100 Women Who Care: You are Invited!

By Susan Page

The first meeting of San Miguel’s newest organization, 100 Women Who Care, held in January, was an astonishing success. Since the group meets only quarterly, the second meeting will occur on April 15 at 5pm in the Rosewood Hotel ballroom. The Rosewood Hotel has graciously donated the meeting space since we are committed to giving 100 percent of the money we raise to whatever San Miguel NGO is selected.

100 Women Who Care
Quarterly Meeting
Mon, Apr 15, 5pm
Rosewood Hotel Ballroom
Admission free

On January 21, to the great delight of the meeting planners, 90 women showed up for the one-hour-long meeting. Of these, 70+ women joined the organization, either as individuals or as part of a team.

Using the prescribed method, described below, the women selected Mujeres En Cambio as the first recipient of their largesse, and presented them with 37,000 pesos. Mujeres en Cambio immediately allotted the money to pay for titulos (university graduation certificates) for six young women who had graduated from college but lacked the funds to purchase this final step in graduation. Without this titulo, these young women cannot find meaningful employment in their field of study.

The goal of 100 Women Who Care is to maintain 100 memberships, each pledging a donation of 1,000 pesos four times a year. A membership may consist of one woman, two women, or four women who, together, pledge a donation of 1000 pesos each quarter.

All women are welcome to attend the April 15 meeting.

The concept is simple: 100 (or more) women meet four times a year for one hour each time. No food, no fuss.

At the meeting, you will have a chance to join as an individual or as a team. You may partner with someone, and you each donate 500 pesos, or four of you may each donate 250 pesos. There is only one vote per 1,000 pesos.

Each woman or team must commit to donating 1,000 pesos four times a year and may nominate a San Miguel nonprofit organization.

We put the nominated organizations in a hat and draw three.

The person who nominated each of the three gives a short presentation about the nonprofit. Then we vote for the winner; each woman or team donates 1,000 pesos (two “Frida” bills.)

Presto! We just raised 100,000 pesos for one of San Miguel’s stellar NGOs, and we do this four times a year!

Please bring 1,000 pesos to this meeting, (either as an individual, or as a team). We will select our second nonprofit recipient! Every peso we raise will go to the selected charity.

To nominate an NGO:

Any individual or team member may nominate an NGO to be the next chosen recipient of the group’s donation. To nominate an NGO for consideration, go to the website: www.100womenwhocaresma.com. There you will find the official nomination form. Fill it out completely, and bring it with you to the April 15 meeting at the Rosewood Hotel.

Please research the organization thoroughly, know exactly what the funds would be used for, and be able to answer questions knowledgeably.

“We feel this is a great way to give women of all ages and all walks of life a chance to give back to our community,” said Jody Feagan, who launched 100 Woman Who Care locally together with a steering committee of Kathy Devine, Marty Kimmel, Susan Page, and Laura Stewart. “We know there are many ways of giving, but 100 Women Who Care made sense to us because it’s simple and direct … and it works.”

At each meeting, we will have a chance to hear from the nonprofit that “won” at the previous meeting. “The stories we hear about how the money was used are often very moving,” said Jody, who also helped found 100 Woman Who Care in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“We are all busy, but this takes very little time,” said Kathy Devine, noting the group meets for one hour, four times a year.

“And of course the excellent opportunity for networking is an added benefit,” said Laura Stewart. “This is a chance to meet other women and learn about where you might want to become more involved.”

The dates of the remaining 2013 meetings are, April 15, July 15, and October 21. (If you are unable to attend a meeting, you are obligated to give your 1,000 pesos to someone who will be at the meeting.)

For more information, or to join if you are unable to attend the April 15 meeting, write to Membership Chair, Laura Stewart at lauramex@gmail.com.


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