Women Transforming Sonoma County Through Collective Philanthropy - Aug/Sept 2017 

GRANTS:  Making an Impact at FFT
(Food for Thought & Liaison Team representatives after signing the $100,000 grant agreement)

ENGAGEMENT:  Members gather for "cocktails and conversation," hosted by the Membership Committee

President's Message
Dear Friends at Impact 100 RC:

What a strong spring and early summer we've had! Our membership continues to build - 166 at last count! And last month we held a strategic planning meeting attended by 40 of our members who contributed ideas for our organization's growth and continued success. We'll have a full report on that meeting in the coming weeks, and committees will use suggestions from this meeting to help guide our future direction.
Meanwhile, the grant committees and Leadership Team are developing a schedule for the 2018 grant awards. Nonprofits who apply for the $100,000 Impact Grant noted that a spring-to-fall grant cycle is a better fit for their fiscal years. Consequently, our Community Grants and Impact Grant will trade places in 2018. We'll be awarding Community Grants in October 2017 and May 2018. Next year's annual membership meeting and Impact Grant award will be in October 2018.
Finally, our casual outings continue, offering opportunities for our members to get to know each other outside of our committees and membership meetings. Our hiking group will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 19. See the article elsewhere in the newsletter for details!
If you'd like to organize other types of casual outings for members - theater, music, sports - please let me know! And be sure to check our website regularly - www.impact100redwoodcircle.org - for upcoming hikes and Cocktails (or Coffee) and Conversation.
Whether you are active on a committee or just like to write a check and vote on the grant awards, you are critical to the success of Impact 100 Redwood Circle. Thank you for making this adventure possible!
Best wishes,
Coming Soon!  Education About Sonoma County Nonprofits!
One topic that came up repeatedly at the July Strategic Planning Meeting was a desire for more education about nonprofits in our community. We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Volunteer Center that will provide exactly this type of information!
More details will be coming soon on our website and in the October newsletter. In the meantime, please mark your calendar for the following dates. The workshop will be offered first on Saturday, November 4 and will repe at on Thursday, November 9.
This workshop will provide valuable information that will help our members gain more understanding of Sonoma County nonprofits and be better informed when we make our nominations of prospective grantees. We hope yo u can attend one of these importan t sessions!
In This Issue
 Upcoming Events
Summer Social & Potluck 
Thur,  Aug 10, 5:00-7:00 p.m. 
At the home of Maria Nersesian 
Members & Guests Welcome!
Cocktails & Conversation 
Thursday, Aug. 24
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Fountaingrove Golf & Athletic Club (Terrace)
Tuesday, Sept. 26th
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Flamingo Terrace Grill
(outside by the pool) 

General Membership Meeting 
Wednesday, October 25
5:00-7:00 p.m. 
Scottish Rite Center
600 Acacia, SR

Nonprofit Education Workshops 
Saturday, Nov. 4 &
Thursday, Nov. 9
time TBD
The Volunteer Center
100 Stony Point Circle
Santa Rosa 

RSVP to events by clicking here:  Email Impact100

Welcome to the newest members of our circle! 

Melanie Angleman
Claudette Brero-Gow
Shelley Brown
Nancy Cooper
Debra Johnson
Nancy Lloyd
Cheryl Smith
Suzanne Tucker
Christy Yaeger
Grant & Grant Liaison Committee Updates

"Thoughts" from Food for Thought 
We're excited to share some groundbreaking news!
Food For Thought - along with five other partner organizations - will be helping California lead the way in evaluating the benefits of medically-tailored meals for people with serious illness.
On June 27th Governor Jerry Brown approved a $6 million innovative healthy food pilot project for low income Californians with chronic health diseases. This Food Is Medicine based program, which drew staunch support from State Senator Mike McGuire, and State Assembly members Phil Ting and David Chiu, among other legislators, is expected to save taxpayers millions. The $6 million will be used over a three year pilot project period supporting a Food Is Medicine Coalition that includes Food For Thought. The funds will target chronically ill Medi-Cal patients who suffer from congestive heart failure, cancer, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or renal disease.
Say Hello to Haberdash - Our Newest Fundraising Event! 
It is time for us to say a fond farewell to Calabash, and to begin preparations for a fantastic new fundraiser!  This new event will take place on Saturday, August 26th from 5:30 to 9:30 PM at Food For Thought.
We will feature amazing food, wine, and live music, as well as a silent auction of wonderful items up for bid. It's an evening to don your favorite vintage hat, put on that dashing ascot, show off those glamorous chandelier earrings, and wear what you love. A contest for the best dressed Haberdash couple and Haberdasher item will be awarded, along with other fun surprises!
Tickets to this event are $95 each.  You can buy tickets online (www. www.fftfoodbank.org) by phone (707) 887-1647, or in person at the food bank.
Community Grants Will be Announced on August 30!   
The Community Grants committee is hard at work reviewing materials submitted by local nonprofits who  hope to receive a $5,000 grant.  Here's a reminder of the last steps on our Community Grant timeline: 
August 7  - Top 10 selected and notified. Summary sent to all members
August 14-28 - All members vote via email for top five candidates
August 30 - Awards announced to grantees via phone calls or personal visits and to members via emai l
Check out Impact100 RC's Electronic Communications Tools!
If you want to stay up-to-date on Impact100 RC's grant recipients, get the dates for member engagement activities, or learn how to become a member, check out out these online tools:
Vicki Groninga has been hard at work making improvements to the Impact100 RC Website.  Some of the things she's added/improved include:
  • New page with links to our videos
  • New page listing all Impact and Community Grant winners with links to their websites
  • Links added for each committee for members to send suggestions directly to chairs and separate links to notify chairs of desire to join committee.
  • Updated photo gallery & home page slide show
The website now has an SSL (Secure Lock Layer) which improves security and SEO (Search Engine Optimization).  This shows up as "https" in front of our domain name (below).  Check out all these improvements at: https://impact100redwoodcircle.org

Facebook Page: 
Ann Nolen is doing a fantastic job keeping our Facebook Page updated with Member Engagement and Grant information & announcements.  Thanks to all the members who have "liked" our page and left comments.  Click here to add your input!  https://www.facebook.com/impact100redwoodcircle  

We would also like to welcome three new members to the Marketing committee:  Debbie Johnson, Kathryn Peyton and Suzanne Tucker! 
Marketing Co-Chairs Jan Houts & Gayle Holste  
Sangria Anyone?
It's not to late to sign up for the Summer Social!

Members and guests will mingle and nosh in the
great outdoors!  Quite a change from our general membership meetings, right?  We're expecting a beautiful summer day at the base of Sonoma County's beautiful Foothill Regional Park in Windsor.  This is a not-to-be-missed event as we gather in the beautiful garden of member Maria Nersesian's welcoming home.  Please join members, prospective members and representatives from Food For Thought, recipient of Impact100RC's 2017 Impact Grant:
            When:             Thursday, August 10
            Time:               5:00 - 7:00 pm
            Potluck:           First name begins with A-M - please bring white or rose wine
                                     First name begins with N-Z - please bring an appetizer to serve 6-8
            Carpool:         Greatly appreciated
            Parking:          Drop-off or close parking is available for those needing assistance

RSVP at:  impact100events@sonic.net  (please provide name of guest, if applicable).  The 
event address & directions will be provided upon your RSVP.

We would also like to welcome two new members to the E&E committee:  Barbara Haggerty & Debbie Johnson! 
Education & Events Co-Chairs Liz Bortolotto & Gayle Holste     
Our Membership - Passionate, Purposeful Women
As Melissa noted, we currently have 166 Impact100 RC members!  The membership committee is focused on creating a warm and welcoming organization through:

Inclusiveness - Outreach
In June, Charlene Staples and Melissa Kelley led a house party in the home of
Wanda Tapia, Executive Director of Latino Service Providers, who invited several of her friends. The women in attendance showed keen interest in Impact 100 RC and asked pertinent and important questions. They indicated their desire to learn more and become involved.
Membership Committee Welcomes
Kathryn Peyton, Jeff Wellen.
Cocktails and Conversation
La Rosa held on June 22nd:
10 members attended and 7 guests or new members
Please Save:
Thursday, August 24th, 5 to 7pm, Fountaingrove Golf and Athletic Club (Terrace)
Tuesday, September 26th, 5 to 7pm, Flamingo Terrace Grill (Outside by the Pool)
Impact 100 Buddy System
We invite you to sign up to help welcome and orient a new member. You don't need to be an Impact 100 expert. We are in the early design stages, so we ask for your input and support. Please contact us@ impact100membership@sonic.net 

We are delighted to report 166 Members on our rolls!
On behalf of the Membership Committee, we thank you for your ongoing commitment to our members,
Cindy Schmidt and Toni Wilkes
Membership Co-Chairs
HikingMember Engagement - Hiking Group
Get to Know Other Members While you Exercise! 
Please join us for our monthly hike and this time to the Coast. Bring along all Impact100RC interested members and any prospective members as it's a great way to get to know our wonderful women!
When: Sat., Aug 19 meet at 9:30 am
Where: Kortum Trail on Sonoma Coast State Park
How Long:  4.5 miles of hiking, 2.5 hours. Shell Beach to Blind Beach and back.
Difficulty level: easy
Dogs Allowed: No, sorry, not on this trail
Good News: We'll be on the Coast so it should be cooler than an inland hike.
Meet-Up Address:    8901 Highway 1 in Jenner. From Bodega Bay, drive 7 miles north on Highway 1 to Shell Beach at mile marker 18.22. Turn left into the parking lot. The lot is small; carpooling is strongly encouraged. No parking fee.

RSVP or Questions:  
Phone 650 759 7386
Contact our Newsletter Editor:
If you have questions or suggestions for The Impact 100 Redwood Circle Communique, please contact Editor, Jan Houts at marketing@impact100.com