Events and Activities

Our club holds four regularly scheduled activities.  The business of the club is carried out at general meetings at which a speaker is featured.  Our Outdoor Club group gets together weekly, the Coffee and Chat group bi-weekly and the Book Club monthly.  Further details for each of these are set out below.

Monthly Meetings

We hold monthly general meetings September through May, excluding December.  These are held at the Schubert Centre, 3505 30th Ave, Vernon, BC, on the third Monday of every month from 10:30 am until noon unless the date is a statutory holiday.  In this case, the meeting will be re-scheduled.

Our monthly meetings provide an opportunity for members to socialize with other members, further their own learning through informative speakers, and participate in club business.  Reasonable fees are charged for speaker/coffee/lunch, speaker and coffee only and coffee (and tea) only.  The lunch is a simple buffet consisting of soup and sandwich, served at the end of the meeting.

Our speaker schedule will be posted and updated here as they occur or are scheduled. 

February 26, 2024 – Liz Blakeway, Network Director, North Okanagan Land to Table Network (L2T) will be speaking about how food system resilience relates to climate resilience and community preparedness

Land to Table is a food system network; the mission of this network is “to foster connections and collaboration in support of a prosperous, sustainable, and accessible regional food system in the North Okanagan.”  

For more information on this organization,  check out their website at https://landtotablenetwork.com/.

January 15, 2024 – Christine Kirby, a Road Safety and Community Coordinator for ICBC, gave a terrific presentation called “Drive Smart for Seniors.”  It included refreshers of the road, preparing for an upcoming road test, and giving up your license.  The event was well attended, with a number of members of the public joining us.  Christine happily answered everyone’s questions; she also  provided reflective tags for persons to put onto coats etc to make sure of visibility to drivers when out and about.  

As the ICBC website https://www.icbc.com/driver-licensing/getting-licensed/Tips-for-Senior-Drivers says, “The rules of the road are constantly evolving. We could all use a refresher every now and then to keep our skills up.” 

 

November 20, 2023 – Lloyd Davies and Sasha Carter spoke to our members about the Sunflower Childcare Centre to be opened next year on the Vernon Campus of Okanagan College.  Lloyd and his wife Janet Armstrong were the leadership donors who spearheaded the campaign for the building of this centre while Sasha  is the Development Officer for Okanagan College Foundation.  The new 44-seat Centre will offer affordable childcare through programs like the $10-a-Day childcare initiative or the Child Care Fee Reduction initiative.   The photo is an artist’s rendering of the immediate outdoor space for the Centre.  More information about the Centre can be found at
 
https://www.okanagan.bc.ca/oc-foundation/sunflower-campaign.

2023

October 16 – Laisha Rosnau, recently appointed Executive Director of the Caetani Centre, gave a brief history of the Caetani family, with her presentation including video clips from the family’s early years in Vernon.  She briefly described the process of researching and writing her novel, Little Fortress, as well reading an excerpt from the novel.    (photo credit UBCO)

2023

September 18 – The guest speaker this month was Erin Kennedy, Artistic Director of the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre for the past thirteen years.  She spoke about the upcoming season at at the Performing Arts Centre, as well the various activities the Centre engages in to involve the community.  She also answered questions about her work in arranging programming for a season that includes 24-38 multidisciplinary performances.

Special Interest Groups

Book Club

Are you looking for good books; thoughtful, intelligent, stimulating discussion; fun and companionship?  Our book club provides that and more!

CFUW Vernon’s Book Club meets regularly on the 4th Tuesday of the month and guests are welcome to attend up to 3 meetings before becoming members of CFUW Vernon.  

Meetings are held at the homes of members and times may vary.

Book Club Members each choose a book for the month in which they are hosting.  Books can be from any genre, and include fiction and non-fiction.  Here is the current line-up. 

Sept:  Lessons from the Edge by Marie Yovanowich

Oct:  Violin Conspiracy by B. Slocumb

Nov:  The Book of Longing by Sue Monk Kidd

Dec:  The Dictionary of Lost Words (at The Med restaurant) by Pip Williams

2024

Jan:  Worn, A People’s History of Clothing by Sofi Thanhauser

Feb:  The Small Things That End The World by Jeanette Lynes

Mar:  Horse by G. Brooks

Apr:  Wan by Dawn Promislow

May:  The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth

Jun:  The Henna Artist by Aika Joshi

Coffee and Chat

These sessions are held on alternate Fridays, 10:15 am until noon, in a large meeting room within the Army Navy and Air Force Club located 2500 46th Ave. Vernon, B.C.   Get to know other members in a semi-structured informal setting  through moderated lively sharing of a topic sent out in advance.  Topics vary and are chosen by the group leader or as suggested by a member.  Coffee, tea or other beverage available for purchase from the ANF.

Past topics include, 

  • In the continued theme of getting to know each other better, you are invited to share a bit about your career and what or who influenced you to choose that path (and other related questions).    
  • Bring with you an artefact of significance to you and or your family. Obviously it needs to be small….or you could just bring a picture of it! 
  • Discuss a book you have read recently that you would like to recommend to others.

Outdoors Club

During the non-winter months, this group takes weekly hikes on various trails in and around Vernon, of which there are a significant number.  There may also be a possibility of a swim.  The activity starts at 10 am on Fridays at a location chosen by the group leader but suggestions for locations are always welcome.  

With the arrival of snow, the Friday schedule is maintained but the group switches to snowshoeing.  There are a number of snowshoe trails within Sovereign Provincial Park or Silver Star Mountain that the group frequents.  

Whether hiking or snowshoeing, an effort is made to carpool to make getting to the chosen destination easier for the participants.   Additionally, depending on schedules, at the conclusion of the activity,  members stop somewhere for coffee.

© CFUW Vernon 2023