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Midland & District Business Women's Association
Shirley Cowdrey, President
P.O. Box 714
Midland, Ontario L4R 4P4

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President's Message

Hi Everyone,

As we move closer to my favourite holiday ever, I feel grateful and blessed for so many things in my life! Being apart of this association brings such great joy to me. Yes, it is a lot of work and volunteer time. Members don't see what goes on behind the scences to make the events come together, but it is all worth it. I could start my day off on the wrong foot, and just knowing that I am going out to our Dinner Meetings just turns that wrong into a fabulous right!!! The energy I get from all you amazing women, just makes all that work so worthwhile, and I am very grateful for that. Ya, I know, too mushy... I will move on! lol

Our November meeting is filled with so much fun you just won't want to miss it. I think they will have a mic there - you know how I hate that mic!!! lol Rest up!!

Until then, be safe and have FUN!

Shirley Cowdrey
MDBWA President

Article of Interest

Procrastination: The Enemy of Every Business Owner
A strong and profitable business is built on momentum—and momentum is built gradually and steadily, one step at a time. An enemy of every business owner is putting off until tomorrow those things that need to be done today. American Heritage dictionary defines procrastination as: to postpone or delay needlessly. A successful business results from consistency and dependability, not delay and excuses. Ask yourself, do you…
  • Procrastinate in the day-to-day operations of your business?
  • Find it difficult to make decisions in a timely manner?
  • Tend to put off things you don’t like to do?
  • Worry that you might not make wise decisions?
  • Delay action until circumstances are “just right”?
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November Dinner Meeting

Date: November 17th, 2010
Where: Olympia Events Center, 2 Robert St. West, Penetang

Silent Auction & Wine Tasting by Donna Zuidema from the Wine Rack with music by Adrienne Robitaille

This is a wonderful time to relax, enjoy the night with some wine testing from The Wine Rack and get serinated with beautiful Christmas music by Adrienne Robitalle. This is Adrienne's third year playing for us - we are so happy to have him back!!

We are doing our Christmas Silent Auction again this year. This is where we ask our members to bring a Christmas item for the sale. How it works; there will be a sheet beside each item that you write your bid on, and throughout the night you keep checking to see if someone has outbid you, then you bid again!! Near the end of the evening we will call out the winners with the highest bid. These can be paid via cash or cheque payable to MDBWA. The proceeds of this sale goes towards paying for our speakers throughout the year.

We are going to be donating our proceeds from the 50/50 draw and also the Toonie Advertising draw to the Out of the Cold Program. So don't forget to buy your tickets when you arrive for the evening. If you are able to bring a non perishable food item, we will be helping out the food bank as well. This is our chance to give back to the community. All our little efforts create BIG results!
When you arrive at our Christmas dinner meeting, the Executive Directors will be set up to take care of all your needs from paying for your dinner to buying your 50/50 draw tickets, as well taking care of the Christmas items setup. This will give everyone more time to enjoy the evening!!

Please RSVP as soon as you get Sue LeClair's email whether you are able to attend or not, and if you are bringing guests yes we need to know their names! We need to give the restaurant the total number of people attending no later than Friday November 12th. Thank you for your cooperation.

Dinner Meeting
Schedule & Payment

Networking: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6:30 p.m.

MDBWA Members  $30.00
Non-Members          $35.00

Membership Year
September to August
Cost: $50.00

If paying by cheque, please fill it out before the meeting. This will help expedite our registration process! Thanks for your cooperation!

Membership packages will be available at each meeting.

Please have membership forms completed at time of registration.

Receipts will be emailed within 30 days of the meeting.

Christmas Shopping Extravaganza
Under One Roof!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre

Upstairs in the Community Hall.

527 Len Self Boulevard, Midland, Ontario

Local Retailers - Local Handicrafts

Gift Certificates - Baked Goods

Unique Gift Wrapping

There are still some tables left if you or anyone you know would like to participate in this fabulous day!

Click Here To Download The Application Form 
A Chance to Win Advertising for a Toonie!

At every monthly dinner meeting there is a toonie draw to win advertising positions in the monthly MDBWA newsletter. For a toonie ($2), you can drop your card in the ballot box for a chance to win one of two advertising spots. You can enter as many times as you like. At the end of the night, the draw will take place. You must be at the meeting during the draw in order to win.  Only members may participate in the draw.

50/50 Draw - Out of the Cold

This months meeting we will be selling 50/50 tickets.  Proceeds will be donated directly to the Midland Out of the Cold program.  Tickets are one for $2 or 3 tickets for $5. You have a chance to win some cash and help out a great cause.

A bit about the Midland Out of the Cold Program
After a few months of planning, the Midland Out of the Cold shelter first opened its doors in January 2004. The first season was essentially a trial run, opening only three evenings of the week from January to the end of March. By December and the start of the second season, need had given rise to the program running every day of the week. Over the next three seasons, the program moved daily from church to church in Midland (and for one day of the week, Penetanguishene). Volunteers in the early years recall the frustrations of having to transport large bins of supplies and bedding from one building to another. Guests, too, were sometimes found wandering the streets, unable to remember which church was hosting Out of the Cold on which day.

In response to such challenges, Out of the Cold leaders secured in 2007 sufficient funds to create a permanent shelter in the basement of Knox Presbyterian Church in Midland. Functional but not luxurious, the new space has a washer and dryer, a shower and dedicated kitchen facilities for volunteers to use in the preparation of meals.

Over the three seasons since moving into Knox, volunteers have served more than 5,000 suppers (a daily average of 14) and provided more than 2,100 overnight stays for guests (a daily average of 6).

More than 200 volunteers are involved during each Out Of the Cold season. As season eight approaches, the program plans to open two weeks earlier and close two weeks later (Nov. 15, 2010 to April 17, 2011). To support this expansion, volunteer recruitment is targeting teens as young as 14 years of age to augment the Out Of the Cold team.

"This year, they are averaging 16 clients per day."

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