An Update From 2019 President, Tonya Wildfong

An Update From 2019 President, Tonya Wildfong

Inspired. Humbled. Grateful. That and many more emotions come forward every time I think about Impact 100 TC! Your dedication to making our community better is truly transformational! Whether you joined to actively review grants or simply vote at the annual meeting, wanted to meet like-minded, strong women or be a part of transformational change by pooling resources – together – we are making a difference. Thank You for making it possible!

We have an iConnect event June 19 at Inland Seas, a grant recipient from our first year in 2017. We hope you are able to join us. Remember no guilt, just invitation. A public event in July for those wanting to join and interested in learning more about Impact 100 TC and another iConnect event at Peace Ranch (our second 2017 grant recipient) on August 13.

Speaking of grants, we are in our grant review process. Many Women. One Mission! The work is being done one meeting at a time. For those not participating on a committee this year, rest assured thoughtful consideration is happening. Grants held their non-profit training in March, committee training in April, and grant review started in May. Financial review of the grant applications will occur in June and July, with site visits in August.

Mark your calendar now for September 17, 2019 at the TC Golf & Country Club. The five finalists will be announced after the rigorous review process. We hear repeatedly from the grant review committee members that learning about non-profits that they may not have known about previously is such an inspirational part of the process. We have also received feedback from the non-profits and committee members about the grant process. Is there a way to fund the non-profits in a more efficient manner from the initial grant application to annual meeting and grant implementation? We are reviewing our options. Possibly move up the Annual Meeting for the 2020 grant cycle. After less than three years of operation – and achieving great things – we are also dedicated to continuously improving.

There are many more members working tirelessly behind the scenes to send emails and social media posts, arrange welcome calls and iConnect events, coordinate finances, data entry information, find sponsorship funds from Friends of Impact who believe in the mission, and plan the annual meeting where we will gather together to celebrate. Thank you for making it possible!

Remember, we are only as strong as our members and as transformational as the non-profits that apply. Tell a friend about Impact 100 TC and remind your local non-profit to apply for a grant. Many Women. One Mission.

Talk More Soon,

Tonya Wildfong

Impact 100 TC
 2019 President

Rove Estate Vineyard iConnect

Rove Estate Vineyard iConnect

The weather could not have been more beautiful for the iConnect event at Rove Estate Vineyard and Winery. Impact 100 members gathered to take in the beautiful view, share a glass of wine, and enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded women.  In the spirit of getting to know one another, we’d like to feature two of our members here.

iConnect Impact 100 TC - Rove Winery

Impact 100 TC Members enjoying our August event!

Blythe Skarshaug signed on with Impact 100 because she was attracted to the concept of combining donations in order to have a greater impact in the community.  Blythe also looks forward to getting to know more people in the area.  She and her husband own Copy Central in Traverse City.  “We can do every kind of copying that you could ever need,” she said. “We also own Traverse Reproduction, where we make outdoor signs and blueprints.”  Blythe will be replacing Kat Paye this year as the Major Member Events Chair.

Impact 100 TC iConnect - Rove Vineyards

The Women of Impact 100 TC Show Up Strong!

Julie Brons considers herself to be a member of the Fun and Games committee, where she helps organize the “non-event events.”  Julie believes the iConnect events are an important way for members to get to know one another outside of Impact’s three more formal, major events.  Julie said, “It’s so important for a new member just joining the organization to have a contact person who can help them understand the history and the culture of Impact 100.” Like Blythe, Julie was inspired to join the group because she felt that her $1,000 donation would have a much deeper impact when combined with other donations. Julie is a Chiropractor and Nutritional Counselor at Performance Chiropractic.

Stay tuned to the Impact 100 TC Facebook page for upcoming iConnect dates!