November 25, 2017
Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter
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
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!
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!!
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.
Good heavens that was a delightful evening indeed!
Too much wine!
Thank you all for filling our home with laughter and friendship and love.
looking forward to Cheesefest 7!
Zed (Convener of Hair and Fibre)