President's Messages

Sandra Millen
President 2019-2021

November 2020

The Club is keeping regular hours and if your group fits the current protocol numbers, please use it. Book your times through Maggi in the office by phone message or email. (Both contact numbers, etc. are available on the cover and on the last page of the Bulletin and in the Club Directory for 2020/21.) You can retrieve a Directory from the Club office through a $5.00 contribution or at no cost if you renewed your membership in May. Jolene has also downloaded the current Directory in the Private section of our website You need to enter the password in the login space provided at the top of the home page.

The Pop up Market was a successful "small fund raiser" as well as an opportunity to work in a positive way with our Armstrong’s Point neighbours. Another possible "small fund raiser" is the possible selling of Poinsettias. If interested contact Maggi. If there is interest, we will proceed. There are still some Manitoba pins available if you are looking for an easy-to-mail gift or stocking stuff-er. The cost is $15.00 each. Contact me if interested.

Trying to find an upside to the COVID restrictions, many of us have strengthened our technology skills over the last seven, and soon to be eight, months. Some are learning new interests on Youtube. Some are finding details through Google, Facebook and Instagram. Some are becoming comfortable with Zoom. CFUW is providing Zoom connections to those Club groups who want to hold meetings longer than the personal time allotment and up to two hours. *Contact Rachel at CFUW to get you set up.

Please note that our own Senator Pat Bovey will be part of a CFUW presentation on November 2. Details are in the most recent CFUW Club Action Newsletter.

Elsewhere in this Bulletin is the situation regarding our annual outreach to women's shelters through the "shoebox project".

Stay well, enjoy the last of the goose flights going south with your winter dreams and keep in touch with each other.

October 2020

The Club is functioning on a limited basis. Regular staff hours of Monday to Friday will commence October 1. Groups of up to 10 are meeting in the lower level lecture room. The Executive and Board are back to their regular times of the Thursday before the Board and the third Tuesday of the month. Craig’s food delivery and pick up system has been successful and will continue for the time being. We are still following the COVID protocols to the best of our abilities - sign in and out, masks, hand sanitizer and self distancing.

The pig roast was delicious with the mini market to welcome us. The fish dinner on September 24 was most enjoyable and we were able to create our bubbles of dinner companions by using the various rooms on the main floor. Many thanks to Ellen Peel and her Food Services committee for their continued successes.

The next event will be the October 3 outdoor Pop Up Market from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Let’s hope the sun will shine and the COVID restrictions allow us to go ahead. Entry fee is $1.00 if you have a mask; $2.00 if we supply one. There are a number of different vendors so it will be an enjoyable time.

Join us at the Club! It is lovely to see everyone safe and healthy! If your timing is right during the day, you may even be serenaded by the Westgate Collegiate band as they hold their band classes outdoors. Times are unusual but the Club is its warm self.


We were doing so well! Then Friday, September 25 arrived with a special message from the provincial health people. Winnipeg and surrounding areas have been declared “orange” for the month of October beginning Monday, September 28. As a result, with great regret, the planned programs and the Tuesday lunches have been cancelled. However, since fewer than 10 people are allowed to meet, Chairs of committees with 9 or less, the lower level of the House is still open to you.

Once again, we are surviving and will meet again.

September 2020

It really has been a most unusual time! Our plan is to get back to as normal as possible as quickly as is reasonable. As such, the Club will open selectively. We began with the exemplary summer buffets! Congratulations to all involved!

As a Club we have followed the provincial guidelines regarding masks, distancing and care for each other. As such it is impressive and reassuring to see the number of members who have faithfully renewed their memberships in spite of the restrictions this year.

Due to placing our staff on “shortage of work” hours over the summer, which enabled them to access the CERB program, the summer hours of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will continue until the end of September. Regular hours will begin October 1.

All committees and some activities can begin meeting at their accustomed times in October. September bookings can begin through Maggi immediately. We will continue to ask for at least two days notice of coming in to the House and to sign the COVID book when entering and leaving.

Depending on the size of the group, meetings can be held in the Dining room or the lecture hall downstairs. Activities that do NOT involve cards, tiles or any hand held objects or that need close verbal communication can be held e.g. Book Clubs, Writing, Walking etc. that allow for dis-tancing. We are looking forward to the upcoming Pig Roast on September 3 (be prepared for a possible pop up market of members’ creations prior to the dinner) and hopefully, if the COVID allows, an outdoor general Fall market on October 3.

All reports for the 2019-20 year were submitted and distributed prior to the expected May 2020 Annual General Meeting. Having received no questions regarding any of those reports and as the COVID restrictions continue, and in the interests of the health of our membership, I do not see the likelihood of us holding an Annual General Meeting for 2020.

Congratulations to Doreen McCormick and to Alice Mark who will have 100th birthdays this month of September.

Congratulations to Margaret Morse being named to the Order of Manitoba!

Remember to contact the office by email or telephone message at least two days prior to whatever event you wish to take part in. Read the rest of the Bulletin to discover what is current-ly available. The Wednesday buffets illustrated that the Club is still a warm, happy place to come to in spite of the COVID-19 restrictions.

April 2020

It has become obvious that there will not be a “traditional” Bulletin in April as there will be no Club activities or programmes or committee meetings due to our following the prescribed protocols of distancing ourselves from each other.

Since March 16 we have lost 3 lunches, 2 Express lunches and 1 dinner. Three committees have been cancelled including a Board meeting and 8 Interest groups missed getting together in this last part of March.

April will continue to have the “distancing” procedures in effect. We do not want any of our members to become ill while we welcome home those who have been out of the country and are self isolating. (I prefer to call it “hibernating”.)

However, I do have a couple of reassuring bits of information to share with you. Our staff are all still employed but are on a very varied schedule. Office hours are reduced to the hours between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm each day during the week. This will allow for mail checking and continued care of our National Historic Club house. Email will be monitored on a regular basis so if you have questions or concerns, email works as does a telephone message.

You will have received Maggi’s email regarding the effort Craig is prepared to make to keep us fed and healthy when our fridges begin to empty.

It is a very difficult time for everyone but as I said in the March Bulletin in a very different context, “We will survive”.

Keep a positive attitude, stay away from others except through a phone call or an email message. AND, keep washing your hands!

Looking forward to seeing everyone when the crisis passes.

March 2020

A big thank you is extended to the members (almost half the membership) who attended the General meeting on January 27. The motion to raise the Club membership fees by $16 was carried unanimously.

This increase will allow us to cover the recent $6.00 CFUW fee plus the $10 CFUW fee that was applied a few years ago and which our own fees were not raised to cover. As a result the Club has been paying $10 for each member for the past 6 years. It is recognized that this UWC membership fee increase is the first one since 2009 when the fee was set at $365 (a dollar a day) plus the CFUW fee, currently $72, so that our dues have been $437.

As a result of the members’ decision to raise the Club fees this year, each regular member will be assessed $453.00. This works out to approximately $40 a month for those of us who budget our finances on a monthly basis. Our fees may be submitted monthly, biannually, or paid in full during the month of May. The good news regarding payment is that fees can now be paid by cheque, or by VISA or by e-transfer whichever is your preference. One notice regarding the VISA payment is that there will be a 5% surcharge applied for the credit card use.

The days are lengthening. As the song goes, “We will survive”. There are excellent programs and activities at the Club. Enjoy!

February 2020

Many of us travel to warmer climes in February. To accommodate this, the February Board meeting has been cancelled and the next Board meeting will be March 24. For those of us here, we are fortunate to have a very active Club to come to. We have healthy meals throughout the month. Our book clubs, bridge groups, board games and afternoon "chats" offer a variety of mental stimulation. All of these offer social times to enjoy. I am pleased to see Bar 54 has been revived by the Membership committee on the 3rd Thursday monthly at 4:30 - open to all. Recently we received a thank you card from the Shoebox organization. We broke our record number of shoebox gifts this year as there were 36 boxes donated by our members. Well done!

Monday January 27 at 1:30 we will celebrate the success of hosting CFUW AGM 2019 - the 100th Anniversary of our national organization. Dessert and coffee in the Living Room will be followed at 2:00 pm by our mid year General Meeting of the membership in the Lower Level assembly room. The main item on the agenda will be a vote on a fee increase, something we have not done in ten years.

We are delighted to welcome the 10 members who are giving us a "trial" run. Be sure to introduce yourself to anyone you don't know at the Club. Sometimes even a longtime member likes to get a smile and an encouraging word. We are all members of the University Women's Club.

December 2019 / January 2020

Once again we had a very successful Christmas Market. Many thanks go to Penni Churko for coordinating everything and special thanks to the “section heads”, Alison Darling, Marg Cuddy, Grace Johnson, Janet Goldack, Margaret Stinson and all of their helpers. It was great to hear the positive feedback from the vendors as well.

We now have eight new members trying out the Club at the moment. Some have joined committees already, some have discovered the bridge games, and others have joined the Out to Lunch bunch. It is good to see their involvement in Club activities. If you see an unfamiliar face, welcome her and introduce yourself.

Remember to sign up for the special meals this month and watch for additional events as December and January progress.

In the mean time enjoy this time of year and celebrate as often as possible!

November 2019

Wow! That certainly was a wild storm that changed so many Thanksgiving dinner plans this past month. We were very lucky at 54 West Gate with very little damage to the property but are concerned for many of our friends in the Portage la Prairie Club who were without power for a number of days.

Our musical memories in film with Jim Pappas was a wonderful relaxing time thanks to the Continuing Education committee. Next up is Donna Goodman’s course which is always a delight, if sometimes disturbing that the world does not change/adapt quickly enough. Didn’t we have fun at the Fashion Show? The Scholarship Celebration’s young speaker reassured us that our scholarships were building a very talented future generation.

Now we are busy clearing out our extra treasures and whipping up our baked goods and crafts for the annual Christmas Market taking place November 1 & 2.

The Board has recommended that, due to the unusual Christmas/New year’s timing, the Club activities be closed from Saturday, December 21 to Sunday, January 5 inclusive. This does not mean that private Holiday parties and events cannot be held in the house as a number of events have already been scheduled for this time. Check with our Events Coordinator, Janice MacDonald, for available dates and times. Our annual Christmas Lunch will be December 13 and the Christmas Dinner will be December 18. Details can be found elsewhere in this Bulletin and in the December/January Bulletin.

In the meantime enjoy the Club. I look forward to seeing you at the Christmas Market!

October 2019

We had an excellent General meeting September 23. It was a pleasure to have Jo Wilson in attendance to receive the CFUW Sage Award for our Club. (see cover) I hope some of you were able to welcome Pat Dodd who is a new member and was at the meeting. Let us continue the positive momentum into October and beyond.

The Club is now in full swing! We have a Fashion Show, a Scholarship event to celebrate the many scholarships given out and an exciting program to enjoy beyond the regular activities that bring us together. It is time to bake, sew, volunteer and prepare for all things Christmas on November 1 and 2 at our 39th Annual Christmas Market.

One item that was shared in the CFUW report and that will no doubt affect our individual budgeting this year is the increase in CFUW fees. It is possible that this may also remind us to look at an increase in our Club fees as well. Club fees have not increased in close to ten years. It may be time to move forward on this.

The Executive meets October 10, the Board meets October 17. Let us know your ideas and con-cerns. We have a wonderful Club. Enjoy it!

September 2019

It has been a busy summer at Ralph Connor House with roof repairs, weddings and the 100th Anniversary of CFUW. Club members have enjoyed the buffets, the sunrooms and good company.

I attended the 100th Anniversary of GWI (Graduate Women International) in Geneva in July. The following website will give you the history of GWI. or

My major task was chairing the CFUW 100th AGM this past August. According to all reports it was a major success from an organizational viewpoint. This is thanks to our more than 50 members who made sure the tours ran, the registration was smooth and the food selections were wonderful. Alison Darling deserves special credit for stepping in and organizing the Boutique that supports the Scholarship Trust fund of CFUW. The sad news is that our motion which needed a two thirds majority did not pass. 60% of the CFUW Clubs voted in favour and 40% voted against. The odd part was that when it came to increasing the GWI fees, almost 80% said “no”. Time will tell where that leaves CFUW.
Lots to do; lots of friends; enjoy your membership!

**Our membership staff is busy working on this year’s Directory which will be accessible on line as it has been in the past. There are also a number of members who have difficulty accessing information only on line so are asking for a print version of the Directory, similar to last year at $5.00 a copy. If you are a member and wish to have a print copy, please submit $5.00 to Jolene in the office by September 10 so the Directories can be ready around mid September.

Our first GENERAL MEETING will be September 23 at 1:00 pm.
(An Express Lunch will be served at 12:00 before the General Meeting)

Summer 2019

Wednesday morning as I wished the Walking Group a pleasant summer as they started out around the English Garden at Assiniboine Park it sank in that I was once again President of an amazing Club of women.

That afternoon Lorelle Perry from One Nation Exchange, the group making our conference bags, brought to mind that it is only six weeks until the end of the early bird registration for CFUW AGM. Now is the time to register. We have on our own turf a wonderful opportunity to experience the workings of our parent organization, CFUW. CFUW AGM is our first priority this biennium. It will be accomplished by the end of August.

We also have two working groups from whom we will be hearing as the year progresses. Linda Asper will head up a contingent that will look at the governance of our University Women’s Club. We are fewer. We are committed to the Club. Are there directions we should be considering? Are some of our policies out dated?

Carolynne Presser will head up a group looking at Food Services from a Club perspec-tive. As you are aware, when we moved to the current very successful situation in the kitchen, we put the Dining Room committee into hiatus (abeyance). Is it time to revive it? Who determines menus? (The Food Services Committee’s next meeting is 1:15, Wed. June 5.) What other things do we as Club members need to do?

Of course, all of our activities and fund raising to support our staying in what has become our home, will continue.

Read in this Bulletin the wonderful events planned for summer once the Club opens mid July. It will be available for weekly buffets; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays for you to bring your Club friends for a card game day or whatever. Book with Maggi.

Enjoy the relaxation and warmth of a Winnipeg summer wherever you may be!

Sandra Millen