submitted by Tracy McDonald
The 2nd quarter meeting for 100 Women Who Care North Grenville was held on the May 7. The group chose Eric Gutknecht Memorial Bursary as the latest funding recipient. Bill Gutknecht presented on behalf of the charity outlining the opportunities presented to youth at both local high schools in our community. Any graduating student who is pursuing post-secondary education and has shown perseverance/adversity is eligible to apply for the bursary. This fund has donated over $20,000 in bursaries to date to deserving students! This bursary fund was created shortly after the tragic loss of their son Eric in 2010. There was not a dry eye in the room! We look forward to hearing from Bill again at our September meeting.
There were 77 women that gathered together in the main room at eQuinelle Golf Club, one of the many sponsors of the event. Door prizes were graciously donated by Moose Mart, Studio Maud, Reflexology by Heather Clarke and Perennials from Melanie Goldberg. Special thank you to Natalie Castellas of Catered Affairs, also a sponsor and member, who provided a light meal for the group. Donations from the meal assist in covering the group’s administrative expenses. In celebration of Mother’s Day, Pioneer Nursery donated lovely pansy baskets for centerpieces. One lucky mom from each table was able to take home a cheerful prize! Thank you to Peter Johnson – our ladies were entertained by his wonderful melodies. Thanks to all who donated – we really appreciate you!
Representatives from this quarter’s three nominated charities, provided an update on their initiatives so the members could make an informed vote. Colette Stanisci of Victoria’s Quilts, also gave a report on how the funds were used from last quarter. They were utilized to purchase fabric/equipment and will be a significant contribution in creating the over 200 quilts that are lovingly created by this chapter in our community for the upcoming year. The room was overflowing with love knowing that the 100 Women Who Care North Grenville is making an impact in our community.
As of the last meeting, the 100 Women Who Care North Grenville was hovering around 107 ladies strong. With contributions from new and existing members, a total of $5200 was raised for this 2nd quarter – our largest donation to date.
Be sure to check out the Facebook page and website for pictures from our last meeting. Special thanks to Claira Bastien for being our talented photographer to document all the fun we have together.
The next meeting of 100 Women Who Care NG is scheduled for Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 at eQuinelle. Please come as a guest to see what we are all about. The warmth of the membership is contagious, and we are sure you will want to join in this amazing movement happening here in North Grenville.
To find out more about 100 Women Who Care NG, see their impact on our community, or to become a member, visit their website at www.100womenwhocareng.com .