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News and Notes
…. is the Club’s way of communicating information to its members.    As you make your way to the meeting room at 6:00 you will find the current edition on your chair.    For members who are unable to attend we post the contents here for you to stay current.   **We discontinued this practice May 2018 due to lack news needed published.   We felt all information needed is either communicated by email or is on this webpage and we wanted to save a tree!**
News and Notes February 5, 2018
Our News and Notes feature was put on hold.   What we tended to share in the notes was what we shared at the meeting and thus decided we might not need this extra task.
News and Notes November 6, 2017
Coming soon.
News and Notes August 7, 2017
News and Notes for August 2017

Thank You from the Grant a Wish Program I want to share a story with you to put into perspective how much your May 2017 donation means to the Grant A Wish program.

Just five days before the May Giving Club meeting, the Grant A Wish board held its monthly meeting.  We broached a very dire situation – the fact that even though we were breaking our previous fundraising records and raising more money than ever before, the number of kids being nominated for scholarships from our program was far out-pacing the  amount of funding we had to support them.  If something didn’t happen soon, we would have to stop accepting new kids and just maintain those we already pledged to support.

But something did happen.  You happened.   Your kindness, generosity and your understanding of the need to support our local kids happened.  You made a difference that will be felt for months to come by dozens and dozens of local youth.  You are changing their lives and contributing to their successes.

On behalf of the entire Grant A Wish board, I sincerely thank you.   I do believe in miracles, big and small, and am fortunate to get to see them on the faces of each kid we sponsor.  Thank you for being a part of those miracles.

Mackenzie Dodge, Director of Grant A Wish program

 The Giving Club begins our fourth year of giving on August 7, 2017!  The Giving Club will start our fourth year 190 members strong!  This impressive number of giving women will have incredible impact on our local community!  As always, being present at the meetings allows you to nominate and vote for your favorite non-profit.  If you’re unable to attend the meeting, we will inform you of the non-profit chosen and you can send donations to PO Box 1382, GJ 81502.  We will make sure the non-profit receives it!

And, please know, The Giving Club does not share email addresses with any non-profit and if you’d like to receive information from any organization, we recommend you contact them directly.

The Giving Club keeps on giving!  The Giving Club starts our new year with a small surplus from the previous year’s hospitality fees and this will be passed on to the chosen non-profits in the upcoming year. So, beginning August 7, 2017, each non-profit selected will receive an additional $1,250 on top of the $100 donation from individual club members!   Talk about a powerful impact!

Bring a guest!  The Giving Club encourages everyone to recruit anyone you feel would enjoy an evening of philanthropy and fun.   Guests are welcome and for $20 dollars, they can also enjoy the evening’s food, drinks (drinks include well drinks, beer and wine –and we tip too!) and the energy of giving.   Just make sure they check in at the desk to receive a name tag.  Even after visiting once, we’re sure they will want to join! 

THANK YOU Springhill Suites for providing the meeting space and exceptional services free of charge!!

Please take a moment at our next meeting to say thank you to staff for all they do!

 THANK YOU to The Giving Club members for your commitment to making a powerful impact in our community!!  We appreciate you!

 See you at the next meeting:  5:15 pm, MONDAY, November 6, 2017!!!

News and Notes May 1, 2017
News and Notes for May 2017 

Thank You from School District #51 Foundation      On behalf of the School District 51 Foundation, I want to sincerely thank The Giving Club for the very generous donation. I appreciated having the opportunity to talk at the last meeting about the accomplishments of our school district as it educates over 22,000 children in Mesa County.

Your contribution is significant in our mission to raise funds for academic growth and achievement and to promote outreach to benefit kids and the community.  Specifically, this year we are raising funds for technology for students and professional development for teachers.  We will use a portion of the donated money to purchase Chromebooks in our fundraising partnership with the Western Colorado Community Foundation.  In addition, this summer we will be the primary sponsor of the 2017 Elevate Conference at Two Rivers Convention Center where over 600 local teachers will gather to learn more about Performance Based Learning.

The D51F was formed in 2010 from a group of concerned business and community leaders who wanted to find a way to help support School District 51.  They created the D51 Foundation as a non-profit 501c3 entity.  The D51 Foundation meets monthly with a focus on raising money for our schools and providing outreach to our community.

Thank you for your investment in the future of our students.  It takes our entire community coming together to support the student growth and achievement happening in School District 51.

Angela Christensen, Ph.D., Foundation Coordinator    

Our meeting on May 1, 2017 marks three full years of giving!  The total given by members of The Giving Club in its first three years will be approximately $185,000. This impressive amount does not include checks written to other nominated organizations by individual members who were touched by a presentation during a meeting. As always, if you are unable to attend a meeting or you forget your checkbook, your prompt donations sent to PO Box 1382, GJ 81502 are greatly appreciated.

Keeping it simple, keeping it fun, keeping up the support that makes our community a better place to live – what a wonderful group of community-minded, delightful women!

Time for Annual Renewal   The Giving Club will start its fourth year when we next meet on August 7 (subsequent 2017-2018 meeting dates are November 7, February 5 and May 7).  Please renew your membership in anticipation of fun and generosity during the coming year! You can make your commitment for next year by paying The Giving Club’s annual hospitality fee of $80 per member; this equates to just $20 per meeting for food, drink, website and incidentals such as the postage box rental and nametags.  Please write a check to The Giving Club for 2017-2018 hospitality fees this evening, or send it ASAP to P. O. Box 1382, Grand Junction, CO  81502.  Please remember that we can manage your quarterly donations to the selected nonprofits if you would like us to do so – just write your check for a total $480 and we’ll take care of the rest. 

Spread the Word! Ask someone to join or bring them with you on August 7th. Information is available on our new Facebook page (Thanks, Stacy Beaugh!) and our website (Thanks, Judy Vanderleest!)

While you are recruiting, remember the Guys Giving Club and the Giving Club of Montrose.

THANK YOU…

… to Springhill Suites and Cowboy and the Rose for providing us exceptional space, service, food and drink!!

… to The Giving Club members for your involvement, attendance and the incredible group we are building!!

 Every member of The Giving Club is important to our success and impact in the community.

Please continue your commitment and invite a friend!

 See you at the next meeting:  5:15 pm, MONDAY, AUGUST 7, 2017!!!

News and Notes February 6, 2017
News and Notes for February 2017

 Thank You from Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation      Your donation provides a bright light shining on the effort to prevent suicides here in Mesa County.  Lately we have felt the particular pain of youth suicide, but the unfortunate truth is that – in even greater numbers than our youth – middle-aged men are dying by suicide and women continue to attempt.

People of all ages and circumstances are crying out for help.  Your dollars fuel the work to connect these people to the resources they need, to provide suicide awareness and intervention classes, and to support WCSPF as it collaborates with other organizations to identify and address gaps and needs.  This work makes a difference: More than one person has taken our “Brief Suicide Intervention Training” and reported using the learned skills to keep someone safe from suicide.

There is lots of work to be done and your generosity will help keep us and our community partners moving forward.  Receiving The Giving Club’s donations has been a humbling and inspiring experience for all of us here at WCSPF, and we thank you for your courage and commitment!                                     Martha Graf, Departing Executive Director, WCSPF

Friendly and Important Reminder      The spirit and intention of The Giving Club is that its members – individually and collectively – are here to make a significant impact on the Mesa County community.  By design, we are committed to providing a safe and comfortable forum for the interests and involvements of our members to be brought forth and considered for Club member funding.

Within the parameters we’ve set, there is no “right” or “wrong” nomination; every member is encouraged to present organizations and projects that she believes are making a positive difference, whether benefitting many or benefitting a few.  Maintaining a respectful and collaborative environment is foundational to our consideration of potential gift recipients.  Thus, confronting or challenging a Club member regarding her nomination or affirming comment made in good faith is not aligned with the goals and values of the Club.

Voting provides the “voice” for our individual opinions as to the fitness and priority of a given organization or project.

We are both grateful and privileged to have our members’ involvement in and commitment to The Giving Club, its values, its processes and decisions.  Through these, we honor each other, the opportunities brought forth by our members, and the organizations to which we make our gifts.

Nonprofits’ Eligibility for Gifts through The Giving Club      It has been determined that The Giving Club, its members and the Mesa County community will best be served by having a three-year cycle for considering a nonprofit to be nominated for and receive Club gifts.  Thus, there is a “moratorium” of three years, or 12 quarterly cycles, rather than two years or 8 cycles (as was our original plan) for all past and future recipient organizations.  Please remember this as you make your nominations for potential donations through The Giving Club, and do note that all past recipient organizations have been notified of this change.

Two New Leaders Now Serving on Organizing Committee       We are excited to have both Stacy Beaugh and Lindsay Keller join The Giving Club’s organizing committee!  Stacy is Executive Director for Tamarisk Coalition and was one of the Club’s first members, and Lindsay leads one of our favorite donations’ recipient organizations in Imagination Library.

Stacy and Lindsay join the group of women who work behind-the-scenes to make sure that all is swell with quarterly meetings, gifts’ collection and delivery, financial oversight and general Club direction.  Current committee members who have served since the Club’s introduction include Jacquie Chappell-Reid, Deb Horwitz, Mary Beth Luedtke, Cindy Rhodes, Illene Roggensack, Michaelle Smith and Judy Vanderleest (Sandy Kent recently departed the group/Club for a job in Texas).

THANK YOU…

… to both Springhill Suites and Cowboy and the Lady for providing us exceptional space, service, food and drink!!

…. to The Giving Club members for your involvement, attendance and the incredible BUZZ that we’ve built!!

 See you at the next meeting:  MAY DAY MONDAY, MAY 1, 2017!!!

News and Notes November 7, 2016
News and Notes for November 2016

 Thank You From Ariel Clinical Services… for your generosity to the children served through our Community Support Service Program. UNICEF suggests that when we help the most disadvantaged children in a community, we ultimately help all children.  Your gifts will directly assist an estimated 144 children as they receive the extra attention and skills they need. Most importantly, you are sending a message to these children that their community truly cares about them.

Child abuse affects children across multiple areas of functioning.  Often, these victims need a variety of supports to be successful at school, in the community and in relationships with other people.  As example, here’s a note that one of our youth wrote: “My coach really made a difference in my life.  Because of her positive attitude, I now have a positive attitude and can think positive before I think negative.”

From the bottom of my heart, thank you on behalf of our children!             Becky Hobart, CEO, Ariel Clinical Services

Recruit to grow our impact!!!  The Giving Club, and the Guys’ Giving Club, continue to seek local women and men who will enjoy being part of our efforts.  Please consider actively recruiting those whom you believe will enjoy contributing to and through either Club.  Let’s add to the phenomenal success we’ve already achieved in making our gifts:

August 2014              Western Slope Center for Children     $   8,500

November 2014        Roice Hurst Humane Society                  10,800

February 2015           Riverside Educational Center                 12,700

May 2015                  Grand Junction Imagination Library        13,700           Guys’ Giving Club:

August 2015              Kids Aid                                                  15,000           Grand Mesa Nordic Council                        $  2,800

November 2015         Mesa Land Trust                                     15, 100           The House                                                    4,500

February 2016           Fruita Monument High School Band      15,700           Project Healing Waters                                   5,000

May 2016                  Court-Appointed Special Advocates       17,000           Colorado Discover Ability                               6,000

August 2016              Ariel Clinical Services                             18,000           New Emerson School                                    4,600

November 2016                                                                                            Diabetes Counts Network                                6,900

TOTAL GIVING TO DATE =  $ 156,300*

*Does not include the estimated $5,000 in gifts from The Giving Club members to quarterly “runner up” organizations.

For membership information on The Giving Club, refer women to www.gjgivingclub.org; those interested in Guys’ Giving Club are encouraged to email GuysGivingClub@gmail.com.

 A special holiday/year-end contribution  As we enter the time of year that invites reflection and encourages gratitude and generosity, The Giving Club organizers encourage you to consider making an additional gift this evening.  Write your check for a bit extra, or perhaps contribute additionally by making a contribution to the other nominated organizations.  And don’t forget to check on any matching program that will increase your gift through the generosity of your employer.  Utilize our simple yet powerful giving mechanism to “vote with your dollars” and further support improved quality of life for all here in Mesa County.

THANK YOU:

To Springhill Suites for providing us exceptional space and service!

To Cowboy and the Lady for their delicious appetizers and desserts – another reason to look forward to our quarterly gatherings!

To The Giving Club members for all you do, and for being an important part of “us”!

See you on  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2017!!!

News and Notes August 1, 2016
News and Notes for August 2016

THANK YOU from Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Thank you from CASA of Mesa County for your generous donation. You have been part of changing the world for the most vulnerable among us, and we are fortunate to have women like you who believe in our mission and care about the kids we serve.
The Giving Club donations will serve 54 children by providing supervision, support and training for 27 volunteers for an entire year. That means that these children will have “someone in their corner,” and with a direct line of communication to the judge, making sure that they are placed in the most appropriate home best suited to meet individual needs. And, these children will have the necessary mental health services, educational support, medical care, visits with their siblings and any other assistance needed.
If you would like to learn more about the impact of your giving, and the work of CASA of Mesa County, please plan to join us for a complimentary breakfast: Friday, March 3, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel in Grand Junction. You can reserve your spot at info@casamc.org or by calling 242-4191.
Most Sincerely, Executive Director Janet Rowland and the CASA Board of Directors

Recruit to grow our impact!!! The Giving Club, and the Guys’ Giving Club, continue to seek local women and men who will enjoy being part of our efforts. Please consider actively recruiting those whom you believe will enjoy contributing to and through either Club. For membership information on The Giving Club, refer women to www.gjgivingclub.org; those interested in Guys’ Giving Club should email GuysGivingClub@gmail.com.

Would you like to deliver The Giving Club contributions??? Be a part of the team that brings cheer and goodwill to one of our local nonprofits!! To participate (day/time to be scheduled with the recipient), see or send an email to one of the Organizing Committee members: Cindy, Deb, Illene, Jacquie, Judy, Mary Beth, Michaelle, Sandy.

2016-17 recipients to get an extra boost Tonight, The Giving Club starts its third year (subsequent 2016-2017 meeting dates are scheduled for November 7, February 6 and May 1). Please renew your membership, and keep in mind that the fee this year is just $80 to cover hospitality/incidental expenses.
Also note that a small surplus has accrued from hospitality fees collected during the past two years; these will be passed along to the nonprofit organizations selected to receive our gifts during the coming year. Thus, tonight’s selected organization – and all 2016-2017 awardees – will receive an additional $1,500, to be added to the total of our $100 individual contributions!
And, please remember two things: Your employer may have a matching gifts program, so this is worth checking out to effectively double the gift you contribute. Additionally, The Giving Club can manage your quarterly donations to the Club’s selected nonprofits. If you would like us to do so, just write your check tonight for a total $480 (hospitality fee plus 4-$100 donations) and we’ll take care of the rest.
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Springhill Suites now enters its third year of providing The Giving Club (and Guys’ Giving Club)
with meeting space and other generous hospitalities at no charge whatsoever.
THANK YOU, Steve and Kevin and Staff, for being a significant part of our success!!
And, a special and heartfelt thank you to Joy Hudak (Riverside Educational Center) and
the women of the Riverside neighborhood for preparing our homemade culinary treats this evening!!
We appreciate YOU, each and every member of The Giving Club!!
Thank YOU for making this effort a part of your philanthropic commitment to Mesa County.
See you on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7!!!

News and Notes May 2, 2016
News and Notes for May 2016

 THANK YOU from Fruita Monument High School Band    Thank you for your gracious donation to this program, and for recognizing the work of our students and the need that exists in school band programs.  Each dollar you have donated will be used to purchase sorely-needed instruments and equipment, and will impact the growing number of students who walk through the doors of the FMHS band room each day.  The lasting impact of your selfless gift will impact hundreds of children.

The Fruita Monument Band program provides a breadth of musical opportunities for more than 150 students every day.  From concert, jazz and marching band to percussion ensembles, the Wildcat Band has built a legacy of excellence in performance while teaching students of the many and wonderful aspects of the art of music.  The program helps students find their niche in high school, and places students on an upward trajectory personally, professionally and academically.

I truly admire your organization and how you come together as individuals to make a huge impact as a whole.  Upon hearing the wonderful news of The Giving Club’s gifts, we had a long conversation with our students about what it is to give, and to put others before self; I thank you also for this ‘teaching moment’!

Musically Yours – Ryan Crabtree, Director of Bands, FMHS                          

Congratulations to Us!!!                Tonight, The Giving Club’s cumulative giving will exceed $100,000!!!  And, take a look at how much our impact is growing…not to mention the impressive list of organizations we’ve supported to date:

August 2014                             Western Slope Center for Children                             $   8,500

November 2014                       Roice Hurst Humane Society                                          10,800

February 2015                          Riverside Educational Center                                         12,700

May 2015                                 Grand Junction Imagination Library                              13,700

August 2015                             Kids Aid                                                                          15,000

November 2015                       Mesa Land Trust                                                             15,100

February 2016                          Fruita Monument High School Band                              15,700

 

TOTAL GIVING TO DATE                                                      $ 91,500*

*Does not include the estimated $2,000 in gifts from The Giving Club members to quarterly “runner up” organizations.

Time for Annual Renewal, and Reduced Hospitality Fees     The Giving Club will start its third year when we next meet on August 1 (subsequent 2016-2017 meeting dates are November 7, February 6 and May 1).  Please renew your membership and don’t miss out on a bit of the fun during the coming year!

As a result of both excellent collections and solid financial management, we have two exciting news items:

  • The Giving Club is dropping its annual hospitality fee to $80 per member; this equates to just $20 per meeting for food, drink, website and incidentals. So, please write a check to The Giving Club for 2016-2017 hospitality fees this evening, or send it ASAP to P. O. Box 1382, Grand Junction, CO    And, please remember that we can manage your quarterly donations to the selected nonprofits if you would like us to do so – just write your check for a total $480 and we’ll take care of the rest.
  • A small surplus has accrued from hospitality fees collected during the past two years, and The Giving Club organizers have decided to award this to the nonprofit organizations selected for our gifts during the coming year. Thus, all 2016-2017 awardees will receive an additional $1,500, to be added to the total of our $100 individual contributions.  All the more reason to be at Club meetings and to nominate your favorite organization during the coming year!

 As we wrap up our second year of The Giving Club, we especially want to thank

Springhill Suites for providing this exemplary location for our quarterly meetings (at no charge),

as well as Cowboy and the Rose Catering for our delicious and discounted appetizers and desserts!!!

 Every member of The Giving Club is important to our success and impact in the community.

Please, continue your commitment, invite a friend, and know that you are sincerely appreciated.

 See you on  MONDAY, AUGUST 1!!!

News and Notes February 2, 2016
News and Notes for February 2016

THANK YOU from Mesa Land Trust    In 1980, Mesa Land Trust founders took action to preserve the orchards that surround Palisade.  35 years later, with the support of The Giving Club and many others here in the community, we carry on their work of conserving Mesa County’s most important natural landscapes.

Thank you for recognizing our work with your November 2015 donations! These very generous gifts will be put to work across our community to preserve farm and ranch land, protect wildlife and riparian habitat, conserve land along Mesa County’s scenic byways, provide opportunities for youth to participate in land stewardship projects, and enhance public lands and trail systems.

We invite you to join us for a complimentary informational luncheon on Wednesday, March 9th at our office at 1006 Main Street to learn more about the impact of your funding. The one-hour lunch begins at 12 noon; please RSVP with Mary at mary@mesalandtrust.org, or Libby at libby@mesalandtrust.org, or by calling 263-5443.

It has been an amazing experience to be selected to receive your contributions. We appreciate all you do to make a lasting difference for our community.                            Warm Regards, Rob Bleiberg, Mesa Land Trust Executive Director    

Guys’ Giving Club Up and Running in Mesa County  The Giving Club’s philanthropic formula has been so well received that a group of local men have started the Guys’ Giving Club.  “It is a concept that I personally love, and that adds another dimension to my personal and professional commitment to this community,” says Todd Young, Senior Vice President with Bank of the San Juans.  “I believe this Club will resonate with men as much as it has with the women, and am excited to be involved.”

Young is joined in organizing Guys’ Giving Club by Scott Aker, Mike Baker, Jack Connolly, Dan Flenniken, Fred Jones, Doug Sorter and Kevin Van Gundy.  Thus far, the men have made awards totaling nearly $10,000 to Grand Mesa Nordic Council and The House.

Guy’s Giving Club meets at the same time and place as our Club, but on the following night (first Tuesdays in February, May, August and November).  Please help to spread the word about this exciting parallel effort to benefit those served through exemplary nonprofit organizations in Mesa County!

 Putting Our Money Where Our Vote Is    As a collective membership, we have shown exemplary commitment to deliver on the gifts we’ve pledged:  For each of our six quarterly awards to date (August 2014-November 2015), we delivered donations from all but one member.  In other words, we were only $100 short of the targeted total for each award by The Giving Club, with nearly all of us “making good” on our pledged gift!

Beyond the outstanding caliber of women in our Club, we must recognize the over-and-above collections work of Judy “Olga the Terrible” Vanderleest.  Judy makes a Herculean effort each quarter to chase down members and ensure donations are made.  THANK YOU, JUDY!!  Please make her job easier by a. providing your donation (cash, check) upon selection of the nonprofit recipient at tonight’s meeting, b. immediately responding to the announcement of our selected organization (tomorrow/Tuesday morning) by sending a check to The Giving Club, or c. using the pre-payment option with The Giving Club, which will then follow up and pass along your gift to the designated organization each quarter.  For more information on the latter option, please contact Judy at 260-6140 or gjvingclub@gmail.com

 Once again, we salute and thank Springhill Suites for hosting The Giving Club (at no charge!),

and Cowboy and the Rose Catering for our delicious and discounted appetizer spread  each quarter!!!

 Every member of The Giving Club is important to our success and impact in the community.

 THANK YOU for your commitment to this fun and unique opportunity for philanthropic engagement.

 We’ll see you again on MONDAY, MAY 2!!

News and Notes November 2, 2015
News and Notes for November 2015

 THANK YOU from Kids Aid  Thousands – yes, thousands – of hungry children have eaten because of The Giving Club.  Your donations in August purchased enough food to fill and provide more than 4,000 bags of food, feeding children attending 46 local schools for two weekends.  That is no small task!

This fall, Kids Aid is sending food home weekly with 2,049 boys and girls just like the one in the following story told by the Kids Aid coordinator at a local elementary school:  ”We enrolled a transfer student from another elementary school here in the Valley.  When she was introduced to me and learned my job, her eyes got very serious and she said, “You haven’t got to meet my family yet because I am new here, but we have lots of people and I don’t want to be hungry again just because I am at this school now.  If you are the lady who knows where the food bags are, I want to make sure that I get one even though I am new.”  I knelt down, held her arms and told her that her old school had given us her Kids Aid form, and that her name is on the list of kids to receive food in her classroom on Friday.  She smiled, looked up and said, “Well, I guess the only other thing I need to know here is where the bathroom is.”

Thank you for all you do!  Thank you for making a difference in the lives of our youth and in our community.  Mesa County is fortunate to have this club of women committed to supporting local nonprofits.  You all are inspirational!                                                                                        Warm Regards From Mary Beth Luedtke, Kids Aid Executive Director                          

A special holiday/year-end contribution  As we enter the time of year that invites reflection and encourages gratitude and generosity, The Giving Club organizers encourage you to consider making an additional gift this evening.  Write your check for a bit extra, or perhaps contribute additionally by making a contribution to the other nominated organizations.  Utilize our simple yet powerful giving mechanism to “vote with your dollars” and  further support improved quality of life for all here in Mesa County.

Would you like to be more involved in The Giving Club???  Be a part of the hospitality team that greets and helps members to feel a part of The Giving Club at our quarterly meetings.  OR, participate in delivering our gifts to an unsuspecting nonprofit following tonight’s meeting!!  To participate in Club hospitality, contact Cindy Rhodes tonight or at cynthiaprhodes@gmail.com; to be part of the gifts’ delivery team (day/time arranged to schedule of recipient), contact Judy Vanderleest tonight or via email: gjgivingclub@gmail.com.

Acknowledging your gift  Please remember that every organization receiving donations through The Giving Club is provided with your name and contact information (e.g. information printed on your check), and encouraged to follow up with a personal thank you and tax receipt letter.  Depending on the organization, you may also be publicly thanked by the nonprofit (e.g. individual name published in an annual report).  The Giving Club does not prescribe nor manage use of your name and contact information by these organizations, so if you do not wish to be publicly acknowledged, be placed on a mailing list, etc., please be in direct contact with the organization to convey your personal preferences.

Recruit to grow our impact!!!  The Giving Club, and the Guys’ Giving Club, continue to seek a lot of good women and men who will enjoy being part of our efforts.  Please consider actively recruiting those whom you believe will enjoy contributing to and through either Club.  For membership information on The Giving Club, refer women to www.gjgivingclub.org; those interested in Guys’ Giving Club can email  GuysGivingClub@gmail.com.

 Once again, we salute and thank Springhill Suites for hosting The Giving Club in its second year (at no charge!),

and Cowboy and the Rose Catering for our delicious and discounted appetizer spread  each quarter!!!

 A healthy and prosperous 2016 to each of you, and we’ll see you again on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1.

News and Notes August 3, 2015
News and Notes for August 2015

 We Love a Good Recruiter!!!  The Giving Club is always looking for women who want to join us!   Please consider actively recruiting those whom you believe will enjoy contributing to and through our Club.

And, of course, we’re trying to help out the Mesa County Guys’ Giving Club, which officially launches tomorrow night here at Springhill Suites.  We encourage you to talk with the men in your life about getting equally involved in community-based fun and philanthropy.   More information:  GuysGivingClub@gmail.com.

 In case you’re wondering : We recently have done a “checks and balances” internal review of The Giving Club’s financial accounting for our first year of operations, and are pleased to report the following:

Money In:                                                                                                     Money Out:

Hospitality fees, 2014-15                             $10,950                                  Food and drink                                           $    7,733

Pass-thru donations                                        4,100                                         Misc – post box, bank,

Pre-paid hospitality/pass-thru                                                                                 sound, supplies                                      547

donations, 2015-16                                           8,550_                               Pass-thru donations paid                                4,300_

TOTAL MONEY IN                                           $23,600                               TOTAL MONEY OUT                                   $12,580

CURRENT BANK BALANCE                           11,020*

FUNDS OUT + BALANCE IN BANK    $23,600

*Pre-paid Liabilities                                  $  8,550

“Money In” in excess of liabilities                  2,470

Current bank balance                                 $11,020

AND, AS LONG AS WE’RE TALKING MONEY. . .   Tonight, The Giving Club officially celebrates its one-year anniversary!!!!  This also marks the night when we need to make our commitment to the Club for another year by paying the $100 annual hospitality fee.  As you can see from the above, these funds are used to purchase food and drink for a lovely event each quarter, and also to cover any incidental expenses of the Club (e.g. nametags, nomination forms, our sound system).

Please see Judy Vanderleest this evening to pay your annual dues (August 2015-July 2016), or send immediately to P.O. Box 1382  Grand Junction, CO  81502.  If you prefer to write a check for your full annual commitment of $500 ($100 hospitality plus 4-$100 contributions to selected local nonprofits), we will be sure that your donations are passed along to the recipient agency each quarter.

 Would You Like to Deliver The Giving Club Contributions???  Be a part of the team that brings cheer and goodwill to one of our local nonprofits!!  To participate (day/time to be set for later this week, as scheduled with the recipient), see or send an email to Michaelle Smith, michaelles@htop.org.                       

ABOVE AND BEYOND  We have heard that several members of The Giving Club actually write THREE checks each quarter – $100 to each of the nominated organizations.  What a generous and brilliant idea!   Others have let us know that they would like to “sponsor” younger (or other interested women with less financial capacity) to participate in The Giving Club.

Your ideas are completely welcome and we’d love to hear them – to share with others and perhaps even institute as part of our SIMPLE yet powerful giving model.  Let’s maximize our impact!!!

 Please take any opportunity you have to say THANK YOU to Springhill Suites for agreeing to host The Giving Club for another year (at no charge!), and to Cowboy and the Rose Catering for our delicious and discounted appetizers and desserts each quarter!!!  And, see you again on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2!!

News and Notes May 4, 2015
News and Notes for May 2015

 THANK YOU from Riverside educational center (REC) Providing after-school, academic support for those students likely to fail is both an honor and a pleasure.  On a typical day, REC has 90-110 students engaged in academic support activities both at our Riverside campus and Grand Junction High School.  These services benefit income-qualifying, primarily ethnic minority K-12th grade students, and happen due to the dedication of a 13-member board of directors, 17 staff and 100+ volunteer tutors each academic year.

The current male Latino graduation rate in Mesa County is 54%; or, nearly one of two Latino boys in our community will not graduate from high school.  And, we know statistically that dropouts are more likely to be involved in crime and/or drugs, become teen parents and rely on governmental financial supports.

REC is having a profound impact in the lives of students and families, and has eight students graduating from high school this year!!  One of these graduates, who will attend CMU in the fall, shares his thoughts:  “I have been involved with REC since they first opened in 2006.  It was the best thing that’s ever happened to my family and me.  I don’t know where I would be if it wasn’t for REC.  They don’t just help in homework and sports, but they also become like family and impact each student’s personal life in a positive way.”

Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  Funds received from The Giving Club members allow REC to continue its work in changing the world, and sincerely thanks you for being a part of that change!!                              Board of Directors and Staff at Riverside Educational Center

In case you’re wondering …  Any food that is leftover from our quarterly meetings is dropped off (that same evening) at The House, a safe shelter for Western Colorado teens.  There are an estimated 160 homeless teens in our community each year, and we believe it is a terrific use of this food in getting it to those teens who find their way to The House.   Thanks to each member for your support of The House and those it serves by being a part of The Giving Club and covering your quarterly hospitality fee.  And, speaking of which…

 Quarterly dues due   Believe it or not, The Giving Club will celebrate its one-year anniversary at our next meeting (August 3)!  Yea for us!  This also marks the time of year when we need to make our commitment to the Club for another year by paying the $100 annual hospitality fee.  These funds are used to purchase food and drink for a lovely event each quarter, and also to cover any incidental expenses of the Club (e.g. postage box rental, nametags).

Feel free to see Judy Vanderleest to pay your annual dues (August 2015-July 2016) this evening, or send to P.O. Box 1382  Grand Junction, CO  81502.  If you prefer to write a check for your full annual commitment of $500 ($100 hospitality plus 4-$100 contributions to selected local nonprofits), we will be sure that your donations are passed along to the recipient agency each quarter.

Would You Like to Deliver The Giving Club Contributions???  Be a part of the team that brings cheer and goodwill to one of our local nonprofits!!  To participate (day/time to be set for later this week, as scheduled with the recipient), see or send an email to Michaelle Smith, michaelles@htop.org.

 Diary of a reluctant mingler …  “I thought I should report in on a survey conducted among our group of women who are in The Giving Club, but not as enthusiastic about mingling:   Good time?  Unanimous!  Great cause?  Unanimous!  Met one or more interesting people?  Unanimous!   This group is hooked – and mingling J.”

Once again, a very special THANK YOU to Springhill Suites for hosting The Giving Club’s quarterly gathering (at no charge!) and to Cowboy and the Rose Catering for our delicious and discounted appetizers and desserts.  Please let both businesses know how much we appreciate these contributions.  And, see you again on MONDAY, AUGUST 3!!

News and Notes February 3, 2015
News and Notes for February 2015

 THANK YOU from Roice-Hurst Humane Society $10,000 for our shelter and adoption center buys 400 vaccine regimens for cats and kittens, or 200 spays and neuters, or 180 raised frame beds for the dog kennels, or 50 emergency/extraordinary medical procedures for special-needs pets!  Most importantly, The Giving Club’s collective donation buys one priceless commodity for homeless pets:  time.  All  healthy or treatable and adoptable pets are safe with Roice-Hurst until we find them homes…even one like 10-year-old Chihuahua mix Rocky, who spent nine months in the shelter before he found his forever home in January.   Rocky did his darndest to turn off every potential adopter, refusing to get along with any dog, child or man he met at the shelter.  But one special couple saw through Rocky’s scared, stressed and off-putting exterior to see the great dog inside.  Rocky now claims his human dad’s lap as his own and snuggles in bed with two canine step-siblings…all because we gave time, and some loving care, to an old dog that nobody seemed to want.

On behalf of Rocky – and hundreds of other dogs, puppies, cats and kittens we rescue and rehome every year – we thank each and every one of you, from the bottom of our hearts, for your generosity and your compassion.  You are helping to make our lifesaving mission possible.        The Board of Directors and Staff at Roice-Hurst Humane Society

Would You Like to Deliver The Giving Club Contributions???  We’d love to have you be a part of the team that brings cheer and goodwill to one of our local nonprofits!!  To participate (day/time later this week, as scheduled with the recipient), see Jacquie Chappell-Reid (jreid@hopewestco.org) or Michaelle Smith (michaelles@htop.org) or send either an email tomorrow morning.

 We Love a Good Recruiter!!!  The Giving Club is always looking for women who want to join us!   Please consider actively recruiting those whom you believe will enjoy contributing to and through our Club.  We’ve got some tools to help, including business cards (with a place for your name!) and promotional postcards – pick some up this evening!!

And, a huge THANK YOU to our Organizing Committee members and others who already have brought in at least one new member (based on specific identification of referral source, through January 30):

    Nikki Blackburn             Laurni Blanchard              Jana Thomas               Chris Brown                          Michelle Hoy                         Rose Anne Schweissing      Lisa Fenton Free            Wynne Bouley                    Tammy Allen               Linda Eden                                  Jan Brooks                              Mary Gonzales             Wanda Putnam                Rita Shenkel                             

Does Your Employer Have a Matching Gifts Program?  Many corporations will match the gifts of their employees, making your total contribution $200 each quarter!!  Please make the effort to see if this is your situation, and feel free to contact Sandy Kent (sandra.kent@encana.com) or Illene Roggensack (thirdsec@earthlink.net) for more information.

We’ve overHeard Happy and Enthusiastic Members Saying … …

“I’m here to meet my new best friend.”  “Watch out, Grand Junction Lions Club!”  “When my $100 is added to all the other gifts, it is quite significant – makes me feel like I’m Melinda Gates!!”

A very special THANK YOU to Springhill Suites for hosting The Giving Club’s quarterly gathering (and at no charge!), and to Cowboy and the Rose Catering for our delicious (and discounted!) culinary treats.  Please let them both know how much you appreciate these contributions.