Club Action Newsletters


Club Action Newsletter: January 18, 2021

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and members and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

         

  • Dialogue Sessions
  • UNCSW Call for Delegates! 
  • CFUW Ontario Council Report
  • Reminder to Clubs to Update Membership Numbers
  • CFUW Website Design
  • Sharing Corner
    • CFUW Fredericton Book Sale
    • CFUW Orillia virtual meeting on climate change
    • CFUW Edmonton, Academic Awards Fund Document
    • Western webinar on GBV Sector in Canada
  • Action Corner!

Dialogue Sessions

                                          
Dialogue Sessions to discuss the GWI Per Capita Dues motion (click here) will take place on the dates provided below. Click on the date to register for your preferred meeting date. 

Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. eastern.
Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. eastern. 

Call for Delegates!
United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women will take place VIRTUALLY from 15-26 March 2021. Each year, official CFUW delegates attend the Commission and contribute to the global dialogue on the status of women. While parallel event sessions are open to everyone, the official UN proceedings are restricted to CFUW's 20-person delegation. Click here to learn more about this opportunity and to view the full application posting & requirements. If you are interested in applying for the CFUW delegation, click here to submit your application online. 

CFUW Ontario Council Report

Read the CFUW Ontario Council Report written by Sandy Thomson, President, Ontario Council, outlining the initiatives they have partaken in over the past year here

Reminder to Clubs to Update/Revise their Membership Numbers by January 31

It is that time of year when CFUW asks that Clubs report their final membership numbers so that invoices can be prepared for the dues for the upcoming fiscal year (May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022). We ask that you submit your numbers by January 31, 2021. For more information, click here

CFUW Website Design

Watch this video that was put together by Zen Ideas: Web Design for Nonprofit Organizations, that showcases the transition and building of CFUW's new website. 

CFUW Fredericton "Surprise Bag of Books"

               

Lakehead professor to talk about Climate Change at CFUW Orillia Meeting


Dr. Ellen Field, an Assistant Professor at Lakehead University where she teaches Environmental Education and Climate Change Education, will be the featured speaker at the CFUW Orillia virtual meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Learn more here.

CFUW Edmonton Academic Awards Fund


Read CFUW Edmonton's piece on "A History of Giving" within the Club over the years here

Looking Within: Anti-Black Racism and the Gender-Based Violence Sector in Canada

Join the University of Western next week on Jan 18, 19, and 20 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET. This Forum brings together the voices and insights of Black activists, advocates, academics, artists, and service providers from across Canada for a series of dialogues about complicity and accountability in the GBV sector on issues of anti-Black racism.  For more information, click here. 

Club Newsletters

Abbotsford
Aurora/Newmarket
Fredericton
Montreal Lakeshore UWC
Oshawa & District 
Perth & District
Richmond
St. Catharines
Sudbury

    
    GWI- 2020 Year at a Glance

Important Dates and Deadlines: 


January 18: Fellowships & Awards Applications due
January 20: CFUW Reads National Book Club Meeting
January 21: Succession Planning for Ontario Clubs
January 28 & 30: Dialogue Sessions
January 31: Club Membership Numbers to be submitted by Clubs to CFUW National 
February 15: Clubs receive proposed draft resolutions package
April 1: Creative Arts Award Applications due

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Club Action Newsletter: January 7, 2021

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and members and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

         

  • Tammy Irwin
  • Articles and Bylaws Notice
  • Succession Planning for Ontario Clubs
  • CFUW Creative Arts Award 2021
  • Dialogue Sessions
  • Reminder for Membership Numbers
  • Sharing Corner
    • Sunshine Coast, Virtual Art Exhibition
    • Oshawa & District, The Benefits of Yoga
    • CFUW Montérégie and UWC Montreal South Shore
  • Action Corner: Climate Change

 

Tammy Irwin

                                                
It is with sadness that we tell you that Thomasine (Tammy) Irwin, who was both CFUW National President 1988-1990 and CFUW Edmonton President 1972-1974, died on Christmas Day. Tammy joined CFUW in 1958.

Tammy had a treasure of stories to relate and an incredible memory of CFUW through many decades. She was a historian in her own right. Her contribution to CFUW along with many other endeavors including her efforts for Racecourse School in Kitwe Zambia are immeasurable. Her biography can be found here.

 

Articles and Bylaws Notice

 

To: Board of Directors, Regional Directors, All CFUW Clubs and Club Executives

Subject:  Articles and By Laws Amendment Procedure and Forms
 
Attachments: 

The CFUW Articles and Bylaws Policy, Procedure, bylaws, Form 1 and Form 2

are available on the Member Resource site as well as in the clickable links in this article.
 
The Proposed Amendment to the Articles and Bylaws of CFUW Form1 must be fully completed and submitted by email to judy.gay200@gmail.com with copy to cfuwed@rogers.com .All proposed amendments should be received on or before February 15, 2021. 
  
A package of the Proposed Amendments, deemed compliant, will be sent from the National Office to Clubs, Regional Directors and members of the National Board of Directors for study and evaluation by the end of February, 2021. 
 
If Clubs wish to propose amendments to the amendments, then the Amendment to Amendment Form 2 must be fully completed and submitted by email tojudy.gay200@gmail.com with copy to cfuwed@rogers.com before March 29, 2021.
  
All proposed amendments (Form 1) or amendments to the amendments (Form 2) must be properly received on or before March 29, 2021 or they will not be considered,
 
Although the name and position of the designated signing authority in the Club is required on both Form 1 and Form 2, a signature is not.  However, the date of the Club motion to allow the amendment or amendment to the amendment to be proposed is necessary. 
 
The package of compliant Amendments to Amendments will be distributed to the Clubs and members of the Board of Directors before the AGM. Only proposed Amendments and Amendments to the Amendments properly received and compliant will be allowed from the floor.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Judy Gay, Chair Articles and Bylaws Committee, at judy.gay200@gmail.com.
 
Judy Gay
Chair, Articles and Bylaws Committee 

 

Succession Planning: A Workshop for CFUW Ontario Clubs

 

                                         
On Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. eastern, a succession planning workshop for CFUW Ontario Clubs will be held.

For more information, click here
To register, click here. 

 

CFUW Creative Arts Award 2021 Guidelines and Application

 

                           
The CFUW Creative Arts Award was created to promote interest and involvement in the creative arts by engaging audiences and inspiring discussion. View the guidelines and application form here. The deadline to apply is April 1, 2021. 

 

Dialogue Sessions

 

                                          
Dialogue Sessions to discuss the GWI Per Capita Dues motion (click here) will take place on the dates provided below. Click on the date to register for your preferred meeting date. 

Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. eastern.
Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. eastern. 

 

Reminder to Clubs to Update/Revise their Membership Numbers by January 31

 

It is that time of year when CFUW asks that Clubs report their final membership numbers so that invoices can be prepared for the dues for the upcoming fiscal year (May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022). We ask that you submit your numbers by January 31, 2021. For more information, click here

 

 

CFUW Sunshine Coast— Virtual Art Exhibition

 

             
Join CFUW SUnshine Coast for their Virtual Art Exhibition to take place on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. eastern. For additional information and registration, click here.

 

                                 

 

Club Spotlight

 

CFUW Montérégie and South Shore University Women's Club

Dans le cadre des 16 jours d’action pour l’élimination des violences faites aux femmes, représentantes de l’Association des femmes diplômées des universités (AFDU) Montérégie et le South Shore University Women's Club (SSUWC) ont participé à une campagne: «J’en ai plein le masque des violences faites aux femmes, agissons ensemble». 

During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, members from CFUW Montérégie and South Shore University Women's Club participated in the campaign: "J’en ai plein le masque des violences faites aux femmes, agissons ensemble" "I'm fed up with the masks that victims of violence wear, let's act together!"

La campagne fait référence aux masques que l’on porte pendant la pandémie, mais également aux masques que les femmes victimes de violence doivent porter. Des groupes membres ont rencontré des élus municipaux pour échanger sur leur engagement pour lutter contre les violences faites aux femmes. Cliquez ici pour en savoir plus sur ces initiatives. Click here to learn more about this initiative.


Club Action Newsletter: December 17, 2020 

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and members and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

On behalf of the CFUW National Staff,  Board of Directors,  and Regional Directors we would like to wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season and a joyous New Year. 

In This Edition...

  •  President's Message
  • CFUW's Councils and Committee Accomplishments 
  • Zoom Booking Deadline for end of year, December 18 2020
  • Dialogue Sessions
  • UNCSW 2021 Update
  • Elizabeth May speech on RCSW
  • Long Term Care and Elder Care
  • Contact Us!
  • Sharing Corner
    • CFUW Spotlight on 16 Days of Activism
    • CFUW Etobicoke Webinar 
  • Action Corner!

President's Message: Kathryn Wilkinson

I think most of us will agree that 2020 has been the strangest year that we have ever experienced! This is the final edition of the Club Action News for 2020 and it includes updates from the regions and from the committees of some of the activities that have been happening at the national level since the new board came into office in June. We are a widely dispersed federation but the forced isolation of the pandemic has brought us closer together in many ways. I know a year ago, I hadn’t even heard of Zoom and now we have ten accounts at the National Office.

If I am asked how I feel about my first six months as president, I would probably say that some days I feel like an amateur juggler in a 3-ring circus! The main juggling act for the Board has to be working on a new Strategic Plan as we also work to implement the recommendations of the Mediation Report. At the December Board meeting, a motion was passed to allow Clubs to elect whether or not to be counted in the per capita dues calculation for GWI beginning with the payment due in January 2022. It is hoped that this new arrangement will allow us to remain united as an organization and to move beyond the conflict of the past few years. You will find an invitation in this newsletter to participate in a dialogue session to be held in January to discuss the implications and the implementation of the motion. Participation in the sessions is open to everyone in the organization so please feel free to share the invitation and encourage those in your network to also register and to join the discussion. The feedback that we received from the Communication Consultation indicated that people wanted more opportunities to be able to network, to talk and to meet together and the Board would like to hear from as many voices as possible – we want your feedback.

Finally, many thanks to our Executive Director, Robin Jackson and her team at the national office for all that they’ve done to keep our organization moving forward as we have made the forced transition to being a virtual organization.

I wish you the very best for the holiday season, may it be as enjoyable as it can possibly be in the circumstances and may you have a safe, happy and healthy 2021.


Kathryn Wilkinson, CFUW National President

CFUW’s Councils and Committees
What We Have Accomplished in 2020

                   
While it has been a challenging year, many of our Board Members, Councils and Committees worked together to advance CFUW's goals and objectives. Read what has been worked on over the year here. 

Holiday Zoom Booking Deadline: December 18, 2020

                             

Due to the upcoming holidays, we are requesting that you get your Zoom bookings in for the holidays submitted by no later than tomorrow, December 18, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. eastern. 

If you would like to request any meetings between December 18, 2020 and January 4, 2020 please email our Member Engagement Coordinator, Rachel, at cfuwgen@rogers.com with the following form filled out. Thank you!

Dialogue Sessions

                              
Dialogue Sessions to discuss the GWI Per Capita Dues motion (click here) will take place on the dates provided below. Click on the date to register for your preferred meeting date. 

Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. eastern.
Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. eastern. 

United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 2021 UPDATE


 

The official UNCSW65 will be held VIRTUALLY this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While some CFUW members would travel to New York City as delegates to the UN forum in past years, unfortunately, this is not possible in 2021. We will update you on how to virtually attend the UNCSW as information becomes available from UN Women.

CFUW submitted an application for a parallel event at the virtual NGO/CSW forum. We encourage you to take a look at the NGO/CSW website for more information on this year's forum & how to register as an "advocate" at the forum.

Elizabeth May recognizes CFUW in the Royal Commission on the Status of Women Speech

In a speech given by Elizabeth May, "The Statement on the 50th Anniversary of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women," she discusses the remarkable achievements that were accomplished by women. This includes:

"The Royal Commission on the Status of Women, as the hon. minister mentioned, was the result of pressure on the then Liberal prime minister Lester B. Pearson in a minority government. Lester B. Pearson was told by Laura Sabia, then president of the Canadian Federation of University Women, who led this charge for an examination of the rights of women in Canada, that if he did not agree to a royal commission, two million women would march on Ottawa." 

Read the full transcript here.

Long Term Care & Elder Care 
National Study Group Meeting

The Long Term Care & Elder Care National Study Group is inviting you to attend their next meeting on Wednesday, January 13 from 1PM to 3PM Eastern! Check out the meeting flyer here. Register for this meeting here.

CFUW Club Spotlight

CFUW Clubs from across Canada participated in the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign from November 25 to December 10. Clubs raised awareness about gender-based violence and took action in creative ways:

CFUW Nanaimo

CFUW Nanaimo partnered with Vancouver Island University Faculty Association Status of Women Committee on a multi-prong strategy to raise awareness in the community about the 16 Days of Activism - the Bastion & VIU Art Galley were lit in orange, banners were hung, the Mayor issued a renewed proclamation, and created a playlist of 1-minute videos where community members expressed support for victims of gender-based violence.

CFUW Welland & District

CFUW Welland & District was also very busy during the 16 Days. Members wrote letters to the mayors of the area's four municipalities, attended the Welland Bridge 13 lighting, held a Zoom event on human trafficking, and with approval of the Indigenous communities in their area, created a "Red Dress" art installation to honour the many Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada.

CFUW Etobicoke presents a Webinar,"Stop The Violence"

CFUW Etobicoke will be presenting a webinar on "Stop The Violence. Women, Men and Guns: What Needs to be Done? With Dr. Wendy Cukier. Find more information in their poster here!

Club Newsletters: 
Aurora/Newmarket
Coquitlam
Hamilton
Kelowna
Montérégie
Nepean
Oshawa & District
Richmond
 

    
         December 9, 2020
 

Important Dates and Deadlines: 


January 15: For Clubs that have stated their intention to submit a resolution by November 15, the deadline to submit the completed draft proposed resolution is January 15. The draft must be sent to resolutions@fcfdu.org.
January 18: Fellowships & Awards Applications due
January 20: CFUW Reads National Book Club Meeting
January 31: Club Membership Numbers to be submitted by Clubs to CFUW National 
February 15: Clubs receive proposed draft resolutions package

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Club Action Newsletter:
November 25, 2020 


This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and members and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

  

  • President's Message
  • 16 Days of Activism Launch
  • 2021 Resolution Intents
  • Discussion on the Impact of the Pandemic on International Education
  • Second Story Press and "Our 100 Years"
  • A National Kitchen Table Talk
  • Fundraising During COVID-19
  • Sharing Corner:
    • YWCA Webinar 
    • Rising Together Webinar
    • The 50th Anniversary of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women Report, Webinar
    • Virtual NGO CSW Forum

President's Message

Today marks the start of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violencecampaign. From November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10th, International Human Rights Day, individuals and organizations around the world take part in the 16 Days campaign which aims to raise awareness and put an end to violence against women and girls.

We know that women and girls have been uniquely and disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 — from the "she-cession" (high levels of women's unemployment) to increased child care and education duties at home. But since the outbreak of COVID-19, significant upticks in violence against women and girls have also been observed in many parts of the world. With social distancing and stay-at-home orders in place to limit the spread of the virus, victims of abuse have less access to support services such as shelters or sexual assault centres, less contact with networks of family and friends, and experience increased daily exposure to the very individuals that abuse them. In certain regions of Canada, incidences of domestic violence have risen by 20 - 30% since the pandemic began. As the COVID pandemic deepens health, employment, and housing concerns, the "shadow pandemic" of gender-based violence deepens at the same time.

Every year, CFUW clubs and members work as trailblazers in their communities by taking part in actions throughout the 16 Days campaign to raise awareness of gender-based violence. While our actions might look a bit different this year, working together to end violence against women and girls is as urgent as ever before.

There are many ways to raise awareness about gender-based violence: share an infographic on social media, hang a poster on a bulletin board or telephone pole, send aClub press release to your local newspaper, or light a candle on December 6 to commemorate the victims of the École Polytechnique massacre. Taking action, no matter how big or small, brings us one step closer to ending gender-based violence.

Keep well and stay safe,

16 Days of Activism: November 25 - December 10



Review CFUW's 2020 toolkit for the 16 Days of Activism to learn more about gender-based violence in Canada and ways for you to take action!

Take a look at the 16 Days of Activism section on the CFUW Member Resources websitefor more resources such as posters, template press releases, & letters.

Resolution Intents 2021

The 2020 - 2021 resolutions cycle is well underway! We are pleased to announce that the National Office has received four resolution intents. Each resolution has its own email address found below:

  1. The Right to Repair - CFUW Cape Breton
  2. Raising Awareness of Canada's Opioid Crisis - Montreal Lakeshore UWC
  3. Singe-Use Plastics and Discarded Plastic Waste - CFUW Nepean
  4. Post COVID-19 Recovery for Women in Canada - CFUW International Relations Committee

If you are interested in learning more about CFUW's resolutions process and guidelines, visit the Resolutions section on the Member Resources website.

Join CFUW for a discussion on  The Impacts Of Covid On International Education And International StudentsNovember 30, 2020 – 4 p.m. Pacific – 7 p.m. Eastern

                                

Join Member of Parliament Iqra Khalid in a discussion about the Impact of the Pandemic on International Education, students and universities and its effects on research in Canada to take place on November 30, 2020 at 7 p.m. eastern. Read her bio here.

Register for the meeting here:
 https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUsdOyrpzMjGdXSe-wqV6zgoVsVKtAGfH9a

Second Story Press Features "Our 100 Years" in their Holiday Campaign

                                                    
We are very excited and proud to share that starting today, Second Story Press is featuring our organization's biography as part of their Holiday Campaign under the theme of “Empowerment!" For the rest of the week, “Our 100 Years” is available from Second Story Press for 25% off.

Click on this link to take advantage of this special offer in time for the holidays: https://secondstorypress.ca/holiday-campaign-2020

A National Kitchen Table Talk for Community and Well Being

The National Kitchen Table Talk for Community and Wellbeing will take place on November 26 from 5 to 7.p.m. eastern time. Let’s get together to talk about what we have in common, our work towards our community and wellbeing  goals and how we can help each other by learning from each other some strategies, tactics or generating ideas for common events and tools. See the poster here for more information. Join the meeting here. This is co-sponsored by VP Education and VP Advocacy. View the worksheet for the meeting here. 

Fundraising During COVID-19

                                        
Due to COVID-19 CFUW Clubs have had to get creative in finding ways to raise funds for their Clubs charitable initiatives. We have compiled a list on the different things Clubs are doing to fundraise, to help inspire you to find new ways to gather funds. If you would like to contribute to the list please email Rachel at cfuwgen@rogers.com.

National Action Plan on Gender-Based Violence: Nov. 26 Webinar


Register for this event here!

Join speakers Anjum Sultana of YWCA Canada, Lieran Docherty of Woman Abuse Council of Toronto (WomanACT), and Erin Whitmore of Ending Violence Association of Canada in a discussion on the context, components, and opportunities of a National Action Plan to address Gender-based Violence in Canada on Thursday, November 26 at 1 PM Eastern.

RISING TOGETHER: Women for a Just Economy - Nov. 25 Webinar


Register for this event here!

Join Ontario Federation of Labour President Patty Coates and keynote speaker activist and author Tithi Bhattacharya who co-authored Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto, in this webinar to explore concrete strategies for cross-movement solidarity on Wednesday, November 25 at 7PM Eastern.

The 50th Anniversary of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women Report
December 7 @ 3:00 pm
 - 4:30 pm

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell Lieutenant Governor of Ontario invites you to join her for an important dialogue on the afternoon of Monday, December 7, 2020 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women in Canada report and ensuring the unfinished business of equality of women and girls. For information on registration and the webinar, click here. 

Virtual NGO CSW Forum 65 Advocate Registration is now open!

                               

Register to become a NGO CSW65 Virtual Forum Advocate to have access to the virtual platform before the start of the Forum on 14 March 2021. Use the platform as an advocacy tool by seeing who else is registered to the platform and networking with them.

                                                     

Abbotsford
Coquitlam
Fredericton
Kelowna
Montreal Lakeshore UWC
Nepean
North Delta & Surrey
Oshawa & District
        Richmond        
St. Catharines
UWC Vancouver
Sudbury

                                      
       
                   November 25, 2020                               November 20, 2020

Important Dates and Deadlines: 


November 18: Preliminary Club Membership Numbers to be submitted by Clubs to National as per GWI directions
November 24 and 25: Communications Committee Consultations
December 14: Fellowships & Awards Applications due
January 15: For Clubs that have stated their intention to submit a resolution by November 15, the deadline to submit the completed draft proposed resolution is January 15. The draft must be sent to resolutions@fcfdu.org.
January 31: Club Membership Numbers to be submitted by Clubs to CFUW National 
February 15: Clubs receive proposed draft resolutions package

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Club Action Newsletter:
November 16, 2020

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and members and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

  

  • CFUW Launches New Website!
  • Fundraising during COVID-19
  • GWI - Third Quarter Financial Report 
  • National Kitchen Table Talk for Community & Well Being
  • WANTED: Admin Support for Public Facebook Group
  • Reminder to submit membership numbers by Nov 18. 
  • Closed Captioning on Zoom
  • Sharing Corner:
    • CFUW Guelph - UBI Webinar
    • Canada & The UN Nuclear Ban Treaty Webinar
    • Gender-Based Violence Webinar
    • NEW FEATURE: Action Corner

CFUW Launches New Public Website!




CFUW National has officially launched its new public website! Check it out at http://www.cfuw.org. We would like to thank Osamu Wakabayashi of Zen Designs for his wonderful redesigning of both the public and member services website. To access the member services site from the main website, it can be found in the top right corner of the page. 
 

Fundraising During COVID-19

                          

Due to COVID-19 CFUW Clubs have had to get creative in finding ways to raise funds for their Clubs charitable initiatives. We have compiled a list on the different things Clubs are doing to fundraise, to help inspire you to find new ways to gather funds.  If you would like to contribute to the list please email Rachel at cfuwgen@rogers.com.

Graduate Women International
QUARTERLY REPORT - THIRD QUARTER 2020

View the Graduate Women International Third Quarter financial report here. 

A National Kitchen Table Talk for Community and Well Being

The National Kitchen Table Talk for Community and Wellbeing will take place on November 26 from 5 to 7.p.m. eastern time. Let’s get together to talk about what we have in common, our work towards our community and wellbeing  goals and how we can help each other by learning from each other some strategies, tactics or generating ideas for common events and tools. See the poster here for more information. Join the meeting here. This is co-sponsored by VP Education and VP Advocacy. 

WANTED:
Administrators for a Public Group Facebook Page 

                            
CFUW is looking for 5-7 interested and dedicated Facebook fans who like our discussion page to administer this site for the next two years.  This involves one day a week of about 1-2 hours, to review content, edit posts that are not suitable according to the published rules and find new content to post.  If you enjoy social media, this project is for you. The national Communications Committee is looking for you. We thank Doris Mae Oulton who established this Facebook site and kept it running for these years for her many hours of diligent effort and scrutiny.  The 1100+ followers in this group are a treasure and we would like to maintain the site to the same high standards that Doris Mae has held.  For more information about this project - click here. 

Apply to Heather Oxman oxman1852@gmail.com 

Reminder to Submit Club Membership Numbers by
November 18, 2020

In order for GWI to send CFUW the invoice for our 2021 membership dues, they require the number of members that each Club has and we must send the total number to them by November 22. To this end, we are asking Clubs to register the number of members by November 18, 2020 by going to the CFUW Membership Website at www.cfuwmembership.org. You may log in using your Club's unique username and password. Once you are in the site, go to the "Clubs" header and click on “Enter Club Membership”. This will bring you to the page for your Club. Under your Club name, there is a title” Current Fiscal Year Membership”. Below that line, there is a button that says “edit”. Click on the edit button and that will allow you to enter the number of members and students that you have for the fiscal year 2020-2021. The number you will enter will be the number registered by your club as of the date in November, 2020. (Your numbers can be revised in January, 2020 if necessary.) Once this step is completed, please email Rachel Deneault at cfuwgen@rogers.com to let her know that you have inserted the update. It is important that we receive your notification so that we can keep track of the changes.

If you encounter any issues logging in, recording your information, or if you do not have your username/password, please contact Rachel Deneault for assistance at cfuwgen@rogers.com or at (613) 234-8252 ext.101 or 1-888-220-9606 (toll-free). 

Closed Captioning on Zoom

If you have members who require close captioning during online Zoom presentations, there is a feature that can help you do so. By enabling the settings on Zoom, you will have the option to write out what is being said during the meeting and those words will appear on the screen for all of your members! For a step-by-step guide on how to perform these steps, click here. Email Rachel at cfuwgen@rogers.com if you require any assistance. 

CFUW Guelph: Nov. 18 Universal Basic Income Webinar

Register TODAY for this event!
 

Join CFUW Guelph and others in this free webinar on Universal Basic Income in Canada on Wednesday, November 18 at 7:45PM Eastern. 
Click here to view the event flyer and the list of speakers.

Canada & The UN Nuclear Ban Treaty: Nov. 19 Webinar

Register TODAY for this event!

Join the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute & Toronto-based Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Coalition for an important webinar on the need for Canada to sign the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty on Thursday, November 19 from 6:30-8:30 PM Eastern. 

CFUW is one of the dozens of organizations that have endorsed this first-ever Canadian multi-party MP discussion of the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty. Hiroshima bomb survivor and 2017 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Setsuko Thurlow will speak during this event.

Gender-Based Violence Through an Intersectional Lens 
Violence Against Women Learning Network Presentation


Register TODAY for this event!
 

Join Monica Samuel, Executive Director, Black Women in Motion for this presentation on sexual violence in pop culture and the media on Thursday, November 19 at 1PM Eastern. This presentation highlights the interrelationship of anti-black racism, colorism, fatphobia and disability. Participants will leave having a better understanding of the erasure experienced by survivors from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) communities and resources and tools to better show up as allies.

 

Want to take action on an issue related to CFUW policy? Check out some actions from our partners that you can take right now! 

                                             

Abbotsford
Coquitlam
Kelowna
North Delta & Surrey
Oshawa & District
        Richmond        
St. Catharines
UWC Vancouver
Sudbury

         
       November 11, 2020

Important Dates and Deadlines: 


November 18: Preliminary Club Membership Numbers to be submitted by Clubs to National as per GWI directions
November 24 and 25: Communications Committee Consultations
December 14: Fellowships & Awards Applications due

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Club Action Newsletter:
November 6, 2020

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and members and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

 

  

  • President's Message
  • Reminder to Submit Cub dues by Nov. 18
  • A Guide for Preparing By-Laws for CFUW Clubs
  • Dialogue Session, Communications Committee
  • Women and the Arts During COVID
  • CFUW Merchandise Sale
  • 16 Days of Activism
  • CFUW Advocacy Town Hall 
  • CFUW Reads Book Club
  • Sharing Corner:
    • CFUW Calgary Event
    • UNSCW Update

 

President's Message

 

It has come to the notice of National Office and the Board that some Clubs are voting to withhold their dues to GWI and this is an issue that I am going to try to address in this newsletter so please excuse this message being longer than usual. Please read the full message from CFUW National President, Kathryn Wilkinson, here.  

 

Request to Submit Club Membership Numbers by November 18, 2020

 

In order for GWI to send CFUW the invoice for our 2021 membership dues, they require the number of members that each Club has and we must send the total number to them by November 22. To this end, we are asking Clubs to register the number of members by November 18, 2020 by going to the CFUW Membership Website at www.cfuwmembership.org. You may log in using your Club's unique username and password. Once you are in the site, go to the "Clubs" header and click on “Enter Club Membership”. This will bring you to the page for your Club. Under your Club name, there is a title” Current Fiscal Year Membership”. Below that line, there is a button that says “edit”. Click on the edit button and that will allow you to enter the number of members and students that you have for the fiscal year 2020-2021. The number you will enter will be the number registered by your club as of the date in November, 2020. (Your numbers can be revised in January, 2020 if necessary.) Once this step is completed, please email Rachel Deneault at cfuwgen@rogers.com to let her know that you have inserted the update. It is important that we receive your notification so that we can keep track of the changes.

If you encounter any issues logging in, recording your information, or if you do not have your username/password, please contact Rachel Deneault for assistance at cfuwgen@rogers.com or at (613) 234-8252 ext.101 or 1-888-220-9606 (toll-free). 

 

A Guide for Preparing By-Laws for CFUW Member Clubs

 

A Guide for Preparing By-Laws for CFUW Member Clubs has been put together to help you prepare or amend the by-laws of your club. The guide is tailored specifically for unincorporated member clubs of the CFUW that are not established under federal or provincial not-for-profit corporate statutes. 

CFUW offers thanks to Iris Cheung who prepared this guide for CFUW Clubs. During the preparation of this guide, Iris Cheung was a third year law student from the University of Ottawa working with ProBono Canada which is a national student organization with a mandate to provide legal services without charge to community organizations under the supervision of qualified lawyers.

 

Reminder: Dialogue Session Invitation, Communications Committee

 

As recommended by the CFUW Mediation Report of June 2020, the CFUW Board created a national Communications Committee to develop a communications strategy to improve relationships within our organization and with the specific intent of healing strained relationships. Please join us for a conversation as an information exchange and open discussion among CFUW members. For more information, click here. 

Register for Tuesday, November 24 at 7:00 p.m. eastern.
Register for Wednesday, November 25 at 4:30 p.m. eastern
 

 


Women and the Arts During COVID Summary 
 

 

                               
This past Monday, November 2nd, Senator Patricia Bovey and Stratford Festival Executive Director, Anita Gaffney, had an engaging discussion on the challenges women are facing in the arts due to COVID-19. The two discussed the ways in which artists are coping, and how people are using their creativity and innovation to stay connected during the pandemic. For example, the Stratford Festival has put together a streaming service to watch productions in the comfort of your own for $10/month. To view the Zoom discussion that took place, click here. Stay tuned for another CFUW webinar taking place at the end of the month. 

 

CFUW Merchandise Sale

 

                   
Now is the time to start thinking about purchasing gifts for Christmas! CFUW has marked down some of its brand merchandise to make things a bit easier for you. See the catalogue here and email Rachel Deneault at cfuwgen@rogers.com with your order. 

 

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence
November 25 - December 10, 2020

 

 
 

CFUW's 2020 toolkit for the 16 Days of Activism has arrived! Click here to access the 2020 toolkit.

From November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10th, International Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign can help put an end to violence against women and girls. CFUW clubs and members can be trailblazers in their communities and across the country, contributing positively to end gender-based violence (GBV). In this year's toolkit, you can find up-to-date information about GBV in the context of COVID-19, gun violence, Indigenous women & girls, and GBV on Canadian campuses and ways you can take action to end gender-based violence. 

CFUW has also created posters that you may download & print to post in various places in your community during the 16 Days to raise awareness about gender-based violence. Click here to access these posters. 

All of the 16 Days materials are available here on the CFUW Member Site.

 

CFUW Advocacy Town Hall

 

Thank you to all who attended last night's CFUW Advocacy Town Hall presentation. The recording of the meeting, the PowerPoint slide deck and the "Who Does What" Advocacy guidelines document are now available on the CFUW Member Site for your reference under "Take Action>>Advocacy>>Advocacy 101".  Click here to access these materials. 

 

CFUW Reads Book Club

 

                                    
On November 12, 2020 the CFUW Reads Book Club will be discussing Esi Edugyan's Washington Black. All CFUW members are welcome to join. Follow the Facebook page for updates.  

Register for the Zoom meeting here. 

 

CFUW Calgary Event

 

 

UN 65th Commission on the Status of Women UPDATE

 


The format of this year's 65th Commission on the Status of Women in New York remains under review by UN Women. Therefore, the participation of representatives from organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC in this year's CSW remains unknown, due to anticipated continued implications for in-person gatherings and international travel as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. CFUW will provide updates to members as they are shared by UN Women.

 

                                             

Abbotsford 
Coquitlam 
North Delta & Surrey 
Oshawa & District 
         Richmond         
St. Catharines 
UWC Vancouver 
Sudbury

 

 

 

         
       October 28, 2020

Important Dates and Deadlines: 
 

November 15: Deadline for Intents to Submit a Resolution for AGM 2021.  
November 18: Deadline to submit Club membership numbers 
November 22: Preliminary Club Membership Numbers to be submitted by Clubs to National as per GWI directions 
November 24 and 25: Communications Committee Consultations 
December 14: Fellowships & Awards Applications due

 

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Fall Advocacy Package

Take Action on

CFUW Policies Adopted in 2020

A Message from VP Advocacy

Over the years, CFUW has taken a stand on innumerable social issues based on our policies. Advocacy has been important to CFUW since its formation in 1919. The first six clubs that eventually came together to form CFUW had advocacy as a primary pillar in their community work. This year, at our Special General Meeting in August, we passed eight resolutions that addressed very current issues, among them, two that addressed Long Term Care, into CFUW policies.  With the help of the members who presented the resolutions and our Advocacy Coordinator, Charlotte Akin, the package for action on all of these policies is now here for your use. I encourage your club to work on some or all of these policies, making use of the information in this advocacy issue.  Thank you in advance for continuing to advocate for a better world for all of us.  

Sincerely,
Jeannette Mergens
CFUW VP Advocacy

Below are the eight policies that CFUW adopted in 2020. Each policy contains a backgrounder, take action sheet, and a template advocacy letter to guide CFUW clubs in their advocacy work.
 

  1. Long-Term Care under the Canada Health Act 
  2. Long-Term Care - Protect the Vulnerable
  3. Canada Health Act & National Standards for Medically Necessary Care
  4. Payday Loans
  5. Achieving the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action
  6. Climate Emergency – Declarations and Action Plans
  7. Protecting Children from Exposure and Access to Pornography and Sexual Violence
  8. Enforcement of the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act

We encourage you to review the "Who Does What?" guidelines to better understand target audiences for advocacy initiatives. Click here to access the "Who Does What?" document.

This information is also available on the CFUW Member Site under the
Take Action>>Advocacy tab. Click here to access the Member site.

Day of Action to Prevent Gun Violence
Tuesday, Oct. 20 


Join gun violence advocates from across Canada and the United States for a video event put on by the Canadian Doctors for Protection from GunsClick here to register for this event. First showing at 12PM EST and second showing at 8PM EST.

Webinars on Basic Income
Oct. 21 & 22



Graphic by Sara Mizannojehdehi

The concept of a universal basic income has received considerable attention during the COVID-19 pandemic, as Canada has expanded its traditional safety nets beyond its earlier programs. Join 2 exciting webinars hosted by CFUW clubs this week to learn more about basic income.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 7 - 8:30PM MDT on Zoom
    • CFUW Calgary & Calgary North will host two guest speakers in this webinar
      • Elizabeth McLennan, leader of Calgary Alliance for the Common Good & Brian Dodd, co-founder of Basic Income Calgary.
    • Contact heathermhill@shaw.ca for your Zoom admittance
  • Thursday, Oct. 22 from at 7 PM EDT on Zoom
    • A webinar sponsored by CFUW Guelph, Council of Canadians Guelph, and Guelph-based Imagining a Different Future Group featuring four guest speakers
      • Lori Campbell Director, Shatitsirótha’ Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre; Dr. Lori Curis Health Economist; Jessie Golem Artist, Entrepreneur and Activist; & Chandra Pasma Member of the Basic Income Canada Network Advisory Council
    • Contact CFUW Guelph for more details.

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Club Action Newsletter:
October 21, 2020

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and members and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

    

  • President's Message
  • An Update on CFUW's Financial Situation
  • Discussion: Women and the Arts During COVID
  • 65th UN Commission on the Status of Women
  • IWD Project Winner Announcement
  • Merchandise Sale
  • GWI Webinar Series
  • CFUW & Social Media
  • Sharing Corner: 
    - Guelph Civic Museum, Her Story
    - CFUW Aurora hosts Books and Bottles
    - Is it Time for a Basic Income in Canada? Webinar
    - Rising Together: Women for a Just Economy

President's Message

It’s strange to think that socially isolated Thanksgiving is already over, Hallow’een is cancelled, at least for a lot of Ontario, and winter travel plans are cancelled.  The pandemic is still challenging us as individuals but also as an organization but a few good things are happening.  First of all, I’d like to thank the Clubs for returning the Club Executive Survey.  There is a wealth of really useful information and once it has been analyzed and put into a report format, it will be shared across CFUW.

Across the country, regions are in different stages of lock-down and we are all having to adapt to new ways of doing things.  We have heard from Clubs about how they are holding virtual meetings, checking in with their members, and even thinking of innovative ways to continue fundraising. At the National level, we are continuing to host webinars and events and you will find information in this newsletter about our next ‘Covid Conversation – Covid and the Arts’ with art historian, gallery and museum curator Senator Patricia Bovey and Stratford Festival Executive Director Anita Gaffney who will discuss the challenges of the pandemic and the effect on women in the arts. Plans are also underway for a conversation in late November about Covid and the Impact on Human Rights. We are also planning our first meeting of CFUW Reads; the theme for November is Black Lives Matter and we will be discussing Washington Black by Canadian author Esi Edugyan.

The various committees and sub-committees that are part of the Mediation Implementation Committee continue their work.  As promised, the Board will keep Clubs updated on what is happening and you will soon receive notice of a session hosted by the Communication Committee which will be an opportunity to share ideas and information as we work towards healing the rift in our organization. Also, in this newsletter is an update on how we are tackling our financial situation. Clubs are facing the challenge of members not returning this year because in-person meetings are cancelled.  This will inevitably have an effect on the financial situation at National at a time when strong women’s voices are especially important. 
 
Please continue to share with National what you are doing at the Club level, invite other Clubs to join your virtual meetings, keep safe and remember: ‘This too shall pass’.


Kathryn Wilkinson, CFUW National President

Turning the Amber Light to Green – An Update on CFUW’s Financial Situation

Some clubs have been asking about the CFUW financial amber light warning that flashed out to clubs several months ago. At the national level, CFUW is working on many initiatives to get securely into the green zone. View the list of initiatives here

Join CFUW for a discussion on  
WOMEN AND THE ARTS DURING COVID
November 2, 2020 – 4 p.m. Pacific – 7 p.m. Eastern

                                           

Join Senator Patricia Bovey and Stratford Festival Executive Director Anita Gaffney as they discuss the challenges faced by women in the arts, how artists are coping and connecting with their audiences during the pandemic. The discussion will also include an exploration of what the arts will look like once the pandemic is over. For more information, click here. 
 

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIucuCuqDovG9wnAFHNojXlKww7l1ChG1ot

CFUW Written Statement 
65th UN Commission on the Status of Women

                   

The sixty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place virtually from 15 to 26 March 2021.

As an organization in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), CFUW submitted a written statement to address the Commission. CFUW's written statement addressed women's full and effective participation and decision-making in the areas of health, education, the economy, and peace & security. The Statement is endorsed by Graduate Women International, International Alliance of Women, National Council of Women of Canada, Women Graduates-USA, and the YWCA of Canada.

Click here to read CFUW's 2021 written statement to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

International Women's Day 2021 Project Winner!
TEMBO Canada

Eight on Eight: A Canadian-Tanzanian Dialogue in Celebration of IWD 

TEMBO Canada 

(Tanzania Education and Micro-Business Opportunity) is an organization that aims to raise awareness and funds to support their Tanzanian partners in providing educational and micro-business opportunities for girls and women. The project, an online webinar event called Eight on Eight, will bring together four voices from Tanzania and four voices from Canada for an innovative and thought-provoking discussion to share perspectives on gender equality, education, culture, work, community and the prevention of violence. This event provides a unique opportunity to use technology to connect voices over a distance of more than 13,000 kilometres in a discussion on gender equality and the prevention of violence through differing lenses. More information about this event will be shared with CFUW members closer to IWD 2021. 

Congratulations TEMBO Canada!

Merchandise Sale!

CFUW National will be featuring some of our products in a sale, just in time for Christmas! See the products on sale below, and email cfuwgen@rogers.com with the filled out form in this brochure indicating your desired purchase. The sale will end on November 20, 2020. 


 CFUW Credit Card Holder - Reduced from $7.00 to $5.00     

   
CFUW Anniversary Pin
1" reduced from $12.00 to $10.00
1.25" reduced from $15.00 to $13.00 


Women's Golf Shirts (Limited Quantity) 
Available in the following sizes: Small, Medium, 2XL 
Reduced from $28.00 to $15.00.
 

GWI Advocacy 101 and the United Nations



On Thursday, 22 October 2020, GWI will open its Fall 2020 International Advocacy Series, "Putting the pieces together and raising women's voices through strategic advocacy in the changing world". This 4-part webinar series will explain GWI International advocacy and demonstrate how GWI members can create strategic advocacy plans of their own. 

This first webinar, on GWI Advocacy 101 and the United Nations will provide a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of the GWI advocacy work. Click HERE to register today for the GWI Advocacy 101 and the United Nations webinar to be held Thursday, 22 October 2020, 10-11am (first session) and 4-5pm (second session) Central European Summer Time. 

CFUW & Social Media

                                          

CFUW has just joined the world of Instagram - you can now find us at https://www.instagram.com/cfuwfcfdu/ (@CFUWFCFDU). We're looking forward to embracing this new platform to spread the word about our work to improve women's access to education and human rights! Be sure to follow us.

CFUW can also now be found on LinkedIn, view our page here. 

Her Story: Trailblazers of Guelph and Wellington County

On view now at Guelph Civic Museum until July 24, 2021. 

Her Story: Trailblazers of Guelph and Wellington County celebrates women who have led the way towards a diverse and gender inclusive community. Through the stories of local women, this project writes the history of Her Story and shares women’s legacies in Guelph, past and present. The featured trailblazers are activists, artists, caregivers, health care workers, mothers, politicians, scientists, and writers, as well as women-led organizations. Learn more about the event here. 

CFUW Aurora/Newmarket hosts Books and Bottles 2.0

                     
 

The Canadian Federation of University Women Aurora/Newmarket is hosting Books and Bottles 2.0, an online book sale running from Oct. 16 to Nov. 16. It is an opportunity to purchase books from CFUW’s online inventory and get rid of any empty bottles you have accumulated.

“The online version of the event is a way to keep CFUW members engaged by offering reading materials while raising funds with a safe process,” said Fulvia Cantarutti, President of CFUW’s Charitable Trust."

Lifelong Learning Opportunities

Is it Time for a Basic Income in Canada? 

Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 7 - 8:30PM MDT on Zoom
 

CFUW Calgary & Calgary North will host two guest speakers, Elizabeth McLennan, leader of Calgary Alliance for the Common Good & Brian Dodd, co-founder of Basic Income Calgary, in this webinar on universal basic income in Canada.

Click here to join this webinar.  Or copy/paste the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86734335422?pwd=U3NuUXo3Qlgyc0FjM2VPQXQ4VExiUT09#success

Meeting ID: 867 3433 5422
Passcode: 247828
Dial-in AB #: 1-587-328-1099

RISING TOGETHER: Women for a Just Economy
Anti-Oppression & A Green Economy

 

Join feminist, labour & community activists across the country in intersectional organizing for economic, climate & racial justice in this webinar series hosted by the Ontario Equal Pay Coalition and the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW).

Click here to register for this event.

* Discussions will take place in English and French. Simultaneous interpretation (French & English) and closed captioning will be available.
* The link to the webinar will be sent to registrants the day before the event.

                                                

    Kelowna
     Nanaimo

Important Dates and Deadlines: 


November 2: Women and the Arts During COVID Webinar
November 8: Application deadline for UNCSW (may be a virtual event and participant numbers may be limited)
November 15: Deadline for Intents to Submit a Resolution for AGM 2021. 
December 1: Preliminary Club Membership Numbers to be submitted by Clubs to National as per GWI directions
December 14: Fellowships & Awards Applications due

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Club Action Newsletter:
October 9, 2020

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and members and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

    

  • President's Message
  • Submitting Resolution Intents
  • CFUW Clubs and Fundraising During COVID
  • Beijing +25 Newsletter
  • NFB Documentary, "What is Democray?" 
  • Sharing Corner
    - Seaside Magazine and CFUW Saanich Peninsula 
    - Oshawa & District Meetings
    - Invitation a la réunion zoom du conseil qébécois des afdu
    - l'université de Moncton et FCFDU Moncton
  • Oct. 11 - International Day of the Girl Child - Virtual Event

President's Message

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favourite holidays. We get to visit with family and friends, we enjoy a wonderful meal, there is no pressure to buy gifts and, if we’re lucky, the weather cooperates and the fall colours are at their best. This Thanksgiving is very different as we enter the eighth month of the pandemic.
 
Initial results from the Club Executive Survey have been collated and it is evident that our individual members value the opportunity to meet in person at our AGM or in the regional meetings. At the National level, we continue to look for ways to keep members connected across the country. This month we are planning another Zoom discussion with a tentative topic of COVID-19 and the Arts.  The CFUW Virtual Book Club has made its selections and there is more information in this newsletter about how to join the meetings. We are also planning a series of webinars as we launch our Fall Advocacy Package.
 
This is probably one of the most important times for advocacy on behalf of women and girls. Last week, a request was sent to members to support our campaign for affordable, accessible, high quality childcare.  We are asking Clubs and individuals to support this campaign through writing or calling their local MP or MPP. Women cannot return to the workforce when they do not have access to childcare and we want the Federal Government to keep the promises made in the Throne Speech .
 
The pandemic has exposed deficiencies in the support systems for the elderly and those requiring continuing care and at this year’s AGM/SGM, we passed two resolutions concerned with Elder and Long-Term Care.  We have a strong Study Group working on the topic and at the October Board meeting, the Board passed a motion to make Elder and Long-Term Care a national initiative. We know this topic is a concern for many of members and adopting an issue as a National Initiative gives CFUW a stronger voice when advocating or working with partners.
 
I know many of you are concerned about the Mediation Report, the Strategic Plan and what the Board is doing. As I mentioned above, the results of the Club Executive Survey have been returned and we are now about to begin consultation with the regional directors and with external organizations that interact with CFUW. As promised, we will continue to update you on a regular basis as to what is happening. We have agreed on a timeline for the Mediation Implementation Committee and all committee and sub-committee reports will be completed by February to report to the membership in March.   I urge all Clubs to have patience and to give the Board time to complete this work. We have Clubs and individuals on both sides of the CFUW/GWI divide but the members of the Mediation Report Group, who were selected to represent members from across the country, agreed that it is important and valuable that CFUW remain a strong and united organisation.  The pandemic has added extra challenges for CFUW and we need to work together to be an effective voice for women and girls.

 
Wishing you all a safe and happy, if socially isolated, Thanksgiving. The grocery stores may have known something that the rest of us didn’t as I have never seen so many tiny turkeys! Keep well.


Kathryn Wilkinson 

Submitting Resolution Intents

Memo to Club Presidents, Provincial/Regional Councils, Standing CommitteesFrom CFUW National Office
 
Recently you received a message from National Office to remind you that the period for submitting Resolution Intents ends November 15, 2020. The 2020-2022 Resolutions Committee has completed the yearly revision of the attached document Resolutions Information and Guidelines and I am forwarding it to guide you in your work with Resolutions this year.
 
We look forward to hearing of your intentions for Resolutions that propose “positive change about a current issue of local, provincial, national and or international importance” and become policy on which CFUW advocacy is based. Please use the form in Appendix F to submit your intent. As you can see all we need by November 15 is a proposed topic or title for your proposed Resolution. The steps to follow from there are all outlined in the document.

CFUW Clubs and Fundraising during COVID

For entities such as the Charitable Trust and CFUW Clubs that depend heavily on events and initiatives to raise funds for scholarship programs, other activities and the Charitable Trust, the enforced social distancing caused by the pandemic has created a crisis.

While it is essential that we exercise caution in our outlook, we must also seek every opportunity to set priorities and plans that strengthen the fundraising potential for all Clubs in 2020 and 2021.

To this end, we would like to know what fundraising ideas your Club is trying during COVID; what has worked and what has not worked. Some Clubs usually host big events- what have you decided to do instead?

We ask you to send in your fundraising plans and initiatives to Rachel at cfuwgen@rogers.com and Robin at cfuwed@rogers.com by October 30, 2020 and we will publish the information in an edition of Club Action News.
We will also share information on fundraising workshops that we come across such as the ones attached to be offered by Charity Village on crowdfunding and the Emergency Community Support Fund.

Charitable Trust Webinar

                              
See the advertisement for the Charitable Trust Webinar, "My Journey As a Neuroscientist" presented by Diane Lagace on Friday, October 16, at 1:30 p.m. ET click here.

Beijing +25 Generation Equality Updates

                   

Read all of the current updates from Beijiing +25 in their newsletter here

"What is Democracy?"

Watch the documentary for free on NFB and NFB's YouTube channel. 

"Coming at a moment of profound political and social crisis, What Is Democracy? reflects on a word we too often take for granted. Featuring a diverse cast—including celebrated theorists, trauma surgeons, activists, factory workers, asylum seekers, and former prime ministers—this urgent film connects the past and the present, the emotional and the intellectual, the personal and the political, in order to provoke and inspire." 

Seaside Magazine Article and CFUW Saanich Peninsula

Please find attached the Seaside Magazine article regarding the CFUW Saanich Peninsula & the Individualized Learning Centre, recipient of the National Library Award that took place at their 25th Anniversary picnic in August 2020. 

Oshawa & District Meetings

                  
CFUW Oshawa and District will continue to conduct virtual general meetings until at least the end of 2020. Our October speaker is Ki from Ki’s Kitchen speaking about “Cooking with Herbs and Spices”.  Ki is a caterer and blogger who specializes in vegan dishes that support health.  A poster announcing our ZOOM meeting on October 14, 2020 at 7:00 PM is displayed above.

          

l’Université de Moncton et Moncton de la Fédération canadienne des femmes diplômées des universités

                   
En mars dernier, avant que la pandémie éclate, le club de Moncton de la Fédération canadienne des femmes diplômées des universités a effectué un don de 25 000 $ à la Campagne de financement Évolution de l’Université de Moncton. 

Last March, before the Pandemic broke out, the Moncton Club of the Canadian Federation of University Women made a donation of $25,000 to the University of Moncton's Evolution Fundraising Campaign. 

October 11 - International Day of the Girl Child

October 11 is the International Day of the Girl Child, a day dedicated to celebrating the voices and power of girls, championing their rights worldwide, and reflecting on the challenges they continue to face because of their gender. Girls are making tremendous waves of positive change in Canada and across the world.

In 2020 for #GenerationEquality, governments, organizations, and individuals came together to develop a five-year plan to accelerate the most visionary agenda for the empowerment of women and girls, everywhere. Then the COVID-19 pandemic struck. Unless we act fast, the disproportionate impacts on women and girls threatens to unravel decades worth of hard-fought gains for gender equality.

On Tuesday, October 13 at 12PM EDT, Save the Children is hosting a presentation and panel discussion on their Global Girlhood Report for 2020 and the impacts of COVID-19 on girls around the world. Click here to register for this online event with speakers from various countries including Bolivia and Nigeria. 

                                                

                 Abbotsford         
                    Moncton    
       
          Nepean
          Oshawa and District
         Ottawa
            Richmond
           St. Catharines
            Sudbury
             UWC Vancouver
             UWC Winnipeg

Important Dates and Deadlines: 


October 16: Charitable Trust Virtual AGM and Webinar
November 8: Application deadline for UNCSW (may be a virtual event and participant numbers may be limited)
November 15: Deadline for Intents to Submit a Resolution for AGM 2021. 
December 1: Preliminary Club Membership Numbers to be submitted by Clubs to National as per GWI directions
December 14: Fellowships & Awards Applications due

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Club Action Newsletter:
September 23, 2020

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and members and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

    

  • Mediation Report Implementation Process
  • Club President's Survey
  • Update on Zoom Meeting Requests
  • Take Action: Basic Income Petition

Mediation Report Implementation Process

To see a larger version of the diagram, click here.

The report submitted by the Mediation Working Group in the summer of 2020 included two recommendations:

Recommendation One: 

a) CFUW should update their Articles and Bylaws to remove all references to external organizations over whom CFUW does not have complete managerial authory and governance; specifically Article 4.

b) CFUW should honour the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with GWI.

c) CFUW should strike an ad-hoc committee to investigate international organizations, including GWI, whose work aligns with CFUW's objective of supporting women and girls globally in their rights, freedoms, and access to education with the objective of making a recommendation to CFUW regarding future alliances for furthering these objectives.

Recommendation Two: 

CFUW should develop a communication strategy to improve relationships within CFUW. 

Principles Guiding the Implementation of Mediation Report Recommendations

In carrying out the recommendations of the Mediation report, the Board of Directors will adhere to, and be guided by, the following principles.
The implementation process will be designed to hold our organization together and honour regional strengths and differences while recognizing the challenges faced in each region.
 
The Board will do its utmost to meet the needs of members through a solution that is fair to all members including Clubs and individual members in Canada.
 
The Board will ensure that any actions to be taken flowing from the recommendations are made after respectful and democratic processes of decision- making among all Clubs and members of CFUW.
 
These principles align with CFUW’s mission and goals which acknowledge and demonstrate that CFUW is a grassroots, democratic representative organization and each Club is itself a grassroots, democratic representative organization.
 
The implementation of the Mediation Report is part of the broader work being done by CFUW such as the strategic planning exercise which will allow CFUW and members to redefine ourselves for the future.
 
Process for Implementation of Mediation Report Recommendations

The Board of Directors has approved the attached diagram which details the mediation report implementation process.
There are many tasks that will be undertaken in connection with the two recommendations and this work will be done by a number of CFUW committees and sub-committees.
There is a Mediation Report Implementation Committee which will coordinate all activities to ensure that the membership are kept apprised of the process, synthesize the reports and recommendations and deliver the package to the membership. 
The work as described in the accompanying diagram will be completed early in 2021 to allow for consultation with Clubs.

Notes on the Mediation Report Implementation Diagram

  • The right side of the diagram shows the tasks to be undertaken to implement Recommendation # 1.
  • The Articles and Bylaws Committee will study how to remove Article 4 by looking at the legal, financial, timing implications and rationale for removing the reference to external organizations. The Committee will propose the process for the revision procedure and a communications strategy.
  • The International Relations Committee will prepare an international advocacy framework in alignment with CFUW’s mission.
  • Based on this framework, the Committee will investigate international organizations with whom CFUW might have affiliations (including GWI) which advance CFUW’s international advocacy priorities.
  • The MOU Implementation Committee will continue to monitor the Memorandum of Understanding with GWI and work with GWI on agreed projects. This Committee will start a discussion with GWI about alternate forms of membership and/or support.
  • The left side of the attached diagram shows the tasks to be undertaken to implement Recommendation #2.
  • The Communications Committee will develop a communications strategy which will improve bi-directional communications and relationships in CFUW.
  • The MOU Implementation Committee will develop a strategy to address the confusion and misunderstandings that have arisen over CFUW and GWI.

Club President's Survey

                                 
In relation to the strategic plan, a survey will be sent out today to Club President's titled, "CFUW Club Executive Survey." This will be sent out directly to Club President's e-mais via Survey Monkey. As CFUW  is a complex organization, the survey has a lot of questions but we are confident that you will be able to complete it reasonably quickly. The data collected will be of interest to all our Clubs and we will share the information once it is collated. Thank you in advance for your collaboration in this fact-finding exercise.

Update on Zoom Meeting Requests

Please note that our Member Engagement Coordinator, Rachel, who is responsible for Zoom bookings will be away on vacation from September 28 and returning to the office on October 5, 2020. If you have any meeting requests that need to be booked for next week, please do so by Friday, September 25 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Take Action

    

Moving people out of poverty is a crucial goal of the CFUW. On the day of the Speech from the Throne, click here to add your name to a petition to tell Prime Minister Trudeau that Canada must take action on income inequality with a guaranteed livable income. 

Important Dates and Deadlines: 


October 16: Charitable Trust Virtual AGM and Webinar
November 8: Application deadline for UNCSW (may be a virtual event and participant numbers may be limited)
November 15: Deadline for Intents to Submit a Resolution for AGM 2021. 
December 1: Preliminary Club Membership Numbers to be submitted by Clubs to National as per GWI directions
December 14: Fellowships & Awards Applications due

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Club Action Newsletter:

Women Working Together During COVID

September 16, 2020

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and members and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

    

  • President's Message
  • CFUW National Book Club
  • Resolutions for AGM 2021
  • CFUW Charitable Trust Webinar
  • Sharing Corner:
    • SDG Action Zone - UN General Assembly

President's Message

Normally the fall is an exciting time for CFUW as it is our 'New Year' when Clubs re-open, interest groups reconvene and friendships are renewed.  CFUW is being impacted by the pandemic: social activities are curtailed, in-person meetings are not advised and some of you may be questioning why you would renew your membership this year.  Now more than ever, we need advocacy on behalf of women and girls and we need to continue to support the next generation of students through our scholarship and fellowship programs. 

2020 marked the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action – a landmark achievement that reset the global agenda on women’s rights and gender equality. This anniversary was different from others, however, as the spread of COVID-19 quickly evolved into an unprecedented emergency around the world and threatened to unravel decades worth of hard-fought gains for gender equality. Although the novel coronavirus is often described as “the great equalizer”, we have seen how this pandemic has deepened existing social, political, and economic inequalities. Women and girls have been uniquely and disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and now, more than ever, is a time where women must come together to raise each other’s voices and advocate for change. CFUW relies on its members and clubs to achieve our advocacy goals through shaping CFUW policy, membership dues, and grassroots mobilization.

The CFUW has long advocated for women’s rights in times of crisis and this time is no different.  CFUW is pressuring the federal government to place women and girls at the centre of their recovery plans and create more impactful policy responses for those hit hardest by the pandemic. The CFUW wrote 26 letters to cabinet ministers and the Prime Minister calling on the Government of Canada to create a national childcare program that is affordable, accessible, high-quality, and well-regulated. At this year’s AGM, the CFUW adopted 8 cross-cutting resolutions that will guide our organization’s advocacy initiatives such as placing long-term care under the Canada Health Act, defining national standards for “medically necessary care” covered by insurance, and taking action on the climate emergency.  The upcoming Speech from the Throne on September 23rd will reset the government’s agenda on Canada’s recovery from COVID-19 with childcare, long-term care, education, and health spendingexpected to be prioritized. During these unprecedented times, we must continue to pressure the government on gender equality and women’s rights in order to create a just recovery plan that benefits all Canadians. Click here to learn more about the impacts of the pandemic in certain CFUW policy areas and what we are doing to address them.

Finally, to learn more about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on women's rights in Canada and around the world, please join Senator Marilou McPhedran and Member of Parliament Brenda Shanahan's online discussion on Tuesday, September 22nd at 4 PM Pacific / 7 PM Eastern. For more information on the discussion click here. To register for the webinar, click this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrfu-trz8uGdJ1PYUvBKN4qp-ksfEe5oD- 

Kathryn,

CFUW National Book Club!
 

                    

CFUW National is putting together a virtual book club for all of its members across Canada. For six months, we will discuss a book from one of the following categories: Black Voices, Environment, Female Empowerment, Historical Fiction, Indigenous Writers and Mystery. Every month, we will have a Zoom meeting where we can discuss the books we have read and answer prominent questions about the novels. Once the books have been decided, we will provide the name of the book for each month, along with registration for the meeting.

View the full list of book options here.

If you are interested in joining, vote for your top book in each category on Survey Monkey here.

Happy Reading!

Introductory Message to Clubs about Resolutions for AGM 2021
From Grace Hollett, Chair CFUW Resolutions Committee

Now that Clubs are deciding how they will conduct their business and social affairs with members it is time to prepare for AGM 2021 being held virtually from June 25-26, 2021.The Resolutions Committee is looking forward to receiving your “intent to submit a resolution” up to November 15, 2020, as published on page 3 of  the 2020-2021 CFUW Directory in the list of reminders and deadlines. Please send a message to the committee at resolutions@fcfdu.org telling us about your proposed resolution. We will be happy to connect with you about your resolution. Read more about the process here.

CFUW Charitable Trust Webinar 
Friday October 16, 2020 1:30 PM Eastern

                    


"My Journey as a Neuroscientist"  - Webinar with Diane Lagace, Ph.D., Associate Professor,
Faculty of Medicine at University of Ottawa.
Oct 16, 2020 01:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Click here to learn more and register in advance!

During the UN General Assembly on September 22-24, the SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) Action Zone will convene leading thinkers, actors, creators, and activists through frank debate, challenging discussions, inspiring showcases and interactive exhibitions to drive the exponential change so needed for people and our planet. Find the full program here.

A fully virtual SDG Action Zone has the power to create a more transparent, open, and inclusive UN General Assembly.

Click here to register!

    

Abbotsford
Halifax
Montérégie
Nanaimo

Important Dates and Deadlines: 
 

October 16: Charitable Trust Virtual AGM and Webinar
November 8: Application deadline for UNCSW (may be a virtual event and participant numbers may be limited)
November 15: Deadline for Intents to Submit a Resolution for AGM 2021. 
December 1: Preliminary Club Membership Numbers to be submitted by Clubs to National as per GWI directions
December 14: Fellowships & Awards Applications due

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Keeping Connected during COVID

September 15, 2020

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and members and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

    

  • Women and COVID: The Global Impact Discussion
  • CFUW Directory
  • COVID-19 Waiver, Additional Information
  • What's New on the Member Resources Site
  • CFUW National's Official Facebook Page
  • Sharing Corner:
    - CFUW Orillia IWD Video
    -  Gun Control in Canada Webinar

Women and COVID: The Global Impact
A CFUW Discussion, September 22, 2020, 7:00 p.m. ET

Join CFUW for a presentation on  WOMEN AND COVID- THE GLOBAL IMPACT September 22, 2020 – 4 p.m. Pacific – 7 p.m. EasternJoin Senator Marilou McPhedran and Member of Parliament Brenda Shanahan as they discuss the challenges being faced by women around the world due to the current setback trends caused by the pandemic 
For more information on the discussion click here. 

To register for the webinar, click this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrfu-trz8uGdJ1PYUvBKN4qp-ksfEe5oD- 

CFUW 2020-2021 Directory

Due to COVID-19, this year the CFUW 2020-2021 Directory will be published online instead of being sent out by mail. You can access the directory here and it will also be published online on our Member Resources Website.

While we apologize for any inconveniences, having the directory online means that we can make more updates throughout the year if any information changes. To update the directory at any time of the year if you are a Club President, you will perform the following steps listed here. Once the changes have been made, please ensure you notify Member Services at cfuwgen@rogers.com so that the new directory can be uploaded the to the database.  You can also e-mail cfuwgen@rogers.com to make changes as well.

COVID Waiver: Additional Information

The COVID waiver which was published last week was prepared in response to several requests received from our Clubs. View the waiver and additional information about the waiver here. See the document on maintaining member engagement here

What's New on the Member Resources Site

Please check out the Member Resource website at https://cfuwadmin.org/ for some new additions:

  • August 6, 2020 Board minutes  found under Governance- Board of Directors- Meeting Minutes
  • July 2020 Finance report found under Governance- Finance
  • Administrative Policy and Procedures Manual FINAL APPROVED – June 2020 found under Governance- Policy and Procedure

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CFUW Orillia IWD Video

                         

The Guess Who? Game was created for CFUW Orillia to celebrate International Women’s Day, March 8, 2020.  Initially created as a card game by two club members for a women’s luncheon, it then evolved into a video to share with the club at a general meeting.

Time Change: "Gun Control in Canada” Webinar with Dr. Wendy Cukier

This webinar has been changed to OCTOBER 2:30 PM ET

CFUW Nepean invites CFUW members across Canada to join CFUW Nepean to hear Dr Wendy Cukier speak on advocating for more effective gun control. Dr Cukier, a professor at the Rogers School of Management, co-founded the Coalition for Gun Control, a network of more than 200 organizations ranging from police to women's groups, in the wake of the Montreal Massacre and has since been engaged in the Coalition's advocacy for evidence-based gun control in Canada. Dr. Cukier co-authored the book The Global Gun Epidemic.

To join the webinar, register at the link below.

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvdeupqj4iGdR_oJYSAQbNgoCnKaWE1Tsj

September 2, 2020
GWI Webinar - September 12

Abbotsford
Halifax
Montérégie
Nanaimo

Important Dates and Deadlines: 
 

October 16: Charitable Trust Virtual AGM and Webinar
November 8: Application deadline for UNCSW (may be a virtual event and participant numbers may be limited)
November 15: Deadline for Intents to Submit a Resolution for AGM 2021. 
December 1: Preliminary Club Membership Numbers to be submitted by Clubs to National as per GWI directions
December 14: Fellowships & Awards Applications due

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Club Action Newsletter:

August 13, 2020

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

In This Edition...

                           

In this week's newsletter we have published the following information below:

  • President's Message
  • Call for members to join new Communications Committee
  • Call for members to join Nominations and Resolutions Committees and Sub-Committees
  • Election of Victoria Grabb, V.P. Prairies
  • Departure of CFUW Advocacy Coordinator, Yasmin Strautins
  • IWD 2020 Donations to Interpares
  • Newsletters and Updates

President's Message:
Kathryn Wilkinson

Summer months are usually quieter but there has been a lot of action both behind the scenes and on-stage at CFUW. 

On August 8, we completed the AGM agenda from June 19-20 at a Special General Meeting and I’d like to thank the National Office Staff for giving up another summer weekend and also all of you who stayed indoors on a beautiful sunny day - at least it was in Mississauga.  All the Resolutions passed, including the two emergency Resolutions and work has already begun on preparing the Fall Advocacy packages.  After the June elections, we were short one Board member but we now have a full house as we welcomed Vickie Grabb who is the new VP Prairies. Board members have all met with our Governance Consultant and we are in the preliminary stages of developing a Strategic Plan.  We are also aware that CFUW members are expecting leadership and direction in regard to the Mediation Report.  We have formed a new Communications Committee chaired by Judy Hopps, VP Quebec in response to Recommendation 2 of the Mediation Report. We intend to consult with the membership both in the development of the Strategic Plan and in the Implementation of the Mediation Report. Barb DuMoulin, VP British Columbia and Acting President, and Joy Hurst, VP International Relations are co-chairing the Mediation Report Implementation Committee.

We are living through strange times and I appreciate that it is particularly challenging for Clubs as they plan their Fall activities.  National Office is also going through change as our Advocacy Coordinator Yasmin Strautins is leaving us this month and Robin Jackson is currently searching for a replacement.  The Office continues to work remotely with the challenges that entails but is still available to assist with technical support; for example, setting up  ZOOM meetings using our expanded ZOOM capacity.  We are also discussing ways to facilitate Clubs across the country sharing ideas and resources.  One suggestion is to issue an invitation to attend a virtual meeting of your Club. If you have news or suggestions, please share them with Rachel, cfuwgen@rogers.com  at National Office. A number of the CFUW Committees are beginning their work but we are still recruiting members for: Communications; Resolutions Committees, and Indigenous Persons; Status of Women; Environmental and Climate Change Sub-Committees.

Canada is probably the most multi-cultural country in the world and I expect that there are members in CFUW who have been personally impacted or know someone who has been impacted by the tragedy and continuing chaos in Beirut. CFUW has posted a message of sympathy to our sisters in Lebanon on the GWI Discussion Board and I extend my personal sympathies to any of you who have been impacted.

Finally, I have joked that I will be the ‘invisible’ President if the pandemic continues too long. Travel is restricted but I do hope to get to speak to all our Club Presidents over the next while and welcome an invitation to ‘meet’ members even if virtually.

Take care and keep safe. 


Kathryn

Call for Members to Join New CFUW Communications Committee

On August 6, 2020, the Board of Directors approved the creation of a new Communications Committee. The need for this Committee arises from the Mediator’s Report. Read more about the Communications Committee and how to apply here. The deadline is on August 26, 2020.

Call for Members to Join CFUW Nominations and Resolutions Committees and Sub-Committees

We are encouraging members to fill out an Expression of Interest form for the CFUW Nominations Committee and Resolutions Committee and the Sub-Committees for the 2020-2021 year. View the form here.

Election of Victoria Grabb to V.P. Prairies

                                      

We are excited to announce that Victoria Grabb is the new Vice President for CFUW Prairies. Victoria has an extensive and successful background and we look forward to her using her expertise in her new role as V.P. Prairies. See her resume here. 

Departure of CFUW Advocacy Coordinator, Yasmin Strautins

It is with regret that we tell you that Yasmin Strautins, our Advocacy Coordinator, has resigned and will be leaving CFUW on August 24, 2020. Yasmin has been with CFUW since November, 2018 and has made significant contributions to our advocacy work, particularly on child care, Beijing +25, Indigenous issues and social media.
 
We wish Yasmin great success in the next chapter of her life.

IWD 2020 Donations to Interpares 

                

CFUW members donated a total of $1,520 to Interpares for our International Women’s  Day Fundraising Project for 2020. The project was “Promoting Justice for Women in Antioquia, Colombia,” which was supported by Inter Pares and implemented by their Colombian counterpart Humanas.  Inter Pares is an organization that has worked for over 40 years with organizations from around the world to build peace, advance justice and globalize equality.

The IWD Project for 2021 will be announced shortly.

August 5, 2020

Fredericton
UWC Toronto

 

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Club Action Newsletter: June 25, 2020

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

In This Edition...

                                     

In this weeks newsletter we have published the following information below:

  • President's Message
  • Notes from the June 24 Board Meeting
  • Update your Club's Executive Information for the Directory
  • Reminder of Office Closure
  • Indigenous Peoples Committee Workshop Follow Up
  • Newsletters and Updates

President's Message:
Kathryn Wilkinson

First of all, I’d like to thank you for having confidence in me to be your President for the new biennial and to acknowledge the wonderful job that Grace Hollett has done for the past three and a half years to steer CFUW through an exceptionally challenging time for the organisation and for the world as a whole.  We should have met in Ottawa for our AGM and the plans were well advanced when everything stopped and we switched tracks.  With the exceptional leadership of our Executive Director Robin Jackson and our Parliamentarian Beth Haynes, supported by the National Office staff: Betty, Rachel, Yasmin and Brittany, we held our virtual AGM and an awards ceremony and moved workshops to webinars. We are adaptable and that’s a theme to which I’d like to return. 

The AGM had some challenges, not least being that Grace was in Newfoundland, Beth in Windsor, the office staff in their homes in the Ottawa area, and I was in Mississauga. Next week, we will be holding a post-AGM debrief and will also be meeting with our meeting platform and voting platform suppliers in preparation for our special meeting on August 8. 
 
The past few years have been a challenging time for CFUW and we have divisions within our organization and sometimes forget what brought us to the organisation in the beginning; in November 2019, the Ontario Council surveyed its members as to what was important to them. The top three priorities were friendship and support, advocacy on issues of concern and interest groups. In the past three months, Clubs and individual members have proved that we can continue to connect and enjoy one another’s company using social media platforms. 

There have been impressive numbers at our virtual Town Halls, AGM workshops, and Study Group meetings. In fact, we have probably had better attendance than we would have had in-person and as someone in my Book Club pointed out, we know we never need to cancel a meeting in the winter because of the weather. The National Office is available to assist with setting up virtual meetings and perhaps this is an opportunity for members to ‘visit’ other clubs and share programming.
 
Finally, I’d like to say a few words about the Report of the Mediation Committee. The twelve members of the Mediation Committee were selected to be representative of members across the country and they unanimously agreed that there is great  value in CFUW continuing as a unified, strong, cohesive organization into the future. The report is available here for all members and I recommend that you read it and the Committee’s recommendations.

Unfortunately, the Report was released just before the AGM and it was not presented at the Meeting because of time constraints (it is on the agenda for August 8).  The majority of members on the Committee agreed on two main recommendations:

  1. Remove Article 4 from the CFUW Articles and Bylaws, honour the MOU with GWI through to the end of its term in 2022 and strike an ad-hoc Committee to investigate international organizations, including GWI, whose work aligns with CFUW objectives …
  2. Improved Communication.

The new Board held its first meeting on Wednesday, June 24 and we have already taken steps to address the second recommendation by creating a Communication Sub-Committee that will be chaired by Judy Hopps, VP Quebec. We are also working with a volunteer consultant who will be assisting us to develop a Strategic Plan to guide us through the next two years. 
 
I encourage all of you to remain connected to your Clubs and to the friendships, interest groups and advocacy projects that we enjoy as members. You might also want to consider volunteering to join one of our National Committees and the Expression of Interest Form is included in this newsletter below.  I look forward to working with the new Board, hope I will have the opportunity to meet many of you in the next couple of years (ideally in person but we know virtual works) and urge us all to work towards a strong, united CFUW because together we are stronger and can continue to be a voice for women and girls.

Thank you,

Kathryn Wilkinson

Notes from the June 24 Board Meeting

  • As this was the first meeting of the Board, members took time to introduce themselves and to talk about their vision for the next two years.
  • The Board will be working with a volunteer consultant on Governance and the development of a Strategic Plan.
  • Discussed the AGM and planning for the August 8 Special Meeting.
  • Appointed as Acting-President Barb DuMoulin, VP British Columbia and reviewed Committee Chairs.
  • VP International Relations gave un update on the Report of the Mediation committee and the MOU.
  • Established a Communications subcommittee, chaired by Judy Hopps, VP Quebec to begin to address Recommendation 2 of the Mediation Report.
  • Financial update re. payment of GWI dues.

Update Your Club's Executive Information for the
2020-2021 Directory

                                             
This is a reminder to ensure your Club Executive Information is up-to-date by July 10, 2020 for the 2020-2021 CFUW Directory. To do so log into the cfuwmembership.org website using your Club login. Once you are in the site you can find instructions on how to update Club information by clicking on the link in the main screen "Click here for further data entry instructions". If you need any assistance in getting your login information or in completing this process please contact Rachel Deneault at cfuwgen@rogers.com or leave a message at 1-888-220-9606 ext. 101. For our records, please contact Rachel letting her know that updates have been made, or that you have no changes to report for the year. Thank you!

Extension:
CFUW Expression of Interest Form 2020-2022

The deadline to submit the CFUW Expression of Interest form has been extended to July 10, 2020. We encourage all CFUW members who may be interested in joining a national committee to read the job descriptions for the various committees and submit the Expression of Interest form to National Office. To view the form, click here.

Reminder of Office Closure 

This is a reminder that the CFUW National Office continues to remain closed at the current time due to the government's recommendations during the state of emergency. During this time we are unable to perform normal office operations, such as mailing out merchandise and certificates. We will announce when we are back up and running and able to have these requests completed for you!

Indigenous Peoples Committee Workshop Follow Up

                                 
On June 1 2020 CFUW’s 
Indigenous Peoples Committee held a workshop to enhance CFUW members knowledge of Indigenous issues and peoples. The workshop included information on history, education and resources and you can access the recording. The Indigenous Peoples Committee PowerPoint has been formatted to be a toolkit for our members. Access the toolkit here. Please see the CFUW website National Initiatives page to access other resources including a land acknowledgement info sheet, speakers list, book recommendations and notes from the workshop presenters.

June 24, 2020

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Membership Matters Newsletter
April 2020 Edition

Message from V.P. Membership, Lynne Kent

Marketing Membership in isolation – what a marvelous challenge! We are responding with new ways of working digitally and sharing resources and opportunities for success in isolation.
It’s 2020 and we are rolling out support to clubs with the help of advice from our membership.

In February we held 5 teleconference calls with small clubs across the country. Membership committee members Karen Dunnett & Patricia DuVal led this initiative and have provided a summary in this newsletter. We were delighted with the participation of members and will focus our future initiatives in response to the advice received.

We also distributed a survey to identify the most common reasons why members don’t renew. We know our aging demographic contributes to this problem and we wanted to identify the things we can do something about. Rachel Deneault has summarized the results and has provided a link here for your information. Thank you for helping with this effort.

Committee member Amy MacLeod delivered a workshop on the use of technology & Social Media on March 28. How timely this turned out to be! If you were unable to attend, the materials are being made available on the CFUW website and the link is provided in this newsletter as well.

We are preparing for a membership development workshop prior to the 2020 AGM. We will use the information gleaned from clubs in the February conference calls & the survey to build a meaningful experience with implementable solutions for you to take home and roll out simply and easily. We continue to seek out the needs of our membership for sustainable growth and find ways to support you in building your club and CFUW across the nation. We will address the challenges of COVID-19 and consider innovative solutions that will provide new opportunities for now and in the future.

Ed Boswell, CEO of the Conner Advisory to International NGOs made a bold statement speaking to a women’s organization at an international forum last fall. He said, “The revolution you are leading will eclipse all others in history.”  Your community, this country and the world needs a robust CFUW more than ever, because our work affects all of humanity – not just women and girls. As well, our efforts to achieve education for women, to ensure their independence, empowerment and equality is under threat. The more progress we make, the more push back we get from vested interests. Our power is in our logo - women working together.

This is our century. The world needs us, and we must not give up. Act with boldness, courage and resolve because our mission is essential to all.

Lynne Kent
VP Membership, CFUW
 

Downloading Zoom – CFUW Ottawa 
 

Ottawa’s study and interest groups were using Zoom long before COVID-19 isolation and found it worked very well. They shared this tip sheet with us – ZOOM tip sheet link here.

CFUW has acquired a Zoom account, however only one meeting can be booked at a time which limits scheduling for 99 clubs. It is easy and free to set up your own Zoom account which will accommodate 100 participants. Normally the free account limits meeting times to 40 minutes , however during isolation Zoom has waived the time limit so this is a good time to try it out.

We know this is unfamiliar ground for many of our members for whom technology is uncomfortable and we will do our best to provide support to see you through.


                    

Planning Interesting Meetings – CFUW Strathcona
 

Strathcona has developed an engaging process for identifying and booking interesting and diverse speakers and they share it with us here.

Extra Tip

One extra tip from the Membership Committee to address the special times we are experiencing and support you as you continue to surge forward amidst Covid-19 restraints. A special tip sheet this month with ideas for keeping children/grandchildren and ourselves entertained during isolation. The resources have come from many sources but the ‘Silver Lining’ is from Sharon Selby, a superb West Vancouver Clinical Counsellor. After you have read about the Time Capsule and the list of activities, check out some of the 51 links at the end of this article on museum tours, concerts, learn something new, virtual field trips and platforms other than Netflix.  
 
You can find many more resources on Sharon’s website www.sharonselby.com
 

                        

Montreal Lakeshore UWCV 
 

President Linda Sestock is very active on social media, does events with younger women and has organized public networking meetings at a local coffee shop in the evening. As a result, they have gained 24 new members (Sept to Feb). Please read their story here.

Prairie Region 
 

VP Prairies, Patti Johnson, shared the CFUW Prairies International Women's Day presentation held in Lethbridge Feb 29. Speaker Lisa Lambert gave an excellent presentation on women’s leadership and why it matters. It is good subject matter for any club and presents an opportunity for an interesting advocacy initiative. It was recorded, and you can watch it any time here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bFJhZv0CuY  
 

Membership Committee Reports
 

Report on Small Club Conference calls: 
 
We focused on small clubs first as the messages we have been getting are that they are often the ones most at risk of declining membership beyond the sustainability margin. They also risk the ability to continue due to challenges in getting members to take on leadership positions, when all members have taken on leadership roles multiple times and there is no one to step up and take over. The key issues have been recruitment & retention of members, marketing/profiling who we are and what we do thereby increasing our visibility in our communities, improved use of technology and addressing leadership challenges. Please click on this link to review the full results.

Report on Membership Survey link to results
Using Social Media: Advantages, Disadvantages, and Challenges – Amy MacLeod
Triumvirate model, CFUW Orillia –Roline Maconachie
Webinar on Legal Matters/Incorporation – Iris Cheung
 
Announcements:Awards Special Projects reminder deadline April 30, 2020
The awards you can apply for are listed here. 
 
AGM Membership Committee Workshop – This is a re-scheduling of the workshop the Membership Committee was going to do at the in-person CFUW AGM and conference in Ottawa. When restrictions on travel and group meetings and general concern for the health of CFUW members and others necessitated  changing to a virtual AGM, the CFUW President asked CFUW presenters if they could present to a wider CFUW membership through Zoom videoconferencing.

 We will be presenting our workshop on Recruiting and Retaining Membership on May 26, 2020 from 2:00-4:00PM EDT via Zoom. An invitation and link to the Zoom meeting will be sent out closer to the date. We are focusing on new innovative and creative ideas for membership development and we will have lots of examples and templates for you to customize and implement in your own communities.

 

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Club Action Newsletter

Special Edition: Education

May 1, 2020

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

Canadian Universities and the Pandemic

Canadian colleges and universities are developing contingency plans to deliver classes in the fall with the possibility of operating virtual classrooms and online courses. The president of Universities Canada believes that universities will need more resources to improve the quality of courses if they are moved on-line but there are already actions and proposed changes in some of the provinces to cut funding for post-secondary education. 
 
The Manitoba government is requiring universities to cut their budgets by as much as 30%. Read the full story here.
 
Alberta is moving to a performance-based funding model which was supposed to start April 1; it will see part of universities' provincial funding tied to their success at meeting goals, such as enrolment targets or employment rates of graduates. The pandemic has delayed the start of the new model and it is now scheduled to begin at the end of May. Learn more here.

The CPPA has analysed the Federal Government programs for student support but has voiced concerns about the current models of university funding: “Twenty-five years of reduced public support for postsecondary education—at both levels of governments—have left educational institutions hugely exposed. Universities used to receive more than 80 percent of their operating revenue from government. Today, government funding has shrunk to barely 50 percent and more than one-quarter now comes from tuition fees”.

If you have an update on what is happening in your province, the Education Committee would appreciate an update, email: Kathryn Wilkinson, VP Education @ wilkinsons@rogers.com

Support for Post-Secondary Students

Keep up to date on the status of education during the COVID-19 crisis with the Canada-wide Education during COVID-19 TrackerThe tracker "compares differences in educational policy and approaches during the pandemic. It will provide an opportunity to understand more about the successes, challenges and evolution of each region’s response." If you are aware of education updates for your province, please email info@peopleforeducation.ca.

Support for Post-Secondary Students

As the school year winds down, many students are feeling the economic impact of COVID-19 as they are unable to secure summer employment or in the case of recent graduates, their first job.  The Fedeal Goverment has recoginised the issue and has announced a number of supports for post-secondary students:

  • March 30, 2020 - the Government of Canada placed a six-month interest-free moratorium on the repayment of Canada Student Loans for all individuals currently in the process of repaying. Approximately 700,000 students received support from the Canada Student Loan Program in 2019-20, except in Quebec, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut, where the province or territory operates student financial assistance programs with Government of Canada support.
  • April 8, 2020, the Government of Canada announced temporary changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program that will help employers hire summer staff and provide young Canadians with access to the jobs they need during this unprecedented time. This program will help create up to 70,000 jobs for youth between 15 and 30 years old
  • April 22, 2020, Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau announced support of close to $9 billion for post- secondary students and recent graduates.  The plan is designed to provide financial support this summer, to help students continue their studies in the fall and to help student to gain experience needed to start their careers.  The measures include:
  • Financial Support for this summer: the proposed Canada Emergency Student Benefit, which would provide support to students and new graduates who are not eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. This benefit would provide $1,250 per month for eligible students or $1,750 per month for eligible students with dependents or disabilities. The benefit would be available from May to August 2020.
  • Work Experience:
    1. The new Canada Student Service Grant will help students gain valuable work experience and skills while they help their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. For students who choose to do national service and serve their communities, the new Canada Student Service Grant will provide up to $5,000 for their education in the fall.
    2. The government will expand the existing federal employment, skills development, and youth programming to create up to 116,000 jobs, placements, and other training opportunities to help students find employment and develop valuable skills this summer and over the coming months
  • Continuing Studies in the fall, the government plans to:
    1. Double the Canada Student Grants for all eligible full-time students to up to $6,000 and up to $3,600 for part-time students in 2020-21. The Canada Student Grants for Students with Permanent Disabilities and Students with Dependents would also be doubled.
    2. Broaden eligibility for student financial assistance by removing the expected student's and spouse's contributions in 2020-21, in recognition that many students and families will struggle to save for school this year.
    3. Enhance the Canada Student Loans Program by raising the maximum weekly amount that can be provided to a student in 2020-21 from $210 to $350.
    4. Increase existing distinctions-based support for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation students pursuing post-secondary education by providing an additional $75.2 million in 2020-21.
    5. Extend expiring federal graduate research scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships, and supplement existing federal research grants, to support students and post-doctoral fellows, by providing $291.6 million to the federal granting councils. In addition, the government intends to enhance work opportunities for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows through the National Research Council of Canada.

"Having spent most of my career teaching students and trying to prepare them for life outside of the classroom, I understand how difficult and stressful the current situation must be for them. These are challenging times, but with today's announcement, as promised, our government is providing Canadian students with the support and opportunities they need to get through this and keep moving forward."

The Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos, President of the Treasury Board
Source: Government of Canada: https://educationnewscanada.com

COVID-19 Coordinated Child Care Plan 

Over the last couple weeks, CFUW members have shared their concerns on the dangerous consequences of not having affordable, safe and quality child care services available to working parents during the COVID-19 crisis. We have heard from many licensed child care centres that are worried about going bankrupt due to loss of revenue during the ongoing pandemic.

CFUW is calling on our members to email and/or write to their local M.P. and M.P.P. to support a COVID-19 Coordinated Child Care Plan. Click here for the template letter which contains a list of recommendations to save child care centres across Canada. 

If you have not already please sign onto Child Care Now & other child care organizations online petition to sustain early learning and child care.

Think Tank for Study Groups

Do you want to wake up with purpose? Learn more each day?
Aim your passion at big goals? Do you want to meet women
who share your desire to change the world?


A CFUW Study Group might be for you. Topics have included:

• Indigenous Peoples,
• Early Childhood Care and Education,
• Homelessness and Housing,
• Poverty,
• Violence Against Women and Girls, and
• Environment & Climate Change.
• And are you interested in starting an Elder Care Study Group?

Recently a Think Tank for Study Groups was established to help coach
and mentor CFUW members wanting to establish Study Groups, and
energize their life long learning opportunities. Local interest groups
can use the Study Group model, by uniting the common interests
across Clubs’ local advocacy groups.

A meeting of all interested Club members, some Regional Directors
and the VP Education is convening May 12, Tuesday, between 7-9pm
ET, 5-7pm MT to talk about Study Groups. This is your invitation to the
Zoom Room.

Study Groups Simple Rules
-Begin with passion.
-State your aim clearly.
-Be meaningful to the individual and to the community.
-Create a safe space to share your ideas. Let every voice be heard.
-Participate, be part of the action.
-Listen.
-Have fun.

Please RSVP Heather, oxman1852@gmail.com for the coordinates
before 4pm ET Sunday May 10 to join in the conversation and receive
the agenda. We look forward to meeting you on-line.

PS. The meeting will be fun and interactive and you can participate as
much or as little as you like. Phone or computer links will be provided.

UNESCO and COVID-19

CFUW is a member of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, which carries out the work of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in Canada.

Currently, 87% of the world’s student population is affected by COVID-19 school closures which means that 1.5 billion learners in 165 countries have had their education disrupted.  UNESCO is launching a global education coalition to support countries in scaling up their best distance learning practices and reaching children and youth who are most at risk.  More information on the call to action can be accessed here.

Charitable Trust Fellowships Committee

The ten members of the 2019-2020 CT Fellowships Committee come from all across Canada, with diverse academic backgrounds, careers and life experiences. We received and reviewed more than 260 applications for Fellowships - for postgraduate university studies (i.e. Masters, Ph.D. or equivalents) and for the special CFUW Aboriginal Women’s Award for an indigenous Canadian woman studying for a first degree or license in specific fields, (Medicine, Law, Optometry, Nursing) or for a Master’s degree in current Canadian aboriginal studies.
 
We again worked with the online system Fluid Review and met by teleconference.  We awarded 14 fellowships with a total value over  $100,000, for studies in a variety of fields including ecology, chemistry and engineering; law, history, education, sociology, gender studies, and more. We were impressed by the high quality and outstanding achievements of the applicants.  We thank the Charitable Trust Board members for their ongoing support; and Program Officer Betty Dunlop for her exceptional guidance, support and expertise.
 
Submitted by Charlotte Rigby, Chair   

Committee members 2019-2020
Jocelyne  Blais - Sherbrooke ON, Sandra Burger - Kanata ON, Jane Cowell - Montreal QC, Sharon Crabb - Fredericton ON, Adell Hay - Napanee ON, Madeline Kalbach - Calgary AB, Patricia  McCuaig - Vancouver  BC, Liette Michaud - Montreal  QC, Charlotte Rigby - Ottawa ON, Sandra Thomson - Mississauga ON

Update from the Charitable Trust.

The Charitable Trust is very appreciative of all the hard work by Charlotte Rigby, Chair of the Fellowships Committee, Betty Dunlop, Fellowship Program Manager, and the Fellowships Committee in selecting the award winners for 2019-2020. The winners are being notified and will be announced shortly.

This year, changes in the CRA rules made it possible for charities to undertake a certain amount of advocacy and the CT has taken advantage of this to write two letters to the federal government on the topic of post secondary education. We have commended the government for the programs they have announced but have also asked them to work closely with their provincial partners as we emerge from the pandemic.

In 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada experienced its deadliest mass murder when 22 people were killed in rural Nova Scotia.  The Charitable Trust would like to establish a memorial award to commemorate the event but, understanding the challenges that many of our members and their families are currently facing, is seeking to rename one of the existing awards.  Ruth Binnie was a founding member of the Nova Scotia Home Economics Association and the CT annually awards a Ruth Binnie Fellowship of $6000 to a masters student in the field of human ecology, which includes: human nutrition, food science, housing/shelter and aesthetics, architecture, financial resource management, clothing and textiles, family relations, human sexuality, and human development.

It is fitting that the award was established in the name of a woman from Nova Scotia and also that the field of study it supports recognizes the challenges of human relationships.  The Trust is proposing that the award will be called: The Ruth Binnie Nova Scotia Memorial Award. Further information to follow.

Online Lifelong Learning Resources

Many Clubs have moved their meetings and interest groups to a virtual format.If you would like to connect to members across the country, consider becoming part of CFUW Reads Facebook Page – virtual book club or join an upcoming webinar. CFUW’s National will be announcing new webinars over the next couple weeks.

Looking for intellectual stimulation? You might think about taking a MOOC – a massive on-line open course, usually free: https://www.mooc.org/ or coursera.org also offers a great selection. If you do not want to take a full course, podcasts are interesting and less strenuous.  A good source is The Munk Debate Dialogue https://munkdebates.com/dialogues

Missing live performances or a night out at the movies?
BroadwayHD on Amazon (free for a 7-day trial) gives access to many shows and especially musicals
www.nationaltheatre.org.uk  features a free play every Thursday on its You Tube Channel
Canada’s own National Film Board has an extensive, free collection: https://www.nfb.ca/films

Consider checking out the 2020 Learning Revolution daily online education conference.  Sessions are being held daily over the course of two months and are free to attend.
https://learningrevolution.com/

Keeping fit during lock-down is not a challenge with all the free courses offered on-line but for those who admit to being a senior this website has an exercise plan for Seniors with a 6-minute strength routine, stretches and balance exercises:
https://www.healthline.com/health/everyday-fitness/senior-workouts#minute-strength-routine

If you have any suggestions or have particularly enjoyed any virtual activity, you might want to share on CFUW’s Facebook page. 

Important Dates and Deadlines


May 1, 2020               Last day to submit Club membership dues
May 15, 2020             Input your Club's total scholarships and donations due
May 19, 2020             Deadline for amendments to CFUW's proposed resolutions
June 19-20, 2020:      Virtual AGM

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Club Action Newsletter: April 2, 2020

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

Guidance for Conducting Club Annual Meetings During Pandemic

Read the memo on the bylaws and guidance for all the information you need on conducting annual meetings during a pandemic here. 

Staying Connected During COVID-19 Webinar

                               

Join us on April 17, 2020 at 2:00 pm EDT to learn about the tools and resources we are using to help Clubs stay connected during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Our Member Engagement Coordinator Rachel will be providing a webinar discussing the use of Zoom and other platforms, access to CFUW's account to host your meetings, advice and tips that can provide you with the resources to become a virtual pro. We will also discuss other web and teleconferencing platforms that you can use during this time. 

We will talk about different options for voting using Survey Monkey and Google Forms, and advice on how to effectively work from home and stay connected with members, friends and family during this difficult time. There will be a question period, so feel free to bring in any questions you may have! 

If you wish to join the meeting, see the registration invitation below. If you have any questions, please contact Rachel at cfuwgen@rogers.com.

"You are invited to a Zoom meeting. 
When: Apr 17, 2020 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tZQtf-2trTstUGRo9VL12VSaTyRsUOBhHg 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting."

Gender Equality and Covid-19 Articles

During this challenging time many CFUW member have shared stories about how women have stepped up as leaders in their communities. Here is a list of articles that use a gender lens to shine a light on how Covid-19 has impacted the world.
 
COVID-19 crisis shows us childcare is always an essential service 
Policy Options, Martha Friendly, Morna Ballantyne
March 24, 2020
 
The coronavirus is a disaster for feminism 
The Atlantic, Helen Lewis
March 19, 2020
 
Gender implications of COVID-19 outbreaks in development and humanitarian settings 
CARE
March 2020
 
Consider subscribing to the Childcare Resource and Research Unit email newsletter that has been sharing excellent research articles on Covid-19 and gender equality: http://subscribe.crru.ca/

Equal Pay Day, April 4th 2020

Join fellow activists at the EQUAL PAY DAY VIRTUAL RALLY on April 4 @ 1:00 PM EDT. Without women’s work, the economy doesn’t work. Women are dominating jobs on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic – nursing, care work, cleaning, food services, retail and more. We are fighting for a future where all genders are treated equally. Visit equalpaycoalition.org/equal-pay-dayfor more details. What actions are you taking on Equal Pay Day? Don't forget to register here!

Legal Aspects of Non-Profit Webinar Materials

On March 23 Iris Cheung, one of our law students from ProBono Canada, conducted a webinar on the legal aspects of non-profit organizations. If you did not have a chance to attend, feel free to view the recording and slides from the presentation. 

April 1, 2020

April 2020



Newsletters:
Nepean
Oshawa and District
St. Catharines
 

Important Dates and Deadlines


April 30, 2020:            Special Project Applications due
April 30, 2020             Information re: New members Award due
April 30, 2020             Member Increase Award applications due
April 30, 2020             International Relations Award Applications due
April 30, 2020             IWD Award Applications due
May 1, 2020               Last day to submit Club membership dues
May 19, 2020             Deadline for amendments to CFUW's proposed resolutions
June 19-20, 2020:      Virtual AGM



Club Action Newsletter: March 11, 2020

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

Upcoming Webinars

Legal Aspects of Non-Profit Organizations WebinarMarch 23, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  EST
 

On March 23, 2020, Iris Cheung, one of our law students from ProBono Canada, will conduct a webinar on the legal aspects of non-profit organizations. Iris will discuss such topics as: the role of directors and their primary responsibilities, non-profits and director liability; advantages and disadvantages in incorporating non-profit clubs; fundraising and club operating expenses; donations and tax receipts; the soon to be implemented Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act and its impact on CFUW clubs.
 
There will be a question and answer period. In terms of preparation, please send any questions you would like to have answered to Rachel at cfuwgen@rogers.com. There will also be an opportunity to submit questions during the webinar. Please note that the webinar does not constitute legal advice as Iris, as a student, is not qualified to do so. What will be provided is legal information, which is a general description of the state of the law and not based on specific facts.

To join the Webinar, use the following link https://zoom.us/j/662908335. Please send an RSVP to Rachel at cfuwgen@rogers.com
 

Using Social Media: Advantages, Disadvantages, and Challenges
March 28, 2020 - 1:00 p.m – 2:00 p.m. EST


 

On March 28, 2020, Amy Macleod, RD Alberta, will be hosting a Webinar focusing on effectively utilizing Social Media:

Thinking of using Social Media for your Club but don't know where to start? Or have you started a Social Media account for your Club but don't know what to post? Then this webinar is for you! Social Media is a valuable part of your Club's communication plan. Posting to the wider world about your Club mission, activities, and accomplishments will spread the word and can help attract people in joining your Club. CFUW has a niche that is appealing and sought out by women and girls. You will be introduced to the various Social Media platforms you can use, how to use them effectively to reach various demographics, and how to meet the challenges that come with managing Social Media for your Club. 

To join the webinar, use the following link: https://zoom.us/j/280557817. Please send an RSVP to Rachel at cfuwgen@rogers.com

Gun Control Advocacy Update

On February 24th, CFUW held a webinar on gun control and we heard from two inspiring speakers. Wendy Cukier, the President of the Coalition for Gun Control made the powerful statement “effective controls over firearms are an absolutely critical piece of any effort to combat gender-based violence.” CFUW Member Margaret McGovern shared her compelling story of how the École Polytechnique massacre directly impacted her family and sparked her passion for gun control advocacy.

You can take action by sending your MP the following petition that is a collaboration between CFUW and Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns: Click here for the petition.

Learn more about how gun control is a gender equality issue from the Coalition for Gun Control: http://guncontrol.ca/issues-and-facts/

Access the recording of the webinar at the following link (the excerpt starts as Wendy Cukier is presenting): https://youtu.be/LHgQUVlRn10

Reminder to Submit Your Club Membership Dues 

This is a reminder to submit your Club Membership Dues by March 31, 2020. If your numbers are received by this date, you will also be entered in a draw to win a Kobo Clara! To submit your dues, perform the following steps here.

Indigenous Peoples Sub-Committee Update

CFUW’s Indigenous Peoples Sub-Committee is currently preparing a Facebook page that will share important initiatives for clubs to learn more and take action. The committee will share educational resources including toolkits and recommended books, articles and films. Look for more information on social media and in the next club action news.

Education in Turmoil?

                    
The Education Committee has researched and collected information on the current education situation in some but not all of the provinces in Canada and welcomes insights and comments from members to assist in completing the picture. Read the full article here

Special Projects Award Reminder

Has your club had an interesting project this year? Do you have one planned before the end of April? Would you like to tell other CFUW Clubs about your event, and get recognition for all your members’ efforts? Please download the application form here. The application deadline is April 30, 2020.

CFUW Vernon, "Our Stories: Vignettes from Our Lives"

   
CFUW Vernon has published a book titled, “Our Stories: Vignettes from Our Lives.” It contains a collection of poetry, prose and short stories by 29 of the Vernon Club members. Read more about the book here.  



Newsletters:
Moncton
Oshawa and District
Sudbury


 

Important Dates and Deadlines


March 30, 2020:          Small Club Grants applications due
March 31, 2020:          Deadline to submit membership dues to participate in raffle for
                                    prize
April 15, 2020:             Deadline to submit amendments to the “Resolved” clauses of
                                    the resolutions
April 30, 2020:            Special Project Applications due
April 30, 2020             Information re: New members Award due
April 30, 2020             Member Increase Award applications due
April 30, 2020             International Relations Award Applications due
April 30, 2020             IWD Award Applications due
May 1, 2020               Last day to submit Club membership dues
June 18-20, 2020:       AGM and Conference, Delta Hotel, Ottawa, 101 Lyon Street
                                    North 

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Club Action Newsletter: February 26, 2020

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

CSW64 HOME EDITION: 9 – 13 March 2020


Copyright UNCSW64

UNCSW64
 
UNCSW64 is fast approaching, and while our CFUW delegates will be there to participate in person, we would like to give the opportunity for all members who are not attending the session, to be home observers.
 
"UNCSW64 Home Edition" invites CFUW members to view the events straight from their computer or device.
 
If members would like to receive daily tips during the event and receive preparatory materials about the session, they should contact Shelagh Stevens: shelagh007@gmail.com, member of the CFUW International Relations Committee and UN peacekeeper. A training session will be held starting at 6pm EST on Sunday 1 March 2020.  Call in number is 1 855-436-3635 and participant code: 1860091#.
 

International Women’s Day and International Relations Awards!

                            

We know from the results of the recent International Relations survey that many clubs have wonderful IWD and International projects. We want to know what international and International Women's Day projects you are doing.  Please tell us!  Applications for the International Women's Day (IWD) Award and International Relations (IR) Award are both due 30 April 2020.
 

The IWD award is given to a CFUW/FCFDU club, in recognition of efforts in advocating for the rights and advancement of women and/or girls on International Women’s Day (on or about 8 March). 
 

The IR award is given to a CFUW/FCFDU club in recognition of efforts in advocating for the rights and advancement of women and/or girls at the international level. 
 

For more information on both awards and application forms, please visit cfuwadmin.org and search under club awards & grants.
  

Email completed form and photos to Robin Jackson at cfuwed@rogers.com and to the Advocacy Coordinator at cfuwadvocacy@rogers.com (include award title and CFUW/FCFDU club in email subject line).

 CFUW Library Award

                                  

The CFUW Library Award of $4000 promotes literacy and learning by supporting innovative projects and encouraging community involvement. 

Applicants may be from: academic institutions, community centres, cultural centres, youth organizations, or any community-based organization/team/group; e.g. school libraries; libraries in provincial women’s institutions; agencies proposing to create a library in a facility such as a daycare or women’s resource centre; specific library and literacy activities or a literacy related project.

Applicants must be nominated by a CFUW Club local to the applicant. 

The deadline to apply for the 2020 Library Award is extended to April 1.  
Application guidelines and forms may be found here. 

Study Group Think Tank

Do you have a topic or issue that you would like to explore with others? Are you looking for a lifelong learning opportunity, or are you already part of a Study Group and looking to connect with others who share your interest?

The National Study Group is back …

The Study Group Think Tank is an opportunity to share ideas, expertise and experience, or just to listen and learn about what others are doing. Some previous Study Groups have explored Women in University, Women in Leadership, Indigenous Peoples, Early Learning and Childcare, MOOCs (Massive On-line Open Courses).

Meetings will be online (Zoom) or by conference call. The first meeting will be in late March or early April.

If this interests you and you would like to participate, or if you have any questions, email Kathryn Wilkinson, VP Education and Chair of the Study Groups (wilkinsons@rogers.com) and cc Heather Oxman (oxman1852@gmail.com) who will facilitate the first meeting.
 
Thank you in advance for your support of this initiative.
 

University Women's Club Raising Funds for Women's Habitat

Have a look at the front page article on a "Stop the Violence Breakfast" hosted by CFUW Etobicoke that was featured in the Etobicoke paper, "The Guardian." The article discusses the event and its speaker Samra Zafar, who shares her inspiring story of surviving an abusive relationship. She works to further support and educate women to help them escape situations of violence.

                      
CFUW Vernon has undertaken a number of successful Club events and initiatives over the past year. This includes the publishing of a book titled, "Our Stories: Vignettes from Our Lives," written by members of the Club. It contains a collection of poetry, prose and short stories by 29 of their members. The Club is happy to report that of the 115 copies in the first print run over 100 copies have been sold.  All proceeds from sales go to support of their scholarship initiative. 

Join their International Women's Day event described in the poster for an exciting night spent learning and listening about empowering women's journeys. 



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Important Dates and Deadlines


February 1-28, 2020:   Period to receive nominations for Board and Regional
                                    Directors for  the biennium 2020-2022
March 9-20, 2020:       United Nations Commission on Status of Women, New York
March 11, 2020           Deadline to submit nominations for VP Finance Position
March 30, 2020:          Small Club Grants applications due
March 31, 2020:          Deadline to submit membership dues to participate in raffle for
                                    prize
April 15, 2020:             Deadline to submit amendments to the “Resolved” clauses of
                                    the resolutions
April 30, 2020:            Special Project Applications due
April 30, 2020             Information re: New members Award due
April 30, 2020             Member Increase Award applications due
April 30, 2020             International Relations Award Applications due
April 30, 2020             IWD Award Applications due
May 1, 2020               Last day to submit Club membership dues
June 18-20, 2020:       AGM and Conference, Delta Hotel, Ottawa, 101 Lyon Street
                                    North 

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Club Action Newsletter: February 10, 2020

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

CFUW Nepean: Motion for a Dues increase to ensure CFUW is able to cover all of its expenses including all Graduate Women International (GWI) Dues

Motion: Moved by CFUW Nepean, that the CFUW Voting Body adopts a per capita dues increase of $5.00 to cover all of its expenses including the Graduate Women International (GWI) per capita dues increase. To read the entire motion, click here.

If there are any other dues motions they should be submitted by February 14 to cfuwed@rogers.com by 3 pm EST so that they may be sent out to the membership.  

Call for Nominations for CFUW Board and Regional Directors 2020-2022


The Nominations Committee is calling for nominations for all positions on the CFUW Board and all Regional Director positions for the next biennium. Nominations will be accepted from February 1 to February 28, 2020.

Due to some technical difficulties in filling out the PDF forms, we have provided the forms in Word format for ease of use. Please see the documents below. 

Attached Documents: 

The CFUW Board Job Descriptions
The Application Form for a CFUW Board position
The Application Form for Regional Director positions
The Application Form for B.C RDs
The Nomination Form (to be completed by nominating clubs)
The Elections Procedures
CFUW Byalws
 

Submit Your Membership Dues for a Chance to Win a Kobo E-Reader

 

                                   

This year we are giving away a Kobo Clara HD E-Reader to a lucky Club who submits their membership dues by March 31, 2020. For your chance to win, all you have to do is send in your membership dues payment to National Office by the end of March. From there you will be automatically entered in the draw. 

The CFUW Membership website is found at: http://cfuwmembership.org. You may log in using your Club's unique username and password. Once you are in the site, go to the "Clubs" header and click on "Total Club Members." This will bring you to the page for your Club. At the bottom of the page, you may click on the button that says "Download Membership Invoice." This will tell you the amount that your club owes for members and students. 

Should you need help in retrieving your invoice or have any questions, please contact Rachel, Member Services, at cfuwgen@rogers.com; toll-free number: 1-888-220-9606 x 101. 

Call for Application Submissions to the CFUW Library Award 2020 

The CFUW Library Award 2020, funded by the CFUW Charitable Trust, is accepting applications until March 1st, 2020.

The CFUW Library Award was created to promote literacy and learning by supporting innovative approaches, encouraging community involvement and advocating for the Canadian library system.

CFUW offers the Library Award every two years which is available to:

  • academic institutions
  • community centres
  • cultural centres
  • youth organization or any community based organization/team/group.

Important Note: Each submission must be nominated by a CFUW Club local to the applicant.

The applications opened on January 1 and close on March 1, 2020.

Click here for the Guidelines and Application Form.

International Day for Women and Girls in Science Article

CFUW's International Relations Committee has prepared a special article for International Day for Women and Girls in Science held on February 11
Click here for access to the article.

Article preview:
International Day for Women and Girls in Science is an opportunity to celebrate women and girls in science. We are all aware of the astonishing work accomplished by scientists like Marie Curie, Gertrude Elion, Donna Strickland, all of them Nobel prizes. We know that women have their place in the world of science and that women can reach the highest standards of excellence in research and scientific management. But… (Click to read more here)

Legal Aspects of Non-Profit Organizations WebinarMarch 23, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  EST

On March 23, 2020, Iris Cheung, one of our law students from ProBono Canada, will conduct a webinar on the legal aspects of non-profit organizations.  Iris is in her third year at the University of Ottawa. Her study focuses on business law and she intends to practice intellectual property law after graduation. ProBono Canada is a national student organization with a mandate to provide legal services without charge to community organizations under the supervision of qualified lawyers.
 
Iris will discuss such topics as: the role of directors and their primary responsibilities, non-profits and director liability; advantages and disadvantages in incorporating non-profit clubs; fundraising and club operating expenses; donations and tax receipts; the soon to be implemented Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act and its impact on CFUW clubs.
 
There will be a question and answer period.
 
Please note that the webinar does not constitute legal advice as Iris, as a student, is not qualified to do so. What will be provided is legal information, which is a general description of the state of the law and not based on specific facts.

If you are interested in attending the webinar, please let Rachel in Member Services know at cfuwgen@rogers.com.

GWI News
February 5, 2020
 

IAW News
February 2020 
 


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Important Dates and Deadlines


February 1-28, 2020:  Period to receive nominations for Board and Regional
                                   Directors for  the biennium 2020-2022
February 15, 2020:     Clubs receive proposed draft resolutions package
March 9-20, 2020:      United Nations Commission on Status of Women, New York
March 30, 2020:         Small Club Grants applications due
March 31, 2020:         Deadline to submit membership dues to participate in raffle for
                                   prize
April 15, 2020:            Deadline to submit amendments to the “Resolved” clauses of
                                    the resolutions
June 18-20, 2020:      AGM and Conference, Delta Hotel, Ottawa, 101 Lyon Street
                                   North 

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