Recently we made the jump from informal group to a slightly more formal organization. There were a few reasons why I felt like this was the right thing to do. First, as many of you know, I’m about to have another baby and you all know what life is like in those first few months! I didn’t want that to interrupt the great momentum we were building and so I needed to feel like there were other people involved in the planning part of things so it wouldn’t all die the moment I needed to be out of the loop for a while.
Another reason is that I wanted us to be able to host some fundraisers to make some bigger trips more affordable for everyone. To do that, we need to be a slightly more organized non-profit. It’s not too hard to do and we’ll be able to get a bank account for the group and everything.
I’m excited to announce that we now have a real Board! For 2015, here are our board members:
- President: Sandra Modersohn
- Secretary: Natalie Thompson
- Treasurer: Beth Yarwood
There will be opportunities in the near future for others of you to help out too! We’ll need volunteers to help organize and run fundraisers and special events, so if you’re interested in being more involved with the running of the group, keep a watch for those opportunities.
We are currently working on getting the following trips set up:
- Kinetic Kids Gym (January – Details coming soon)
- Jump On In (February)
- Chuck E. Cheese Pizza Party (Early March)
- The Luray Zoo (April?)
- Frontier Culture Museum (May)
- The Science Museum Of Virginia (in Richmond)
- The Luray Caverns
- The White House Farm Foundation
If you have ideas for other field trips you’d like to see, please leave them in the comments here! I’ll be happy to look into them all ♥
Some of the trips we have in mind are a bit pricey. Especially for those of us with lots of kids to pay for! 😉 So one of the things we’d really love to do is start raising some funds that can be used to offset the costs of these trips (and some fun programs that can come to us too!)
The Question Of Dues:
This is something the Board will be discussing soon and voting on. We’ll be deciding if we are going to ask for monthly dues and if so, how much. If you’d like to chime in on this, please let us know your thoughts in the comments!
Boxtops For Education
As an organization, we are now eligible for this program! So… Start saving those tops, okay? You’ll be able to hand them in at any meeting.
I’ve been thinking that we could use the American Legion Hall to host a nice Spaghetti Buffet one evening when the weather is nice. 🙂 We may be able to team up with a local 4H group and split the profits. The 4H horse group has hosted successful buggy ride evenings in the past and we could combine the two and appeal to a nice big group of people in the community. If anyone has experience organizing something like that, I’d LOVE to hear from you!
What are YOUR fundraising ideas?
Let me know if you all would be willing to do some door-to-door type sales? We could do spring bulbs for the garden or something like that if you all were interested.
You can see that there is a lot of planning going on right now. My goal is to have most details ironed out before my new little bundle arrives, so hang on to your hats! It’s going to be a wild couple of months! ♥ If anyone is willing to jump in and coordinate a fundraiser, please speak up!