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Club Action Newsletter:
September 18, 2020
This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and members and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 
  • An Appeal from CFUW National President and Board Members to Clubs
  • Child Care Letter Template
  • Club Presidents' Survey
  • Women and COVID: The Global Impact, A CFUW Discussion

An Appeal from CFUW National President and Board Members to Clubs

It has come to our attention that there is a suggestion circulating among Clubs to  withhold dues to national office in protest of the failure of the motion to strike Article 4 from the Articles and Bylaws that CFUW shall be a member of GWI. This suggestion is rooted in the perception that CFUW National seems determined to ignore the concerns of 64% of the membership as well as the recent report of the Mediation Working Group.

The members of the Mediation Working Group unanimously agreed that:

1. The CFUW is in need of better, more healing, constructive communication;
2. There has been a problem with past confusion about information regarding GWI; and
3. There is a great deal of value in the CFUW continuing as a unified, strong, cohesive organization, into the future. Everyone involved wants the CFUW to continue as a single organization.
4. Collaborative, facilitated conversations, like the one undertaken by this Committee, are useful and should form part of the practice of CFUW going forward.
The Board is most definitely not ignoring the Mediation Report nor the concerns of our membership. To that end, I will highlight what actions the Board has taken to date:
  • The Board has unanimously accepted a plan for implementation of the Mediation Report
  • A Mediation Implementation Oversight Committee has been established under co-chairs Barb DuMoulin, VP British Columbia and Joy Hurst, VP International Relations
  • A Communications Committee chaired by Judy Hopps, VP Quebec has begun work to develop a communication strategy as per recommendation 2 of the Mediation Report.
  • The Articles and By-laws committee has been charged with reporting on Article 4 – background, legal advice, etc. and their report will be shared with all the membership.
  • In consultation with a governance specialist, the Board is developing a Strategic Plan and all Clubs will be consulted and offered the opportunity to attend discussion groups
The Board was elected at the end of June and I hope the initiatives that we have taken in the past two months will allow us to move forward as a strong, united voice for women and girls.
It should be remembered that Clubs who do not pay their dues are giving up their voice and are unable to:
  • Participate in the resolution process
  • Vote at an annual or special general meeting
  • Nominate a candidate
  • Make or second a motion
I urge Clubs not to withhold their dues, because now, more than ever, strong women’s organizations are needed as the pandemic is disproportionally affecting women and girls.


National CFUW President

Child Care Letter Template for Clubs


In early September, CFUW national wrote to Prime Minister Trudeau and Members of Parliament about the need to fund Child Care as an essential service and to request federal oversight to ensure that all provinces and territories guarantee that child care is affordable, easily accessed and well- regulated through federal and provincial oversight mechanisms.

We have had requests for a letter that Clubs who are concerned about child care can send to their MPs and MPPs. Please click here for the template letter that you can personalize. Additionally, click here to send a personal letter to Ministers Maryam Monsef, Ahmed Hussen, Carla Qualtrough, and Mona Fortier on the online letter-writing platform, ActionNetwork.

Club Presidents’ Survey

In a recent newsletter, I mentioned that the Board is developing a strategic plan. Next week, Clubs will receive a survey through their Club President as we try to create a profile of our organization: Who are we? What do we do? Who do we serve?  As CFUW  is a complex organization, the survey has a lot of questions but we are confident that you will be able to complete it reasonably quickly. The data collected will be of interest to all our Clubs and we will share the information once it is collated. Thank you in advance for your collaboration in this fact-finding exercise.

Women and COVID: The Global Impact
A CFUW Discussion, September 22, 2020, 7:00 p.m. ET


Join CFUW for a presentation on  WOMEN AND COVID- THE GLOBAL IMPACT September 22, 2020 – 4 p.m. Pacific – 7 p.m. EasternJoin Senator Marilou McPhedran and Member of Parliament Brenda Shanahan as they discuss the challenges being faced by women around the world due to the current setback trends caused by the pandemic.
For more information on the discussion click here. 

To register for the webinar, click this link: 
Important Dates and Deadlines: 
September 22: Women and COVID: The Global Impact
October 16: Charitable Trust Virtual AGM and Webinar
November 8: Application deadline for UNCSW (may be a virtual event and participant numbers may be limited)
November 15: Deadline for Intents to Submit a Resolution for AGM 2021. 
December 1: Preliminary Club Membership Numbers to be submitted by Clubs to National as per GWI directions
December 14: Fellowships & Awards Applications due

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