June 2016 Newsletter

The Board of Directors Message

Ken Nichols, Vice President, BCWC Board of Directors

Hello friends,
As Board VP, I act as the liaison to the POA. They support your efforts and continually ask about activity level and share comments about your successes! Needless to say, nothing happens without the ongoing effort of the volunteers. Be assured, we all know how much you matter!
I was impressed at the Volunteer Forum by the client stories. If you were there, you felt the emotion. If you missed the event, be sure to ask fellow volunteers about how these clients “finally” connected with BC Visits and how it touched their lives. In both cases our team was proactive in reaching out to them. Once approached, they began to realize that there is help for caregivers.
An idea was raised that we want all of you to think about. We want to explore whether we could get BC Caregivers to attend a well-planned Caregiver Seminar. This is a beginning thought. How it’s positioned is all up in the air. We have BC Visits volunteers ready to sit with loved ones so that Caregivers can attend. How do we get them to join the event? We all know we have numerous couples in BC where one spouse is providing significant support to the other.
If we plan such an event, how best do we reach out to the friends and neighbors who could/should attend? Send your responses to info@bcwell.org . If you’d like to help with such an event please let us know as well.

Thanks, as always, for what you do.

Paying it back, Paying it forward…

Carol Hagadorn and husband Ken have been married for 39 years and have three children and two grandchildren. They  have lived in Big Canoe for fourteen years. Carol has been very active in the BC community as a member of the Pine Needle Quilters Guild (PNQ) and the  Mountain Mavens Book Club.Carol Hagadorn
Since she retired from the Wildwood Christian Academy two years ago, she has mentored at local schools and volunteered at Wolfscratch Farm, an organic gardening farm that also provides learning experiences for children and interns.
Carol signed up to volunteer with BCWC to “give back to the community.” She cites her mother, a retired nurse who still delivers meals at 84 years old, as her inspiration. She also appreciated how Ken’s fitness class and tennis buddies provided rides to town when he underwent treatment for melanoma in Atlanta five years ago.
Although trained for BC Rides and Meals, she spends most of her time with BC Visits which provides respite services to caregivers and assistance to shut-ins. Carol visited a BC resident’s father in a local nursing home while the family was out of town. Currently, she visits a BC resident to record the World War II vet’s memories. She spends additional hours when she returns home assembling her notes to contribute to a narrative which will be presented to the family.

Collaborative Calendar

Volunteer Training Sessions

Friday, June 24
10 am to noon
POA Lodge
July 8th & August 12th

Volunteer Forum

Friday, August 26th
Time and location to be determined

Steering Committee Report

Shiraz Alikhan, Chairman BCWC Steering Committee

Thanks to all of you who were able to join us for our Volunteer Forum earlier this month. We would especially like to thank Judy Kaufman and Phyllis Hogelin for doing such a great job on the Reception. As Ken noted in the Board column, two clients gave very touching accounts about how BC Visits had helped them. Barb Henry and Rob Ricklef also discussed their experiences as BC Rides volunteers. At our previous Forum, we discussed ideas to increase awareness of our services and to simplify our message. We have increased the number of Smoke Signals and Inside the Gates articles about the Collaborative. We have also simplified our message in the Collaborative posters that are up at the post office and elsewhere.Shiraz Alikhan
Some of you had also expressed discomfort in discussing possible donations with clients. In response, we have created a solicitation letter that you can leave with a client in a packet along with the client survey and a donation envelope.
Service requests have continued at a fairly steady rate. We have seen  an increase in Visits requests. For those of you who are interested in this program, even if you already support other programs, our next training session is scheduled for June 24th at 10:00am at the POA Lodge.
Finally, we have a need for someone with project management experience, preferably with IT projects, for an upcoming project. If you have this background, please contact me at sjalikhan@gmail.com for more information.

As always, thanks for your ongoing commitment and support.

Big Canoe Wellness Collaborative Statistics

Services Completed by Program Year to Date  


BC Info 24 32
BC Meals 25 32
BC Rides 29 37
BC Visits** 16 16

*   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 non- medical 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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