A. If you would like to become a member please click on “Make a Difference” above and complete the Membership & Commitment Form.
Q. How long do the meetings last?
A. Meeting last approximately 60-90 minutes. Meetings start at 7:00pm and are to be done between 8:00 & 8:30pm. There are opportunities to network and socialize both before and after the meeting.
Q. I’m a new member: what should I expect at a meeting?
A. Expect to be greeted by a volunteer and asked to sign-in at the registration desk. There will be a cash bar and time for mingling with fellow members.
Here's a short breakdown:
6:30: Registration, networking and refreshments, if provided / available.
6:55: We move to the meeting room (yes, you may take your drink with you)
7:00: Meeting begins
How voting will take place
Announce the three selected charities / ORGANIZATIONS
Each charity presents – 5 minutes each, no PowerPoint or collateral materials
Voting and tabulation – each member circles 1, 2 or 3 on their ballot
Update from the previous recipient (may occur folLowing opening remarks)
We sometimes invite a guest to speak to our group for 5 to 8 minutes
Announce the winning recipient (by simple majority)
Members write their cheques to the recipient charity / organization
Cheques are collected and presented to the charity
Announce the next meeting & venue
8:00 - 8:30: Post-event reception
Q. Is my donation tax deductible?
A. Yes, more times than not by the charity / organization chosen to be the recipient. Your $100 cheque is written directly to the charity, NOT to ‘100 Men Who Give a Damn! – Cochrane’ (because we don’t have a bank account or a treasurer!). Tax receipts will be issued to you directly by the charity / organization, if applicable. Please don’t contact 100 Men Cochrane for your tax receipt – contact the charity directly if you have not received your tax receipt by tax season.
Q. What if I cannot attend a meeting?
A. If a member cannot attend a quarterly meeting he should send his regrets info@100menCOCHRANE.cOM and do one of the following before the meeting:
1. Place your blank $100 cheque in an envelope marked “100 Men Cochrane” and give it to your 'buddy' or a fellow member who will be going to the meeting. Members’ names and phone numbers are listed in the Member Directory, which can be provided.
...or, 2. mail it after the meeting if requested (if this option is presented / available)
...or, 3. pay online (if this option is presented / available)
Q. Can I just send the donation to the charity myself?
A. No. Only members in good standing can nominate, attend and vote for the recipient charity. For this reason, we ask you to make use of the channels we've created to get your cheque or online donation (if available) to the recipient charity / organization. Payment options are noted above....
Note: we are not discouraging you from donating to any charities or organizations, however, if done so outside of our channels, the donation money will not count towards 100 men Cochranes collective effort.
Q. Can I just give you four post-dated $100 cheques?
A. Ideally no – because we want to see you at our meetings. But if you’re not a nearby resident, or you know you’re going to miss all the meetings, contact us and we’ll see if we can help.
Q. I live in Manitoba/Manchester/Manchuria: can I still join? How do I take part from a distance?
A. We're really sorry to learn that you don't live in Cochrane. But that should not prevent you from becoming a member. You just need to hook up with a 'buddy' who will be attending our quarterly meetings and get your cheques to him - or us - ahead of time.
Q. Is membership limited to 100 men?
A. ABSOLUTELY NOT. We KNOW FOR CERTAIN that there are hundreds of GREAT GENTS in our REGION and so we keep the doors open for them all! It's all about making a BIG impact.
Q. Is there a list of local charities?
A. in the works - standby.
Q. How does 100 Men Who Give a Damn! - COCHRANE communicate with its members?
A. The website will have the most up to date info at all times. New members will receive a confirmation / welcome email from ONE OF OUR FOUNDERS within a week of joining. If you have not received it please contact us.
We also update Twitter, facebook and linkedin regularly.
Members are emailed from INFO@100menCOCHRANE.COM and 100MENCOCHRANE@GMAIL.COM, so please do add those email addresses to your address book. We make every effort to reach you but sometimes your security setting may prohibit us from reaching you. If you change your email address, please let us know. Should you wish to discontinue membership at any time, please send an e-mail to the above address indicating your wish to withdraw.
Q. What do you do with my personal information?
A. 100 Men Who Give A Damn! - COCHRANE collects your personal information (including name, email address, phone number) strictly for the purpose of keeping in contact with our members. Note: we do not ask for your mailing address - although we don't need it, the recipient charity may, in order to mail you your tax receipt.
The membership database contains your name, email address and phone number, not your mailing address. The Member Directory contains only your name and phone number.
100 Men Who Give A Damn! - COCHRANE will not sell, give or otherwise share your personal information with any third party without your express consent, unless required to do so by law. Not even to the charities.
We may occasionally recognize our members via social media and other media. if a member wants to remain anonymous they must let us know at the time of joining.
We will never rent out, sell or give away your personal information. Ever.
Q. How much of my donation goes to the administration costs of 100 Men Who Give A Damn! - cochrane?
A. Absolutely zero! 100 Men Who Give A Damn! - Cochrane is organized and operated entirely by volunteers. We have no treasurer and we have no bank account - because we don’t collect, spend or donate anything. 100% of funds raised at a meeting go directly to the chosen charity / organization! Every last cent!