100 Women Who Care Meets October 17
By Susan Page
100 Women Who Care (men welcome) will hold its next meeting on October 17 at the Rosewood Hotel. This remarkable organization has already raised 997,850 pesos for San Miguel nonprofit organizations that serve poor communities around San Miguel. For each of the 100 members or teams, the organization requires only four hours a year, with a donation of $1,000 pesos each time.
“100 Women Who Care”
By Susan Page
Mon, Oct 17, 3:30pm Mix and Mingle, 4:30pm Sign-in, 5pm meeting begins
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The last two meetings have been especially electrifying. At our April meeting for the first time we achieved our fondest hope of raising 100,000 pesos at one meeting. We were extremely close to the goal when one member rose to say that she would make up the difference. We leapt to our feet in ecstatic cheering. Fans watching a soccer hero score a goal could not be more excited than we were at that moment. We were all hugs, cheers, and screaming with delight. That month, all those pesos went to Casita Linda toward building one more beautiful home for the poorest of poor families in rural communities.
At our July meeting this year, one of the candidates was Feed the Hungry. When they told us what it would cost to build one more kitchen next to a school in a rural community, one member rose to say, “I’ll buy that kitchen.” Feed the Hungry was not selected for the total award, but that “collateral” networking is an example of the wide reach and ripple effect of these quarterly meetings. The group that was selected to receive the award was a new nonprofit formed to help families with an autistic child. We were so moved by the efforts of the small group mounting this much-needed group, that we again rose to our feet cheering with great gratitude in our hearts when the winning group was announced: Niños con Autismo.
Organizations that have received grants from 100 Women Who Care include The Rural Education Institute of Mexico, Centro Infantil, ALMA, Casa Hogar Orphanage, Camino de Agua, Casa de los Angeles, Mujeres en Cambio, Casita Linda, Apoyo a Gente Emprendedores, Libros Sin Fronteras, Jovenes Adelante, and San Miguel Angels for Education. We welcome new nominations at every meeting. Any member may nominate an organization.
Does our work require a large board of directors, an expensive staff, costly administrative expenses? None of that! Raising this money could not be simpler. Here is how it works: We meet four times a year for one hour each time. At each meeting, several nonprofit organizations are nominated. Three are drawn out of a hat. We hear a short presentation on each of the three and then we vote. The selected organization receives all of the pesos we have collected at that meeting.
To join this heartwarming group of women (men welcome), all you have to do is show up at a meeting, sign a pledge agreement, and then attend every meeting if you are in town. If you cannot attend a meeting, you must leave your donation before the meeting at the Café Monet location of La Conexion, addressed to 100 Women Who Care, Box 543.
You may join as an individual, pledging $1,000 pesos four times a year. Or, you may join as a team of two people who together pledge this amount. When it comes to voting for the winning non-profit each time, there is one vote per $1,000 pesos donation, so each team must first agree and then cast only one vote.
We welcome visitors! If you are visiting San Miguel or you come here part time, you are welcome to attend one meeting and bring a donation of any size. As a non-member, you won’t receive a ballot, but you will have the joy of knowing that you have contributed to a valuable cause.
We invite all who care to attend the meeting on Monday, October 17 at the Rosewood Hotel. We are grateful to the Rosewood for their admirable community spirit in donating the space for our meeting. You are invited to arrive at 3:30pm for no-host cocktails and a chance to mix and mingle. Joining (for new members) and signing in with your donation begins at 4:30. The meeting will begin promptly at 5pm and will end by 6pm. Even if you are not sure you want to join, you are invited to the meeting to see us in action.