A (slightly belated!) Happy New Year from the Hackney Wicked Women President, Chloe

Yes, I know it’s already February, but here’s to a fantastic 2017 for all you Wickeimg_20170111_192941_304d Women out there!  We’ve already started the year with abang, with a spirited debate about We should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and feminism in general.  We also celebrated Vice-President Niki’s birthday with cake (in true WI fashion).

2016 was my first year as president of our merry band of women, and I hope you all enjoyed it as much as me.  We had beer tasting, flower arranging, craft Olympics and much more, finishing the year with a bang as we all made our own felt vagina Christmas decorations.  Much hilarity all round!

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The meeting that stayed with me the longest was our session in October on Climate Change and Sustainability with Athene and Martin from Divest Hackney.  They really made me think about taking personal responsibility for the environment.  I’ve since changed to a 100% green energy supplier, started trying to cut down on my meat consumption (hampered slightly by living with a committed carnivore, but I do the shopping and cooking so it’s happening by stealth!) and making an effort to holiday just as much but fly less this year (so far my first trip of the year is going to be by Eurostar to Paris).

The committee has since been hard at work planning meetings, film nights and quizzes for the year ahead.  We’ve got inspirational female speakers, gardening, comedy and img_20170129_161608_865much more to come.  April is our AGM where members get the chance to vote in the new committee and join the committee themselves if you want to have your say in how we run the Wicked Women going forward.  If you aren’t already a member now is the time to join – membership is just £39 for the full year, which gets you access to all our meetings and a copy of WI Life each month (which we know isn’t the most exciting read but it has good puzzles!).

Here’s to an amazing year!  See you soon…

Chloe, Hackney Wicked Women WI President

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