News and Announcements

  • 15 Apr 2018 6:20 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

    The Report of the CFUW Articles and Bylaws Committee was released February 9, 2018.

    We encourage you to click here and read.

  • 09 Apr 2018 9:09 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

    Hally Siddons was once again one of a 20 strong delegation from Graduate Women International to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 62 in New York in March 2018.  Members were ably lead by GWI President, Geeta Desai, GWI VP, Louise McLeod, and the 4 GWI UN Reps in New York. There was a mix of most interesting and inspiring women from Nigeria, Australia, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Mexico, South Africa, and USA.  There were over 10,000 registered attendees from around the world for the ten day session. It was an exciting and invigorating time as delegates discussed global issues and this year’s priority theme, achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls. The days and evenings were packed with multiple events at the UN, side events, parallel sessions off site, and special invitations to Permanent Missions.

    For Hally's full report click here.

  • 26 Feb 2018 2:23 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

    Our CFUW-Ottawa Board will discuss the message below at its board meeting on March 26th.

    We will communicate our recommendations to you and you can vote on these issues at our May Ottawa AGM.

    Our Treasurer maintains the opinion that we can keep our CFUW-Ottawa fees the same for this year as for last, barring unforeseen circumstances.

    February 21, 2018

    President’s Message
    Greetings from your CFUW National Board! As you prepare to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th and generally continue with your very rewarding Club programs I wish to draw your attention to several items of CFUW business of importance to all of us.
    1. Nominations for National President, National Board, and Regional Directors: Nominations are continuing to be forwarded to the Nominations chair Wilma Clapham ( Please note that this process ends on February 28, 2018. All nominations must be received by Wilma Clapham, by 12, midnight Eastern Standard time, February 28th in order to be processed by the Nominations Committee and listed on the website. The nomination forms and the nomination process can be found at the following links. Any additional nominations from Clubs will be presented from the floor at the 2018 AGM.
    2. Financial Motions
    Two financial motions have been received for AGM 2018 being held on June 23rd. Your consideration of those along with your Club’s study of the proposed Resolutions and proposed By Law changes will be part of your initial preparation for AGM 2018.

    1. CFUW Dues Increase Motion: The motion from the Finance Committee to the Board is for a per capita increase of $11.00 to be considered at AGM 2018. The Board is forwarding this motion to Clubs for your study as you prepare for the AGM. We ask you to read carefully the background information prepared by the Finance Committee.
    2. CFUW Winnipeg MotionA financial motion for AGM 2018 has been received from CFUW Winnipeg.  This motion deals with differentiated CFUW dues for members who wish or do not wish to pay GWI dues. The Club has prepared background information for your consideration.

    3. Voluntary Payment of the GWI Dues Increase:
    Voluntary payments of the GWI $8.40 dues increase have started to arrive at National Office. Although the deadline is not until April 30th payments may be sent in at any time before April 30th to be processed. Some Clubs are collecting from individual members, others had already raised their fees in anticipation of a dues increase and plan to use some of that money, while others are planning to use excess Club funds. Those decisions are, of course, the prerogative of individual Clubs.
    4. AGM 2018
    Preparations for the first CFUW electronic AGM on June 23rd are progressing. A series of advisories will be forwarded to Clubs to help you with your planning for full participation in this AGM. We are able to set up for the AGM at National Office and plan a morning and afternoon session of two hours each. If extra time is needed we can take a short break and resume for an additional 30 minutes or so. 
    If you have questions or comments on any of those four items please direct them to Robin Jackson who will respond or refer them to the appropriate Board or Staff person for a response.
    Best wishes,

    Grace Hollett
    CFUW National President - FCFDU Présidente nationale 
    The Power of Women Working Together
    La puissance au féminin: ensemble pour réussir 

  • 06 Nov 2017 5:25 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

    On October 20 CFUW National released the results of the vote by CFUW clubs on the proposed amended GWI proposed fee increase. Click here for letter from Grace Hollet.

    On October 31, 2017 GWI released the official results of the online vote of October 23-24, 2017. Click here for the letter from the GWI Board and the vote results. 

    Important information regarding the number of eligible GWI votes:  

    Eligible to vote were 33 NFAs and 7 members of the GWI Board.
    The weighted votes per NFA is: CFUW (10 votes) , Turkey (6), Switzerland (4),  India (4), Australia (3), New Zealand (3), Japan (3), Ireland (2), Austria (2), Britain (2), Nigeria (2). This totals at 41 votes, The other 22  NFAs had one vote each. This calculates at 41 + 22  or 63 votes and when added to the 7 GWI Board votes gives a possible 70 votes. The results show 69 votes cast.

  • 19 Sep 2017 2:26 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

    Attached is the latest Club Action Newsletter from CFUW.  The first part explains the latest proposal from Graduate Women International (GWI) for an amended dues increase. Click here.

  • 13 Sep 2017 3:13 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

    The attached letter from CFUW President Grace Hollett includes a letter from Geeta Desai, President of GWI. These letters provide information from the report of the AdHoc Committee of NFA (National Federations and Associations) members which was considering the matter of a GWI dues increase. 

    Click here.

  • 12 Jul 2017 11:31 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

    CFUW-Ottawa President Charlotte Rigby's report: Click here

  • 12 Jul 2017 11:01 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

    On June 13, 2017 Hally and Hugh Siddons hosted their annual Summer Evening Garden Reception.  One of the speakers was Patricia Leidl, an international Communications Advisor/Strategist and co-author of 'The Hillary Doctrine: Sex and American Foreign Policy'. Her comments on women's education, violence against women, and international peace were of great interest to those who attended. Patricia graciously agreed to provide her speaking notes. Click here to read.

  • 27 Apr 2017 7:54 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

    On April 20 a special meeting of CFUW-Ottawa was held to provide local CFUW members with information concerning the three motions to be voted on by our club at our AGM on May 9 and subsequently at the CFUW National AGM in Richmond BC in June. Our President, Charlotte Rigby, and three former CFUW-Ottawa club presidents addressed those attending and provided their perspective on the issues at hand. What follows are the speaking notes for each speaker as well as a copy of the text of a recent email blast on this subject. For further information please contact any of these ladies.

    Charlotte Rigby's Notes: click here

    Mary Partington's Notes: click here

    Dorothy Phillips' Notes: click here

    Hally Siddons' Notes: click here 

    Fee Increase Document from Stratford CFUW: click here

    Text of email blast on behalf of Charlotte Rigby: click here

    For further information on GWI projects and activities see the Focus on GWI: Our International Arm section of the Study and Interest Group page. 

  • 04 Apr 2017 12:07 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

    Hally Siddons was one of a 20-strong delegation from Graduate Women International to the United Nations NGO Commission on the Status of Women – CSW61 in New York.  They were ably led by GWI President, Geeta Desai and were a mix of most interesting and inspiring members from Australia, Canada, the Congo, Egypt, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Africa, Turkey, Uganda, and the USA.  It was an exciting and invigorating time as they discussed global issues among themselves and with many others from around the world.  The days and evenings were packed with multiple events at the United Nations, side events, parallel sessions off site, and special invitations to Permanent Missions.

    To see Hally's full report click here.


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