Fundraising for Scholarships: The Early Years (1940s to 1990s)
Donations by Members
During the early years of the club, members donated their own money to fund the annual scholarships presented to assist young women pursuing post secondary education. These donations were usually made at a year-end tea for members. Members continue to donate annually to our scholarship fund, which supplements our fundraising efforts.
In 1967 the club held its first used book sale. That year the money raised was donated to the North Bay Public Library for its new building. After that the club held book sales annually for a number of consecutive years at a store front location on Main Street in downtown North Bay. The last couple of years of the book sales moved to the lower hall at Trinity United Church. The spring of the year was chosen when members and others were doing their "spring cleaning" and could part with gently used books of interest to others to purchase. CFUW accepted hardcover, paperbacks and National Geographic magazines.
In 1983, a mini book sale of paperbacks was held as part of a Charity Bazaar held at the North Bay Mall.
Members working on organizing books in the photo on the left are Martha Kennedy (left) and Wynne Blair (right). That’s Wynne’s daughter Trish in the photo as well. in the photo on the right, Martha’s son Scott is under the table reading while his mother (right) is working with Joy Clydesdale.
In 1988 the club organized a house tour to raise funds for scholarships. The four homes on the tour are described below in The Nugget articles below.
Sale of Notecards of Paintings
During the early 1970s, North Bay CFUW coordinated and funded the restoration of ten historical Canadian paintings created during a time of important Canadian heritage. In 1975, in honour of the 50th anniversary of CFUW North Bay, the restored paintings were presented to Nipissing University at their first homecoming event. Until recently, five of these paintings hung in the Boardroom at Nipissing University while another is displayed at Queen's Park in the Ontario Legislature.
After the paintings were restored, the club used some of the paintings to create notecards which were sold over several years to raise money for scholarships.