Interest Groups

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 our Membership and Marketing Manager (membership@uwcvancouver.ca).

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

BOOK GROUP – AFTERNOON Readers meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month to discuss the book, fiction or nonfiction, which we read the previous month. We would like very much for you to come and enjoy the discussion with us. Shelley Nicholl, s.nicholl@shaw.ca, Convenor

BRIDGE GROUPS
MONDAY MORNING BRIDGE promotes fellowship and camaraderie amongst a group of women who enjoy playing the game of bridge in a relaxed and supportive environment. Come join us at 10 am. Pat Pugh, pjmpugh@gmail.com, Convenor

BEGINNERS BRIDGE is for members who want to learn the game. We meet on Sundays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Everyone welcome. Gwen Smith willtts@telus.net, Convenor

BUSY GOURMET We meet on the third Monday evening each month to share a cooperative dinner based on themes set by rotating hostesses. Our relaxed dinners are a time for food, talk, fun and fellowship. We warmly welcome new and long-time members. Gayle Beuhler, gayle_beuhler@hotmail.com, Convenor

CINÉPHILES Film enthusiasts, join fellow UWCV members at the movies on the last Tuesday of the month. Email cinephiles@hotmail.com for more information and to be included in the list of members so that you may receive the email notification when the movie has been selected. Katherine Craig, Tabitha Geraghty, Elaine McCaw, Co-Convenors

CLUB CONNECTIONS meets during the last week of each month. CC is where Club Members meet to make connections with other professionals and entrepreneurs. Come enjoy a meal prepared in our Hycroft kitchen, participate in some ice-breaker and connection building activities, hear the story or area of expertise of one of our Members (no sales pitches), participate in discussions on career/business topics and challenges, and expand your network while doing so! All members in attendance may provide their business cards or brochures on the information table. Pre-registration is necessary. Email uwcvclubconnections@gmail.com for more information. Paige Brettle, Deborah Stellingwerff, Co-Convenors

COMMUNITY OUTREACH The objective of this group is to create an awareness of community issues within the Club and to develop and implement concrete projects to support people in the Vancouver community. If interested in joining our group, please email outreachuwcv@gmail.com
Robin Halpern, Convenor

SHALL WE DANCE – INTERMEDIATE BALLROOM Wednesday evenings, members and their partners dance from 7-9pm in our beautiful ballroom. For the past 3 years, our professional instructor has taught us “International Style Ballroom routines and techniques. September through June, our focus is to learn/master step sequences for a different dance each month, and in July/August, we hold ‘practice & review’ sessions. During the year, our members enjoy attending dinner/dance events at Hycroft and at local venues. We collect fees to cover the cost of the instructor. Providing space is available, we welcome new members with ballroom dance experience at the Intermediate level. Please contact the convenors for more information. At the present time, we are not able to accommodate members with little or no dance experience. We would, however, be happy to assist members interested in forming a new group at the beginner level. Mei Tan meicheng09@gmail.com; Paula Boleen pboleen@shaw.ca, Co-Convenors

FEMMES DU FROMAGE meets 4th Tuesday evenings at 6 pm to enjoy sampling a variety of cheeses paired with beverages and accompanied by salads to round out a meal at a cost of $32. Volunteer presenters take turns to guide our discovery and enjoyment of a region or varietal theme of cheeses from around the world. Bring your sense of adventure and love of conversation. Monthly invitations are sent to members on our email list; registration is limited. For information and to be included on our email list contact femmefromage@gmail.com. Joanne Braithwaite, Nicole Clement, Joanne Gaspard, Co-Convenors

FINANCIAL LITERACY We meet every second and fourth Mondays from 1:30 pm to 3 pm to discuss a wide range of financial topics. This group is well suited for members who are interested in learning anything about the Capital Markets and Tax Strategies. We hold discussions on topics of interest suggested by our group. Every member has the opportunity to ask questions or voice their opinions or make comments in a casual and lively format. Experts in financial areas are also invited to speak at meetings at least once a month, such as Tax Accountants, Investment advisors, Insurance professionals or banker. Convenor TBA

FITNESS classes accommodate all levels of ability. New members are welcome to sessions. A charge is $10 per class.

TUESDAY mornings we meet for 75 minutes for an invigorating workout incorporating yoga for stretching, fun and simple dance routines for cardio. FRIDAY mornings we meet for 60 minutes for a low impact class featuring music and a varied program of warm-up, flexibility, cardio, balance, and relaxation. For information contact.
Margaret Couch 604-566-0398; Cathy Lightfoot cathyalightfoot@icloud.com, Co-Convenors

EASE INTO FITNESS group invites members to join us who are easing back into fitness or just trying to get fit for the first time. We meet in our lovely Hycroft ballroom on Wednesdays from 10:30- 11:30 am for a gentle fitness class where you can exercise at your own pace. Pat Pugh, BCRPA fitness instructor, will lead the group through a gradual warm-up, 20-minute low impact cardio, and 15 minutes of strength exercises on chairs (no mats). Class concludes with a cool-down period of stretch, posture and balance routine, and relaxation to soothing music. A fun social time follows the class in the member’s lounge. Carolyn Marshall sleepydoc@telus.net Convenor

FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUPS
New Members are always welcome to:
TUESDAY FRENCH This is an introductory course. Some of the participants are beginners and others are more advanced and only wish to review material or to gain confidence in the use of the language. Beginner French attempts to provide a supportive environment to give members confidence. It is also a class that provides some entertainment in the process of learning. We have, for example, gone for lunch in a French restaurant and ordered our meal in French, we have used the kitchen at the Club to prepare Crèpes and learned the name of the ingredients in French, and attempt to have activities that make learning more fun. The class is held on Tuesdays at 10:00 am. The first half-hour of the class is offered to members who wish to review material previously covered and the next hour is usually to present new material. Daniele Walker, danielewalker1@me.com, Convenor

THURSDAY FRENCH is conversational French with our mentor, Suzanne Poulin. While a basic knowledge of French is an asset, we welcome members at all levels of French-speaking ability. Conversations are informal and cover a wide range of topics. Our mentor helps members to improve their overall knowledge of the French language through different activities such as video clips, songs, crossword puzzles and short articles. We often enjoy lunch together after our sessions.
Noga Gayle n-gayle@shaw.ca; Suzanne Poulin suzpooulin@gmail.com; Susan Bruchet susan_bruchet@hotmail.com, Co-Convenors

HYCROFT PAINTERS Club members who enjoy creating art get together on Tuesday and Friday afternoons between 1:30 and 5:00 pm in the Coach House to paint. Members work in different mediums including watercolour, acrylic and oil. We bring our own supplies and work on our own projects but share fellowship and fun as we encourage each other in our work. Everyone’s welcome. Join the Tuesday or Friday group – or both!
Eva Wideman ewideman@telus.net, Convenor

HYCROFT SINGERS enjoy rehearsing choral music together for appearances at Christmas at Hycroft, club events, and other command performances during the year. We work on an extensive repertoire – from mediaeval carols to Broadway ballads, and love them all! The ability to read music is an asset. We meet on Tuesday afternoons. If you would like to join this group please contact our Music Director to discuss your musical experience and voice type.
Pat Stark, pestark@shaw.ca, Accompanist, Kevin Zakreskey kevinzakresky@me.com, Conductor

IN DISCUSSION (formerly Issues Café) meets on the 4th Monday, September thru June where we engage in discussion featuring topics that are specific and current, set and moderated by rotating hosts. The evenings’ format includes a no-host social, a presentation begins the moderated discussion which concludes with a summary. Thereafter dinner is offered, requiring a reservation. We look forward to seeing you at the Cafe where all are welcomed. Janet Percy janet.percy@shaw.ca, Convenor

MULTICULTURAL CIRCLE This group aims to promote awareness, understanding and appreciation of the diversity of cultures in our community through presentations, cultural activities, films, field trips, and food. Please email uwcvmulticulturalcircle@gmail.com if you’re interested in joining our group.
Sarah Zhang & Helen Law, Co-Convenors

MEDITATION AND RELAXATION meets Friday mornings at 9:30 am to participate in a facilitated session that will refresh you. Kathy Welter Nichols welterk@shaw.ca, Convenor and Facilitator

MILLENNIALS Members aged 40 and under meet, get to know one another, and have fun on monthly activities together. These activities include movie nights, dinners, board games, brunches, and much more! We also invite each other to attend events at the club together. Farah Surani farah.surani@outlook.com, Convenor

MONDAY WRITERS GROUP is a self-directed group with a focus on memoir. We meet each Monday morning to discuss writing technique, 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 considered full. We will support other interested writers to begin a second group.
Karen Breau kbreau45@gmail.com, Convenor

PLAY READING Readers meet on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month at 10:30 am. We endeavour to choose an eclectic mix of both comedies and tragedies available in play-sets from the VPL. No great acting ability is required – just the desire to read a good play and discuss some of the issues that may arise.
Nancy Ross nr209@nyu.edu, Convenor

SCRABBLE GROUP meets on the 3rd Sunday of the month at 1:30 pm. It is open to new and experienced members at any level of love for the game of Scrabble. No registration required – just come and play. Mary Stewart stewartme@shaw.ca, Convenor

TEXAS HOLD’EM POKER Please join us for a game of Texas Hold’em Poker. This is a simple, fun and popular card game, which we play with chips, not money. Contact the convenor if you would like to come a bit early to have pizza dinner and drinks with the group, or just come for the game. Beginners and experienced players are welcome. Games are usually the second Thursday of every month at 6 pm. Check the newsletter for dates and times.
Joanne Gaspard surlybadger@yahoo.ca, Convenor

TRAVEL is going places this year. We share some of our best travel experiences, photos and souvenirs, and learn from speakers, writers, and photographers. We will discuss appreciation for gardens, social media skills, travel planning, and more. We will alternate daytime and evening meetings depending on preferences. Watch for newsletter announcements.
Randi Winter randi@passionatetravel.com; Vera Unwin veraunwin@gmail.com Co-Convenors

UWCV KNITTERS meets 1st and 3rd Thursday mornings and welcomes all interested members to our informal gatherings to knit, crochet, felt, quilt, sew, or work on a fiber art of your choosing. We are a casual, friendly group, some of whom choose to create pieces for sale at Christmas at Hycroft, although this is optional.
Pam Addinall pamaddinall@gmail.com, Convenor

WHISKEY WOMEN This group meets 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. Each member brings $15 cash to cover the cost of the whiskey and take turns selecting and presenting new offerings and toasts to the group. Each evening includes 3 new whiskeys to taste and compare. Dinner will be on your club invoice. Confirmation of attendance is required by noon the prior Friday, or as notified by the convenor. Members confirming and not attending are still responsible for reimbursing the group for their share of the scotch purchased, and dinner will be added to their club invoice. For more information, contact. Heidi Pullem hp@pullemwealthmanagement.com, Convenor

WINE APPRECIATION meets on the 3rd Thursday evening of each month at 6:00 pm to share wines, food and good company. The buffet is prepared by our Chef and the cost is billed to your club invoice. Cost of wines varies each time and is shared by the attendees. Members take turns presenting and we have occasional guest presenters or go off-site for an event. A monthly reminder is sent to those who have signed up and registration must be confirmed beforehand. For further information and to be added to the e-mail list, contact: Nancy Wu naninvan@me.com, Convenor