Photo submitted Women’s institutes in rural British Columbia are losing members and are hoping more women will join them in their support of women.  The Cariboo District Women’s Institute which recently met at Watch Lake has seven branches located at Dragon Lake

Photo submitted Women’s institutes in rural British Columbia are losing members and are hoping more women will join them in their support of women. The Cariboo District Women’s Institute which recently met at Watch Lake has seven branches located at Dragon Lake

Recruitment discussed at Women’s Institute rally

Three Women’s Institute members from the Horsefly branch attended a WI Rally in Watch Lake, Saturday, May 11.

Three Women’s Institute members from the Horsefly branch attended a WI Rally in Watch Lake, Saturday, May 11.

The community hall at Watch Lake has recently been renovated to include inside bathrooms.

This is quite a step up from the wonderful outdoor biffies of old! A beautiful reno with contributions from all the volunteers in the area.

The Cariboo District Women’s Institute has seven branches at Dragon Lake, Horsefly, Kersley, Lyne Creek, Hixon, Springhouse and Watch Lake.

The Watch Lake rally included an informative talk by 100 Mile Free Press editor Ken Alexander.

The most critical issue facing WIs today, as do other service clubs, is recruitment.

The younger generation, for the most part, view us as old, knitting grannies and not the vibrant, go-to people we are.

Alexander gave us lots of ideas on getting our deeds and club out into the public. Next, Lynda Krupp spoke about her trip to Peru and the current problems that women there still have to deal with — lack of respect, very little expectations and a lack of rights.

How lucky we are to live in Canada.

Never take it for granted.

Coffee, tea, lunch and fellowship were the order of the day.