Who we are and where we came from
The first 100 Women Who Care group was formed in November 2006 by Karen Dunigan of Jackson, Michigan, USA. Karen’s legacy lives on through the expansion of 100+ Chapters throughout the world which include right here in Wilmot.
Nancy Silcox, founded the 100 Women Who Care Wilmot chapter in 2015 with a group of her friends; Marilyn Sararus, Wanda Cakebread, Joyce Stankiewicz, Donna Robbinson and Cheryl Gordijk who still serves on the leadership team to this day.
There are now more than 900 chapters. they include women, men, people, kids, and teens chapters. Karen saw people for their strengths and realized that when 100 or more people come together in a room, each person becomes a powerful force for doing good work while lifting up your community. We are each strong in our own right, but together we are stronger. Karen knew this, applauded it and was so very proud of 100+ Women Who Care.
The 900+, 100 Women, Men, People, Teen and Kids chapters are non-religious, non-political, and are not a board or committee.
The 900+ chapters around the world are about working together, to create a conduit to the charities. Every penny of your $100 donation goes directly to the charity and you receive a $100 tax receipt.
The volunteer leadership team facilitates ensuring that quarterly meetings run smoothly and ensures that the members chosen charities get the groups donation.
We are a steering team of volunteer community members. We exists as a conduit between our 100+ members to local charities so that our impact can be greater.
Once the chair(s) is appointed by steering team members, the chair(s) must coordinate the activities of the steering team and win support for the steering team's activities. It is the Chair’s job to see that the steering team accomplishes its goals.
Listed below are the general duties and responsibilities of a Local 100 Plus Women Who Care steering team chair(s):
- Lead with a vision to further the agenda of the movement.
- Plan the order of business and set the agenda for the membership meetings.
- Communicate with the local presenters.
- Preside at all meetings or make arrangements in the absence of the chair(s).
- Conduct the meetings set out in the agenda.
- At the close of the term all properties of the steering team shall be turned over to the appropriate steering team members and the chair(s) should assist in the overlay transition to its new steering team member.
A financial secretary shall have booking keeping experience. Once a financial secretary has been appointed by the steering team they assume the role of financial secretary.
The general duties and responsibilities of a local 100 Plus Women Who Care steering teams Financial Secretary:
- Receives and records all monies raised by the membership.
- Turns over all monies to the local charity voted by the membership and ensures mailing addresses of membership are submitted with monies.
- Maintains a record of all financial transactions of the committee and updates the steering team on totals donated.
- Monies shall not stay in the possession of the steering team members. It shall be turned over to the successful charity as soon as possible.
Work with the chair(s) to keep the minutes of each meeting of the leadership team. Once a communication secretary has been appointed they assume the role of communication secretary. The general duties and responsibilities of a local 100 Plus Women Who Care steering team Recording Secretary:
- Keeps a log of each charity and when they have presented and received funds from the membership.
- Remind membership about upcoming meetings.
- Update social media about successful charities.
- Work with youth volunteers to learn new skills and assist them to complete assigned tasks.
Once a membership secretary has been appointed they assume the role of membership secretary. The general duties and responsibilities of a local 100 Plus Women Who Care Membership Secretary:
- Keep a list of all members past and present.
- Record membership attendance at meetings.
- Invite new guests to consider membership.
- Provide updates on membership numbers at membership meetings.
- If members have been unable to participate at three consecutive meetings follow up with them on their membership status.
STEERING TEAM GOALS
Effective Women’s Committee members:
- Attend steering team and membership meetings and participate.
- Offer facts, opinions and suggestions to the steering team.
- Make recommendations on projects for the steering team.
- See that goals are completed successfully.
- Gain skills to assist in their responsibilities.
- Are willing to compromise.
100 Women of Wilmot is dedicated to providing a harassment-free and inclusive experience for everyone regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disabilities, neurodiversity, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, nationality, race, age, religion, or other protected category. We do not tolerate harassment of membership or steering team members in any form. 100 Women of Wilmot takes violations of our policy seriously and will respond appropriately.
All members must abide by the following policy:
6 . We want our members to have an excellent experience for everyone regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disabilities, neurodiversity, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, nationality, race, age, religion, or other protected category. Treat everyone with respect. Participate while acknowledging that everyone deserves to be here -- and each of us has the right to enjoy our experience without fear of harassment, discrimination, or condescension, whether blatant or via micro-aggressions. Jokes shouldn’t demean others. Consider what you are saying and how it would feel if it were said to or about you.
Speak up if you see or hear something. Harassment is not tolerated, and you are empowered to politely engage when you or others are disrespected. The person making you feel uncomfortable may not be aware of what they are doing, and politely bringing their behaviour to their attention is encouraged. If a participant engages in harassing or uncomfortable behavior, the steering team may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning or expelling the member. If you are being harassed or feel uncomfortable, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the steering team.
7. Harassment is not tolerated. Harassment includes, but is not limited to: verbal language that reinforces social structures of domination related to gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disabilities, neurodiversity, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, nationality, race, age, religion, or other protected category; sexual imagery in public spaces; deliberate intimidation; stalking; following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; offensive verbal language; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.
8. This policy extends to talks, emails, forums, meetings, workshops, social media, parties, hallway conversations, all attendees, partners, sponsors, volunteers. 100 Women of Wilmot reserves the right to refuse admittance to a meeting or membership, or remove any person from, at any time in its sole discretion. This includes, but is not limited to, behaving in a disorderly manner or failing to comply with this policy, and the terms and conditions herein. If a participant engages in harassing or uncomfortable behaviour, the leadership team may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning or expelling the offender.
9. Our zero-tolerance policy means that we will look into and review every allegation of violation of our guidelines and Anti-Harassment Policy and respond appropriately. Please note, while we take all concerns raised seriously, we will use our discretion as to determining when and how to follow up on reported incidents, and may decline to take any further action and/or may direct person(s) to other resources for resolution.
10. We value your attendance. Leadership will be happy to help members to contact local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing discomfort or harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. Charity presenters, leadership team, volunteers and sponsors are also subject to this policy.
Why this policy is important: Harassment at events and in online communities is unfortunately common. Creating an official policy aims to improve this by making it clear that harassment of anyone for any reason is not acceptable. This policy may prevent harassment by clearly defining expectations for behaviour, aims to provide reassurance, and encourages people who have had bad experiences to feel safe to participate in this one.
11. Proxy voting: Members will receive an extra ballot if they bring the check of the absent member to the meeting. It is up to the absent member to be able to communicate their choice in real time to the member who has their ballot.
12. Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation: 100 Women who care respect the anti-spam legislation. The only email communication will be directly related to the content of 100 Women who care. To become a member of 100 women who care you are agreeing to express consent. Meaning that you are agreeing to receive a 100 women who care, communication unless expressly written that you wish to be removed from communication.