Ujamaa Grandmas are experiencing “new ventures”. No, this is not a travel advertisement!
On September 7th, UG Board members, Committee Chairs and Coordinators met to continue developing a Strategic Plan for our organization for the next 5 years with the goals of Nurturing our members, enhancing Awareness of the Stephen Lewis Foundation and the Ujamaa Grandmas, and Fundraising. There were very animated discussions over how we are going to do this and now, with Action Plans in place, we will work at proceeding with “the next steps”. This process was led by an expert facilitator, Shari Hanson, Community Development Officer with Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women. Stay tuned for further updates.
Another new venture was Ujamaa Grandmas being asked to be one of the recipients of the two DeSonus Charity Concerts held on September 21st and 22nd. What an energetic and well-organized event this was! Thank you to everyone who attended to support us, and to those of you who donated such varied and wonderful silent auction items. We were asked to provide approximately $3,000 value of items – and we definitely outdid ourselves with a total value of $4,814!!! Special thanks to Yvonne Way and Annette Koelwyn for coordinating this venture, to Anne Taylor and Susan Plesuk for increasing awareness with the UG display, and to all the volunteers who assisted on both evenings. We all had fun and are now waiting to hear the amount of funds UG will be receiving.
Also, on September 21st, Ellen Monaghan and her team of crafters were asked to participate in two MakeFashion shows at the Beakerhead Gala at Prince’s Island featuring the “Firestorm” jacket which is part of the Climate Change Jacket Project. Congratulations, Ellen and team!
Bags, Babies and Beyond is our next major fundraiser on October 18th and 19th. The calibre of items brought to our gatherings is outstanding! In order that the cashiers have sufficient time to be trained and settled into their roles, it has been decided that there will be no purchases by volunteers before the sale begins. We hope you understand. Another new venture but one that we believe will lessen the busyness at the beginning of each day of the sale.
We have so much to celebrate! Instead of the regular North Gathering on Thursday, October 24th, ALL members are invited to the board-hosted CELEBRATION and APPRECIATION afternoon. To celebrate and recognize all our amazing volunteers is in keeping with our Strategic Plan which was strongly identified at our workshop. See details in the Gatherings Reminders. Everyone is welcome!