A group of ladies has been making connections for three decades.
Whether you want to network or enjoy a social night out, the Women’s Information Network (WIN) has something to offer. And this year, organizers have gotten a little creative with the planning.
The network has been in Timmins for 30 years, and they’ve made some changes for the 2019-2020 season.
Kim Meunier is the president of the newly-formed board of directors.
Up until now, it's been run by a co-ordinator. When she retired, Meunier said it was decided that a board should run the organization.
Programming for the new season is also a little more hands-on, with meetings where members can create succulent arrangements or paint a wine glass.
“We introduced interactive things this year because we wanted to change it up and make it more interesting than just listening to a guest speaker,” she said.
It’s also a way to reach out to a younger generation of women.
Meunier said the monthly meetings are a chance to have a night out with friends and learn about new topics.
“There’s really good guest speakers that people are not aware are organizations in the community,” she said.
At the start of each meeting, there’s also what they call infomercials, which is a chance for people to share their business or organization.
When the group started in 1988, Meunier said the meetings were in a little restaurant and the membership was 10 or 12 members.
Today, the membership is anywhere from 100 to 180 members.
For the coming year, the meetings will be held at the Dante Club, McIntyre Community Centre, Northern College, and Ramada Inn.
The annual membership fee for Women’s Information Network is $35.
That covers the main meeting for the year, and members pay for the meal of the monthly meetings they choose to attend.
If a topic piques your interest, you don’t have to be a member to check it out.
The cost for non-members is $42, which can be paid at Lemongrass, 22 Third Ave., by 5 p.m. the Monday one week before the meeting.
The 2019-2020 Women’s Information Network events are:
Sept. 17, 6 p.m. at the Ramada Inn. Make your own succulent arrangement with Sonya Biemann of Lemongrass Boutique.
Oct. 22, 6 p.m. at the Northern College cafeteria. Reflections on autism - a teacher’s perspective with Andrew Wray, a high support classroom teacher.
Nov. 19, 6 p.m. at the McIntyre Community Centre Ballroom. A group of local artisans will be displaying their goods for sale.
Dec. 10, 6 p.m. at the Dante Club. Enjoy the Show with the Italian Stallions Entertainers.
Jan. 21, 6 p.m. at the Dante Club. We’re all here for the human experience with Sylvie Lamothe.
Feb. 18, 6 p.m. at the McIntyre Community Centre ballroom. Paint your own wine glass.
March 24, 6 p.m. at the Dante Club. Enjoy your brew with Compass Brewing.
April 21, 6 p.m. at the Northern College cafeteria. Pack your bags, let’s enjoy this trip to Croatia with Carlson Wagonlit/Youlten Travel.
May 12, 6 p.m. at the Dante Club. Wine pairing with Louise Biglow. This is a free evening for members only.
For more information on the club, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 705-266-5177.