Our Committee

 

Anna Gryce
President

 

 

 

 

What is involved with your role?

I have been a member of the committee for over seven years, firstly helping out with fundraising and then as Secretary. Three years ago I took over as President, a role I thoroughly enjoy.

As well as overseeing the running of the EDWI, my aim is to ensure its future prosperity and that all our members are meeting new friends, learning something new and more importantly having fun!

When and why did you join?
I joined in 2009 along with a  friend. Our first meeting was cocktail making so we knew we’d come to the right place.  Over the years I have made some fantastic friends from all different backgrounds and ages, who I may not have met otherwise.

What event have you most enjoyed?
It has to be our annual Picnic and Croquet event at Dulwich Croquet Club.  I am a big croquet player and it’s great to see our members having a great time on the lawns.

Ciaran EDWI

 

Ciaran Dance
Membership Secretary

 

 

 

 

What is involved with your role?
I am the Membership Secretary which means I look after the records information for all our ladies to ensure it is always up-to-date. My busiest time of the year is during the renewal period when I ensure all new and existing members are paid up and included on the WI website and database. I also co-ordinate the membership payments with the Treasurer.

When and why did you join?
I joined in 2009 along with a  friend. Our first meeting was cocktail making so we knew we’d come to the right place.  Over the years I have made some fantastic friends from all different backgrounds and ages, who I may not have met otherwise.

What event have you most enjoyed?
It is the Lamp Shade making event without a shadow of a doubt which was run by one of our regular Make and Do crafters. I have made more lampshades since and intend to make all those needed for my new house.

 

Olivette Facey
Events Co-ordinator

 

 

 

 

 

What is involved with your role?
I co-ordinate the events and meetings with the EDT confirming the set up, equipment and help greet members and guest when they arrive.

When and why did you join?
I joined the EDWI in January 2013 and became a Committee Member in May 2015. I heard about the NFWI from friends. and found out that there was more to the organisation than just making jam, baking cakes and knitting.  I found them to be women who would quite readily deal with all aspects of life, showing true concern for others whilst still having fun.   I attended a couple of meetings at the EDWI, saw the ladies were quite a lively group and have been with them every since.

What event have you most enjoyed?
I have enjoyed all of our activities that have been laid on, but my favourite meeting so far is the Street Art Talk with the late Ingrid Beazley and the talk given on the GI Brides by Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi.  Unfortunately, I missed the chocolate tasting event with Rococo Chocolates, but heard it went down very well!

 

Mona Wilson
Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

What is involved with your role?
I joined EDWI in April 2016 so I’m a fairly new member. My friend Fenia and I were on the waiting list for 2 years so when we got our invitation to join we were thrilled. Being part of a great group of women is a privilege and honour.

I have recently been appointed Secretary ( how did that happen?!) and warn you all now that there may well be some teething problems which I will attempt to gloss over with lots of enthusiasm!

When and why did you join?
I heard about the NFWI from friends and also from the media.  I was intrigued to know more and found out that there was more to the organisation than just making jam, baking cakes and knitting.  I found them to be women of action, taking part in everyday issues to make a difference.  They also knew how to enjoy themselves, which needless to say all appealed to me.

What event have you most enjoyed?
So far it has to be Vietnamese summer roll making with Bahn Bahn and Biscuit Decorating with Cake Bakings.

 

Susan Perolls
Marketing & PR

 

 

 

 

What is involved with your role?
I work with a couple of other committee members on the communications aspect of the EDWI. This involves the email that goes out to members every month to let them know what we’re up to at our next event and generally keeping them up to date with plans, along with social media to show people what we’ve been up to and also let people know about other exciting local news. I do the PR for the EDWI where we want to shout about some of our bigger news and events, and am also part of the branding committee as we are looking to create a new look and feel to the EDWI that reflects the diverse and passionate members that we have. May well be some teething problems which I will attempt to gloss over with lots of enthusiasm!

When and why did you join?
I joined three or so years ago having seen a magazine article featuring the EDWI as an example of a more modern take on the usual vision of a WI. It sounded fun and a good way to meet more local people so I came along to see what it was like and have stayed ever since. I have met a great bunch of ladies and really enjoyed learning new skills.

What event have you most enjoyed?
I have particularly enjoyed some of the food related evenings, such as Christmas cooking tips with local chef Suzanne James and making Vietnamese spring rolls with a local restaurant. Wine and gin tasting have also been fun! Finally, talks from local people about their lives have been inspiring – with our honorary member, Barbara Hall, talking about her time as a coder in the war being a particular highlight..