Michael's Message - Full Month ... Empty Cafe and Mailbox
Columbus Day and Halloween. Can you think of any other special days in October? How about National Homemade Cookie Day on the 1st? Or Do Something Nice Day on the 5th? October 5th is also World Teacher’s Day and World Smile Day. For our Canadian Friends, October 8th is your Thanksgiving Day, eh?
On a more serious note, the 12th is Moment of Frustration Day, and the 19th is Evaluate Your Life Day. This tells me that maybe if life is frustrating it needs evaluating? The last special day I want to mention is the 27th of October, which is Make A Difference Day. Our wonderful staff and volunteers hel pus Make a Difference every day here at Shipley Center. Speaking of making a difference, I thought I’d mention a number of ways that YOU can make a difference in your life and the life of your very own Shipley Center.
- Your Café really needs you to survive financially as a “going concern”! Please consider becoming a “regular” at The Café. Would you commit to coming in for a meal at least once a month? Twice a month, or even weekly? Come in and you can put your first name on a “Proud To Be A Regular” card and we’ll put it up on the Café wall. By the way, breakfast lovers, we are now open at 9am instead of 9:30am, so come on in! Try the specials and the great soups! Support your Center and your Café!
- Our Events Coordinator, Shamya, would like to encourage you to buy MORE tickets to our social events and to buy them EARLIER. Selling out the room helps us afford the decorations and entertainment and keeps ticket prices low. If you have ideas, share them! Tickets for Thanksgiving Dinner are on sale in the office NOW! Trot on in and buy some today!
- More on food — Have you heard about our great new BUFFET on the 3rd Tuesday of each month? A new idea instead of potlucks. Don’t bring food, just bring yourself and $4 … and enjoy! ($6 for non-members.) Sign up at the front office, or call in for October 16, when we will all enjoy Chicken Alfredo.
- Finally, donations at needed to help us finish the year strong. I’m thankful for the 20 people who gave last month. Unfortunately, when I go to our mailbox, PO Box 1827, too often it resembles a window more than a letterbox! I’d much rather see a bunch of envelopes, than US Postal employees’ feet!
Your donations for our General Operating Budget are needed to help us operate in the black and not dig into reserves. Donations from members and others are a budget item, that in addition to dues and activity fees, are vital to our success. I know not everyone can give, but please consider it in your regular and/or end of the year giving.
One easy way to become a MAJOR donor is to sign up for our “MGM” — Members Giving Monthly — Club at $10 or more per month. Some give $20, $30 and even $50 or $100 per month. $83.34/mo = $1,000/year. New MGM members at $10/mo or more, or existing MGM Members who increase their monthly amount by $10 or more will receive one of our handsome large, quality canvas Shipley Center tote bags as a thank you, while supplies last! All we need is a cancelled check and the amount you’d like to start at.
Maybe I’ll see you soon in The Café or at a social event, or at our new monthly buffet!
Thank you for your continuing support and participate at Shipley Center!