Our Annual CFUW St. Catharines House Tour is held on the first Sunday in May. This is our Club’s main fundraising event for the year, and most members help out in one or more ways:
•Join the House Tour Committee – this group of about 20 members meet several evenings during the year to organize the event. They find the houses, prepare and keep track of the tickets, promote the event, solicit corporate donations, arrange flowers & photos for the homes, organize members into hostessing teams, and do a myriad of other tasks involved in making the event a success!
•Sell tickets to people you know or liaise with a ticket outlet
•Volunteer as a Hostess to work for a few hours in a house on Tour Day
•Make a donation to the House Tour charitable fund (tax receipts are issued).
The money raised is used to fund our scholarships and donations to support local Charities that benefit women and children.
Contact Jean Tonogai or Sharon Lawler
United Way – CFUW Hygiene Kits
In 2017, CFUW St Catharines donated $2000 towards the United Way – CFUW Hygiene Kits initiative which will provide kits for women in shelters and those moving out of crisis shelters. Hygiene products are often overlooked as donations to shelters, food banks and other organizations. For women living in poverty, affording every day essentials can be a real challenge, and for women who are experiencing homelessness, it is an even greater challenge. The United Way Hygiene Kits will respond to some of the need that has been identified in our community. The hygiene kits will include: shampoo, conditioner, soap, wash cloth, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant and other miscellaneous hygiene items. All members are invited to attend packing parties to assemble the hygiene kits. Karen MacKay, Heidi Burgess and Anita Robertson will organize these parties throughout the year. If you are interested in assisting, please contact Anita or sign up at the September meeting. Contact Anita Robertson
ENGLISH CONVERSATION WITH NEWCOMERS
This group meets each week with 10-15 Newcomers on Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at the Folk Arts Centre at 85 Church Street. The newcomers will already have basic English skills but need a chance to practice speaking and understanding English in a friendly and informal setting. Each week will feature a “Topic of the Day” to structure the discussions in small groups. Contact Martha Abra
This is a key fundraiser that our Club runs at the Festive Dinner every December. The Silent Auction convener recruits volunteers to help her. Members donate items for the Silent Auction. The committee collects, logs, and labels items, and sets them up on the display tables before the Festive Dinner. Members bid on the items, and pay for whatever they’ve won at the end of the evening. Money raised from this effort supports our various charitable donations. Contact Pat Paulin or Margaret Thibeault
CHARITABLE FUND COMMITTEE
This committee meets one evening a year in January to review, consider, and develop recommendations for the distribution of funds raised by the House Tour, Silent Auction, and any other fundraisers we’ve held in the last year. According to our Constitution, this committee includes the Charitable Fund Chair, Charitable Fund Treasurer and her Assistant, Club Vice-President, and Club Past President. But it also includes at least three other CFUW members who are not on the Executive. If you are interested in finding out more about the scholarships and charities we support, and are knowledgeable about local non-profit association needs, please join us. Contact Mary Jane Waszynski
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND OTHER CLUB COMMITTEES
The CFUW St.Catharines Executive meets 5 evenings a year to review the Club’s operations and plan for the year. It consists of the President, Past President, Vice-President, Club Treasurer, Charitable Fund Treasurer, Recording Secretary, and Standing Committee Chairs. Within each Standing Committee, there are 1 or more sub-committees. Each Sub-Committee has a Chair and may also have members who help her, and they meet as needed during the year. Some of the Sub-Committees include:
- Membership – help new members to join the Club
- Interest Groups – liaise with Interest Group convenors and provide support as needed
- Membership Roster Administrator – maintain the member roster, process membership renewals, and prepare & distribute CFUW materials to members and the Executive
- Member Communications – prepare emails & mailings to members; work with press & media to promote the Club’s activities
- Programme – plan and provide support for speakers for the monthly General Meetings
- Social – organize catering for monthly meetings, and organize the New Member Reception in October-November
- Archives – keep our Club’s historical records
- Newsletter – prepare a monthly newsletter for distribution to the membership
- Website – update the Club’s website on an ongoing basis with events & materials
Please consider joining one of the Committees or putting your name in for next year’s Executive. Contact Heather Hall
Each year, the National level of CFUW collects and edits proposed Resolutions that have been prepared and submitted by CFUW Clubs across the country. If passed, these resolutions will be presented to those responsible for their implementation, mostly politicians, (e.g. Be It Resolved that the Federal, Provincial, and Municipal governments should take the following political action…).
Thee proposed Resolutions are circulated to all Clubs so they can consider if they want to support, modify, or oppose. The Clubs vote on the Resolutions at the CFUW National Annual General Meeting held in the summer each year. Those that are accepted by the members are added to the CFUW Policy Book (available online at cfuw.org), and Clubs use them to lobby local, provincial and federal politicians.
All CFUW members are encouraged to participate in the Resolutions process, which is an important part of CFUW’s mission. We need at least one volunteer per Resolution (there are usually 4-6 of them). The member reads the materials provided by CFUW National, researches the bibliography as needed, and develops these recommendations. The volunteers meet one evening in February or early March to review each others’ Resolutions and come to an agreement about recommending that our Club support, modify or oppose each Resolution. The Vice-President presents the recommendations about the Resolutions to the Club for a vote at the April monthly General Meeting. Our representative votes as directed at the CFUW National AGM held in the summer. Contact Gail Neff
IDEAS FOR NEW GROUPS
We have some terrific ideas for groups, but need leaders or organizers. Anyone interested?
- Lunch Bunch
- Child Study Group
- Walk and Talk
Just let Noreen Vida know you’re interested, and we’ll help you get an Interest Group started.