Women Transforming Sonoma County Through Collective Philanthropy                   Oct/Nov 2016
Impact100 RWC Members & Guests Enjoying our Summer Social! 
President's Message
  Our second year is off to a tremendous start! The key
positions on our Leadership Team have been filled, and your
committee chairs are working hard to expand our philanthropy,
develop informative education programs, and continue to grow
our membership.
Please read this month's newsletter for updates on the
Community Grants Program, which will distribute a handful of $5,000 grants by the end of this year; the Impact Grant Committee, which will soon host its kickoff meeting and invites new members; the Membership Program, which continues to host very successful house parties and social events; and the "E&E" (Education & Events) Committee, which is planning another insightful membership meeting for early November.
I know we have new members who are exploring how they'll fit into our dynamic organization, and our membership as a whole brings remarkable skills and expertise to Impact 100 RC.
We're currently seeking a few specific skills for our Marketing Committee. Even if you can only contribute an hour a week, please reach out to us if you can help in any of these areas.
  • Writing, editing and/or proofreading (newsletter, member communications) 
  • Media outreach
  • Graphic design
  • Wordpress website updates
If you can offer some marketing communications or publicity
assistance, please contact co-chairs Jan Houts
and Gayle Holste at marketing@impact100redwoodcircle.org

Thank you for all that you do to help Impact 100 RC continue to thrive and grow. I look forward to seeing you at our November 2 meeting!

Best wishes,
Melissa Kelley
President and Co-Founder
Impact 100 Redwood Circle
In This Issue
MembershipUpcoming Events
House Parties
 * Tues, Oct. 4; 5:30-7:00 - Santa Rosa (20 guests)
* Wed. Oct. 26; 7;00-8:30 Healdsburg (full)
* Thurs. Oct. 27; 5:00-6:30 Sebastopol (12 guests)

Membership Meeting  
Wed, Nov. 2; 5:00-7:00 p.m.
At the Scottish Rite Center, 600 Acacia Lane,
Santa Rosa

RSVP to events by clicking here:  Email Impact100
Welcome to the newest members of our circle! 
Marsha Jacobs
Ellen Bowen
Marion Dutra
Marianne Messer
Liza Eastman
Laurie Vree
Charlene Staples
Jean Schulz
Grant Liaison Committee 
Interview with TJ McKillop,
VOICES New Education Navigator

On July 12, VOICES hired TJ McKillop, who will serve as the Education Navigator for the Foster Youth Navigation Program, funded by Impact100 Redwood Circle's inaugural Impact Grant. TJ is a California native who grew up mainly in Roseville.

He attended Westmont College, a small liberal arts school in Santa Barbara, where he studied Sociology and was captain of the men's soccer team. After several years working and travelling, TJ entered Sacramento State's Master's Program in Social Work. After graduating in May 2016, he and his wife Rachel moved to Santa Rosa to be closer to family. They have a 4 ½ month old son, Danilo.
TJ spent a year in Northern Ireland doing Peace and Reconciliation Studies; mainly interfaith work with Catholic and Protestant students. He also worked with Outward Bound, taking at-risk youth through the Florida Everglades. Although he also spent time as a finish carpenter, he's always been drawn to working with youth.
TJ's first 2 months at VOICES have been very busy! His first objectives have been to conduct outreach and establish partnership teams (i.e. social workers, SCOE foster youth coordinator, TLC's transitional Housing Placement (THP) team) and to conduct outreach to eligible youth. He is currently cultivating collaborative partnerships with 20 eligible youth as they pursue post-secondary education.
He is fully prepared to support students through the priority registration period (Nov. 7-20, 2016 for foster youth) for the Spring 2017 semester (he was hired after the deadline for the fall semester). In addition to providing support with registration, scholarships, coaching, linkage to services, and counseling, his most-important role is to provide emotional support to these youth.   

TJ was pleased to have several of our members attend the August and September barbeques.  He really appreciates the support that he has received from the Impact 100 members and is enthusiastic about working with the Grants Liaison Committee going forward.

If you have questions, comments or want to help, PLEASE contact our Grants Liaison team (do not contact VOICES directly).
Impact Grants
We will be having an Introductory Grant Committee meeting on Saturday, October 1st at Yulupa Co-Housing complex from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.   We welcome all members that might be interested in learning about the grant application process or might want to participate in some aspect of the grant selection activities.
We have been working hard for the past few weeks developing a timeline, refreshing last year's application process and breaking down the grant committee tasks into manageable parts.   The nomination letters will be going out to the membership October 6th for the 2017 Impact 100 grant.
Please contact Laurie Parish for information or questions at
Karen Thompson, Laurie Parish and Carol Lynn Wood, Co-Chairs
Community Grants
In early August Impact 100's Leadership Team approved a plan to disburse a portion of leftover grant funds to member-nominated non-profits. A total of $25,000 was allocated for five grants of $5,000 to be awarded in early December. Members were asked to nominate a community non-profit organization which would be invited to apply for a grant. Letters of invitation were sent to 36 organizations in early September; they were asked to respond by October 7 with a 1-2 page proposal for utilizing grant funds.
The timeline for the Community Grants process includes these significant milestones:
  • September 13: Evaluation Training for grant reviewers
  • October 7: Deadline for grant proposals
  • Mid-October to mid-November: Review of proposals by grant team
  • November 15: Top 10 proposal summaries to members for voting
  • December 7: Five grants will be awarded
Community Grant Work Group leaders Judy Farrell and Shirley Ward are pleased to have received helpful support from our sister organization Impact 100 Sonoma Valley. Eligibility criteria and evaluation worksheets were adapted from materials graciously shared by colleagues experienced in small community grant review. Thank you to the members of Impact 100 Redwood Circle who nominated a variety of non-profit organizations representing the arts, environment, education, human and animal services. Awardees will be invited to a membership meeting in 2017.
Members interested in leading or joining the Community Grants Committee in 2017 would be most welcome!
Events & Education
November 2 Membership Meeting 
The agenda is coming together for the fall meeting to be held from 5 - 7 pm at the Scottish Rite & Masonic Center.  Beth Brown, Executive Director of the Community Foundation, will be our guest speaker.  We will issue an update following our next committee meeting that will outline the agenda, guest invitation process and call for member RSVP. 
Wines Needed
If anyone has business associates or friends in the industry who might be willing to donate wine for the November 2 education workshop, please contact E&E co-chairs Gayle Holste or Liz Bortolotto at events@impact100redwoodcircle.org .  We are primarily in need of white wines, but a few reds would help round out our inventory as well.  And remember, any winery that donates a value of $100 will be featured on the sponsor page of our website, table cards and powerpoint slide show. 

Storage Unit
The E&E Committee is now the proud renter of a 5x5 storage unit located near the corners of Highway 12 and Mission Blvd.  How convenient is that!  The committee has amassed a nice inventory of reusable wine glasses, table linens, room decorations and office supplies which has really helped the team's budget and overall efficiency in serving membership.   
Membership stands at 159 strong, impactful women. We have eight new members. Please welcome Marsha Jacobs, Ellen Bowen, Marion Dutra, Marianne Messer, Liza Eastman, Laurie Vree, Charlene Staples, and Jean Schulz.
We have three House Parties scheduled for October: October 4 in Santa Rosa, October 26 in Healdsburg and October 27 in Sebastopol. House Parties are a great way to introduce prospective members to Impact 100 RC's philosophy and organization. Please let us know if you have a friend you would like to invite to a house party and we will give you the particulars regarding time and place. New members are also encouraged to attend a house party as another way to get to know Impact and its members.
Thank you Sudha Schlesinger for organizing our first "Cocktails and Conversation" at the Nectar Lounge in the Hilton Hotel. It was quite a success. These social gatherings are a no-RSVP-required, no-host, get-together of members and prospective members who want to continue to learn more about Impact 100 RC and each other. More are planned for the future so watch for an email announcing when and where.  Contact membership if you have any questions.
Help needed for Nov. 2 event:


  • Photographer needed for the November 2 meeting-to take pictures of speakers, members, guests, et al.  
  • General helpers are always appreciated for set up and/or tear down.