Women for women...

The University Women’s Club of Winnipeg honours the vision of the founding members who in 1909 formed the Club, fired by the desire to maintain an association with classmates after graduation and to improve women’s place in the community.

To this day, friendships are made and strengthened within the welcoming walls of our heritage home, the Ralph Connor House. Women continue to meet for education, business and pleasure, and to expand their social net by meeting other women.


                 “The education and empowerment of women throughout the world cannot fail to result in a more caring,                                                                          tolerant, just and peaceful life for all.”

                                                                                                   Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate


Our Objectives

  1. to unite women

  2. to encourage individual effort toward intellectual development

  3. to work for the advancement of education, art, science, literature and civic reform

  4. to promote heritage preservation and the improvement of the environment

  5. to support the Canadian Federation of University Women in its pursuit of education and advocacy

Our History

Margaret McWilliams did much to further economic, cultural and spiritual betterment of Canada through her service to civic, provincial and national bodies.


                 A CHARTER MEMBER of UWC, (President 1913-1915)

                   a FOUNDER and FIRST PRESIDENT OF CFUW

                                 A CHARTER MEMBER AND EARLY VICE PRESIDENT OF IFUW (GWI)                      

                     MARGARET McWILLIAMS

Margaret McWilliams did much to further economic, cultural and spiritual betterment of Canada through her service to civic, provincial and national bodies. She was the first woman to graduate with a degree in political economy from the University of Toronto (1898). A charter member of the University Women's Club of Winnipeg, she served as its President in 1913, and within a few years transformed its mission to one of education and social reform. In 1919, she was a founder and first President of the Canadian Federation of University Women. As a writer, historian and political scientist she published a book of women's history, Women of Red River (1923), a book on her impressions of Russia, (1927), a history of Manitoba (1928), a Blueprint for Canadian Social and Economic Reform (1931) and a book on the Political Institutions of Canada (1948).

In the 1930's, McWilliams served four consecutive terms as Winnipeg's second woman alder(wo)man, and became chair of the important Health and Unemployment Relief committees. In the 1940's, she helped revitalize the Manitoba Historical Society and was president when an unprecedented amount of research was conducted, an achievement yet unparalleled. As a writer and a lecturer on current events, and as Chairperson of the Subcommittee on Post-war Problems of Women (of the Advisory Committee on Reconstruction) in 1943, McWilliams made significant contributions to Canadian information and public affairs. She established and maintained a Continuing Education program in politics and current events for women. In her honour the Margaret McWilliams College was established at the University Women's Club of Winnipeg.

International Contribution

McWilliams provided inspiration as a charter member and Vice President of the International Federation of University Women (1920); as a delegate to the Pacific Relations Conference in Hanchow 1931; as an advisor to the federal government's delegation to the labour conference at the League of Nations, and as a Canadian delegate to the United Nations.

An Honorary Doctorate was bestowed by the University of Toronto, 1948.

Contribution to Winnipeg

Margaret McWilliams symbolizes the tenacious spirit so often displayed in Winnipeg's civic, social and political existence. She was a founder and the first president of the Canadian Federation of University Women which today has 130 branches across Canada. The CFUW was the driving force behind the establishment of the International Federation of University Women in 1920. All three levels, local, national and international, promote the pursuit of knowledge, education, improvement of the status of women, human rights and active participation in public affairs. CFUW supports students through active involvement in educational programs, and through scholarships, bursaries and awards. Local branches across Canada award approximately $250,000 annually. In Winnipeg, $10,500 was awarded this year to students at The University of Manitoba and The University of Winnipeg. This amount grows as the scholarship fund increases, and/or interest rates climb. Nationally, the CFUW provides $40,000 in fellowships and awards annually, including the $10,000 Margaret McWilliams Doctoral Fellowship, open to all Canadians and those who have landed immigrant status for one year.


This is Margaret McWilliams' legacy to Winnipeg!



Margaret McWilliams and husband Roland, the Lieutenant-Governor of Manitoba, with the Duke of Kent between them

                  at Government House, Winnipeg, 1941.                    

Source: Archives of Manitoba




Privacy Policy of University Women’s Club of Winnipeg

Our Commitment

UWC of Winnipeg values the trust of those with whom it deals. Club members shall take all reasonable steps to protect the privacy of the personal information collected and retained on members and others with whom the Club does business.


The duties of the President and the executive committee are outlined in the Policies and Procedures Manual.

Membership Information

UWC of Winnipeg collects personal information about its members through its annual membership application form and through updates to that information provided by members from time to time. Personal information is obtained and retained only to permit communication among members, to conduct Club business, to prepare and publish an annual membership list, to maintain a Club website and to provide the information required by the University Women’s Club of Winnipeg and Canadian Federation of University Women at the provincial level, Canadian Federation of University Women at the national level and Graduate Women International. Personal information shall not be used for any other purposes or shared with any third parties. No information is collected from visitors to our website.


The consent of members to the collection, use or disclosure of personal information is required.

Limiting Collection

The personal information collected shall be limited to that which is necessary for the purposes described above.

Limiting Use, Disclosure and Retention of Information

Personal information shall not be used or disclosed for purposes other than those for which it was collected, except with the consent of the individual or as required by law. UWC of Winnipeg shall retain personal information provided to it only for so long as it is required for the purposes stated above. Once the personal information is no longer required for the stated purposes, or upon the request of an individual member of the Club, such personal information shall be destroyed in a secure manner.


UWC of Winnipeg shall take all reasonable steps to maintain the accuracy of the personal information retained by the Club.


UWC of Winnipeg shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that the information provided to it is not used for the purposes other than those for which the information was obtained.


UWC of Winnipeg shall provide, upon request, information about its policies and procedures respecting the management of personal information.


Upon request to the Membership Chair, any individual shall be informed of the existence, use and disclosure of her personal information and shall be given access to that information. An individual shall be able to correct the accuracy and completeness of her information and have it amended or deleted as appropriate.

Date of Effect

This Policy shall be in effect as of November 17, 2015

Review and Revision

UWC of Winnipeg shall, from time to time, review and revise its privacy practices and this policy. If any changes are made, members shall be notified. 

                                                                                                                                                                        1908 Graduates

                                                                                                                                                                       1908 Graduates


1909-10    Dr. Mary Crawford

1910-11    Miss Margaret Johnston

1911-12    Mrs. H.R. Hadcock

                Miss Eva L. Jones

1912-13    Dr. Mary Crawford

1913-15    Mrs. Margaret McWilliams (1919 first President of CFUW)  You will see more about this remarkable woman further on through this UWC section.

1915-17    Miss Elsie Moore

1917-18    Mrs. L.B. Copeland (died in a fire)

                Miss Margaret Springate

1918-19    Miss Margaret Springate (died in Spanish Flu epidemic)

                Mrs. G.L. Lennox

1919-20   Mrs. G.L. Lennox

1920-21   Mrs. Lillian Siddall

1921-22   Miss E.M. MacDougall

1922-23   Mrs. Lila Honeyman

1923-24   Miss Myrtle Lewis

1924-26   Mrs. W.W. Cross

1926-28   Mrs. C.A. Hallberg

1929-30   Mrs. Leonard Heaton

1930-32  Mrs. M.M. Stewart

1932-34   Mrs. J.S. DeLury

1934-36   Dr. Olive Cole

1936-38   Mrs. F.G. Ritchie

1938-39   Mrs. C. Rhodes Smith

1939-41   Mrs. H.B. Sommerfeld

1941-43   Mrs. Norman James

1943-45   Miss Doris Saunders

1945-47  Miss Avis Clark ( became Mrs. R. F. McWilliams)

1947-49  Miss Lela McKnight

1949-51  Mrs. W.B. Doerksen

1951-53  Mrs. C. Rhodes Smith

               Mrs. C.S. Gow

1953-55  Mrs. C.S. Gow

1955-57  Mrs. Ruth Ashmore

1957-59  Mrs. Genevieve Brownell

1959-61  Dr. Myrtle Conway

1961-63  Mrs. Harold Plant

1963-65  Mrs. W.W. Smith

1965-67  Vivian Clark

1967-69  Elinor Woods

1969-71  Margaret Jensen

1971-73  Yvonne Whitehead

1973-75  Muriel Thomson

1975-77  Frances Bowles

1977-79  Freda Gray

1979-81  Shirley Bradshaw

1981-83  Dr. Alice M. Cheatley

1983-84  Nina Phillips

1984-86  Genevieve Doidge

1986-88  Dr. Elizabeth Feniak

1988-90  Doris Mae Oulton

1990-92  Joyce P. Hill

1992-93  Elisabeth Bevis

1993-95  Sue Irving

1995-97  Donna M.L. Blight

1997-99  Betty Shearer

1999-2001  Mary Scott

2001-03   Lorraine Cook

2003-05  Muriel Smith

2005-07  Helen Norrie

2007-09 Janet E. Goldack

2009-11 Céline Kear

2011-13  Sylvia Marsh

2013-15  Sandra Millen

2015-17 Carolynne Presser



Our name can be misleading! No, the University Women's Club of Winnipeg is not exclusively for graduates from the University of Manitoba or the University of Winnipeg.

In fact in recognition of the far wider variety of opportunities available for today's women following their graduation from secondary school,  we have several members who did not attend university. They pursued other forms of education and training. When they explored what the UWC of Winnipeg could offer them, were impressed by its goals and activities. Below is a list of some of the post secondary institutions our current members have attended.

 Bedford College, Nova Scotia

Brandon University, Manitoba

Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg

Cardiff University, Wales

Carthage College, Wisconsin

Clarke College, Iowa

Columbia University, New York

Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia

Diplôme d'Université Paris

Edinburgh University, Scotland

Hunter College, New York

Kent State University, Ohio

Kwantlen College, Surrey, BC

Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON

Laval University, Quebec City

London School of Economics, UK

McGill University, Montreal

Memorial University, Newfoundland

Middlebury College, Vermont

Northwestern University, Chicago

Nursing School, Grace Hospital

Nursing School, Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg

Nursing School, Toronto Western Hospital

Nursing School, Winnipeg Children's Hospital

Ohio State University

Oxford University, UK

Pennsylvania State

Pratt Institute, New York

Purdue University, Indiana

Queen's University, Kingston

Reykjavik Art School, Iceland

Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto

San Marcos University, Peru

School of Psychiatric Nursing, Selkirk

Sir George Williams University, Montreal

St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia

Un. of Alberta

Un. of British Columbia

Un. of Manchester, UK

Un. of Manitoba

Un. of Michigan

Un. of Minnesota

Un. of North Dakota

Un. of Saskatchewan

Un. of Toronto

Un. of Western Ontario

Un. of Windsor, Ontario

Un. of Winnipeg

Un. of Wisconsin

Waterloo Lutheran University, Ontario

York University, Toronto


                                                                                                      Beverley Watts  Carolynne Presser  Linda Asper  Ruth Berry  Nelma Fetterman                                                                                                                 Faye Hansen  Susan Johnsen  Hilda Wagstaffe  Leona MacDonald                                                                                                                                      UWC BOARD OF DIRECTORS  2015-16

                                                                                                     Beverley Watts  Carolynne Presser  Linda Asper  Ruth Berry  Nelma Fetterman

                                                                                                             Faye Hansen  Susan Johnsen  Hilda Wagstaffe  Leona MacDonald

                                                                                                                                  UWC BOARD OF DIRECTORS  2015-16



                                                                                        Carolynne Presser

                                                                                         President   2015-2017


The summer is gone! Hope you all had an enjoyable time wherever you were. Perhaps you enjoyed the Wednesday lunches, prepared by Chamberlyn’s Catering Services, the Club’s new kitchen gurus.
Welcome to the Fall season and the great events that will be coming your way during the next few months.
After the Annual General Meeting in May, a number of ideas for generating revenue for the Club were exchanged by some of our members. To follow up on them I have formed an Ad Hoc President’s Group to consider new events that will attract members and guests. Chaired by Linda Asper, the group includes Dale Laird, Faye Hansen, Susan Johnsen, Pat Scott, Sandy Millen and Maggi Gudmundson. We have had two brain strategy sessions and identified several special events for the coming year. These include a jazz evening on Tuesday,October 4 , a Mother’s Day brunch on May 14, a seafood/lobster evening with music for early June and a home tour for October 2017. We welcome members who wish to par-ticipate in organizing events or who have ideas for future events. A special thanks to Dale Laird who got us thinking in a new way about special events for Club members and guests.
A great year for the Club is coming and I look forward to seeing you all at the Club.
Carolynne cpresser@mymts.net 204.284.5913

JUNE, 2016

By the time you read this  we will be moving into the summer period for the Club. We have had a great year!  And, a very successful Spring Luncheon.  My personal thanks to all those who worked so hard and long to make this one a really special event. Next year will be even better.

The Manitoba Provincial CFUW annual meeting in Portage la Prairie was a great adventure with 9 of the Club members making the trip. Special thanks to the 3 drivers, Joan Stone, Leona MacDonald and Ruth Suderman. It was a lovely day and after a brief business meeting, we were treated to a grand lunch at the home of Wilma Shirriff followed by a special program from the Portage Club describing the interestingheritage of the members.

Our Annual General Meeting was held on May 30, with 32 members coming for dinner, plus 15 who came for the meeting. A good turnout.  Important business was conducted including hearing about our financial situation, renewing our liquor license, confirming the nominations for vacant Board and Committee chairs and a report on the Scholarship Fund. Two special CFUW items were discussed and voted upon. They included resolutions to be presented at the CFUW meeting in St. Catharines as well as a special Bylaw change to be voted on at the June meeting. Thanks to all who participated in discussions and in counting the secret ballot.

There will be activity in the Club over the summer, the highlight of which will be the 7 Wednesday summer buffet lunches starting on July 20. Tickets are available in the Club office.  Have a good and safe summer everyone and see you in September and around the Club.

Carolynne  cpresser@shaw.ca     204.284.5913

MAY, 2016                                                                                                                                                                                        By the time you read this issue of the Bulletin, Spring will really be here! I did say that last time and it got cold!!!   But the Club was warm…many activities, lunches, dinners, programs. May will be even better. Scattered throughout this issue are notices about upcoming events, drawing you to 54 West Gate. Please come out to them.

Our Signature Spring Luncheon was a big success, completely sold out. The next issue will have more details about the raffles and the silent auction.

 I’ll remind everyone that our Annual General Meeting is fast approaching, May 30, 5:00 pm with dinner and the meeting after at 7:00 pm.  Come join us and learn about our successful past year. And a look forward to the CFUW AGM in St. Catharine’s, Ontario and many other events. 


APRIL, 2016

By the time you read this issue of the Bulletin, Spring will really be here!

An interesting project is underway, we are re-designing our website. A special group has been working hard to define what we want to see and what outsiders should see and know about the University Women’s Club. We hope to have a mock up soon and you will be able to comment on the new version.

Our Signature Spring Luncheon is fast approaching and if you have not yet purchased your tickets you could be disappointed. It will be a great event in the newly renovated St. Charles Country Club. So, be there on Saturday, April 30 and be prepared for a fun event with silent auction, raffles, a great guest speaker, Ovide Mercredi, OM  and a tasty lunch! 

See you there, Carolynne

MARCH, 2016

Attention all members and friends…only about 8 weeks until our 6th Annual Spring Luncheon…get your tickets now! Have you considered buying a table for 8 of your friends? Our guest speaker has been confirmed and we are pleased to welcome Ovide Mercredi, OM, former Chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

I am pleased to report that letters have been sent to Manitoba MPs addressing the CFUW resolutions described elsewhere in this Bulletin.

I attended two interesting events commemorating the 100th anniversary of women being granted the right to vote in Manitoba. The first was the Centennial Gala Awards Dinner sponsored by the Nellie McClung Foundation where 10 extraordinary women were recognized for their contributions to social justice, the arts and to promoting democracy. As well, Nellie Legacy Awards were presented to the Honourable Janice Filmon, CM OM and to Gail Asper, OC OM who have gone above and beyond for social justice andhuman rights.

The Manitoba Historical Society held its Sir John A. Macdonald Dinner with celebrated journalist Jennifer Ditchburn speaking about women in journalism and the 100th anniversary of the right to vote for women. A great evening.

I am happy to recognize the hard work of the Membership Committee in welcoming new            members to the Club. At last count, we are now 149 strong! 

And, finally, the University Women’s Club of Winnipeg has introduced a new pricing structure for our non-member bookings. Our relationship with Planners Plus , Inc. is doing well and I can report that on Saturday, February 13, 2016, we held our first non-member event under these new pricing guidelines, and it was a huge success.  On occasion, non-member bookings may have an association or acquaintance with a club member.  For these non-member bookings, we are pleased to offer a 25% discount against the new Room Rental pricing structure, provided the Club member is willing to be on-site during the event.

See you at the Club!


Carolynne  and Joan Stone (centre) at the annual Manitoba Historical Society's                                   Sir John A. Macdonald Dinner               Hotel Fort Garry 


Well, 2016 is two months old and has shown us some pretty cold weather! However, being hardy Club members, we continue to come out to events. Book Clubs are thriving, bridge groups are going strong, Program Lunch was a success and plans have begun for the sixth Signature Spring Lunch set for Saturday, April 30. Be sure to reserve your tickets, don’t be left out!

The Christmas Market was not only a big success but brought in close to $12,000 in revenue for the Club. We surely will need it to support the House as there are some strange electrical issues that have cropped up. Do we think it is the House ghost saluting us for the New Year?

We continue to work with Planners Plus as our event planner to make sure we are presenting the Ralph Connor House in the best light. It is hard work but we will get there. I came upon a quote from Albert Einstein that says it very well: “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them”.  Watch for more information and changes on our web site.

Finally, I’d like to introduce Virginia Braun who joins us as our new Financial Services Officer, replacing Dana Thiessen.   Virginia has her own business with her husband dealing with the financial need of many large and small organizations. You may even have run into her at Toad Hall! She will likely be in the House on Thursdays and Fridays. Do welcome her and say hello.

Stay warm by coming to the Club’s great events for February. We even have an extra day for Leap Year!                                                           

DECEMBER, 2015    JANUARY, 2016

Good bye 2015, hello 2016!

             What a year 2015 was as a scan of previous Bulletins tells us. I know 2016 will be a good year for the Club.

             By the time you read this double issue we will have had our usual two Christmas events…lunch and a traditional dinner.

             The Christmas Market was a bang up success and kudos to the twospecial Marketeers Dianne Shefford and Penni Churko for pulling it off.  A great thanks to all our special volunteers for making sure everything went smoothly. The vendors were pleased with the turnout at the many booths. We also welcomed a special guest, Bilkies McKen, the CFUW VP Prairies who came for a visit from Yorkton, Sask. and pitched right in asvolunteer. I also have it on good authority that she had a great time buying things at the booths!

We all had a good time at the Fine Oil + Vinegar Tasting Bar and Gourmet Dinner that was presented by Frescolio. Let’s do more of these unique evenings.

We continue to sort out arrangements with Planners Plus as our event planner. Watch for more information and changes on our website. (see pages 10 and 11)

I need some help in identifying who spoke to Donna Banting at the Christmas Market! She mentioned that someone had donated photos from the troop ship that her grandfather was on with the Rev. Charles Gordon. If any of you can help, especially if you know of the photos, please contact me! A great mystery that needs to be solved.

I am looking forward to the special membership event planned for January.

All the best for the New Year to all members

Carolynne       cpresser@mymts.net       204.284.5913


Fall is still here and the House is full of all those lovely golden leaves.

I am pleased to report to you that we have engaged the services of Dana Thiessen as our Financial Services Officer. Dana is a certified accountant with her own business and she is excited to take on the University Women’s Club as her client. We look forward to working with her and benefitting from her ideas for the Club finances. Dana is already hard at work sorting out our books!

More exciting news is that Lindsay Unger will become the Club’s new Chef on a regular basis. You will already know Lindsay’s delicious dinners served at the Wednesday evening Program Committee events. We hope to reinstate the Tuesday hot lunches shortly.

The Board has approved the engagement of Planner Plus as our Event Planner  more details to follow as we work out the contract. We are now close to concluding the re-organization plan described in previous Bulletins.

October was a terrific month the highlight of which was the Fashion Show organized by Susan Johnsen and the Membership Committee. The event featured our own member models, Faye, Pat E., Leona, Penni, Jane and Susan sashaying through the House wearing lovely clothes from Investment Pieces and Olsen's. What a night!

November promises to be a banner month with many events for your choosing. Especially note the exciting ”Fine Oil + Vinegar Tasting Bar” and Gourmet Dinner presented by Frescolio on Wednesday, November 18.


Fall is here! The leaves are turning and dropping and Club activities are in full swing. One glance at this issue of the Bulletin will show so many events making it hard to choose which ones to come to…try as many as you can.

Last month’s activities included the hiring of our Club Services Coordinator, Maggi Gudmundson, and the beginning of a search for a Financial Services Coordinator. The Dining Room Committee has been hard at work consideringoptions for our food services system.  We are moving forward with seeking an event planning company which will bring business to the Club and increase our revenue. More in the next issue of the Bulletin. Kudos to the Membership Committee for creative ideas to increase membership. 

A new activity that brought out 22 members was Cinema 54, congratulations to Dale Laird for the idea and the evening’s success. 

I was pleased to attend, along with Sandy Millen, a Donor Reception at the University of Winnipeg to salute donors to their scholarship funds. Special thanks to Willy Slipetz and the Scholarship Committee for managing our donations.


STOP THE PRESS!!!   I AM PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE HAVE HIRED OUR CLUB SERVICES COORDINATOR.  Maggi Gudmunson has accepted the position and will begin September 1, 2015.

Maggi has had many years experience in a number of areas that will serve the Club well. She has done everything from manage a food services operation, marketing and communications and financial services.  And, she is a musician, leading a blues and jazz ensemble.

Please join me in welcoming Maggi to the Club and thanks to the hard working Personnel Committee for making it all happen.

Now…Where did the Summer go??? Lovely weather, some rain, a few booming thunder storms, all just right. I began the Summer at the CFUW Annual Meeting in Quebec City, June 19- 21 joining 188 members from across Canada.

On Friday morning attendees heard an amazing opening speaker - Mme Colette Roy Larache, Mayoress of Lac- Mégantic. On June 6, 2013, 47 people were killed in Lac-Mégantic by a crude oil train explosion; everyone in the community was affected. Mme Roy Larache spoke about this tragedy that befell her small community and the process of healing and recovery that has taken place since. Speaking in French, her passion for the community came through and her efforts held the community together as they tried to come to grips with the tragedy. One could hear a pin drop as she spoke! You may access the slides to her presentation and the full text of her presentation in English on the CFUW website.  See Leona Macdonald’s report on the whole conference on pages 3 and 4.

 UWC Operational Re-organization, Effective June, 2015

Over the last few months several committees and the focus groups have been considering how we might organize our activities to improve services for members. A range of good suggestions and exciting ideas came forward. 

In summary, it is clear that a range of skills and experiences are needed for the Club to continue to serve its members and increase revenue to support the Club.  The commercial activities require bringing in about 55% minimum of the income for this club to be able to maintain a  balanced budget. Therefore at its June meeting the Board approved a re-organization plan that is exciting and sets out new directions we can take to achieve our goals of increasing membership, offering excellent member services and improving our financial position.

The plan includes the following positions and contracts.

Club Services Coordinator:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This position will work with committee chairs and the Board to ensure that members’ needs are addressed. Experience in facility management, finances and food services is important.  The Club also has need of a technician who is available to assist presenters in setting up the Club’s AV equipment. This work will be contracted out.                                                                                                             

Financial Coordinator and Member Database Administrator:                                                                                                                                                                                       This position will report to the Treasurer having the main responsibility for handling all the financial and record keeping of the club and files. In addition, the Financial Coordinator will be responsible for maintaining membership records.                                                                                                                                                                      

Event Planner Coordinator:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               An event planner with energy and connections and has well organized skills to be capable of promoting the UWC House for outside events that would benefit the Club and generate revenue. The planner will coordinate all aspects of professional meetings; weddings; parties and events at the UWC House. As well the planner will be responsible for the marketing and booking of the room inventory which the UWC identifies as being available to rent within the House. The position would not be a paid employee of the Club but rather be on a contract.                                                                                                                                                                                           

Lease/Rent Commercial Kitchen:                                                                                                                                                                                                                               This option offers an opportunity for the Club to derive revenue with an arranged contractor who is prepared to use the kitchen to provide the UWC Club needs and any outside commercial bookings with a range of food services. The renter will work with the Dining Room Committee toprepare menus for Club events.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   These are exciting times for the University Women’s Club of Winnipeg and with you, I look forward to the coming year.

Carolynne  cpresser@mymts.net    204.284.5913

JUNE, 2015

 I am pleased to tell you that I look forward to being the University Women’s Club President for the next 2 years.

I’d like to say a few words about who I am and my commitment to the Club.

As some of you know, I was the Director of Libraries at the University of Manitoba for 20 years and before that at the University of Waterloo and before that Toronto and Philadelphia.

I grew up and went to schools in New York City and I am proud to have dual citizenship.

The UWC has been a place of “refuge”, if you will, for someone like me, who on retirement wondered what I would do with myself and how I would keep my mind active and how I could contribute to issues that are important to me.

I found that place at the UWC. It is a strong Club for women providing a “place for the mind” that cannot be found in any other organization for women. 

The objectives we have are worth repeating today:

—to unite women                                                                                                                                                                   

—to encourage individual effort toward intellectual development                                                                                  

—to work for the advancement of education, art, science, literature and civic reform                       

—to promote heritage preservation and the improvement of the environment                                             

—to support the Canadian Federation of University Women in its pursuit of education and advocacy                                                                                                                                                                  

We now look to the future and the incorporation of the changes necessary to our organization to bring our Club into the current reality and to serve the members through our objectives in the best way we can.                                                                                                                                                                

We look forward to working with you to transform our Club while keeping to our original values.




President's Message

How do I see the University Women’s Club? I see three aspects to membership in this Club. The Social aspect is a major way of connecting with women in a positive atmosphere. The Intellectual aspect comes through our conversations, our programs and our Bridge days. The third aspect is advocacy for the betterment of women and girls. As examples, we demonstrate this in our daily attitudes and in our participation in the Winnipeg Council of Women and attendance at the LEAF breakfast every year. 

Look around. There are connections to be made and to hang on to. As we sing in the Recreational Singing group, “Make new friends, but keep the old; one is silver and the other gold.” 


See you at the Club!

Sandra (Sandy) Millen

             Ruth Berry  Nelma Fetterman  Beverley Watts  Muriel Aboul-Atta  Darlene Dolinski  Pat Elliott

                     Susan Johnsen  Faye Hansen  Sandy Millen  Sylvia Marsh  Leona MacDonald

                                                          UWC BOARD OF DIRECTORS   2014-15

Photo by Pamela McFarlane


See Sandy's current Message further down on in this page





                                                             President's Messages for 2014-15

              59th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW)

The pictures below are from the 59th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) held at the UN in New York from March 9-20, 2015. Members of UWCW who were delegates were Doris Mae Oulton (National President of CFUW) and Sandy Millen (Pres. of UWCW 2013-2015).

Picture 1  Doris Mae Oulton, CFUW National President, UWC past president at UNCSW Consultation day at the Apollo Theatre March 8, 2015.  With her is Cheryl Hayles, CIR rep for CFUW.

Picture 2  Heather Foss (St. Catherine’s CFUW), Sandy Millen (Wpg CFUW), Ruchira Gupta (Women of Distinction Awardee and winner of a Clinton Global Citizen award), Naderah Houmand (CFUW Vancouver), Cheryl Hales (CFUW CIR)

Picture 3   Sandy on March 8, 2015 in New York with the other marchers for International Women's Day who  started at the UN buildings and walked an interesting route to Times Square.  The two Canadian flags are held by other CFUW delegates.

Picture 4  March 9 Reception with Sandy Millen, Soon-Young Soon (Chair of the UNCSW committee), Cheryl Hales (CFUW), Nadereh Houchmand (CFUW), Rae Duff (IFUW New Zealand)

Picture 5  Sandy Millen at UN building in New York, March 9, 2015.


MAY, 2015

Two years ago I wrote the following for my first President’s message for the University Women’s Club of Winnipeg’s Bulletin“How do I see the University                  Women’s Club?  I see three aspects to membership in this Club.  The Social aspect is a major way of connecting with women in a positive atmosphere.  The Intellectual aspect comes through our conversations, our programs and our Bridge days.  The third aspect is Advocacy for the betterment of women and girls.“

This, my last message for our Bulletin is a time for me to reflect on that paragraph and on my two years of service as president of this now 106 year old Club.  My message still holds true.  We are still a strong Club for women providing a “place for the mind” that cannot be found in any other organization for women.  We now look to the future and incorporate the changes necessary to our Constitution to bring our Club into the current reality.  These changes are printed in this  Bulletin according to the requirements laid out by our previous wise members. ( below and page 4)

I have enjoyed many of the experiences of the Club these two years, especially the Continuing Education programs and our program speakers.  However, most of all I have enjoyed meeting and chatting with our members.  It is always a pleasure to see the faces light up in smiles as each one comes through the door to attend an event or an interest group.

It is our turn to host the Regional CFUW meeting on Saturday, May 2 at 10 am. Here at the House.  I hope you are able to come and meet many of our Portage la Prairie CFUW members.  There is a sign up sheet in the book.  (Morning Session is the meeting and Afternoon Session is a program event.) 

A final reminder to each of you that our own Annual General Meeting takes place on Monday, May 25 at 7:00 pm.  I look forward to seeing all of you there.

At this point I say good bye to the monthly writings for the Bulletin and offer a big thank you to Muriel Aboul-Atta for her skill at preparing the Bulletin and her patience with this writer.           


UWC  PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE         Sandra (Sandy) Millen, President

   Welcome back to the University Women’s Club of Winnipeg after a warm and at times very hot summer!  The Pig Roast was a success and the Salmon dinner delicious!  The Wednesday lunches were enjoyed by many and a  number of members took advantage of a pleasant place to get together for a game of bridge or to celebrate an event.

There are times when we forget the impact the University Women’s Club of Winnipeg has made nationally and internationally.  It takes a strong, courageous woman like Doris Mae Oulton to  remind us of our importance to the Canadian Federation of University Women.  It was with great pride in our Club that I was able to stand at the microphone in Waterloo this summer and thank Doris Mae on behalf of all of the members of the University Women’s Club of Winnipeg for taking on the responsibilities of president of our national organization.  At that time I was also able to congratulate CFUW for its choice of president for 2014 - 2016.

We are all members of this organization that lobbies on behalf of all women and girls and thus all Canadians for the rights and privileges we all should have as human beings.  It was our own Winnipeg Club that initiated the national organization and it is our own Winnipeg Club that has now contributed a third president to the national organization.  It is an honour to us to have these women willing to devote their time to such a respected organization as CFUW.

Being members of CFUW as part of UWC is a benefit that comes with our fee payment each year.  The proceedings of the 2014 CFUW Annual General Meeting will be shared at our own General Meeting the evening of September 29.  There will be a Club dinner prior to the meeting.

We are very fortunate to have the members we have.  Each  member contributes to the Club in her own way.  For instance, a big thank you to Nelma Fetterman for the beautiful covers she sewed for the bridge tables!   Involvement means social  contacts, continued learning opportunities and above all, fun!  Look through the September Bulletin (and check our new website) for dates and times of all of the committees and  activities scheduled for this busy month, especially as we begin the  celebration of 1914, the year the Gordon family moved into Ralph Connor House.

I look forward to seeing the Club get into full swing starting September 4 with a reception honouring our new  CFUW  President!  




                                            Sandra (Sandy) Millen, UWC President

September has been, as expected, a busy and exciting month.  We began with a reception for out new CFUW President Doris Mae Oulton. The Past President’s Tea was a thoroughly enjoyable affair with many members dressed to suit the occasion of attendance at a 1914 “Tea”.  It was the kick-off to the 100th Anniversary year of celebrating the Gordon family moving into 54 West Gate.  It was a time of recognition of the Gordon family and a time to say thank you for the house that we now call our home.  Part of the recognition was the launching of the book The First Women of 54 West Gate - Helen Gordon and Her Six DaughtersThis is a beautiful book and we are very proud of our members who authored and supported it. (see page 8)

Our next event was the Continuing Education’s cooperative effort with Thin Air sponsored by the Winnipeg Writer’s Guild.  The house was filled with good vibrations for this event as authors shared their works in various rooms of Ralph Connor House.  It was a pleasure to see Dr. Jim Christie, in full Highlander regalia, reading from three separate works by Ralph Connor.  The Ralph Connor Room was filled to bursting for each reading.

 The Small Treasures Sale was extremely successful grossing over $2000 and will be ongoing via  our website.  Congratulations and many thanks to the House & Grounds Committee led in this venture by Chair Margaret Stinson and specialists Wendy Smith and Pat Scott!

 October is Women’s History month and to start it off the Women for Afghan Women are sponsoring a national conference on October 3 and 4 with Melissa Fung as guest speaker Oct. 3 evening. A number of CFUW clubs across Canada, such as Ottawa and Victoria have joined this effort as part of their CFUW Club initiative.

 Our own Club’s activities are once again found all through this October Bulletin (and on our website www.uwcwinnipeg.ca). I look forward to seeing everyone at our first General Meeting on Monday September 29 at 7:00 p.m.  There will be updating on the CFUW AGM in Waterloo this past June, announcements and sharing of plans for the coming year in the University Women’s Club of Winnipeg.

 The University Women’s Club of Winnipeg continues to move forward as we discuss the workings of our governing Board and make the constant improvements and updates in technology that the Club needs in this 21st century. 


I can almost hear the sewing machines whirring and the knitting needles clicking as we prepare for the sales in the Members’ Room at the Christmas Market.  Next week I will be smelling the gorgeous aromas that come from members’ kitchens as the cooks among us prepare the goodies for the Bake Shoppe.   Some of us are busy cleaning out our cupboards of the things we no longer use but might be of interest to someone else so we can stock the Treasure Trove.  All of this preparation brings to mind the effort and energy of not only our members of today but of past members such as Joyce Hill who passed away in September (see page 11) and who did so much for the Club and for what was then known as the UWC Craft sale.  Thank you to all!

As you are no doubt aware, our cook, Bev Briggs, left us as of October 15 for health reasons.  There is an ad hoc committee of VP Management, Dining Room Chair and the Assistant Treasurer looking at the organization of our food services.  We will continue to get all of the services we have become used to but there may be some variety in the recipes and menus.  With a little patience all will be well and it will be good to taste some slightly different yet healthy foods.

We continue to move forward as we look at the best use of the House and encourage our members and friends to book space and time for their private functions.

As for Club activities, read through the pages of this Bulletin and choose the activities and courses you wish to attend.  You will note that the Current Issues and Actions Committee will be coordinating the Shoebox project again this year for all who wish to contribute. 

I look forward to seeing you when you either contribute items or your time to the Christmas Market on November 7 & 8.  This is a whole Club event and everyone can participate even if it is through a $ donation. 

 Sandy Millen, President

DECEMBER, 2014 & JANUARY, 2015

     The weather tells me it is winter in Winnipeg and the Club is decorated with its Christmas finery!  It reminds us to bring shoes to change into when we peel off those warm winter boots and coats.
     Club members have once again produced a very successful Christmas Market, the Program committee continues with the wonderful programs it has been providing all year and we have donated 28 gift shoeboxes to the women who find themselves in shelters this Christmas.
     Our warm and welcoming House, thanks to the House and Grounds leadership, looks forward to the 
Christmas lunch on Dec. 12 and the traditional dinner on Dec. 17.  On December 19 the Club will close at the end of the day and will start up again on January 5, 2015. Many thanks to Janice MacDonald for “babysitting” the office while Pam was away.  Many more thanks to Beth and her crew for the meals we have enjoyed since mid October.  And thanks for the sympathy card to the Club from the Portage la Prairie CFUW Club on the passing of Joyce Hill.
     This is a time to wish everyone a wonderful warm holiday season.  Rest.  Enjoy the snow as we look forward to the activities at the Club that will help us to take our minds off the cold temperatures we can expect in December and January. 
     Two last reminders: 
Saturday, December 6, 2014  St. George’s church has invited us to help celebrate our member Joan Harland’s 100th birthday and there will be a General Meeting on February 23, 2015.  I look forward to seeing you at both events. 



Happy New Year and welcome back to the activities of the University Women’s Club of Winnipeg!

 Driving to the Club the other day the radio announcer was talking about S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and how prevalent it is at this time of year.  I arrived at 54 West Gate and entered into a happy, thriving group of women who definitely were not suffering from any form of S.A.D.  Winter Warmth by Studio 54 exemplified this attitude.  It is always a pleasure to be part of the positive thinking and acting members of our Club.

A number of us were fortunate to hear Hillary Clinton speak at the Convention Centre this past week.  Her references to resiliency, resourcefulness and a sense of community certainly resonated with us at UWC and as members of CFUW.  The Board has been reviewing the constitution and looking to strengthen in writing what we know we have accomplished in action.  These changes will be voted on at the February general meeting.  (Please see below.)

We continue to focus on the well being of our members while also reaching beyond ourselves to assist those women who need our help such as through the Shoebox Project gifts we prepared for those in shelters this past Christmas.  We, as members, are a community of nourishing, supportive friends in a beautiful club house.  If you have not been in the house recently, perhaps a New Year’s resolution might be to make that little extra effort and come to one of the events delineated elsewhere in this Bulletin.  

One reason to come to the house early in February is to see Echo Theatre’s production of Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward.  There has been much activity as rehearsals continue without any interference into UWC’s normal events.  Many thanks to Ramona for keeping Club events running smoothly in Pam’s absence.  Enrich  your February with the events on pages 6 and 7 too!! 

As for me, I am off to Cuba for the next few weeks but very much look forward to seeing you at the general membership meeting on February 23 at 6:00 p.m. for dessert and 7:00 p.m. for the meeting.     Sandy


MARCH, 2015

      March reminds us of International Women’s Day on March 8.  Those of you who missed the General Meeting on February 23 may be wondering about the little bear shaped jars scattered about the house.  Each  year CFUW identifies a charity to support in recognition of International Women's Day. This year as in the past couple of years, the Bina Roy Fund of IFUW has been identified.  The Bina Roy fund supports programs that benefit women and girls world wide. The bears are what I call “care bears” for those of us who care to share our coins with those in other parts of the world who are trying to improve their living conditions generally through education and literacy development.

     Another major event in March is the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.  This year, the UNCSW takes place between March 9 and 20 and is the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Conference in 1995.  We are pleased to be represented by 4 of our members.  Two, Doris Mae Oulton and Sandy Millen, will be part of the CFUW delegation and two, Mary Scott and Ruth Suderman will be part of the National Council of Women’s delegation. This is another way that our members are reaching out to try to make a positive influence on the welfare of women and girls in our world.  

     On the home front at the Club, we continue to offer programs and interest groups which foster our personal growth and care for each other.  Check out the rest of this Bulletin and find something of which you can be a part.



APRIL, 2015

The geese are back! The snow has almost disappeared! Spring has officially arrived!

The Club is as active as ever and each day we welcome another member home from a sojourn in a warmer climate during the colder months.

There are wonderful things planned for the Club this month. A major fundraiser is the annual Signature lunch on April 11. This year we look forward to Gail Asper as our speaker. At this point in time, Gail is probably the most prominent woman in the city and we are very fortunate to have this role model speak to us. Reserve your ticket today by phoning the office at 204 954 7880. If you know you are unable to attend the lunch, send a donation to the Club. We depend on our fundraisers to keep the Club running in its current location, Ralph Connor House.

Remember that Bar 54, thanks to members of the Communications committee and the Membership committee, is now held on two Thursdays a month. Come. Bring your friends, especially if they are prospective members or returning members.

Enjoy our beautiful weather. Come and enjoy our beautiful house. The grounds are greening up beautifully!