Fonds - Hopeline District Women's Institute fonds

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Hopeline District Women's Institute fonds

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  • 1940-1998 (Creation)
    Hopeline District Women's Institute

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18 cm of textual records and other material

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The Hopeline District Womens Institute was officially incorporated on November 30, 1964 under the Farmers and Womens Institute Act, 1956 and the Farmers and Womens Institute Act Amendment Act, 1961. The Institute sought to promote Womens Institutes, facilitate greater cooperation of Womens Institutes particularly in the Fraser Valley area, to raise funds for the Institute to further its aims, and to arrange for District Womens Institute Annual meetings. Representatives from the following Womens Institutes signed the constitution: Ryder Lake, Vedder, Pine Grove, Upper Sumas, Peardonville, Poplar Manor, Hope, Rosedale, and Chilliwack. Prior to this date there were unofficial coalitions of various Womens Institutes within the area. In the late 1990s the Hopeline District Womens Institute and Douglas District Womens Institute began to hold joint meetings and coordinate activities. On April 7, 1998 the Hopeline District Womens Institute and the Douglas District Womens Institute formally seceded from the British Columbia Womens Institute. At this time, the Womens Community Institute of the Pacific Region was formed.

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The CustodialHistory of all the material is not known with the exception of the material related to the Womens Institute Heritage Club which was donated to the Hopeline District Womens Institute by Stella Welch.

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Fonds consists of records created by the Hopeline District Womens Institute including minutes of meetings for the Hopeline District Womens Institute and earlier coalitions 1953-1997, cash books for 1960-1998, 1992-1997 conference registration information, 11972-1985 membership lists, 1987 declaration of Womens Institute Week by the Hopeline District Womens Institute, slides, 2 audio cassettes containing interviews done in 1985 with Stella Welch, and the 1964 constitution and certificate of incorporation. There are materials related to the Womens Institute Heritage Club such as a 1941-1942 scrapbook entitled Womens Institute scrapbook vol. III, a Womens Institute Heritage Club scrapbook/album 1963-1987, and essays and newspaper clippings 1940-1960 detailing the history of the Institute, particularly in the Fraser valley area. There are minutes of meetings of the Douglas District Womens Institute 1984-1997 along with a roll call for Douglas District 1954-1986, and cash books for the Douglas District 1953-1976 and1986-1998. There is also a minute book, 1931-1932, from the Coghlau Womens Institute.

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BCAUL control number: LCM-2336

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