ANNUAL REPORTS


CFUW NORTH BAY 2021 ANNUAL REPORTS

President’s Report

Kaarina Tulisalo

As I reflected on the 2020-21 CFUW year, I decided that words matter and that I wanted to share some words that mattered to me.

Pandemic: The pandemic has had a profound effect on our club and our lives. COVID has restricted our in-person meetings indoors and out. Words such as masks, social distancing, hand washing, waivers, bubbles, lock downs, border crossings, waves and vaccines we hear frequently now. Despite the disadvantages, we found advantages. The pandemic has reframed our thinking. Creativity and resilience have become essential. We hosted a garden tour. We lunched outside. We supported local businesses by ordering take-out. New interest groups sprang up such as the Really Healthy Walkers and the Wake-up Call.   We supported Coldest Night in support of The Gathering Place. My next word created a buzz.

Zoom: Technology came to our rescue. Zoom gave us the tools we needed to connect. We were challenged to learn how to schedule and join Zoom meetings, rename ourselves, move in and out of breakout rooms.  Speaker sharing mushroomed. We hosted two such events, inviting other clubs to join us to hear speakers Dr. Rosemary Nagy and Dr. Rob Graham.  We were able to join international events such as the UN CSW 65.  Zoom has opened the world to us, locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally.

Membership: We are a diverse membership. We joined for many different reasons and participate in many different ways and levels. The most important thing is that our members support the values and goals of CFUW North Bay.  One of the silver linings this year has been the recognition of how deep-rooted our fellowship is. We found ways to come together. Our interest groups have flourished, some with record-breaking numbers. New groups have been added.  Our “snow birds” and travellers joined us for the winter, and now we know how they can participate in the future. We supported each other through challenging times.

Advocacy: It has been an important pillar in our club, especially this year. We have continued advocacy on issues such as violence against women, equality, human rights, peace, Indigenous issues, climate change, and the environment. We studied the resolutions, wrote letters, and met virtually with our MP Anthony Rota. CFUW National has established study groups that meet virtually. We have members that have joined the following study groups: membership, Indigenous issues and long-term care and women’s issues.

International: Now more than ever the world is a global community. Our club continues to support the Montessori School Under the Tree in Tanzania. This year we had the opportunity to participate in a global event,  Afghan Peace Negotiations:  Their Perilous Significance for Women in Afghanistan. The Stand on the Bridge event and the Walk to Kabul in time for the international webinar on the April 24 were modelled on CFUW North Bay’s Join Me on the Bridge event and our Really Healthy Walkers group that is trekking across the globe. The project involved 19 CFUW clubs across Canada, over 600 walkers, and over 500 registrants for the webinar from 27 countries. This is an excellent example of the power of women working together. Our voices are needed now more than ever. 

Scholarships: We continue our strong scholarship program. In addition to our regular annual scholarships, we will be awarding our 80th Anniversary Scholarship to a deserving Nipissing student who is transferring from Canadore College.

Program: The program has been a key element in the success of our club this year. The chairs and the committee were creative, resourceful, and imaginative under challenging circumstances. Their programs generated enthusiasm and provided opportunities for learning and fun as well as raising money through two fundraisers.

Anniversary:  It is a pleasure to conclude my report on a celebratory note. We are celebrating the 80th anniversary of CFUW North Bay. The club received its charter in 1941. Our focus will be on the contribution CFUW North Bay has made to the city. We have quite a story to tell. The five bins of archives stored at the North Bay Public Library and the memories shared by current members are excellent resources. The highlight will be the display at the North Bay Museum in October.

 

I have shared my words and I invite you to share yours. I do have one more heartfelt word to share. It says it all: thanks to all of you!


Scholarship Committee

Sheila Taylor, Scholarship Chair

The CFUW North Bay Secondary School Scholarships were given in June 2020 to Chippewa Secondary School and additionally by motion of the club to Widdifield Secondary School as it was its last year in existence: $500 scholarship to Elsa Konkal Seguin and Julia Einarson at Chippewa plus an additional $500 each to Anna Joyal and Talia MacDonald at Widdifield.  The June 2021 high school scholarships will be bypassed this year as Widdifield received theirs a year ahead of schedule.  The next high school scholarships will be in June 2022 to Nibisiing Secondary School.

The 2020-21 Nipissing University Scholarships of $500 each were awarded as follows:

North Bay CFUW Faculty of Applied and Professional Studies Scholarship to Malory Dominico; North Bay CFUW Faculty of Arts and Science Scholarship to Samantha Lavellee; North Bay CFUW Schulich School of Education Scholarship to Sarah-Beth Raymond Lusk.  Two of the award winners met with me over Zoom in February.

The 2020 Canadore College Bursary winners awarded $500 each were as follows:

CFUW North Bay Canadore College Non-Traditional Program Bursary to Hailey Williams, Building Construction Technician Program and CFUW North Bay Canadore College Bursary to Jordan Warford, Dental Hygiene 2nd year. The 2021 recipients have yet to be announced.  In early April a congratulatory letter was received addressed to the members from George Burton with best wishes for our 80th anniversary.  It is posted on our website.

In addition an 80th Anniversary Scholarship at Nipissing University has been established in the amount of $800.  This will be awarded in September, 2021.

For the 2020-21 year we gave a total of $5,300.


Membership Committee

Nat Brunette and Susan Fisher, Co-Chairs 

As of December 2020, CFUW North Bay had 50 paid members. There were no new members. Unfortunately, six members did not rejoin the club this year.


Program Committee

Kelly Ann Smith and Kristen Ferguson, Co-Chairs (Report by Kelly Ann Smith)

CFUW North Bay's Program Committee worked diligently to provide an active and exciting mostly virtual program for our members for 2020-21. We had two speaker-sharing events this year (Dr. Rosemary Nagy and Dr. Rob Graham) with members of CFUW across the province joining in. Vicki Rivard spoke to us about Nipissing Serenity Hospice here in North Bay. We had two successful fundraising events: the Epicure night with Sarah Yackobeck and the painting morning with Marianne Vander Dussen, both of which were very well attended.  Other highlights include Zumba with Kindra McMillan, holiday urn making at Burrows, and our Charitable Trust ceremony at North Bay City Hall marking the December 6 memorial.


Issues and Advocacy

Brenda Robertson, Chair

The CFUW North Bay Issues/Advocacy Committee consisting of nine members began meeting in October 2020 with a review of the process of CFUW Advocacy and a discussion of the 2020 adopted CFUW resolutions.  Two resolutions were chosen for a focus for the year: Long Term Care—Protecting Our Most Vulnerable and The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action.  Letters were sent in November to MP Anthony Rota for both resolutions followed with a January 13 virtual meeting for discussion of these issues. MP Rota’s office followed up the meeting sending further information on long-term care. Also in November, letters on long-term care were sent to MPP Vic Fedeli  and Mayor Al McDonald.  As no response came from either by January, letters were sent once again.  The Ministry of Long term Care responded, leaving many questions unaddressed. Another letter was sent with further questions. MPP Fedeli’s reply still left concerns regarding lack of immediate funding for PSWs and their claim of doing comprehensive inspections of LTC homes.  No response came from the mayor’s office.

Committee member Kaarina Tulisalo participated in a national study group for long-term care and 

Wynne Blair joined the national education committee study on Indigenous issues.

Appreciation is extended to all CFUW North Bay members who answered our call for action to send individual letters to various local, provincial and national officials on long-term care.  Our vigilance and action to raise our voice wherever possible on this very important issue need to continue.

CFUW resolutions were presented in March with Wynne Blair taking the lead and members presenting the six resolutions.   Electronic voting on the resolutions followed.

Thank you to Caroline Haist, our amazing website manager, for updating our Issues/Advocacy section

of the club website with items sent in to keep the site current.

Sincere thank you to the Issues/Advocacy committee members for their keen participation, their valuable contribution of research material, and efforts to advocate on issues of concern.


Interest Groups

Adventures in Dining (Gourmet Dinner Group) - Margaret Green

Previously dining monthly at local restaurants, the group now meets on Zoom the last Thursday of each month. We decide each month which local restaurants and caterers to support, with the emphasis on female business owners. Members order and then pick up their choices.

The cooks are asked to join the Zoom meeting and share the story of their businesses and their menus, especially explaining the pivoting the lockdowns have required. Dinner Is Served, Canadore’s 100 Elements, and Bengali Catering by Monika have provided speakers.  There is no obligation to order meals, but joining the meeting to hear the speakers is worthwhile.

Adventure in Dining invites anyone from the club to join the meetings. The convener is Marg Green at mjgreen@cogeco.ca


Bridge Club - Helen Manning

Until the pandemic, we played one or two tables of bridge on Thursday afternoons.  Since the pandemic has restricted socialization, we have several groups playing online using bridgebase.com.  There are four groups playing regularly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  To enable talking we use a combination of FaceTime and land-line phones with speakers on.  It has been great to be able to keep in touch this way.


Book Club - Caroline Haist

This year the book club met every fourth Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom.  We have about 25 fairly active members and because no one was travelling this year, we had many more members able to join in during the winter months.

Although one of our members (usually the one who has recommended the book) presents information about the book of that month and leads the discussion, the meetings are informal.

In June we usually have a pot luck dinner, but this year again it will be on Zoom that members will suggest books for next year - books that they have enjoyed reading themselves and that they feel will result in a lively discussion.  Members will then take a couple of weeks to check reviews and then vote by email for the books they would like to read.  

The list for 2021-22 will be available to members and on our website (cfuwnorthbay.ca) as soon as the voting is complete, usually by the end of July.  Lists of books chosen for the last several years are still on the website. 


Gourmet Luncheon Group - Sue Fisher and Marianne Rogers

In normal times, members of the CFUW Gourmet Lunch members enjoy lunches in members’ homes.  Despite COVID restrictions, they all turned their focus to figuring out how to proceed for the current year.  We had 18 members who indicated on a survey that they wanted to join the lunch group.

In September, we decided that we would move forward slowly, and a planning meeting was  scheduled for October, the first Tuesday of the month as usual.  We met on October 13 to plan in a backyard where we could enjoy the sunshine, socially distanced, bringing our chairs and our own lunches.  Twelve members attended in person and one on FaceTime.  

On November 3, we again met outside in a backyard, this time wearing our winter jackets.  But the sun was bright, and we enjoyed take-out from the Opera Café in an attempt to a support local business.  In December three members prepared Christmas baskets filled with goodies and delivered them to members’ homes.  But the next four meetings were moved to Zoom.  Members easily formed Zoom presentation groups to provide recipes for appetizers, leftovers, desserts, and salads.  

We are hoping to meet outside in June and await the lifting of some of the COVID restrictions so outside groups are permitted.


Heritage Gardeners - Bonnie Cappadocia

Last year was an unusual year for our Voyageur gardeners at the waterfront because of COVID-19.  We had to wait until early June to get started with distancing and no more than three people to a garden.  Luckily we have ten members who can garden in three beds, so we could all meet every Wednesday morning around 9:00.  Our members include Jeanette Wilmot, Helen Manning, Caroline Haist, Diane Steward, and Bonnie Cappadocia.  We also have five helpers who are not members of CFUW.  

Two years ago, the upper two beds under the Golden Mile sign were completely redesigned and are coming along nicely.  You will see all the daffodils that were planted last fall in bloom right now (late April).  We are waiting for the go-ahead from the city to be able to start again this year. 


Really Healthy Walkers - Nat Brunette

Despite the ongoing pandemic, an energetic group of 18 members combined their love of the outdoors and walking to form the Really Healthy Walkers in January. This new interest group walked individually weekly and then submitted their mileage to help the group "travel" on an adventure that has taken us across eastern Canada and overseas.

With the initial goal of walking to the Ottawa Tulip Festival, we quickly realized that we needed to set our sights much higher as we met the goal in our first week. To date, we have walked to the East Coast, paddled our club's Voyageur canoe across to Greenland where we explored this unknown country before moving on to take in the sights of Iceland, Sweden, Finland and Germany.

The group has enjoyed not only learning about the new countries but also seeing the sights with help from personal pictures and memories provided by our own members. We were extremely happy to also have contributed our weekly mileage to the CFUW National's Walk to Kabul.


CFUW NORTH BAY MAY 2020 ANNUAL REPORTS

Co-Presidents’ Report

Kaarina Tulisalo and Catherine Whiting

The CFUW North Bay year 2019-2020 was one of brilliant highs and challenging lows. The programme was outstanding, fundraisers were successful, special events added variety and as always, the interest groups and fellowships thrived.

Programme: The goal of the programme committee was to add variety and something new to the programme. The year opened with a lively and colourful presentation of Culture Days, a community and national celebration at the end of September. CFUW North Bay was one of the many community partners planning and hosting the events.  In October Johanne Brousseau, a first-year municipal councillor, gave an insightful presentation titled Women in Politics, Just Do It. We also welcomed CFUW National President Grace Hollett as a guest that evening. She brought greetings from the National Board and outlined national initiatives. It was an inspiring evening by two exceptional women in leadership roles. We rolled into the New Year with a presentation by members of the Nipissing Roller Derby team. Some members were in full competition gear including skates. It was a fun programme by women dedicated to a sport we knew little about. In February Kaneez Merali shared her story titled From Mom to Entrepreneur. Little did we know at the February meeting that it would be our last regular general meeting of the year. 

Special Events: Once again special events added variety to the programme. The Countdown to Christmas and Silent Auction was an enjoyable evening and raised $1,231.31 for scholarships and the fundraising account. Members knit scarves for the Red Scarf Project in recognition of AIDS Awareness Day and participated in the Coldest Night event raising $335 for the Gathering Place. Members donated Christmas gifts for women and children at True Self and Transition House. Members donated to the Montessori School Under the Tree in Tanzania. Brenda Robertson visited the school in March and took over items for the children donated by members. The Charitable Trust Dinner was a moving evening and raised money for the Ecole Polytechnique Commemorative Award.   Our members are very caring and generous women. Together we make a difference. Thank you.  

Advocacy: Once again advocacy was an important part of the program. Education was identified as an area of focus and the advocacy committee in partnership with Nipissing University hosted a community event titled Perspectives on Safe and Accepting schools. An education highlight was the presentation of the 100th Anniversary Scholarship in November to Melissa Corrente, a doctoral candidate at the Schulich School of Education. In April Melissa successfully defended her dissertation. Other advocacy initiatives included participation in the Women’s March, the Coldest Night of the Year, and International Women’s Day events.

The Challenges: There were many challenges this year. In September we unexpectedly faced facility cancellations at Cementation, the North Bay Library, Holy Name Church, and the Community Living Centre. However, the biggest challenge has been the COVID-19 pandemic, which closed all programs as of March 17. We have had to conduct virtual Zoom meetings to complete the year. There is so much uncertainty presently that it is a challenge to plan for next year. However, we will find creative resourceful ways meet the challenge and move forward together.

Catherine and I would like to thank you for the spectacular highs and for facing the challenges with purpose and the spirit of women working together.  


Scholarship Committee Report

Sheila Taylor, Scholarship Chair

2019-2020 Scholarships and Bursaries


The CFUW NB Secondary School Scholarships given in June 2019 were awarded to Melena Levasseur and Aleone Villeneuve of Ecole Secondaire Catholique Algonquin in the amount of $500 each. In June of 2020 the Secondary School scholarships will be awarded to Chippewa Intermediate and  Secondary School.

2019-2020 Nipissing University Scholarships ($500 each)

CFUW NB Faculty of Arts and Science Scholarship: Jacqueline Cottrell

CFUW NB Faculty of Applied and Professional Studies Scholarship: Tracy Ashfield

CFUW NB Schulich School of Education: Lauren Goodridge

100th Anniversary One-Time Special Scholarship to a Graduate Student awarded in 2019 to Melissa Corrente, PhD Candidate ($1000)

2019-2020 Canadore Bursaries ($500 each)

CFUW NB Canadore College Non-Traditional Program Bursary TBA

CFUW NB Canadore College Bursary TBA

For the 2019-20 year we gave a total of $4500.


Gift of Reading

Nat Brunette and Kristen Ferguson

This year's Gift of Reading was presented on March 4 at Phelps Public School in Redbridge. Thanks to the generosity of our CFUW members, seven kindergarten students each received two new books, and the class library received a variety of greatly appreciated new books.


Membership Committee

Nat Brunette and Susan Fisher, Co-Chairs

As of December 2019, CFUW had 56 paid members. There were four new members. Unfortunately, nine members did not renew their memberships this year.


Programme Committee

Kelly Ann Smith and Kristen Ferguson, Co-Chairs (Report by Kelly Ann Smith)

CFUW North Bay's Program Committee worked to provide a varied and interesting program for members. Planning takes place in late June and early July.  We usually meet for two to three hours. While our program was cut short this year, a few of the highlights were North Bay City Councillor Johanne Brousseau in September, the Charitable Trust dinner at Cecil's in December, and the Nipissing Roller Derby team in January.  We also distributed a survey to members asking for feedback about speakers and annual events.  We will use this survey information for planning next year.  We also will work to reschedule for next year 

speakers whose events were cut due to COVID-19, for example Dr. Rosemary Nagy's talk about human trafficking,

This year we continued to promote CFUW in the local media.  New this year was the addition of promoting club events on BayToday and on the public library information screens.  We also developed a Facebook page and are currently using social media to share our local club's events and also share notices and announcements from Ontario Council and National with our members.  


Social Committee

Karen Montcalm, Chair

I would like to thank Marianne Rogers and Diane Wallace for their help and support. This year presented a few hiccups; however, with the help of great club members everything worked out. Thank you to those who contributed our delicious treats.


Issues and Advocacy

Heli Vail and Bunty Swanson, Co-Chairs

With no resolutions to focus on last year, the club chose education as our theme in the spring.  Then the club narrowed this broad topic to Perspectives on Safe and Inclusive Schools.  Consequently, CFUW North Bay, in partnership with Nipissing University, presented a panel discussion on this topic on September 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Nipissing University.   

Panelists gave their own perspective on Safe and Inclusive Schools. Members of the Issues  and Advocacy committee all worked hard on this presentation, and it was excellent according to the audience. Unfortunately, only a handful of people showed up. In hindsight, we should have handled publicity ourselves and invited teachers, parents, and students to attend.

The Panelists:

  • The Dr. Arja Vainio—Mattila, Provost and VP Academic, Nipissing University 
  • Dr. Mike Parr, Associate Professor of Education, Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University 
  • Taylor Valnion, Student, Faculty of Education, Nipissing University
  • Dr. Joe Madden, Paediatrician 
  • Chantal Phillips, Digital Community Manager, North Bay and District Multicultural Centre 
  • Christine Misch, Ministry of Education Gisele Hebert, Executive Director, Children’s Aid Society of Nipissing and Parry Sound


The Issues and Advocacy members met in October to decide on what to do as a follow-up to the September panel discussion and voted to work on Part 2 of our original topic.  Brenda Robertson and Bunty Swanson did some preliminary work on Part 2, but it is all on hold and possibly irrelevant if the Ontario Government chooses to address the reporting and problem solving of violence in schools. 

Interest Groups

Adventures in Dining (Gourmet Dinner Group) - Margaret Green

The dinner group meets the last Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at various restaurants. In October we met at Casey’s to decide where we would dine. The group enjoyed dining at The Green Papaya, The Crown and Beaver, Lot 88, and Casey’s before the restaurants were closed.  We enjoyed fellowship, fun, and delicious meals.

Bridge Club - Helen Manning and Caroline Haist

In normal times our bridge club meets on Thursday afternoons in each others’ homes from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Numbers vary as our members are travellers.  We usually have only one table.  Sometimes a fifth person participates and we take turns sitting out.  On the odd occasion, we have eight people to play two-table bridge.  Although we play duplicate rules from lessons taken at the North Bay Bridge Club, we take time to discuss the hands.  Anyone wishing to join us can email Helen at hmmanning@gmail.com or Caroline at carlilh43@gmail.com.


This is the way bridge club functioned until February.  Since then a number of our members have played with each other virtually using a website (bridgebase.com) and just recently added FaceTime so that we can chat while we play.  Bridge club members have received invitations and instructions for getting together for bridge virtually.  We hope to continue to play with each other this way until we can meet again face to face.

Book Club - Caroline Haist

The book club meets every fourth Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in members’ homes and did so this year from September to February.  In December we changed the venue and the time and enjoyed a lunch along with our discussion at Churchhill’s, and of course we have not met since February.

We have about 25 fairly active members and have had close to that many at some of our fall and spring meetings when most of our members are in town.

Although one of our members (usually the one who has recommended the book) presents information about the book of that month and leads the discussion, the meetings are informal.

Because we have not been able to meet to discuss books selected for April and May, we are scheduling these books for September and October of next year.  We are, however, planning to use Zoom to discuss our March book on May 26.  

In June we usually have a pot luck dinner, but this year it will be through Zoom that members will suggest books for November to May for next year - books that they have enjoyed reading themselves and that they feel will result in a lively discussion.  Members will then take a couple of weeks to check reviews and then vote by email for the books they would like to read.  

The list for 2020-21 will be available to members and on our website (cfuwnorthbay.ca) as soon as the voting is complete, usually by the end of July.  Lists of books chosen for the last several years are still on the website. 


Gourmet Luncheon Group - Sue Fisher and Marianne Rogers

This year we had 17 members but not all at the same time.  If the group was over 12 for a lunch we moved to buffet style.  


We had an organizing meeting at the Urban Café in October followed by wonderful lunches in November, December, and February.  The March lunch was held at Churchill’s in the sunroom with 13 members present.  It turned out to be a highlight.  We then had to cancel the April, May, and June lunches.  If by chance June becomes a possibility we will come up with a suitable plan.

Heritage Gardeners - Bonnie Cappadocia

During the spring and summer of 2019, our team (Voyageurs) planted new perennials for two redesigned beds.  They are one ones next to the road where the Golden Mile sign is located.  We will see what plants survive as these are very sandy beds,  and we are still in the process of getting more perennials to finish the design.  The third bed is in front of the lilac bed on the promenade by the lake, and this garden is growing very nicely.  

This spring, however, our team is not permitted to garden until the province lifts the ban on park use.  It is possible that our team will not be able to garden at all this year.  We are hopeful that we will be able to get the weeds out, prune the deadwood, mulch and compost the three gardens before the gardens start looking the worse for wear.  As with everything else we all have to deal with in this difficult time, we will wait and see.

Sunrise Breakfast - Susanne Carr

The Sunrise Breakfast group meets on the last Friday of every month, even during the summer.  We meet at 9 a.m. at the Home Style Café, 741 Wallace Road.

Sunrise Breakfast is a very informal come-as-you can group of members, and sometimes friends or family join us.  We talk, network, and catch up with each other while enjoying a great breakfast.  Everyone is welcome to join us as soon as restaurants are allowed to open again


CFUW NORTH BAY MAY 2019 ANNUAL REPORTS

Co-Presidents’ Report

Catherine Whiting and Kaarina Tulisalo

CFUW North Bay has enjoyed a spectacular 2018-2019 year.  It has been a year of many memorable highlights. Join Catherine and me on a trip down memory lane.

Speakers: We welcomed exceptional speakers on a variety of topics, speakers such as Karen Strang, Marianna Couchie, and Shannon Palmer. We danced with Joany Gauvreau, explored global perspectives on women and education with Dr. Arja Vainio Mattila, lunched and learned with Dr. David Tabachnick, sang with John Balfe and enjoyed musical moments with the Woodwinds Ensemble. 

Special Events: 

  • 100th Anniversary: 2019 began with the celebration of CFUW’s 100th anniversary. The kickoff event in January complete with the 100th anniversary cake and special guests from the Professional Women’s Newcomers Network (PWNN) began an eventful year.  Celebrations continued with the flag raising of the anniversary flag and the proclamation of April 10 as CFUW Day, the scarfing and photo shoot of Lynn Johnston’s Elly Patterson, the magical evening of music with the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir and the North Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Notable Woman Award. Celebrations will continue with the June anniversary dinner, the summer social and the presentation of the 100th Anniversary Scholarship.  
  • International Women’s Day: The day turned into a week of celebrations. Some events were hosted by CFUW North Bay such as the On The Bridge.  The club assisted in the running of events such as The Art Show and attended events hosted by Nipissing University.  A new adventure was our participation in the Trade Show at the IWD 2019 events at the Capitol Centre on  March 8. 
  • Community Connections: We reached out into the community in order to raise our profile. We now have a business card and are on Facebook.  We are now connected with Activism North Bay, Solidarity Nipissing , the Professional Women’s Newcomers Network (PWNN) and The Business Centre. We continue our partnerships with NEWHA, the AIDS Committee and North Bay Grandmothers for Africa.  Connections such as the ones listed are vital to the continued growth of CFUW North Bay.
  • Fundraisers/Community Support: Members continue to support our fund raisers with generous support for scholarships through personal donations, the annual silent auction, the summer social, and special events such as the evening of music. Locally we support the Gathering Place with the Coldest Night Walk, the Gift of Reading, collecting Christmas gifts for True Self and Transition House.  Nationally we support the CFUW Charitable Trust. Internationally we support a school in Tanzania and the IWD project in Colombia.  It is said that the secret to living is giving.  CFUW North Bay members give generously and willingly.  


Other Highlights:

  • Scholarships: We awarded over $3500.00 in scholarships to Nipissing University, Canadore College , Algonquin Secondary School and the CFUW Charitable Trust Ecole Polytechnique Memorial Award. We will be awarding a special !00th Anniversary Scholarship Award in the amount of $1000 to a deserving student in a graduate programme in celebration and recognition of the 100th anniversary.
  • Issues and Advocacy: The membership established Education as the primary focus in the coming year. We met with our MPP and the mayor and sent numerous advocacy letters.
  • Delegates to UNCSW63:  Brenda Robertson and Lisa Long were members of the CFUW delegation to the United Nations Commission Status of Women63 in New York City in March. Congratulations!


These are just some highlights of the 2018-19 year.  Catherine and I invite you to add your highlights to the trip down memory lane. We are women making a difference locally, provincially, nationally and internationally. Our accomplishments demonstrate the power of women working together. Thank you for helping make 2018-19 such a spectacular year.  

Scholarship Committee Report

LIsa Long, Scholarship Chair

2018-2019 Scholarships and Bursaries

The CFUW NB Secondary School Scholarships given in June 2018 were awarded to Kristen Jackson and Katie Caliccuri of St. Joseph-Scollard Hall in the amount of $500 each. In June of 2019 the Secondary School scholarships will be awarded to Ecole Secondaire Catholique Algonquin.

2018-2019 Nipissing University Scholarships ($500 each)

CFUW NB Faculty of Arts and Science Scholarship: Taylor Blacker

CFUW NB Faculty of Applied and Professional Studies Scholarship: Taylor Hummel 

CFUW NB Schulich School of Education: Brittany Mantha

2018-2019 Canadore Bursaries ($500 each)

CFUW NB Canadore College Non-Traditional Program Bursary

CFUW NB Canadore College Bursary

For the 2018-19 year we gave a total of $3500.

2019 CFUW 100th Anniversary Award

In recognition of the 100th Anniversary of CFUW $1000 in the scholarship account has been reserved for the CFUW Anniversary Scholarship. This one-time 100th Anniversary Scholarship will be awarded to a deserving woman attending a North Bay post-secondary institution as per criteria established by the 2019 CFUW 100th Anniversary Award Committee and awarded in the 2019 calendar year.

Membership Committee

Nat Brunette and Susan Fisher, Co-Chairs

As of December 2018, CFUW North Bay had 60 paid members.  There were three new members.  Unfortunately, four members didn't rejoin this year.

Programme Committee

Mae MacDonald and Kelly Anne Smith, Co-Chairs (Report by Kelly Ann Smith)

It has been my privilege to serve for the first time as programme co-chair. Our programmes would not be as varied as they are without the assistance of those members who willingly serve on the committee.  Planning takes place in late June and early July.  We usually meet for two to three hours.  Since everyone on the committee takes an active part in obtaining speakers, we need meet only three to four times.  This past year a few of the highlights were the silent auction in November, Christmas Memories with John Balfe, and belly dancing with Joany Gauvreau in January.  In February, Dr. Arja Vainio Mattila of Nipissing University gave a presentation on global perspectives on women and education.  April’s Lunch and Learn featured Dr. David Tabachnick of Nipissing University, who spoke about populism and its effect on democracy.  May is our annual general meeting, and June is our final meeting, when we will gather at Terrace Suites for our end-of-year dinner that will also mark CFUW’s 100th anniversary. 

Gift of Reading

Nat Brunette

The Gift of Reading was held on March 5 at Mother St. Bride Catholic School.  This year, 17 senior kindergarten children received new books generously donated by CFUW members.

Media Relations

Kristen Ferguson

This year we continued to promote CFUW in the local media.  New this year was the addition of promoting club events on BayToday and on the public library information screens.  We also developed a Facebook page and are currently using social media to share our local club's events and also share notices and announcements from Ontario Council and National with our members.  

Social Committee

Heli Vail, Chair

The CFUW Social committe had a busy year.  Many thanks go out to Karen Montcalm and Heather Strachan, hardworking, conscientious members of the committee.  Also thanks to all the members who contributed the goodies to go with the tea and coffee.

Issues and Advocacy

Heli Vail and Bunty Swanson, Co-Chairs

The 2018-90 year was slightly different for the Issues and Advocacy Committee as there were no resolutions forthcoming from the provincial office because local clubs did not submit any resolutions.

The directive from CFUW was to have each individual club develop its own initiative.  Thus the Issues and Advocacy Committee met and developed a process where the members could participate in a process to establish a focus for the 2019-20 year at the March resolutions membership meeting.  At that meeting, the membership decided the focus would be on education.

The committee met after to discuss strategies the club could engage in for the upcoming year.  These suggestions will be brought forward to the May executive meeting.  If the executive approves the committee will share the plan at the May AGM.

Additional initatives include the following:

Meeting with MPP Vic Fedeli on March 29

  • Letters to the MPP concerning proposed cuts to education, the elimination of the Provincial Child Advocate, equitable access to provincial curricula and social justice education for all children 
  • Meeting with Mayor McDonald on March 13
  • Letter to mayor regarding concerns about City Council motions about our wetlands, water, and endangered species 
  • Letters to MP Anthony Rota concerning the ending of youth homelessness, fair and non-discriminatory management of refugees and asylum seekers, equitable access to provincial curricula and social justice education for all children


Interest Groups

Adventures in Dining (Gourmet Dinner Group) - Margaret Green

The dinner group—Adventures in Dining—meets the last Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at various restaurants.  This year we have enjoyed dining at The Lookout Eatery, the East Indian feast in Callander, Lot 88, Farina’s, Average Joe’s, Indulge, The Green Papaya, and The White Owl.  Everyone is welcome to join the dining evenings.

Bridge Club - Helen Manning

 Our bridge club meets on Thursday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Numbers vary as our members are travellers.  We usually have only one table.  Sometimes a fifth person participates and we take turns sitting out.  On the odd occasion, we have had eight people to play two-table bridge.  Although we play duplicate rules from lessons taken at the North Bay Bridge Club, we take time to discuss the hands.  Anyone wishing to join us can call Helen at 705-495-4271.

Book Club - Caroline Haist

The book club meets every fourth Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in members’ homes.  Although one of our members presents information about the book of that month and leads the discussion, the meetings are informal.

In June at the annual pot luck dinner, members suggest books for the following year - books that they have enjoyed reading themselves and that they feel will result in a lively discussion.  Members then take a couple of weeks to check reviews and then vote by email for the books they would like to read.  The list for 2019-20 will be available as soon as the voting is complete, usually by the end of July.  Lists of the books chosen for the last three years are still on the website. 

Gourmet Luncheon Group - Sue Fisher and Marianne Rogers

The 2018-19 Gourmet Luncheon Group increased in size to 17 members.  In October, we met at the Urban Café to decide who would cook with whom in November, December, February, March, May and June.  It was also decided to forgo the January luncheon as the season is so busy.  

The recipes for our lunches are on the website.  Each meal this year was beautifully presented and very yummy.  Our times together are special - lots of laughter and entertaining conversation.

Heritage Gardeners - Bonnie Cappadocia

Our CFUW waterfront garden, which is just past the boat launch parking lot on the left-hand side going east, has gone one year through a major design change, and the blooms were spectacular with tulips, daffodils, grape hyacinths, daylilies, salvia, mums, asters, and different shrubs like astilbe, hydrangeas, potentilla, and rose bushes. We have two other gardens that are next to the roadway, the ones with the Golden Mile sign. These two gardens will be changed this year as the junipers will be removed, and perennials from our lower garden by the walkway will be transplanted soon to the two garden above.  

Often, we get together after our Wednesday morning endeavours (8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. from May until early October with weeks off during the hot summer days) and go to our home gardens for tea and muffins.  We share laughter, gardening ideas, and plants.  If this sound like fun and you would like to join us, please let us know.  If you are walking on the waterfront, take a look at our CFUW garden; it is quite beautiful.  Bonnie Cappadocia is the team leader with Caroline Haist as alternate.  Please contact Bonnie if you would like to sign up or have any questions.

Roamers - Kaarina Tulisalo

Roamers events provide excellent opportunities for members to educate, advocate, and socialize.  We bring community events to the attention of members through the newsletter, our website, emails to members, and local news outlets. CFUW North Bay is now on Facebook and is using social media to connect.  We have also added contacts through Activism North Bay, Solidarity Nipissing and The Business Centre.  Our contact list also includes the North Bay Symphony, North Bay Grandmothers for Africa, Near North Voices Community Choir, Rapport Singers, North East Women Health Alliance, AIDS Committee of North Bay, Sunday Cinema, Live at the Met Opera and Callander Library.  Special events included Fall into Fashion, Chili Lunch In a Bowl, Indian Cuisine Dinner, Women’s March,  On the Bridge March, Coldest Night Walk, and Dinner with the author Terry Falllis. 

Special thanks go to Caroline Haist for her excellent posts on our website and in the monthly newsletter.  Thanks to members for continuing to submit suggestions and attending events. 

Sunrise Breakfast - Susanne Carr

The Sunrise Breakfast group meets on the last Friday of every month, even during the summer.  We meet at 9 a.m. unitl March at Auntie Jane’s until it closed.  Now we meet at the Home Style Café, 741 Wallace Road.

Sunrise Breakfast is a very informal come-as-you can group of members, and sometimes friends or family join us.  We talk, network, and catch up with each other while enjoying a great breakfast.  Everyone is welcome to join us.


CFUW NORTH BAY MAY 2018 ANNUAL REPORTS

President's Report

Brenda Robertson

CFUW North Bay consists of 61 members in the rural and urban areas of North Bay.  The 14 executive positions consist of President, Vice-president, Past president, Secretary, Treasurer, Chairs for Membership, Programme, Social, Scholarships, Advocacy, Publicity, Archives, CFUW Liaison, and a 

Member-at-Large.  These positions are often co-chaired.  At our four executive meetings, we have had an open, respectful, environment to express various viewpoints, participated in informative, meaningful discussions and tried to be conscientious in decision making.  Sincere appreciation is extended to each of the executive members this year for giving of your time and expertise in supporting the growth and wellbeing of our club.  

Convenors of the interest groups - Book Club, Bridge, Gourmet Lunch, Gourmet Dinner, Heritage Gardening, Issue/Advocacy, Roamers, and Sunrise Breakfast - are congratulated for providing opportunities for stimulating discussions, opportunities for friendship, and new learning experiences.

Thank you!

Communication is essential in any organization. To our Website/Newsletter Manager Caroline Haist, gratitude is expressed for sharing your technology gifts and knowledge to ensure clear and timely messaging for our members and the public.

Thank you very much to our members for your participation on committees throughout the year.  Your generosity has encouraged others, supported special events, and created a welcoming atmosphere.

As we reflect over the past year, we can consider how we were involved with our purpose in being a club.  In the Pursuit of Knowledge, we were engaged with excellent programme speakers.

In the Promotion of Education, members gave generously to our scholarships, the Gift of Reading, the Montessori School Under the Tree, and International Women’s Day projects.  In the Improvement of the Status of Women, we wrote letters on behalf of True-Self and stood together On the Bridge. Participation in Public Affairs has taken us to the offices of our Mayor, the MPP and MP.  In our community, members walk for the Coldest Night and for the Serenity Hospice. The needs of the community are also met with collections of socks/mitts, red scarves, toiletries, and Christmas presents.

CFUW North Bay is fulfilling our purpose through numerous activities and actions.  We do not always meet the recipients of our good will, but please know, I am sure their smiles would light up your day.

As a proud member of CFUW North Bay, I would like to thank you for the privilege of serving as your President.  I extend best wishes to the incoming executive, and to each of our members for a successful, exciting year ahead as we celebrate 100 years of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW).


Proposed Budget for 2017-18 and Treasurer’s Report for May

Isabel Churcher


Scholarship Committee Report

Heather Chambers, Scholarship Chair

Follow-up from 2016-2017

Two Community Awards 

In the summer through the Transition House, Demi Buffy Nakogee was given a $500 CFUW award.  She was attending a twelve-week course for Aboriginal Women in the Trades.  

In the fall through Amelia Rising a $500.00 CFUW Award was given to Kayleigh Bastin, a Nipissing University student.

The CFUW NB Secondary School Scholarships in June 2017 were given to West Ferris Secondary School in memory of Christine Whatmore and Nancy Ferguson. The recipients were Veronica (Roni) Neil, attending Nipissing University (BA Criminal Justice), and Kelsey Melnychuk, attending Canadore College (Biotechnology Technician Program).  This June St. Joseph- Scollard Hall will be receiving our awards.

2017-2018 Scholarships and Bursaries

2017-18 Nipissing University Scholarships ($500 each)

CFUW NB Faculty of Arts and Science Scholarship: Shaelyn Tyers

CFUW NB Faculty of Applied and Professional Studies Scholarship: Lauren Beatty 

CFUW NB Schulich School of Education: Brittany Mantha

2017-18 Canadore Bursaries ($500 each)

CFUW NB Canadore College Non-Traditional Program Bursary: Ursula Ullrich - Civil Engineering Technology

CFUW NB Canadore College Bursary: Leila Caster - Graphic Design

For the 2017-2018 year we gave a total of $3500.

2019  CFUW 100th Anniversary Award

We did not have extra funds to give any community awards for 2017-18, but we have $1000 in the scholarship account marked for the CFUW 100th Anniversary Scholarship.  On March 15, 2017, the following motion was made at the North Bay General meeting: “CFUW North Bay celebrates the CFUW 100th Anniversary in 2019 by awarding a one-time only special award in the amount of $1000.00 to a deserving woman attending a North Bay post-secondary institution.”  This information was sent to CFUW National to be tallied with the other clubs’ intentions.  The criteria for this award will be established by a committee.  Bunty Swanson and Heli Vail volunteered to sit on this committee; others may join. This award must be given out between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2019.


Membership Committee

Nat Brunette and Marilyn Smith, Co-Chairs

As of December 2017, CFUW North Bay had 61 members.  There were 9 new members.  Unfortunately, 9 members did not rejoin this year.

The new members social gathering with the executive will be at the home of Marilyn Smith on Wednesday, May 30.

Programme Committee

Mae MacDonald, Chair

It has once again been my privilege to serve as Program Co-ordinator for CFUW North Bay. Our programs would not be as varied as they are without the assistance of those members who willingly serve on the  committee.  Planning takes place in late June and early July. We usually meet for two to three hours. Since everyone on the committee takes an active part in obtaining speakers, we need meet only three to four times. This past year a few of the highlights were the Silent Auction in November, Christmas Memories with John Balfe, and fun activities with Gord Hamden in January.  April brought Lunch & Learn with our panelists explaining how they have been able to help newcomers settle in North Bay.  May is our annual meeting, and June is our final meeting as we gather for a dinner meeting and social time.


Gift of Reading

Nat Brunette

The Gift of Reading was held on March 7 at Woodland Public School.  This year 52 senior kindergarten children received new books generously donated by CFUW members.


Communications

Mary Catherine O'Hagan and Marg Mullan, Co-Chairs

Each month, we notify media about upcoming CFUW North Bay meetings and special events.  We send out emails at least two weeks ahead of scheduled events to local radio stations, cable television, The Nugget, and Community Voices.. Notices include time, meeting location, topic, and guest speakers.  An invitation is always included to guests and anyone interested in finding out more about CFUW North Bay. 


Social Committee

Joan Barner, Karen Montcalm, Heather Strachan, Heli Vail, Co-Chairs

Venues

  • Cementation: Many thanks to Cementation and Brianne Bourke for accepting and booking our CFUW meetings. Brianna recommended the club review emergency exit procedures, which was done at the beginning of the September meeting. The bookings are done by the social committee chair in August once the programme is set for the year.  The key fob pick-up and return requires signage.  The key fob must be picked up at front desk before 5 p.m the day of meeting.  A phone number is required on the back entry door for late-comers. This has been used often.  A thank-you to Kaarina Tulisalo, who took on the responsibility this year.
  • Holy Name Church: Kaarina Tulisalo books this venue as she knows all the people there, especially Tony who helped us.

Food and Drink:

  • Thanks to all members who contributed such tasty snacks/nibbles, cookies, and squares over the year.  A sign-up sheet is available at all meetings so members can choose dates for their convenience. We phone a week before as a reminder.

Expenses:

  • Receipts are submitted on a regular basis to the treasurer and duly reimbursed.  The total is in financial report.
  • A kettle ($37.77) was purchased this year for club use.  Additional expenses were for decaf coffee ($7.00).

Telephone Team:

  • Set up for implementation.

Analysis:

  • All seems to have run smoothly.
  • Thanks to members who have done a great job as greeters at meetings and events.
  • Members who remember to bring their mugs and wear their name tags are very much appreciated.


Archives

Anna Petruzella and Doris Toswell

Many thanks go out to Marilyn Smith and Kaarina Tulisallo, who helped us to sort through the five bins stored at the North Bay Public Library.  We shredded much of the information that no longer needed to be kept: 20-year-old receipts, etc.   We now have three bins and information about what is in each of them. Although much work has been done, there is still much to do.  Our most recent year books need to be completed. We still need to develop a full job description for the archivist, a decision on how we want to store information, and a policy on access to the archives.


Issues and Advocacy

Catherine Whiting, Lisa Long, Co-Chairs


  1. Continued collaborative work with NEWHA  (North East Women’s Health Alliance)

NEWHA is a group of over 20 agencies, groups and individuals working collaboratively to actively promote, educate and advocate for the health and wellness of women in our community.  Actions included:

  • Attending bi-monthly N.E.W.H.A. meetings.
  • Sharing national CFUW advocacy initiatives with NEWHA members.
  • Sharing information with our members regarding community initiatives such as Travel Link, Free Smiles Dental Care, and North Bay and Area Food Charter. 
  • Arranging for CFUW members to continue to support the ACNBA Bathtub Project, Sock It to Us, and the Red Scarf initiatives.


  1. International Women’s Day Program Planning and Participation 


CFUW North Bay sends representatives to sit on the International Women’s Week sub-committee as formed under the umbrella of NEWHA.  Unfortunately, the chair of NEWHA resigned in the first quarter of 2018, and therefore the subcommittee was not able to meet and plan the International Women’s Week events that have taken place in past years. 


CFUW North Bay was still able to host and sponsor the Join Me On the Bridge event, which is an international event uniting women and men on bridges all over the world to call for peace and development in solidarity with women in war-torn countries. This year approximately 50 people participated in North Bay as part of this global campaign.


  1. Additional Advocacy Initiatives
  • Promoted and participated in a Gift of Reading event held in a kindergarten class at one of our elementary schools, where our members provide new books for all the children and read to them.
  • Promoted A Better Man film screening at Nipissing University led by CFUW Co-Chair Lisa Long. 
  • Sent team representation to participate in The Coldest Night of The Year, a national fundraiser supporting local grassroots organizations supporting marginalized citizens.
  • Met with Mayor Al McDonald to discuss funding cuts to True Self, a local service provider that offers streamlined access to services that promote the safety, self-sufficiency and well being of individuals and their families by fostering a structured collaborative community response.
  • Promoted a book drive for female inmates in the local prison led by the facility’s social worker.
  • Prepared, presented. and led annual resolutions meeting held in March.


Interest Groups

Bridge Club - Helen Manning

 Our bridge club meets on Thursday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Numbers vary as our members are travellers.  We usually have only one table.  Sometimes a fifth person participates and we take turns sitting out.  On the odd occasion, we have had eight people to play two-table bridge.  Although we play duplicate rules from lessons taken at the North Bay Bridge Club, we take time to discuss the hands.  Anyone wishing to join us can call Helen at 705-495-4271.

Book Club - Caroline Haist

The book club meets every fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in members’ homes.  Although we have a member present information about the book of that month and lead the discussion, the meetings are informal.

In June at the annual pot luck dinner, members suggest books for the following year - books that they have enjoyed reading themselves and that they feel will result in a lively discussion.  Members then take a couple of weeks to check reviews and then vote by email for the books they would like to read.  The list for 2018-19 will be available as soon as the voting is complete, usually by the end of July.  Lists of the books chosen for 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18 are still on the website. 

Heritage Gardeners - Bonnie Cappadocia

Our CFUW Waterfront garden, which is just past the boat launch parking lot on the left-hand side going east, has gone through a major design change this past year.  The junipers were dying, so they were removed, and transplanted asters, mums, and daylilies were set out in swaths for three-season colour.  We still have some design work to do and are looking forward to planting, pruning, and weeding this spring.  We also take care of two smaller gardens near the roadway. One of them has the Golden Mile sign in it.  

Often, we get together after our Wednesday morning endeavours (8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. from May until early October with weeks off during the hot summer days) and go to our home gardens for tea and muffins.  We share laughter, gardening ideas, and plants.  If this sound like fun and you would like to join us, please let us know.  If you are walking on the Waterfront,  take a look at our CFUW garden; it is quite beautiful. 

Diane Steward, team leader, and Jeanette Wilmot, alternate team leader, stepped down, and Bonnie Cappadocia is the new team leader with Caroline Haist as alternate.  Please contact Bonnie at bonnie.cappadocia@gmail.com if you would like to sign up or have any questions.

Gourmet Luncheon Group - Sue Fisher and Marianne Rogers

The 2017-18 Gourmet Luncheon Group increased in size to 17 members.  In October, we met at the Urban Café to decide who would cook with whom in November, December, February, March, May, and June.  It was also decided to forgo the January luncheon as the season is so busy.  The April luncheon was to be held at a restaurant, but Gail Thomsen graciously invited us to her home for a wonderful meal.

The recipes for our lunches are on the website.  Each meal this year was beautifully presented and very yummy.  Our times together are special - lots of laughter and entertaining conversation.

Gourmet Dinner Group - Christine Todd Mitchell 

This season was a great success with 10 to 12 members and guests attending every month.  We enjoyed wonderful cuisine from restaurants such as The White Owl, Casey’s, Crown and Beaver, 100 Elements, and many more.  Next season we hope to increase our participants and try out more exciting restaurants.

Thank you everyone and hope to see you next year.

Roamers - Kaarina Tulisalo

Roamers events continue to provide excellent opportunities for members to educate, advocate, and socialize.  We bring community events to the attention of our members through the newsletter, the website, and direct mailings to members on the Roamers signup sheet.  Our participation in and support of community events and organizations raise our profile in the community.  Our contact list includes the North Bay Symphony, the Grandmothers for Africa, Near North Voices Community Choir, the Rapport Singers, the North Bay Choral Society, the Gateway Theatre Guild, the North East Women’s Health Alliance, the AIDS Committee of North Bay and Area, Sunday Night Cinema, Live at the Met Opera, Canadian International Council, Nipissing Branch, the Canadian Club, Trinity United Church, St. Andrew’s Church, Powassan and Chisholm United Churches, and the Callander Public Library.  

Special events included the DIA Showtime, Fall into Fashion, the CFUW Cool Cats, and the Coldest Night fundraiser, Join Me on the Bridge, Senator Kim Pate’s IWD Keynote Address, and other IWD events and the Canadian Club Dinner and speaker Dr. Monia Mazigh.  Upcoming events include the Hospice Hike and Rick Mercer.  Special thanks go to Caroline Haist for the excellent posts on the website and the monthly newsletter.  Keep checking the website for updates and additional information.  Thanks to members for continuing to submit suggestions for Roamers events.

Sunrise Breakfast - Susanne Carr

The Sunrise Breakfast group meets on the last Friday of every month from June through May with the exception of December.  We meet at 9 a.m. up to now at Guido and Arlene's Restaurant.  Because it is closing, starting on Friday, May 25, we will be meeting at Auntie Jane’s at 725 Main Street East.  

Sunrise Breakfast is a very informal come-as-you can group of members, and sometimes friends or family join us. We talk, network, and catch up with each other while enjoying a great breakfast.  Everyone is welcome to join us.



CFUW NORTH BAY MAY 2017 ANNUAL REPORTS

Presidents’ Report

Bonnie Roynon and Brenda Robertson

This past year, the 75th anniversary of CFUW North Bay, has been an auspicious one. The anniversary organizing committee and all club members past and present who pitched in, organized and participated in our 75th anniversary celebrations deserve kudos for their hard work in providing a lovely dinner and entertainment at the North Bay Golf & Country Club in October. What a memorable occasion with many previous members in attendance and several guests making this a special trip.


CFUW North Bay embarked on a new format of monthly meetings, which were structured to increase membership, leadership, participation and enjoyment. Our executive collaborated with the program committee to implement the suggestions from members. Those combined efforts led to informative and engaging general meetings.  The program committee delivered on their promise that the membership would be entertained by meaningful and engaging speakers.  Throughout the year, our social committee served faithfully at each meeting to ensure we were well looked after.  Thank you!

Our September meet and greet on the theme of Me, You and CFUW was fun, informative and brought out new members.

The auction in November, called Countdown to Christmas, was well attended and a great success as our major fundraiser.  The Indian Friendship Centre’s Traditional Fiddling Program provided entertainment for all.

In early December, the Charitable Trust Dinner, which commemorates the students of the Ecole Polytechnique massacre, was enhanced with a presentation by Brenda Quenneville from Amelia Rising.  Unfortunately our Christmas Memories celebration was cancelled due to inclement weather.

January brought fun and laughs from trying to guess the New Year’s resolution and from Laura Rainer’s gift draw.  We had insightful discussion and debate on the national issue of whether to continue support for Graduate Women International.  

Terry Campbell made a superb presentation in February on children’s literature, which included sharing many selections, reading some favourites, and even an example of her wonderful storytelling.  This was followed by activities to conduct with youngsters in the areas of visual arts and food preparation.

March was the resolutions meeting, which was presented in a novel format.  We had a potluck dinner of delicious finger foods, resolutions presentation, and stimulating discussion about the issues.  Many thanks to all those in the Issues and Advocacy committee who worked so diligently to summarize and present the resolutions so clearly.  

Lunch and Learn in April featured Don Wallace and Melissa Sagit from the firm Wallace and Klein Partners in Law.  They provided clear and direct information on the importance of having a will and powers of attorney. 

The month of May will see our club informed on water conservation in horticulture and once again we will delve into the issues of the AGM.  We are looking forward to our dinner meeting in June at Zorba’s with guest speaker Kate Bevan, proprietor from our local downtown store, The Farm.  

In closing, we wish to thank our diligent executive and those members who enthusiastically took the opportunity to lead the program this year.  We were informed and educated and endeavoured to provide benefit to the community, advance human rights and improve the status of women.  We are blessed to be part of a wonderful and supportive group of women, sharing the goal of supporting women. 


Proposed Budget for 2017-18 and Treasurer’s Report for May

Marianne Rogers



Scholarship Committee Report

Heather Chambers, Scholarship Chair


I am pleased to report that CFUW North Bay has been able to give $4500.00 in scholarships and bursaries for 2016-17. This is the first year with our new trust agreement.  The intent of the new agreement is to help women further their education and keep our scholarship money local.  In rewriting the trust, we felt it was important to support women who are attending both Nipissing University and Canadore College. We are therefore giving three $500.00 scholarships to Nipissing instead of five as we have done in the past and two $500.00 bursaries to Canadore College.  It is the same amount of money, just divided differently.  The two $500.00 secondary school scholarships state that the students must be proceeding to Nipissing University or Canadore College. 

This year we have extra money, and so we are in the process of giving two $500.00 community awards: one to the Multicultural Centre, in memory of Mary Chandler-Payne, and the other to the Transition House.  We hope to help further the education of a deserving woman in need who will be attending a local post-secondary institution.

Last year the recipients of our CFUW NB secondary school scholarships from Ecole public Odyssée were Chelsee Lefebvre and Kaylee Bell.  This June our secondary school scholarships will be going to West Ferris Secondary School in memory of Christine Whatmore and Nancy Ferguson.

The following students were the recipients of our 2016 -17 Nipissing University Scholarships: CFUW NB Faculty of Arts and Science Scholarship, Kelly Gillard; CFUW NB Faculty of Applied and Professional Studies Scholarship, Cassandra Fernandes; and CFUW NB Schulich School of Education Scholarship, Brittany Holliday.

The following students were the recipients of the Canadore bursaries: CFUW NB Canadore College Non-Traditional Program Bursary, Jennifer French, Civil Engineering Technician and CFUW NB Canadore College Bursary, Robyn Sloan, Mechanical Technician – Welding.

Membership Committee

Marilyn Smith and Lise King, Co-Chairs


As of December 2016, CFUW North Bay had 61 members.  There were 7 new members.  Unfortunately, 13 members didn't rejoin this year.


Due to a winter storm, the new members social gathering with the executive will be at the home of Marilyn Smith on Wednesday, May 31.


Programme Committee

Mae MacDonald, Chair


Each year the program committee keeps in mind CFUW's purpose. Our initial meeting in September welcomed everyone with a fun evening with Terryl Ryan: scarves as an accessory.  October was the celebration of our 75th anniversary with dinner at the North Bay Golf & Country Club.  November's highlight is always the silent auction.  December brings the Charitable Trust Dinner. Brenda Quenneville from Amelia Rising was the speaker.  Due to inclement weather our Christmas get-together and January's meeting were cancelled.  In February Heli Vail and Susanne Carr initiated potluck and resolutions and April brings lunch and learn:Wills and Powers of Attorney. The annual general meeting occurs in May, and June is our end-of-year dinner. 


As program chair I would sincerely like to thank the committee for all their time and effort.  However I do have a concern about our meetings. The new structure was set in place to encourage more membership participation in taking some responsibility in the meetings. The leads for the meetings were basically program committee members except for those meetings chaired by the co-president. I believe we need to find ways of involving the membership more fully. 


Communications

Mary Catherine O'Hagan and Marg Mullan, Co-Chairs


Each month, we notify media about upcoming CFUW North Bay meetings and special events.  We send out emails at least two weeks ahead of scheduled events to local radio stations, cable television, The Nugget, and Community Voices.. Notices include time, meeting location, topic, and guest speakers.  An invitation is always included to guests and anyone interested in finding out more about CFUW North Bay. 


Social Committee

Anne McNutt, Chair 


Venues: 

  • Cementation: Many thanks to Cementation and Brianne Bourke for accepting and booking our CFUW meetings. The bookings are done by the social committee chair in August once the programme is set for the year.  The key fob pick-up and return requires signage. The key fob must be picked up at front desk before 5 p.m the day of meeting.  A phone number is required on the back entry door for late-comers. This has been used often.


  • Holy Name Church: Kaarina Tulisalo books this venue as she knows all the people there, especially Tony who helps us a lot.


  • Woodlands: Doris Toswell (resident) must book this venue. All plans were in place for a great Christmas party, but it was cancelled due to foul weather.



Food and Drink:

  • Thanks to all members who contributed such tasty snacks/nibbles, cookies and squares over the year. A sign-up sheet is available at all meetings so members can choose dates for their convenience. I phone a week before as a reminder.


Expenses:

  • Receipts are submitted on a regular basis to Marianne Rogers and duly reimbursed. The total is in financial report.


Telephone Team:

  • Set up for implementation.


Analysis:

  • All seems to have run smoothly.
  • Thanks to Bunty Swanson and Heli Vail for assisting with social duties when required.
  • Thanks to members who have done a great job as greeters at meetings and events.
  • Members who remember to bring their mugs and wear their name tags are very much appreciated.


Archives

Anna Petruzella and Doris Toswell


Many thanks go out to Sharon and Paul Walker who began the project to review and catalogue the

CFUW North Bay information stored at the North Bay Public Library. We now have five bins and information about what is in each of them.


A working group of Terry Martinelli, Marilyn Smith, Kaarina Tullisalo. Doris Toswell and Anna Petruzella

began to go through each bin and to further organize what is there.  More purging needs to be done. 


Work was also done on year books for the last four years.


We still need to develop a full  job description for the archivist,  a decision on how we want to store information, and a policy on access to the archives.


Gift of Reading

Doris Toswell


The Gift of Reading was held on March 8 at St. Luke's Catholic Church.  About 25 senior kindergarten children received books donated by CFUW members.  Next year’s convener will be Nat Brunette.


Issues and Advocacy

Heli Vail, Chair


1. Enhancing a Partnership with the North East Women’s Health Alliance (NEWHA)


NEWHA is a group of over 20 agencies, groups and individuals working collaboratively to actively promote, educate and advocate for the health and wellness of women in our community.  Actions included:

  • Attended monthly meetings as a subcommittee of NEWHA.
  • Shared national CFUW advocacy initiatives with NEWHA members.
  • Shared information with our members regarding community initiatives such as Travel Link, Free Smiles Dental Care, and North Bay and Area Food Charter. 
  • Arranged for CFUW members to continue to support the ACNBA Bathtub Project, Sock It to Us, and the Red Scarf initiatives.
  • Attended the ceremonies with regard to the Red Scarf Campaign on AIDS Awareness Day. 


2. International Women’s Day Program Planning and Participation 


CFUW North Bay was a member of the NEWHA planning committee for a coordinated schedule of events recognizing International Women’s Day.  CFUW North Bay was responsible for the following:

  • Hosting the pre and post receptions for the Join Me on the Bridge event in partnership with ACNBA.
  • Promoting and participating the International Women’s Day Tea at Calvary Pentecostal Church North Bay. The guest speaker was Dima Abdulaziz, a Syrian refugee.  This was organized by one of our CFUW members who is the co-pastor at Calvary Pentecostal Church and a NEWHA member.
  • Also promoted and participated in Tampon Tuesday, a drive for feminine hygiene products drive;  A Day Without a Woman march where women were encouraged to wear red, not shop, not work to recognize women’s value to socio-economic system; Women’s Wellness Day at North Bay Public Library; and seminar at Nipissing University on How to Have Good Sext: Sexting, Privacy and Consent seminar by Dr. Amy Hasinoff, University of Colorado


3. Additional Advocacy Initiatives:


  • Promoted and participated in a Gift of Reading event held in a kindergarten class at one of our elementary schools, where our members provide new books for all the children and read to them.
  • Met with our MP and MPP to discuss the resolutions passed at our National AGM in 2016.


Interest Groups


Bridge Club - Helen Manning

 

Our bridge club meets on Thursday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.   Numbers vary as our members are travellers.  We usually have only one table.  Sometimes a fifth person participates and we take turns sitting out.  On the odd occasion, we have had eight people to play two-table bridge.  Although we play duplicate rules from lessons taken at the North Bay Bridge Club, we take time to discuss the hands.  Anyone wishing to join us can call me at 705-495-4271.


Book Club - Caroline Haist


The book club meets every fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in members’ homes.  Although we have a member present information about the book of that month and lead the discussion, the meetings are informal.


In June at the annual pot luck dinner, members suggest books for the following year - books that they have enjoyed reading themselves and that they feel will result in a lively discussion.  Members then take a couple of weeks to check reviews and then vote by email for the books they would like to read.  The list for 2017-18 will be available as soon as the voting is complete, usually by the end of July.  Lists of the books chosen for 2015-16 and 2016-17 are still on the website. 



Heritage Gardeners - Diane Steward


This year marks the 20th anniversary of Heritage Gardeners.  CFUW is pleased to have been part of this community endeavour from its beginnings in 1997.  Over the years our team has had a number of our members take part in keeping several garden beds weeded and planted. Presently we are still redoing our main bed that faces the waterfront. Our present team has six CFUW members as well as two men and another woman from our community.


We meet Wednesday mornings at 8:30 in May through October.  If you have an interest in gardening you can contact Diane Steward, team leader, at fredifred@gmail.com to learn how to sign up, or speak to Bonnie Cappadocia, alternate team leader, for information as Diane is in Vancouver until April 30.


Gourmet Luncheon Group - Sue Fisher and Marianne Rogers


This year the gourmet luncheon group had 15 members.  In September we met at the Urban Café to decide who would cook with whom in November, February, April, May and June.  It was also decided to forgo the December luncheon as the season is so busy.  In March we met for a delicious lunch at the Kabuki House where all but one ordered the same meal!  


The recipes for our lunches are on the website.  Each meal this year was beautifully presented and very yummy.  Our times together are special - lots of laughter and entertaining conversation.


Gourmet Dinner Group - Christine Todd Mitchell 


The gourmet dinner group initiated some changes this year. The first was appointing Christine Todd as the convener. The second was rebranding our name so that we are also known as the dinner group. The third initiative was to extend the dinner invitation to all members to join us in our adventures in dining. This year we enjoyed culinary delights at Average Joe’s, Casey’s, Chicago Cafe, 100 Element, and the Ram’s Head. Excellent food plus great company equal a most enjoyable evening. What an equation! Do join us next year.



Roamers - Kaarina Tulisalo

Roamers events continue to provide excellent opportunities for members to educate, advocate, and socialize.  We bring community events to the attention of our members through the newsletter, the website, and direct mailings to members on the Roamers signup sheet. Our participation in and support of community events and organizations raise our profile in the community. This year some of the events and organizations included a fashion show and concert for Grandmothers for Africa, the North Bay Symphony, Near North Voices Community Choir, the Rapport Singers, the North Bay Choral Society, the Gateway Theatre Guild, the North East Women’s Health Alliance, the AIDS Committee of North Bay and Area, Sunday Night Cinema, Live at the Met opera, Canadian International Council, Nipissing Branch, the Canadian Club, Trinity United Church, St. Andrew’s Church, Powassan and Chisholm United Churches, and the Callander Public Library. Special events included the DIA Showtime, the CFUW Cool Cats and the Coldest Night fundraiser, An Evening to Celebrate Women, Join Me on the Bridge, the Women’s Day March, and other IWD events. Upcoming events include the Hospice hike and Nipissing Region Curatorial Collective Paddle Project Exhibition, Gala and Art Auction. Special thanks go to Caroline Haist for the excellent posts on the website. Keep checking the website for updates and additional information.  Thanks to members for continuing to submit suggestions for Roamers events.


Sunrise Breakfast - Susanne Carr


The Sunrise Breakfast group met on the last Friday of every month from June through May with the exception of December. We meet at 9 a.m. at Guido and Arlene's Restaurant on Trout Lake Road.  It is a very informal come-as-you can group of members and sometimes friends or family join us.  We talk, network, and catch up with each other while enjoying a great breakfast. Everyone is welcome to join us.


CFUW NORTH BAY

MAY 2016 ANNUAL REPORTS


Presidents’ Report

Terry Martinelli and Diane Wallace


This past year has been another great one for CFUW North Bay. 


Our executive has worked together to plan a year of interesting and informative general meetings. Our program committee, with suggestions from many of our members, have ensured that we have been entertained by wonderful and very meaningful speakers. 


The auction in November, our major fundraiser, as always was a great success.  Many thanks to our auction committee, who brought it together so beautifully, and to all who donated items and services. 


During December, we paused to remember the students of the Ecole Polytechnique massacre, assisted so ably by North Bay Police Chief Paul Cook.  In mid December, Gail graciously welcomed us once more into her beautiful home for a wonderful Christmas social. 


January brought the start of our 75th anniversary celebration, with the presentation and flag raising at City Hall and social at the library.  Thanks to the organizers of these wonderful events. 


March was the resolutions meeting.  A huge thanks to our advocacy committee members; the members worked tirelessly to summarize the six resolutions and present them so clearly to us all. 


In April the Lunch and Learn, featuring the Serenity Hospice, was a great success. Many thanks to all who put this event together so well. 


May 1 saw a large contingent of CFUW members and friends joining the Hike for the Hospice.  CFUW members are proud to have raised over $1000 for this worthy cause. 


May will also see our club, so ably lead by our sub committee on GWI, tackle the issue of learning about and voting on the most important issue that our club has been confronted with for many years.  A special thank you to the members of this sub committee for your leadership and hard work. 


Throughout the year, our social committee has served faithfully at every meeting to ensure that we are well looked after. 


In closing, we wish to thank all the members of our executive for performing their duties so capably and for making this past year one full of service, learning, adventure and fun.   We thank all of our members for their enthusiastic participation and support of each of our events.  We appreciate their role in supporting us so well as co-presidents.  We are all blessed to be part of such a wonderful and supportive group of women, sharing the goal of supporting women everywhere.  


Scholarship Committee Report

Sharon Walker, Scholarship Chair


This past year has been a busy one for the scholarship committee.  Our club donated $2500 to Nipissing University for four scholarships and one bursary.  The scholarships were in education, biology, criminal justice, and nursing.  We also gave a memorial bursary award.  A $750 award was donated to Canadore College for a student in a non-traditional program.

École publique l'Odyssée will be receiving the two high school awards of $500 each for math and science.  This amount was increased from $400 this past year.

The scholarship committee also redrafted the Charitable Trust Agreement to better reflect the current needs of students.  It will be presented at the AGM for ratification.


Membership Committee

Marilyn Smith and Lise King, Co-Chairs


As of December 2015, CFUW North Bay has 68 members, the same number as last year.  Five of them are new.  In December, Gail Thomsen invited the new members and the executive to her home for appetizers before the Christmas social.  Information about CFUW was presented to the group. 


Programme Committee

Mae MacDonald, Chair


As my tenure as program co-ordinator ends, I would be remiss in not thanking those members who volunteered to help on the program committee, both in the planning and executing of each month's theme. This past year we had many excellent speakers such as Hannah Bywater, Paul Cook, and Matilde Bazinet, to mention only a few.  I know we all gained from each program.  As well, our annual activities such as the silent auction, Christmas at Gail's, the potluck/resolutions meeting, and Lunch and Learn were enjoyable and helped in our promotion of education both in the community and the club.  The 75th anniversary activities were well received.  A special thank you to those members who organized and presented. Thanks again to all who gave of their time and talents to ensure our programs met with our purpose.


Communications

Mary Catherine O'Hagan and Marg Mullan, Co-Chairs


Each month, we notify media about upcoming CFUW North Bay meetings and special events.  We send out emails at least two weeks ahead of scheduled events to local radio stations, cable television, The Nugget, and free publications such as Nipissing Reader.  Notices include time, meeting location, topic, and guest speakers.  An invitation is always included to guests and anyone interested in finding out more about CFUW North Bay.  We also include the club’s website address as a source of further information.


Publicity

Kaarina Tulisalo, Chair

The new job description for publicity is posted on the website.  Publicity works together with other committees to promote CFUW North Bay and to publicize events.  A roll-up banner was designed, purchased, and unveiled at the 75th anniversary flag raising ceremonies.   Articles and photos were submitted for our monthly newsletter and website.  A window display in the North Bay Public Library in August promoted membership in the club.  In September a notice was posted on Kijiji promoting CFUW North Bay.  A window display in the library in January promoted the 75th anniversary kick off.  Articles appeared in the CFUW Club Action Newsletter, The Nugget, Community Voices, and Bay Today and on air with Cogeco and CTV.  The partnership with the North East Women’s Health Alliance is a strong working relationship with five club members forming the CFUW sub committee.  Meetings are held monthly and updates are shared with over 20 agencies and professionals working on women’s issues. 

The functioning of the publicity committee continues to be a work in progress.

Social Committee

Anne McNutt, Chair 


Helpers: Bonnie Roynon, Bunty Swanson, Lynn Ingham


Venues: Cementation, Holy Name Church, and North Bay Public Library

Bookings are made for Cementation through Brianne Bourke, our liaison. She has also helped with the technical equipment when required.  On October 21 two separate presentations, requiring different set-ups, worked with no malfunctions.


A new arrangement is in place for key fob pick-up.  It must be signed out before 5 p.m. under “assembly room” sign and signed back in upon return to the front desk.


Stronger lights have been installed in the parking lot.  There is a camera also, so drive carefully.

Thanks to Lynn Ingham and others who open the door.


Food and Drink: Each event is different, so it is necessary to “customize” the goods taken to each.

Thanks to all for all the goodies provided.  The pot luck and resolutions meeting with 23 members present was great.  Members brought many tasty ready-to-serve appetizers and sandwiches.  Clean up was easy.

The downstairs room of the library was a good venue for the 33 people who attended the reception following the flag raising.  Cake with very blue icing was served, along with coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.  We managed to blow the fuses twice with all the plug-ins.

Holy Name Church proved a great venue for Lunch and Learn, where 42 members and guests attended.  A beautiful cake with the CFUW logo was served.  


Many thanks to Bunty Swanson for her assistance for all these events.

Expenses to April 30 were $35.07.  Cake expenses came out of the 75th anniversary budget.


Telephone Team:  We may need to use the team for the June 13 dinner at Osprey Links.


Analysis:  Our approach to meetings seems to work well.  We welcome suggestions for improvement.  Members who bring their own mugs have been a big help.

 

CFUW Liaison

Heather Chambers


I have enjoyed the last two years as the CFUW Liaison.  It is a relatively easy job forwarding the communications from Ontario Council and CFUW National. That being said, it is a wonderful opportunity that all members have to know what is going on in our broader organization and in other clubs.  I remember years ago, when we received a few copies of the Communique, that the president or CFUW Liaison would give highlights at a meeting, and then a few would take the Communique home.  Now we all are getting the information at the same time.  I hope you enjoy reading these communications and feel proud to be part of a larger group that is very much respected.  During a webinar I participated in his month, CFUW President Doris Mae Oulton said that MP’s from “the Hill”  are coming to CFUW to see if they have research material for a bill the MP’s would like to put forward.  With this type of respect and with an organized staff at head office, you can see that we do make a difference.


Advocacy and Issues

Janet Poudrier, Acting Chair


1. Enhancing a Partnership with the North East Women’s Health Alliance (NEWHA).  NEWHA is a group of over 20 agencies, groups and individuals working collaboratively to actively promote, educate and advocate for the health and wellness of women in our community.  Actions included:

  • Attended monthly meetings as a subcommittee of NEWHA.
  • Shared national CFUW advocacy initiatives with NEWHA members.
  • Suggested and assisted the NEWHA Committee to apply for a $1000 grant from the Retired Teachers of Ontario Nipissing District 43 to cover the cost of medical supplies for the Rock Rose Clinic, which provides healthcare on a voluntary basis for marginalized women and their children who do not have access to a family doctor.
  • Shared information with our members regarding community initiatives such as Travel Link, Free Smiles Dental Care, and North Bay and Area Food Charter. 
  • Arranged for CFUW members to continue to support the ACNBA Bathtub Project, Sock It to Us, and the Red Scarf  initiatives.
  • Attended the ceremonies with regard to the Red Scarf Campaign on AIDS Awareness Day, December 1. 
  • Attended a rally to protest the health care cuts at the North Bay Regional Health Centre.

2. International Women’s Day Program Planning and Participation: CFUW North Bay was a member of the NEWHA planning committee for a coordinated schedule of events recognizing International Women’s Day.  CFUW North Bay was responsible for the following:

  • Hosting the pre and post receptions for the “Meet Me On The Bridge” event in partnership with ACNBA.
  • Promoting and participating in a community event, a Celebration of Women, an evening tea “Sharing Our Stories and Nourishing Our Souls,” organized by one of our CFUW members who is the co-pastor at Calvary Pentecostal Church and a NEWHA member.

3. Additional Advocacy Initiatives:

  • Invited Hannah Bywater, a 15-year-old secondary school student, to speak at the October general meeting in recognition of the International Day of the Girl Child. Hannah`s goal is to change the world one project at a time.  She has been working to get clean water to villages in Africa.
  • Arranged to have Paul Cook, North Bay Chief of Police Services, to speak at our Charitable Trust Dinner on Violence Against Women and Domestic Abuse.
  • Promoted and participated in a Gift of Reading event held in a kindergarten class at one of our elementary schools, where our members provide new books for all the children and read to them.
  • Participated in all of the Meet the Candidates Event for the 2015 Federal Election, especially the one which involved the Students` Councils from Nipissing University and Canadore College sponsored by the Retired Teachers of Ontario Nipissing District 43.
  • Met with our MP and MPP to discuss the resolutions passed at our National AGM in 2015.

CFUW hosted a Lunch and Learn on April 20 on the New Serenity Hospice, which will be built in North Bay in the near future. It emphasized the need for hospice care as well as the support of the community, both morally and financially.  CFUW North Bay entered a team in the Hike for Hospice fundraiser on May 1..

Interest Groups


Bridge Club - Helen Manning

Our bridge club meets on Thursday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.   Numbers vary as our members are travellers.  We usually have only one table.  Sometimes a fifth person participates and we take turns sitting out.  On the odd occasion, we have had eight people to play two-table bridge.  Although we play duplicate rules from lessons taken at the North Bay Bridge Club, we take time to discuss the hands.  Anyone wishing to join us can call me at 705-495-4271.


Book Club - Caroline Haist

The book club meets every fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in members’ homes.  Although we have a member present information about the book of that month and lead the discussion, the meetings are informal.


In June at the annual pot luck dinner, members suggest books for the following year - books that they have enjoyed reading themselves and that they feel will result in a lively discussion.  Members then take a couple of weeks to check reviews and then vote by email for the books they would like to read.  The list for 2016-17 will be available as soon as the voting is complete, usually by the end of July .  A list of the books chosen for 2015-16 is still on the website. 


This year there were 35 members on the list, but not all attend every meeting.  Our best-attended meeting was in September, when over 20 members participated.


Heritage Gardeners - Diane Steward


The design team has assisted us with a new look, so we’re in the process of redoing our main bed. 


Our team is made up of four CFUW members and a couple of interested community members.  If you are interested in waterfront gardening, Diane Steward, team leader, can give you information on signing up with the city. 


We garden from May to October most years.  Last year the team met Wednesday mornings.  During May and June of this year, we plan to garden on Wednesday afternoons. 

Gourmet Luncheon Group - Gail Thomsen


This year the gourmet lunch group had 20 members.  We met on the first Tuesday of the month at 12:30 p.m..  Our first organizational meeting was held at the the Ram’s Head in October, when we selected dates and cooking partners.  There were two fall luncheons in members’ homes.  We resumed our regular schedule for the months of February, March, April and May.  The June lunch will be a pot luck.  This is a very active and animated group, and nothing is off limits for conversation or discussion.  We enjoy good food and better friends.

Gourmet Dinner Group - Cheryl Nidd


It has been a very busy season for the gourmet dinner group.  We may be few in number, but we are big on spirit and the desire to seek out the perfect meal.  We did a lot of roaming this year, beginning with our September meeting at the Chicago Cafe's Chinese feast.  From there, our journey continued to include stops at the home of Terry Martinelli for a genuine Mennonite feast and at the Ram's Head restaurant.  When the new year began, we ventured out in the cold to Canadore College's famed 100 Elements.  The meal was amazing, and I think most of us went home with leftovers. Then, we finally got to experience one of Chef Tanya Cross' Full Moon Feasts at the Artisan Café.  It was a spectacular meal, and we recommend it to anyone who has not yet been.  When spring finally decided to arrive, we ate at Churchill's and Average Joe's restaurants.  June will bring us to a meal hosted by Heli and Linda.  It is an event to which we all look forward.  Please consider joining our little group next year.  We are a lot of fun, and we know how to eat well.


Roamers - Kaarina Tulisalo

Roamers events provide excellent opportunities for members to engage in the four descriptors on our new banner: Education, Advocacy, Networking, Fellowship. We alert members about community events of interest through our listings in the newsletter, on the website, and through announcements at meetings. Our participation in and support of community events raise our profile in the community.  Some of the organizations and events included the North Bay Grandmothers for Africa dare-to-dine fundraiser, the North Bay Symphony, the Canadian Club, Near North Voices Community Choir, the Rapport Singers, the North Bay Choral Society, the Gateway Theatre Guild, Dreamcoat Theatre, North East Women’s Health Alliance, The AIDS Committee, and Live at the Met Opera..  Special events included the Hospice Hike, An Evening to Celebrate Women, Stop the Cuts Rally, and Join Me on the Bridge.  The Roamers events provide many opportunities for members to learn, to advocate, to socialize, and to relax and enjoy.  Special thanks go to Caroline Haist who does such an excellent job posting the Roamers events. 


Sunrise Breakfast - Terry Martinelli


The Sunrise Breakfast group met on the last Friday of every month from June through May with the exception of December. We meet at 9 a.m. at Guido and Arlene's Restaurant on Trout Lake Road.  It is a very informal come-as-you can group of members and sometimes friends or family join us.  We talk, network, and catch up with each other while enjoying a great breakfast. Everyone is welcome to join us