Bee-lieve in HIKE in 2017-2018!

This week, we begin a new fundraising year for HIKE. We celebrated an incredible year raising $183,474.69 – the most we’ve ever received. Our goal was big; we aimed for $200,000. Overall per capita, we hit $39.30 per Job’s Daughter – beating our goal of $32 for 32 years by over $7. Thank you so much for your incredible support of our Jerry pin this past year. We have much to believe in as 68 grants were awarded this year! Again, the most we’ve ever given as we enter our 33rd year.

For Mom Shelly and Dad Ralph’s year, we’re asking everyone to be as “sweet as can bee” and get those HIKE donations in. We had 30 – yes, you  read that right – THIRTY phenomenal young women from across the U.S. who raised a minimum of $1,000 in one year. Our top two fundraisers together brought in over $10,000!! It’s amazing when the real-life application of giving the gift of hearing becomes a valued focus for our Bethels and Job’s Daughters supporters.

We’ve heard the call to update our sponsorship form as a fillable PDF. Download a copy and keep a clean record of all of your donations! This will make turning in your forms and money at your state or regional HIKE event that much easier. You can always give a donation in memory or honor of someone special or as a gift to acknowledge awesome people in Job’s Daughters.

We’ve added in a new recognition program and you can learn more about here. There is a form to fill out online when you’ve raised $24, $70, or $365! You’ll receive a certificate to proudly promote as a way to say thank you for your hard work for HIKE – 24 hour a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Don’t forget to submit your upcoming HIKE events to the calendar, and follow along with what’s happening around the country in other places.

Items from Supreme Session are still available for sale – check them out and help promote HIKE! Send an email to Doris if you’d like to purchase a HIKE mudbracelet, power bank, set of note cards, or hot/cold stainless steel tumbler.

Thanks for sharing our Facebook page – we are now over 2,500 fans!! Look for more action over on our Instagram this year. We’d love to have live reporting on IG from state events and activities. If you are interested in “gramming for HIKE,” send an email to thehikefund1985@gmail.com. Updates and more information to come as the year progresses. Thank you for the incredible support you’ve given to HIKE over the past few years. You make HIKE the success that it is!

HIKE Board Silent Auction – Final Bid Due 4pm, Thursday, August 3rd

HIKE Board is now accepting bids for the following items through Thursday, August 3rd. Bids will close at 4pm. Bids will be accepted in-person at the HIKE sales table in Hemlock Room, and online via Facebook. Each item will have a separate post on Facebook. We will add the online bids to the bid sheets as they are received, and post the bid sheets to Facebook in the original posts at the end of each day. Thank you for your support!!

Jo Bear, donated by Leslee Haylett – Value: $50; Minimum bid: $25.00

Handmade Quilt – Purple and Yellow – Value: $100; Minimum bid: $25.00

Set of Vintage Job’s Daughter Beanie Babies Bears – Value: $50; Minimum bid: $15.00

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Origami Owl Locket Necklace, donated by Shelley Cole – Value: $50; Minimum bid: $30.00

Supreme Session is almost here!

The HIKE Board, Inc. looks forward to our end of  year celebration in Valley Forge, PA, and kick-off for another year of fundraising! The Board will be holding their annual meeting on Monday, July 31 and August 1 and work through a full-agenda. As always, we love your feedback. Please feel free to let us know your thoughts!

We will hold a HIKE Coordinators Meeting on Tuesday, August 1 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM in the Gladwyne Room. A new Coordinator’s Handbook will be released and every jurisdiction should have a representative present for this.

We have an amazing 27 young women who have raised over $1,000 for HIKE this past year. They will be presented with a medallion and certificate at Formal Opening. In addition, we will present volunteer awards 10 adults who have given of their time, talent and support to HIKE in the past year.  We are close to hitting our big goal of $200,00 and we hope to share that we have done it.

We will be holding a raffle for a Jobie Bear, made and donated by Leslee Haylett (Montana) – get your tickets from the HIKE Sales table in the Hemlock room. Tuesday night is our HIKE Superhero Dance – look out for the call light and join us at 9:00 PM – 12:00 AM in The Vault.

The Jerry HIKE pin has been extra special and was very successful. Many thanks to Dad Tim for allowing Jerry to be our HIKE ambassador this year.

 

Rrrrringg, beeeeepp! Not that we want it to happen, but while at Supreme Session, cell phones that go off during meetings, meals, or other events will be fined.  Violations will be a $5.00 donation to HIKE. Thank you in advance!

See you in Valley Forge!

Got Goals? We Do.

Continuous, ongoing fundraising can be exhausting. The constant asks. Seizing opportunities to present and share. And it’s that hard work that blesses the lives of children across the U.S. and Canada with the gift of hearing. We are so very grateful for the dedication and efforts that every Job’s Daughter, Bethel, parent, and avid supporter gives annually to the HIKE Fund. Each year, we propose new goals and you rise to the occasion because this is our philanthropy – this is what we *get* to do to help others…and oh, what a privilege and honor that is!

As of June 6, 2017, the HIKE Fund has received $152,082 in donations!! That is simply incredible, and we can’t thank you enough. But…we’re aiming for $200,000 this year! We have 2 months until the close of the year at the Job’s Daughters International Supreme Session in Pennsylvania on August 5th. Can we pull out the stops and hit our goal?! Bring your Bethel together and host a fundraiser for HIKE – show your spirit for helping others with life-giving hearing aids! And when you do, post to social media and send us your photos – use the hashtag: #HIKEgoals.

In Memoriam: Dad Charles Terrill

The HIKE Fund, Inc. Board of Directors will remember Dad Chuck for his leadership to help children with hearing loss. Because of his vision, over 2,600 kids have received the gift of hearing through grants that provide hearing aids and other devices. Almost $5.2 million dollars have been raised since 1985.

If HIKE has had an impact on your life – either as a recipient, parent, Job’s Daughter, or valuable donor – please consider leaving a comment on the online guest book for his family. Please share your stories with them so they can treasure the legacy that Dad Chuck leaves behind.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations come to the HIKE Fund: https://thehikefund.org/donate/. We will miss you, Dad Chuck!

HIKE Fund Board of Directors Meet to Plan and Improve

(St. Louis, MO) – The mid-year meeting of The HIKE Fund’s Board of Directors was held March 4, 2017. Lively and productive business discussions led to improvements in how we process applications, creating an online toolkit for coordinators, new items for sale at Job’s Daughters International Supreme Session in PA, among others.

There are already 14 daughters who have raised over $1,000 for HIKE and will receive a medallion at Supreme Session! How many more will there be? Here’s a letter from Cassidee in Utah who was determined to raise $1000 and SHE DID!

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Application for the T&T HIKE Scholarship of $1,000.00 is now online. It is awarded to a Majority Member of Job’s Daughter using the same qualifications as the Supreme Guardian Council Scholarship, who is entering her junior or higher year of college in Audiology, Speech Pathology or Deaf Education. We would love to present a deserving MM with a scholarship.

instagramWe’re now on Instagram and we want daughter HIKE coordinators to be our IG ambassadors. We want girls to share all the amazing activities and fundraisers they plan and implement in photos and videos. A short online training will be held at the end of March, so have your state daughter coordinators contact Leslie Hoglund, Website and Social Media Director, for more information.

Fun ideas were shared from HIKE coordinators. We encourage and love when states get creative in promoting our work to their communities. Indiana Youth HIKE Coordinator, Jesse, made her own brochures and business cards and has been very active in her outreach to sell beautiful bracelets for HIKE. Please share your cool ideas with us!!

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A Message for State HIKE Coordinators (2/18/17)

It’s that time of year and we are getting things together for the March meeting of the HIKE Board.

We would like to hear from each jurisdiction regarding:

1.  HIKE events and presentations that have taken place so far, this SGC term.  Let me know what has taken place
and send pictures of the event (along with paperwork from the presentation).  And, let me know how successful it was.

2.  Advise if there has been a change in your jurisdiction’s HIKE Coordinator/Daughter Coordinator.  I will need their name, address, phone numbers and e-mail address.  Send to: jan14@embarqmail.com.

3.  If you have plans for an event sometime during the remainder of this term, let me know that plans are in the works.

4.  Also, please make sure that award presentation info has been forwarded to us at your earliest convenience.  We ask also that pictures of the event be included.

5.  If you are planning to attend Supreme Session this year, will you be attending the HIKE Coordinators meeting and what HIKE info would you like to hear more about.

Also, all funds raised should be sent to John Hauser, HIKE Board Executive Secy., 530 Elliott St., Council Bluffs, IA 51503-0202 following the events.  If they have not been sent, please forward them as early as possible.

Follow The HIKE Fund, Inc at: thehikefund.org and on Facebook: The HIKE Fund Inc.

Please note that HIKE is spelled without the dots. Not H.I.K.E.

A response by 2/27/2017 would be appreciated.

Your time and work for HIKE, Inc. if truly appreciated and we thank you for all you have done to make this endeavor what it is for the Hearing-Impaired Kids who benefit from the Fund.

Jan Reinhart, Director of Coordinators

5 New Things with HIKE

Well, 2016 is done and – WOW! – was it good. Donations have been amazing and we can’t thank you all enough for being so generous and loving to help kids with the gift of hearing. You are literally changing lives! We are $10,000 ahead of where we were last year (2015) and $14,000 ahead of the year before (2014)! We have a big, audacious goal this year – $200,000 – and we are 41% of the way there. We have 5 months to make it happen. Will you be a part of the goal-making team?

New things are good and we want to keep you updated:

1. The Board of Directors of The HIKE Fund will hold the mid-year meeting in St. Louis, MO on March 3 – 5, 2017. The agenda is set and full. If you have any questions or feedback to give to the Board, please let us know!

2. States are rocking and rolling with fundraising through Job’s Daughters International. Way to go!!

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3. We have begun a partnership with Giving Assistant. Just click this banner and shop away! We’ll get a small kickback. Easy peasy!

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4. Our goal this year is for every Job’s Daughter to raise at least $32 for HIKE’s 32nd Year. We have 6 states who have smashed that per capita: Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, and Virginia. A few states are very close – Delaware, Illinois, and Ohio. Check out the stats on the states here!

5. Be thinking about honoring amazing adults in your state who loudly and proudly advocate, promote and fundraise for The HIKE Fund. You can submit nominations now through June 15th.

Celebrate HIKE with Year-End Holiday Impact!

ty-hikeFor many of us, we are celebrating today, spending time with family, receiving gifts and spreading joy and peace. What an amazing time of year this is! As we begin to wrap-up 2016, we look forward with great anticipation for what may come for the HIKE Fund in 2017. Thank you so much for your generous, loving gifts that directly help and impact children’s lives with improved communication!  Our grantees and their families often express how appreciative they are, and some even go on to champion the goals of HIKE because of the influence this gift has been in their lives.

The goal for 2016-2017 is to raise $200,000 – more state-totalsthan we’ve ever raised before in a single year! That’s approximately $32 per member of Job’s Daughters International. As of November 30th*, we have raised $52,428.33 – that 26% to our goal! This puts us at $11.23 per member – little by little we will get there.

*We have several state donations still to process, and our final push for year-end giving. We can’t wait to update you in January 2017!!

 

ne-hikeTo inspire your hearts, here are a few stories from the past month from amazing kids receiving HIKE grants. On December 10th, the members from Bethel #1 Papillion, Bethel #15 Fremont , and Bethel #18 Omaha joined forces to present a HIKE award to the Fittje family.  Russell (RJ) was born with two different types of hearing loss.  Because one type is very rare, his mother shared the struggles and triumphs that RJ has experienced in his life; his condition prevents him from ever flying, due to the risk of permanent 100% hearing loss. It’s rewarding to be a part of RJ’s future success.

mo-hikeA HIKE presentation was made to Isaiah Tucker at Fenton Lodge #281 Christmas Program on December 14th in Missouri. Isaiah will be purchasing new hearing aids with the help of this grant. Meckenzie Yeager, MO Daughter HIKE Coordinator & Miss Missouri JD, and Michaela Davis, Jr. HIKE Daughter Coordinator gave the award. The Masonic family was out in full force for the program including Fenton Chapter OES #152, Bonhomme Lodge #45, Bethel #43 JDI, and Progression Chapter Order of DeMolay. Isaiah’s and his family were invited to share in a dinner and attend the program.

img_0093Sweet girl, Ema, 21 months old, was awarded a HIKE grant on December 17th in Yorktown, Virginia by Bethel #39 JDI. The award was made at the Installation of Officers, and Honored Queen, Blair Rary, made the presentation alongside Christi Tanous, Grand Guardian and Earl Philpott, Associate Grand Guardian. Ema was absolutely the highlight of the night. She would feel the chords of the piano and begin twirling around, knowing it was music and time to dance. She lit up the room! Her parents expressed their deepest gratitude and said that through their professions, they would pay this forward. The Bethel plans to keep in touch with the family and maybe one day Ema will be a Job’s Daughter.

As you reflect on the good things that you have, please consider helping kids with the gift of hearing – to ensure and promote their success in this world. Donations are always tax-deductible. Job’s Daughters, don’t forget you can earn incentive charms to accompany your Jerry HIKE pin. We wish you a joyful holiday season and a successful new year!!