The new charity group 100 Men Lloydminster held its first meeting on June 2, where they selected an organization that will receive this year’s first round of funds. The organization that won the vote this time is the Lloydminster Community Youth Center, which will be getting a cheque for roughly $10,000.
The way 100 Men works involves the group meeting four times a year to select a charity and each member contributes a $100 donation each time. Charities also attend the meetings to offer a presentation on why they are best suited to receive the funds. The members of 100 Men take in the presentations and vote, then the charity that gets the most votes walks away with donations.
“The way it works is just a straight democratic majority rules type of thing, then the members voted,” said Rob Anderson, co-founder for 100 Men Lloydminster. “Whichever one of the presentations seemed to tug at their heart strings the most or presented the greatest need, whatever the case may be, that’s how the group was chosen.”
Anderson said the first meeting, which was held at the Hampton Inn and Suites, went well and was “pretty much a full house.” They raised $8,900 at the meeting, but there are still donations coming in from members who couldn’t make it on June 2. The two organizations that presented that evening were the LCYC and the Lloydminster Area Brain Injury Society.
“LCYC is very excited to be the first recipients chosen to receive the donation from the 100 Men Lloydminster group. The donation we will receive will be put towards program costs,” said Lois Butts, executive director of LCYC, in an email exchange. “Our summer program has now begun, and we are very busy planning outings for youth ages 12-18.”
Butts says the donation will help provide numerous safe and fun activities for at-risk youth sin the city.
According to Anderson, both presentations were good, given that they needed to be as impactful as possible within the five-minute timeframe. He says because it was 100 Men’s very first try at the meeting and donation process, it was a learning experience for both their group and the presenters.
“I watched a lot of body language when the presentations were ongoing and I think the membership was very focused on the presentation that was being made to them and the questions that they asked were good,” he said. “We were very pleased with the turnout and we hope that people will check out our website. If it’s something they might be interested in, we more than welcome them to sign up even though we’re right at our 100 men goal.”
He wants to make it clear that “100 Men” is just a name and they hope to get as many members on board from both genders as they can. Their second meeting will be on the first Tuesday of September and people can visit their website at http://www.100menlloyd.com