Past Year 2004
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Jan. 19th:  
  Elaine and Glenn Holmes speaking on eye surgery in Ecuador and eyeglasses programme

As published in the local newspapers.

On Monday, January 19, the Canadian Federation of University Women, Kincardine Club, met in  the library at KDSS. Our guest speakers, Elaine and Glen Holmes, presented an excellent slide show and talk about their two trips to Ecuador with Medical Ministeries International to provide eye care for people who have little or no access to such care. Each trip was for two weeks. The volunteers pay a participation fee and their own air fare.
The Holmes' first trip, in January of 1998, was to an urban setting. As it was summer in Ecuador, the clinic was set up in a school. Working in hot, humid cramped conditions, with only the supplies that they were able to bring in, the team of 70 volunteers saw about 700 people each day. Their second tip, in 2001, was to a rural setting in the mountains in southern Ecuador near the Peru border. Here again they worked out of the local school, providing eye care for as many people as possible in the two week period. A drop off box for eye glasses and sunglasses is located in the basement of the United Church. These donations are greatly appreciated.
The next CFUW meeting is on Monday, February 16th at 7:30 pm in the library at KDSS.
Feb. 16th:  
  Probable games night or film followed by a discussion
Mar. 22nd:  
  Miggs Wynne Morris speaking about her book,
Return to the Drum Teaching Among the Dene in Canada's North
  As published in the local newspapers.

CFUW Kincardine branch – welcomes Miggs Wynne Morris. 

On March 22, 2004, the Canadian Federation of University Women, Kincardine welcomed Miggs Wynne Morris to speak about her book “Return to the Drum—Teaching Among the Dene in Canada’s North”.  Her experiences in the North started in the sixties, two years after she immigrated to British Columbia from Wales.  She taught in Fort Franklin, NWT, a tiny, isolated community of hunters and trappers located just south of the Artic Circle on Great Bear Lake.  It was a  community of 250 Dene Indians, 9 non-Native and 400 dogs.  There were no roads to anywhere, no radio, television, nor phones, only a small six-seater airplane for monthly scheduled flights.  Her presentation was enhanced by her slides and her storytelling.  The slides showed many glimpses of her past, how food was stockpiled for the year by the non-Natives.  These food stocks were traded for fresh fish and game.  Her stories showed how her experiences with the Dene changed her life and her philosophy of education. 

The stories she told also depicted how the Dene changed and adjusted to life in the North over the last forty years – the decline of the fur trade, the introduction of mining, computers, and television.  It was an eye opener on how interconnected life in Canada is.  Her talk was greatly appreciated by our members and guests. 

The CFUW Kincardine branch holds monthly meetings, usually the third Monday of the month at the KDSS library at 7:30 p.m.  Our April meeting will be discussing resolutions for CFUW AGM.  The April book club book is “The Girl With a Pearl Earring” by Tracy Chevalier and is on April 4th (Sunday).  All meetings are advertised and everyone is welcome to attend.  Call 396-9177 for more information.

  A Tuesday evening - Resolution meeting with supper

As published in the local newspapers.

The Canadian Federation of University Women – Kincardine met Tuesday, April 20. It was a combined social and Resolutions meeting beginning with a delicious Chinese supper at the New Seasons restaurant.

 Every year CFUW clubs across Canada meet in April to discuss a slate of Resolutions developed nationally from proposals submitted by individual clubs or committees. This year there were seven Resolutions: 

1. Professional standards for school libraries staffed by qualified teacher librarians with information literacy.
2. The right of all people to higher education overcoming social, economic, political and funding barriers.
3. Establishing education programs about the damage caused by invasive species and endorsing the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity.
4.Amending the Hate Provisions of the Criminal Code to include the word “gender” to the list of identifiable groups to be protected.
5. Proposing that the Refugee Protection Act passed in June 2002 include an appeal division.
6. That there be a National Education policy and council as opposed to only provincial input.
7. The development of a protocol on the responsibility of the state to protect citizens and what other nations should do if a state cannot or will not protect its own citizens. 

The groups, after in-depth discussion, either pass the Resolutions or give suggestions and directions for amendments or clarification. The Resolutions are then returned to the National Office then go to the Annual General meeting for further discussion and adoption. This year, in July, the AGM is being held in Regina. 

A few years ago, CFUW Kincardine developed a Resolution on Fetal Alcoholism that was accepted by the National CFUW. Submitted as a Canadian Resolution, it was adopted at the International Federation conference in China. A part of its result can be seen worldwide in women’s washrooms where signs are posted warning women of the danger of consuming alcohol when pregnant. We are justly proud of our work. 

The next meeting is held at the KDSS Library, Monday, May 17, 2004. Pauline Whelan, a fellow member, will present her study of Henry Bayfield who surveyed the local coastline.

May 17th:  
  Guest speaker: Pauline Whelan presents her study of Henry Bayfield and his survey of the area

As published in the local newspapers.

The CFUW Kincardine met on May 17th 2004 for their May meeting. The presenter was a CFUW member Pauline Whelan, her presentation was on Henry Bayfield who surveyed the Huron shoreline. Henry Bayfield was born in Hull England in 1785. He became a solider at the age of 10 and was wounded in battle at the age of 11. Over the years he was promoted and posted in Kingston Ontario with the Royal Navy. In 1816 he accompanied Captain W.F Owen in surveying Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. Owen left this post and Henry Bayfield took over and continued to survey shorelines, he was 22. He surveyed Lake Huron , mapping the shores for unseen hazards and looking for safe harbours. It took Henry 2 years to survey Lake Huron. Henry named all the inlets using names of royals. After surveying Lake Huron he surveyed Lake Superior. This experience was much different and lasted 3 years. He then returned to England and created all the charts and maps for the lake shores that he had completed. Henry then wanted to go back  and survey the St Lawrence. Henry also survey the shorelines of PEI, Nova Scotia and part of Newfoundland. At the age of 43 Henry married and had 6 children. In 1856 Henry retired as an Admiral in the Royal Navy. In 1885 he died at the age of 90. Pauline Whelan presentation was very interesting and made you want to find out more about Henry Bayfield. The next meeting for CFUW Kincardine is June 21st for their Annual Pot Luck Dinner

June 21st:  
  Annual potluck dinner


The Southwest Regional Spring Gathering was held on Saturday, April 24th, 2004 at the CAW in Port Elgin. This event was co-hosted by the Port Elgin/Southampton, Saugeen and Kincardine Clubs. The theme was Shorelines and Lighthouses.