Dialogue Session Documents

March 2, 2021                                            

Today, we are publishing the final FAQs from the Dialogue Sessions. This includes:GWI MembershipOne Class of MembersExchange RatesGovernanceSurplusesand GWI Finance. Hopefully, by this time your questions have been answered but please do not hesitate to ask for further clarification or an explanation if questions remain unanswered. There is one correction to be made to the FAQ published Wednesday, February 24. In Proposals, it says that motions are due by March 20, 2022. This should be March 20, 2021.

The MOU Oversight Committee continues to meet with GWI. Despite the difficult decisions that have been made, CFUW and GWI meetings are collaborative and respectful and our most recent meeting included a further discussion of the implications of the Board decision made in December 2020 to allow Clubs to elect whether to be counted in the GWI per capita dues calculation. We have committed to keep GWI informed of the numbers electing to be counted for the per capita dues as both GWI and CFUW are preparing budgets for the upcoming fiscal year.

Finally, I’d like to thank everyone who has assisted with the FAQs and with the Dialogue Sessions but I’m not going to try to name everyone or I will inevitably forget someone but a special thanks must go to our Dialogue Facilitator, Heather Oxman and our parliamentarian, Beth Haynes.

Thank you again for your patience. There were fifty pages of chat after the Dialogue and I hope you agree that we have managed to condense them into a manageable and hopefully easily understandable format.

Be safe.

Kathryn Wilkinson: National President

Beth Haynes: Parliamentarian

Heather Oxman: Dialogue Facilitator

February 24, 2021                                             

In this newsletter you will find the second installment of FAQs from the Dialogue Sessions: HistoryInternational RelationsBenefits of MembershipReserves, 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.

Kathryn Wilkinson: National President

Beth Haynes: Parliamentarian

Heather Oxman: Dialogue Facilitator

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.

Kathryn Wilkinson: National President

Beth Haynes: Parliamentarian

Heather Oxman: Dialogue Facilitator

February 4, 2021

First of all, many thanks to all of you who attended the dialogue sessions last week to discuss the motion passed by the board in December to allow Clubs to elect to be counted, or not, for the GWI per capita dues.   Many people were involved in preparation for the sessions but special thanks go to Heather Oxman of CFUW Lethbridge who took the hot seat as moderator for both sessions. The reports from the breakout groups are still being collated and will be made available to all participants but in this edition of the Club Action News, here you will find the links to the slides used in the presentationa slideshow about GWI from the VP International Joy Hurst, and a short summary about GWI and the benefits of membership. 

In the dialogue sessions some participants requested more information but it was also evident that some people are missing the links in communications from National. We hope the links are bolder and easily accessible in this edition and encourage everyone to click on the words above that will link to the file. For example, you can see “slides used in the presentation” is in bold, and when clicked it will bring you to a new page. 

After the sessions, many Clubs contacted National Office with a request for assistance in setting up an electronic vote. Thanks go to Rachel, Membership Coordinator, who has been fielding calls all week about how to do this and to our ED, Robin Jackson for putting together the template.

As was said last week, this is an opportunity to put behind us the squabbles of the past few years and to find a way of moving forward. The Board appreciates that it is not a perfect solution but we hope that it is a workable solution.  This year will be a transition year but we all know the power of women working together.

 Take care; keep safe
National President