ELLEN LYNCH, is shown here (left), with Carrie Rathbun Hawks who nominated the Baby Pantry at the first February meeting of the 100+ Women Who Make A Difference in the Greater Owosso Area. The $15,100 check given to the nonprofit organization will keep their budget solid through 2017 as shared by Lynch at the meeting on Monday, May 16. (Independent Newspaper/ElizabethWehman)

Becky Harnagle, Cindy Schluckebier, Sue Ludington, and Lisa Hood had an idea which started around Christmas of 2015. They wanted to make a difference in the community. Their goal was to bring together at least 35 women in the Owosso area who wanted to do the same. They formed the 100 Women Who Care in the Greater Owosso Area. Their first meeting was held in February of this year as members wrote out $100 checks to be donated to their voted upon charity, resulting in the amount of $15,100 which was donated to the Baby Pantry.

On Monday, May 16, the group held their second meeting. By 6:30 p.m. the group had now grown to 183 members. After hearing of three possible options, the women voted to each write a $100 check to Welcome Home Veterans. This nonprofit organization will be housed at the former Wilbur Bills Elementary School in Bancroft recently purchased from the Durand School District. The $18,300 will go toward renovations at the school to make the facility a place for homeless veterans.

When a few of the members were asked why they enjoyed being a part of the 100+ Women’s group a few had this to say about their participation. Yvette Collard says, “It’s a way to give back in a collaborative way to make a bigger impact for organizations in our community.” Stephanie Grady added, “I like knowing where my money is going. The group has inspired me to give locally.” “I like making a difference and being a part of an important group in the community,” said Stacey Zsigo.

Presented at the meeting were not only the Welcome Home Veterans group, but also two other presentations for the Clothes Line in Laingsburg and Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee County.

Second Meeting for 100+ Women was last modified: May 18th, 2016 by Karen Elford