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					FACULTY WOMEN’S CLUB
NEWSLETTER
Vol. 21 No. 2, November 2007
University of Alberta

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
I hope you have all been able to enjoy the beautiful Fall weather this year. Although I was in
Northern Ireland for several weeks visiting family, since returning I have enjoyed spending time in
our beautiful river valley with the walking group ladies! By all accounts the interest groups are up
and running, and well supported by the membership. Reports of special group activities are found
inside the Newsletter.

This is the first Newsletter to be distributed electronically and we hope the process will go smoothly!
It will also be posted on our excellent website at www.ualberta.ca/~fwc . Regular copies will be
mailed out as usual to those without e-mail addresses, and to those who choose to receive their copy
this way. Directories will be mailed out to all members.

Judging by the chatter and positive feedback, all who attended the Fall Tea on September 8 th had a
great time, meeting friends and signing up for the special events and interest groups. We warmly
welcome several new members this year and sincerely hope you will enjoy being part of the FWC.

We were delighted with the response to our two Fall special events – perhaps they proved popular as
both were free! Waiting lists were set up and we request that you let the program committee know
well in advance, if possible, if you cannot attend so that another person may take your place. The
tour of the National Institute for Nanotechnology was excellent with the two presenters giving us a
great overview of the exciting research going on inside a very secure building! In November we have
several outings planned to the Saxby Dessert Factory. We look forward also to an interesting event
on January 19th, 2008 when longtime member Helen Otto will tell us about her trip to Antarctica.
This event is open to friends and spouses. Please mark your calendars for the Spring Luncheon on
March 20th, 2008, and the AGM on April 28 th. Also, remember you may borrow our copy of the new
book about the life of Harriet Winspear. Phone Bev Hoyles (436-2597) to put your name on the
waiting list.

I personally would like to thank the hard-working Executive for all the myriad tasks they do –
whether it be compiling the newsletter and directory, keeping track of our members and finances, or
organizing the special events. Thanks also to the convenors – I really got the impression that things
carried on with aplomb while I was away, and it was (somewhat) comforting to know I was hardly
missed!

With every good wish to you all as the Christmas season approaches. May you feel the warmth of
your families, and your friends in the FWC at this special time of year.

Sylvia Kernahan
President
2007-2008 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Faculty Women’s Club Website www.ualberta.ca/~fwc
President Sylvia Kernahan 434-0434 kernahan2@shaw.ca
Past President Norma Gutteridge 436-3601 ngutteridge@shaw.ca
Vice-President Orla Ryan                          431-0358       ryanorla@yahoo.ca
Secretary Bonnie Austen 439-2612 bausten@shaw.ca
Treasurer Bridget Netzel 431-1923        bridgetnetzel@shaw.ca
Assistant Treasurer Bev Hoyles                       436-2597            ebhoyles@hotmail.com
Newsletter Editor Jane Hopkinson 439-0876 pawlett@shaw.ca
Membership Laura Steadward                  436-7676             rds@tblsport.com
Program Krystyna Fedosejevs 437-9562 krysf@telusplanet.net
                                        Vicki Strang 435-0333         vickistrang@shaw.ca
   Hannelore Pinnington        434-0590              hannelorep@shaw.ca
Publicity Ellen Calabrese-Amrhein 989-1108 eamrhein@shaw.ca

 Non-executive positions
Directory Editor Joan Hube 433-6749 jdhube@telus.net
Brochure Editor Joan Hube 433-6749 jdhube@telus.net
Website Editor Margot Wanke 430-7417 wanke@shaw.ca


  UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS Voyage to the Antarctic
Presented by Helen Otto
 Deep in the throes of January, as the thermometer plunges and we trek through snow and ice on
Edmonton streets and sidewalks, why not escape to a land far, far away! In the warm comfort of the
indoors, Helen will share with us her exciting adventure close to the South Pole. Her trip started with
a plane ride to Chile. A cruise ship took her by the fjords along the Chilean coast, to Cape Horn,
across the Drake passage and to the Antarctic coast. Enjoy breathtaking scenes of nature: icebergs,
penguins, mountains, seals and much more. Helen‟ s photo on the right is a foretaste of what we will
see. When: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Saturday, January 19 th, 2008 Where: Windsor Park Community
League, 11840 - 87th Avenue Cost:                    $5.00 And Spring dates to mark in your
calendar if you want warmer thoughts (more details in the next Newsletter) Thursday, March




20th, 2008 Spring Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., Royal Glenora Club
Monday, April 28th, 2008     Annual General Meeting, 6:00 p.m., Faculty Club
THE FALL TEA
 I don’t know what the original members of the Faculty Women’s Club would have thought if somehow they
could have seen into the future and taken note of the arrival of the ladies at their Fall Tea in the year 2007.
They would no doubt have been amazed by the utter absence of formality. Hats were few and far between,
there was not a pair of gloves in sight, and a goodly number of us were wearing pants. In we streamed,
waving to our friends, paying our subscriptions, signing up for the two Fall Events, and making our way over
to the Convenors who sat at their tables awaiting us. Whether our interests ran to German Conversation, Golf,
or Quilting, or to twenty-one other activities, we were welcomed with open arms. Our questions were
answered, descriptions were offered, our signatures received with smiles and thanks.
It was a sunny afternoon, at least to begin with, and the Saskatchewan Room was exactly the right venue. The
trees along the river valley were still in summer dress shimmering in the light breeze and sunshine. It was a
lovely place to be and the high attendance showed that for the women of the Faculty Women’s Club it was
where most of them wanted to be that afternoon. Tables and chairs set up around the centre of the room were
soon full of groups of women catching up on old friendships or starting new ones while nibbling on cookies
and drinking cups of tea or coffee, as usual poured by former Presidents in rotation. Halfway through our
President, Sylvia Kernahan, called for silence and began her speech. She outlined the two Fall Events: visits to
the National Institute for Nanotechnology at the University and to Saxby’s Dessert Factory Outlet, and
explained why the Club’s Newsletter is going electronic in November for those who can and want to receive it
that way. She mentioned the sad passing of Virginia Van Vliet, our oldest member, and told us all about a
book on Harriet Winspear that has been donated to the Club and can be borrowed by application to Bev
Hoyles. She thanked Mr. Graf for the use of the Faculty Club facilities and, finally, introduced this year’s
Executive. It but remained for us to eat and drink and enjoy each other’s company, while trying to persuade
our friends to join the groups we find so fascinating if they had not already done so. The ladies of 1935 might
have been perplexed by our informality, but they would have loved the fact that we were still in existence 72
years on and I, for one, felt their presence among us. I couldn’t help wondering whether the Club will be
around in another 72 years’ time and, if so, what on earth our members will be wearing then. Wouldn’t we
love to know. Norma Gutteridge
Past President




2007-2008 Executive at the Fall Tea, Saturday, September 8, 2007

Left to right: Hannelore Pinnington, Sylvia Kernahan, Bev Hoyles, Krystyna Fedosejevs, Bridget Netzel, Ellen
Calabrese-Amrhein, Norma Gutteridge, Jane Hopkinson, Bonnie Austen, Laura Steadward
Photo, thanks to Sylvia Kernahan




“PROCESSIONAL” WALL QUILT
In the February 1984 issue of Canada Quilts, Laurrie Sobie wrote an article describing a quilt made
by the FWC Quilting Interest Group to commemorate the 75 th anniversary of the University of
Alberta and the 50th year of the Faculty Women‟ s Club. She notes that planning started two years
before the actual anniversary with requests for suggested themes for the project. The final design
used the crest of the U of A as the backdrop, with a processional as highlight. Because a procession
is most often seen as pictured, from the audience, they did not concern themselves with faces, but
rather decided upon emphasizing the hoods and garments as seen from the rear.
Although the Quilting Group usually met every second week, as the design progressed and deadlines
loomed, they began meeting weekly, then twice a week, and then weekends as well. Families and
friends were “snared and initiated to the disease called quilting.” The final product includes over 100
different fabrics, all laundered and tested to be assured of their uniform cleaning properties. Each of
the figures is three dimensional, with the hoods and robes standing away from the background. The
subtle dimension in the robes was achieved by making each robe as if it were an actual little garment.
Each hood is a perfect replica of the actual hood and trimmed with satin ribbons of traditional
colours. The shapes are graded in height and thickness as they diminish in size. The final product is
“the theme of an academic procession including in the foreground the Chancellor in blue, the
President in green, the Chairman of the Board wearing black and all the faculty representatives
marching off into the future.” In her article, Laurrie recalls how she was often likened to a
sergeant-major while directing operations. In the end, though, she says that the group didn‟ t need
the sparkling wine that followed when Myer Horowitz unveiled the final product to be on display
during the Universiade Games. The quilters were already experiencing their “highs” of satisfaction
from their accomplishment. The quilt has hung in University Hall since its presentation. It is now to
be moved by the university into the Arts Collection. It is very dusty and discussions have been held
with the Quilting Interest Group about cleaning and restoring it. The issue of Canada Quilts where
the article about the quilt appeared will now be stored in the Faculty Women‟ s Club materials at the
University Archives. Those who participated in the quilting project were: Isabel Barker, Jean Bellow, Frieda
Bollinger, Marjorie Bruce, Marianne Elder, Jean Gainer, Barbara Horowitz, Kathy Jackson, Marion Jenkinson, Lorraine
Kucey, Shirley Larke, Kathy Marsden, Magdalene McDowall, Norma McIntosh, Aletha McLachlin, Melody McQuitty,
Isabela Mictynska, Vi Moskalyk, Florence Nash, Helen Peters, Jackie Phillip, Hannelore Pinnington, Jeanne Ratsoy,
Peggy Robblee, Olya Savaryn, Pat Schlosser, Billie Seger, Evelyn Shedden, Jean Shysh, Frances Siemens, Cathy Smith,
Laurrie Sobie, Robyn Sperber, Sylvie Thibodeau, and Martha Ware. Additional help was given by fibre artist Marlene
Cox-Bishop, needlewomen Helen Cairnes and Flo Dutka from the Edmonton Needlecraft Guild and silk painter Sylvia
Thibodeau.
NANOTECHNOLOGY – IT’S A SMALL, Small, Small, Small world
Left to right: Mary Trumpener, Marcia Bercov, Krystyna Fedosejevs, Norma Gutteridge, Felicity Pickard, Barbara
Robinson, Charleen Miles, Eve Gardner, Patty Morgenstern, Ron Gardner, Bonnie Austen, Sheena Coutts, Ron Coutts


On Friday afternoon, October 19, a group of FWC members, plus a few husbands, about twenty-five persons
in all, met in the lobby of the Institute for Nanotechnology at the university. Other husbands it appeared,
especially those in the sciences, were puzzled by our determination to make a tour of this facility. “What could
you possibly get out of it?” they quizzed their wives. “How are you going to understand what is involved?” A
son, all of twenty-one years of age, had hazarded the explanation to his mother, which she told me with great
amusement, that as he had recently seen something on the internet about nanotechnology being used in finding
a cure for Alzheimer‟ s disease, this must be the reason for our interest! As it transpired, we all enjoyed the
tour enormously, especially the first half hour of it, which was a PowerPoint presentation on the subject given
by Dr. Wayne Materi. It was snappy, to the point, wholly intelligible, and extremely fascinating. A basic
definition of nanotechnology is: the engineering of functional systems at the molecular level, but Dr. Materi
joked that not even those working in it fully understood what nanotechnology is! A nanometre is
one-billionth of a metre. Think of a centimetre, 100 th of a metre, and you will get some idea of how small a
nanometre is. On the screen we saw a pin held between two human fingers. We zoomed in to see that a human
hair was stretched across the head of the pin. More zoom and the hair looked like a rope and an ugly little
creature squatting beside it was, we were told, a dust mite. Some further magnifications later, the outline of
the hair had completely disappeared; we could only see a variegated background of it filling the screen but
new features were popping up including an Ebola virus and a grain of ragweed pollen, unseen until now.
Each magnification was 100 times greater than the one before. Dr. Materi explained how a transistor, quite
a chunky little thing when first invented over forty years ago, can now be made in a microscopic size.
Computer chips or integrated circuits now hold millions whereas they originally held hundreds. This is how
many people have viewed nanotechnology, Dr. Materi said. In the past it was seen as a constant reduction,
working from the top down. The future depends on working from the bottom up, that is manipulating the
properties of the single molecule. He said that human beings are giants compared with the majority of living
forms, which are microscopic, and that nanotechnology should mean the study of things whose main
properties depend on their very small size.
We were then told about the building, which has a “clean room” in the basement where all the air has been
scrubbed. This enables work to be done that depends on a dust-free environment. The entire top floor of the
building is given over to the mechanical systems that control the atmosphere in all the laboratories. On the
other floors, as well as the research labs, there is space that is rented out to firms who wish to do research
within a shared environment where work is being carried out by both physicists and biologists.
It was explained to us that the Institute is a shared enterprise between the federal government and the
University of Alberta. Both had put in fifty percent of the cost of the building, the university's half coming
from the provincial government„s Medical Heritage Fund. The cost of running it is also shared. Many of the
staff have split appointments and work both for the Institute and their departments and have lower teaching
loads to compensate for their time spent on research there. The Institute‟ s building is at the north end of the
campus not far from the Faculty Club and is on ground found to be untouched since the Ice Age. Nothing had
ever been built on it. The geologists found that it was completely stable so there is no chance the building will
move even an iota. There is currently some concern about construction going on just across the way, but the
scientists, we were told, are coming in overnight to use the 'scopes so that there is no possibility of tremors or
noise while being operated. At the end of the lecture Dr. Materi showed us a spectacular movie that was an
animation but completely true to life. We saw great colored swirls and circles moving around; then we were
looking through huge corridors of columns and then zooming down to curved surfaces on which little
caterpillar-like creatures were looping along, and then rearing up and kind of shaking their “heads,” which
made us laugh. When it was over, he told us that what we had just seen was exactly what was going on in
every cell of our body all the time except that it was happening a million times faster!        After that we split
into two groups and one was taken up to the second floor to see the biology labs, and the other (of which I was
one) along to see the electron microscopes. We didn't go into the labs but looked through large windows. The
building housing the electron microscopes was actually separate from the building we were in. Our guide,
Shannon Jones, Communications Director of the Institute, lifted up a rubber sheath to show the gap between
the two. This is so that any vibration caused by movement or voices is not conducted to the microscopes. One
of them struck me as the most outwardly complex machine I had ever seen, far exceeding anything dreamed
up by Rube Goldberg or Heath Robinson. We were told that the researcher in charge of that lab had moved
from the NRC in Ottawa and that he and his team had completely dismantled it and brought it to Edmonton
and not only had they then reassembled it, but had gone through the whole routine again when the new
building was ready to be moved into. Afterwards, we went upstairs and saw the biology labs and the other
group saw the microscopes. While on our tour of the biology labs with Professor Materi, he shared with us
his thoughts about one of the things he sees happening in the future - changing how molecules work, for
example: transferring self-healing properties to them. “If I gash my leg,” he said, “I wait and it will self-repair,
but if I gash this wall, I will have to go and get materials to fill in the gash and then paint it over. Suppose we
could find a way to put the self-repairing properties of living cells into the molecules of inanimate matter so
that the wall could heal itself? Imagine self-repairing roads!” We all gasped and he admitted that this was
probably a century or more away.




The tour took an hour-and-a-half and was utterly fascinating. I hope the wives whose husbands had been
perhaps a little condescending about our visit will have convinced them that we thoroughly understood what
the Institute was about at the macro level, but that we are happy to leave the micro level to them.


 Left to right: Krystyna Fedosejevs, Orla Ryan, Betty Donald   Norma Gutteridge Joan Hube. Photos thanks to Sylvia
Kernahan         Past President
MEMBER’S NEWS Condolences A belated, but no less sincere condolence goes out to Faculty
Women‟ s Club member Nora Stovel on the loss of her husband Bruce in January, 2007. Bruce retired as
Professor Emeritus of English in 2006. His special area was literature of the eighteenth century, particularly
Jane Austen. He co-edited two collections of essays on Austen and contributed to The Cambridge Companion
to Jane Austen. He co-founded the Edmonton chapter of the Jane Austen Society in 1992 and was widely
involved with other Jane Austen events and organizations. The University of Alberta has dedicated a first
edition of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice to Bruce's memory, in a hand-crafted leather case commissioned
by The Friends of the University of Alberta. Bruce loved blues music as well as literature, and he worked as a
volunteer at the Yardbird Suite. With his son Grant, he co-hosted Calling All Blues, a weekly blues program
on CJSR, as well as contributing to CKUA. Bruce's connection with Jane Austen will live on as Nora is
presently editing his several writings on this subject to be published as a book to be titled Jane Austen and
Company. She is also editing a tribute volume to be titled Jane Austen Sings the Blues to be published by the
U. of A. Press next fall.




New Members
We offer a warm welcome to the following who
have joined the Faculty Women‟ s Club this year.



 Betty Lou Babiuk Charleen Miles Stella Ballash Lelde Muehlenbachs Jennifer Lambert Ruth
Nobes Anne Lorusso Catherine Thornberry Patricia Leake Jean Warrack Bennett Matthews
REMEMBER UPCOMING EVENTS (see p. 2)
Date                Event                       Time            Place                            Cost
Saturday, January   Helen Otto and her Voyage   2:00 – 4:00     Windsor Park Community League    $5.00
19, 2008            to Antarctica               p.m.            11840 – 87th Avenue

Thursday, March     FWC Spring Luncheon         11:30 a.m.      Royal Glenora Club               Further details next
20, 2008                                                                                         Newsletter
Monday, April 28,   Annual General Meeting      6:00 for 6:30   Saskatchewan Room Faculty Club   Further details next
2008                                            p.m.                                             Newsletter


FACULTY WOMEN’S CLUB INTEREST GROUPS 2007-2008 The convenors were
busy signing up new and returning members to their groups at the Fall Tea and most of them are now
meeting on a regular basis. Welcome to all the new members of the club who signed up for one or
more of these activities. This is a great way to meet other members while doing something you
enjoy. There are just a couple of changes to the list of convenors this year. Joan Hardin is leading the
Duplicate Bridge, Jane McCreery is helping Felicity Pickard with the Garden Interest Group and
Pam Muirhead is convening one of the Reading Circles. Many thanks to all of you for volunteering
for these positions. And, of course, a big thank you to those retiring convenors, Eve Campbell
(Reading Circle), Beryl Williams (Duplicate Bridge) and Megan Dixon (Garden Interest Group) who
have given so much of their time to these groups over the past years. The meetings seem to be, for
the most part, well attended apart from the few “missing members” referred to by Marilyn Gaa in a
light hearted article following these reports. So continue to come out and enjoy all your interest
group meetings. This is what keeps our club so vibrant. Orla Ryan Vice-President STOP THE
PRESS! - EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
AN INVITATION TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE FACULTY WOMEN‟ S CLUB!! The members of the
Evening Book Discussion Group are hosting a retreat on Saturday, February 23 rd, 2008 at Deer Creek Lodge, a
luxury 4,000 square foot log lodge located one hour south of Edmonton. We will be reviewing the mystery
The Woman in White, hiking, luxuriating in the hot tub, and generally enjoying the solitude of the countryside.
The cost is $10.00 for the day or $30.00 for overnight. The food will be pot luck. As we in the book club have
many friends from the FWC, we would like to include you in this retreat and share this time with you. For
more information call Laura Steadward at 436-7676 or e-mail her at rds@tblsport.com




Book Discussion (Evening) - Laura Steadward
We started our season with the book Silk by Allessandro Baricco, a short book written in a very unusual style.
There were very many interpretations of the story among our group. The remainder of the books we will be
reading this year are: The Trade by Fred Stenson, Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk, The Woman In White by Wilkie
Collins, Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam, The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai, Suite
Française by Irène Némirovsky and of course our usual event with the Writer in Residence, Rob McLennan
who in November is launching a novel called White.
Book Discussion (Afternoon) - Barbara O’Brien The second year of this group is off to a great start. We
meet on the fourth Thursday afternoon of each month, in members' homes at 1:30 p.m. We have great snacks,
wide-ranging conversation and sometimes we even discuss the books we have read. In January we will be
having Rob McLennan, the author-in-residence, come to our meeting. Upcoming books include A Thousand
Splendid Suns, A Map of Glass, Suite Française and A Spot of Bother. For more information, call Barbara at
439-1841.               Bridge - Afternoon Contract - Pat Ginsberg The bridge group has started its games
and so far has had at least 2 or 3 tables each session. We all continue to enjoy the challenge of bridge and the
company we get to keep when playing. We are looking forward to a good year.                Duplicate Bridge -
Joan Hardin We have 30 members and we all thoroughly enjoy ourselves on the first, third and fifth Monday
afternoons of the month at the Faculty Club, when we rise to the challenge of playing our hands. We always
look forward with great anticipation to finding out on the next day of play just how well we did in comparison
to the other players. Of course, it is just friendly competition but so much fun and members rarely miss
without a very good reason.       Epicurious Lunching - Dorothy Alderman The Epicurious Lunching
group had the first Luncheon of this season on October 30 th. Magdalene McDowall hosted 14 members at her
home in Sherwood Park. We enjoyed a menu centered around Coquille St. Jacques and Tarragon Chicken,
completed with Raspberry Meringue and Pear Pie. The group has grown to 22 this year.              Garden
Interest Group - Felicity Pickard and Jane McCreery The Garden Interest Group this year is
experimenting with a new format of operating only in the spring/summer season. Our members will be
contacted in April, 2008.          Golf - Bonnie Austen and Eunice Barron It is with a heavy heart that the
golf ladies have put their clubs and carts away for another season. The fall was exceptionally warm this year
so we were able to golf until the end of October, mostly at Victoria and Riverside. A wrap-up luncheon is
being planned for November 21 st. To keep in shape for next spring, many of our members will head to the
GolfDome this winter. If you would like to join this fit and fun group, give us a call.     Gourmet Dining -
Susan Cubitt and Bonnie Austen October found the Gourmet Dining Group feasting on food and wine from
Provence. Six dinners have been planned for this year. Other dinner themes include: German (November 24 th),
Russian (January 26th), Greek (March 1st), Vietnamese (April 19 th) and Maritime Lobster (May 31st). Dinners
are mostly held Saturday nights. Husbands/partners are included. While the good food is much appreciated,
the focus is on meeting others in an informal setting. Bon appétit!
Happy Wanderers’ Walking Group - Hannelore Pinnington The Happy Wanderers enjoyed wonderful
fall walks. We were amazed at the beauty of the vast expanse of golden and green leaves throughout the river
valley. As Helen Otto pointed out to me, that's why the University colours are green and gold. On one
morning we had a great walk through the McKinnon Ravine up to the Glenora area, ending with a lovely
lunch at Vi's for Pies. See the photo below of our October Wiener Roast and, of course, we are looking
forward to our Christmas walk with lunch afterwards. Thanks to the great invention of “Yaktrax” we no
longer have problems walking on ice and snow. Those brisk winter walks are very invigorating, so come and
join us. It's not too late.
  Happy Wanderers or more accurately - Hardy Wanderers A very chilly October 25th wiener roast at Emily Murphy
Park. Left to right: Margot Wanke, Marilyn Gaa, Gillian Rostoker, Hannelore Pinnington, Charleen Miles, Sylvia Kernahan,
Krystyna Fedosejevs, Jane McCreery, Valerie Wasylishen Photo thanks to Marcia Bercov         Knitting Group -
Valerie Wasylishen The knitters began the fall season with an enjoyable outing to the Wool Revival yarn
shop in the heart of the thriving and interesting Highlands community. The owner of the shop, Bonnie
Burwash, showed us many appealing yarns such as hand-dyed baby kid from Nova Scotia. After viewing the
lovely yarns (and buying some!), we made our way one block east for coffee at Mandolin Books owned by
Sharon LeBlanc. This book store carries a wide selection of higher quality second-hand books and is a
pleasant spot to while away an hour while enjoying a cup of excellent coffee and a pastry. Many of our group
were not familiar with this part of the city and this was a perfect introduction. We thank both shop owners for
doing us the favour of opening for us, as they are usually closed on Mondays. We will continue our monthly
get-togethers the first Monday of each month from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. New members are welcome.
Lunching Out - Wanda Cree The Lunching Out group started in September by lunching at That's
Aroma, a restaurant with an Italian focus located in Century Place, the new area developing where the
Heritage Mall used to be. We have a lunch scheduled at the Blue Plate Diner in October, the Sweet Mango for
November and the Glenora Grill for December. There is lots of good will and fun as we try out new and
different restaurants.        Play Reading - Norma Gutteridge The season began with our members being
transported to a seedy Toronto pool hall, as we read David French‟ s play One Crack Out. In short order, our
respectable ladies became the vicious Bulldog, the unsavoury Jack the Hat, the loser Charlie, and the scam
man Suitcase Sam. They dealt drugs in a washroom, traded blows, and vied for the attentions of the
perennially hard-up hooker Wanda. Who would have thought they had it in them, but when it comes to play
reading our members can become anyone from Macbeth to Tinkerbell at the drop of a hat. Next month we get
to read and discuss the play The Seed Seekers with its author, local playwright Katherine Koller Wensel.
Quilting -      Kathleen Beck The FWC Quilting Group began the year with a demonstration by Lola
Neufeld of a quilt pattern known as the “vortex.” We will work on individual projects such as pillow covers,
table mats or small wall hangings using this pattern. We will also continue work on our group quilt this
autumn.          Reading Circles There are several Reading Circles. The following are notes from some of
the convenors. Pam Muirhead The members of this group are very sorry that Eve Campbell can no longer
be our leader. She has served us faithfully for many years and we all enjoyed her tea parties and the fun of
finding out which of our choices she had been able to find. Eve has been presented with a gift as an expression
of our love and appreciation and I look forward to following in her footsteps. We wish Eve all the best for the
future. The books we have chosen this time are as follows. A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini
Consumption Kevin Patterson On Chesil Beach Ian McEwan Hard Passage Arthur Kroeger
Remembering the Bones Frances Itani The Birth House Ami McKay The Zookeeper’s Wife Diane
Ackerman The Outlander Gil Adamson The Horseman’s Graves Jacqueline Baker Effigy Alissa York
Turtle Valley      Gail Anderson Dargatz




Norma McIntosh (Mystery Reading Group) In late September we met over coffee and discussed many
mystery book suggestions from group members for the coming year. The following is the list of books chosen.
Dead Cold          Louise Penny The Drowning Man            Michael Robotham The Tenderness of Wolves
Stef Penney       The Snack Thief              Andrea Camilleri Death of a Poison Pen           M. C. Beaton
Water Like a Stone       Deborah Crombie The Dante Club           Matthew Pearl Cruel Stars of the Night
Kjell Eriksson Three Bags Full          Leonie Swann Death Door                        Quintin Jardine     Orla
Ryan We got together in late September and over coffee, tea and goodies discussed a little about last year‟ s
books and a lot about books we might like to read this year. We decided to stay with a few familiar authors
whose books were popular with members in the past and, of course, because we are always willing to try out
new authors, we added some of those to the list also. The following are the books chosen for the year. They
are now in circulation and being enjoyed by our members. October Richard B. Wright Turtle Valley
Gail Anderson-Dargatz Peony in Love Lisa See Strawberry Fields Marina Lewycka Mister Pip Lloyd
Jones Bitter Sweets Roopa Farooki David Golder Irène Némirovsky Digging to America Anne Tyler
A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini Half of a Yellow Sun Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Spanish Conversation - Jamie Loebenberg The Spanish Conversation Group has met twice so far this fall.
During the first meeting we talked about what trips we had taken during the summer months. We had the
opportunity to see delightful pictures that one of our group had taken during a trip to Tibet. During the second
meeting, we had lots of little things to talk about, so many that we still have not had time to continue reading
our book of short stories written by Spanish speaking authors! Maybe at our third meeting?              Missing
Members! by Marilyn Gaa
The University of Alberta Faculty Women's Club is thriving with enthusiastic members and many varied and
inviting interest groups. You will read many cheery accounts of their activities in this edition of the
Newsletter. All is well - or is it? The dark side of our happy scenario is members who mysteriously vanish. In
most interest groups, there are “the missing” - members who never attend meetings or reply to
communications. That might be an exaggeration but in many groups there are missing members. Imagine the
convenors‟ worries: have they been abducted by aliens? disappeared beneath huge piles of autumn leaves
while gardening? suffering from bouts of amnesia or malaise? After the Fall Tea, convenors really hope to see
new faces and to share the pleasures of their interest group activities with all who signed up. They will happily
give directions, instructions, answer questions, and in every way possible make it easy to attend some of the
interest group meetings. It is not too late to become an active member of your interest groups. Unlike
academic courses, poor attendance at the beginning will not affect your final grade. Participation is rewarded




by new friendships, skills, and experiences. Calling all Missing Members!

As most of you know, this is the first issue of the Newsletter that we have sent out electronically. Laura
Steadward and Joan Hube have compiled the e-mail addresses you gave us on the registration forms and
have worked diligently to make sure their list is accurate. They have also given me the distribution list of those
who either do not have e-mail or do not wish to receive the Newsletter in electronic format, and I have tried to
be accurate using this in setting up for the e-mail. Please let me know at pawlett@shaw.ca or 439-0876 if you
did not receive your copy of the Newsletter in your desired format, and we thank you for your patience as we
iron out any kinks that might occur.            Jane Hopkinson            Newsletter Editor          Cut here  -
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REGISTRATION FOR SPECIAL EVENTS No tickets will be issued. Once your application is
received you will be on the list of those expected to attend. Give or mail your completed registration,
with a cheque for the fee, to: Krystyna Fedosejevs, 3305 – 112C Street NW, Edmonton, AB T6J
3W2 I (we) will attend Helen Otto‟ s presentation of her trip to Antarctica, Saturday, January
19th, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Name(s) ___________________________________________ Phone
_____________                Number attending __________                     Fee enclosed ($5/person) ___________

				
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