CFUW Belleville and District Press Release

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As part of celebrating its 100 years, the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) has identified 100 women across Canada to be named as Notable Women. At CFUW’s recent national AGM, two members from CFUW Belleville and District were honoured:  Marylea Burtt and Kay Manderville.

CFUW is a non-partisan, voluntary, self-funded organization with over 90 CFUW Clubs, located in every province across Canada. Since its founding in 1919, CFUW has been working to improve the status of women and to promote human rights, public education, social justice, and peace. 

This year, the local CFUW club, Belleville and District, is celebrating its 80th anniversary with the Notable Women awards as one part of the celebrations.  In addition, members created an 80th anniversary scholarship award, valued at $2400.  The next celebratory occasion is a public education event with Nora Young (CBC Spark) on Saturday, October 26.  

CFUW Belleville and District meets from September through May on the 3rd Thursday evening, with a variety of interest groups who meet on their own schedule.  Its first general meeting of 2019-2020 is September 19th, 6:30 at St. Thomas’ Anglican Church, corner of Church and Bridge East.  All women who share the values of CFUW are welcome to join. A university degree is not a requirement.

CFUW Belleville and District is very proud of the work we do, with women like Kay and Marylea putting CFUW goals and values into action. We congratulate them and know that it is women like them who make a difference in our community.

Garden Tour Committee Luncheon

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The Garden Tour Committee met recently for a luncheon at the home of Martha Griffin. The occasion was hosted by Martha and Carol Sayeau.

Following the report detailing the results of the garden tour a cheque for $16 000 was presented to the Vice President of Scholarships.


Abigail’s Graduation Activities

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Some club members attended the Grad Lunch at Abigail’s on June 18th, and then presented the certificates at the actual Quinte Adult Education Graduation on June 20th.  Juanita da Silva was a recipient of one of the CFUW Belleville and District scholarships for students attending college in the fall.  Such great celebrations and proud moments!


The 20th Annual Garden Tour

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A message from the co-chairs:
Good evening, Ladies,

Despite the shower in PEC and the humid air mass over the area, today’s
20th Annual Town & Country Garden Tour was a wonderful event.

For folks who like numbers, we sold about 260 tickets.

Just as importantly, our gardeners, our guests and our volunteers tell
us that they greatly enjoyed the day.

Here are some quotes:

     * “That sandwich in the lunch:  I am picky about sandwiches but
       wow, that sandwich was REALLY good!”
     * “Beautiful gardens plus vintage cars: perfect combo!”
     * From four new attendees from Deseronto/Napanee:  “We heard the
       interview promoting the Garden Tour this morning on the Steve
       Marlin radio show and we decided to attend! It has been great!”
     * A returning guest:  “I am from England and I come every year:
       why wouldn’t I, with the gardens you have around here?”
     * A local guest: “I had such a fabulous time as a gardener/host at
       last year’s tour that I had to come this year as a guest”.
     * After spending the afternoon in the SW-style garden, Carolyn
       Cockerline predicts that “many local gardeners will be inspired
       to incorporate SW-style features into their gardens, in the

We thank you, the members of CFUW Belleville and District, for helping
to make today’s tour such a rewarding and memorable experience for
everyone involved. It was great fun!

Irene Hiebert and Karen Mouck
Garden Tour 2019 Committee Co-Chairs

Garden Pre-tour

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A message from one of our garden owners after the pre-tour viewing which allows the garden owners and the volunteers who will be busy on Saturday to see every garden:

I was impressed by all the work and planning that you and others have to do to pull off such a worthy project. I’m pleased that my garden will help your club to raise money for scholarships and especially pleased that you are offering a scholarship to an adult student. Thank you for inviting me to be a part of it.