The 11th Annual Trivia Night was a success! Over $2300 was raised in support of the CFUW Brantford Scholarship Fund!
The winning team were Betsy, Alec, Nick and Tish. Congratulations!
Thanks to the participants, local businesses and CFUW members for monetary donations and donations of prizes and books, those who volunteered to help, Domino’s pizza, and the Dunsdon Legion. Special thanks to the organizing committee: Lynn, Brenda, Dian and Colette! A good time was had by all!
Our January 16th Book Launch of Don’t Tell the Enemy, written by CFUW member Marsha Skrypuch was a grand success, $444 raised for our Scholarship Fund.
Many thanks to Braemar House School for donating the venue and to the organizing committee: Nora Leung, Joan Hadley, Dian Kuzyk, Tish James, Naomi Krai, Nora O’Leary, Patti Kunaschko, Jenny DeAlwis, Barbara Perry, Lynne Duncombe, Cathy Sawyer and Marsha Skrypuch.
CFUW Brantford Members enthusiastically supported the Basketeers Program of Nova Vita, our local women’s shelter, again this year, donating enough money and articles to put together three full kitchen baskets. These baskets will benefit women leaving the shelter to set up their own residences after leaving difficult situations. Good job all!
CFUW Brantford celebrated a most successful year at our Annual General Meeting. Members were able to review the work done on their behalf by reading the Annual General Report. Cheryl Hayles, the current Regional Director, awarded two certificates of distinction to our club. The first was for hosting one of the most successful Fall Gatherings in CFUW history and the second was for our continued work in advocacy, especially our support of Nova Vita, our local women’s shelter. Cheryl was accompanied by Deborah Harasym, who is nominated for Ontario South Regional Director. She will be taking Cheryl’s place after her election at the CFUW AGM in Kitchener.
Our speaker was Anita Beuhner who gave an inspiring presentation for women facing significant change in their lives. She shared her journey with her husband to transform their family business from tobacco growing to the successful Bonnieheath Estate Lavender and Winery it is today. She shared their plans for the future growth of the business to the production of hard cider and engaged our interest with her description of the activities available at Bonnieheath. She most graciously stayed to the end of our meeting to share information about her lavender products and sell from her display to those who were interested. (www.bonnieheathlavender,com)
Long-standing members were recognized for their commitment to the club and received certificates from CFUW.
25 years: Heather Bright, Doris Buckles, and Anne Martin
30 years: Barbara Perry, Evelyn Picketts, Kay Ruuska, and Karen Williamson
50 years: Alto Hall (who turned 102 this year)
Finally, after the members approved the budget, the incoming Executive was acclaimed. Members were reminded that a Co-Vice President is needed to fill out the slate. Lynn Haylock took over the reins of President. We look forward to another great year.