In this newsletter you will find the second installment of FAQs from the Dialogue Sessions: History, International Relations, Benefits of Membership, Reserves,Member Proposals. The third and final installment will be released at the end of the week; exchange rate, finance, surplus, and governance. I trust that the information is helpful in answering some of your questions but I would also like to clarify a couple of issues that have arisen from the newsletter sent out on Friday, February 19. Before the ink had even dried (or whatever the equivalent is in electronic communication), the National Office was being asked to answer questions about dual membership and specifically about voting rights. The advice given in the previous newsletter that a dual member may vote at any club to which she belongs is correct and if you would like a detailed explanation as to why, click here.
I’d also like to clarify where and how we get our advice. First of all, we have our CFUW ED, Robin Jackson, who has an incredible knowledge of CFUW and an amazing facility for remembering facts or knowing where to find them. We also have a parliamentarian and this is Beth Haynes. Our parliamentary authority is Roberts Rules and Roberts Rules indicates that while the board must authorize fees for parliamentary services, the president appoints the parliamentarian and must be free to make her choice. When I became President in June, I asked Beth to be parliamentarian for the 2020-2022 Board. I had already worked with Beth on the 2018-2020 Board and had every confidence in continuing to work with her. Beth is a Professional Registered Parliamentarian (PRP) with the National Association of Parliamentarians. This is a rigorous credentialing process, and a parliamentarian is required to maintain this certification through practical experience and recurrent training. She also has access to a network of fellow parliamentarians that she may consult.
The Board welcomes questions and suggestions and there is a wealth of knowledge in our organization but we have to have an ultimate authority and in CFUW we have agreed to be governed by Roberts Rules when legislation and the CFUW governing documents are silent.
Take care and keep safe and please continue to share your activities with National.
For your information and convenience we are sharing National’s response to questions posed at the recent Dialogue session.
February 19, 2021
First of all, thank you to everyone for their patience waiting for the results of the Dialogue sessions. When the team began to look at the 50 pages of questions in the chat, it was evident that there were many duplications and we thought it unlikely that anyone would want to read 50 pages of responses. We decided to analyze the questions and to group them into categories which has been a mammoth task. Today you will be able to read questions and answers in five categories: Fiduciary Duty (click here), Budget (click here), Voting (click here), Dual Members (click here), Per Capita Dues (click here.) We have removed all names and grouped similar questions together. Hopefully, you will be able to find the answer to your question and FAQs will follow next week on: Class of Members, Cost Benefit, Exchange Rates, Finance, Governance, GWI Membership, International Advocacy, Member Proposals, Reserve, Surplus.
One of the things that I really want to emphasize is that the board decision is not intended to remove CFUW from membership in GWI. We will continue as an NFA. The decision made by the board is an operational decision based on our fiduciary responsibility to CFUW. Through the decision, the board is providing a method of resolving the conflict and hoping to heal the schism that has so divided our organization for the past few years.
Inevitably, 2021-2022 will be a transition period. I trust that during this time we will all respect the decisions that are made by individual members and by clubs and acknowledge that we might not all agree but we can agree that we will continue to work together to further CFUW’s mission. I encourage you to read the attached documents, share with your network, and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact National Office, the board, or a member of the Dialogue Team.
There are four resolutions to be discussed at the March 16th CFUW Hamilton General Meeting. For your convenience, we are sharing a slide show of the proposed resolutions. Also included is a link to the complete resolution package.
Our Advocacy and Action committee have once again agreed to take on the task of reviewing and offering recommendations on the package. Please contact the committee if you would like to be included in the review process.
A big thank you to our speaker last night Joanne Feddes. Joanne’s presentation was just what we needed to remind us that spring is right around the corner. Here is a short video from Joanne and La Primavera Farms.
We are sharing an invitation from McMaster, for adults over the age of 60, to participate in a virtual intergeneration program offered by the McMaster Institute for Aging (MIRA). For your convenience we have included the sign-up form should you choose to take part in the program.