Annual General Meeting and First Aid Training
Our May meeting was a busy one.
We kicked off the evening with our AGM where we had a review of all the great events of the past 12 months, a look forward to what we would be enjoying in 2018 and a brief update on our finances.
Elections were held for the Committee for the coming year, including the position of President. We had four positions on the Committee which we needed to fill. The Committee meets up once a month for a meeting and a chat over a glass of wine to plan what’s happening over the next four weeks and we also help each month to ensure the smooth running of each event. Without a Committee nothing happens.
We had the chance to vote for or against this year’s WI Resolution which was ‘Mental health matters’. Mental health matters as much as physical health. The NFWI urged all WI members to recognise the importance of parity between mental health and physical health and take action to make it as acceptable to talk about mental health issues as much as physical health issues, and to lobby government for better support for mental illness. Your vote helped decide whether or not the NFWI develops a campaign around this issue at both a national and local level.
And then, following a short break for the rest of the evening we were lucky to have John Joseph from St John’s Ambulance coming along to give us a practical demonstration of life-saving skills. Whether it was your first time learning about First Aid or an opportunity to refresh skills you’ve learned in the past, it was such an invaluable session. John took us through accident scene tips and showed us how to use a defibrillator, do CPR, the right way to stem severe bleeding and how to distinguish between someone having a heart attack and suffering angina. You could now save a life.