Dear IWC Member:
We would like to take a moment to thank you for supporting and being a part of all that IWC accomplished this past year, and to encourage you to continue that support by renewing your membership. This past year, your membership allowed us to achieve so much, including:
Networking: We have brought the entire Illinois medical cannabis community (including operators, employers and employees, ancillary product and service providers, job seekers, entrepreneurs, advocates, patients and regulators) together several times at our networking events, including the Fall Harvest Celebration in October, the Winter Celebration in February, and the Summer Social in July. With featured speakers including Rep. Lou Lang, Joseph Wright, who was then the Statewide Coordinator for the MCPP, and Dr. Leslie Mendoza Temple, who was then the Chair of the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board, IWC gave attendees access to the leaders who are shaping this industry.
Education: In the spring of 2016, IWC implemented its first Cannabis Education Campaign, designed to further education and awareness regarding the Illinois medical cannabis program at a grass roots level for communities, potential patients and others interested in learning more. IWC created custom tailored educational materials and presentations to share with community based volunteers and speakers, and sponsored more than 20 separate events that were held throughout the State of Illinois during the month of May.
News: In February, IWC launched a newsletter, highlighting topics, issues and member successes of interest to the Illinois cannabis community.
Jobs: IWC success stories include several women who found jobs in the cannabis industry as a result of IWC networking and outreach endeavors. IWC has also launched a job listing page on its website to help match industry employers to qualified members.
As a member, you enjoyed free admission to all of our networking events and the benefits of networking in our growing medical cannabis community.
With your help, we will accomplish even more this coming year, and you will enjoy even broader and better benefits!
IWC is thrilled with its numerous and varied accomplishments to date, and we very much look forward to increasing both our reach and our impact moving forward. Taking into account the ever-evolving nature of both our organization and the cannabis industry itself, IWC is pleased to announce the following changes and additional goals:
Community: IWC aims to significantly grow its membership ranks in the coming year. To that end, and given the phenomenal generosity of our sponsors and incredible success of our events and other endeavors to date, we are so excited to be able to offer IWC membership at several, significantly more accessible levels:
- Standard individual annual membership rate: $100
- Government employee rate: $50
- Registered patient and student rate: $25
- Corporate rate: $300
Networking: IWC will continue to host fabulous networking events open to participants and others throughout the industry. Next up, on October 20, 2016, we will host our second annual Fall Harvest Celebration. We have every intention of ensuring the event is as impressive and successful as the first!
Charity: To further our commitment to support the community at large, IWC intends to roll out a new charitable component to its events, focusing on ways that IWC and its supporters can utilize the IWC platform to gather donations and contributions (in kind and otherwise) for charities working in the interests of women, the cannabis community, its patients, and/or otherwise helped by the Illinois medical cannabis community. Our first charity drive will benefit WINGS, which offers a continuum of integrated services in an effort to end domestic violence and homelessness. The agency has 18 transitional homes, 8 permanent supportive housing units, and an emergency domestic violence shelter.
Education: IWC will follow up on the success of its first Cannabis Education Campaign, which launched in May 2016, with a second in the Fall.
Business development: IWC will launch a member directory, accessible only to members, to help you find other inclusive businesses in the cannabis industry and make your business recognizable statewide.
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As these exciting updates are unveiled, it is important to note that as a not-for-profit organization with no employees, IWC depends entirely on the generosity and efforts of its members, volunteers and sponsors to carry out its mission. We greatly appreciate and respect the unique opportunity we have been provided (and responsibility we gratefully share) to develop the cannabis industry, and sincerely thank the various participants, supporters, regulators and others that have enabled us to come this far. We look forward to moving forward together.
If you would like to continue to lead this new industry and movement in Illinois, while enjoying the benefits of membership, please renew your membership today.
Thanks again for your continuing support,
Illinois Women in Cannabis