Author: Cornish, Rick

Slow Learner

My wife tells me that Iím a slow learner. That is to say, Lynn tells me what I should do, need to do, ought to do, for my own good, our good, for the dogsí good, for the good of the United States of America, and Iím very slow to translate the lesson into concrete action. Well, I hope she doesnít read this morningís Welcome because Iím about to prove her right.

The week before last I received an email from Bruce Campbell, the Associationís coordinator of publicity, and attached to it was a report from S.H.A.R.E.S. S.H.A.R.E.S. stands for Supporting Humanities, Arts, Recreation, Education and Sports, and the report they sent detailed the CBAís participation in the program over the past year. Not having much of a stomach for statistics and such I skipped down to the bottom, to the bottom line, you might say, and was bowled over by what I saw. The Association made well over four hundred dollars in its first year participating in the program.

Now, you might say four hundred smackers isnít a whole lot of money to get worked up over, particularly given the size of the CBA annual budget, but my astonishment was due to just how few people it took to use their S.H.A.R.E.S. card in order to make that much doe. Weíve only had a handful of people having their card scanned at their favorite grocery store and look at the result!

So how does all this relate to my slowness-on-the-uptake problem? Well, I was the one who was supposed to promote the S.H.A.R.E.S. here on the web site, the one to lead the charge to get a WHOLE BUNCH of CBA members using the card when shopping, and I havenít done it. Why? Because I didnít take the time to look at the program and realize the potential it had for generating revenue for our non-profit organization. I was, as my wife points out routinely, a slow learner.

That said, however, I CAN learn. If we were able to get just a small percentage of our membership to use the S.H.A.R.E.S. cardsÖ.say 15% or 20%.....we could make a ton of money. Money to support our programs, money to keep the price of our festival tickets down, money to reduce the precariousness and fragility thatís inherent in the financial fortunes of all not-for-profit organizations.

And so, my friends, this is the first, but certainly not the last, youíll hear from me regarding the Supporting Humanities, Arts, Recreation, Education and Sports Program. Please read on, get your card from Bruce and support the CBA and bluegrass music in a no-cost, very low-effort way.

Participation in the S.H.A.R.E.S. program and the S.H.A.R.E.S. card is FREE

S.H.A.R.E.S. is open to ALL groups and organizations*, not just schools and non-profit organizations. Save Mart Supermarkets and S-Mart foods will be donating up to 2 Million dollars annually.

Each swipe of the S.H.A.R.E.S. card earns the organization you support a SHARE of qualified purchases.

Eliminate security issues. No handling of scrip or money is exchanged.

Simply register your school, church, group or organization in the program and encourage everyone to use their S.H.A.R.E.S. card every time they shop.

The registered organization will receive a quarterly check reflecting the allocated amount earned.

Donating up to $2 Million dollars annually!

S.H.A.R.E.S. stands for Supporting Humanities, Arts, Recreation, Education & Sports in our community. The S.H.A.R.E.S. card program is an easy and efficient way to fund-raise.

You can earn your SHARE on every grocery dollar with the SHARES Card.

SHARES cards are provided FREE to your organization.

Your organization will then receive the benefits of a quarterly check for your SHARE of the qualified purchases. Itís that easy!

Thereís also an FAQ at

Bruce Campbell
CBA Publicity Director

Posted:  4/19/2011

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