The University Women’s Club of Vancouver is a hub of activity with over 30 member-directed interest groups that offer something for everyone. Our interest groups meet at various times throughout the week or month, sometimes incorporating meals and refreshments, with new groups forming regularly. For information on any group that appeals to you, please contact the interest group Convenor (if you’re a member) or email the office (email@example.com).
Members interested in starting a new interest group need only three interested members to participate in order to have suitable space at Hycroft provided. All interest groups function at no cost to the Club. The Interest Group Chair will assist any member in forming a new interest group.
To create a new Interest Group, please refer to the following forms:
Procedures and Protocols
Interest Group Form
Waiver of Acknowledgement Form
Interest Group Planning Notes
Interest Group Monthly Ledger
Interest Group Monthly Ledger NO PAYMENT
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The Chair of this Committee and Convenors of all Interest Groups make up the membership of this Committee. Members with questions may contact the Chair with enquiries about 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. Members of UWCV are welcome to join Interest Groups. Krista Klein, Chair
BOOK CLUB Afternoon – Join us on the second Wednesday of the month at 2:00 pm as we delve into our latest book from an interesting and varied selection. Always a good discussion. All avid readers are welcome. For details or to join the mailing list, email firstname.lastname@example.org, Shelley Nicholl, Convenor
BOOK CLUB Evening – We meet on the second Thursday of each month from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. All members are welcome to use our group. Email email@example.com to be added to our list. Camille Parent & Valerie Taylor, Co-Convenor
BRIDGE – BEGINNERS is for members who want to learn the game. If you are starting bridge, this is where to hone your skills. We meet on Sundays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Everyone welcome. Gwen Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org, Convenor
BRIDGE – INTERMEDIATE Our group meets on Thursdays from 1:00-3:00 pm. For more information or to join this group, contact Pat Facer, email@example.com, Convenor.
BUSY GOURMET We meet monthly (generally on the 3rd Monday at 6:45 pm) to share a cooperative dinner based on themes chosen by rotating hostesses. Members enjoy exchanging recipes and food stories, discovering new dishes and food tips, as well as good company and conversation. Recipes and food photos from each evening are shared with all members of the group email list. We welcome all members (cooks and professed non-cooks, as well as “busy” gourmets with purchased food contributions). For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, Wendy Lee, Karen Scherloski & Janet Tsoi, Co-Convenors
CINÉPHILES Film enthusiasts, join fellow UWCV members at the movies! Email email@example.com for more information and to be included in the list of members so that you may receive an email notification when the movie has been selected. Hana Carbert, Convenor
COMMUNITY OUTREACH promotes member engagement in the local Vancouver community by introducing them to non-profit/social service organizations and organizing hands-on activities for members to participate in to support these organizations on a grassroots level. Mari La Rosa, firstname.lastname@example.org, Convenor
DANCE STARS The Dance STARS group offers members line dance classes with two professional instructors. Dance experience and a partner are not required. Various line dances to up-tempo music are taught, including latin and modern ballroom, jazz, rock & roll, world music, and country styles. Classes are held on Wednesdays from 5:45 pm to 6:45 pm in the Ballroom. Sign-up for ongoing sessions is monthly, with advance payment of fees to cover instructors’ costs. Members enjoy trying out dances at dinner and dance events at Hycroft. Email email@example.com if you’re interested in joining our group. Wendy Lee & Mei Tan, Convenors
FEMME DU FROMAGE A fun group that meets every fourth Tuesday of the month to enjoy an evening of various cheeses, nice wines, crusty bread, tasty salads and – most importantly – good company. You will learn about the various cheeses and matching wines that our volunteer presenters bring to share and enjoy stories and friendship around the big dining table. Monthly reminders are sent to members on our email list, so you never have to miss out. For more information or to be added to our email list, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, Nicole Clement & Joanne Gaspard, Co-Convenors
FOOD AND FRIENDSHIP Join us for adventurous meals and interesting conversations at local restaurants. We will explore less frequented cuisines to experience culinary delights together when we can. Details about upcoming events will be sent to members on our email list. Please email: email@example.com to be added to our email list and we look forward to seeing you at our next event. Jean Hurst & Helen Law, Co-Convenors
FRENCH FOR BEGINNERS Brush-up your French Language. Join us to engage conversations on music, travel, cuisine and much more. We meet on Tuesdays at 11:00 am till noon from September to mid-May. Participate in person or on Zoom. Email Daniele Walker, firstname.lastname@example.org, Convenor, to be added to the email list.
HYCROFT SINGERS Enjoy the camaraderie of Women’s Voices singing together. Our causal choir values the melodies and harmonies of popular folk songs and show tunes. Singing together with peers is fun, and you don’t have to read music to be part of the group to reap the benefits! Women’s Voices singing together is a beautiful thing! Tuesday’s at 1:30 pm. Janet Davidson, email@example.com, Convenor
HYCROFT PAINTERS The Hycroft Painters meet Wednesday afternoons in the Coach House. Members work in many different mediums, including acrylic, oil and watercolour. We bring our own supplies and work on our own projects but share fellowship and fun as we encourage each other in our work. New members are always welcome. Eva Wideman, firstname.lastname@example.org, Convenor
IN DISCUSSION meetings are held on the fourth Monday, September through June. Topics are specific and current, set and moderated by rotating hosts. The evening’s format includes a no-host social and moderated discussion led by a presentation which concludes with a summary. A monthly notice is received by those within the group list. We look forward to meeting In Discussion, where all are welcome. Janet Percy, email@example.com, Convenor
KEEP FIT Tuesdays 10 am – 11:15 am. Fridays 11:00 am-noon. Our certified instructor, Debbi Bloomfield, uses music to lead us through warm-up, low-impact cardio, strength, balance and stretching exercises. Mats, weights, and bands were provided. Numbers are currently restricted due to Club protocols and Clubhouse renovations. Contact the convenor if you are interested in joining. No drop-ins, please. Vivian Aronson, firstname.lastname@example.org, Convenor
MAHJONG Join us for a friendly game of Hong Kong-style MahJong. We meet on Thursdays 1:30-3:30 pm and play for fun. If you don’t know how to play, we’ll teach you! Please contact the convenor for the game’s rules and to be added to the email list. Helen Law email@example.com, Convenor
MEDITATION & YOGA You are invited to join the new Meditation and Yoga interest group! We meet twice a month on Wednesday mornings from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that can benefit your emotional well-being and overall health. This group is open to all levels. No charge. Space is limited, so if you’re interested in joining our group, email firstname.lastname@example.org, Anne Lu & Lila Naz, Co-Convenors
MONDAY WRITERS GROUP A self-directed group with a focus on memoirs. We meet each Monday morning to discuss writing techniques, write to prompts, share our work and provide feedback to one another. It produces laughter, tears, and much appreciation that ‘hard writing makes easy reading.’ We have been inspired and instructed by presentations from guest speakers and members who are published. Because of the nature of the writing and sharing, the group is kept to 7 members. We will support other interested writers to begin a second group. Susan Mogan, email@example.com, Convenor
PLAY READING meets on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 pm. No great acting ability is required – just the desire to read a good play and discuss some of the issues that may arise. New members are welcome. Joy March, firstname.lastname@example.org, Convenor
SHALL WE DANCE – INTERMEDIATE BALLROOM On Wednesday evenings, members and their partners dance in our beautiful Ballroom from 7-9 pm. We engage a professional couple to teach us Latin and Ballroom dance steps and techniques. We enjoy attending dinner/dance events at Hycroft and local venues during the year. We welcome new members with ballroom dance experience at the intermediate level if space is available. We cannot accommodate members with little or no dance experience, but we are happy to assist members interested in forming a new group at the beginner level. Paula Boleen, email@example.com & Linda Wong, firstname.lastname@example.org, Co-Convenors
SIP & STITCH meets in person on the first Wednesday of every month from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. The group bonds over our love of happy hour and fibre. This inclusive group is open to all levels and mediums – knit, crochet, sew, felt etc. We look forward to meeting new members and inspiring each other with our skills!
Mary Speer, email@example.com, Convenor
SOCIAL GAMES NIGHT Come and enjoy a casual social evening of games. Learn or teach a new card game or bring an old-time favorite board game from home. What we play is dependant on numbers and interest. With enough players, we can have several different tables going at once. Enjoy pizza supplied at $8 per person. Pizza at 6:00 pm and games start at 6:30 pm. We meet on the 2nd Monday of each month. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the emailing list. Joanne Gaspard, Convenor
SOCIAL LIGHTS We connect primarily through our WhatsApp group.
This Whatsapp group is for connecting about club events. We have a Share Sunday on Sundays, where you are welcome to share about your own initiatives or information from your community that would benefit the group.
Every month we have a Sisterhood Spotlight event, held on the 16th of every month at 6 pm, in-person at Hycroft or via Zoom. We spotlight one of our members to talk/share/teach/etc. on any subject, story, or talent of their choice! You can attend as you please or take the spotlight, and we will all get closer as sisters in this club.
We also have several events throughout the year, such as a gala, self-development workshops and a holiday gift exchange. This is a member-led group, and we encourage our fellow Social Lights to get involved and help to plan events and other activities.
We have a group of co-convenors. Email us at email@example.com if you have any questions.
THURSDAY FRENCH CONVERSATION meets on Thursdays from 10:30 am-12:00 pm year-round. This group provides an opportunity for members who enjoy speaking French to improve their skills. While a basic knowledge of French is an asset, we welcome members at all levels of French-speaking ability. Our sessions are fun while, at the same time, we improve our conversational skills, comprehension, and knowledge of grammar. To get on our mailing list, email Christine McPhedran at firstname.lastname@example.org. New members are always welcome.
Noga Gayle, Convenor
UWCV KNITTERS meet in person or via Zoom on the first and third Thursday of each month, from 10:30 am to noon. We are a very social and artistic group who knit or crochet various projects of our own choosing. We often participate in Hycroft for the Holidays. Technical assistance is freely shared amongst group members. New members are always welcome.
Pamela Addinall, email@example.com, Convenor
WHISKEY WOMEN We meet on the 1st Tuesday of each month to taste new whiskeys, learn the art of nosing and tasting, share dinner and most importantly, have fun. Sharing whiskey-related information and news and the occasional virtual whiskey tasting may be organized until then. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to emailing list.
Joanne Gaspard & Krista Klein, Co-Convenors
WINE APPRECIATION Meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month, starting at 6 pm, to share good wines, food and most of all, good company. Our Chef prepares a delicious dinner, and the cost is billed to your club account. The cost of wines varies each time and is shared by the attendees. Presentations by our members are always fun and informative, and occasionally, we might have an invited guest presenter or go off-site for an event. A monthly reminder is sent to those who are on the interest group’s e-mail list, and registration must be confirmed beforehand. For further information and to be added to the e-mail list, email@example.com Nancy Wu, Convenor