Presidents' Messages

Sandra Millen
President 2019-2021

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


Linda Asper

Linda Asper

President June 2017- May 2019

May 2019

Our Spring Tea was a real delight! Starting with Joyce McMartin who greeted us at the door in her glamorous hat and dress and then Sandy Millen who led us to our table, the afternoon unfolded with delicious sandwiches, scones and dainties plus a nest of eggs at each setting. My 21 month old granddaughter devoured her goodies and then started on mine before the three tier plate arrived. Bravo to Sue Bishop, Lorraine Cook, Ellen Peel and other team members who organized this fundraiser and hosted us in style! Thank you to our staff who served us so well!

We are hosting the CFUW 100th anniversary AGM in August 2019 at which we will present our motion to give each member the option to join GWI. Given that CFUW is proposing to increase its fee by $6, effective May 2020, as well as the GWI fee by $10 at its AGM, I urge you to attend our UWC AGM on Monday, May 27, 1:30 pm at our Club. Your input is needed on these two fee increases. Will UWC support each increase? If each increase passes, will we absorb them into our yearly deficit or will we increase our annual fee by $16? Will we leave CFUW if we refuse to pay the GWI fee? Important decisions will be made on May 27. Be there! Dessert and cash bar to follow the meeting!

As I finish my term as President, I would like to thank those who have supported me in the past two years as the interesting challenges arose, in particular with my husband's disagreement with his body in the past months. Some of you did extra as a result, work that I appreciated.

April 2019

Our Spring Tea will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2:30 pm, at the Club. Our fundraiser needs your support. Join us all for delicious sandwiches and scones! Sign up now as only 60 people can attend. Don't be disappointed! Call Maggi now!

We are hosting the 2019 CFUW AGM at the Hotel Fort Garry, August 15 to 17. Your help is needed to make this event a success. Please sign up at the Club for the volunteer roles required that week. Take the opportunity to interact with interesting women from across Canada!

Enjoy the activities at our Club in the weeks ahead! As the weather improves, it will be easier to get out and participate!

March 2019

Thank you for volunteering to help with the CFUW Conference August 13-18 2019! There are still some tasks open, so please step forward and sign up at the Club! Your contribution will help make the national event a success!

Your UWC Board has decided to include the House grounds in the non-smoking policy. From now on, there is no smoking in the House and on the grounds. Thank you for your cooperation.

Thank you to our four FRCH reps, Penni Churko, Margaret Cuddy, Judy McDonald and Sherratt Moffatt who are working on our behalf to maintain the House and move forward! The riverbank stabilization project starts this week.

March promises to be a busy month at the Club! Join us to learn new ideas and interact with colleagues! Spring is just around the corner!

February 2019

I hope you are out and about despite the bitter cold we are experiencing. There is nothing better than a visit to the Club for an inspiring program or a game of Bridge with friends. Take time to review the volunteer book for the CFUW AGM here in August 2019. Your contribution is needed to make this event a success. Please sign up! Let us show our Manitoba hospitality!

Thank you to our committee chairs and their members this year who are pursuing their goals in order to make our Club function and enhance our lives! Your time and efforts are much appreciated. More help on our committees is always needed. I invite you to attend our Club General Meeting on Mon. January 28, 1:30 pm, to be updated on and to discuss a number of relevant topics. An agenda has been circulated.

Thank you to Maggi, Jolene and Janice, our staff members, who continue to serve our needs and welcome us at UWC every day! We certainly appreciate your hard work!

Enjoy the weeks ahead as we get closer to spring!

December 2019

Bravo to Penny Churko and her team for another successful Christmas Market! Your work and creativity impressed all of us and helped our UWC finances. Thank you!

We are hosting the CFUW AGM in August 2019. Many volunteers will be needed in the New Year. For example, we will be offering tours for delegates and their guests during that week and will need a sponsor to oversee each tour. A sign up sheet will be available in January. Please step forward to help. These tours will raise money for UWC and you will enjoy a tour with women from across Canada. As the holiday season approaches, enjoy the events at the Club. I hope you spend fun time with family and friends in the weeks ahead! Safe travels and good health in the new year! Linda.

Please try to set aside the afternoon of Monday, January 28, 2019. We will gather together at a General Meeting at 1:30. All members are encouraged to come for a discussion of what’s been done, where we are now and what plans there are for the future of UWC.

November 2018

Our Christmas Market is our biggest fundraiser each year. Your volunteer work and financial support is needed to make it successful once again. Bravo to Penny Churko and her team for their hard work and creativity! You are also invited to support another fundraiser--- the sale of poinsettias. Delight everyone on your gift list with these flowers!

Thank you to all members who attended the October General Meeting and gave feedback on issues facing the Club. Debby Brown, Joan Stone and Pat Elliott will be working on Plan A, an attempt to stay in the House beyond 2023. Please contact them with your ideas.

Bookings at the Club, particularly weddings, have been financially profitable. Thanks to Janice Macdonald for her ongoing efforts to book and oversee these activities!

Take time to participate in Club events! There are great choices!

October 2018

We are grateful to our late member Irene Crofts for her generous bequest of $20,000. She was so active in UWC and contributed both her time and resources. We will remember Irene and Joyce Hill at the bridge table, CFUW meetings and other events. Merci!

I urge you to attend our general meeting, 1.30 pm, Wednesday, Oct. 3 at the Club. We will continue our discussion on UWC sustainability in Ralph Connor House. We will also report on riverbank stabilization and CFUW AGM 2019 in Winnipeg. Join me!

When there is an activity reserved in a specific room at the Club, please respect that group by giving it uninterrupted time until its activity is finished. Also decorum during meals can be improved by lowering voices and letting staff serve us in silence and then leaving us to our conversation. Please contact me about either of these suggestions if need be.

Enjoy the Fall weeks ahead by attending activities at the Club! There are some great choices to challenge you.

September 2018

Welcome back from your summer activities! We look forward to an exciting Fall at the Club as we ease into September! Please join colleagues in enjoying the weeks ahead!

On Monday, October 1, 1:30 pm, we will hold a General Meeting for all members to discuss the two options we have selected for our UWC future. Please read the accompanying article in preparation for our meeting.

I would like to thank Muriel Rhind for her ongoing work on the Bulletin. Every month she assembles our items and produces an excellent newsletter. Bravo!

Linda Asper

June 2018

I would like to thank our members who attended our AGM on Monday and participated in our Club business. We are fortunate to have our elected officers who worked for us all year and presented their reports. We heard three reports on UWC sustainability and received input on Plan B options. Thank you, Carolynne, Sue and Faye!

Thank you to Penny Churko and Sherratt Moffat who have volun-teered to serve as our two new reps on the FRCH Board along with Marg Cuddy and Judy Macdonald. The FRCH AGM will be on Tuesday, June 12, 11:00 am, at the Club. Please attend!

If you have not renewed your membership for this year, please do so now. We need your support and involvement to remain viable.

As summer approaches, members can look forward to activities and meals at the Club! It will be closed the first two weeks in July and then open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. This is your opportunity to interact with our colleagues over some good food and challenge us over a bridge game or Mahjong. (See item below.)

Best wishes for a relaxing and safe few months!


May 2018

We will celebrate the 2017-18 year at our AGM on Monday, May 28, 1:30 pm at the Club. Express lunch will be available at noon if you sign up. You will receive AGM reports online prior to AGM. Please read them before the meeting as no printed copies will be available. We will use verbal reporting and Power Point as needed on May 28.

We will focus our attention at our AGM on your reaction to the UWC sustaina-bility options. This is your opportunity to provide your feedback on our future directions. Please attend.

By the end of April, we will know what West Gate properties from the Cornish Library to the school have committed financially to the riverbank project. So far, five of the seven owners have joined, including FRCH, owner of Ralph Connor House, and the school. That is enough to proceed.

Thanks to the Friends of Ralph Connor House Board that has agreed to contribute $20,000 toward the House and Grounds Committee's projects in 2018-19! This will help UWC with its deficit next year. This cooperation is much appreciated.

I would like to thank all our members who have played a role at the Club this year, either in a leadership role or as a participant in our activities. Merci beaucoup! I would also thank Maggi for her devotion and hard work as she completes her second year with us.

Take time to enjoy our life at the Club and the spring weather!

April 2018

Our UWC Board and committees continue to address sustainability is-sues, including the lease with FRCH, rental of the second floor and fundrais-ing. As we realize the hurdles to success, Plan B (Club without the House) be-comes more realistic. We will spend time at our 2018 AGM on May 28, 1.30 pm, discussing our future. Be there!

One strategy to reduce our Club deficit is to use technology to reduce printing and mailing costs. For this reason, the Club Directory will be put on a secure section of our website for members only use. To facilitate this move, the printed directory will be available for $5 for one year only. Sign the sheet at the Club to reserve your copy or make the transition to your computer now. In order to save mailing costs, membership renewals will be done on line. Our club’s 2018 AGM reports will also be on line. The 11 members who have no computers will be accommodated. Your cooperation is essential to make these savings.

Last call for your contribution to the UWC legacy stone at the Vimy memorial! Any amount is welcome! Make out your cheque to UWC and give it or cash to Maggi please. A big thank you to the five members who have contributed!

Please don't hesitate to phone me if you have any questions or suggestions. Enjoy the Club's up-coming activities and the first weeks of spring!

March 2018

Our gratitude goes to the late Joyce Hill, Past President, for her generous donation to the Club! Merci beaucoup! Thank you to members who attended our January General Meeting to share news and ideas! Many are enjoying the winter program and activities. Bienvenue!

Our Board continues to focus on UWC sustainability with efforts in fundraising, use of the second floor and cooperation with Friends of the Ralph Connor House. We are also attending community meetings on riverbank issues. We have submitted a motion to the June CFUW AGM on making GWI fees optional for the individual Club member.

A special invitation goes to our new members to join us at our various events! You add a fresh touch to the Club and we need your input. Let's all meet in the weeks ahead as we say goodbye to winter and the cold!

February 2018

Thank you to Susan Johnsen for her commitment to the Club as Membership Chair! You will be missed. Thanks to Susan Dietz, a new member, for the corsages you made and distributed at the December dinner. Nice touch!

Our UWC Board is focused on several strategies in the next year in an effort to remain in Ralph Connor House. These are renegotiation of our lease with FRCH, a Fundraising committee, a committee on Partnerships/Rentals,and a committee on Plan B (UWC without the House). Time and effort are required to do this work. Thank you to our members who are serving in these roles. Two more volunteers are needed to explore Grant Possibilities with FRCH. See me please!

Time to enjoy Club activities as we look forward to Spring!

Linda Asper

December 2017

Bravo to everyone who worked on the Christmas Market under the lead-ership of Penni Churko! You gave us two days of excitement and many good-ies! With your hard work, you helped our Club financially! 

As follow-up to the September meeting about our Club’s sustainability, our Club Board approved this motion on November 21: 

Given the feedback from UWC members at the September 14 General Meeting and given UWC’s current financial situation, that, over the next 18 months: 

1. UWC take reasonable and responsible action to continue renting Ralph Connor House within

UWC’s financial means, 

2. UWC renegotiate its current lease with FRCH, 

3. UWC establish a fundraising committee with terms of reference, 

4. UWC establish a partnerships/ rental committee with the goal of renting the second floor of

Ralph Connor House as early as January 2018, and 

5. UWC establish a committee to explore Plan B, UWC without Ralph Connor House.

A separate committee is being established for each action with work to begin now.
At the same Board meeting, the following motions regarding CFUW and GWI were approved: 

1. That the University Women’s Club Winnipeg sponsor a motion at the 2018 CFUW AGM that allows the individual Club member to decide whether or not to pay GWI fees to CFUW to be remitted to GWI. 

2. That University Club Winnipeg withhold any GWI fees that are part of its CFUW fees, effective immediately, and that this portion of the CFUW fees be held in a separate account for future use as decided by the University Women’s Club Board. 

If you would like to meet with me to discuss any of these actions taken by the Board, I will be available on Thursday, November 30, 3:00 pm, at the Club. I also would invite any other Board members to join me for this discussion. Bar 54 follows. If you would prefer to phone or email me about these actions, please do so. It is time to move forward!

I wish you all a happy holiday season with family and friends!
May the New Year bring you joy and good health! 

Nov 2017

On September 14, 2017, we held a general meeting to discuss UWC’s fu-ture sustainability in Ralph Connor House. Rosalyn Howard, Club member and session facilitator, organized the discussion notes into themes and sent all to me on October 9. This was shared with our Board for its October 17 meeting and discussed in detail by our Executive on October 23. The subsequent draft recommendations will be reviewed again by the Executive at its regular Novem-ber meeting, then presented to the November Board meeting. I have posted a copy of Rosalyn's report on the bulletin board outside Maggi’s office. 

Should you have any comments or questions, please contact me. Thank you to all our members who realized the importance of this matter and partici-pated in the session. We benefitted from Rosalyn’s expertise and hopefully our shared wisdom will lead to wise decisions within the next 18 months. 

We are delighted to report that Leona MacDonald and Deborah Brown will act as our Co– Treasurers.

Bob Darling represented FRCH at the September meeting and I have met with Greg Thomas, FRCH President, to initiate positive dialogue on this and other topics. We will move forward in a spirit of sharing and cooperation. One immediate concern is the future of the carriage house. It has recently been broken into twice. With the riverbank erosion of one foot a year, it threatens to slide into the river.

Carolynne Presser and I have met four times with our West Gate neighbours (properties from the library to the school) and FRCH reps regarding a riverbank stabilization project. Cornish Library is planning an addition and stabilization of its riverbank in the coming months. We have been left out of the equation. Now we are in a political action process to resolve this matter. 

While you are enjoying the activities at the Club and pursuing your Club volunteer work, please think of the issues your Board is dealing with and help foster realistic feasible solutions. 

Enjoy the Christmas market!

Oct 2017

Thank you to our members who attended our special September meeting to give input about our future as a Club. A special thanks to Roz Howard who facilitated the session and will be giving us a report to pursue the review. 

Pat Scott who has served as our Treasurer has decided to move on to other challenges. We thank her for her contribution and hard work in chairing the Finance Committee and serving as a Board member. 

We are losing a foot of riverbank each year. Our neighbours have been meet-ing about a riverbank stabilization project with UWC and FRCH representa-tion. The goal is to seek government funding with 10% property owner funding to protect the riv-erbank from the Library to Westgate Mennonite Collegiate. 

Support our Club! Join us for a meal! Play Mah Jong, Scrabble, bridge! Enjoy a course or program speaker and interact with one another! There is a wealth of activities this Fall!

Sept 2017

For those of us who attended Dale Laird’s memorial service, it was comfort-ing in that it helped us overcome the shock of Dale’s sudden passing and gave us the opportunity to celebrate her life with her family and friends. Now we will carry on with her project, the Home Tours, as a way to honour her and keep her memory alive. Volunteers are needed. Contact Dianne Beaven at 204.489. 4145. Your help is needed. (see page 10) 

On Thurs. September 14 at 2:00 pm, we will join together for a special meeting to discuss future options for the University Women’s Club given our financial situation. Your ideas and wisdom are important. Please sign the registration sheet at the Club and be there on Sept. 14. (see box below) 

The Club has been a beehive of activity this summer with bridge, Mahjong, Scrabble and other events. A highlight has been the meals offered— buffet lunches, Express lunches, a pig roast and an Arctic char dinner. Bravo to Chamberlyn’s for the variety of dishes and the tasty food! 

Now we turn our attention to the Fall months with no lack of activities and meals to draw you to the Club! Let’s see you at the Fashion Show, the Home Tour, the Jazz Evening and the Christmas Market! Massage your brain at Continuing Education sessions! We need your participation at the Club to make it thrive!