PRESIDENT:  Paula Van Singel
VICE PRESIDENT:  Barbara Wayne
SECRETARY: Nairn Friemann
TREASURER:  Gail Neuman
PROGRAMMES:  Barb Dickie
PROGRAMMES:  Marilyn Marchetti
       Michelle Gillis
BY-LAWS: Ruthmarie Eisin
MEMBER AT LARGE:  Gail Thompson
PAST PRESIDENT:  Jackie Brennan

Special Committees

SUNSHINE:  Sheila Chin
ARCHIVES:  Joy Dudgeon
SOCIAL:  Name withheld by request
CUSBC LIAISON:  Bev Paonessa

Activity Groups

SUBURBAN LUNCH BUNCH:  Mary Ellen Crowe and Anne Rizzolo
BOOK CLUB:  Name withheld by request
GARDEN CLUB:  Mary Ellen Crowe

By Laws



The name of the Club shall be The Canadian Women’s Club of Chicago.


A.    The Club shall have as its objective the promotion of friendship among women who have a common bond with Canada
B.    A further objective is to provide financial aid to worthy causes, both Canadian and American, the cause and amount to be determined by the officers.


The Club membership shall be composed of Honourary, Active, Emeritus, and Non-Resident Members.  HONOURARY MEMBERSHIP in the role of Honourary President, shall be extended to the spouse of the Consul General. No membership fee will be assessed Honourary Members. REGULAR MEMBERSHIP shall be open to any woman who is a Canadian or who has a common bond, interest, family or affiliation with Canada. Regular members are those who pay regular dues. EMERITUS MEMBERSHIP may be conferred upon any member of the Club who has paid annual dues for 25 consecutive years. Emeritus members shall be entitled to the privileges of regular members. NON-RESIDENT MEMBERS are those whose primary residence is more than 75 miles away from the corner of Madison and State, Chicago.


A.    The annual dues of Regular Members and Non–Resident Members shall be an amount set forth by the Officers.

B.    The fiscal year shall be from July 1st to June 30th and the Club year shall begin with the installation of the new Officers.

C.    Dues of new members joining after January 1st, shall be prorated at one half the normal membership fee.

D.    Renewals and Dues for the following year are due by September 1st in order to be included in the new directory.


A.    The general meetings of the Club shall be held the third Wednesday of each month unless otherwise approved by the Officers and the Programme Committee.

B.    The date of the meeting in June shall be at the discretion of the Board. It shall be the Annual meeting and its agenda shall include election of Officers.

C.    The Budget Committee shall meet once during the summer and at the discretion of the President.

D.    For the Board, a quorum shall consist of two-thirds of the Officers serving on the Board (excluding vacant positions). For the General Meetings, a quorum shall exist if a minimum of 10% of the members are present.

E.    Members who fail to cancel their reservations with the Treasurer or Programme Chair by the prior Friday will be billed for the cost of their luncheon.


A.    The Officers of the Club shall include the Honourary President.

B.    The Officers shall:

 - Manage the activities, funds, and property of the Club.

 - Provide for expenditures, set costs, and administer the work of the Club.

 - Officers shall be expected to attend all meetings of the Board. In the event a member is unable to attend, she may appoint an assistant to give the report or she may personally submit her report to the President or Vice-President.

 - All officers may be reimbursed for Board-related administrative costs incurred.

 - Meetings of the Officers shall be held up to four times a year on a day and time designated by the President and at the discretion of the Board.

A.    Shall serve as Chief Executive and Presiding Officer with authority and responsibility pertaining to the office and providing general direction to the Officers, and be responsible to the Officers for her performance.
B.    Administer the activities of the Club according to the By-Laws.
C.    Preside at all Club and Budget Meetings and be included as ex-officio in nominating meetings.
D.    Formulate policies with Board approval.
E.    Appoint special committees as needed and fill vacancies if they arise.
F.    Act with the Treasurer for the Club in financial, social and cultural matters. Has cheque signing privileges.
G.  Set dates for Board, Budget and any special meetings.
H. Submit recommendations and an annual report.
I.    Shall be responsible for reviewing the By-Laws with the By-Laws Chair and submitting to the Officers for approval any proposed amendments or revisions before presenting them to the general membership.
J.    Shall have served on the Board for a minimum of one year prior to assuming the role of President. An exception can be made with Board approval.


A.    Shall preside at meetings in the absence of the President and assume presidency in case of resignation of President.

B.    Serve as Chair of the Nomination Committee.

C.    Act as official hostess for the Club at general meetings.

D.    Take Board minutes in absence of Secretary.


A.    Shall keep minutes of the Board and annual meetings of the Club.

B.    Prepare minutes to be mailed or emailed to the Officers two weeks prior to the Board Meeting.


A.    Maintain a minimum bank balance as directed by the officers.

B.    Be responsible for all financial records.

C.    Place money belonging to the Club at a bank of her convenience and approved by the Officers, and acts as financial agent on the Club’s behalf.

D.    Record receipts and disbursements monthly in Club records which are open for inspection at all times.

E.    Submit reports in writing at all Board meetings.

F.    Pay bills and expenses in a timely manner.

G.    Collect payment for luncheon reservations.

H.    Maintain a bank balance for emergencies at all times as agreed by the Officers.

I.    May appoint additional members to assist as she deems necessary.


A.    Shall maintain membership lists and files.

B.    Be responsible for printing the directory with costs to be approved by the Officers.

C.    May appoint as many members as she deems necessary to serve on the Membership Committee.


A.    Shall prepare and mail or email the monthly newsletter to the general membership by the first week of each month, including invitations to the upcoming luncheon and programme.

B.    Shall manage the relationship with the external Webmaster (if applicable) and ensure that the content of the Web-site is updated according to the guidelines and objectives set out by the Board.

C.    May appoint a Co-Chair and as many members as she deems necessary to serve on the Communications Committee.

No Member may release information to any media outlet without the permission of the Communications Chair.


A.    Shall be responsible for planning, and presenting all programmes for the Club including finding locations for the monthly luncheons.

B.    Present to the Officers by September for approval the programme, costs, and speaker commitments.

C.    Introduce the speaker to the general membership and escort them during lunch.

D.    Handle all correspondence pertaining to programmes and the honourarium, including thank-you notes.

E.    Arrange speaker fees within the programme budget set by the Board.

F.    May appoint as many members as she deems necessary to the Programme Committee.


A.    Shall present to the Officers the names of charitable organizations or events, either Canadian or American, to distribute any excess funds accrued during the fiscal year.

B.    The Luncheon Hostess or the Philanthropy Chair, in the absence of a Luncheon Hostess, may choose the philanthropy.

C.    Chair may appoint as many members to the committee as she deems necessary.

D.    The Luncheon Hostess or Philanthropy Chair in the absence of a Luncheon Hostess, shall endeavor to recommend charitable donations be made to a legally recognized Charitable Organization registered under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


A.    Shall serve on the Executive Board in an advisory capacity.


A.    Shall be responsible for annually reviewing the By-Laws and submitting to the President for approval by the Board.

B.    The By-Laws Chair shall interpret the By-Laws to the Officers and Committee Chairs when necessary.


A.    The purpose of the 2 Officer At-Large positions is to provide the Club with flexibility to recruit Board Members to:

 - be willing to fill in for Board duties as requested by Chairs

 - act as Ambassador by bringing suggestions and ideas from members to Board

 - reach out to new members.



A.    Shall be responsible for storing and maintaining records, including photographic records of CWC and general Board activities and for adding this to the CWC record books.

B.    The Chair may appoint an assistant as she deems necessary.


Christmas Tree Chair

A.    Shall attend meetings at the Museum of Science and Industry and handle all communications and correspondence with the Museum

.B.    Organize and obtain workers to set up and dismantle the Christmas tree.

C.    The Chair may appoint a Co-Chair and as many members as she deems necessary to serve on her committee.


Sunshine Chair

A.    Send flowers or cards to members and their families at Board recommendations.

Social Chair

A.     Shall provide a variety of social activities both day and night that are of interest to the general membership.

B.     Any activities shall be approved by the Officers before presentation to the general membership.

C.     May appoint as many members to her committee as she deems necessary.


Website Photographer

A.    Shall take photos at CWC events and send selected pictures to the Communications Chair.


Canada-US Business Council Liaison

A.    Shall be responsible for informing the Canada-US Business Council Chicago of the current activities of the Club.

B.    Inform the CWC Board and members of the current and future activities of the Canada-US Business Council Chicago by submitting information to the Communications Chair.


A.    The Vice-President shall be the Chair of the Nominating Committee.

B.    The Nominating Committee shall be appointed by the Chair of the Committee. The committee shall consist of the Vice-President and 2 members of the Board and any Past President appointed by the Vice-President, and approved by the Officers for a one year term.

C.    Nominations may also be submitted by a petition signed by 3 active members and sent to the Chair at least one week before the annual election.

D.    Nominations may be made from the floor at the annual meeting, provided consent from the candidate has been obtained.

E.    The nomination slate shall be presented to the Board for approval by voice vote at a Spring meeting, or by e-mail vote in lieu of a meeting and published in the June newsletter.

F.    Officers shall be elected at the annual meeting, by voice vote, provided a quorum is present. A majority of members present who vote shall constitute an election. If a quorum is not present at the annual meeting, then an e-mail vote will be held.


A.    The officers shall be elected by voice vote (or e-mail per Article VII-F) to serve one year.

B.    No officer shall hold the same position for more than three years.

C.    Any Member shall be eligible to serve as President in the event an existing Board Member is unable to serve.

D.    The Treasurer shall be elected for a two-year term and may serve two consecutive terms, but shall not serve a third term as Treasurer.

E.    No member shall serve on the Board for more than eight consecutive years.

F.    A Board member becoming President in her eighth year may serve on the Board a ninth year.

G.    The incoming Board becomes active at the joint Board Meeting, or first meeting of the new Board following the Approval of the New Slate of Officers by the members of the Club.


The rules contained in the current edition of Roberts Rules of Order Revised shall govern in all cases to which they are applicable and not inconsistent with the By-Laws and any special rules adopted by CWC.


These By-Laws may be altered or amended by a vote of two-thirds of the voting body at any regular Club meeting.


A.    In the event of termination, dissolution or inability to achieve its purpose for any reason, CWC shall distribute its remaining assets (if any) to a charitable entity or entities listed under 501c(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

B.    The Board of Directors shall submit recommendations for distribution to the general membership.

C.    Any member in good standing who has retained membership for a year or longer is qualified to vote for Article XI.

D.    For purposes of this article, approval of distribution of funds is required by a 2/3 majority of membership.

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