CFUW 2012 AGM Update
Dear CFUW Mississauga Members,
Victoria is certainly a lovely city, much cooler than the extreme heat we left in Ontario. We put on our walking shoes and explored the city prior to the Conference and AGM.
It was great to have Nancy Rabbat along with Carol Hare and myself at the 2012 AGM and Conference. We were together on numerous occasions throughout the meeting. For incoming executive members this meeting is a real eye opener and a great way to set the stage for assuming our responsibilities.
We enjoyed some absolutely wonderful speakers at the Conference. Elizabeth May, Rear Admiral Jennifer Bennett but most especially the 2004 recipient of the CFUW Beverley Jackson Fellowship, Lori Waters, a Medical Illustrator and Animator. Some brief information on Lori's fascinating work and her company can be found at http://www.watersbiomedical.com/. She now illustrates medical text books has produced animated projects for the medical community including a fantastic video on the AIDS virus as well as projects with Parks Canada. She commented that without CFUWs post graduate support she would not have been able to go to medical school and then after graduation she crossed over to the arts and specialized in illustrations instead of doing a traditional medical internship/residency.
The most important news of the AGM is that CFUW National now has a new constitution!!! There were some very difficult and time consuming deliberations to get to this document's approval. To allow democracy to work all delegates who had put forward suggestions to the Resolution Committee earlier in the year, the Constitution and By-laws were approved clause by clause. This lengthy process was completed early Sunday morning to the jubilation of the delegates from across the country.
On other AGM business notes:
• The $10 increase in National Dues was approved for May 2014. Carol Hare did CFUW Mississauga proud in her presentation of the budget, and ultimately with her guidance and explanations the increase was passed.
• Regarding the Resolutions, only one Resolution failed, #3 - Temporary Suspension, Research and National Regulations Needed for the Site Placement of Industrial Wind Turbine Developments. If you recall, our club had not supported this resolution.
Doris Mae Oulton has put together a great AGM and Conference report which is attached so you can hear of all the wonderful events in detail with pictures (and you can see yours truly in a photo). I have also added a copy of our new President, Susan Murphy's speech given at the end of the AGM. CFUW Nanaimo members are so proud of Susan. She is one or the most articulate speakers I have ever met and will be a tremendous leader. Several times during this meeting Susan guided the attendees back to the agenda. Many members of her club came down to see her sworn in, including a 97 year old friend and CFUW Nanaimo member, Kate Hall. I understand Susan plans to attend at least one of the Ontario Council Standing Committee meetings this year. Like her predecessor, it is wonderful to see our National Presidents take an interest in the Provincial Committees and Regional Gatherings.
Thanks to all of you for your support in sending us to the CFUW National AGM and Conference.
Have a wonderful summer.
Closing Speech to CFUW AGM –Susan Murphy, Incoming President CFUW 2012-2014
http://www.cfuw.org/ go to the about page and open from the left hand menu the Annual General meeting link and you will see information for the 2013 AGM and scrolling down you will find the summary for the 2012 AGM.
Photographs of Susan Lane and Chief Dan Thomas