U.C.W. PURPOSE
To unite all the women of the congregation for the total mission of the church and to provide a medium through which they may express their loyalty and devotion to Jesus Christ in Christian witness, study, fellowship, and service.

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

CONTACT: Anne Ella-Arnold at a.ella.arnold@gmail.com or 905-727-1935

2019 EXECUTIVE
Past-President: Helen Roberts
President: Anne Ella-Arnold
Secretary: Pat Innes
Treasurer: Leslie Stoangi
A.U.C. Council Representative: Paula Hanna
Unit Leaders: Pat Innes, Nancy Newman, 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 MEETING DETAILS
• Monday, August 26, 2019
• 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
• Home of Pat Innes

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.

2019 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
• 16 members

Grace Unit:
• co-leaders: Pat Innes and Nancy Newman
• monthly meetings from September to June on the second Tuesday
• 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
• Chartwell Hollandview Trail Retirement Residence—Theatre
• 16 members

UPCOMING UNIT MEETING DETAILS
Seekers Unit Meetings:
• Monday, September 9, 2019
• 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
• Trinity Anglican Church – Historic Chapel
• Programme: Summer Memories

• Monday, October 7, 2019
• no meeting in lieu of “A Gathering of Friends”

Grace Unit Meetings
• Tuesday, September 10, 2019
• Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
• Chartwell Hollandview Trail Retirement Residence – Theatre
• Programme: Summer Memories

• Tuesday, October 8, 2019
• Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
• Chartwell Hollandview Trail Retirement Residence – Theatre
• Programme: Michael Crawford speaking about animal research and data tracking

2018 PROJECTS AND FUNDRASIERS
• Spring Book Sale
• Camp Big Canoe Donations Collection
• Grace Unit Loonie Auction
• 200th Anniversary Luncheon
• Sale of Cobs Bread Discount Cards
• Christmas Stocking Programme for Clients of the Women’s Centre of York Region
• A.U.C. Reconstruction Fund
• Recipients of Our Donations: Aurora Food Pantry, Aurora Historical Society, Aurora United Church, Blue Door Shelters, Camping Opportunities Fund, Gran Aurora, Hope House Community Hospice, Inn from the Cold, L'arche Daybreak, Milkbags Unlimited, 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)

2019 PROJECTS AND FUNDRASIERS
Spring Book Sale: The receipts totaled $962.20, which will be used to support local charities. The sale coordinators sincerely thank all members of the community who supported this successful fundraising project.

Sale of Cobs Bread Discount Cards: We had another successful sale of Cobs Bread Discount Cards just prior to Easter. We are grateful to all who supported this fundraising project. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be put into the A.U.C. Reconstruction Fund.

Camp Big Canoe Donations Collection: In May, donations of sporting equipment, craft supplies, musical instruments, costumes, and Canadian Tire money were accepted. Thank you for the support that your donations will provide for the attendees of this U.C. of C. camp. The donations were delivered in June.

Christmas Stocking Programme: The cutting of 90 stockings took place on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 1:00 pm in Binions Great Hall. Sewers of the stockings need to note that they are due to the church office by September 30, 2019.

Joint Unit Potluck and Loonie Auction: On June 11, 2019, twenty-six members of both Grace and Seekers Units met for a potluck dinner. Following the meal, the loonie auction raised $205 to support Inn from the Cold.

A Gathering of Friends: On Monday, October 7, 2019 at 1:30 pm in the Historic Chapel at Trinity Anglican Church, A.U.C.W. will hold a meeting with a cluster of churches in Shining Waters Region. As for all U.C.W. meetings, all women of A.U.C. are invited to attend. R.S.V.P. to Anne Ella-Arnold by Friday, September 27, 2019 if you are planning on being present. Programme details will be shared here in the near future.

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.
• 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)

The annual meeting was held on Monday and Tuesday, May 13 and 14, 2019 in Barrie. The first slate of officers for Region 10 was installed as follows: President: Pat Edmonds, Vice-President: Diane Aikman, Secretary: Rose Stannell, Treasurer: Anne Ella-Arnold, Portfolios: Camping: Laurie Cook, Angela Schwarz, and Sue Williams, Communication: Nancy Waxl, Outreach: Enid Wilson, Webpage: Joyce MacKinnon, 40th Anniversary Award: Esther Lewis.

The fourth newsletter is anticipated soon.

Watch for the order form for Togetherness Day tickets which will be sent soon. A limited number of tickets is available. Order early to avoid missing out.

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

UPCOMING REGIONAL MEETING DETAILS
• Wednesday, October 2, 2019
• Time: 9:45 am – 2:30 pm
• Cardinal Golf Club, 2740 Davis Drive West, King
• Programme: Togetherness Day: includes a presentation by Beulah Hayley, President of National U.C.W., followed by a luncheon at noon
• Tickets: $30/person
• Ticket order form due by Friday, September 20, 2019

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 June 18, 2019.