Over six years ago, when member Zanne Clark dreamed up the idea of organizing a members-only evening of good food and focused conversation, little did she know that the gathering would become a favorite annual affair that sells out in a matter of days.
The evening’s format is a winner. Members are assigned a table comprising both new and long-time members. Friendships are made and deepened over the evening’s feast designed by member and Suite D owner Sandra Bernstein. Before the dessert course, three designated women at each table move on to a neighboring one, assuring another chance for members to meet.
Once appetites are satisfied, Zanne and a community member she has invited, who is making a big and beneficial impact on Sonoma Valley, hop onto stools for “the interview”. Stories both personal and professional are shared, often with much laughter, and Zanne invites members to pose questions as well.
This year Zanne interviewed Karen Collins who was recently named the City of Sonoma’s 2019 Alcadessa, or Honorary Mayor. Karen has taken a leadership role in supporting the environment, outdoor recreation, and women’s healthcare.In 2018, she was recognized as a “Woman of the Year” in the third senate district by State Senator Dodd. To name only a few of the areas she has supported, Karen helped establish Sonoma’s Overlook Trail, chaired the Sonoma County Regional Parks and Recreation Commission, served on Sonoma’s Environmental Advisory Commission and the Sonoma Valley Citizens Advisory Commission.
Every year members leave Suite D filled with inspiration as well as newly forged friendships, and full stomachs. Many thanks go to Zanne Clark, Sandra Bernstein, who also made a generous donation of $500 to Impact100, Member Engagement Chair Sandee Crist, and Co-President Gera Vaz.
19 Impact100 members made their way north to the Santa Rosa headquarters of the Redwood Empire Food Bank on December 19 to volunteer in the organization’s vast, organized and efficient warehouse headquarters.
After the Impact100 crew took a tour of the busy facility - in which a steady stream of 8,000 volunteers do work that would take 45 full-time staff to accomplish, they were put to work.
Given the appropriate tools, equipment and supplies, the team quickly fell into place and developed a rhythm like the best of any production line.
So, what did the members accomplish? Like the dedicated, organized women leaders they are, and while smiling all the way, they taped together and labeled over 500 boxes, filled each of them with 11 pounds of canned food staples, sealed the boxes up, and loaded them onto pallets - enough to provide over 12,000 meals for food-deprived seniors to enjoy during the holidays.
Now that’s a good day’s work! Thanks to all the volunteers, including Sandee Crisp who organized the outing.
Everyone raised a glass in celebration of the season and another successful year of supporting our community.
Impact100 members and guests filled the large hall at Vintage House on December 6 to share the holiday spirit, catch up with old friends and welcome new ones. Every year it seems, the vision and commitment to a thriving Sonoma Valley that members share deepens everyone’s gratitude for our community and for our neighbors.
Valley Vibes Youth Orchestra played as members and guests arrived, then offered a special musical arrangement dedicated to Impact100 Sonoma.
One of the highlights of the event was a musical performance by 2018 Community Grant recipient Valley Vibes Youth Orchestra (ViVO), a nonprofit K – 12 program that offers intensive ensemble-based music lessons, fosters leadership and social-emotional skills, and community involvement. The $20,000 grant was made through the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation to support the expansion from 50+ to 100 students of the summer and after-school program that serves many at-risk socio-economically disadvantaged youth in Sonoma Valley.
ViVO Managing Director Klara Crean accepted appreciation and applause on behalf of the orchestra members.
At the close of 2018 there is much to be grateful for, including the nonprofit organizations that serve the inhabitants, environment and resources of Sonoma Valley. We also extend a big thank you to the volunteer bar tenders, super-chef Tracy Reynes, and all of the other members who worked so hard to make the annual Holiday Gathering such a joy to attend.
Impact100 members gathered at the Historic Maysonnave House on November 15 for an Introduction to Social Media Workshop led by member Ligeia Polidora who has 25+ years of experience in Public Relations and Marketing. The sold-out group was treated to an introduction to the basics of Facebook and Instagram. While most members were familiar with Facebook, Ligeia included important lessons on privacy settings, tagging, hashtags, and some of the more nuanced options on that platform. The discussion of Instagram was captivating to the attendees as only a handful had experience with that app. Attendees were polled as to their interest in follow-up workshops. Based on their enthusiasm, stay tuned for a follow-up lesson that will include Twitter in 2019!
Guest Chris Villalovoz, Sarah Carroll, guest Clare Yeakel and Melissa Parker
Impact100 members and their guests were dazzled by the welcome extended to them on November 7 by The Panel owners Dar and Charlie Rhodes and their daughter Zoë, manager of the wine, beer and espresso lounge.
Lisa Gonsier, Kim Schuh and Patricia Akay
Conversation was easy and intimate as guests mingled throughout the charming cottage, then everyone gathered to hear Diana Rhoten of the Sebastiani Theatre Foundation share touching stories and successful outcomes which resulted from the $20,000 2018 Community Grant her organization received to fund 83 scholarships for Latino youth of low-income families to attend Sebastiani’s after-school and summer performing arts camps.
Impact100 Sonoma is pleased to announce five new participants in the NextGen Program, designed to inspire and empower young women to become actively involved in serving our Sonoma Valley community. The new members, pictured above from L to R, are Dayane Mendoza Solis, Sarah Gaschler, Allison Wiley-Weekes, Vianette Contreras and Betzy Chavez.
The NextGen Program provides the next generation of women an opportunity to become full Impact100 members and participate in community nonprofit engagement and the grant-making process. Participants are encouraged to join a grants committee and participate in leadership development workshops, professional networking, and other opportunities offered by the two-year program. Donations from our members and a grant from the Vera C Hendry Foundation make the program possible.
Click here to learn more about the NextGen Program. Donations in any amount are welcomed online or by mail.
The North Bay Business Journal is awarding its 2018 Nonprofit Leadership Award to Impact100 Sonoma. Each year the Journal selects individual leaders as well as a nonprofit organization to receive the honor. The award presentation and a luncheon will be held Thursday, October 25, at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Rosa.
Impact100 Sonoma is a women’s collective grant-making organization. Since its founding in 2009, Impact100 has granted $2,062,000 to nonprofits serving Sonoma Valley, making it one of the valley’s largest funders. The concept of Impact100 is simple: one woman + $1,000 = one vote. One hundred percent of every membership donation is used to fund grants each year. Membership scholarship programs are available for interested women with financial need.
In June of each year, Impact100 awards one $100,000 Impact Grant along with $10,000 Impact Finalist Grants; and approximately eight Community Grants from $5,000 – $20,000. In 2019 a one-time 10th Anniversary Grant of $50,000 will be awarded to celebrate the organization’s milestone.
The diversity of grants Impact100 Sonoma has awarded over ten years touches every age and aspect of life. Service grants have supported those who are experiencing homelessness; disabilities; bullying, abuse and harassment; grief; financial, food and housing crisis; lack of job and language skills; pre-school to college financial and education needs; family and personal issues. Program grants have supported projects as diverse as gang prevention; health and environmental issues; wildlife and land protection; animal companions, adoptions and neutering; arts, science and literacy education; and end of life care.
A complete list of Impact100 Sonoma grant recipients can be found at:
Impact100 Sonoma current and former presidents:
Impact100 Sonoma presidents past and present celebrate the kick-off of the organization’s tenth anniversary. From left: Gera Vaz, Lynne Lancaster, Sydney Randazzo, Celia Canfield, founders Christine Dohrmann and Annette Lamont, Wendy Hoffman and Judith Walsh.
It took fewer than 36 hours to fill every spot for the members-only Cultural Understanding gathering on July 12 at the home of Cam McKinley. Betzy Chavez, Impact100 member and Director of School Programs and Education at La Luz Center, led a conversation and participatory exercises on topics that included religion, politics, judgments, cultural assumptions, socio-economics, empathy and engagement.
Betzy, born in Mexico and raised in Sonoma County, with a Masters Degree in Counseling and years of working locally, has a comprehensive understanding of the pulse of our Latino neighbors. She, along with member Vianette Contreras, generously offered their perspectives on the dynamics at play in Sonoma Valley. They, and everyone present, shared and expressed the vision of Impact100 Sonoma – a thriving Sonoma Valley (for all!).
Member Betzy Chavez sharing her professional and personal experiences as a Latina raised and working in Sonoma Valley
Impact100 Administrative Assistant Chelsea Gregory, Mary Marcussen, Lynne Lancaster, Betsy Chavez, Vianette Contreras, Sarah Carroll
Under the welcoming shade of a weeping willow and surrounded by vineyards and flower beds, members honored Impact100 Sonoma founders Annette Lamont and Christine Dohrmann for their vision and tenacity in forming our organization that – ten years later – has become one of Sonoma Valley’s largest funders. In addition, every past President of Impact100 was able to attend (except for BJ Bischoff who was out of town) and be acknowledged for her contributions to growing and shaping the organization.
Impact100 presidents past and present: Gera Vaz, Lynne Lancaster, Sydney Randazzo, Celia Canfield, founders Christine Dohrmann and Annette Lamont, Wendy Hoffman, Judith Walsh
Penny D’Allaird once again hosted this favorite summertime event and, this year, as the kick-off celebration of “Ten Years of Impact”, there were a few surprises – live piano music provided by Impact member Paula Szoka, a gorgeously decorated 10th Anniversary cake that was cut by the founders, a special “All about Me” drawing of products and services won by guest Joei Malpass, sumptuous food prepared by member and former-professional chef Tracy Reynes, and of course wines from top local vineyards.
Claudia Sims, Skye Halberg and guest Gayle Jenkins
Ten years worth of thanks go to many people for the success of the lovely afternoon - All of the members who purchased tickets to attend and who bought raffle tickets that raised $3210 to support our growing organization’s operating expenses; host Penny D’Allaird; members Barbara Chatham, Jerica Tercero and Joanne Warren for donating the items in the drawing; Don Sebastiani & Sons and Landmark Vineyards for wine; and all of the Event Committee volunteers.
The Impact100 Sonoma NextGen Program gives the next generation of women—particularly those who may not have the financial resources—an opportunity to become Impact100 Sonoma members through two-year scholarships. If you are between the ages of 25 and 39 and are looking to further your professional career or have an interest in joining a thriving network of community-minded women in Sonoma Valley, the NextGen Program may be of interest. NextGen members serve on grant review committees, gain leadership skills and experience, and expand their professional and personal networks. We are delighted that NextGen members Angela Ryan, Sarah Carroll, and Chelsie Running serve on the Impact100 Board of Directors. For more information and to apply online, go to https://www.impact100sonoma.org/join-participate/nextgen. For questions please contact NextGen.
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