Did you know that our group has a small but mighty group of volunteers who go out to make presentations on request about our local group, our impressive fundraising and the reasons we do it all?  Our talks include stories of what is going on with grandmothers in Africa, the friendships we’ve made in Ujamaa, the fun (and hard work) and the impressive group of like-minded women with whom we work.  These past months, we’ve met with a sorority, an oil wives group, a seniors community club and a seniors lodge.  We speak with all ages, school children and up, with the purpose of spreading awareness of the work and needs in Africa, the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s unique approach to those needs plus, of course, fundraising and our sales.

If you have a group you think would like one of our talks and slide shows, let us know by contacting message@ujamaagrandmas.com.

Now a second highlight while on this education bandwagon. Having done talks for our group for 8 years and feeling I knew whereof I spoke, I was overwhelmed by reading Powered by Love, the book published by the Foundation staff last year. As a member of this group, I would so highly recommend reading it. It is available online, in book stores and there are 2 copies in the library.

If you would like to meet with some of us to discuss the book, please contact Ujamaa Grandmas at message@ujamaagrandmas.com.


We have again been offered the opportunity to distribute robes at the SAIT Spring Convocation for an honorarium. It’s a very worthwhile event. Last year our honorarium was $2900.

This year, the dates are June 12 to 14 with one shift on June 12, two on June 13, and one on June 14 for a total of four shifts.

  1. Tues June 12 –  11:00 AM to 4:30 PM (REGISTRATION IS FULL FOR THIS SHIFT)
  2. Wed June 13 –  7:30 AM to 12:30 PM (REGISTRATION IS FULL FOR THIS SHIFT)
  3. Wed June 13 –  11:00 AM to 4:30 PM (REGISTRATION IS FULL FOR THIS SHIFT)
  4. Thurs June 14 –  7:30 AM to 12:30 PM (REGISTRATION IS FULL FOR THIS SHIFT)

Each shift is about 5 hours with a break between handing out the robes and collecting them at the end of the event. Ten volunteers are required for each of the four shifts.
This is a great opportunity for those of you who dearly want to help out but are not crafters: all you need is a good pair of shoes and the ability to read labels. There will be ample time in the middle of the shifts to socialize and meet other UJAMAA GRANDMAS.


  • Busy times will be near the beginning and end of each shift while robes are being distributed and collected.
  • During the 2+ hour ceremonies, volunteers should be able to leave for a coffee or a meal on campus or nearby.
  • Expect lots of walking (don’t forget your Fitbits) and some light lifting.
  • Wear neat casual clothing and comfortable walking shoes.
  • Bring reading glasses if you require them as each gown is labelled for a particular graduate.

Please note that times may change slightly.


At our May Board meeting, we unanimously voted to forward a cheque for $60,000 to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Much of this amount was the result of our amazingly successful Fabric and Yarn Sale funds plus additional funds received this year. This is indeed a testament to the efforts of all our volunteers, no matter what the event! Thank you again.

But there is another side to the Ujamaa Grandmas fundraising events, which we chatted about at the North Gathering last week. There’s the LOCAL IMPACT that occurs at our events – the increased awareness and education about supporting the Stephen Lewis Foundation and our African grandmother sisters, the joy that is imparted in the community when our customers buy a year’s (and then some) supply of fabric and/or yarn or find that perfect gift for themselves or others at the Bags, Babies and Beyond Sale. Following the Fabric and Yarn Sale, we donate “leftovers” to various non-profit organizations and schools who in turn use these to produce articles that are given to others in the community. And we can’t thank the Youth Central volunteers enough for their energy and willingness to help us. In return, we’re providing volunteer experience for them. Now there’s a WIN-WIN!



Come and join other members in a relaxed sew day.

Elaine, Rose and Dawn will be there with kits and ideas. June 20th will be FLAT day.

Crayon rolls, hot mats, placemats, change pads, car carriers , mug rugs or pot holders. Take your pick or come in with something to finish from previous sew days. Have you finished your Thread Catcher? All products are planned for sale at BB&B in October. New people are encouraged to join us. Bring your own sewing machine and general sewing supplies. Kits and materials for all things FLAT will be supplied.

WHAT: SEW ALONG with Elaine, Rose and Dawn.
WHEN: Wednesday, June 20 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
WHERE: Westhills ATB, 601 Stewart Green SW.



The fabric sale was an amazing success.  We still have quilting fabric left. There will be a fabric open house where members, family and friends can purchase wonderful quilt fabric for their use still at fabric sale prices. There will also be some fabric and kits available for projects for the BB&B sale. Check your May 16th email for details. Any questions, please contact Dawn Bolger through handcrafts@ujamaagrandmas.com

WHAT: Fabric Open House
WHEN: May 30, 12:00 NOON to 7:00 PM
WHERE: please contact Dawn Bolger through handcrafts@ujamaagrandmas.com


Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Google http://grandmotherscampaign.org/ and scroll down to the Beds WithOut Breakfast program.

This note is written to encourage hosting or supporting the program when making travel plans for a weekend away or a longer cross-Canada tour.

How does it work?

Information is on the Grandmother to Grandmother website.
Link with Events at the top of the home page. Scroll down to Beds WithOut Breakfast.
There is a complete list and description of hosts on the website. Look at the variety of sites!

This program is about Grandmothers across the country opening their homes to fellow Grandmothers, volunteers, their families and travel companions for 1-3-day overnight stays. Advance planning helps. The host will discuss arrangements about arrival and departure usually leaving guests to make their own daytime plans.

Interested hosts contact lindataberner@yahoo.ca for details on getting registered.
Would-be guests may contact Linda or the hosts directly as specified on the list.
Linda Taberner of G Force has coordinated the program and outlines key details on the website.

The host suggests the fee. Guests make their payment directly to their host. The host then submits the donation along with a donor form to the SLF in their own name to receive a tax receipt. The host gets a tax receipt as a benefit for hosting.

A tribute option:

I like to click on the large red DONATE button on the website after the guest leaves.
I make a One-time donation and send a Tribute – In – Honour card to the guest.
The Foundation sends an e-card or printed card and I get to thank the guest for making the donation on my behalf.

What are your stories? Let’s expand the dialogue!

For the last few years, there has been an annual summary for the Ujamaa Grandmas E-News about the program. Do you have a story to share? Where have you stayed with BWOB? Be in touch.

There is currently a list of 5 Calgary host homes on the website along with homes in Didsbury, Holden and Lacombe. Are you ready to host as well?

Personally, I have been thinking of a road trip from Calgary to Winnipeg. Much of the delight in planning may be to see who is hosting along the way and then try to arrange the trip accordingly.

Susan Podlog for Ujamaa Grandmas
Contact: spodlog@shaw.ca