Friday, May 27, 2016

HFH Gateway North News 27.05.2016

Serving Orillia Lake Country, North Simcoe, District of Muskoka, Parry Sound District, North Bay and Blue Sky Region and Sudbury District
Attention Golfers: Do you want to play an excellent round of golf for a great deal and support a worthwhile cause?

Swing your clubs so we can swing our hammers!

Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North is holding its 3rd Annual Golf Classic at the North Granite Ridge Golf Course on Thursday June 16th. Single players can register for $120 and foursomes can register for $400 (not including HST). Golfer packages will include 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch, dinner, a goodie bag, and the chance to bid on numerous silent auction items.

To register, please call the North Granite Ridge Golf Course (705)-385-0808 or
In This Issue:
* HFHOGN Golf Classic
* Wonder Women
* From the CEO's Desk
* Weber Supply & Sudbury ReStore
* ReStore Items At Work
* Parry Sound Chapter Giant Yard Sale
* Happy Birthday Jon
* Save the Dates
* Quote of the Week
The Newsreel: Quick Facts to Keep You Informed!
* Support our Bracebridge 2016 Women Build by donating online or joining our Women Build Team. Find out more by contacting usor calling (705) 646-0106 x205.
* Our Espanola Build rolls on! Stay up to date with photos and more at the Habitat for Humanity - Espanola Build Facebook Page.
* 1 in 5 Canadian families are living in unstable homes. But little by little, a brick for brick, you can help bring stability to the lives of many children from low income families. Because you're not just helping us put a roof over their head, you're helping us put the ground beneath their feet. For full details on the Brick for Brick campaign
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Hello Habitat Gateway North Community!

I hope everyone had the opportunity to enjoy the sunshine of the Victoria Day long weekend. A short week when the weather is as beautiful as it has been is a bonus everyone should be able to take advantage of.

As this short week has sped by, I've been faced with discussing and deciding on several opportunities, both big and small, work-related and personal.

The definition of opportunity is a favourable, appropriate, or advantageous combination of circumstances; a chance or prospect. Part of what I love about my job is that there are alwaysopportunities. There is always a new set of circumstances to consider because there are infinite combinations of ways to achieve goals. And beyond that, goals evolve as we accomplish them. We have some amazing discussions at the office about embracing prospects.

I've discovered key phrases in seizing opportunities and setting goals are "what if?" and "why not?". Now, that also doesn't mean that jumping on every opportunity that comes your way amounts to you being wildly successful. Quite the opposite - jumping on every opportunity is bad for business. However, if you see an opportunity at the table, it's in your best interest to entertain the idea (and "no" or "because I said so" are not good enough reasons to back off.)

This week is coming to a close and I can recall conversations that turned into much larger projects, other projects that were placed on hold for future review and discussions that evolved into partnerships. Does that mean we captured every opportunity? Of course not. We have our share of missed opportunities. We choose to learn from those missed opportunities and grow as individuals, an organization and a community. But we always make sure we've got our dancing shoes on.

Be well, do good deeds and keep in touch,

Wonder Women

Ginger Barkey
Lori Beecroft
Tanya Blain
Marian Burdsall
Kelly Haywood
Carol MacLellan

Super Men

Brian Ternoway
From the CEO's Desk

I find it easy to forget that some of the most stellar examples of volunteerism and commitment to Habitat for Humanity can be found among our Board of Directors, and that alone speaks to the quality of our Board.

Regardless of the not-for-profit organization, board members commit themselves to serving as a proxy for the community the organization endeavours to serve. Although it’s not generally recognized or understood, in doing so, directors expose themselves to the risk of being held personally liable for the actions of the organization.

There is an ongoing dance the board does with the chief executive officer (or “executive director” in many other organizations). It’s a dance across a fine line separating the organization’s leadership and its management.

There are rules guiding the dance, and when those rules are ignored, the scene on the dance floor can quickly, and in a very public way, turn ugly, as many organizations can attest. But the real beauty of the dance can be seen when the rules have been internalized and the dancer’s steps are gracefully unconscious.

Tomorrow, our Board of Directors will meet for the last time in its current configuration. It’s the group of remarkable volunteers that took the helm of HFHOGN following regionalization of the affiliate in 2014. It’s the remarkable group of volunteers that held fast to the helm through the stormy waters the affiliate hit this time last year. It’s also the group of remarkable volunteers with which I’ve had the unbounded privilege and pleasure of dancing since last July.

Tomorrow’s Board meeting, being hosted in Midland by our North Simcoe Chapter, will conclude in time for our Annual General Meeting (AGM). The configuration of the Board will change somewhat – some departing members, some new members – all of which we’ll report in next week’s newsletter. The AGM will then conclude in time for a brief inaugural meeting of the new Board followed by some well-deserved social time.

In advance of tomorrow’s AGM, and on behalf of the entire HFHOGN team, thanks to all who have served on the Board over the last year:

President Jack Lanctot, Past-president Linda Acton-Riddle, Treasurer Tom Phillips, and Directors Murray Bieman, Johanne Hills, John Humble, Scot Lowes, Gerard Lyons, Haley MacDonald, Claudette Strom, Jayson Swain, Marjorie Witzu, Brian Ternoway, and Peter Daleman.  

Have a great week,

Weber Supply & Sudbury ReStore

Claude Theriault (left), District Sales Manager of Weber Supply and the rest of his Sudbury team donated tools and building supplies to the ReStore last week.
ReStore Items At Work

One couldn’t have ordered up a more perfect Victoria Day long-weekend to explore HFHOGN territory. An early Saturday morning stop at the Bracebridge Farmers' Market found Nancy MacMillan of Muskoka Rustic Mack Decor showing off hand-crafted cheese trays fashioned from slate tiles removed from the roof of the provincial legislature and sold through our ReStores. Nancy was also selling – and wearing - aprons fashioned from ReStore-purchased coffee bean sacks. 
Happy Birthday Jon!

Last week our Sudbury driver/warehouse associate Jon celebrated his birthday - and his co-workers made sure everyone knew! Banners, balloons and cupcakes were enjoyed by all. Happy Birthday Jon! Thanks for all you do!
Save the Dates

We have several events already scheduled for this year, run by our Chapter Committees and third party groups. So mark your calendars or contact us to get involved!

June 11th - Band on the Run in support of Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North

June 16th - Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North Golf Classic presented by North Granite Ridge Golf Club

June - Huntsville Build

July 2nd - Parry Sound Chapter's Annual Giant Yard Sale and Auction

July 9th - Grand Opening - Orillia ReStore at 220 James St. W

July 15th - North Bay and Blue Sky Region Chapter Golf Tournament

August - Women Build Bracebridge

September 12th - Parry Sound Chapter Golf Tournament at Rocky Crest Golf Club

October 1st - Amazing Race, North Bay and Blue Sky Region Chapter
Quote of the Week

"I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be." - Douglas Adams

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