by Graham Sturgeon, co-editor
The 100+ Women Who Care of the Greater Owosso Area was formed in February of this year by Lisa Hood, Sue Ludington, Cindy Schluckebier, and Becky Hartnagle with the goal of donating $30,000 to local community causes by the end of the year. After donating $15,100 to the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Shiawassee County March 23, the group’s $18,600 donation to Welcome Home Veterans pushed the yearly total well past the intended goal. The group presented the check to WHV on Thursday, June 16 at Wilbur Bills Elementary in Bancroft, the site of the nonprofit organization’s proposed veteran housing/education/treatment center.
What began as the dream of four women has grown into a group of 186 women, with the number expected to grow to more than 200 by the time the group’s September donation occurs. The group’s members all kick in $100 to go towards each donation, and the group votes to choose the recipient of the money. Instead of each member donating to their own charitable cause, the group seeks to make a greater impact by donating together. The women meet three times per year in the Baker College Welcome Center on S. M-52 in Owosso, with the next meeting set for 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, during which time the group will hear presentations for prospective recipients, with voting to follow.
WHV is in the process of buying the former elementary school from the Durand Area Schools, and WHV Director Kim Bowen said, as of June 16, that a purchase agreement had been submitted to the school district, with a closing to follow shortly thereafter.
WHV Director Kim Bowen is shown here June 16 receiving the check from WHV Board member Mary Jo Moore, who gave the presentation to the 100+ Women Who Care on behalf of WHV during the group’s May 16 meeting. Also attending the check presentation were members of the Owosso Memorial VFW and its Auxiliary, along with WHV board members Ben Frederick and Steven Grady, among others.