It is hard to believe that 2016 is almost over. The years seem to go faster and faster. Some of our lucky members are fleeing Illinois for warmer parts of the world. Luckily, for the rest of us, there are lots of great things planned by WLC to keep us busy as winter descends.
2016 was a great year for the WLC. Our membership grew significantly and continues to grow each month. Included with this newsletter, is a membership supplement. This lists our nine new members who have joined since July 2017. In addition, Claudia Mion-Spiesz has a new email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sheila Devlin, our bridge chair has disconnected her home phone (please use email or her cell phone). Please contact me for copy of the new member list.
Our events are well attended and the feedback on them is extremely positive. The percentage of our membership involving themselves is the highest it has been in years, most likely because we have added a number of new events this year. Our 2017 plan is to launch several more. Financially, we are in great shape, in addition to becoming a 501c3 organization. We are ahead of budget on the revenue and our expenses have been lower than budgeted, which is great since we are six months into the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Our fundraising events have been financial successes, so we will be able to fund our scholarships and internships, as well add some new charitable endeavors. Our cash reserve is gradually increasing, which is always a good thing.
On the marketing side, our name has been added to the front door of our new forever home. We have beautiful new membership applications and business cards that are prominently in the lobby of the theater, as well as at the NSE. We have ads for the club in the WT programs, as well as an updated description of the club. We also have the ability to accept online membership applications and take credit cards for payment for events. And we have an electronic application that can be forwarded by email. We owe a great deal of thanks to Sarah Scherdt for the updated designs and club logo. We also have environmentally friendly re-usable member name badges on WLC lanyards and everyone received a set of WLC notecards with their 2016-2017 member directory. The board is planning ways to continue to increase brand awareness of the club.
You can’t help but notice that this newsletter marks a wonderful relaunch of our monthly communications with Jamie Straight, as our new editor. Jamie has done a fabulous job developing and managing our website and I am super excited to have the pleasure of working with her. Going forward, our goal is to get the newsletters out by the fourth week of every month with the following month’s information, as well as a recap of any events left in the current month. However, the most up to date place to learn about club activities will always be our website. Our goal for the snail mail copies of the newsletter is to reach our members without email by the first of every month. We are grateful to Judy Foyer-Phillips, our membership chair, for making sure this important job gets done. For those of you with email, we have some dedicated email addresses. For example, if you would like to reach me, you can email me at email@example.com.
The board hopes each of our members - whether new and long standing - will add trying a WLC event that you have not gone to before to your list of New Year’s resolution. If there are things you would like to see at the club, in the newsletter or on the website, please let us know. If you have done something interesting or have something you would like the club membership to know, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you at the holiday lunch and shopping day on December 7th (all proceeds go to our scholarship fund) and/or at the holiday party on December 11th or at the theater event on the 18th, if not at one of our many regular monthly events.
Warm wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a healthy new year.
The WLC prides itself on being charitable, not only with raising funds but also offering our time and services to help out the community. See the latest volunteer opportunities below, its always a great time and good for the spirit.
CALL FOR GIFT WRAPPING VOLUNTEERS!!
Orphans of the Storm really needs help this holiday season. As we approach the holiday season gift wrappers are needed every Friday, Saturday and Sundaybeginning Friday November 25 and every day of the full week leading up to and including Saturday December 24. They are looking for AT LEAST 2 to 3 GIFT WRAPPERS PER SHIFT and they have two shifts per day to fill.
Anyone interesting in creating a WLC wrapping team, please let Max know. You could also create a family team get-together with a couple of your friends, make it into a "holiday get-together” and include lunch or dinner after. There are many ways for you to make this a really fun event or outing while doing a great thing for all those homeless dogs and cats! To sign up as an individual, email email@example.com and include GIFT WRAPPING in the subject line.
CALL FOR NSE VOLUNTEERS!!
The NSE is always looking for volunteers - especially during the holiday season. If you have some volunteer time to spare, please contact Missy or just stop over Tuesday-Saturday 10am - 5:30pm and check it out. You may also choose to donate or consign clothes and/or household items.
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