One hour, three presentations, four times a year, $100.

That's the formula of The Power of 100 - Twin Cities Women Who Care. Imagine the power of 100-plus women, gathered together for one hour, four times a year, with a willingness to share $100 with a deserving charity. That makes a minimum $10,000 donation four times a year.

When I first heard Pam Maccani's pitch for The Power of 100 Women, it made sense to me, and I realized that there were other women who would like to be a part of this opportunity. When Pam asked if I would be willing to be a part of a planning committee, I immediately said yes.

In September 2012 we held our first meeting. We had no idea how many to expect. Would we have 30, 40, 50 or more? Imagine our surprised delight when approximately 80 women showed up. That first night we made a donation to the Washburn Center for Children for $8,055. We were thrilled and knew this was going to be something special.

Since our start, we have given more than $87,000 to a variety of worthy charities in the Twin Cities. The Power of 100 Women is powerful. My $100 donation is multiplied by more than 100 other women making a meaningful impact on the charities and our communities.

I recently moved to Florida and plan to stay active. Why? Because I am awed by the passion that the founding members still have for this group. I respect the commitment of the women from all walks of life who are seeking to make a positive difference in our community. I value the relationships that I have developed. Most important, with the Power of 100 Women, I have an opportunity to be a part of something so much bigger than just myself.

Power of 100 Women donations have been game changers for some of the charities that have received our funds. When I hear their stories and testimonies, I know that I receive much more than I ever give.

Lisa Sjobeck was a member of the Mounds View school board and lived in North Oaks before moving to Tampa, Fla., this past summer (2014).


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