We choose… Monroe County CASA

At our 100+ Women Who Care meeting this week we voted to support Monroe County CASA! Congratulations to Brenda Jackson, who made a very moving appeal on the importance of the work that CASA does to protect children who are victims of abuse and neglect. And once again, kudos to those members who nominated CASA time and again, and who stuck with it until they met with success.
The other two presentations were on the VIM Clinic (presenter: Nancy Richman) and the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra (presenter: Donna Lafferty).
If you missed the meeting and did not send in your check with a friend, please make your $100 check out payable to Monroe County CASA and mail it to:
100+ Women Who Care
101 West Kirkwood, Suite 321
Bloomington, IN 47404-6129.
You may also choose to make your payment using a credit card, through the CFBMC website. The deadline to make online payments for this session is 5 PM on Wednesday, February 17 . 

Persistence pays off for PALS

At our November 2105 meeting, we voted to support P.A.L.S. (People and Animal Learning Services, Inc.), the local therapeutic riding group. Congratulations to Melissa Carter-Goodrum for her successful presentation, and to all the P.A.L.S. advocates who have spoken so eloquently about the organization at previous meetings. The other two organizations that we heard about were the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra (specifically their programs for children) and the “Y For All” campaign of the local YMCA. All three presentations were outstanding.
If you missed the meeting and did not send in your check with a friend, please make your $100 check out payable to P.A.L.S. and mail it to:
100+ Women Who Care
101 West Kirkwood, Suite 321
Bloomington, IN 47404-6129.

Reduced-cost membership for women aged 35 and younger!

As we enter our fifth year, we now offer a reduced cost to women aged 35 and younger. This is in direct response to a number of you, our members, who suggested that we make joining more accessible to younger women in our community. Women who choose this option will have full nomination and voting privileges, but their annual commitment donation to the Women Who Care endowment at the CFBMC will be $50 and each quarter they will be expected to donate $50 to the chosen organization, for a total annual commitment of $250.

Ready to start Year 5!

Collectively, over the past 4 years, we have added more than $400,000 to the budgets of 16 local nonprofit organizations – what an AMAZING achievement.

Our next meeting is Wednesday, November 4, 2015, at the Bloomington Country Club. Socializing starts at 5:15 and our business meeting runs from 6 PM to 7 PM. Come and bring a friend! If you joined in November 2011, 2012, 2013, or 2014, it is time to renew your commitment to our group. You can renew before the meeting by sending your $100 to the CFBMC, 101 West Kirkwood, Suite 321, Bloomington, IN 47404. Or bring two checks with you to the meeting – one to renew and the other to make your quarterly donation. See you soon!

A clarification about proxy votes

IMG_1268There has been some confusion at our meetings about proxy votes. If you are a member in good standing of 100+ Women Who Care and you know you will miss the quarterly meeting, you can still have a voice. If you give your signed $100 check (with the “payable to” line left blank) to another member BEFORE the meeting, that member can claim your proxy at the time of registration. How can she claim your proxy? As follows:

  • You give her your signed $100 check (with the “payable to” line left blank)
  • She turns in your signed $100 check to the person at the registration table and signs your attendance card
  • She then accepts your vote card as well as her own vote card.
  • Your friend will then cast your vote along with her own after the 3 presentations
  • After the votes are counted and we have chosen our recipient, we will fill in the “payable to” line for all the checks we’ve received via the proxy process.

Please note: If you are due for renewal and want to vote by proxy, you will have to give your friend two checks – one for $100 made out to the CFBMC, and the second one with the “payable to” line left blank, for the recipient agency.  Let us know if you have any questions.

In May, we chose… the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County!

That’s right – the very same CFBMC that provides 100+ Women Who Care with so much support and practical assistance is the recipient of our May 2015 donations. Lennie Busch made a very persuasive pitch for the CFMBC, pointing out that because of the Lilly Foundation’s matching grant, each $100 contribution from our members will translate into $200 for the Foundation. Congratulations to Lennie and to the CFBMC!