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Q1 2022 - January 25

Airdrie Highlanders Rugby

SMART Recovery

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The Woods Restaurant at Woodside Golf Course once again played host to the first quarterly meeting of 2022, which turned out to be a major milestone for the group. More on that in a bit.

The meeting kicked off a few exciting changes for the 100 Men. The first one - trialed previously - was the regular inclusion of groups with non-charitable status (i.e. unable to hand out tax receipts) for half of our meetings. So Q1 and Q3 from now on will include those groups, Q2 and Q4 will include our traditional charities. This allows us to greatly expand who we can include in our meetings.

The second exciting change was the introduction of meeting sponsorship! This was spearheaded by member Darcy Forbes, who now sits on the 100 Men committee. The idea here is to solicit one main Title Sponsor for each meeting. This business will donate $1000 and will be used to top up any meetings where we might fall short of the $10,000 goal. While we have always met at least $10,000 at our meetings, we’ve had several where a few members stepped up to donate additional funds to get us there. This takes the burden off the members a bit. As per policy, any funds over $10,000 are split with the other two presenters.

Along with the title sponsor, we also introduced Runner-Up Sponsors - where businesses can donate $500 to the ‘runner up’ presenters. This money would go to them regardless of whether we hit the $10,000 target and ensures that everyone is able to walk away from the meeting with something.

We were blessed to have Co-operators be our title sponsor for the Q1 meeting. Original member Michael Acheson was on hand to talk about the investment, insurance, and financial advice that Co-operators offers. Michael and his team at the Rocky View office are a community-minded group, super friendly, super capable, and we were thrilled to have them as our inaugural sponsor.

The runner-up sponsors for this meeting were Vitreous - a local company that recycles and processes consumer glass into cullet for fibreglass insulation - and Martin’s Pest Control - who cover everything from bats and bed bugs to mice and mosquitos. Both companies are well-known for their community involvement and we truly appreciate their support as Runner-Up Sponsors.

In fact, it was with the support of these sponsors, along with 110 paid members, that the group was able to surpass $200,000 since the inception of 100 Airdrie Men Who Give A Damn! Let me say that again - $200,000 directly into our community since October 2017. Incredible!

After a kickoff from Mayor Peter Brown, we heard an update from past recipient Corey Mace and his Turkey Drive in conjunction with the Airdrie Food Bank. As many of us heard in recent weeks, Corey got a great promotion that will see him lead the defence of the Toronto Argonauts. Corey was our inaugural guest speaker and he has been an enthusiastic supporter of our group so he will be missed but we wish him the best (in all games not against the Stamps)!

Next, Michael Acheson took a few minutes as the representative of our title sponsor to tell us about Co-operators and the work they do and how connecting with the community is a core value with their team.

Finally, after interspersing some door prizes, we heard from our three presenters. As always, each group made an extremely compelling case. We heard from the Airdrie Highlanders Rugby club, which has many COVID-related challenges. While housing programs for men and women, the club was presenting on their youth programming and raising funds for equipment, training, and teaching.

We also heard from SMART Recovery Airdrie - an innovative self-help program for recovery from addictive behaviour that uses cognitive/behavioural approaches along with group sessions led by lay coordinators. As the program is free, SMART Recovery relies on donations and volunteerism sustain.

Lastly, we heard from the Royal Canadian Legion’s Airdrie location, Branch #288. The Legion serves and assists veterans - those who serve in the military or RCMP - through programming, social events, assistance with accessing services and so on. The Legion also promotes and supports the remembrance of Veteran service and recognizing the sacrifices made to support all Canadians.

After a close online vote, the Legion was selected to receive $10,000 with the two other groups receiving $1,500 thanks to the runner-up sponsors and an excess above $10,000! A fantastic night where everyone was able to go away with something. Kudos gentlemen!

Kudos also to our always generous membership for their donation of door prizes. This meeting we had donations from:

Your Local Ranch
Tiger Propane
Airdrie Windshield and Glass
David Bowman Painting
Sowerby Creations
Airdrie #LiveLocal
Big Ben Cleaning

Thanks again members!
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