Archive for July, 2009

Cash for Gold

Ever thought you should clean out your jewellery box but don’t want to go to Toronto to see some guy on tv OR who would trust a mail in company?  Does relaxing at a friends house, enjoying a refreshment or two, chat a bit, have an appetizer or two and when you go home, leave with more money then you came with sound better?  Well now there is Gold Party Princess!

What is Gold Party Princess?  You may have seen them on CTV, Global or in the newspaper, Gold Party Princess is an opportunity for you to turn unwanted gold (yellow gold, white gold, rose gold & Platinum) into CASH!  That is right, you are invited to come to a fun social evening where you won’t have to buy anything and you will be selling your unwanted gold items.

Sandy & Brooke are co-hosting the event on July 31 and we will have a qualified rep from Gold Party Princess who will evaluate & weigh your gold and offer you money on the spot!  You can bring broken chains, single earrings, stuff from your ex-boyfriend, dented jewellery or even gold teeth; jewellery with stones can also be evaluated and stones can sometimes be removed on the spot.

A prize will be awarded for the gaudiest piece of jewellery, weirdest item or the best story.  Valid government issued identification (like a drivers license) will be necessary to sell your gold as this is a requirement when dealing with second hand goods.

Refreshments will be served!  You may bring a friend, but you must RSVP as soon as possible as space is limited.

This is a community service event by Soroptimist International of Dundas, Ancaster Flamborough and Gold Party Princess will also make a contribution to our club!  If you can not make this event but would have liked to, we plan to host one again in January.

July 20 2009 under Fundraisers

If I had $1,000

When the Waterdown Rotary Club offered ‘grants’ to local individuals or service clubs with interesting ideas of how they could put a sum of money to work, Sandy at SI-DAF jumped at the opportunity to receive a portion of this funding. We were all the more grateful when they announced us as one of the winners!

Our plan is to use the funding to help women who are moving on after their stay at Drummond House in Flamborough (a local organization offering temporary housing with practical assistance and compassionate care) by providing them with a little extra financial assistance in their next step of their personal independence. The club’s goal is to take the $500.00 granted to them by the Waterdown Rotary Club and add to it via personal contributions from not only club members, but also from people: right here in our community who also would like to help make a difference.

The goal it to first double or triple the initial amount before the club’s members will then approach local area businesses to purchase gift cards for the ladies. At that time they are hoping the merchants will further contribute to this by providing additional contributions of even more gift cards.

Centre left: Rotary Club president Wendy Hickey is seen presenting Soroptimist club treasurer Sandy Gray with big bucks representing the $500.00 contribution. The other club ladies are holding what they hope will materialize into real money to further fund this venture.
Centre left: Rotary Club president Wendy Hickey is seen presenting Soroptimist club treasurer Sandy Gray with big bucks representing the $500.00 contribution. The other club ladies are holding what they hope will materialize into real money to further fund this venture.

If you would like to contribute to this endeavour, cash or cheques (payable to SI DAF) may be dropped off at Weeks Hardware to Sandy’s attention: income tax receipts can be made available.

July 13 2009 under Programs of Service

Thank you to the RWTO

SI-DAF President, Barb McCoy, spoke about the Soroptimist organization to the Retired Women’s Teachers of Ontario. Barb did an excellent job of speaking at their Breakfast by the Bay meeting at Geraldo’s at La Salle Park on May 13th. Following the meeting, a donation was collected and shared between Soroptimist and a local women’s shelter. We’d like to thank them for their generous donation of $255.70.

Retired Women’s Teachers of Ontario (RWTO: Hamilton- Wentworth branch) organization continues to “extend a helping hand to organizations and charities that are assisting women and children” as well as providing a strong communication network and opportunities for interaction among retired women teachers.

July 12 2009 under Fundraisers

Speaking at other clubs

We would like to thank the Lions Club of Waterdown for inviting our Chair of Public Relations, Brooke Gordon, to speak at their May dinner meeting.

Brooke shared information about the programs SI-DAF support including joint projects with other Lions Clubs, and the benefit of Soroptimists to our community. The Lion’s were kind enough to invite many guests to the evening, including our handout in their minutes to share with their whole membership, and also for Lion Jeannette’s donation of clothing in support of the YWCA Friends for Success program.

If you would like to learn more about local women’s projects in the Dundas-Ancaster-Flamborough community, we welcome you to contact us »

July 11 2009 under General