A group of women attended the information meeting held in Tillsonburg on April 21st to learn more about the group “100 Women Who Care Oxford,” founded by Kelly Edmonds, owner of the law firm “Only Family Matters” in Tillsonburg.
Edmonds, who organized and hosted the meeting, was very pleased with the turnout. More than half of the women who attended signed their Commitment Forms to join the group. However, more members are still needed to reach the goal of 100 members. Edmonds is confident the group will grow as the word continues to spread throughout the County.
“The women who attended the meeting shared my enthusiasm for the concept of the group," said Edmonds in a media release. "They recognized the impact of pooling our donations to give back to local charities and other worthy causes in our community.”
The idea behind the group is that 100 women meet four times per year. Each member donates $100 to a charity within Oxford County. One hundred women each donating $100 totals $10,000 raised at each meeting. Over the course of a year, that’s $40,000 as a group going back in to the community. As individual women, a donation of $400 per year is equal to $1.10 per day, which is less than the cost of a cup of coffee.
The charity selected by the members of the group to receive the funds must agree that the money will remain in Oxford County to benefit local programs and no portion of the funds will be used for the charity’s administrative costs.
Edmonds was also pleased that there were women who came from Tillsonburg, Ingersoll and Woodstock, as the intention is to have members from all over Oxford County participate. There was discussion amongst the women to alternate the location of the meetings.
“I indicated to the group that I was prepared to consider different locations if another member from Woodstock and Ingersoll would take on the task of finding a suitable meeting place in those two locations,” said Edmonds.
Without hesitation, Cindy Walker, owner of Chocolatea in Ingersoll volunteered to help. She immediately approached Adam Baylis, general manager of the Ingersoll Golf Club to inquire about a meeting space for a meeting in November. Baylis graciously agreed to donate a room.
“I was very happy to have Cindy’s help in making these arrangements," said Edmonds. "My hope is that a member from Woodstock will come forward to do the same. I also wish to acknowledge and thank Adam for his generous donation to our group."
The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 27 from 7-8 p.m. at the Gyulveszi Centre on Potters Road in Tillsonburg. New members are always welcome. Anyone who would like more information or who wishes to attend this meeting is asked to RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.