Interest Groups

Interest Groups open to all members.  Self-directed groups of members gather daytime and evening – sometimes incorporating meals and refreshments.  New groups form regularly. For information on any group that appeals to you, please contact the Convenor.  Information on upcoming meetings is regularly posted in Hycroft Happenings and the Weekly EMail update.

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.

ALPINE ADVENTURES – a group for members who love skiing, snowshoeing, or hiking and want to share in the great outdoor experiences that beautiful BC has to offer.  Activities will be off site and scheduled on weekdays and weekends depending on member preference and availability.

BOOK GROUP – Afternoon – Readers meet on the second Tuesday of the month to discuss the book, fiction or non-fiction, of the month. Sometimes no specific book is chosen, but members each describe one that they liked and feel that others should know about. New members are very welcome to the discussion.

BOOK GROUP – Evenings – meet on Thursday evenings at 6pm. This new group will follow the same reading list as the daytime group in order to allow members to attend either group depending on their schedules for the month.

BRIDGE GROUPS

MONDAY MORNING BRIDGE – This group promotes fellowship and camaraderie amongst a group of women who enjoy playing the game of bridge in a relaxed and supportive environment.  Weekly at 10am.

MONDAY AFTERNOON BRIDGE – This group meets every Monday at 12:30pm for two hours of Chicago Bridge from mid-September to the end of April. Substitutes often fill in on very short notice if a regular member cannot play. We have a wind-up luncheon at the end of the season.

WEDNESDAY CHICAGO/DUPLICATE BRIDGE – meets each Wednesday from 10:30 – 12:30. Duplicate bridge members should have some knowledge of bridge at an Intermediate level. We aim to have a fun group where new things can be learned.

THURSDAY BRIDGE – Friendly group that meets every Thursday from 10 – 12 noon. All members with some bridge experience are welcome to join.

BEGINNERS BRIDGE – is for members who want to learn the game. We meet on Sundays from 1 – 2pm. All members are welcome.

BUSY GOURMET – meets on the third Monday evening each month to share a cooperative dinner based on themes set by rotating hostesses. We focus on the ‘busy’ while enjoying those who share ‘gourmet’. Generally 25 – 30 attend to enjoy a meal, talk and have fun. We welcome new and long-time members.

CHICK FLICKS – meets the fourth Thursday evening of the month to socialize and enjoy a chick flick in good company at Hycroft.  We often share dinner in advance of the movie showing. Many of the films we watch are from the ‘silver screen’ era.

CINEPHILES – Film enthusiasts, join fellow UWCV members at the movies on the last Tuesday of the month. The convenor can provide more information. Members can be included in the list of members to receive the email notification when the movie has been selected.

CLUB CONNECTIONS – Professional member networking group meets every other month to share professional expertise, resources and experiences. All members are welcome to join in for an evening of informative presentations, socializing and Hycroft appetizers. Information is updated in Hycroft Happenings. 

COMPUTER GROUP – Wondering how to use your iPad and all it has to offer?  Trying to organize your photos and music and want some help? This PC and MAC friendly group provides a welcome place for your questions. All members are welcome, along with all levels of knowledge.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH – a group for members wanting to enhance and support the awareness among Club members of local issues and to develop and implement service projects to support people in the Vancouver area.

CRAFTS – Every Wednesday members meet to work on craft projects of their choice. Occasional workshops will be held and we may pursue some group projects throughout the year.

DANCE GROUP – The Dance Group invites members to come dance in our beautiful ballroom on Wednesday evenings from 7 – 9pm. Instruction is by a professional dance instructor in ‘international style’ Latin and Ballroom dance. No great ability is required – just the desire to dance. September – June we focus on one dance each month and learn a progression of steps to form a routine. July and August we meet for review and dance nights. The group enjoys attending dinner dance events at Hycroft and at other venues. Fees cover the cost of the instructor. It is preferable that members bring a partner.

FEMMES DU FROMAGE – meets 4th Tuesday evenings at 6pm to enjoy sampling a variety of cheeses paired with beverages and accompanied by salads to round out a meal at a cost of $30. 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.

FINANCIAL LITERACY – meets 2nd and 4th Mondays from 1:30pm to 3pm 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 A countants, Investment advisors, Insurance professionals or banker.

FITNESS – Classes accommodate all levels of ability. New members are welcome to sessions:

TUESDAYS – mornings we meet for 75 minutes for an invigorating workout incorporating yoga for stretching, fun and simple dance routines for cardio.

FRIDAYS – 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.

FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUPS – – We welcome new members to:

TUESDAY FRENCH is for Beginners with mentor Marlene Karnouk who will help members to learn basic French and introduce them to French culture through movies, music, and cooking. We often finish with soup lunch in the Dining Room.

THURSDAY FRENCH is Conversational French with mentor Suzanne Poulin. Conversations are informal and cover a wide range of topics. She helps members improve French language diction through presentations on a variety of topics, video clips, French quizzes, tongue twisters, and songs. We often enjoy lunch together after our sessions.

GOLF GROUP  – Our group consists of golfers from UWC and guests who have a range of golfing skills, and who enjoy casual play at a variety of courses.  The courses played are easy and the focus is on having fun. We often enjoy having lunch together afterwards.

HOOKED ON NEEDLES – meets 2nd and 4th 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.

HYCROFT PAINTERS – Members who enjoy creating art meet on Tuesday and Friday afternoons between 1:30 and 5:00 to paint.  We work in different mediums including watercolour, acrylic, and oil.  We bring our own supplies and work on individual projects but share fellowship and fun as we encourage each other in our work.  Everyone is welcome to join either the Tuesday or Friday group — or both.

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HYCROFT SINGERS  – The Hycroft Singers enjoy making music together for appearances at Christmas at Hycroft, the Members Christmas Party, the Annual Dinner and other command performances during the year.  We have an extensive range of interest – from mediaeval carols to Broadway ballads, and love them all.  We usually meet on Tuesdays afternoons.  Interested club members are invited to contact Music Director for audition.

INVESTMENT LITERACY – Members interested in handling money wisely, meet the second and fourth Monday each month at 1:30 to 3pm for discussions led by an Investment Advisor. Seminar topics depend on the interest of the group and can include types of investment, tax and estate planning, balancing a portfolio and market developments. Lively discussion is encouraged and each session completes a topic.

ISSUES CAFÉ – meets on 4th Monday evenings. In ‘Philosophers Cafe’ style we engage in discussion of topics specific and current, set and moderated by rotating hostesses. We begin with a no-host social, then enjoy presentation of a moderated discussion and summary. We often continue our conversation during dinner arranged through Hycroft Hospitality, when offered and reserved. We look forward to seeing you at the Café.

MAHJONG DAYTIME – We play Mahjong, have fun, enjoy friendly competition. Instruction available. New members are welcome and should purchase a copy of the instruction booklet ($2) from the office. Fee $1 for each session.

MAHJONG EVENING– meets 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 6:30 pm. New and experienced players are welcome. New players should purchase Mahjong instruction booklet ($2) from the Club office. Informal instruction is provided.

MEDITATION and RELAXATION – meets each Friday morning at 10am for a facilitated session that will refresh participants.

MILLENNIALS – Members aged 40 and under meet to share common interests and to come to know one another. Monthly meets include movie nights, dinners, game nights and more.

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.

PLAY READING GROUP – Our enthusiastic group meets every 2nd and 4th Friday of each month at 10:30am. We read play-sets from the VPL and endeavour to choose an eclectic mix of plays from Agatha Christie to William Shakespeare. No great acting skill is required – just the desire to read a good play and sometimes discuss the issues that arise.

QUILTERS CIRCLE – Come and join members interested in the art of quilting. This is not a beginners or instructional group however the group will share ideas, support, and have fun.

SCRABBLE GROUP – meets on the 3rd Sunday of the month at 1:30pm. It is open to new and experienced members at any level of love for the game of Scrabble. No registration required.

TEXAS HOLD’EM POKER – Please join us for a game of Texas Hold’em Poker on second Tuesday evenings each month. This simple card game is not only fun, but helps us to develop strategic thinking. We are not playing tournament style poker, so feel free to join us on a drop in basis. Beginners and experienced players are welcome. Check the newsletter for dates and times of the poker and the pre-poker-pizza.

TRAVEL – meets second Thursday evenings of the month. In addition to nostalgic trips down memory lane of some best travel experiences, photos, and souvenirs and guest speakers, you can count on getting out and about. A photo walk with a master professional photographer is planned, as well as programs on how to appreciate gardens on your travels, social media skills and travel, and being a tourist in our town.

WHISKEY WOMEN – meets on the first Tuesday of the month, to taste new whiskeys, learn the art of nosing and tasting, share appetizers and toasts and, most importantly, have fun. Each member brings $15 cash to cover the cost of the whiskey, while billing for the appetizer buffet dinner will be on your Club invoice. Members takes turns selecting and presenting new offerings and toasts to the group. Each evening includes at least 2 whiskeys to taste and compare. Confirmation of attendance is required by noon the prior Friday. Members confirming and not attending are still responsible for reimbursing the group for their share of the scotch and appetizers purchased.

WINE APPRECIATION – meets on 3rd Thursday evenings at 6pm to taste and learn about different wines and partake in a buffet prepared by our Chef. Most importantly we enjoy camaraderie and good cheer! Cost of wines varied and is shared by attendees. $20 for food is billed to your club invoice when you confirm your attendance. Members take turns presenting and occasionally we have guest presenters or travel off-site for wine events. A monthly invitation is sent to our list of members; registration must be confirmed by the Sunday before. Cancellations after that date or no-shows are responsible for the cost of food and wine.