Club Governance

We are bound by Constitution & Bylaws and Club Rules.
Directors are elected at our Annual General Meeting.

Board of Directors 2018 – 2019

Charlotte Burns, President
Maureen Attwell, 1st Vice President
Laurie Dutton-Jones, Membership Chair
Margaret Imrie, Education Chair
Louann McCurdy, Member Relations Director
Patricia Porter, Member at Large

Past President 2017 – 2018 – Wendy Orvig
Past President 2015 – 2017 – Cleta Brown
Past President 2013 – 2015 – Dawn Longshaw
Past President 2011 – 2013 – Louise Corrall



Some committees are integral to the governance and work of the Club and some are to pursue and share issues of common concern.  Many committees welcome new members throughout the year while membership in some is restricted to specific representation.  If you are interested in participating in any committee please contact the Chair.

ARCHIVES – The UWCV Archives contain a treasure trove of information about the Club, HHPF, TFE, CFUW and the his- tory of Hycroft and the McRae family. The committee meets most Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am in the Archives on the third floor to access and arrange materials. We sincerely welcome new members, visitors, and queries. Researchers are encouraged to make an appointment.

CHRISTMAS AT HYCROFT – Christmas at Hycroft will be celebrating 44 years as the major fundraiser for University Women’s Club of Vancouver from 17th to 20th November 2016. Members cooperate to plan and produce this amazing event, now in its 44th year. Volunteer opportunities abound for all members interested in contributing their time and talent.

CONSTITUTION & BY-LAWS – The Constitution and Bylaws Committee meets at the call of the chair to consider changes to the Constitution, Bylaws, and Rules for presentation to the membership for approval.

EDUCATION – The Education Committee meets monthly, discussing and developing activities to stimulate interest in areas of education, from local to international, from personal to public, and from early childhood to the elderly. The Committee encourages collaboration with similar groups not only within UWCV but within the community. Education is a life-long journey.

FEDERATION – The Committee’s mandate is to liaise with the provincial, national and international University Women’s organizations and to inform Club members of the issues, activities and advantages of membership in these groups. The Committee is one of three UWCV advocacy committees and works to inform members of local, provincial, national, and international advocacy issues affecting women and to prepare or review resolutions for Club members’ consideration. Members meet monthly – all are invited.

FINANCE – The Finance Committee, chaired by the Board Treasurer, presents the Club’s reviewed financial statements as well as the operating and capital budgets for approval by the membership at the Annual Meeting. Its members, necessarily qualified, review monthly financial statements and reports to the Board on any variances, supervise the Club’s investments, make recommendations on entrance fees and dues, review the insurance policies for the property and the Club’s directors, and monitor the Club’s fundraising activities.

Finance Sub-Committees

Bid Review Committee – Reviews proposals and tenders for budgeted, and non-budgeted, procurements in accordance with UWCV Procurement Procedures. Provides a recommendation for acceptance based upon UWCV requirements, quality and competitive pricing.

Capital Priorities – This Sub-Committee develops priorities for the Club, House, Garden and Property for all capital items as well as all non-routine-maintenance aspects that would require funding in excess of $5,000 from the Special Funds or HHPF. It reviews capital expenditures requested from Management, other Committees of the Club and HHPF, focusing on house maintenance and purchase of assets. The Capital Priorities Sub-Committee reports to the Finance Committee, which recommends to the Board approval of projects subject to pricing and funding. These expenditures are then included in the capital budget for annual approval by the Membership.

Investment Advisory Committee – reviews the investment policy statement annually to ensure it reflects the ongoing goals and objective of the Club. It liaises quarterly with the Club’s Portfolio Manager to ensure that the Investment Policy Statement is fully implemented and monitors the performance of the portfolio.

HOUSE – The House Committee is committed to maintaining the buildings, contents and grounds of Hycroft, a designated heritage property. Planning is coordinated by the House Chair and Managers and executed by sub-committees in cooperation with the staff.

House Sub-Committees

Garden – The Garden Committee members are caretakers for our wonderful property that has numerous heritage trees, large rhododendrons, marvelous magnolia and many flowering shrubs and trees. The Committee meets the first Monday of the month. Additionally some members participate in work parties to prune and weed. Club members who enjoy gardening are invited to join us in the garden.

House Exterior – Committee works to maintain and preserve our heritage house building exterior and adjacent patios, terrace, stairs, parking lot, and property walls, and to facilitate ongoing repairs, cleaning and upgrades as necessary.

House Furnishings – The House Furnishings Committee is responsible for all furnishings and movable objects in the house. It also sees that there are floral arrangements in the Reception Hall and the Dining Room.

INTEREST GROUPS – The Chair of this Committee and Convenors of all Interest Groups make up the membership of this Committee. Members with questions about Interest Groups may contact the Chair with enquiries on Interest Groups and on creating new Interest Groups. The Committee meets at the call of the Chair, at least annually, to ensure smooth functioning of all groups within the Club.

LIBRARY – meets to sort and ready books for circulation in our lending library available to all members.

MEMBERSHIP – The Membership Committee works in cooperation with the Marketing and Membership Recruitment Coordinator, towards the recruitment and retention of members, with the goal of growing our Club.

NOMINATIONS – The Committee seeks out candidates to fill all open positions and receives nominations from members, confirming the interest of nominees and determining the eligibility of candidates. It presents the list of nominees to the membership and, when necessary, advises the Board of the need to establish an Ad Hoc Elections Committee to oversee campaign and election to office of directors and trustees.

PERFORMING ARTS – The Performing Arts Committee works in cooperation with the Event Planner to plan and deliver con- certs and events for members and the public throughout the year.

PROGRAM – committee works in cooperation with the Event Planner to organize a diverse range of events and programs to engage the interest of members. All members are invited to attend our meetings to contribute ideas and assistance.

SOCIAL – works in cooperation with the Event Planner for some of our favourite Club social events. As well, this lively social group provides volunteer bar service at Club events when requested. Any member who would like to join this friendly active group is welcome to contact the Chair.

STATUS OF WOMEN & HUMAN RIGHTS – The mandate of this Committee is to promote awareness of human rights issues locally, nationally and internationally, giving specific atten- tion to the legal, economic, social and professional status of women. The Committee continues to work collaboratively with our national advocacy team at CFUW and with local women’s and human rights’ groups. We work closely with Federation committee on a number of advocacy issues.

VISUAL ARTS – is responsible for managing the Hycroft Gallery, which includes jurying, scheduling, and convening fine art and craft exhibits, as well as hosting the artists’ monthly opening receptions.