100 Women Who Care

by Tracy McDonald

On February 7, 100 Women Who Care North Grenville held their first quarterly meeting for 2019. There were 54 women gathered in the main room at eQuinelle Golf Club. Door prizes were graciously donated by Karen Quigley of Saltastic, Jen Digby of Epicure, Kim Beach and Mary Boucher – thank you! Special thanks to Natalie Castellas of Catered Affairs, also a sponsor and member, who provided a scrumptious hot meal for the group, by donation only. Over $350 was raised from the meal to assist in covering the group’s administrative expenses.

The meeting began with a great opener, asking all of the members to join in shouting out what they were thankful for in their community. New this meeting was a photo booth session, which provided members with a fun and interactive opportunity to network and get to know their table mates! Be sure to check out the Facebook page and website for pictures.

Erin Wong of Kemptville’s Salvation Army Community & Family Services, last quarter’s recipient, gave a report on how the funds received were used. The donation was utilized to supplement much needed holiday food baskets, and toys and gifts for Angel tree recipients. In addition, some of the funds have been earmarked to assist in sending kids to camp this summer. The room was overflowing with love knowing that the 100 Women Who Care North Grenville is making such an impact in our community.

Representatives from this quarter’s three nominated charities provided an update on their initiatives so the members could make an informed vote. The members chose Victoria’s Quilts as the recipient. The Kemptville branch of Victoria’s Quilts was established in 2002 with just 11 individuals, and now comprises over 60 members! They hold monthly meetings the third Saturday of each month at St. John’s United Church Hall. Colette Stanisci presented on behalf of the charity and explained that their organization lovingly sews quilts for all those who receive a diagnosis of cancer in our community. There was not a dry eye in the room! We are delighted to be able to assist in sharing the gift of warmth and comfort.

As of the last meeting, the 100 Women Who Care North Grenville was hovering around 102 ladies strong. With contributions from new and existing members, a total of $4,500 was raised once again in the 1st quarter.

The next meeting of 100 Women Who Care NG is scheduled for May 9, 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.

You can also check them out on Facebook or at www.100womenwhocareng.com.


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