Our Next Meeting is December 5th!

There is no November meeting. We are joining our November and December meetings into one holiday meeting on Friday, December 5, 2014. We will meet 8:30 am -10:00 am at the Orange Park Library .

Holiday networking and celebration: come meet and welcome our new Steering Committee members!

On Friday morning, December 5th, we’ll have a LOT to celebrate:

– we’ll say goodbye and “thank you” to the members of our very first Steering Committee who have served for the past 4 years: Catrine Fredrikson, Chisty Fitzgerald, Amy Parker, Lee Sackett, and myself;

– we’ll welcome and thank our new Steering Committee members who will be introduced that day;

– we’ll network and celebrate the wonderful gifts that we each – as nonprofit champions – have individually and collectively shared with Clay County throughout the past year;

– and we’ll talk about what the new year – and new committee – will bring to Shaping Clay in 2015!

Shaping Clay members, Susan and Brian McInnis (CPAs with The McInnis Company), have generously offered to provide breakfast that morning, so our individual $5 donations will be collected and given to one lucky organization during our door prize drawing that morning! Other door prizes will also be given that day, as well!  If you would like to donate a door prize, or know of anyone who would, please email me ateifert13@bellsouth.net and/or bring it along that day. And please feel free to bring a friend!

Thanks so much and see you on December 5th, 8:30-10:00 a.m. at the OP Library!

Peace and joy –


Beth Eifert
Coordinator, Shaping Clay Helping Professionals’ Group

Lessons Learned – October Meeting


Zac West, Area Director for Young Life, spent time with Young Life in Africa. Using this global lens, Zac described how this experience shaped his life and his views toward relationships and collaboration. He shared the top 5 lessons he learned during his 5 years with Young Life in Africa. These lessons rival the advice that can be found in any top leadership book. They include:

  1. Make sure to ask your target community, “how can I help YOU,” rather than attempting to impose your own agenda on them. Based on local needs, Zac and his wife often filled in as coaches, teachers, counselors, and farmers.
  2. Don’t be afraid of needing others. If you go in thinking you’re the hero, you’ll deprive others of the blessing to help.
  3. Keep in mind that your project/organization is not the most important thing happening in your target community. Take time to first listen and understand – and then help.
  4. Think of helping the whole person: body, mind and spirit
  5. “Haraka haraka haina baraka:” This is a Swahili proverb that means “The fast way is the slow way,” so be prepared to take deep breaths, go slowly, and take the time to build things that will last forever.

Young Life is a non-denominational global organization that is consistently rated 5-stars on the Guidestar website. Its aim is to double its impact by 2016, touching the lives of 2,000,000 kids annually, world-wide.