August 2016 Newsletter

The Board of Directors Message

On behalf of the entire Board, our heartfelt thanks for your donation of time, energy and enthusiasm—it makes our goal of “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” attainable.

In addition to human capital, we also need financial capital. Someone has to pay for the liability insurance protecting our volunteers, DMV record checks on our drivers, and a software program to allow us to more easily request and schedule services. While some clients have gratefully donated to our cause, that can’t even begin to cover our expenses.

That’s where my job comes in as chair of the Collaborative’s Fundraising Committee, a fantastic group of volunteers working to raise money to keep us in operation. We’ve already secured a generous donation from the Big Canoe Chapel’s Benevolence Committee to partially underwrite our new software program, and we’re exploring other avenues of support.

This is where you come in. On November 19th the Collaborative and the Big Canoe Wine Group will be co-hosting a “Taste of the Mountains” to celebrate our one-year anniversary of providing services. It will be a delightful affair, featuring food from our local area together with wine poured by members of the Wine Group.

Our goal is to raise funds to purchase a unique piece of rehab equipment particularly suited for disabled and/or stroke victims—equipment our Fitness Center currently does not have. We need your help to make this critical event a success, so please mark your calendars now and plan to attend!

Jack Schroder
BCWC Board of Directors Member Fundraising Committee Chair


The Best of Both Worlds

BCWC-Newsletter-Aug-2016-Lonnie Puhger

Lonnie Puhger

When Big Canoe Wellness Collaborative (BCWC) volunteer Lonnie Puhger and husband Jim decided to build in Big Canoe twentytwo years ago, her friends in Atlanta believed that retirement to Big Canoe would prove boring for the active couple. Lonnie, however, asserts that Big Canoe life offers the best of both worlds.

While overseeing the building of their dream home on the top of Disharoon Mountain, they spent weekends at Big Canoe enjoying romantic picnics at a lake, the beach, or anywhere they could carry a basket. While working in Atlanta, their Big Canoe home became their weekend getaway, often shared with friends.

Eight years ago, they moved to Big Canoe permanently and fully embraced Big Canoe life. Lonnie joined the Ridgerunners, the Wildflower Bunch Garden Club, the Travel Club and the Bocce League. Through the Women’s Guild, she volunteers with the Legacy of Giving and the Gala.

When the BCWC was under development, she signed on for the opportunity to “work with BCWC from its inception.” She volunteers with BC Info and BC Visits. Lonnie feels a “personal connection” with callers seeking services with BCWC, many of whom are personal friends she can contact for follow up. She also enjoys visiting Big Canoe neighbors to provide respite for caregivers. “Caregivers sometimes finish their errands early and visit with their loved one and the volunteers.” She, like so many BCWC volunteers, encourages the community to use the transportation, meals, and respite services BCWC offers.


Collaborative Calendar

Volunteer Training Session
Friday, August 12
1 pm to 3 pm
Club Room at The Clubhouse

Volunteer Forum
Friday, August 26
10 am to noon
Mountains Grille Room


Steering Committee Report

Shiraz Alikhan, Chairman BCWC Steering Committee

Shiraz Alikhan, Chairman BCWC Steering Committee

We are very excited to share the news that, as of the end of June, we have now handled 50 client requests and have delivered over 100 services to our clients since we launched last November. Thank you all for your efforts in getting us to these significant milestones. We look forward to working with you in building on these achievements to grow the Collaborative.

As we prepare for our next steps, we have identified the need to focus our next training session on Meals and Visits. This session will be held on Friday, August 12th, from 1 pm to 3 pm in the Club Room downstairs at the Clubhouse. Please RSVP to me at sjalikhan@gmail.com if you are interested in supporting these programs and can join us for this training.

In our ongoing efforts to share information and experiences with you, as well as getting your feedback, please note that our next Volunteer Forum is scheduled for Friday, August 26th, 10:00 to noon in the Mountains Grille room at the Clubhouse.

For those of you who have attended one of the previous forums, we hope that you found them to be valuable. For those of you who have not yet had an opportunity to join us for a forum, we hope that you can attend this next one. Please RSVP to me if you can join us for this event. As always, thanks for your ongoing commitment and support. if you are interested in supporting these programs and can join us for this training. In our ongoing efforts to share information and experiences with you, as well as getting your feedback, please note that our next Volunteer Forum is scheduled for Friday, August 26th, 10 am to noon in the Mountains Grille room at the Clubhouse. For those of you who have attended one of the previous forums, we hope that you found them to be valuable. For those of you who have not yet had an opportunity to join us for a forum, we hope that you can attend this next one. Please RSVP to me if you can join us for this event.

As always, thanks for your ongoing commitment and support.


Big Canoe Collaborative Statistics

Services Completed by Program Year To Date Total*
BC Info 28 34
BC Meals 40 47
BC Rides 32 40
BC Visits** 21 21

*Since BCWC program inception in November, 2015
** New program beginning March, 2016


To volunteer or request services

The Big Canoe Wellness Collaborative is a non-profit, volunteer group formed to provide non-emergency and nonmedical wellness services to the residents of Big Canoe.
For more info:
(706) 268-3334 – info@bcwell.org – Big Canoe Wellness Collaborative, 10755 Big Canoe, Jasper GA 30143
Visit the Big Canoe Wellness Collaborative at bcwell.org for additional info.
Contributions to The Big Canoe Wellness Collaborative, a 503(c)(3), are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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