Interest groups are gatherings of club members who meet regularly to pursue a common interest or try something new. The only requirement for joining an Interest Group is membership in CFUW Stratford.
The groups below are continuing from last year and welcome new members.
Advocacy Committee Coordinator: Louise McColl 1st Mondays at 1pm
This is actually a committee of the executive, which works on strategies to impact current concerns: Intercity public transportation; Reducing/eliminating use of bottled water in Stratford; Improving lives of First Nations peoples; Building the international focus of CFUW.
Book Club 3 Coordinator: Louise McColl 3rd Thursdays at 7:30pm
Book titles are selected the previous June (the list will be available at sign-up). The library provides enough copies of each month’s selection for all members. Members take turns hosting and leading discussions.
Book Club 5 Coordinator: Sue Butler 1st Wednesdays at 1:30pm
Discussion of a monthly book selection.
Bridge at the Queen’s Coordinator: Nancy Dunn 1st Thursdays at 12pm
The list of regular members is full, but the group will welcome spares. Costs include $14.00 for lunch (including tax & gratuity) and a loony to play.
French Conversation Coordinator: Margaret Wilmer 2nd Thursdays at 12pm
Parlez-vous francais? The group will meet at a restaurant or in each others’ homes.
Lunch Bunch Coordinator: Di Sims 3rd Fridays at 12pm
The group meets at a different restaurant each month. Di welcomes suggestions.
Knit Group Coordinator: Pat Bayliss Last Thursdays at 1:30pm
Purl Group Coordinator: Norah Jean Perkin 3rd Wednesdays at 1:30pm
These groups are similar, just meeting at different times. Members enjoy bringing knitting, crocheting or other needlework creations to work on while chatting and sharing tips. Novices, don’t be shy about signing up – help is at hand!
Mahjong Coordinator: Pat Nelles 2nd Wednesdays at 1:30pm
Mahjong is a tile-based strategy game that originated in China. Sign up and give it a try!
Movie Nights Coordinator: Sylvia Wright 3rd Mondays at 7pm
In partnership with TIFF, Gallery Stratford arranges screenings at Stratford Cinemas of ﬁne Canadian and International ﬁlms in limited distribution. Sylvia contacts interested CFUW movie buffs with a description of each month’s selection. Cost: $9.00 or $8.00 for Gallery members.
Quilting Coordinator: Lois Battle Weekly Mondays at 2pm
Members work on personal projects, and sometimes a group project, e.g. last year’s Hobo Quilt. Inexperienced, would-be quilters are welcome!
Museum/Gallery Visits Coordinator: Eleanor Kane
Outings as Arranged After an organisation meeting in the fall, members share responsibilities for arranging outings.
Potential New Groups:
• Sister Groups for the groups that are full, at present: Book Club 4, Mystery Readers, and Gourmet
• MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses): At the OC AGM, we heard that some club groups enjoyed taking an online course together. If this idea appeals, check out http://www.mooc-list.com for info.
• Jazz Lovers: Carpool to The Jazz Room in Waterloo once a month on a Friday or Saturday evening.
• New ideas welcome! Email Jane Cook, Interest Group Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org