Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Memebership Drive Wrap Up and Lending Library Additions



We want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who supported our efforts during the March membership drive.  Each one of you that became a member, renewed your membership or spread the word about our organization, we thank you!

Even though we ended a little shy of our goal,  It was still great to be able to give some things away, add to our lending library and grow our member base!  We finished the month with 21 new/renewed memberships which allowed us to purchase several new carriers for the lending library.  

Now for the fun part! What did we get for the Lending Library?!?!
Our new and renewed memberships allowed us to purchase the following:

Comfy Joey Linen Ring Sling (size large)
Comfy Joey Mesh Ring Sling (size large)


Toddler Tula - Ukulele (pic to come!)
This will be traveling to each of the April meetings so you can all see it and try it before it gets checked out!

Still on the way: Wrapsody Wrap DuO, additional water ring slings

More additions to the Lending Library

The following carriers were purchased before or after the membership drive or are recent donations:

K'tan - Donated to BWI by Baby K'tan
Ergo Original - Galaxy Grey
Beco Soleil - River - Donated by Beco

Standard Tula

Chimparoo SSC  - Donated to BWI by Chimparoo

 
Natibaby Ring Sling
 
 
Standard/Standard Kinderpack                                                            

Sunday, March 2, 2014

March Membership Madness!

As you may have heard we have some awesome plans for 2014!  A lot of these plans revolve around how we can maximize the benefit of being a BWI of North Central IL member.    Our goal is to make being a part of this chapter fun, educational and rewarding.  We have been hard at work preparing some special incentives for chapter members. We hope you are as excited as we are about them!

March Membership Drive

From March 1st - 31st we will be holding a membership drive with giveaways  and incentives for members of the chapter!  We are setting a goal of 30 new memberships or renewing memberships this month which will allow us to purchase some amazing items for the lending library.  As we move closer to our goal we will also have some exciting prizes for you along the way.  I will talk more about those later though. Right now I want to talk about the benefits of being a member because there are so many!

Benefits of being a member


Lending Library Access

When you become a member of BWI of NCIL you pay $30 for a 12 month membership. During that time you can check out 1 carrier a month from our lending library. This means  You can wear your child everyday for a year for only $30!  This is such an incredible value! There are not many carriers on the market for that price and when you consider the quality of carriers and the variety available in the lending library you will undoubtedly find something to meet your babywearing needs.  You can view some of our current carriers here.

You will be Supporting Our Mission

The goal of our chapter is to support and educate caregivers about the art of babywearing. As a non-profit organization the leaders spend countless hours preparing for and running monthly meetings, doing paperwork,  planning, promoting, continuing education and more. As volunteers our payment comes in the form of seeing the chapter grow, helping caregivers find the love of babywearing and seeing little ones safely and happily enjoying a "ride" (as we call it at my house!).  We  know that like us, each of you sees babywearing as a valuable parenting tool. What  better way to show your support of something you love than to become a member of an organization that shares that idea?

Member Only Discounts

We have partnered with some local and online businesses to bring you special discounts and offers!

becomingIsis - 12% off regularly priced items of $10 or more*
Fluff Envy - 5% off *
Iddy Biddy Pool School - One open swim pass for each member
Marsupial Mamas - 15% off
Purple Elm Baby - 15% 0ff**
Zerberts - 10% off through April 15th and 5% off through 2014

We hope to add additional businesses to this list so keep watching for more offers!
Existing members can contact a leader to obtain special coupon codes.
* Some restrictions may apply
**Must sign up for Purple Elm Baby's newsletter to qualify. This offer is open to all verified members of BWI of NCIL's Facebook page.

Member Workshops

Introducing member workshops which will be held once a quarter and will  focus on different skills/carriers. We are really excited to offer these! They are perfect for broadening your knowledge base on certain carriers and working on more advanced skills.  These workshops will be open to members and non members. Members will receive priority registration and free admission. Registration for non members will be opened up as space allows and will be $5 per person.  Our first workshop will be Saturday April 19th and will be a Wrap Workshop! We will have more details on this specific workshop in the coming weeks but there will be something for beginners to advanced wrappers.

Additional  Benefits 

  • Each month we will draw a name for a member to check out an extra carrier from the lending library for that month.
  • We will have drawings from time to time at meetings for items such as gift cards or small prizes. 
  • We also have an awesome opportunity once a quarter for someone to borrow a Natibaby tester! These testers are new releases from Natibaby that we would love feedback on.  They are available for you to borrow for a month in addition to your usual check out. You can do a guest blog post or review about your time with the wrap or if blogging isn't for you (I never thought I would do it, but it's fun!) just enjoy your time with the wrap and this amazing opportunity.
As you can see there are so many benefits to being a member of BWI of NCIL! In addition to these great benefits you will also get to know other caregivers, make new friends and become a part of an awesome community of people!

The Goals

As I mentioned we have a goal of 30 new or renewing memberships this month to help us add some carriers to the lending library.
We have a tiered system to help keep track of our progress. Here's how it's going to work...

When we reach 5 memberships:
    We will give away a set of Sling Rings and we will purchase a new Comfy Joey Ring Sling for the lending library.
When we reach 10 memberships: 
    We will give away a $25 Comfy Joey Ring Sling voucher and we will purchase 2 Zanytoes water Ring Slings,
     1 Comfy Joey Water Ring Sling and a GMBB water wrap for the lending library.
When we reach 20 memberships:
    We will give away an Ergo and purchase a Toddler Tula for the lending library.
When we reach 30 memberships:
    We will give away a wrap and purchase a wrap conversion mei tai and a new Kinderpack for the lending library.

The Giveaways


 How you qualify 

  •  Each member that has a current membership as of 11:59pm on Feb 28, 2014 will receive an entry for the drawings.
  • Any new or renewing membership in March gets an entry. 
  • For each person you refer who becomes a member during March you get an entry. 

This brand new Ergo could be yours! 


The wrap giveaway will be for one of the wraps pictured below! 


The fine print

You must be a BWI of NCIL member to win a giveaway. There is no limit to the amount of referral entries you can receive.  Any renewal membership will have 12 months added to the end of their existing membership. 
We will do the drawing on the day after we hit a goal.  All memberships that have been paid in full by 11:59pm on the day of hitting the goal will qualify for the drawing on the following day. There are no restrictions to the amount of times you can win. We will use Random.org to generate a winner. We can get your prize to you at the next meeting you attend, you can come pick it up at a leaders house or if you would like to cover the cost of shipping we can mail it.

A Method to the Madness

International Babywearing Conference

Some of you might be aware of the International Babywearing Conference (IBC) coming up in Arizona this summer. The conference and this membership drive are sponsored by Babywearing International, our chapter's parent organization. I mentioned earlier about our leaders' continuing education and the IBC is a great place for us to do that. This month for every membership NCIL gets we will get a raffle ticket in a drawing for funds to help offset the cost of travel for the leaders who will be going to the conference.  We will also be entered into a drawing for a Pavo Textiles woven wrap for the lending library!

We want all caregivers to be able to experience the joy, freedom and cuddles that babywearing provides.  We need your help to do that though.  By supporting this chapter you're supporting  the practice of babywearing.  Making it visible and accessible to more and more caregivers and little ones in our area.  We hope you will come along for the ride!

If you would like to become a member today please visit the "Become a Member Tab" at the top of this page.  You can also join at the next meeting, you can contact a leader through our Facebook page or you can email us at bwiofncil@gmail.com

Friday, February 28, 2014

A Pavo for our lending library!

We are a very lucky BWI Chapter!  
Marsupial Mamas and Pavo Textiles has graciously donated a beautiful Pavo Form Plume!!!
This wrap is amazing!  It's got this amazing texture to it, is moldable and super supportive.





Wanderlust is part of Pavo Form, their everyday line.  Plume is natural and turquoise colored.  This design is gorgeous!  This is an all cotton wrap and for those into wrap geekery (I know I am!)...the weight is 280 gr/m2

Make sure to try this one at your next meeting.  We're hoping to capture a couple of action pics of it too.  We'll post them on this blog post.  
The leadership team, will make sure that this makes it's way to all the meetings before getting checkout.

Also, please feel free to stop over at Pavo, Pavo Form and Marsupial Mamas 
to say thank you from BWI of North Central Illinois!  


Everyone had a chance to play around with it at the DeKalb evening meeting, they loved it! 




Plume traveled to our Rockford meeting, it was a hit!
One of our members had this to say about it..."Glad to try a Pavo for the first time.  It is a thicker wrap than I am used to, but not super thick.  It has a good grip to it when you want the passes to stay put, but passes slide well into place.  Cushy on the shoulders too.  We would have been comfy for a while too if my daughter didn't want to go run around with the rest of the kids."
   









Wednesday, February 5, 2014

SOUTH ELGIN MEETING CANCELLED

*****SOUTH ELGIN MEETING for Februrary 6 is cancelled*******

 Fluff Envy is experiencing some flooding so the room is not available. If you would like to exchange carriers, please attend the West Dundee meeting (https://www.facebook.com/events/579280308821120/
or contact Tabitha Goins. Otherwise, we'll see you next month!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


The Rockford meeting has been cancelled for today.



Due to the extremely cold weather and some of the roads being in white out conditions.  
The Rockford meeting this morning has been cancelled.
If you are a member and would like another carrier, were planning to start a membership, or needed some help with your own
carrier, please contact one of the leaders.  
We apologize greatly for the short notice.  


Saturday, December 14, 2013

State of the Chapter

 

In a little over a month the president of our country will deliver the annual State of the Union address. It is a time to reflect on the past year and look ahead to the next. The leadership team thought this would be a great time to do the same and talk about where we have been and where we are going.

 

Looking back


It has been an amazing year filled with change and growth! Babywearing International of North Central Illinois was established in May 2013 to serve Rockford and the surrounding areas. The area was previously under served and we saw huge interest and potential, and wanted to bring the love of babywearing to Winnebago, Boone, Kane, Kendall and Dekalb counties. When we first began talking about starting this chapter we had no idea how quickly we would expand! Our long term goals quickly became short term goals as participation and memberships grew. Since May we have expanded to 5 regular meetings, seen our chapter grow to over 50 members and we currently have over 350 Facebook members.  These numbers amaze the leadership team every day and we are so excited we have reached so many of you in such a sort time.

Due to the rapid increase in meetings and memberships we have needed to increase our lending library.  We went quickly from one library to two and we have now just expanded to a third library.   Because of this we do have some debt we are working to pay off. The leadership team has made it a priority to pay off this debt as soon as we can.  We have already paid back about two thirds of the original debt.  For now, money collected in the areas of fundraising and cash donations will typically be used to help eliminate the debt.
Membership dues always go to purchasing new carriers for the lending library.  Fifteen dollars of the dues stay local and the other fifteen goes to Babywearing International for expenses at the national level. Once we have saved up enough dues we shop for that perfect carrier to add to the lending library to keep it diverse and exciting.
Each new membership helps us build our lending library which in turn helps us attract new members.  We want to thank our past and present members for their support and participation.  Without you we would not be as successful as we have been in building our library or in reaching other caregivers and spreading the word about babywearing. 

We also have some amazing businesses and individuals that have donated to the lending library and contributed to our success. Please take time to thank these individuals and businesses and support them as they have supported us.

A Portee des Coeurs
Catbird Baby
Color Dip Studios
Kindercarry
Marsupial Mamas
Oscha Slings
Sleeping Baby Productions
Sling Rings
Onya Baby
Boba
Shiny Stars Designs
Zanytoes
Lillebaby
Baby Bjorn
Beco
Ergo Baby
Action Baby Carriers
Wrap Nap Fairy
Heart-Hugs
Alyssa Ruben - visit her blog! -  The Mommy Dialogues
Drea Eisenberg - visit her blog! - The Maiden Metallurgist
Tess Manicki
Rashada Hamlin

Feedback needed

We are looking forward to planning an exciting 2014! To help us do that we need your feedback on how we did this past year. Your ideas and opinions matter to us and we want as much feedback as possible to help us plan activities, meetings and events.
You can fill out a survey here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1vgm4Raksd3LxDzB21spIGjwvcLtooMYoKj1T98xnHRE/viewform?edit_requested=true
If you attended any of our IBW events you can also fill out this survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1p-zSJADOZXAjmyLeNhSHwVm84LHfn0d0ItPUZ4xTN_s/viewform?edit_requested=true

A Glimpse into the Future

What might you see in 2014?
  • Additional meetings and locations
  • Fundraisers
  • Play dates
  • Member only meetings and/or classes
  • Increased outreach
  • Another fun filled International Babywearing Week

We are always looking for help planning and organizing activities. If you would like to help in any way please let us know. Some examples of ways we might ask for help would be: being a greeter at a monthly meeting, organizing play dates, or scouting out new meeting locations in a predetermined area. 

Thank you to all those who have been a part of  this journey. We are excited about how far we have come since the start of our chapter and even more excited about where we are going. We look forward to continuing our reach out into the community and providing education and support to even more caregivers in 2014.