CFUW ORILLIA INTEREST GROUP DETAILS
This year we have eighteen confirmed Interest Groups to choose from. Please click here to download a PDF of these Interest Group Details.
These groups form the foundation to allow one on one interaction among our members in a relaxed and friendly environment. The success of these groups is a result of your participation. The Interest Groups encourage club members to socialize away and separate from the General Meetings.
With COVID-19 putting a limitation on our activities, some groups will be continuing to meet this year, some not. We have listed the various groups, as they still exist, but noted which are on hold until it is safe to meet in person.
Please feel free to suggest a new group, perhaps crafts or virtual coffee/cocktail hour.
Advocacy Group – meeting via Zoom
This group meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. to discuss current events, write letters to the editor and/or prepare op-ed pieces for local papers. When possible, public forums are organized. Speakers are invited to meetings occasionally to 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.
Book Club – meeting via Zoom
The CFUW Orillia Book Club meets at the home of one of our members, at 1:30 p.m., on the second Thursday of each month, from September to June (with the exception of December). Books chosen during our June planning meeting cover a range of topics and genres, while generating lively and interesting discussions.
Bridge Group (Monday afternoon) – meeting via Trickster
The 2nd and 4th Monday Bridge Group consists of 8 experienced bridge players who meet twice a month in the afternoon for friendly yet competitive games. Although the group is full, we welcome members who would like to be added to our substitute list.
Bridge Group (Thursday afternoon) – meeting via Trickster
This Bridge Group meets the first and third Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. at one another's homes. At the moment the group is full, but we always need spares. Be sure to check us off as an interest group if you would like to be called when needed. You might be surprised how often you get called. Do give us a try.
Bridge Group Evening – meeting via Trickster
The Evening CFUW Bridge Group meets on the 2nd and the 4th Wednesdays of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the homes of the members. CFUW members will experience camaraderie and laughter within the bridge group. The Wednesday Bridge Group welcomes new players and experienced bridge players.
Couples Dinner Out – meeting for cocktails via Zoom
If you and your significant other enjoy trying different restaurants, and meeting new couples, this interest group is for you. We meet on the third Friday of each month, except December, July and August. Each month a volunteer couple, makes a reservation at the restaurant of their choice, in Orillia or surrounding areas. Enjoy good camaraderie and dinner conversation as well as the opportunity to try different cuisines and venues.
Dinner Club – meeting via Zoom if unable to meet in person
Members meet at 5:00 p.m. prior to the monthly CFUW meetings on the 4th Tuesday of the month except for May, December, and June. Each month a member volunteers to make arrangements with a restaurant. This is a great networking opportunity and a chance to enjoy the company of members.
Exploring Art – on hold until safe to meet in person
This group meets bi-monthly to explore the positive elements of art in our individual lives. Some examples of topics to be discussed: Inspiring Galleries and Exhibits, Art Theft now and in Earlier Times, Art Ownership, Copying and Forgery, Graffiti Art vs. Vandalism. Each member will prepare a five-minute presentation in order to encourage full participation. The dates and times for meetings are decided by the group.
Friendship, Fun & A Book Club – meeting at member’s homes or via Zoom
This group meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m., 12 months of the year. Books chosen during our June planning meeting cover a range of topics, authors, and genres, while generating stimulating and lively discussions. Currently we have room for a few more members who enjoy laughter and reading a variety of authors - we are trying to be respectful of group size so we can meet in person considering social distancing protocols. For those interested in reading but not ready to join a book club, we are happy to share our reading list.
Garden Group – on hold until safe to meet in person, gardening suggestions via email
If you are a gardener or simply enjoy the beauty of flowers and gardens, this group is for you. Members discuss gardening techniques, share plants and seeds and go on planned outings to local and surrounding areas throughout the year.
Golf Group – meeting in person outdoors while social distancing
The Golf Group plays 9 holes every Monday morning during the season. We usually play at Couchiching Golf & Country Club, but once a month we organize a field trip to another local course. Players at all levels are encouraged to join in a relaxed game.
Mah Jongg – on hold until safe to meet in person
To all those who are interested in an afternoon of learning new games with a focus on Mah Jongg in the company of a fun-loving group this interest group is for you. We meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at a member’s home throughout the year, including the summer months, (if the group desires). We have people participating at various skill levels and we all enjoy learning together. We welcome all members to join us in playing Mah Jongg and other table games.
Skiing-Downhill – meeting in person outdoors while social distancing
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 some slope watch. New members are most welcome.
Tech Club – meeting via Zoom
Members meet the first Thursday of every month from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. to share their knowledge to operate computers, cell phones, and other devices. The group decides what topics they would like to learn about each month. The ever-changing world of technology is a constant in our lives. No matter what your level of knowledge, you are sure to learn some new tips and tricks to get more from your technology. Partners are welcome to join. Note – during COVID restrictions, meetings will be the first Thursday of the month at 9:00 a.m. via Zoom.
Wake Up Call – Breakfast & Discussion - meeting via Zoom
Members meet for breakfast on the first Wednesday of the month at 8:15 a.m. We usually meet at the Grape & Olive on Memorial Avenue where we can reserve a table that is private at the back of the dining room. We order breakfast and discuss current events. Members take turns making the reservations and suggesting the topic to be discussed. We are usually finished around 9:30 a.m. It is a stimulating and pleasant way to begin the day!
Walking/Snowshoeing- meeting in person outdoors while social distancing
This group walks from September to June and meets every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. to walk or snowshoe for 1–1 ½ hours. The walks take place on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at Tudhope Park and on the 2nd, 4th and sometimes 5th Tuesday the location is at forest trails near Orillia. Partners or significant others are invited on all walks. Please feel free to join this group.
Zoom-Licious – meeting via Zoom
This group will meet via Zoom the 1st Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m. We will take turns doing a cooking demonstration of a favourite simple 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!