Club History and Meetings
The University Women’s Club of Portage la Prairie was inaugurated in 1952 by a group of professional women who wished to share their education with the community. They began meeting in the homes of members, a practice which continued for many years until the club moved to a public meeting place. The club now meets the second Wednesday of the month between September and May in the board room of the Portage and District Arts Centre.
Meetings start at 7:30 and are followed by a speaker and a light lunch.
One of the earliest projects that the Club was involved in was helping with audiology screening in the schools. Members were trained to use the machines and visited the local schools to identify children who might be at risk for hearing loss.
When many of the rural schools began closing, the Club undertook a project to preserve their history. Members researched the background of the schools and two local artists, Charlotte Jones, (a club member), and Karen Braden made pencil drawings of each school. These were reproduced and sold as keepsakes of an earlier time. The original drawings are on display in the offices of the school board.