President’s March Message

Last month I mentioned the awards that CFUW National gives out to organizations across Canada.  One of those awards is the CFUW Creative Arts Award of $4,000, presented biannually for promotion of interest and involvement in the creative arts.  Nancy Ferris-Hostick and I visited the Niagara Folk Arts Centre http://www.folk-arts.ca/ with this award in mind.  And were we impressed! Carousel Players has taken their theatre out of the Court House at King and James Streets and given it to the NFA Centre in exchange for free practice space in their large auditorium.  This means that small theatre groups, who cannot afford to bring their productions to the Niagara Performing Arts Centre, now have a home, a wonderful 50 – 60 seat theatre with all the amenities in their beautiful building behind the main building at 85 Church St. It also means that NFA can provide space for youth creative arts productions for their expanding immigrant population.  The application is being worked on as I write, since it must be submitted by March 1st.

Other great things that came out of our Valentine’s general meeting were the passing of the New Structure for the Executive and the accompanying changes to the Constitution and Bylaws. We have several positions available on the Executive for next year and hopefully this change will make it easier to recruit new members and make the executive meetings less arduous.

As to where we are at with the proposals for the distribution of the Silent Auction monies, several Executive members are researching the options and will present their findings at the Charitable Fund meeting on Feb 28th.  Recommendations will be brought to the Executive Meeting on March 7th and I will have information for you at our next meeting on March 14th.  I do want you to know that we are all taking this process very seriously and want to be as transparent as possible.

Our March 14, 2017 meeting is an Open Meeting, which means that you are welcome to bring friends and family (females only). This is a great opportunity to introduce potential members to the club. With our speaker being Margaret Wente, a columnist with the Globe and Mail everyone is sure to be impressed.

As I sit here overlooking the lake on a sunny, warm day I can now believe that Spring is on its way. So happy!!

Heather Hall, CFUW St. Catharines President 2016-17