CFUW Kincardine celebrated its 25th anniversary  (Click photo to ENLARGE)

on Tuesday, August 16th at the Best Western, Governorís Inn in Kincardine. 22 members and former members attended. 5 of our members have been with the group since the first meeting was held in September 1990, Jackie Clements, Kathleen Dunn, Sylvia Kirby, Pauline Whelan (a member of the steering committee), and Mary Wightman. Another guest, June Emond, was an original founding member on the steering committee that formed our group. These 6 ladies were presented with wrist corsages. After the presentation a delicious buffet dinner was enjoyed by all.
Before dessert, Jane Rigby, our President, introduced our new Regional Director Ontario Huron, Judy Gay. Sandy Thomson, a member of our club, went from Regional Director to President of the Ontario Council.
The evening was an informal, relaxing event with plenty of time to visit. The memorabilia table prompted lots of conversation.
Thank you to everyone who attended the event and made the evening so much fun.
(Photos courtesy of Corabelle Danahy) 

Ripley Botanical Food Garden (Click photo to ENLARGE)

Our July meeting was a little different. We took a tour of the Ripley Botanical Food Garden.


What an interesting place! The garden occupies 1.5 acres with over 250 varieties of food plants. Included are heirloom, rare and endangered food plants. The fencing around the garden perimeter is made from mattress springs. Some of the springs also serve as stakes for climbing plants. A wagon wheel, the logo of Ripley, contains plants as well. A tin man made of old tin cans rests against some hay. Volunteers work in the gardens weeding and maintaining them. The gardens are open to the public for tours and for picking your own produce for a donation to the garden. The garden is also the developer of the Ripley apple tree. It was an interesting learning experience.

Luncheon  and Theatre Outing

In August nine members enjoyed a lunch and theatre outing. The first stop was in Bayfield for lunch at The Black Dog Pub and some shopping. Then we went on to Grand Bend to the theatre to see Les iserables. Everyone enjoyed the excellent production. As we had car pooled we went our separate way for the trip home. One group stopped in Goderich to have dinner at Thyme on 21. The day was enjoyed by all who went.

Resolution Committee -
The Resolution Committee, with unanimous support from the club, was formed last year to do research on Industrial Wind Turbines. As a result of the work done a resolution has been presented to national CFUW in Ottawa for consideration

RESOLVED, That the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW), strongly urges all levels of government (municipal, provincial, federal, territorial) to institute a moratorium on the construction of industrial wind turbine developments until such time that evidence-based, impartial, scientific research studies have identified issues relating to site placement, economic efficiencies and potential effects on human health and the environment resulting in the development of national, uniform standards and regulations.

The Kincardine resolution has been distributed for discussion among CFUW club members across Canada in April. It is one of six resolutions to be presented nationally. If accepted, the resolution will be further discussed at the AGM in Victoria, B.C.
The Kincardine club continues to follow this advocacy issue.
We also welcome members to propose new Advocacy Resolutions for consideration.

The resolution can be downloaded as a PDF file below-
Resolution 2012
Summary of Background Information for Resolution 2012

Afternoon Garden Tea Party - On August 14th, 2012 an Afternoon Garden Tea Party was held to raise funds for our annual bursary which is presented at the local high school commencement in the fall to a graduating female student who is going on to university or college. On the Saturday before the tea, several members met to make fancy sandwiches. Many members contributed squares and cookies. On the morning of the tea some members set up the tables and chairs and got everything ready. At 1:00 guests started to arrive, were greeted by a member and seated at their table. Sandwiches, scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, cookies, squares and tea were served. There was also a white elephant table. The guests enjoyed their afternoon. The tea was a success.