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Interest Groups, 2021-2022

The club meets as a whole once each month to learn from speakers and hold business meetings, but many more club activities take place through our special interest groups, coordinated by club members. Join as many or as few interest groups as you choose or start a new one based on one of your interests.


Watch this video to learn more about our interest groups

Afternoon Games

Dust off the old board games lurking in your closet. Or choose a card game. Something new each month, with rotating hostesses choosing the games and providing light snacks and beverages. Need at least 4 people. Day and time TBD. Meets monthly.

CFUW Perth & District Book Club

Book Club—Laid Back Mystery Club

Our Book Club meets randomly, subject to members’ schedules, but we usually try to do it at least every 6 weeks. We have afternoon meetings rotating in member’s homes from 1 to 3. Refreshments vary, depending on the whim of the hostess. We will try to start out the season with a few suggested books for the year but are prepared to digress if something else that seems more interesting comes up. Nothing rigid about this group.

Business/Working Women's Dinner Club

Join a group of working women to share experiences, network, talk about communications, human resources, social media. Meet monthly at a different local restaurant and let yourself be supported as you hash out the pros/challenges of being a professional women in our community. Fellow CFUW women who run, manage or work for local businesses can offer a supportive community forum. Members will take turns coordinating the restaurant reservation and any items that might be determined as topics for ongoing discussions.

CFUW Perth & District  French Conversation Group

French Conversation

Voulez-vous parler avec nous? Members already have a working knowledge of French, and welcome opportunities to improve their fluency in the language.

Hand Drums and Percussion

Try your hands at drumming & various percussion instruments in a relaxed social setting. Create music with African hand drums, or percussion (such as tambourines, rattles, shakers,
bells more). Members can bring their own hand drums or percussion instruments. A playful social symphony. Group energy in-person. Pure fun. New friends. NO previous music or instrument skills required.

Laughter, Fun & Friendship

Seeking more laughter & fun in your life? Maybe some new friends too? All ages welcome! Try new activities, adventures while channeling your “inner child” and playing. Get to know others sharing fun together…the sky’s the limit! NO experience or special skills of any kind required. Just an adventurous Spirit! Let your imagination & creativity flow!

CFUW Perth & District  Beginner Mah Jongg

Mah Jongg-Introduction to American

Individual or group lessons taught on as a needed basis. Learn a new, challenging game that will tickle your brain! Mah Jongg is a traditional Chinese game, similar to Rummy, played by 4. The players pick up and discard tiles until they use their 14 tiles to complete one of 67 possible hands. The game is one of skill, strategy and luck! It’s also addictive! The group will meet twice a month either on Friday mornings at 10 am or on Tuesdays at 4 pm. This group will be taught to play. No experience is necessary. Individual or group lessons taught on as a needed basis.

CFUW Perth & District Piano Group


Did you take lessons as a child or teenager? Do you want to revive your skills, or just play, at whatever level you may be? Do you want to get over your piano shyness? Come join The Piano Club to play duets, or solos, simple or not, and listen to the others. The only requirement is the desire to have fun and enjoy playing the piano—on a beautiful brand new grand piano!

Spanish Conversation

Are you already in the process of learning Spanish in your own way whether online, a formal class or already have Spanish but would like to practice and have some fun speaking Spanish together in a casual setting in a members home. Join this new Spanish Conversation Group! All levels are welcome.

CFUW Perth & District Sunday Brunch Group

Sunday Brunch

The purpose of this group is to meet with CFUW members to share their own varied backgrounds and experiences, as well as enjoy each other’s company in various types of venues and formats. This should appeal especially to new members as an opportunity to form friendships and to network to become “connected” to members of the Perth club.
The Brunch group will meet every 2nd Sunday of the month. If that Sunday is part of a long weekend, then the date may be moved to the Sunday prior.
The cost will be under $20.00. The group will carpool when appropriate. As some venues will have limited seating, this group is for members only. Details will be emailed in advance of each outing.

CFUW Perth & District Book Clubs

Book Club — Day & Evening

CFUW Perth & District currently has four daytime book clubs and one evening club. Members meet monthly in rotating homes for snacks and a lively discussion about their selected novel.

CFUW Perth & District Bridge & Lunch


The Bridge and Luncheon Group starts at 11:30 am with social interaction time followed by a delicious lunch provided by the host member and then followed by three rounds of bridge. Presently, there are 8 members. All skill levels are welcome. Players must be fully vaccinated. We currently need spares. If there is enough interest, a second group can be started. (All members must be fully vaccinated against Covid 19.)

CFUW Perth & District  Cycling Group

Cycling Sisters

Come join a cycling group to ride trails, cottage roads and as little highway as possible (only if there is a hard shoulder to ride on). Areas can vary from Murphy’s Point, Smiths Falls, Carleton Place, Almonte ….trails including the Trans Canada Trails; also some of our favourite paths through Ottawa and Gatineau. This summer we had a fabulous day cycling 1000 Islands with lunch at Ivy League Marina and an overnight in Cornwall Waterfront trails. We meet Tuesday mornings @10.00 weather permitting and some possible changes for special locations.


Coming next spring! Meet for 9 holes in the morning of a day of your choice. Many local golf courses to explore.

In Town Walking Group

As we all strive for a healthier lifestyle in these hectic times, walking is an easy, cheap and great way to be part of your health and fitness plan. Let's meet 9 a.m. in Perth/Smiths Falls/Carleton Place for a brisk walk on city streets. Tues or Thur mornings. Walks 1.5 to 2 hrs.

CFUW Perth & District  Experienced Mah Jongg

Mah Jongg-American

This group is for experienced players who are familiar with the game and the 2022 card. The group usually meets on Wednesday after 4:00 pm. Members rotate hosting games at their homes. Existing members have bought subscriptions to Real Mah Jongg so that they can play online as well as meeting in-person. New members are welcome!

CFUW Perth & District Out and About Club

Out and About

This is a group of members who enjoy an “Outing” once every month within a radius of approx. 100km during daylight hours. An “Outing” means something to see, to learn, to enjoy, to explore plus the all-important lunch and fellowship.
All members will be informed in advance by e-mail where the next “Outing” will go and the approximate costs. Transportation to the “Outings” is done by carpooling. Drivers volunteer and are reimbursed in proportion for gasoline and parking fees by their passengers.
Coordinator: This group requires a coordinator or coordinators. You may have an idea for an outing that you would like to plan. Please list your name and idea on the Interest Club sign-up sheet at the open House and/or first meeting this fall.

CFUW Perth & District Pot Luck Supper

Potluck Club

The first meeting this fall will possibly be outdoors.
The first meeting this fall will possibly be outdoors.
Members and their spouses or partners meet once per month at each other’s homes for either an appetizer/grazing get together or a sit down meal, with each participant contributing one dish and supplying their own beverages. Dress is informal and interesting conversations are guaranteed.
The home qualifies if it can accommodate between 6-40 guests. There are times when it becomes necessary to host dinners the very same night simultaneously to have room for all those who want to attend.
Couples as well as singles are welcome to join.

CFUW Perth & District Intermediate Spanish


The next time you travel to a Spanish speaking country, if you would like to be able to converse a bit with the local residents, then join us and Johana, our Spanish instructor, who is a native of Colombia. We do review grammar, but we speak in Spanish as much as possible, learning about traditions, and discussing current events, history and food, with Johana taking the lead. For the intermediate classes, those with some Spanish background are welcome. The cost is $17 per session. Classes will start on September 13, 2022 and are usually held twice per month. (Tuesday mornings from 10 am to 12noon). The venue will either be at a member’s house or via Zoom, depending on weather and COVID requirements.

Sunday Dinner

Not a potluck, not necessarily gourmet, definitely NOT takeout, but an old-fashioned sit-down at a beautifully set table to enjoy a delicious home cooked meal with pleasant company. If you love food, love to cook and have no one to do it for, let's share Sunday dinner together once a month. 6 people.

CFUW Perth & District Mystery Book Club

Book Club — Mystery and Others

This Book Club will be held the first Monday of each month at 1:00 pm. These meetings are held in member’s homes according to the schedule. We currently have eight (8) members. Maximum capacity is 10 with 2 spares.

CFUW Perth & District Social Bridge Club


Social Bridge is an informal and great way to spend an afternoon. All levels welcome. We play on alternate weeks, with members hosting a table in rotation. A light snack is usually served. Depending on numbers, there may be multiple tables per session in different people’s home. As an alternative to meeting in person, a group can choose to play remotely via BBO. Players must be fully vaccinated to participate in person.

CFUW Perth & District  Dog Walking Group

Dog Walking

This group meets in dog-friendly locations to walk dogs and socialize.

CFUW Perth & District Gourmet Club

Gourmet Club

Do you love good food, wine and conversation? Open to couples of all descriptions, our dinner parties of groups of 8 are usually held the second Saturday of each month, starting at 6:00 pm. Four course meals are planned ahead, often with an exciting theme, recipes are shared, the hosts set a lovely table and we gather to eat. You are only limited by your imagination. All costs are shared. We may be called the ‘Gourmet Club’ but it’s really all about yummy food shared with CFUW friends. Traditionally, there is a Christmas Hors d’oeuvres party and in June there is a BBQ where the club members’ partners do all the cooking.

CFUW Perth & District  Hiking Club

Intrepid Hikers

Members signing up for this Interest Group need to be fit and have a good pair of hiking boots, appropriate clothing, and a hiking pole (optional). Hiking poles can be purchased at a reasonable price in Westport at the Village Green.
The club meets every Thursday morning of the month at Conlon Farm for departure by carpool. A small fee is paid by passengers to the car driver. The hike lasts about 1 ½ hours at various pre-determined trails. In the winter members might use snowshoes or ice grippers, if necessary.
The hike may be followed by a coffee/meal at a local restaurant

CFUW Perth & District Hong Kong Rules Mah Jongg

Mah Jongg-Hong Kong Rules

This is an easier version of Mah Jongg. IT IS MUCH SIMPLIER! Two, three or four can play making it very versatile. It is a stepping stone to American Mah Jongg


Seeking photography enthusiasts, whether with an iPhone or camera…informal, fun photography, videos. For relaxed pace outdoor visits to trails, towns and more. Capture light, sun, clouds reflecting in nature. This is NOT a Photography instruction/learn about your 35mm camera group.

Puzzle Exchange

As the unpleasant weather approaches, one sure way to avoid cabin fever is the tried and true pastime of working on jigsaw puzzles. Most of us remember those days when we were kids and it was too cold or rainy to go outside. We didn’t have gameboys, Netflix or the internet. We spent hours at our kitchen or dining room tables putting together puzzles, usually with our families. Sometimes we did them in one sitting or if the puzzle had a lot of pieces, it could take days. It was fun and often challenging, certainly addictive. There are those of us who have never given up doing puzzles. Some of us have been reintroduced to them recently over the past 2 ½ years. Puzzles will be available from Mary Rothfel's shed.

CFUW Perth & District Stitch n Chat

Stitch n' Chat

Whether you are a knitter, a quilter, a novice cross-stitcher or simply have some mending to do,
this is a fun group for you. Everyone enjoys relaxing for a couple of hours, working on their
piece while sharing conversation on a variety of topics. The group meets every 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Participants take turns to host in their homes and light refreshments are served.

Sunday Hiking

An advanced level hiking group meeting biweekly for challenging walks; dogs and partners welcome.

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