September 2011 Meeting Notes

Eighteen of us came together last Friday to welcome SIX new members, and hear Lara Aleman and Cathie Hurlburt of PLAYERS, the charitable arm of the PGA Tour, describe their organization’s amazing funding opportunities!  Please find the notes, below.

Peace and joy –
Beth Eifert, Coordinator

NEW TO THE TABLE (Welcome!):

Nyree Bowen, Big Brothers Big Sisters (Clay County)
Stephanie Geoghagan, Clay Action Coalition
Lauren Hoffman, Concert on the Green
Lynn Mora, HandsOn Jacksonville
Dr. David Otto, Discover Family Wellness
Donna Wethington, Clay Action Coalition


  1. A.     PLAYERS Fundraising Information:
  2. Birdies for Charity (BOC):
    1. All 501c(3)s can utilize THE PLAYERS Championship tournament to help raise funds!

                                                              i.      Starts January 9 – May 9, 2012

  1. Ask donors to make a min. $20 donation to your organization via the BOC program.
  2. Donor is asked to guess how many birdies will be made at the 2012 PLAYERS Championship.
  3. After the championship, the person who guesses the exact number of birdies made has a chance to win a fabulous grand prize

                                                              i.      This year it was a trip for 2 to Australia!

  1. Chip In for Youth:
    1. Schools, Parent-Teacher Organizations, youth athletic programs, and youth-related 501c(3)s in the 5-county area
    2. Opportunity to raise unlimited funds
    3. Sell discounted “Any One Day Daily Grounds” tickets for $40 (normal price: $55)
    4. $25 from each ticket will be donated to your organization!
    5. Plus a $5,000 bonus is given to the organization with most tickets sold (2nd Place: $2,500)
    6. For more info, visit their websites, or contact: Lara Aleman, PGA TOUR, LaraAleman(at), 904-543-5170
  1. B.     Shaping Clay
  2. New “networking” format beginning Sept:
    1. start with short introductions
    2. conduct meeting topic
    3. close by allowing each member 2-minutes to share announcements/network
    4. Announcements:
      1. Shaping Clay Help Needed!!

                                                              i.      Ambassador(s) to Mercy Network

  1. Purpose: build community, share information, identify collaboration opportunities
  2. Time requirement: 2-hours/month
  3. Attend monthly meeting to represent Shaping Clay
  4. Introduce yourself and Shaping Clay during round-table
  5. 3rd Thursday each month, 10 am, Salvation Army Conference Room, 2795 CR 220, Middleburg, FL 32068.
  6. Desperately needed: someone to cover October 20th meeting, please.

                                                            ii.      Website updates (time requirement: 1-hour/month)

  1. Post update once a month
  2. Instructions are really easy
  3. Lynn Mora, HandsOn Jacksonville:

                                                              i.      Blueprint for leadership:  

  1. Equips volunteers to serve on boards of directors of nonprofits.
  2. Volunteers join a cohort that meets 1 day/month, Jan – June
  3. Each cohort conducts a community service project and, after graduation, are elegible for internships on nonprofit boards
  4. “Take Stock in Children Night” at Chili’s, Fleming Island, November 8th
  5. Next meeting:
    1. October 28, 8:30 a.m., Holiday Inn on Wells road
    2. b.       Topic: “Panel Discussion: Lessons Learned from the Reinhold Nonprofit Team Leadership Training”
    3. Featuring: John Cone of BASCA, Cindy Stewart of The Shepherd’s Center, Lee Sackett of CJ Acres Animal Rescue
    4. Share a discussion with these local nonprofit leaders about their real-world experiences applying new ideas on fundraising, volunteer management, and board development that they gleaned from their Rollins College instructors.  A true growth opportunity!