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  • 02 Jul 2018 4:14 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)
    Club Action Newsletter

    June 28, 2018 

    President's Message

    The Election and the New Board
    Thank you for re-electing me to be CFUW President for the 2018-2020 Biennium. When nominated by CFUW St. John’s I realized that if another candidate were nominated I must be prepared for any outcome and so I thought for a moment of the many interesting projects that I would get back to should I not be continuing as President. Those ideas disappeared quickly when I heard the results of the election for President being announced at the AGM! I have started back to work as your full-time CFUW President and I appreciate the many emails from across Canada welcoming me back; they have been a joy and inspiration to read!

    Congratulations to the other members of the Board who are now in position for the 2018-2020 Biennium. Some are returning to their former positions while other new members ran in uncontested elections and one won in a contested position. Their names and positions were all listed in the AGM report from National Office. The two vacant positions will be filled and will be announced following the first Board meeting. Madeline Kalbach, your former VP Membership, was gracious in her acceptance of the results and quickly passing on to me information of value to the new committee as she continues her other CFUW involvement and her many fascinating professional interests. Board, RDs and Committee chairs normally pass on to their successors any information of value in the turn-over process. To Cheryl Hayles and Saode Savary who also ran in contested positions and are not on the 2018-2020 Board I wish you well.

    Your new CFUW Board will meet in July by conference call and will be followed by a face-to-face meeting in September as planned and budgeted. The July agenda, in addition to dealing with the two vacant Board positions, will involve Board training on CFUW financials, governing internal and external documents, and parliamentary procedure; approval of committee members, and the usual business of the initial Board meeting in a new Biennium. The matter of the dues still owing to GWI will be addressed. I have contacted Geeta Desai, GWI President and requested a further extension to August 10th of the deadline for the dues payment. The reason for this is there is no VP Finance in place and June 30th did not give a reasonable time for the new Board to meet. Ms. Desai agreed readily to my request.
    2018 AGM
    Many thanks to our members who learnt a new way to conduct an AGM and participated in the 2018 Virtual AGM held last Saturday, June 23rd. It was fascinating to be part of this process that started over a year ago when it was proposed to hold a virtual AGM as a cost-saving measure at both the national and club levels. National office staff are commended on their work with the two companies that enabled the meeting process and the voting. Staff also designed and providing training sessions for members. On your behalf I thank Executive Director, Robin Jackson; Member Engagement Coordinator, Jenna Smith; Advocacy Coordinator Genevieve de Breyne-Gaynon; Fellowships Program Manager, Betty Dunlop, and Ryszard Kowaiski, Bookkeeper and software developer who ensured that the meeting ran well and the voting was conducted according to CFUW standards.

    As President for the 2016-2018 Biennium it was my responsibility to chair the AGM and this was shared with Katherine Wilkinson, Acting President.  Advising us was Elizabeth Haynes, Parliamentarian. At various points on the agenda, we were joined in person by Helen Sami, VP Finance to present the Financial items, Wilma Clapham to present the Nominations Report, and Myra Willis to present the proposed changes for Articles and Bylaws. Teresa Habs joined online to present the Resolutions and to see them all accepted. The financial motions were accepted (with one budget amendment) except for the Winnipeg Motion and the Dues Motion, both requiring a 2/3 vote but receiving 61% and 65.8% respectively. Consequently, there was no agreed change to the status of CFUW membership in GWI but neither was the membership in agreement to increasing CFUW dues to cover the GWI dues increase or increased CFUW inflationary costs. Information on the Articles and Bylaws motions and details of the Advocacy Resolutions were presented in the Club Action Newsletter of June 28th. The debate, motions, proposed amendments, comments and questions coming in over the telephone and chat lines worked well once we got started and some initial items taken care of. Emails from individual members and the AGM evaluation survey will give us more information to improve this process.
    Thanks Related to the 2016-2018 Biennium
    Those thanks would normally have been done at the AGM had we not run out of time despite the extensions of 45 and 10 minutes. I have already thanked the staff at National Office in the AGM 2018 section above and I wish to acknowledge their enormous contribution to CFUW throughout the whole Biennium.

    I would like to acknowledge, the members of our CFUW Clubs who meet together in friendship to carry out the aims of the organization. The more than 8000 energetic, dedicated members who join CFUW for various reasons, become more enthused and involved and stay to enjoy the fellowship while working to promote education, human rights for all, and particularly the advancement of equality for women and girls through advocacy, (including the provision of scholarships), example, and community outreach. I am sorry to have seen the closure of Clubs this year but recognize that some clubs were not viable, and hope that those members become part of the Members at Large group or, where possible, join another Club. It was exciting to see a new Club formed in Quebec and plans to revive the Club in Regina gain momentum.

    It is my great pleasure to thank the Board members of the 2016-2018 Biennium:  For this past year; Ruth Mellor, Bilkies McKen, Sandy Thompson, Dominique Racanelli, Janet Willwerth, Helen Sami, Cheryl Ambrose, Madeline Kalbach, Cheryl Hayles, Kathryn Wilkinson, and the three invited guests at Board meetings: Parliamentarian Elizabeth Haynes whom you heard in action at the AGM; Myra Willis Chair of Articles and Bylaws; and Barbara Clancy, Chair of the Regional Directors’ Group. I also wish to thank Past President Karen Dunnett, Brenda Robertson and Sharon Crabb who served on the Board for part of the 2016-2017 year.

    My thanks as well to the many regional leaders particularly the Regional Directors whose local, regional and national duties help Clubs move the CFUW programs forward. I thank Barbara Clancy chair, and the RDs of this past year; Barbara DuMoulin, Beryl Matthewson, Maureen Fotos, Dale Wilkie, Margaret Hendry, Patricia Elliot, Christine Tworo, Isobel Boyle, Heather Foss, Patricia Joyce, Mary Partington, Judy Gay, Jane Cowell-Poitras, Debbie Christiansen-Stowe, Jean Fisher who took over when Sharon Crabb moved another position, Eleanor Palmer who took over when Janet Willwerth moved to another position, and Heather Huestis.  Not all positions have been filled yet and an announcement of this important group and their new chair will be made shortly.

    I express my gratitude and thanks to all leaders and members of our Standing Committees, Special Committees and their Sub-Committees as well as our Study Groups and Special Appointments. The Committees of 2016-2018, each operating under its Terms of Reference, were most productive and I thank them for their intense effort on behalf of CFUW. Committees for 2018-2020 are being constituted and the expressions of interest returned by members are being forwarded to committee chairs.

    In closing, I must express also a heartfelt thank-you to the many Clubs and members who contacted me after the death of my husband on May 16th; it was most appreciated. Let us go forward with renewed interest and energy to build CFUW, retain our current members, and inspire others to join; to solve existing problems and continue to fulfill the mission of CFUW as we enter our 100th year of involvement in advocating for education, human rights, and equality for women and girls.


    National President

  • 26 Apr 2018 10:51 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

    All members are welcome and encouraged to attend the CFUW-Ottawa AGM on Tuesday May 8. Come spend a pleasant evening with your CFUW-Ottawa friends and meet members you may not have crossed paths with before. You need to register by May 1, check the event listing for details.

    But if you can't join us, we strongly encourage you to still make your vote count by asking a fellow member who will be attending to vote for you by proxy.  Please print and complete the attached form and give it to that member, along with your voting choices.  That member then signs the form and must bring it to the AGM.  

    Click here to help make your voice heard.

  • 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


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