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  • 24 May 2019 11:20 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

    Message from the President

    May 23, 2019
     

    PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
    Grace Hollett, CFUW National President
    (Club Presidents please forward to all members.)
     

    Topic: A New Opportunity; The Newly formed CFUW Canada GWI Club

    Background
    Sometimes a new structure is needed in order to achieve goals. In strategizing on how to manage CFUW’s membership in GWI and help heal the divide that exists over GWI membership, the CFUW Negotiating Team brought to the Board meeting of April 11th a proposal to establish a Club to provide a platform for members who wish to actively support, collaborate with, and raise the visibility of GWI within CFUW. Those members would build a new relationship with GWI for the next decades.  
     
    The Negotiating team worked with a committee headed by our Parliamentarian, Elizabeth Haynes, and subsequently a subcommittee of Joy Hurst, Elizabeth Haynes and I, evaluated alternate forums and concluded that a virtual Club structure would work best. Meanwhile another subcommittee of current and past By-law chairs drafted bylaws that conform with the CFUW bylaws, the Canadian Not-For-Profit Corporations Act and the Ontario Corporations Act. The ten charter members of this new Club have chosen to make the new club their primary club and continue as dual members of their local clubs. The CFUW club naming convention prescribed in the CFUW bylaws requires new clubs to adopt a name that conforms to CFUW (geographic location), therefore the new club has adopted CFUW Canada GWI as its name.  At the May 9th Board meeting the new Club was granted its charter.

    Purpose
    The purpose of the CFUW Canada GWI is to raise GWI’s visibility within CFUW and support CFUW’s efforts to work collaboratively with GWI. It will operate regardless of the outcome at AGM 2019 of the Winnipeg motion to accept GWI per capita dues only from members who wish to support GWI.

    You are referred to the one-pager below which gives additional details.

     
    Questions
    During my recent visits to Councils and Clubs across Canada, negotiations were discussed in general and the formation of the new Club was introduced. Questions raised then and later, together with our responses, are being presented in the FAQ which follows. If you have additional questions or general inquiries please forward to 
    CFUWCanadaGWI@yahoo.com.    
       

    New Club: New Opportunity
    CFUW Canada GWI
    FAQ

     
    1.   Q. Is this creating a separate organization for GWI Supporters?
    A.   No. CFUW Canada GWI is a chartered club of CFUW, like any other club. It will operate much like local clubs do.  It may create hubs, interest groups and/or study groups or undertake club initiatives focused either on CFUW or GWI.
     
    2.   Q. What is the purpose of CFUW Canada GWI?
    A.   Members of CFUW Canada GWI share an interest in the activities and programs of GWI.  CFUW
    Canada GWI provides an opportunity to become actively involved with CFUW members across the country who share this interest.
     
    3.   Q: Will the home club be involved in any GWI votes?
    A.   Yes, as they are now.
     
    4.   Q: What if someone supports GWI but does not want to join CFUW Canada GWI?
    A.   There is no requirement to join CFUW Canada GWI. Members of CFUW can continue to pay their GWI component of CFUW dues in the clubs they currently belong to.
     
    5.   Q:   What is the structure of the club.
    A.   CFUW Canada GWI is comprised of members who pay their CFUW dues through the club (primary members) and members who pay their CFUW dues through another club (dual members). Members’ rights are the same for primary and dual members.  All members of the club have an equal voice on matters brought to the floor of club meetings.  Voting allocation at CFUW meetings (AGM or Special General Meetings) is based on the number of primary members—one for each 25 members or major portion thereof up to 200 members; one for each
    50 members thereafter. Club leadership is through a non-traditional board—a 5-member planning committee.  Positions on the planning committee are:  CFUW/GWI Liaison, Membership Coordinator, Treasurer, Communications Coordinator and Member-at-Large.
     
    6.   Q: How will CFUW Canada GWI handle dues.
    A.   In most clubs, dues have several components such as CFUW dues, Provincial Council dues, Club dues and contributions to club scholarship funds.  CFUW Canada GWI dues have 3 components: Club dues, GWI dues as established by GWI, and CFUW dues (the CFUW rate minus the amount allocated for GWI dues in the national budget). Primary members will pay all 3 components.
    Dual members will pay the club dues and a top-up between what CFUW collects for GWI and the actual GWI per capita amount.
     
    7.   Q:  If I am a primary member of CFUW Canada GWI and a dual member at a local club, will my local club receive any dues?
    A.   You will pay your local club its local dues and any other club levies (e.g. provincial dues, scholarship donations).
     
    8.   Q: How will any votes concerning GWI matters work?
    A.   There is no change to voting allocations on any matters brought before the CFUW membership.
    Each club is allocated 1 vote for each 25 primary members up to 200 and 1 vote for each 50 primary members thereafter.
     
    CFUW Canada GWI                                                                                                                   May 17, 2019

    Upcoming Club Events
    Coming soon is an electronic Meet and Greet session to get to know some other NFAs who are members of GWI. To join the CFUW Canada GWI Club please contact CFUWCanadaGWI@gmail.com.


    Grace Hollett

    National President-Presidénte Nationale
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  • 19 May 2019 7:13 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

    Message from the President

    May 17, 2019
     

    PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
    Grace Hollett, CFUW National President
     

    Greetings CFUW Members,

    It has been a pleasure during the period since March 24th to meet with you at Regional and Provincial Councils and at Club events. I thank you for your welcome and your generous hospitality!

    At those meetings we discussed current CFUW issues and I encouraged members to send the Board any additional  questions and comments and the purpose of this correspondence is to provide response and commentary to those inquiries that were of a financial nature. The financial responses were written primarily by the VP Finance and her committee and received input from the Board.

    I am asking Club Presidents to please forward this full correspondence to all their members.
     
    Grace Hollett

    National President-Presidénte Nationale
    CFUW-FCFDU
     
    Member Question #1. The Winnipeg Motion failed at the CFUW 2018 AGM. Why is it being presented again?
     
    A failed motion can be renewed at any subsequent meeting session. See RONR 11th ed., p. 337, ll.22-27n
     
    Member Question #2. Timing: The three motions were sent to members at the last possible moment under our by-laws and regulations. This allowed only 15 days for members to have discussions, research, evaluate and consider the motions and suggest possible amendments. This was totally inadequate.
     
    Our national Parliamentarian advises the following:
     All 3 motions are subject to amendment on the floor of the AGM.

    1. Amendments must be germane—that is related to the topic of the motion.
    2. Amendments must be within the scope of the notice.
    3. Amendments that are in order include:
      1. A motion to amend Clause 1 of the Winnipeg motion to a number that is between $48 and $55.
      2. A motion to amend Clause 2 related to payment of GWI dues.
      3. A motion to amend Clause 3 related to collection of CFUW dues.
      4. A motion to amend  Finance Motion number one to an amount that is between $0 and $6.
      5. A motion to amend Finance Motion number two to an amount that is between $0 and $10.
    4. A motion to Separate the Winnipeg Motion is in order on the floor of the AGM.

    All clubs still have the means to call a special meeting prior to the August AGM.
     
    Member Question #3. Many members are not clear on what we owe GWI. What is the amount?

    At the end of each fiscal year, following an audit, and as part of our AGM documentation, CFUW provides full financial reporting in the Annual Finance book. In addition, following our Board meetings, monthly financial reports are posted on CFUW members website.This is part of our mandate for full financial transparency. Prior to the start of our negotiation discussion with GWI, the outstanding balance owed to GWI, (which represents the uncollected portion of  dues). Balance for 2018  ~$50,544 CDN, Balance for 2019  $63,764 CDN , For a total of $114,208 CDN. All money collected for GWI, in dues, donations and voluntary dues have been forwarded to GWI.
     
    Member Question #4. Article 4 in the CFUW Bylaws states we are members of GWI, and therefore obligated to pay the GWI dues.  Why do we have this outstanding debt?

    The unpaid balance represents the uncollected dues.The GWI Debt payable amount stated in the financial booklet is the amount the CFUW Membership owes.  Payments for GWi dues are derived from a defined portion of the CFUW $70 fees we collect. The defined portion remains 15.5CHF and will remain so until the CFUW voting body agrees to increase it. The 2nd motion the finance committee submitted for approval at our 2019, ($10 for GWI) once again tries to bring parity to what GWI invoices us and what we can pay them. The CFUW Board is guided by the 2/3 majority vote when it comes to financial motions.  Until such time as  the voting body approves the parallel amount, we are bound to 15.5CHF.
     
    Member Question #5. Why were the financial motions separated?
     
    Full transparency and additional clarity was the goal in putting forth 2 motions.
    CFUW cannot pay what we haven’t collected for GWI dues. We must bring parity to what our members pay for GWI dues and what GWI invoices us. ( 15.5 CHF vs  21.5CHF). The second financial motion tries to highlight that.
     
    The Article and Bylaws Chair as well as our Parliamentarian confirmed both motions were in order.

     
    Member Question #6. We understand that negotiations between CFUW and GWI are still ongoing after 10 months but members have had no reports on their progress. Why?
     
    Negotiations are normally confidential until full agreement is reached and both parties agree to full disclosure. 
     
    Member Question #7. CFUW dues increases occurred regularly in the past with the most recent being in 2013. That year dues increased by $10 of which $3.00 was to cover an expected dues increase by IFUW (now GWI). The IFUW dues increase did not occur and instead of putting the IFUW funds into trust for future, did CFUW use the funds for other purposes?
     
    The 2012 CFUW AGM minutes do not substantiate this claim.The rationale of the dues motion presented by then VP Carole Hare, also does not support this claim. We are attaching the 2012 CFUW AGM Minutes to this bulletin.
     
    Member Question #8. Please provide a full accounting history of just what CFUW has collected to cover GWI payments.

    The Annual Audited Financial reports have provided this information. The records are on our website.

    Additional information:

    When a CFUW dues increase is proposed it is based on 1)the cost of operating CFUW, 2) the IFUW/GWI per capita amount in Swiss francs and 3) the annual  exchange rate at the time of the proposal.

    History of CFUW dues increase:

    1. In 2005 CFUW adopted that dues be increased by $5 for each of the next 3 years. Included was an increase in IFUW dues to 15.5CHF (Swiss Francs).  At time of adoption, the exchange rate was 0.96 CHF to $1 CAD (Canadian Dollar).Implemented in 2006. CFUW dues of $60 began in 2009.
    2. Adopted in 2012 and implemented in 2014, that CFUW increase dues by $10.  At time of adoption the exchange rate was 1.11 CHF to $1 CAD.  As stated earlier, the rational for increase did not include the expectation of an IFUW dues increase.Then CFUW VP Finance Carol Hare stated that the proposed increase was related to fluctuations in the Swiss Franc, the cost of relocating the CFUW national office and other unanticipated expenses.

    Explanation of the the actual cost to CFUW.  GWI dues collected vs. GWI dues paid

    Fluctuations in the exchange rat, mean that the amount paid for GWI per Capita Dues generally exceeds the amount collected.  From 2012-2018, the total combined shortfall between dues collected and dues paid, totaled more than $200,000 CAD.  CFUW Dues are established based on the amount required to cover CFUW expenses and GWI dues, based on the cost of living and the exchange rate for the year the dues amount are adopted.  The collection basis for the GWI dues remains the same until the next dues increase regardless of the exchange rate at the time the dues are paid.  Annual shortfalls between the amount of GWI dues collected and those paid out have been absorbed in the CFUW operating budget.

    In other words, the CFUW operating budget has been subsidizing the unfavorable currency fluctuations. These shortfalls are over and above the shortfalls caused by the implementation of a 6CHF increase to GWI dues that took effect on January 1, 2018.  
     

    Year

    Exchange rate basis of collection

    Exchange rate paid

    Collected

    Paid Out

    Due to GWI

    Annual shortfall subsidized by CFUW

    2012-13

    .96

    1.1

    $126,584

    $142,257

    142,257

    $15,673

    2013-14

    .96

    1.24

    $127,536

    $152,836

    152,836

    $25,300

    2014-15

    1.1

    1.29

    145,266

    $159,446

    159,446

    $14180

    2015-16

    1.1

    1.34

    143,885

    $172,697

    172,697

    $28,812

    2016-17

    1.1

    1.34

    142,674

    $176,143

    176,143

    $33,469

    2017-18

    1.1

    1.36

    138,002

    $170,380

    236669

    $98666*

    *$10435 of the 2017-18 shortfall was funded by voluntary donations to CFUW.  All donations were forwarded to GWI in payment of per capita dues.
     

    Member Question #9. How is the GWI fee portion handled by National when collected?

    Each fiscal year 100% of what CFUW collects from CFUW members for GWI is sent to GWI. This includes voluntary dues sent to us by a few clubs, as well as donations by individual members. Again, all financial information is provided in the annual audited financial booklets.The annual finance reports can be found on our website. Each club also receives a  copy each year as part of the AGM package. This provides full transparency. We post our monthly financial reports on our website as well. 
     
    Member Question #10. Why do we have an outstanding debt?

    Payments for GWI dues are derived from a defined portion of the Cfuw $70 fees we collect.  The defined portion remains 15.5CHF and will remain so until the voting body agrees to increase it. The problem has been that since GWI increased their dues by 6CHF for a total of 21.5CHF, CFUW has not received the mandate from its members to collect the difference. The CFUW board is guided by the 2/3 majority vote when it comes to financial motions.  Until such time the voting body approves the parallel amount, we are bound to pay 15.5CHF per capita, even though GWI has invoiced us 21.5CHF per capita for 2018 and 2019.
     
    Member Question #11. Why did CFUW set up a Revenue Generating Committee

    The overall financial outlook of CFUW has weakened over the years. The main reasons are:
           1.decreased membership
          2.our investments do not bring in the type of interests we enjoyed during               boom market years
         3. the shortfall caused by currency fluctuations  demonstrated in the graph
             in #8)

         4. we have failed to keep up with inflation
     

            New sources of income are needed if CFUW is to maintain its
            current  national  programs, services and advocacy role. In
            addition, we are taking into consideration that even if the motion
            to increase the GWI dues passes, this will only bring parity for

            GWI dues moving forward. Additional  income is needed to clear the
            past debt.

     
    Member Question #12. Last year CFUW asked clubs to send in voluntary dues for GWI.  Was that successful?

    CFUW did not ask Clubs to do that. CFUW responded to a request from a member that the office be authorized to forward to GWI any voluntary funds from members. 10 clubs participated and CFUW was able to collect 15% of the outstanding debt. All was sent to GWI.
     
    Member Question #13. Why are we not using our restricted reserve to clear the debt?

    The CFUW board members take our fiduciary responsibility very seriously and we will continue to adhere to the financial standards, rules, and recommendations regarding restricted reserves.

    The restricted reserve is $237,000 which reflects the minimum amount that “net assets” should not go below to ensure the organization can meet future obligations and cover  expenses should the organization have to shut down or in case it has an emergency, such as a catastrophic fire.
     
    Member Question #14. What about using our unrestricted amount?

     CFUW presented a deficit budget last year, and will again for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. In addition The centennial AGM is proving to be more expensive than originally budgeted. This will greatly affect our unrestricted reserve.
         
    Member Question #15. What order will the motions be presented in Winnipeg?
    The order of the motions will be
    1. The Winnipeg motion
    2. The  6$ increase for CFUW motion
    3. The $10 increase for GWI
     
    Should the Winnipeg motion fail, we proceed to  vote on the 2 Finance motions:
     
    Should the Winnipeg motion pass, there will be no need to vote on the 2 finance motions because the Winnipeg motion incorporates the $6 increase by stating the CFUW fee will be $55, which is $6 over what you are paying now for CFUW.  In addition, it says those who wish to pay the GWI fee will do so at the current GWI due, which is 21.5CHF.

    Presently of the $70 CFUW dues only  15.5 CHF is defined for GWI. So again, the Winnipeg motions incorporate an increase.
     
     
     
     
     
     




     


     


  • 20 Apr 2019 12:51 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

    There are three Financial Motions put forth by CFUW National that we will need to vote on at our AGM on May 4. Two of them are dues motions and the third is a motion put forward by the CFUW-Winnipeg Club.

    We encourage everyone to join us at the CFUW-Ottawa AGM and Lunch on Saturday May 4 to make your voice heard. Click here to see details about this important event.

    Please review these motions in preparation for our AGM.

    Winnipeg Financial Motion:  Click here

    Dues Motions:  Click here



  • 03 Apr 2019 10:04 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

    Hally Siddons once again had the privilege to attend the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York, this year as a member of the CFUW Delegation. The seventeen member delegation was ably led by Joy Hurst, VP International Relations, working with Grace Hollett, CFUW National President. The CFUW delegates came from across the country. Nothing seems to prepare one for the hectic pace and breadth of the week but each day was truly new and exciting. Click here to read Hally's full report. 

    A video of Hally Siddons of CFUW-Ottawa presenting the CFUW Oral Statement on behalf of National President Grace Hollet is attached. The video cannot be viewed directly from this link however the audio can be heard. To hear the audio, click here. To see the video as well, you should immediately pause the audio, click on the three dots on the right side of the audio control bar, click download, and when the video has downloaded click on it to both see and hear the video.

  • 12 Mar 2019 9:40 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

    An amendment to the CFUW Articles and Bylaws has been proposed and has been accepted by the Articles and Bylaws Committee. This amendment would rename the 'Members-at-Large Club' to the E-Club'. Click here to review this proposed amendment.

  • 23 Dec 2018 5:03 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

    On November 29, 2018, CFUW-Ottawa had the honour of receiving the Carleton University Leadership in Philanthropy Award, which is presented annually to an individual or organization who has had a significant impact on the University. The University noted that it is proud of the partnership that the Canadian Federation of University Women-Ottawa has with Carleton University and that our leadership and generosity will continue to support generations of Carleton students and is an inspiration to many. 

    Each year we award $15,500 in scholarships to students attending Carleton and over the years we have given over $330,000 in scholarships to Carleton students.


        


        

  • 29 Nov 2018 11:13 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

    As part of the CFUW centenary year celebrations, CFUW National has notified us that each Club will be allowed to give one “Sage Award” to the member in the Club who has the longest number of years as a member in CFUW. This has to be someone who is a current member of our Ottawa Club, but we are allowed to calculate collective years, in other words years spent in other CFUW Clubs also count for the calculation. The recipient of this award will be given a pin and a certificate (provided by CFUW National) at our Ottawa AGM in May. If you think you might be the Sage or can suggest a candidate, please let our Membership Administrator Carol Hinde know at membership@cfuw-ottawa.org. 


  • 11 Nov 2018 9:25 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

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    Message from the President

    November 9, 2018
     

    Club Presidents are asked to please circulate this message to all Club members
    * Une version française sera publiée la semaine prochaine

      

    I bring you greetings close to the commemoration of Armistice Day, a period when the world looked forward eagerly to an end to war, and women thought of organizations that could help forge a lasting peace. CFUW and GWI were both formed in the aftermath of World War I and continue to work for peace and enlightenment. When in Winnipeg recently, Sandy Millen and I dropped in at the café of Mennonite University after our outing with the UWC Winnipeg members and I picked up a pin with the caption "to remember is to work for peace”. Our members continue to work for peace.
     

    CFUW’s 100th Anniversary AGM  2019 Winnipeg August 14-17

    The official opening of the AGM will start at 5:00pm on Thursday August 15 followed by a day called Celebrating CFUW’s History and Future and culminating in the gala banquet on Friday night. The Business meeting agenda has been drafted and will start mid-afternoon on Friday and continue on Saturday, August 17 to complete all agenda items. with the adjournment scheduled for 4:00pm. I am pleased to announce that our Parliamentarian, Elizabeth Haynes has been appointed and is working with us.
    Tours have been planned by the Local Arrangements Committee (LAC) from Tuesday, August 13  to Sunday August 18. Details are being finalized at Winnipeg and will be posted on the website.  If you haven’t decided about attending yet, check out the Museum of Human Rights and that may convince you to come to Winnipeg!
    Additionally, the Board, Regional Directors and Standing Committee Chairs who are not on the Board will meet on Wednesday evening August 14 and all morning and early afternoon of Thursday August 15.
     
    A Special event is being planned for the Notable Women on Thursday prior to the official opening. A lunch meeting for Club Presidents, will be held on Friday and the Charitable Trust breakfast will be on Saturday. Watch for information on the Boutique! Check here for AGM 2019 information.

    Inviting Clubs to host AGM 2020

    CFUW is looking for a Club to host the 2020 AGM and Conference!
     At the Board meeting on November 6,it was decided that CFUW will hold a face-to-face meeting on years which start a new biennium which is when Board and RD elections are held. To set up this sequence we will have a face-to face AGM and Conference in 2020 and every second year from then. Electronic AGMs will be held in the alternate years. (Face-to-face in 2020, 2022, 2024 etc. and electronic in 2021, 2023, 2025 etc.). This year we have a face-to-face 100th Anniversary AGM.
     Additional details may be obtained from Robin Jackson: cfuwed@rogers.com.

     

    CFUW 100th Anniversary Sage Awards: A local Club Award

    On the recommendation of the 100th Anniversary Committee the Board passed a motion setting up a SAGE award to be given by each Club to the current member of that Club who has the longest period of CFUW membership.   These women will be honoured with a silver pin and certificate from National Office to be presented locally by the individual participating Clubs.
     
    To calculate a member’s length of service with CFUW, the length of time she has been a member of her current home Club and any other Clubs in which she has been a member are added. Periods of dual membership are counted once only. The recipient must be a current member. The membership time does not have to be continuous, i.e. there may be years when she was not a member so those years are not included in the calculation of total years. Information on the awards will be part of the toolkit which is being prepared for the 100th Anniversary for distribution to Clubs.

     

    Finances

    A message from the Finance Committee begins “One of the most difficult concepts to understand in accounting is any item in the “equity” or “net asset” section of an organization’s balance sheet, also known as the Statement of Financial Position.  Although the “net assets” reported on April 30, 2018 audited statements (copied below) are $520,378, CFUW’s financial position is precarious and another $70,000 is needed to stabilize the financial outlook”
     
    Thank you to the Finance Committee for preparing a paper explaining net assets and reserves in plain language. Please click here to access the paper.
    If after reading the paper you have questions relating to this please direct them to Robin Jackson.
     
    The financial report “Actuals to Budget” was received by the Board and is being posted to the website. It shows that income and expenses are as expected for this time in the fiscal year.

     

    CFUW delegates to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW63)

     CFUW has announced the names of the 20 members who applied and have been selected to attend as CFUW delegates in March 2019 at New York.  I appreciate that in addition to the VP International and the President who receive some funding in carrying out their duties at the UNCSW, 18 members are self-funded for this event.  The theme is Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. The review theme is Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development. As ambassadors for CFUW, the delegation will network with other Canadians and women from all over the world, particularly our international partners; will explore multinational policy development, innovations, and best practices related to services for women.
     
    CFUW has prepared a written statement called “Promoting Gender Equality through Quality Public Education Systems and Services”. The statement focuses on tackling the systemic barriers in accessing education for women and girls and ensuring safe and non-discriminatory learning environments. Click here to read the full statement.

     

    Negotiating Team

    The CFUW Negotiating team is progressing with its mandate, has done some research, and very soon will be presenting a negotiating package to the CFUW Board. Both sides, GWI and CFUW, have exchanged their Terms of Reference and the names of the members of each team and look forward to working amicably towards a solution to our differences.
     


    GWI Triennial 

    At the July 2019 GWI Triennial, themed Peace Through Education, two women from each NFA will be acknowledged as having made noteworthy contributions towards the mission and vision of IFUW/GWI. The International Relations Committee recommended and the Board approved two members Linda Souter and Phyllis Scott. You may read about those outstanding women in the Past Presidents’ Biographies.

     
    Visits to Clubs this Fall

    My visits to Clubs continues with so far this fall having met with Atlantic Clubs in Wolfville, followed by visits with Janet Wilwerth to Pictou, Charlottetown, Moncton, Halifax and Dartmouth. In Ontario, I met with representatives of the 13 Ontario North Clubs and their Regional Director at a Talk it out workshop in Toronto. In Winnipeg I met with four groups of UWC Winnipeg in addition to meetings with LAC Chair Sandy Millen, and a tour of Winnipeg and the Fort Gary with Patricia and Howard Elliot as we checked out some of the sites where the LAC will be arranging tours. Belleville was a delightful visit , and next weekend I will be in Quebec attending the Quebec council   followed by a train ride to Ottawa for the Child Care Lobby and visits to events at  the Clubs of Ottawa, Nepean and Kanata.  Thankfully my travelling office (laptop and cell phone) accompany me!
     
    Best wishes  to all,


    Grace

    National President
    CFUW

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  • 21 Oct 2018 12:24 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

    REMINDER – Deadline to apply to be a part of Canada’s official delegation to the 63rd Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women is October 26, 2018. Send in your a


    Good morning,

    The 63rd Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) will take place in New York City from March 11 to March 22, 2019. As preparations get underway both in Canada and abroad for the meeting, we would appreciate your assistance in the nomination of candidates from women’s and other civil society organizations (CSOs) to serve as members of the official Canadian delegation.

    Status of Women Canada has a long-standing commitment to increasing the participation of women’s and other civil society organizations in the international policy process, as well as assisting groups in building on their knowledge and understanding of the structures and operational processes of the United Nations and other multilateral organizations. Since the Fourth World Conference of Women in 1995, civil society organization representatives have been invited to serve on Canadian delegations to international meetings, including the UNCSW and numerous other ministerial meetings on women.

    The priority theme of the UNCSW in 2019 is social protection systems, access to public services, and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. The Commission will also evaluate progress in the implementation of the agreed conclusions from its 60th session on the theme of women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development.

    For more information on the nomination process, including the nomination form and criteria for selection, please visit our website . We will be accepting nominations up until October 26, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

    Please feel free to contact officials at Status of Women Canada (UNCSW-CCFNU@swc-cfc.gc.ca), should you have any questions or concerns.

    Thank you for your support.

    Sincerely,
    The UNCSW Team, Status of Women Canada


  • 24 Sep 2018 11:28 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)
    Club Action Newsletter


    Message from the President
     

    September 24, 2018
     

      

    President’s Message

    Report on Board Decisions

     


    I wish to thank all the members and clubs who have contacted the Board, or me personally, with your thoughts and concerns on many CFUW issues. The Board is considering these and other related issues carefully.
     
    We are acutely aware of our role and duty in the sustainability of a strong and vibrant CFUW as well as the obligations we have to adhere to the hierarchy of applicable governing documents: the Canada Not-for Profit Corporations Act; CFUW Articles and Bylaws; Rules of Order—both Special Rules of Order (CFUW Administrative Policy and Procedure as recorded in administrative books 1 and 2) and those in our parliamentary authority Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised (RONR).
     
    The Board has been conducting most meetings by conference call, normally meeting in person during an AGM only. Since this year’s AGM was electronic, the face-to-face meeting to give was held September 14-15. This gave Board members who will be working closely with each other over the next two years an opportunity to meet, to deal with CFUW business, and continue Board in-servicing. This message reports on decisions made at that meeting, at a follow up Special Meeting held by conference call September 21, as well as a related revenue generating decision of September 1.
     
    In summary, these Board decisions are: to have a major membership drive; to form a CFUW/ GWI Negotiating Committee; to make an advance payment of 45000 Swiss Francs as partial payment of the 2019 collected GWI dues; and to form a Revenue Generating Committee,
     
    Additional information on each item is provided below.
     


    Item 1. Membership Campaign

     

    The Board passed a motion from the VP Membership, Lynne Kent, on behalf of the Membership Committee “that CFUW undertake a 100th Anniversary Membership Recruitment Campaign”
     
    This celebratory membership campaign will be the main focus of the Membership Committee this year as they strategize to increase membership by at least 500 by the end of 2019. This campaign aims to expand awareness of CFUW and publicize the value of membership in CFUW while adding a more diverse base to our current membership. The theme for the drive has a strong emphasis on CFUW’s 100thAnniversary. The Membership Committee is well into planning for this venture and will be contacting Clubs shortly. Everyone is encouraged to participate in bringing in more members! Click here to read more.

     


    Item 2. CFUW /GWI Negotiation Committee

     

    The Board realizes that among the membership there are varying opinions about the CFUW/GWI relationship. CFUW is, however, a member of GWI with membership obligations. We appreciate your patience as we plan for a comprehensive strategy to strengthen CFUW and as we embark on negotiations with GWI to bring resolution to the issues that exist between CFUW and GWI. 
     
    The Terms of Reference for CFUW’s committee have been approved by the CFUW Board. Both CFUW and GWI desire to resolve the situation. CFUW’s VP International, Joy Hurst, will officially notify GWI of the of the formation of the Negotiating Committee’s formation after you have been sent this update. It is hoped that matters will proceed favourably between the two parties. Click here to read the Terms of Reference for the Negotiating Committee.
     


    Item 3. Payments to GWI


    The following amended motion passed at the Special Board Meeting of September 21:

    Motion “To pay the amount of CHF 45000, with the understanding that this is a partial payment of collected 2019 dues at the rate of 15.5 Swiss francs per member and that this will be communicated as such to GWI.”  
     

    The CHF 45000 will be paid from dues collected already from CFUW members for payment of the 2019 dues. This motion was made in good faith and will provide GWI some funding from a long-standing member NFA. We have made payments in advance at various times in the past.  It is, however not a payment for the amount of CHF 39677 (Swiss Francs) on the GWI invoice for unpaid dues of 2018, an amount not approved for payment by the membership.

     


    Item 4. Revenue Generating Committee

     

    On September 1, an electronic vote was held to consider forming a Revenue Generating Committee. The motion from the Finance Committee passed and was ratified at the September 15 Board meeting. This initiative is designed to increase CFUW’s finances over and above the funds received through members’ dues. A successful Membership Drive noted in Item 1 above would increase revenue through dues from additional members.  Click here to for information on the Revenue Generating Committee as presented in the motion.

     
    Any additional details about the matters of this President’s Message will be reported at the Board meeting of October 4 and reported to you shortly afterwards. If you have questions please direct them to me at graceh@nl.rogers.com, or to Robin Jackson at cfuwed@rogers.com



     
     
    Grace Hollett
    CFUW National President - FCFDU Présidente nationale
    Email: graceh@nl.rogers.com
    www.cfuw.org
    The Power of Women Working Together
    La puissance au féminin: ensemble pour réussir 



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