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Next 100+ Women Who Care meeting on May 6 at Idle Creek! April 29, 2015

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The next meeting for 100+ Women Who Care of 2015 will be on Wednesday, May 6 in the Dawgleg Restaurant at Idle Creek (5353 Ryanne Marie Ln, Terre Haute, IN 47802).  As always, the evening will begin at 5:00 p.m. with a cash bar and sign-in. We will begin our meeting prompting at 6:00 p.m. and will conclude around 7:00 p.m.  

If you are thinking about becoming a member, we encourage you to come and observe a meeting as a guest. Guests will need to sign-in at the registration table and get a “Guest” name tag. Please keep in mind that as a guests, you may only observe, you may not vote or nominate a nonprofit.

Please contact Rachel Mullinnix at rachel@wvcf.com if you have any questions.

We hope to see you on May 6!

First 2015 meeting on February 4th at Clabber Girl! Renew your membership now. January 12, 2015

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The first 100+ Women Who Care meeting of 2015 will be on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at Clabber Girl.  Registration and social hour will begin at 5 pm with the meeting starting at promptly at 6 p.m. We would like to provide a special thanks to Clabber Girl for hosting us for this first meeting of our third year of existence! Thanks go to Marla Flowers for arranging the meeting site for us.

It is also time to renew your membership for 2015. New members are welcome! To join or renew, please fill out the membership form at: https://100womenwhocarevigocounty.wordpress.com/membership-commitment-form/. Each member commits to paying a $100 annual membership fee which goes to the 100+ Women Who Care endowment fund. Members also commit to paying $100 to the non-profit organization that receives the most votes at each of the four meetings. The total financial commitment is $500 per year. To join or renew, you will need to mail your membership fee to 100+ Women Who Care, Vigo County, c/or Wabash Valley Community Foundation, 2901 Ohio Blvd., Ste. 153, Terre Haute, IN 47803. You can also pay online by going to: http://wvcf.com/giving_online_100women.html. Note that when paying online, there is an extra $2.56 PayPal processing fee.

Each member is allowed to nominate a Vigo County non-profit organization for consideration for our quarterly grant. At the meeting, the names of three organizations are drawn, and the member or designated advocate provides a five-minute presentation on why they should receive the grant, how the money will be utilized, etc. A three-minute question and answer period follows each presentation. Then everyone votes, and the organization that receives the most votes, receives the grants.

It is a great way to support local non-profits with their many needs without taking up too much of your time.

If you have any questions about the organization or how it works, please contact Beth Tevlin at beth@wvcf.com or Teresa Exline at teresa.exline@indstate.edu.

We hope to see you at our February 4th meeting!

TIme to renew membership for 2015! December 30, 2014

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We are now accepting renewals for 2015 for 100+ Women Who Care Vigo County.  Renewing your membership is easy. Here is all you have to do:

Go to the online commitment form at https://100womenwhocarevigocounty.wordpress.com/membership-commitment-form/

After you complete that form, you can then mail your check for your $100 commitment to 100+ WWC at the address below.  Or if you want to pay for your commitment by credit card, go to https://www.wvcf.com/wabashvalleygives/donate/details/cat/4/id/72

You will note that there is an option this year to pay the full $500 if you wish!

Regretfully, there are a few members who have not yet paid one or more of their quarterly membership payments.  All of the membership payments must be current before you can renew for 2015.


We are seeking locations and/or sponsors for our 2015 meetings.  The sponsor’s role is to provide the location, food and arrange for the cash bar service.  (Willing to provide the food, but don’t have the location, we can help you!)  The dates for 2015 will be as follows:

February 4th

May 6th

August 5th

November 4th

Please contact Beth Tevlin at the Wabash Valley Community Foundation (812-232-2234) if you are interested in sponsoring any of these evenings.


The Steering Committee is seeking to add new members.  If you are interested in being considered for membership on the Steering Committee, please let me know.  The Steering Committee typically meets 4 to 5 times a year to address issues such as meeting location, sponsorship, tasks at meetings, etc.

Last, but not least, thank you for being part of this wonderful group!  Together we have accomplished much to support our Vigo County community!

$20,900 donation to fund new permanent exhibit at CANDLES Museum August 25, 2014

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Howard Greninger wrote a wonderful story about the exhibit at CANDLES that our latest donation will fund. It was picked up by the Associated Press and even appeared in the Indianapolis Star’s online edition. Here is the link:


Here is the text of the Tribune-Star’s story:

20K donation to fund new permanent CANDLES exhibit

By Howard Greninger Tribune-Star | Posted: Friday, August 22, 2014 1:00 am

$20K donation to fund new permanent CANDLES exhibit

A new permanent exhibit telling the story of the Holocaust through the eyes of survivor Eva Kor is expected to open in mid-October, thanks to a $20,900 award from 100+ Women Who Care.

The female philanthropist group presented Kor with the award Thursday at the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute. CANDLES is an acronym for Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors.

“I am very honored, excited and thankful that [the 100+ Women Who Care] have chosen CANDLES for this $20,900 contribution that we will use to do a whole exhibit … that will stage the Holocaust through my eyes. Also at the end, we will have a part where we will ask visitors their opinion,” Kor said.

“We want them to be the change that you want to see in society. That is very important. Every single one of us can make a difference, and we want the people in the community, as well as visitors coming from near and far, to realize that they can do that,” Kor said.

The museum has been successful because of the support of the Terre Haute community, she said.

Kor, a member of 100+ Women Who Care, walked some members through a space that will house the exhibit in nine areas. First is the birthplace of Kor, 80, in Portz, Romania, followed by an exhibit of the rise of the Nazi party in Europe. It then shows “ghettos” where Kor’s family was taken, said Dorothy Chambers, museum program coordinator.

“There will be a giant wall mural of Auschwitz, showing the main building of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Then an exhibit will show life in the barracks as well as medical experimentation,” Chambers said.

The next exhibit is liberation — life after the concentration camp. Then Kor’s road to forgiveness, followed by the story of a 2003 arson of the museum, with the final exhibit called “be the change,” to encourage individual action against hatred and violence.

“This is the ultimate in democracy,” said Beth Tevlin, executive director of the Wabash Valley Community Foundation and a member of 100+ Women, said of the award to the museum. After a random drawing of three charities, members of 100+ Women will listen to presentations about the charities, and then each member votes to select one of the three that will receive a grant, Tevlin said.

“Whichever organization gets the most votes, everyone then makes a check out to that organization,” Tevlin said. “Talk about pure and simple, that is it.”

Members commit to $500 a year, with $100 set aside for an endowment fund. The female organization has 209 members and has provided grants totaling $139,800 to nonprofit and charity organizations, as well as raising more than $40,000 for an endowment fund at the Wabash Valley Community Foundation.

Kor founded the CANDLES museum in 1995. She survived the genetic experiments of Dr. Josef Mengele in the Auschwitz concentration camp. Later this month, Kor said she will go to Auschwitz to be part of a documentary of survivors, which includes CNN anchor Wolf Blizter, who is a son of Holocaust survivors.

Howard Greninger can be reached at 812-231-4204 or howard.greninger@tribstar.com

100+ Women Who Care provide books for Vigo County kindergarteners May 30, 2014

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Every kindergartener in Vigo County received a copy of the “One Day I Could Be” book today thanks to a $19,900 grant provided by 100+ Women Who Care of Vigo County in support of the United Way of the Wabash Valley’s Success by 6 program.

The playful and inspiring book was conceptualized and written by Marla Flowers and Ann Ryan, designed by local artist Denise Turner and photographed by Brendan Kearns. It highlights 14 local professionals and is designed to encourage children not only to read but to also consider potential careers they could pursue.

The 100+ Women Who Care Vigo County Chapter voted earlier this month to award Success by 6 its second grant for 2014 and its sixth grant since its founding last year. Books were distributed at all Vigo County elementary schools earlier today. The grant presentation took place at Farrington Grove Elementary.

“In Vigo County, nearly 60 percent of our students are on free and reduced cost lunches. When there’s not enough food in a family’s home, these same families lack the resources to keep books in the home. Literacy is a critical skill that everyone needs and putting more books into area homes is one way to improve our childhood literacy rates,” said Lori Danielson, the 100+ Women Who Care member who advocated for the grant.

Danny Tanoos, superintendent of Vigo County Public Schools agreed.

“The Vigo County School Corporation is deeply grateful to the 100+ Women Who Care organization for its generous donation of books for our students. Fourteen hundred of our kindergarteners will now have a great book to read during summer vacation. I am honored to live in a community that has such generous and giving citizens as this wonderful group of women,” said Tanoos.

In addition to funding the “One Day I Could Be” book project, the United Way Success by 6 program provides other early childhood education activities including Mother Goose on the Loose, Reading Buddies Program, and Real Men Read. Although Success by 6 is a United Way program, no campaign funds are allocated for its operations. The program is supported by proceeds from the annual Power of the Purse luncheon along with other fundraising activities and grants.

The 100+ Women Who Care of Vigo County is a local organization of female philanthropists. Members commit to paying $500 a year. The first $100 is an annual membership fee that goes into an endowment fund the group has started to create permanent revenue to aid local charities in the future. The remainder is paid in $100 increments at each of the four meetings the group hosts. At each meeting, members are allowed to submit a local charity to be considered for a grant. Three charities are selected for presentations by members at each meeting, and the group then votes on which one will receive the grant. Since its founding last year, the organization has provided grants totaling $118,900 to area charities and raised $41,800 for an endowment fund with the Wabash Valley Community Foundation that will provide future support for local charities.

New members are welcome. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, August 6, in the Magna Carta Room located on the second floor of Federal Hall which houses Indiana State University’s Scott College of Business located at Seventh and Cherry Streets. Networking and registration begins at 5 p.m. with the business meeting beginning at 6 p.m. and adjourning by 7 p.m.

Ivy Tech — Humane Society Partnership receives grant April 17, 2014

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A joint partnership between Ivy Tech Community College and the Terre Haute Humane Society received $18,000 from the 100+ Women Who Care of Vigo County on March 7. The group had selected the partnership for its latest grant during its February meeting.

The grant will support a co-location initiative that will provide a new location in the Vigo County Industrial Park for the Humane Society shelter. The group’s current facility is outdated and in need of significant maintenance and upgrades. Ivy Tech students in its School of Health Sciences programs will help run the shelter facility.

This is the fifth grant the local 100+ Women Who Care group has awarded since it was organized last year.

February meeting delayed until February 19th due to weather! February 4, 2014

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Given the weather predictions, we are postponing the Wednesday, February 5th, meeting of 100+ Women Who Care. The meeting will be rescheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 19th, at Ivy Tech’s Oakley Auditorium. Registration will begin at 5 p.m. with the business meeting scheduled at 6 p.m. To make registration go more smoothly, new members and members renewing their membership for 2014 are encouraged to do so in advance by going to:


Payment of the $100 annual membership fee can be made at:


Here are the instructions for finding Oakley Auditorium at Ivy Tech:

The entrance into the Ivy Tech campus is on Jessica Drive, just west of Dixie Bell Elementary School.  When you drive into the Ivy Tech campus, you will come to a “T” in the road that begins a circular drive around the Ivy Tech buildings.  You do not need to drive all the way around the building, but if you do, you will come back to your starting point.  When you come to the T, you will see in front of you a large clock tower.  The entrance to the Oakley Auditorium is adjacent to the clock tower.

Stay warm and travel safely! We look forward to seeing you on February 19th!


Renew or join for 2014 today! January 3, 2014

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Happy 2014!

As 2014 begins, every member of 100+ Women Who Care can be proud of what we accomplished during 2013!  What a spectacular year 2013 was!  Imagine, together we have put more than $100,000 in charitable dollars to work in our community!

With the New Year, comes the opportunity for you to rejoin 100+ Women Who Care Vigo County for 2014.  If you have already renewed, thank you!  If you have yet to renew your membership, you need to complete the commitment form at https://100womenwhocarevigocounty.wordpress.com/membership-commitment-form/ and send your $100 commitment check to the 100+ Women Who Care, 2901 Ohio Blvd, Suite 153, Terre Haute, IN  47803. 

Regardless of whether you are renewing your membership, would you take the time to respond to a brief questionnaire about the 100+ WWC group?  The survey link is  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XZNWM2H.   This is also your opportunity to provide information for the Steering Committee as to how we can improve the meetings and to help us assess what impact our group is making on local philanthropy. 

The first meeting of the 2014 year of 100+ Women Who Care Vigo County will be at Ivy Tech Community College on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.  (You may renew on February 5th, but plan to come early so you can complete the paperwork.)  The social time will start at 5 pm.  The meeting will officially begin at 6 pm.  During that meeting, we will also hear from Council on Domestic Abuse (“CODA”) on what receiving our first distribution has meant to them. 

We hope you will rejoin 100+ Women Who Care Vigo County for 2014.  We can accomplish so much more together!


100+ Women Who Care donates $21,700 to Catholic Charities Foodbank; Group surpasses $100,000 in giving in first year November 27, 2013

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The level of food insecurity in the Wabash Valley was driven home for local leader Tina Elliott when she heard an unimaginable story from a friend who is a bus driver.

“My friend was heartbroken one day about a conversation she had with one of her students. The girl was upset that an impending snow storm might cancel school. When asked why she wouldn’t want a day off to play in the snow, she replied that she would miss the breakfast and lunch the school served. There simply wasn’t enough food in her home,” said Elliott.

“I never thought that children would look forward to going to school just so they could eat a meal.  Unfortunately, that little girl is not alone.  That is why I chose to advocate for Terre Haute Catholic Charities Foodbank,” she said.

Thanks to Elliott’s presentation about the more than 13,000 children who don’t have enough to eat during some time of the year, the 100+ Women Who Care Vigo County Chapter voted earlier this month to award Catholic Charities its fourth grant of the year. On Tuesday, the group presented $21,700 to the local organization just in time for the holiday season and the upcoming winter months.

“We are excited to partner in this way with a group of women who have decided that they can make a significant difference in the lives of so many who are struggling and finding it difficult in some cases just to get through each day,” said John Etling, Agency Director for Catholic Charities. “This donation will allow us to continue to provide help and thereby create hope for those who are hungry in our communities. We want to thank these women for creating such an inspiring example of giving for all of us especially at a time of year when our demonstration of thanks joins a chorus of many in the Wabash Valley who are thankful for all of the blessings they have received and are willing to share.”

The goal of Catholic Charities is to relieve suffering and hardship for people in need regardless of nationality, race, or religion. Each year, the foodbank provides critical supplies to 92 nonprofit emergency food agencies including food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters that serve more than 32,000 individuals in a seven-county area.

“I am so proud to be a member of the 100+ Women Who Care Vigo County, a compassionate and caring group of women, and to be able to present these donations to an agency that truly affects so many people in need,” said Elliott.

Catholic Charities will use the funds to increase the capacity of the foodbank allowing it to provide more food each week through the BackPack program which sends backpacks filled with food home with needy students each weekend; provide fresh vegetables and other items to local residents through the Mobile Food Pantry; participate in larger purchasing programs to stock area pantries; and expand delivery service to agencies throughout the Wabash Valley.

The 100+ Women Who Care Vigo County Chapter was co-founded earlier this year by local residents Beth Tevlin and Teresa Exline, who had heard about a similar group that had been started in Bloomington. The two enlisted other female leaders to serve on a steering community to help recruit members and set policy on how the group would operate.

Members commit to paying $500 a year. The first $100 is an annual membership fee that goes into an endowment fund the group has started to create permanent revenue to aid local charities in the future. The remainder is paid in $100 increments at each of the four meetings the group hosts. At each meeting, members are allowed to submit a local charity to be considered for a grant. Three charities are selected for presentations by members at each meeting, and the group then votes on which one will receive the grant.

In its first year, the group has raised $102,800 including $21,800 for the endowment fund and grants of $17,500 to the Council on Domestic Abuse for improvements to its shelter for abused women, $20,300 to Art Spaces to support a tribute to Terre Haute native Paul Dresser in Fairbanks Park, $21,500 to the Swope Art Museum for badly needed window replacements and Tuesday’s $21,700 to Catholic Charities.

“When Beth and I first discussed forming this group about a year ago, we had no idea that it would take off the way it has. To raise more than $100,000 in a single year in such a simple manner speaks volumes about the caring community in which we live,” said Exline.

Exline added that the administrative support provided by the Wabash Valley Community Foundation and the generosity of Bill Burdine and the Holiday Inn in providing space and food for the first three meetings allowed the group to dedicate 100 percent of its proceeds to charitable purposes. This trend continued with Saint Mary-of-the-Woods hosting the November meeting. The group currently has 217 members and hopes to attract more women for 2014. Tevlin indicated that anyone joining before December 31 will be a charter member of the organization.

“This is a great group in which to be involved. It is a tremendous networking opportunity for female leaders, and it only involves four one-hour meetings a year. Yet, the impact has truly been overwhelming. There are so many non-profits in our county that are serving significant needs. This is a wonderful way of leveraging our resources to address these issues and make our community stronger,” said Tevlin.

Check presentation to Catholic Charities on November 26th! November 25, 2013

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Please join the 100+ Women Who Care Vigo County as we present a really big stack of checks to Catholic Charities. The presentation will take place at the Food Bank at 1356 Locust Street on Tuesday, November 26, at 5:15 p.m.   

What an incredibly exciting first year this has been!  Each of us has had a lasting impact upon our community because of our involvement with 100+ Women Who Care!  This year, we have given more than $100,000 to four charitable projects and to create the 100+ Women Who Care Endowment Fund.  What we have accomplished together has far exceeded our expectations!

As this first year draws to a close, we welcome your written or emailed comments regarding your experiences this year.  Share your thoughts on how we could make this group better.  Also, let us know if you have ideas as to where to hold the quarterly meetings!

Thanks for being part of the 100+ Women Who Care Vigo County.   We hope you can join us on Tuesday, November 26, at 5:15 p.m. at Catholic Charities, and we hope you renew your membership for 2014! 

 Beth Tevlin and Teresa Exline


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