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100 + People Who Care – Grinnell will meet Tuesday, January 28, at 5:30 p.m.  This hour-long, quarterly meeting will be held at the Parish Center of St. Mary Catholic Church, 1002 Broad Street, Grinnell.  This will be a voting meeting for 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell, where a decision is made regarding support for a community organization in the greater Grinnell area.

In case of inclement weather, 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell will follow the lead of the Grinnell-Newburg Community Schools.  A no-school day, an early dismissal day, or a no-evening-events day will result in a postponement of the meeting.  Members will be notified of a rescheduling date by e-mail.

With total membership now at 129, the beneficiary organization will receive nearly $ 13,000 in donations.  Members will receive an update report on the progress of the Healthy Grinnell initiative, which was the project selected for funding by vote of the members at the October quarterly meeting.  

Then, at the meeting, members will nominate charitable entities in the greater Grinnell area.  Three of the nominations will be drawn, with the nominators offering a brief description of the project.  There will be an opportunity for questions regarding each project, and then the members will vote.   The project receiving the most votes becomes the recipient entity for the new quarter of the year.  Each member commits to writing a $ 100 check to that entity.

100 + People Who Care – Grinnell had its beginning in January, 2107, and is based on a model pioneered in 2006 in Jackson, Michigan.  The concept is very simple.  One hundred people, each willing to write a check for $ 100 will result in a total of $ 10,000 being raised to benefit a community organization.  This action happens four times per year.  With Grinnell’s membership continuing to rise nicely above 100, the beneficiary organization receives a benefit well beyond $ 10,000.  World-wide, there are more than 600 chapters of “100 People Who Care” organizations, with other, regional ones being based in Des Moines, Marshalltown, Cedar Rapids, and Pella.  

Membership in 100 + People Who Are – Grinnell is open to all.  Those who would like to join are invited to attend the January 28 meeting.  It is also possible to attend as a non-voting guest, in order to learn more about the organization.  For further information, please contact any of the founding board members:  Christine Day (641-485-6180), Dennis Day (641-485-6118), Donna Ricks (319-269-9626), or Al Ricks (319-269-3475).  Donna Ricks serves as the point coordinator for membership questions, with her e-mail contact being  Christine Day serves as the point coordinator for nominations and administrative questions, with her contact being

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