President’s September Report

It’s time for the start of a new CFUW year of volunteerism, learning, and fun! Although summers are usually quiet for most of our members, the Program Committee, co-chaired by Heather Hall and Denise Bradden, once again worked their magic and assembled a stellar roster of speakers for our General Meetings for 2019-2020. Printed copies of the Program Brochure will be available at the September meeting.

This past summer was unusual also, with not one, but two 100th Anniversary AGMs taking place! Our grandmother organization, IFUW (now GWI), was founded in 1919 by three women, Dr. Virginia Guildersleeve, Barnard College, USA, Dr. Caroline Spurgeon, U of London, England and Rose Sedgewick, U of Birmingham, England, to advocate for world peace after World War I. The Canadian activist and first President, Margaret McWilliams, founded CFUW National in Winnipeg the same year.** This past year, delegates from CFUW and GWI have been in negotiations to solve financial issues, i.e. proposed dues increase.

The resulting compromise, a Memorandum of Understanding, (MOU), was approved in July by the approximately 400 attendees in Geneva, Switzerland (including 20 Canadian representatives). Click here for the Link to the MOU: MOU document

I had so hoped to represent you in August at the AGM in Winnipeg, but it was not to be, so your Executive gave the proxy for our votes to Mary Jane Waszynski, Past President, CFUW St. Catharines (2014), past Charitable Fund Chair (2016-2019) and now Ontario South Regional Director. Thank you Mary Jane!

The results of the voting in Winnipeg were that the Winnipeg Motion was defeated, the MOU was ratified, GWI dues were not increased but the CFUW national dues were increased by $6.00. This means our CFUW St. Catharines membership dues will now be $106 per year.

Please bring any prospective members (it is not necessary for them to have a university degree) to our first General Meeting, September 10th at 7:30. Here, you and they will connect with old friends, meet new ones and sign up for Interest Groups, and Community Activities. If you don’t register online, be sure to bring your dues and register in person.

I look forward to seeing you!

** For more historical background on the CFUW in Canada, see the President’s Report in the October 2018 Newsletter (on our website).