AURORA UNITED CHURCH WOMEN (A.U.C.W.)

CONTACT: Anne Ella-Arnold at a.ella.arnold@gmail.com or 905-751-1315

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT ALL EXECUTIVE, UNIT, AND REGIONAL MEETING DATES POSTED HERE MAY HAVE TO BE ADJUSTED AS THEY GET CLOSER IN RESPONSE TO THE INFORMATION THAT OUR PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORS ARE MAKING AVAILABLE. WHEN IN DOUBT, PLEASE CONTACT ANNE ELLA-ARNOLD.


2020 EXECUTIVE
President: Anne Ella-Arnold
Secretary: Jean Heys
Treasurer: Leslie Stoangi
A.U.C. Council Representative: Paula Hanna
Grace Unit Representative: Anne Ella-Arnold
Seekers Unit Representative: Mary Smith

EXECUTIVE MEETINGS
Executive meetings are held on the last Monday evening of January, March, May, August, October, and on the first Monday evening of November.

UPCOMING EXECUTIVE MEETINGS DETAILS
⦁ Monday, May 25, 2020
⦁ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
⦁ Home of Anne Ella-Arnold

UNIT MEETINGS
Monthly unit meetings consist of worship, programmes which include guest presenters and outings, and fellowship. Every woman of A.U.C. is welcome to attend these meetings.

2020 UNIT ORGANIZATION
Seekers Unit:
⦁ leader: Mary Smith
⦁ monthly meetings from September to June on the first Monday (alternative date when there is a conflict with a statutory holiday)
⦁ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
⦁ Trinity Anglican Church—Historic Chapel
⦁ 14 members

Grace Unit:
⦁ leaders: rotation
⦁ monthly meetings from September to June on the second Tuesday
⦁ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
⦁ Chartwell Hollandview Trail Retirement Residence—Theatre
⦁ 17 members

UPCOMING UNIT MEETING DETAILS
Seekers Unit Meetings: 
⦁ Monday, May 4, 2020
⦁ MEETING CANCELLED

⦁ Monday, June 1, 2020
⦁ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
⦁ Trinity Anglican Church—Historic Chapel
⦁ Programme: T.B.A.

Grace Unit Meetings
⦁ Tuesday, April 14, 2020
⦁ MEETING CANCELLED

⦁ Tuesday, May 12, 2020
⦁ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
⦁ Trinity Anglican Church—Historic Chapel
⦁ Programme: Travel to Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam with Paula Hanna

2019 PROJECTS, FUNDRAISERS, AND SPECIAL EVENTS
⦁ Spring Book Sale
⦁ Sale of Cobs Bread Discount Cards
⦁ Camp Big Canoe Donations Collection
⦁ Grace Unit Potluck and Loonie Auction
⦁ A Gathering of Friends
⦁ Christmas Stocking Programme
⦁ Christmas Potluck and General Meeting
⦁ Recipients of Our Donations: Aurora Food Pantry, Aurora United Church, Blue Door Shelters, Camping Opportunities Fund, Gran Aurora, Hope House Community Hospice, Inn from the Cold, L'Arche Daybreak, Rose of Sharon Services for Young Mothers, Sandgate Women's Shelter, United Church of Canada Mission and Service Fund, The Women’s Centre of York Region, Women's Inter-church Council—Fellowship of the Least Coin, Yellow Brick House, York Region Street Outreach Crosslinks Housing and Support Services (Loft Community Services)

2020 PROJECTS, FUNDRAISERS, AND SPECIAL EVENTS
⦁ Grace Unit Collection for Refugee Family: At the February meeting of Grace Unit, cash donations of $400 were accepted for the family which A.U.C. is sponsoring.

⦁ Fifth Annual Used Book Sale: This sale was scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 18, 2020. THE SALE HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE VIRAL PANDEMIC.

⦁ Camp Big Canoe Supplies Drive: The wish list of items that are needed is being withheld pending the decision as to whether the camp will be providing programming this summer. As information becomes available, it will be shared with the units.

⦁ Grace Unit Potluck and Loonie Auction: The grace unit will hold their annual event on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm in Binions Great Hall at Trinity Anglican Church, 79 Victoria Street, Aurora. Following the potluck dinner, a loonie auction will be held to support a yet-to-be-determined cause.

⦁ Christmas Potluck and General Meeting: This annual event will take place on Monday, December 7, 2020 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in Binions Great Hall at Trinity Anglican Church, 79 Victoria Street, Aurora. The guest speaker will be Carol Edward, Vice-President of Hospice Palliative Care at Margaret Bahen Hospice. All women of A.U.C. are welcome.

NOTES OF APPRECIATION
⦁ A.U.C.W. is very grateful to the Chartwell Hollandview Trail Retirement Residence for offering free meeting space to Grace Unit up to ten times per year for its monthly unit meetings. This organization has been offering space since the autumn of 2014.

⦁ Many thanks to Cobs Bread in Aurora for allowing us to sell their discount cards and to realize one hundred percent of the sales for our A.U.C. Reconstruction Fund.

SHINING WATERS REGION U.C.W. (REGION 10)

S.W.R.U.C.W. 2019 Annual General Meeting—Journey with Hope on Monday, May 4, 2020:
THIS MEETING HAS BEEN INDEFINITELY POSTPONED by the executive due to the current public health crisis. As alternative plans are made they will be communicated to the membership.

REGIONAL MEETINGS
Meetings are held twice a year. All women of A.U.C. are welcome to attend these meetings.

UPCOMING REGIONAL MEETING DETAILS
⦁ Date: T.B.A.
⦁ Time: T.B.A.
⦁ Place: T.B.A.
⦁ Programme: 2019 A.G.M.

HISTORY OF AURORA UNITED CHURCH WOMEN

Since its inception on January 1, 1962, the Aurora U.C.W. has seen the existence of many units. Originally, they were simply numbered, then given inspired names such as W.H.O., Wohelo, Chimo, Serendipity, Genesis, Shalom, and Wellspring. The current units are Seekers and Grace.

Service to others is a guiding principal for U.C.W. and its work throughout the years has involved fundraising to support church functions, charities, and outreach projects. Over the years, members of A.U.C.W. have dedicated countless hours organizing and selling at rummage sales, Christmas bazaars, Fall Events, and used book sales, producing and selling chocolate Easter eggs, managing the Christmas stocking programme, and carrying out other projects to provide funds where needed. Our work continues.

Refreshed on April 7, 2020.