JCI Vernon Lawn Days of Summer

Member

Laura Code


Duration

From March 15, 2018 to November 8, 2019

Target

Food Literacy and Food Resiliency


Target population

80000


People impacted

5000


Sustainable Development Goal

Zero Hunger


Development stage

Health and Wellness


Purpose

The JCI Vernon Lawn Days of Summer is a lawn bowling tournament that provides a relaxed atmosphere for professional networking and awareness about JCI. JCI Vernon has been organizing this event since 2016, benefiting a different local community organization every time. The Food Action Society of North Okanagan was the 2018 recipient.


Overview

Lawn Days of Summer is a networking partnership with BDO Vernon. This lawn bowling tournament provided a casual atmosphere for young professionals to network and consisted of 16 teams. Funds were raised through team registrations, food sales, side games and sponsorship. The tournament was hosted over three weeks, Wednesdays August 15, 22, and 29 held at Vernon’s 101-year-old Lawn Bowling Club. The community organization chosen to benefit from this year’s event was the Food Action Society of the North Okanagan (FASNO), receiving $3,215. FASNO’s work is focused on local food security issues and provides cooking and community garden programs. In partnership with FASNO, there was a focus in 2018 on environmental sustainability, using recyclable plates and composting all food scraps, resulting in a minor amount of non-recyclable garbage.


Actions Taken

1
Media relations for promotions prior to event, during event and post event with cheque presentation.
2
Coordinate volunteers for setup, during and after event.
3
Select recipient organization for funds; partner with organization for event delivery.
4
Team recruitment and registration.
5
Finalize title sponsor and seek sponsorships (for lanes, media, in-kind and prizes).
6
Book and coordinate venue with Vernon Lawn Bowling Club.
7
Prepare Project Business Plan, present to local organization for approval, submit project report at end of project.

Results

JCI Vernon partnered with BDO Canada LLP - Vernon to host a successful lawn bowling event. Sixteen teams of four people, representing local businesses, participated and networked as they played. Participants also interacted with JCI Vernon members and learned more about JCI as an organization.

The recipient charity was chosen based on what type of community support they already received, how it aligns with JCI's priorities and objectives, and the critical services the organization provides to our community. $3215 was raised for the Food Action Society of the North Okanagan (FASNO), as well as awareness of what they do to support food resiliency and literacy in our local community. In addition, FASNO supported environmental sustainability with very little non-recyclable waste generated from the event.

JCI Vernon members, especially the 6-person organizing committee, spent countless hours bringing the event to fruition and developed project management, leadership, managing partnerships, financial and communication skills. All of JCI Vernon participated in some way, whether it was organizing, volunteering, attending the event, donating items, and encouraging employer support.


Recommendations

JCI Vernon continue with this event for community engagement and exposure of JCI. It is a great platform for the recipient organization to create awareness about its programs and the vital services it provides to the City of Vernon and surrounding communities in the North Okanagan. We consider the recipient of the funds as our local partner, and selecting a different recipient charity every year highlights important issues and supports work being done to address these issues.

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