Join Elaine Peek, Rose Besler and Dawn Bolger on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 in the classroom at Along Came Quilting, 6432 1A St. SW. We are so appreciative of the hospitality and the great space provided by the staff.
Sew Along is a great way to produce items for the BB&B while working together and getting to know each other.

Your hosts will provide kits and patterns. If, you are sewing, you must provide your machine in good working order, neutral thread, normal sewing tools and your talent. And DON’T FORGET YOUR LUNCH and a water bottle if you need one.

If you have an idea for a project for a Sew Along please send a note to handcrafts@ujamaagrandmas.com and we will get back to you. We are always looking for project ideas and the creative people willing to share those ideas.

WHAT: SEW ALONG with Elaine, Rose and Dawn
WHEN: Wednesday, February 20 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
WHERE: Along Came Quilting, 6432 1A St. SW (right behind the Home Depot on the east side of MacLeod Trail South – just north of Glenmore Trail).

Registration is Full


Storage Needed for Bags, Babies and Beyond Props

The Bags, Babies and Beyond Sale is looking for a place to store the props used for the sale.  The props are mainly wooden risers and display trees, a couple of bags of styrofoam heads, a few boxes of miscellaneous supplies and some larger props (mirrors and dress forms).  The estimated area is about 8 feet by 6 feet by 4 feet high.  The ideal location would be close to the Marda Loop Communities Association Hall where the sale is held but realistically anywhere within a half hour drive would be suitable.  The last couple of locations have been in the basement of a member’s home but we are open to other opportunities.

Please contact handcrafts@ujamaagrandmas.com if you can help.



Save the date for Demo Day 2019.

Demo Day is a Ujamaa Grandma event to show appreciation for all our makers, provide skill workshops and gather to have fun and socialize. Registration to follow.

To help the Demo Day Committee plan a successful event, please think about the type(s) of sessions that would best meet your needs. Is there a skill you want to improve? Do you want to try something new? Please click the link below to complete the following survey question.
What topics would you like to see presented at Demo Day?

WHAT: Demo Day 2019
WHEN: Wednesday, May 8, 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
WHERE: Woodcliff United Church, 5010 Spruce Drive SW.


Interested in ordering a Grandmother to Grandmothers Campaign T-shirt?

These shirts are 100% cotton (with compacted yarns to minimize shrinkage), available in sizes XS – 4XL and a range of colours: black, charcoal, maroon, kelly green, navy, purple, red & royal blue all with the white Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign logo.
All proceeds go the SLF through the Peninsula Grannies Group in Southern Ontario.
The cost is $23 and includes shipping to one address per Group.

If you are interested please contact Marilyn Simmons through message@ujamaagrandmas.com
The deadline for ordering is March 15, 2019

Marilyn Simmons
GRL for Southern Alberta


Ujamaa Grandmas had a fantastic year (despite the loss of BB&B funds). The first quarter was all about preparation for the Fabric & Yarn Sale in April. And what a sale it was! As a new UG member, I was in awe of what you ladies accomplished. Your hard work, organization and attention to detail resulted in record-breaking sales of over $52,000 plus more than $1300 in donations!

The BB&B sale was equally impressive to a newbie like me; it was beautifully organized, and the unique and gorgeous items our members donated for sale were outstanding! The sale generated almost $45,000 plus an additional $2600 in donations. Sadly, $9600 was not processed. But our members and customers really came through for us and about $6700 of that was returned to UG in the form of payments and donations.

Other notable revenue generating ventures taken on by our Committees and members:
• Bag-ettes’ pattern sales: $2900
• Bake Sale: $2000
• SAIT Convocation: $2800
• Blues Festival: $2200

In the end, Ujamaa Grandmas generated in excess of $115,000 in 2018 – an amazing achievement! In turn, this allowed us to donate to SLF over $95,000! Grandmas Rock!


Last month one of the books highlighted was Powered by Love: A Grandmothers’ Movement to End AIDS in Africa by Joanna Henry and Ilana Landsberg-Lewis

PRICE DROP! Ujamaa Grandmas is now selling the book “Powered by Love” for $32. If you are interested in purchasing this book please email message@ujamaagrandmas.com.

This month the Speakers Bureau is highlighting one of the books reviewed on the Ujamaa Grandma website:
28 Stories of AIDS in Africa by Stephanie Nolen
Stephanie Nolen was the Globe and Mail correspondent in Africa for six years and wrote this book of personal encounters with 28 different lives impacted by HIV-AIDS in Africa.

Stephanie puts a human face to the crisis created by HIV-AIDS in Africa. In her book we are introduced to women and men fighting a challenging battle created by the HIV-AIDS crisis.

Examples: Tigist Haile Michael, a smart, shy 14-year-old Ethiopian orphan fending for herself and her baby brother on the slum streets of Addis Ababa; Alice Kadzanja, an HIV-positive nurse in Malawi, where one in six adults has the virus, and where the average adult’s life expectancy is 36; and Zackie Achmat, the hero of South Africa’s politically fragmented battle against HIV-AIDS.

28 Stories explains how the virus works, spreads and often kills those infected. It describes the connection of HIV-AIDS to conflict, famine and the collapse of states. The stories highlight the benefits of treatment for those fortunate enough to be recipients and outlines the challenges of those struggling to cope often with little support

Although the book was written in 2007, twelve years later these stories are still very much a part of the HIV-AIDS crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Stephanie Nolen’s book is available at the Calgary Public Library.

Reminder: Members from the Speakers Bureau are available for presentations to other groups you are involved with. Email message@ujamaagrandmas.com.





Pre-sale donations of fabric 1 metre or longer, yarn, knitting needles, sewing notions, thread are accepted through contact with  fabricsale@ujamaagrandmas.com

Donations are accepted at Woodcliff United Church Wednesday, April 24, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM and Thursday, April 25, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM


Apple boxes are always appreciated. They can be collapsed, but not crushed, for easier home storage and dropped off at the church on Wednesday, April 24 when the setup begins at 10:00 AM.

WHAT: 2019 Fabric & Yarn Sale
Wednesday, April 24, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Thursday, April 25, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday, April 26, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Friday, April 26, 2:30 to 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 27, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
WHERE: Woodcliff United Church, 5010 Spruce Drive SW

Stay tuned for online volunteer registration coming closer to the end of March or beginning of April.



Hello – my husband Paul, who has lived in Kenya, was teaching me a Swahili saying “Kidogo kidogo kidogo inakuwa mengi“ meaning “little, by little, a little becomes a lot”, to help explain why progress in our lives, and globally, can sometimes seem too slow, but then when we look back in time, so much has really been achieved. Ilana Lewis-Landsbury, the Director of the Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) sent us all a wonderful, but lengthy, update on happenings with the Grandmothers of Africa and their Community-Based Organizations (Click this link to see Ilana’s Jan 2019 Update).  I encourage you all to make some time, with a cup of coffee or tea, to read her insightful letter.  It’s an all-encompassing overview which we will appreciate, as we are active in so many areas of the Ujamaa Grandmas awareness-raising and fund-rasing efforts, while we’re “doing what we like, and liking what we do” to quote Dawn Bolger, Co-Chair of Handcrafts.

We’ve had our first Fabric and Yarn Committee meeting to prepare for the magnificent sale April 26th and 27th, with set-up on the 24th and 25th.  My Granny instilled in us, that ‘many hands make light work’ – well, we need hundreds of volunteer hours, so watch for the registration to volunteer in a later e-News.  Mona Jones has gathered a well-qualified and well-informed committee to plan for this amazing event.

We had an enlightening and informative presentation at our combined Gathering in January, by Mary Baker, who travelled with the SLF last Spring to Uganda and Tanzania.  Mary is a member of the Kamloops G2G and also contributes with her Bed Without Breakfast hospitality.  She spoke warmly of the many experiences with grandmothers in both countries and their passion at the Ugandan Gathering.  As well, she had many slides and videos to give us insight into what ‘life’ is, in the two countries.

A huge thanks to Yvonne Way, our Publicity Coordinator, who baked many dozens of tasty muffins to go with fruits and cheese, coffee/tea.

Speaking of publicity, I was interviewed by Christopher Jurewicz, a writer for the ‘Calgary Prime Time’ magazine.  He was astounded by all our activities and the revenue-generating events we hold.  What a great SLF awareness opportunity!  Chris wasn’t sure when the article would appear, but he’ll let me know.

Which reminds me of the video of the SLF Flash Mobs held in 30 or so locations across Canada, in November and December, for World AIDS Day December 1st.  The fun everyone had and the message they gave (The Power of Love) was heart-warming!   For all of us Ujamaa Grandmas who love music and raising awareness for SLF ….. LET’S DO IT, next Fall.

Again, my thanks to Board members, Committee Chairs, and all members who make Ujamaa Grandmas the dynamic and productive group that we are.  Congratulations!

Jan Geggie, President


Our Board of Directors extends an invitation to members to attend our Board meetings. We are grateful to the Marda Loop ATB at 2140 34th Avenue SW  for the spacious room which they have provided.  Public parking is free within a block; note the times of parking on the street.  Please let us know if you’d like to attend, through message@ujamaagrandmas.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

WHAT: Ujamaa Grandmas Board Meeting
Saturday, July 7, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Thursday, August 9, 2018 from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 3:45 PM (private residence)
Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM
WHERE: Marda Loop ATB at 2140 34th Avenue SW