It was shades of February 2015 when the room started to overflow and we were reminded of our first-ever meeting when we were short on chairs, ballots, registration forms . . . at 6:55 p.m., just minutes before the meeting, the two of us were dragging out more chairs to meet the last-minute rush. Thankfully, that was a happiness problem and the meeting started (almost) on time.
Despite the cold, more than 130 people attended last night. We were thrilled to extend a warm welcome to our 14 new members!
Here are the highlights:
To kick off the evening, our very own Jodi Dore treated us to delicious Chai Lattes, Almond Milk Hot Chocolate and the most lovely heart-shaped Chai Spice Cookies from her company, The Chai Wallahs. Jodi also provided the door prize. That Jodi – she’s always there when we need her! Congratulations to Lauren Harder for winning the prize. Enjoy the chai and beautiful ceramic mugs.
Kim Mortimer of Snaphappy Photography was kept busy all evening taking candid pics of the whole crowd. We will use these photos for social media and other promotions. Stay tuned to see the photos. Thank you, KIm. We sure appreciate it.
Taylor Poor from the Salvation Army filled us in on how our November meeting funds are being used to support their Weekend Backpack Feeding program. Our donations will provide food for about 300 Red Deer kids for two months, so they don’t go hungry over the weekend. It’s heartbreaking to think about the hungry youngsters in our community, but heartening to know that we have helped.
With 12 nominations in the hat, we had three great pitches from:
Amanda Blair – The Lending Cupboard
Bonnee Gregg – Central Alberta Women’s Outreach Society -The Dragonfly Centre
Eleanor Sugarman – The RDRHC Lifeline
After nominating the Outreach Centre 6 times and never even getting drawn, the 7th time was the charm for Bonnee. Her emotional and passionate endorsement of The Dragonfly Centre, which helps the children and their moms deal with the trauma of domestic abuse, garnered the most votes.
Including February’s donations, we will exceed $400,000 in total donations since 2015. We celebrated with a second (or was that third) cookie and a glass of wine at the end of the evening. What a great way to start year #6!
Please mail or drop off your cheque to the Central Alberta Women’s Outreach Society (Women’s Outreach will do) to 4751-56 Street, Red Deer T4N 2K2.
Our next meeting is on Monday, April 20th. With luck, we will be adding a plus to 15 degrees and not a minus like last night!
Thank you so much for your continued support – we are thrilled each and every one of you are part of 100+ Women Who Care Red Deer. With gratitude,
Cindy and Susan