Every year WI members have the chance to put forward issues as ‘resolutions’ that they want to see the national body campaign on.
The WI is an entirely member led organisation, and the resolutions process ensures that every WI member has the opportunity to set the direction of NFWI campaigns and policy, from the grassroots up.
Resolutions go through a year long debating and consultation process. Members shortlist resolutions for debate in Federations and WIs, before making a final selection of resolutions to take forward for discussion at the AGM in the summer. If passed, these then become mandates and form the basis of campaigning and awareness raising activities in the years ahead.
Delegates at the 2013 AGM will vote on a resolution from the NFWI Board on the ‘decline of our high streets and town centres.’ The resolution reads:
‘The NFWI notes with concern the continuing decline of our high streets and the damaging effect this has on local communities. We call on every member of the WI to support their local shops and make the high street their destination of choice for goods and services. We call on decision-makers to work collectively, at all levels, to help bring an end to the decline of our high streets and to ensure that high streets flourish and provide a focal point for local communities.‘ – The NFWI Board
Following a serious topic, the evening ended on a lighter note with a game of ‘Call my Bluff’, the game by were a panel give three different definitions of a word and members had to guess the correct definition.