Ardith Toogood, CUFW Coordinator for International Relations is blogging from the IFUW Triennial Conference in Mexico City. For more information on the IFUW click here.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Breakfast, although expensive at $20.00, was delicious and the restaurant on the lower level of the hotel is bright and cheery. We met a few more of the Canadian delegates – Lois Hunter from BC and Sandy Millen, RD Manitoba were at a nearby table. The card for Phyllis Scott, celebrating her birthday tomorrow, was passed around and greetings added.
There was an all day training session, Towards a Multigenerational Approach, that ran from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Each IFUW affiliate could register up to four members and an unlimited number of young members to talk about membership. CFUW participants were President Brenda Wallace, CIR Ardith Toogood, Sandy Millen and Marianne Singh-Waraich who kindly filled in for Susan Murphy. The session had barely begun when Sandy was summoned to the door. The tour on which she was booked for the next day had been moved to today! Bye Sandy – have fun!
The session was dynamic and participatory, sometimes with mixed groupings and sometimes in cohorts: Veterans of Change (1925 – 1965), Boomers ( 1946 – 1964), Generation X (1965 – 1979) and Millennials (1980 – 1999). The Veterans were the smallest group (Speak up! We can’t hear!) but the combined Gen X and Millennials the largest. There will be sessions throughout the conference.
The registration desk is still not open! First it was to be open at 8:00 am, then noon, then 4:00 pm. Hey! Were we not all taught as children: when in Mexico do as the Mexicans?!
Phyllis’s luggage is still not here. I invited her to choose whatever she liked from my closet. She looks a whole lot better in my clothes than I do! Went to her room to say “Hello” to Roberta Brooks, IFUW Assistant Treasurer and a Past President of CFUW.
Everyone was a bit weary and jet-lagged and since the skies were beginning to cloud over, we decided to try the other restaurant in the hotel. Zoom – down to the lobby in the glass elevator. There we met Mary Hall, CFUW member who is IFUW Resolutions Convener and her hubby with Griselda Kenyon, Past President of IFUW – and then Gail Roussy and Margaret Binek just back from touring – and then outside the restaurant Florine Swanson, President of Women Graduates-USA and Board member Janet Heineke – and then Linda Patzold and Grace Stapleton, RD Newfoundland and VP Atlantic. It was better than a family reunion!
Ahhh – a slow and delicious meal of Spanish cuisine – and bring on some more guacamole! Then off to our rooms to check Blackberry messages, work on Netbooks and prepare for next day’s agenda before lights out.