The 2012-13 Nelson District Club’s executive and committee members are: (back row) Janice Murphy (resolutions)

The 2012-13 Nelson District Club’s executive and committee members are: (back row) Janice Murphy (resolutions)

Preparing for an enlightening year

The Nelson district club was formed in 1967 and is a branch member of the Canadian Federation of University Women

“Education is an important key to uplifting children, women and families locally and throughout the world,” says new local Canadian Federation of University Women co- president Dorothy Fraser.

The Nelson district club was formed in 1967 and is a branch member of the Canadian Federation of University Women and also of the International Federation of University Women (an affiliation of 77 national associations around the world).

The Canadian Federation of University Women is a non-governmental organization and also has consultative status with the UN Committee on the Status of Women. The federation has over 9,000 members and collectively donates over $1 million to scholarships.

Women can join who have degrees, diplomas or other trainings that support the objectives of federation. Students in post-secondary studies are welcomed as well.

The monthly meetings are usually on the third Saturday of the month at the New Grand banquet hall and usually feature a guest speaker or a discussion of specific topics: artist Kate Bridger will speak on home design through a personal perspective (November 17); Major Yvonne Borrows will speak to the topic “community overview on child poverty” (January 19); Clare North will speak on environmental initiatives at Teck Trail operations (February 16); and Pauline Daniel will discuss “coaching connections  in personal life coaching” (April 21).

The local members study proposed resolutions and advocate to governments at local, provincial and national levels. Some members belong to our various book clubs and other interest groups.

In 2012-13, club members will continue to contribute to our community and also do fundraising to continue to provide a L.V. Rogers high school scholarship and to support a Selkirk bursary and scholarship.

The Nelson club will be hosting the BC Council’s AGM 2013 which will  bring delegates from throughout BC to Nelson.

The local club’s theme is: Boldly Go! Frontiers in Learning (frontiers in professions, technology and networking).The BC Council’s theme is child poverty. Speakers will highlight both themes.

Together and as individuals, our members (throughout BC) are working on win-win solutions for children ages six and under by working with established groups in the community that focus on the joy of learning for children and their family members.