Fall 2021 – Message from our Membership Co-conveners

The following is an excerpt from our Fall C.F.U.W. Hamilton Newsletter

If you would prefer you can listen to this message as a podcast.

We extend a warm “Welcome Back” to all our members!

CFUW-Hamilton can only be strong and successful by having an active membership. Last year, we had 64 members, many of whom offered their skills and time to help maintain and grow the Club—volunteering for executive positions, as Interest Group leaders, as committee Chairpersons, as mentors.

One of the most successful ways to grow membership is for current members to invite friends and colleagues to join. The September General Meeting has been the traditional venue for us to show prospective members what CFUW is all about. A decision had to be made early in the summer vis-à-vis an in-person or Zoom event for the September meeting, and the Executive chose to meet via Zoom. Therefore, instead of an official “Membership Challenge” this year, we are asking every member to do at least one of the following:

· Send the CFUW-Hamilton website link at https://cfuw-hamilton.com/ to three prospective members (friends, colleagues, family members), along with a personal invitation to join the September Zoom meeting on Tuesday, September 21 to learn about the Club and its activities. They can register for the meeting link at cfuw- hamilton-2021-events.

· If you are comfortable doing so, invite a prospective member to your home to attend the September Zoom meeting with you while you enjoy a cup of tea or a glass of wine.

· Contact a prospective member to let her know that, should she wish to experience the Club in action prior to committing to membership, she may attend gratis any Interest Group/Standing Committee meeting during September and October. Please provide the name(s) and email address(es) to Trudi (gdown@interlynx.net) or Debbie (dwell26000@aol.com) who will contact the appropriate Interest Group leader.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for all of us personally, as well as for our 96-year-old Club. CFUW- Hamilton needs your support! Please renew your membership as soon as possible—the renewal form is included in this newsletter and the fees remain the same as last year. If at all possible, please also include a donation to the Scholarship Fund.

Membership in CFUW-Hamilton offers us so much: the opportunity to establish life-long friendships, attend provincial/ national conferences, belong to stimulating and fun-filled Interest Groups, support local college and university students through scholarships and bursaries, and engage in important advocacy efforts on behalf of women and girls locally, provincially, across the country, and around the world.

We hope that in-person monthly meetings will resume very soon, and we look forward to chatting with you in person at those events.

Thank you for your ongoing support of CFUW-Hamilton!