We promote education and opportunities for women,
and enjoy sharing ideas, interests and fun
at our clubhouse Hycroft.
WE are women who seek and value education and lifelong learning
PROMOTE EDUCATION by providing scholarships and bursaries and by offering opportunities for continued education by programs and workshops, a library, and the company of stimulating women, and
OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN to further the status of women and human rights, and to share their education with the community by ongoing advocacy and action, mentoring, and networking, and
ENJOY SHARING IDEAS, INTERESTS, AND FUN in interest groups and committees, in casual and organised social and cultural events, in
OUR CLUBHOUSE HYCROFT, the stately building in Old Shaughnessy for which we are stewards, provides an amazing setting to meet, to learn, and to socialize.
Membership Requirements: Active and Associate members have equal privileges at the Club. Active Members are women who have earned a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent from an accredited university worldwide. Associate Members uphold the purpose of the Club but may have achieved life education outside university. Special categories of membership include Consular, Honorary, Temporary, and Student Memberships, while some members are dual members of other CFUW Clubs.
Fees and Dues: There is a One Time Entrance Fee of $400 for new members and Annual Dues of approximately $75 per month. Dues may be paid annually, or in installments by arrangements. Members under 30 years of age enjoy 50% annual dues.
Applications: Completed and signed application forms, together with proof of qualifications and full payment of the Entrance Fee and Annual Dues must be submitted to our office for consideration by our Membership Committee. The Board of Directors must approve all new members.
Open Houses for Prospective Members
Benefits of Membership
Membership Here and Around the World - University Women's Club of Vancouver is a member club in the Canadian Federation of University Women, in turn a member country in the International Federation of University Women. Learn more at cfuw.org
Enrichment & Lifelong Learning - Meet interesting women of all ages and backgrounds from around the world. Workshops, conferences, performances, lectures and guest speaker engagements held at Hycroft offer a broad range of appeal.
Fellowship & Friendship - Interact with women who are open and interested in friendship and shared activities. Relax in between appointments or when you would like to just enjoy a day or evening in the surroundings of Hycroft. Attend social activities held throughout the year to meet and mingle with one another, and host guests in your home away from home. Participate in Interest Groups and committees to share and enjoy the stimulating ideas of others.
Hycroft can be your home away from home in the city. Members have access to Hycroft during all open hours - generally Monday through Thursday 9:30am - 10pm; Friday 9:30am - 5pm and later if there is an evening event; Sundays 1 - 4pm. Enjoy complimentary coffee and tea or make use of the honour bar. Meals and snacks are available daily: dashaway lunch, supper, and snacks, full served lunches each weekday, with full dinners regularly scheduled. Stop in to check your emails with free wi-fi throughout. Your guests are very welcome to come with you for a casual visit or for an event.
Business centre includes a dedicated member room with computer and printer setup. There is WiFi throughout Hycroft if you choose to bring your laptop or iPad to keep in touch in the comfort of another room.
Interest Groups are member-driven regular gatherings at which common interests are shared. Picture yourself in a group of interesting women who enjoy bridge, book discussion, wine appreciation, financial planning, Chick Flicks, conversational French, cheese-lovers' Femme du Fromage, golf, Hooked on Needles (the knitting kind), the in-house choir Hycroft Singers, Keep Fit, Issues Cafe, scrabble, Texas Hold'em Poker, Travel, Whiskey tasting, and more. Meeting space is provided in our Clubhouse. Committees and Interest Groups will give you more information.
Mentoring & Networking - Our members come from varied backgrounds, ages and stages. We are entrepreneurs, business owners, artists, public servants, professionals in other fields, and volunteers. In all stages of career and life you will find members to inspire and support your endeavours.
Advocacy - Our members enthusiastically advocate our policies - at home, nationally, and internationally. You will feel proud to belong to an organisation that collaboratively develops policy to speak with a common voice in support of rights and opportunities, especially equal access to education, for women and children. You may find others to inspire your personal involvement.
Committee Activities - Committees provide opportunities to service the club: to enact governance of the Club, to plann and provide stimulating programs including Creative and Performing Arts, to study and act on issues including education, status of women and human rights, environment, and our Federation. In a guilt-free atmosphere, members serve when and where they can. See our full list of Committees and Interest Groups.
Newsletter and Updates - Hycroft Happenings, our newsletter, and a monthly calendar, is produced before the beginning of each month; a Weekly E-Mail reminder sent each Thursday will remind you of happenings in the upcoming week.
Library - Our self-serve library is available for the use of members and features current fiction, history, and works on women's issues.
Parking - Members are provided with a parking decal to identify that they may park at no charge in the parking lot, as space is available.
Members' Lounge - The wood paneled Oak Room is the designated Members' Lounge and is available for members to read the daily newspapers, newsletters from other CFUW clubs, or simply to chat and make friends with other members - by a cozy fire in winter. Join in the conversation of others or find a quiet corner to read. It's up to you. If you prefer, find a quiet spot in one of the other rooms or on the terrace or in the gardens. Hycroft is your home away from home in the city.
Food and Beverage Service - Coffee and Tea are always available to members at no charge in the Oak Room and in the upper hallway. An honour bar is in the Oak Room for beverages and snacks when signed to your personal account. Meals are regularly scheduled and advertised in Hycroft Happenings and posted on the daily board for your convenience and pleasure. Lunches are a choice of set posted 3 course menu or lighter dashaway lunch generally served at a no-host table. Dinners are regularly scheduled or a light meal dinner is available at shorter notice Monday through Thursday. Personalized service of teas, lunches, dinners and snacks is available to members and their guests by arrangement. Enquire in the office by phone or email if you would like to ensure meal service on your next visit. Your guests are regularly welcome.
Members Rates for Rentals of Hycroft - Members enjoy a generously discounted schedule of rental rates when booking Hycroft for personal or business use ~ consider Hycroft for weddings, meetings, parties and special family or business events at member rates.
Did you know that:
- membership is not limited to university graduates? For several years we have had an Associate Member category with full privileges of membership for those women whose education was not at a university but who actively support our purpose.