WOW!  What Another Great Year!

The energy and camaraderie in the the room was invigorating.

We continue to excel in enthusiasm for local causes. We have now grown to over 140 members as you each spread the word. I was kidding about the Roger’s Centre, but have now started saving my pennies. I am stealing the wonderful words of Liz Dadson (http://www.kincardinerecord.com) who has been one of our original members and continues to share our cause through her on line paper, which I hope you check daily.   Thanks Liz…( maybe she won’t sue me now for plagiarism!)

Points of Interest:

We will meet next year on April 29th, July 29th, and October 28th, ( all  the last Mondays of the month), so please mark your calendars early.

Meetings will now start at 7:00pm and continue to seek a ONE HOUR MANDATE.

Members who wish to donate to the raffle table are asked to contact me directly.

John Larsen and his company have offered to continue providing the condiments for next year. Thank you John!

I would like to remind all members that you are expected to commit to three payments from your signing on agreement( although I’ll haunt you for life!) even if you miss a meeting.  Getting cheques from members who missed a meeting is becoming a huge, unsuccessful follow up effort. As a volunteer organization, I send you two gentle reminders, and then close the books at less than our membership implies.

Please try to offer your cheque before the meeting if you know you are going to miss the event (dropping it off at the Golf Shop).

Accomplishments

Let’s reflect upon our accomplishments in 6 short hours.  Bruce County Women’s House, Huron Shore’s Hospice, WES for Youth, Bruce Botanical Gardens, Big Brothers, Big Sisters Kincardine and Kincardine Kinetics have all benefitted from our local initiatives.  We have raised over $66,000 in six hours!! 
Congratulations to you all for your outstanding local support. I look forward to seeing you again on April 29th, and don’t forget to bring a friend.

Respectfully,

Bill Pike

Bill Pike (right) of 100 People Who Share Bruce County, and Yolanda Ritsema Teeninga, executive director of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kincardine and District, hold the cheque, showing the $12,850 donated to Big Brothers and Big Sisters in July.

At the start of the meeting, Yolanda shared a huge THANK YOU from Brothers and Big Sisters of Kincardine and District, which received the donation of $12,850 in July. She told the crowd that the money was being used to offset the deficit for this year, as well as for Bigs and Littles group programs, activities and events, including possibly snowshoeing and cross-country skiing; and to send youth to overnight camps. The agency serves about 50 children, ages six to 16, and currently has 14 Little Brothers and five Little Sisters on a waiting list. Next year, the organization plans to Give Back, volunteering with other community groups, planting trees, weeding gardens and doing shoreline clean-up.
The Kinetic Knights robotics team (FRC Team 781) of Kincardine, has received a donation of over $14,000 from 100 People Who Share Bruce County.

The team was selected to present, along with the Paddy Walker Heritage Society, and the Grey Bruce Animal Shelter, at the meeting held Monday night at Ainsdale Golf Course, south of Kincardine.

Team members Nathan Williams, Eric Hackney and Conner Dixon presented, outlining that the not-for-profit organization is a youth-led team that builds robots as well as people. It has been in existence for 17 years and currently has 14 members and about a dozen adult mentors. The program is for youth, ages 14-17, and it is a community team that welcomes members from the area.

“Team 781 is registered with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and its goal is to engage youth in STEM which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math,” said Nathan. “This can lead to a lot of great career paths.”

“Each year, the team builds a robot in six weeks (January and February) to meet the challenge presented by FIRST, said Eric. “This involves designing and programming, electrical work, and the physical building of the robot.”

Besides the technical skills, youth learn about organizing events, finances, public speaking, and arts and media, providing a strong basis for post-secondary education, he said.Dan Showalter of the Paddy Walker Heritage Society board of directors, spoke on behalf of his group’s nomination and said the group has been in existence for about 20 years, and is always seeking donations, volunteers and directors to help maintain Kincardine’s oldest building, located across from the Kincardine Lighthouse in downtown Kincardine.

The heritage society holds fund-raisers and offers tours in the summer but needs donations to cover the remaining costs, he said, noting that it costs about $30,000 to $40,000 per year to maintain the building.

Joan Berta, president of the Grey Bruce Animal Shelter board,  spoke on behalf of the third nomination drawn and said the shelter is located just south of Owen Sound and has 50 volunteers that keep it running. It accepts animals from all across Canada and the United States, and has a no-kill policy.

The shelter has been in existence since 1989 and, on average, it adopts out 150-160 animals per year. Most of the dogs and cats that are brought to the shelter come from families that can no longer care for them, or because the owner has died, said Berta. “We live our motto which is ‘Fall in love, change a life, adopt a pet’.” For more information, visit                       
grey-bruceanimalshelter.com.

Following the voting, organizer Bill Pike announced that the 100 People Who Share Bruce County now has 137 members, and has donated a total of $66,000 in two years. Tickets were drawn for the raffle which raised $550. The winner of the Bose speaker, donated by Bruce Power, was Nancy Copeland.

Pike then announced that the Kinetic Knights had been selected as the meeting’s charity to receive almost $14,000 ($100 from each member) plus the raffle proceeds.Nathan said the donation from 100 People Who Share would go toward a 3D printer and replacement tools to build the robots, as well as to help cover the costs to attend district competitions so all the students can participate. The cost per student to attend these events is about $300 per competition.

The team also helps in the community, said Nathan, conducting outreach at such events as the Terry Fox Run and Cruise Night, and at local schools through the FIRST Lego League program.
This was the final meeting of 2018 for the 100 People Who Share Bruce County. 
It was agreed to meet next year at Ainsdale Golf Course,
for three meetings: April 29, July 29 and Oct. 28.

Please contact me @ billpike3@gmail.com

Big Brothers and Big Sisters receive $13,000 from 100 People Who Share
By: Liz Dadson
July 30, 2018
The 100 People Who Share Bruce County held its fifth meeting Monday night at Ainsdale Golf Course, south of Kincardine, with 130 members.

Three groups made presentations, including the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kincardine and District, Kinetic Knights Robotics (FRC Team 781) of Kincardine, and the Pine River Watershed Initiative Network (PRWIN) of Ripley.

When the vote was taken, the $13,000 donation went to Big Brothers and Big Sisters, as announced by event organizer Bill Pike.

During the presentations, Cheryl Cottrill, a volunteer with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kincardine for 30 years, said this group is all about the kids, providing mentorship and programming for youth, ages six to 16.

“There is no government funding for this,” she said. “We rely on volunteers to fund-raise to keep this operational, as well as grants, individual donations, and corporate sponsorship.”

Cottrill said through Big Brothers and Big Sisters, the adults and children form lasting relationships, providing healthy development and positive opportunities for the youth.

 

Bill Pike (right) of 100 People Who Share Bruce County, congratulates Cheryl Cottrill of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kincardine and District on receiving a donation of $13,000, Monday night, at Ainsdale Golf Course

“We currently have 45 Littles matched, with another seven Little Sisters and 16 Little Brothers on a waiting list,” she said.

Group sessions are also held twice per month, during the school year, offering free recreational activities for the youth to improve their social skills. They also learn the importance of diet and exercise, and how to develop friendships.

Next year is the group’s 35th anniversary, said Cottrill, celebrating life-changing mentorship for youth in Kincardine.

Nathan Williams (right) and Conner Dixon of the Kinetic Knights said the robotics team is a not-for-profit charity in Kincardine. It is based on the worldwide FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) organization which encourages young people of high school age to get involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities.

Besides the technical skills, youth learn about organizing events, finances, public speaking, and arts and design, providing a strong basis for post-secondary education.

Nathan said the donation from 100 People Who Share would go toward a 3D printer and replacement tools to build the robots, as well as pay for the costs to attend district competition so all the students can participate. The cost per student to attend these events is about $300 per competition.

Each year, Team 781 builds a robot in six weeks to meet the challenge presented by FIRST, said Nathan. This involves designing and programming, electrical work, the physical building of the robot, and arts and media skills.

The team also helps in the community, said Nathan, conducting outreach at such events as the Terry Fox Run and Cruise Night.

“We encourage you to support our team as we put our potential in motion,” said Nathan.

In answer to questions, Conner said there are about 18-20 people on the team, including two girls. It is a community team, welcoming students from the area, including Kincardine District Secondary School and the high schools in Walkerton.

Don Farrell, a director with PRWIN, spoke of the not-for-profit organization which was formed in 2007, after the government decided to no longer fund Conservation Authority projects.

“We’ve planted more than 250,000 trees in the Pine River watershed,” he said. “We’ve built wind breaks around farms, 14 berms to slow down the water from fields, 13 livestock crossings, 42 kilometres of river fencing, and eight alternative water sources.”

New projects for this year include providing potted trees for those who have lost ash trees to the Emerald Ash Borer; and setting up a Tree Fund to provide trees to property owners, and get the youth out planting the trees. “It’s the kid we’re doing this for,” said Farrell.

As he presented the $13,000, plus $385 from the raffle draw, to Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Pike said that in 18 months, 100 People Who Share Bruce County has raised more than $50,000 for local organizations.

 

Bill Pike (left) of 100 People Who Share Bruce County, formally presents the cheque for $12,900 to Jen Mulcaster, executive director of Wes For Youth, which received the donation from the April meeting

At the start of the meeting, the group heard from Wes For Youth, which received a donation of $12,900 at the April meeting.

Executive director Jen Mulcaster thanked the group for its overwhelming generosity toward this on-line suicide-prevention counselling program, based in Walkerton.

She said the donation was disbursed as follows: $5,000 to an endowment fund through Community Foundation Grey Bruce; $5,000 toward on-line counselling, providing 50 hours of counselling for youth in need; and $2,900 toward on-line promotions and the website.

“The money was put to good use,” she said. “We are so grateful, and we appreciate your support.”

Mulcaster said Wes For Youth has received more than 400 referrals in the past three years from youth, ages 13-24. In March, the organization officially became a registered charity, and in June, it set up a new board of directors. Once final approval of this change has been secured, the agency can issue charitable receipts, she said.

In the raffle draw, Darlene Stevens of Kincardine won a beer fridge, sponsored by Molson’s.

The next meeting of 100 People Who Share Bruce County is Oct 29 at 7:30 p.m., at Ainsdale Golf Course.

For more information, check the website at: 100peoplewhoshare.ca/

The Kincardine Record

WES For Youth receives $13,000 donation from 100 People Who Share Bruce County

By: Liz Dadson
May 3, 2018

WES for Youth On-line is $13,000 richer, thanks to the members of 100 People Who Share Bruce County.

The group held its first meeting of the year, Monday night, at Ainsdale Golf Course, south of Kincardine.

With about 130 members, the organization has grown substantially from the 85 people who gathered for the inaugural meeting last April.

Bill Pike, who formed 100 People Who Share with the help of his wife, Sharon, welcomed the members and thanked them for embracing the vision which is “100 people, One hour, $10,000 – local impact.”

The first donation last April, went to Women’s House Serving Bruce and Grey; the next one, in July, went to Huron Shores Hospice; and the third one in October, went to the Bruce Botanical Food Gardens in Ripley.

Nan Grant of the food gardens, thanked the group for the generous donation of $11,165. She said the money was used to purchase all of the rare and heirloom seeds for the gardens this season, as well as special cherry trees and rhubarb.

Funds went toward hoop houses to store equipment; a summer intern in charge of education programming; a new produce shed; and a new garden co-ordinator.

“We’re looking forward to an amazing year,” said Grant. “We’re also looking for volunteers to help in the gardens, if you’re interested. Thank you. You really made a difference.”

The gardens officially open June 2.

Nan Grant (left) of the Bruce Botanical Food Gardens, and Bill Pike of 100 People Who Share Bruce County, hold up the cheque for $11,165, presented to the food gardens in October, 2017

John Dahmer of the Kinetic Knights robotics team in Kincardine, helped Pike select from the 11 nominations, the three to be considered that evening: Paddy Walker Heritage Society, Saugeen Valley Children’s Safety Village, and WES for Youth On-line.

Kincardine deputy mayor Jacqueline Faubert spoke for the Paddy Walker Heritage Society, noting the importance of history and community. The Walker House is the oldest building in Kincardine, and houses many historic displays and exhibits. It was damaged by fire in 1994, but was restored by volunteers, beginning in 1998, and stands as a testament to the importance of community.

Al Leach spoke for the Saugeen Valley Children’s Safety Village, pointing to the concept of providing structures that help train children about fire safety, electrical safety, farm safety, evacuation procedures etc. The village would be open to students throughout Bruce and Grey counties, and can make the difference in the life of a child.

Dylan Bartlett spoke for WES for Youth On-line, an on-line counselling organization based in Walkerton. It is named after a young man who didn’t have any help and committed suicide. The free on-line service is available 24/7, offering trained counsellors who are prepared to help from the other end of that computer or text message.

The funds will go toward continued free on-line counselling, as well as support for youth who struggle with mental health, through various community conversations with both adults and youth.

When the vote was taken, the winner was WES for Youth On-line which also received the proceeds from the raffle.

Pike thanked the members, and the sponsors, Ainsdale Golf Course, Molson Brewery, Bruce Power, Linda Bowers, John Larsen, and Kim Lamb. He also reminded members that the next two meetings of this year are July 30 and Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m., at Ainsdale Golf Course.

For more information, or to join, visit the website at: www.100peoplewhoshare.ca

Bill Pike (right), of the 100 People Who Share Bruce County, presents the April, 2018, donation of $13,000 to WES for Youth On-line, represented by Dylan Bartlett

October 30 2017

100 People Who Share Bruce County make another huge local impact
The group held its final meeting for 2017 Monday night at Ainsdale Golf Course, with 110 members donating over $11,000 in one hour.

The group meets three times a year @ Ainsdale, draws three nominations from the 11 that have been submitted, and vote for the charity of their choice.

The three drawn nominations on Monday were:

 

Bruce Botanical Gardens
The donated funds would be used for the operational costs of maintaining and developing new programs that work to the mission of addressing the issues of food insecurity, sustainable agriculture, and those faced by the small family farm. Such programs include how to grow food and cook food, and Garden-to-Table for youth.
The mandate is to showcase heirloom, very rare, endangered and world food plants, and helping to determine varieties that would grow well in the area, The gardens are an agro-tourism site, hosting thousands of visitors, especially in the last two years. They are a teaching and learning space for visitors and area residents, providing information on healthy eating, local food and sustainable agriculture. They provide a Living Marketplace, which means anyone can come and pick the produce in season. This is especially important given the rising cost of groceries and the increased food insecurity of many of our residents, including many children and seniors.

The food gardens are committed to increasing local food security especially since the Grey Bruce Health Unit recently reported that 15 per cent of the region’s residents are in need, as compared to 12 per cent province-wide.


The second nomination was for the 24/7 services for victims of crime in the three counties. In partnership with emergency services, community agencies and the people it serves, the agency provides assistance to victims of crime and tragic circumstance, develops partnerships designed to enhance support to victims, and educates and promotes awareness regarding victimization. They have to be prepared to assist anyone impacted by crime or tragic circumstances. The agency responds primarily at the request of police services to assist victims of crimes, such as homicide, domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, assault, and break-and-enter, as well as tragic circumstances, such as sudden death, motor vehicle collisions, and suicide.

The third nomination was for the Pine River Watershed Initiative Network (PRWIN)
The mission of the Ripley-based organization is to work toward clean water and a healthy ecosystem within the Pine River watershed.
Its goals are to research, organize and participate in projects designed to improve and preserve the environment as it relates to the Pine River Watershed and the Township of Huron-Kinloss; to educate and increase the public’s understanding of the Pine River Watershed and its importance by offering courses, seminars, conferences and meetings and by collecting and disseminating information on that topic; to provide information to the public on existing or new programs and funding which can improve the Pine River Watershed; and to assist other like-minded environmental groups where possible to achieve “clean water and a healthy ecosystem.”

 

Sponsors of the organization include Ainsdale Golf Course, Bruce Power, Linda Bowers Real Estate, Larson and Shaw Industries, and Molson’s.

Finally, it was announced that the 100 People Who Share donation of $11,265, was going to the Bruce Botanical Food Gardens.

For more information, visit the web site @ 100peoplewhoshare.ca or call Bill Pike @ 396 8753

100 people   one hour     $10,000     immediate local impact,.

It’s that simple and that powerful

2018 Meeting dates.

April 30th, July 30th, October 30th. 7:30 pm @Ainsdale.

 

will start right at 7:30. We encourage everyone to arrive 15 minutes early for sign-in:

7:00 Social Time   Register/Sign In: Each registered member will receive a Vote Card. New members will register.

7:30 Welcome/Introductions: At future meetings, this time will be used to hear from the previous meeting’s recipient and will include a thank you & cheque presentation. (For the Inaugural Meeting this time will be used to give an overview of 100Peoplewhoshare).

Three random nominations will be drawn and there will be a 5-minute presentation about each nomination with a two minute question period for the group.

7:40 Three presentations

8:10
 Voting and 10-minute refreshment break

8:20   Announce Winner and write cheques (handed in at the registration table on the  way out)

8:25 Question and answer period

8:30 Meeting adjourned   Photos and social time

JULY 24th MEETING

100 People Who Share Bruce County now has 104 members, and has decided that its second donation of $10,000 will go to Huron Shores Hospice.

The group met last night (July 24) at Ainsdale Golf Course, south of Kincardine on Highway 21, to hear from the Women’s  House Serving Bruce and Grey which received the first donation in April, and to listen to presentations from three groups nominated for the second donation of the year.

Bill Pike, who chaired the meeting, said that when he and his wife, Sharon, formed this group six months ago, on Jan. 24, they hoped they would eventually have 100 members. At the first meeting, there were 87. Last night, they registered 104 members.

“This is so exciting,” said Pike. “In 60 minutes, this group will make a major difference through a donation of more than $10,000.”

He thanked the sponsors, Molson’s, Progressive Results Group, Ainsdale Golf Course, Larsen and Shaw, Kim Lamb and Bruce Power.

First off, Pike welcomed the recipients of the $8,700 donation in April – Women’s House Serving Bruce and Grey.

Lisa Owen, interim executive director, and board member Lori Harding thanked the group for the generous donation.

“With that money, we have expanded our programming, particularly the Second-Stage Housing, the Child Witness program and our Outreach Counselling program, for which we receive little or no government funding,” said Owen.

“Your support has made such a difference,” said Harding. “Without your donation, we couldn’t continue these programs and services for women and children who need help.”

Next on the agenda, Pike announced the three randomly-drawn selections for the July donation: Bruce Botanical Food Gardens (BBFG), the Kincardine Cheetahs, and Huron Shores Hospice.

Sher Brown of the food gardens board of directors, said the BBFG started in 2011 on property in Ripley, donated by Huron-Kinloss Township. It is operated by executive director Lynne Taylor, with the help of two part-time summer students.

The donated funds would be used toward the operational costs of maintaining and developing new programs, addressing the issues of food insecurity, sustainable agriculture, and isses faced by the small family farm. The mandate of the garden is to showcase heirloom, very rare, endangered and world food plants, helping to determine varieties that would grow well in the area.

It is an agri-tourism site, hosting thousands of visitors, especially in the past two years. It is a teaching and learning space for visitors and area residents, providing information on healthy eating, local food and sustainable agriculture. It is a Living Marketplace, which means anyone can come and pick the produce, in season. This is especially important, given the rising cost of groceries and the increased food insecurity of many residents, including many children and seniors.

Jennifer Cook spoke about the Cheetahs which is a group started by Karen Jacques’ two sons because they wanted to stay active and physically fit.

The youth run obstacle courses and would use the funding to host races in the area. In fact, the Cheetahs are hosting a race, Sunday, Aug. 20, in Macpherson Park, Kincardine, for children, ages 12 and under. The group practises at the Davidson Centre track and Macpherson Park.

Cheryl Cottrill spoke about the importance of bringing a residential hospice to the Kincardine area. On the recommendation of local physicians, the steering committee decided its goal would be to open a one-bed suite at Tiverton Park Manor, which has a price tag of $310,000 and no funding from the government.

“Residential hospice not only supports the person who is dying, but also the family and friends of that individual,” said Cottrill. “Right now, we don’t have many options in the area for hospice, other than an acute care bed in the hospital or the residential hospice in Owen Sound.

“Most people want to die with dignity, in the community where they live, with their loved ones around them. My father died of ALS and my mother-in-law and brother-in-law died of cancer. We cared for them as best we could, but I thought there has to be a better way to do this.”

She said the South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) has plans for a regional hospice in the Walkerton area, but Huron Shores Hospice believes there is an urgent need for one in Kincardine. The suite at Tiverton Park Manor would have a room for the patient and an adjoining room for the family, providing care 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

“We are at the $200,000 mark so we need another $105,000 to get started,” said Cottrill. “We are holding a Handbags for Hospice event, Thursday, Sept. 28, from 6-9 p.m., at the Kincardine Pavilion, and we hope to raise enough money to open the suite in Tiverton by the end of this year.”

In answer to questions, Cottrill said that a panel of three people, including Dr. Damian Gunaratne of the steering committee, as well as an area nurse, and a community member, would use a scale of palliative care and individual social situations to determine who needs the bed the most.

Once the members had voted, Pike announced the winner of the raffle for a Van Riemsdyk hockey sweater donated by Bruce Power – Jackie Hageraats; and a sports bag, donated by Kim Lamb – Jennifer Webb. The raffle raised $125.

And finally, Huron Shores Hospice was announced as the recipient of about $10,500.

The next meeting of the 100 People Who Share Bruce County will be Monday, Oct. 23, at Ainsdale Golf Course. For more information, check the website at: 100peoplewhoshare.ca/

 

Update February 10th

 

100 peoplewhoshare.ca is part of a loosely connected forum of similar minded people throughout the world who desire to make A DIFFERENCE.

There are hundreds of chapters actively operating in Canada, the US and throughout the world including women’s groups, men’s groups, groups that include both men and women and youth groups. There is a chapter of 100 Womenwhocare in GreyBruce and a group of 100 Men in Hamilton-Wentworth who have already made a huge impact on their local communities.

In 2006, Karen Dunigan found it interesting that one of her best ideas was born from something as basic as baby cribs. During an executive meeting with the Centre for Family Health, the Centre’s CEO mentioned a need she learned about at a staff meeting regarding new mothers and cribs. Karen told the CEO that would be something she would like to know more about. During the follow up, details were shared about how new mothers were bringing their babies home and placing the sleeping infants in boxes, dresser drawers or on their own beds because they couldn’t afford a proper crib. Some of these babies didn’t survive the night. Karen was presented with a list of how many cribs were needed including the cost of mattresses and blankets. A total of $10,000 was needed. With all of her involvement in the community, Karen knew she could call ten people and ask them to write $1,000 checks, but she also figured she knew 100 women who would each give $100. She began making phone calls and scheduled a meeting. At that first meeting, a group of Karen’s friends heard the story and each wrote checks to the Centre for Family Health, resulting in a $12,800 donation, more than requested, to supply new mothers with the simplest need: a crib.

Karen recognized that she was on to something special and that it too was in its own infancy and needed to be nurtured to grow. She founded the first 100+ Women Who Care and scheduled quarterly meetings. The rules were simple, any member could present a need in the community, the need had to be immediate and the money had to remain local. The idea was that a worthy cause benefits many in the community.

In Bruce County, we are trying to further this cause by supporting local needs.

 

Thank you for your support and sharing our cause.