MAKING THEIR MARK: Founding members of 100 Women Who Care Scugog (clockwise from top left) Janet McGhee, Caroline Kucevic, Heather Chapman, Ginger Jackson, Margaret Ayres and Lana Crosbie prepare for the groups inaugural meeting, to be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at Sunnybrae Golf and Country Club. Photo credit: Darryl Knight/The Standard
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
SCUGOG: 100 Women Who Care is coming to Scugog, and they are looking for your help!
Following on the successful heels of the Uxbridge branch of the charity, which was launched in November of 2013, the Scugog chapter will be holding its first meeting next week.
A group of six local women were instrumental in bringing the group across Lakeridge Rd., and into Scugog Township, where they hope to spread goodwill in the community.
“It’s the most wonderful and rewarding experience,” commented Ginger Jackson, one of the founding members of the Scugog Chapter as well as an Uxbridge member. “You go home after the meeting and think ‘I’ve really made a difference.’ That’s what blew me away, and why we wanted to bring this wonderful thing to Scugog.”
As part of 100 Women Who Care, members commit to attending four meetings each year (one in each quarter) that last for an hour and pledging $100 per meeting, for a total of $400 each year. Membership does not have to be for individuals; teams of up to four people can sign up.
The amazing impact of this group can be seen in the tremendous contributions made by the Uxbridge chapter over the past year to Sunrise Pregnancy Centre, Loaves and Fishes Food Bank, the Uxbridge Youth Centre and the IODE.
At each meeting, members of 100 Women Who Care may nominate a charity, from which three finalists are chosen at random, and the nominating member must then give a five-minute presentation describing the charity in need, which is then followed by a vote by the membership, which determines the charity that receives the contribution.
“Through the process, you end up learning about other charities doing wonderful things in the community that you might not have known about before,” added Janet McGhee, another founding member of 100 Women Who Care Scugog.
The first meeting of 100 Women Who Care Scugog will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at Sunnybrae Golf and Country Club, located at 1430 King St. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m., with the meeting to follow at 7 p.m. Those interested can either sign up at the door, or in advance on-line at www.100womenscugog.com.
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