble. The Convenor of Charm, Poise and Handicraft and Occasional Badness presented her latest fling with Django Reinhardt’s Minor Swing.

 

All institute members enjoyed a rousing game of Cards Against Humanity. Spanakopita was served during recess. The next meeting will be held at Salon de Zed.

 

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Behemoth Dosa Served

 

 

 January 30, 2016

Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter

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The regular meeting of the Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter was held at House of Dosa. The minutes from the previous meeting were read and accepted. A motion to move meetings to the last Saturday of every month was made and accepted. Recommendations for summer ramble trips included a boating trip up the inlet. The Convener of Maps will report back on boating rentals and tides at the next meeting.

The Convener of Maps also produced for Show and Tell a small hand knitted mouse complete with a frock, fancy undergarments and red shoes. She also shared a picture of her grandmother and her aunt who taught her dance the Twist. Convenor of Minutes and Musings shared that her parents went on their first date to the Cubby Checker concert at Maple Leaf Gardens.

The Convener of Technology and Fancy Underthings reported on new technology for heart surgery. The virtues of ice skating, hula hoop, biryani paste and Persian plum were extolled. A reminder of the letter writing campaign to support our member currently serving in Mexico; reports from Mexico included updates on pedicure industry and the size of avocados. Recommended reading included: The Wind in the Willows, The Orenda, Tale for a Time Being, My Year of Meats and The Owl and the Pussy Cat. Recommended viewing included Heart of a Dog.

The Convener of Charm, Poise, Handicraft and Occasional Badness shared the latest Nohearums video!

 

The world’s largest Dosa was served during recess. The next meeting will be held at Salon De Zed.

 

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