Posts Tagged ‘volunteering’

Best Ball

May 28, 2009

A couple weeks ago I was invited to attend Youth in Motion’s Annual Golf Tournament.  When I arrived, I was really nervous, because there weren’t many people eating breakfast… meaning they were all out on the range practicing.  Oh, and I’m nervous because I suck at golf 😛

They had good apply juice :)

They had good apple juice.

When I met my foursome, they asked me how many games I’ve played before.  I said “one”.  They said “this year?”  That really boosted my confidence.  These guys get out at least 15 times a summer.  Good thing Marc, who happens to own his own golf course (see how good they are?!) gave each of us a dozen golfballs as a gift.  They’re all very modest though, especially my cart-mate, Bill Charters.  He is cousin to Owen Charters, Executive Director at CanadaHelps.org who has been supportive of the Sola Caritas idea since its early days.

They had two 18-hole courses going at the same time - lots of people supporting the cause!

They had two 18-hole courses going at the same time - lots of people supporting the cause!

Bill confidently steps up to have a swing.

Bill confidently steps up to have a swing.

From left to right: Gary, Bill, Marc.  Incidentally, Gary made the putt... or at least that's how I'll tell the story :P

From left to right: Gary, Bill, Marc. Incidentally, Gary made the putt.

The game format is called Best Ball, which basically means everyone hits from the best shot out of the four.  Imagine if you could do everything like that.  Final exam?  No problem – everyone gets the mark of the top student in the class.  At the job?  No worries – everyone gets paid the same as the top-paid employee.

As comical as that might be, I believe there are certain circumstances that merit a best-ball approach.  For example, when non-profits are looking for best practices, take it from the organization that has done it the best.  When looking for an efficient way to find, record, and verify volunteers, take it from Sola Caritas.  Everyone wins – especially those being helped.  Sola Caritas has consistently tried to emulate the best aspects of other sites to best meet our users’ needs, ’cause hey – we’re not all Tiger Woods!

 

Technology these days... although as Bill eloquently put, "it's great to know how far it is, but at the end of the day, we still just grab a club and whack it."

Technology these days... although as Bill eloquently put, "it's great to know how far it is, but at the end of the day, we still just grab a club and whack it."

 

If you can't see, that's a can of beer.  That's one way besides technology to improve your game.

If you can't see, that's a can of beer. That's one way besides technology to improve your game.

+ Daver Woods, Co-founder (the plus instead of “-” is for how we ended the game… +10…ish)

X-traodinary Feet

April 25, 2009

Communication is key in many things.

For example, today I wanted to execute (what I thought was) a really cool move in soccer.  I was to cut across to the right, and fake a shot.  At which point my teammate would cut across left and since I was supposed to have totally faked out the goal keeper, my teammate would go in for the easy goal.

Long story short, we almost collided.  I jumped to avoid him, landed on the ball, and twisted my ankle.  Oh yes, and I was yelling the aptly named “X-play!” the entire time leading up to the fall.

My highly-stretched point is this.  We all want to do awesome things.  If we can just communicate that properly, magic can happen.  Sola Caritas’s profile page can help people effectively communicate their philanthropic awesomeness to potential employers, schools, and colleagues alike.  

Confucius once said “He who wishes to secure the good of others, has already secured his own.”  We’re so happy to see so many people who have created profiles in one short week.  Not only that, we have been greatly inspired by the good they have selflessly done for others!

Keep striving to do and secure good things for your community and for yourselves.  Keep striving for that super cool play.  Let us do the work in helping you record and share your amazing feats.

 

Somethin' like that...

Somethin' like that...

– David Beckham, Co-founder