Being a Member.
With all our campaigns those who are not members may think us a serious lot. They could be right, but not all of the time. We are not all about 'Jam and Jerusalem', with hat and twinset plus pearls. We have a lot of fun and friendship and are often seen publicly letting our hair down and doing some daft things in order to raise funds for charities etc.
Below are some really amusing poems which the author has kindly allowed me to use here.
The W.I. Christmas Dinner Do (!)
The wine made at home by a member
Was a very potent brew
And had quite an effect on guests
Normally sober, upright and true
They all thought they were sipping
A nice little blackcurrant wine
And that after a glass or two
They’d still be feeling fine
The wine was flowing freely
Around the dinner table
And it didn’t take very long before
The guests became less ‘able’
Some people’s words started getting slurred
And they began behaving rather badly
Some started flinging food around
And laughing rather madly
But some hardly seemed to notice
As they finished off the dregs
Until they tried to stand, and found
It had gone straight down to their legs!
One by one they toppled
Like skittles in an alley
And one stood on the table
And did a little ballet!
Now the W.I. wine maker
It really must be said
Knew the potency of the brew
And drank only water instead
Craftily she watched them
Falling on the floor
And with a camera in her hand
Totted up the score
Now blackmail is a nasty word
And not one she liked to use
But the proceeds kept her nicely
In clothes and bags and shoes
So if she invites you to dinner
And offers her home made brew
There’s only one thing you ought to say
And that is: “NO THANK YOU!!”
© Carol Pool (aka Sherri Trifle) December 2009
The WI are a group of ‘girls’
Who vary in their ages
Between them they have many skills
And some are wise old sages!
If you could catch their knowledge
And put it in a book
And add in all the recipes
That they all like to cook
Mix it with their wisdom
And a bit of humour too
You’d get a flavour of the WI
And what it could do for you!
It’s more than cooking and sewing
There are talks and games and crafts
And it all gets done and dusted
With an awful lot of laughs
So seek out your local WI
And go along to a meeting
You’ll find it very interesting
And you’ll get a lovely greeting
And just in case you’re worried
About nude calendars and stuff
Rest assured they’ve no intention
Of posing in the buff!
It’s not that they are all too shy
About the ‘altogether’
I think the real reason might just be
The chilly English weather!!!
© Carol Pool (aka Sherri Trifle) November 2009 www.thepoemlady.co.uk
What type of member are you?
Are you an active member, the kind who would be missed,
Or are you just contented that your name is on the list?
Do you attend the meetings and discuss things with the crowd,
Or do you always stay at home and grumble long and loud?
Do you help with committee, visit a member who is sick,
Or leave the work to just a few, then complain about the clique?
Do you support all functions and do a useful job,
Or is your only comment, 'I'm just one of the mob'?
Come to WI more often and help with hand and heart,
Don't be just a member but take an active part,
Think this over, members, you must know right from wrong,
Are you just a member or do you just belong?
This poem appeared in Warwickshire's Newsletter & came to my eye via the Oxfordshire Federation News & Views Newsletter.