February 8th, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 6
Club FUSE: for women by women
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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Pass Herald Reporter
A new club focused on Friendship, Unity, Support and Empowerment (FUSE) among women is starting up in the Pass. Women 18 years and older are invited to join Club FUSE and attend the open house on Feb. 23 at the Sinistra Gallery in Blairmore from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Club FUSE founder MJ Myden wants to create a positive space where women in communities all over Canada could meet, collaborate, mentor and make positive changes in their lives, their businesses and their communities.

“We all have a story,” says Myden. “We’ve all struggled in our lives and we’ve seen our friends and family members struggle, too. I believe that if women stand together, we can make positive changes in all areas of our lives.”

The purpose of the club is to promote friendship in the community where women support each other, their businesses and community programs, all while having fun doing it.
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“We will encourage, respect and protect our friendships, and heal through addressing negativity and difficult situations with positive solutions,” she says. “We need to encourage and support each other.”

Club FUSE meetings are designed to build relationships, stand in unity and support and empower each other, Myden says the group is intended to be a sounding board where women can seek and offer advice, share ideas and initiatives, support businesses and take on community projects through focus groups and socializing.

Held monthly on the fourth Thursday of every month, Club FUSE gatherings will be structured with a set of officers, bylaws and member voting. Meetings will include the Canadian anthem and reciting an oath to re-affirm the mission and vision as women of Canada. A moment of silence will be observed to reflect on women in members’ lives who have passed. Myden will then address business items and the meeting will proceed to the main portion of the evening, an open mic where members have the opportunity to share their initiatives with the club. There will also be door prizes, 50/50 draws, business promotions, community program information, event announcements and other perks.

After the meetings, there will be socializing at local establishments in the community. Venues and times will change from month to month and they are already planning an annual weekend getaway for the September meeting.
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Myden’s main goal is to introduce Club FUSE in communities across Canada, where each club is governed and run by the women in that community.

Myden is currently working out an annual membership fee structure with numerous benefits and discounts for early sign-up through a member referral program. There will also be a drop-in option. Membership fees collected will go towards funding Club FUSE initiatives in the community, monthly meetings, events and operational and administration costs.

Some of the benefits of membership may include a community coupon book, member discounts at events and group outings, and other perks. But more importantly, says Myden, members will have all the benefits of the website promoting the national membership a Canadian culture initiative.

FUSE is the community-focused club of the national Women of Canada Eh initiative, which Myden began in 2013.

“Every community is unique,” she says. “I thought, why don’t we start this initiative in communities, bring the women together in those communities, and then expand it across Canada and bring all of that knowledge onto the website where we can share our membership nationally and actually promote our country, our people, our businesses, and our travel destinations through an online culture initiative.”
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The website WomenOfCanada.ca is currently in the construction phase.
Women of Canada Eh is an online-based platform for news, blogging and a Canadian culture initiative. The website features and highlights Canadian women doing great things to empower others.

It’s a win-win for everybody, says Myden, from local communities to women across the nation.

A core aspect of both Club FUSE and Women of Canada Eh is a national culture initiative. Myden, a proud patriot, hopes to promote and support local businesses, community programs and events on a national level through the platforms.

Myden has been very active in community since moving to the Pass from Calgary in 2011. She has volunteered at the Food Bank, worked at the Boys and Girls Club a recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Community Spirit Award in 2014. Through her company Mountain Ink located in Bellevue, she also does a lot of sponsoring and donating to local community events.

Interested women are invited to the Sinistra Gallery in Blairmore on Feb. 23 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m for an informational open house about Club FUSE. Refreshments and signature cookies will be provided and membership registration packages will be available.

For more information, you can visit the Crowsnest Women – Club FUSE or Women Of Canada Eh Facebook pages or contact MJ at info@womenofcanada.ca.
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