Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Ardith Toogood – CFUW CIR
The IFUW Conference registration desk is now open! We received our conference bags, complete with all the documentation and a beautiful silver 30th Triennial pin with details in red, white and green – the colours of the Mexican flag.
At breakfast we said ‘Hello’ to Susan Murphy, VP BC who arrived first class and with a voucher since she had been delayed in Vancouver for 24 hours, Nora Kudrenecky from CFUW Kitchener-Waterloo, Antonieta Marticorena from CFUW North Toronto, Carol Hare from CFUW Mississauga. Later, Marian Ennis, IFUW Convener of the Hegg-Hoffet Committee arrived with her husband from Vancouver.
The IFUW 90th Council Meeting – akin to our CFUW Pre-AGM Board Meeting – took place from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. with CFUW President Louise Croot from New Zealand presiding. The Council is comprised of the Board ( the President, the four Vice-Presidents – Phyllis Scott from Canada, Marianne Haselgrave from Britain, Shirley Randall from Rwanda and Sushil Bhardwaj from India, all candidates for IFUW President 2010 – 2013 – and Treasurer Catherine Bell from South Africa plus the CIR or designated representative from each NFA (national federation or association) who votes on behalf of her affiliate. We have designated spots with our country’s name indicating where we should sit. As CFUW CIR I was proud to represent Canada.
Observers were welcome. CFUW President attended except for the period when the Orientation for First-Time Conference Attendees was held. Lois Hunter attended the briefing for Rapporteurs.
We attended the Meet-the-Candidates gathering where our five candidates for IFUW positions were circulating with the other countries’ candidates.
In the evening, Brenda was lucky to get one of the 40 tickets available to the inaugural opening of the new Mexican Women’s Museum. Margaritas or tequila sunrises were served for all IFUW registrants at an informal welcome in the lovely hotel lobby and bar area. Networking, networking, networking!
Phyllis’s luggage is still missing – for four days now! She fell on the first day in Mexico and has a sprained and bandaged ankle and bruises on hip and shoulder. Who needs this at any time – but especially when running for President of IFUW. We had another “choose an outfit” session in my room to ensure that she is decent (her word!) for her candidate’s speech tomorrow. She looks positively spiffy! Good luck, Phyllis!