One Last Blog – 100 Men Yeg


January 1, 2019

As the year of 2018 closes so does 4 years worth of meetings for 100 Men YEG.

Wrapped up with 4 years, 16 meetings, 48 charities, and $300,000 provided in the form of donations and “in kind services” provided by our generous sponsors. With this type of finish, it is time to move on to other ventures in 2019.

It started with a call, in early July 2014 to Tim Hanas at Habit and a lunch on a patio where I pitched the concept and idea of what I was thinking and how Habit could assist.  Tim’s reply was “sure Bud whatever you need we can provide it to you free of charge” and they did; logo, branding, website, marketing materials, emails, banners, and so much more.  From this point I knew we would have something to work from. A few calls later to guys like Cary Williams, Brad Arsenault and others allowed us to hold our first meeting on October 15, 2014.  Collaboratively, we worked our networks, and had over 100 Men attended our first meeting at The Petroleum Club. That inaugural night, the chosen charity group YESS, received $11,200 from those members in attendance.  What a great start.  It was also important for our group to provide something to the non- recipients of the evening that they could use for furthering their causes.

The sponsors that committed to 100 Men YEG, were with us from the very first meeting until the last. These sponsors were; printing from Brian at Capital Color, IT Services from Shant at SC Systems, mail service from One to One Mailing with Craig, Meeting Leadership with Gord, and radio ads for 100 Men supplied by Azorcan Global and Paul.  We also were able to bring on BDO who graciously provided the non-recipient charities with $1000 each. Thank you to Gerry for bringing BDO on board.  We needed a photographer to capture the moments and Mel stepped up from Design Photography to do just this.

As we needed some volunteers to assist with various tasks on the meeting nights, we have had a core group that have been there from the start checking in members, collecting ballots, setting up and tearing down after events.  These Men were Brad A., Brent J., Earl S., Jason B., Gord S. and others.   A special thanks to Cary W. for Mcing the first 3 years of meetings and to Gord S. for the past year. When we met we enjoyed food at each meeting that was donated by Earl at Optimax, Brad at Blue Print Planning and Performance Business Brokers.

What a great 4 years of learning it has been. Who knew that YEG had so many fine Charities doing great work in the community for those in need.  This was really an eye opener as we have heard many stories of caring, suffering and compassion. Many times your donations got the charities through a lean time of their year or came at the right time to expand a program or buy more counselling hours to assist those needing the most. Many charities expressed thanks to the members by way of cards with donation receipts but also with thank you letters.  Many are linked below.

You Can Youth Services

Today Family Violence Services

Brain Care Centre

SACE

WeCan Food Basket

WIN House

Little Warriors

Sport Central

YESS

We came together with the hope to create big local impacts to the charities we invited to present to the group and we accomplished just that. I encourage all members to continue to support the local charities of YEG in 2019.

Thank you to all who have made 100 Men YEG the success it has been the past 4 years!!

Another year of success and happiness has passed. With every New Year comes greater challenges and obstacles in life. I wish you courage, hope and faith to overcome all of the hurdles you may face. May you have a great year and a wonderful time ahead.

Cheers

Dwight Lester