CFUW Nelson History

The History of our Club as told by Lois Arnesen, one of our Founding members.

Nelson CFUW History and Club Activities
Nelson CFUW was founded in 1967.  There are close to 100 clubs and 9000 members across Canada.  The CFUW is part of the International Federation of University Women (IFUW) and the IFUW is in 77 countries around the world.  Our mandate is the pursuit of knowledge, promotion of education, improvements in the status of women and girls and active participation in public affairs.

CFUW Nelson presents the Elizabeth Wallach scholarship to one of the top LV Rogers female graduates.  This scholarship was established in 1971 and has grown from $100.00 to $1000.00.  We also have a bursary of $350.00 at Selkirk College for a female student.  This bursary was started in 2004.  We manage the Trail and District Scholarship at Selkirk College since their CFUW club failed.  The amount of the scholarship is $770.00 and it was established in 2000.

We raise funds for our scholarships through projects such as selling homemade squares at Overture Concerts for 27 years.  We have catered at large environmental conferences, had rummage sales, poetry readings, 6 Antique Road Shows, and a huge Art Calendar sale and an ongoing hasti note project.

We have sponsored an all Candidates Forum for municipal elections since 1971 and will likely do so again in 2017.

Another community project was during Nelson’s Centennial in 1997.  One of our members, Frances Welwood, created a duplication ceremony of the signing of the letters patent that made Nelson a city.  After the ceremony we held a formal tea party with silver tea service, ladies pouring tea and all guest dressed in vintage clothing.  It was a huge success.

We sponsored a literary conference in 1987.

We have hosted 3 BC Council AGM’s in 1993, 2002 and most recently with help from former Trail Club members, hosted the AGM in 2013.  The AGM’s had representatives from all over BC who came to Nelson for 3 days.

Most recently, in 2016, we held a fundraiser for our Scholarships, called SIP talks..Stories Inspire Passion whereby we invited 12 local speakers to  tell their stories of what inspired them to  do what they do. We partnered with  Selkirk College's \tourism and Hospitality Students who served International Tapas to match our Celebration of International Women's Day. It was a resounding success!

Each year we study resolutions put forth by clubs and send them to national where they have a strong delegation to lobby the government for women’s rights.

We honour our own members.  The high school scholarship is the Elizabeth Wallach Scholarship named after an outstanding member active in education, politics, literacy, recreation and environmental concerns.  Dr T.J.S Ferguson (Amy Ferguson) received an honorary doctorate from Notre Dame University in Nelson in 1970 and we honoured her at a meeting.  We have authors we recognize including Ann Alma and Joan Lang and we co-sponsored a book launch for John Norris and our very own Frances Welwood.

We have nominated 3 successful Citizens of the Year in Nelson, 1982, Corinne Marrey, 2001 Frances Welwood and 2012, Lois Arnesen.

We also have fun.  We have 3 parties each year, wine and cheese in September, luncheon and gift exchange at Christmas and a pot luck supper in May, this is also our AGM and elections.

There are interest groups, one book club in the afternoon afternoon , Hot Chicks, who go to Ainsworth for a swim followed by lunch, an Out to Lunch group that meets to try different restaurants, a Resolutions committee to study and present resolutions and a very exclusive group, the over 80’s, you have to be over 80 to join! As well, we have  Anything  but Bridge, and Bridge.

There are 22 albums of Nelson Area CFUW archived in Touchstones if anyone wished to learn more.

We make public donations, 1985 we sponsored a library shelf ($20.00), 1985, sponsored a Capital Theatre seat ($100.00), 1997 Waterfront Bench ($500.00) this was a gift from the City of Nelson for our work on the Nelson Birthday Party, 2004, Touchstones ($250.00) and 2012 Capital Theatre, renewed our seat ($50.00).

Nelson and District  CFUW Archive History of Public Donations  

1985   Nelson Municipal Library - shelf                                              $20.00 

1985   Capitol Theatre Restoration Society - seat F 18                  $100.00 

1997   Waterfront Beautification - bench near concession            $500.00 
            A gift from City of Nelson to Nelson CFUW for 
            orchestrating Nelson's 100th Birthday Celebration   
2004    Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History               $250.00

2012    Capital Theatre  Building Sponsor on Donor Wall 2012       $50.00