New Shelburne County chapter of 100 Women Who Care seeking more members

Published on February 13, 2017

Founding members of the group (l-r) Suzy Atwood, Pam Mingo, Penny Smith, Tamara Locke and Wanda Mood.

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SHELBURNE COUNTY, N.S. – This March will launch the first meeting for the 100 Women Who Care Shelburne County chapter, but organizers are finding a slow start with membership.

Suzy Atwood, one of the group’s organizers, says they are still searching for women to sign on as members by the March 1 meeting.

“It’s slow,” said Atwood.

Their goal is to have 100 women or groups sign on, but as this story was being written, there had only been 16 officially registered.

The 100 Women Who Care is based on the concept of bringing together 100 or more women to make a big impact in their community.

What makes it great is that it is only four meetings a year. I can’t think of a more powerful way of helping charities. Cyrilla Saunders who started the first east coast chapter of 100 Women Who Care

A one-hour event will be held four times a year where each woman or group will bring a $100 cheque with them.

At the event there will be three randomly chosen local charities or not-for-profits that will present what their group does and what they would do with the money if they were selected to receive it.

With 100 women or groups at $100 each, that could make a huge difference for the charity or not-for-profit going home with a $10,000 cheque.

Cyrilla Saunders started the first east coast chapter of 100 Women Who Care and has successfully brought both P.E.I. chapters as well as a Yarmouth chapter.

“What makes it great is that it is only four meetings a year,” said Saunders.  “I can’t think of a more powerful way of helping charities.”

She said not only does the chapter help charities but also they help to raise awareness on what groups and charities are in the community making a difference.

“Some groups, before they present, I didn’t even know they existed,” she said.

She said the Yarmouth group has made an enormous change in the community since the chapter began.  She said she knows Shelburne County’s will be successful as well just from hearing all of the stories coming out of the community.

“It’s another way to be out socializing with other women,” she said.

Atwood said if the $100 commitment four times a year seems tough, ask friends, family or coworkers to form a team with you.

“We didn’t want to limit those who want to help,” she said.

A team will count as one vote.

The first meeting will be held March 1 at the Shelburne Lions hall with a meet-and-greet at 6 p.m. and the meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m.

She said both Lion halls in Shelburne and Barrington have offered up the space at no cost and they will alternate the meetings between the two communities.

The nominations for a charity or not-for-profit are due Feb. 20, with membership commitment forms in by Feb. 13.  They will accept commitment forms after this date.

For more information or for a commitment form visit:

Or visit the Facebook page 100 Women Who Care of Shelburne County.