WIFE formed to fill a gap!
identified need for a professional network, which in itself could become a support network
a mechanism for the sharing of ideas and other management perspectives in a professional environment was needed
recognition that farm business management is critical to farm profitability and sustainability and skills were required in this area.
requirement for linkage with outside expertise to address knowledge gaps
the network of branches continues to grow
currently WIFE meetings are hosted in the areas of the Avon Valley, Boyup Brook, Cranbrook, Cuballing (Dryandra), Lake Grace, Ongerup, Toodyay, Varley /Lake King, Victoria Plains, Wagin and Darkan
guests are very welcome to attend meetings to gauge their interest. Informative days, open to all, are often provided by WIFE branches
regular meetings which have a variety of formats, are designed by each branch
networking at the start then structured discussion to share knowledge, sometimes including a guest speaker is the basic format
meetings aim to foster a culture of confidentiality and trust as we learn from each other and strive to maintain respect between members
branch members identify knowledge gaps and choose the areas to improve on
guest speakers can be invited to provide expertise; member discussion and the sharing of experiences are extremely beneficial in many areas
many branches organise a crèche facility; having small children should not be a barrier to attending a WIFE meeting
notes are taken by designated branch members and distributed to members as a resource