CFUW INTEREST GROUPS 2022-2023
In the coming year, CFUW Orillia Interest Groups will be flexible. Some groups will meet in-person, some using Zoom or other applications. These groups form the foundation to allow one on one interaction among our members in a relaxed and friendly environment. The Interest Groups encourage club members to socialize together with those who share a common interest. The success of these groups is a result of your participation. Please feel free to suggest a new group, perhaps crafts, cycling, or virtual coffee hour.
Advocacy Group – in person or via Zoom
This group meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. September – June to discuss current events, write letters to the editor and/or prepare op-ed pieces for local papers. Speakers occasionally provide information and insight on issues of interest. Resolutions from National and Ontario Council are vetted through this group for presentation at the March General Meeting.
Bridge Group 2 (1st & 3rd Mondays) – in-person
Participants will meet the first and third Monday of the month at 1:30 p.m. at a
members’ home. This year we will only have one table of four per home to try to keep everyone safe. It is a friendly group where all will get to play as often as they are
interested. Participants are expected to host on a rotational basis.
Bridge Group 3 (1st & 3rd Thursdays) – in-person
We meet the first and third Thursday of the month at 1:30 at members’ homes. This
year we will only have one table of four per home to try to keep everyone safe. Our
players are seasoned. We have room for two more players. It is a friendly group with
lots of good bridge and conversation time.
Dinner Club – in person &/or via Zoom (depending on individual’s comfort levels)
Members can meet in person at a restaurant at 5:00 p.m. on the 4th Tuesday of the
month (prior to the CFUW general meetings) and/or also gather via Zoom on the 4th
Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Dinner Club meets monthly September-November and
January-April. This is a great networking opportunity and a chance to enjoy the
company of members.
Garden Group – casual format
If you are a gardener or simply enjoy the beauty of flowers and gardens, this group is for you. Opportunities are provided for members to share gardening techniques, horticultural knowledge, and plants. Garden tour suggestions and demonstrations are done virtually on an ad hoc basis.
Jigsaw Puzzlers 4th Thursday – in-person. * New Group *
Participants will meet the 4th Thursday of the month from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at a
members’ home. A 1000-piece Jigsaw puzzle will be started and continued each month until complete. The puzzle will be rolled for storage each month. Participants are expected to host the puzzle party on a rotational basis.
Lunch Bunch – in-person
The Lunch Bunch meets the third Tuesday of the month from September to June. We
gather at different restaurants and enjoy each other’s company while also enjoying
lunch out. The conversation is kept light and upbeat. It’s a great way to get to know
other members and perhaps, make a new friend. Do give it a try!
Mah Jongg – in person or via realmahjongg.com
To all those who are interested in an afternoon of Mah Jongg in the company of a fun-loving group we meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., September – June. We have members participating at various skill levels and all enjoy learning together. Join us via realmahjongg.com. We’ll move forward with meeting in person as members are comfortable.
The Downhill Ski Group meets at Mt. St. Louis/Moonstone every Wednesday at 9 a.m. during January, February and March. Some take a lunch (or buy a lunch) and ski all day; others just stay for the morning. Everyone has a great time together and enjoy some slope watching. Partners are welcome to join.
Tech Club – via Zoom
Members meet the first Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. for an hour, September - June. The group decides what topics they would like to learn about each month. No matter your skill level, you are sure to learn some new tips to get more from your tablet, computer, and phone. Partners are welcome to join
Zoom-Licious – via Zoom
This group meets via Zoom the 1st Monday of each month at 4:30 p.m,, October – June. We take turns doing a cooking demonstration of a favourite recipe while the other members participate in their own kitchens. Be prepared for lots of laughter and a fun social time culminating in yummy culinary treats!