Meet Gwynne M., 3-Dayer and Recruiter Extraordinaire

All it takes is a little spark of inspiration to start a whole movement. If you need proof of that statement, Gwynne Martin is the perfect example. This year will be only her second one walking in the 3-Day, and she has already single handedly recruited 25 people to her team, Gwynne’s Friends. She’s also already surpassed her fundraising minimum. And she still has more than six months until she walks the San Diego 3-Day. Imagine where she’ll be by November!

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Gwynne first became introduced to Susan G. Komen’s efforts in 2012 when her friends participated in the Race for the Cure in her honor. That same year, she had a bilateral mastectomy, finished up chemo and underwent radiation all due to a Triple Negative breast cancer diagnosis.

Four years later, in 2016, Gwynne decided to get more personally involved and signed up for the Philadelphia 3-Day. Gwynne’s Friends came back to life as a team! Shortly after signing up, however, Gwynne learned that her cancer was back, and was metastatic, Stage IV breast cancer.

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“I started treatment and my training all in the same month. We had a total of six people on our team and after completing the 24-week training program, we walked.”

With her friends by her side, Gwynne took on the 3-Day.

“I couldn’t believe that number of people that were there cheering us on. I had a catheter hanging out the side of my chest and my feet were peeling from the chemo but I managed to walk about 55 of the 60 miles. It was amazing. There was such excitement and spirit between the walkers, crew and community that you hardly realized you were walking all day.”

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She says that training was a huge credit to her success last year, especially her long weekend training walks.

“It is so much easier when you have someone to walk with. One weekend my nephews were visiting and we had them rotate and walk a mile with us and then switch. They loved it! Many of my friends would join me to walk while I was training.”

Just getting the word out made a huge difference., Gwynne said that once people knew she was walking the 3-Day, she was amazed at the amount of support, training companions and donations she received. It also made a huge difference in her personal motivation.

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“When you’re undergoing chemotherapy and the doctors are telling you that you’re terminal, having a goal to walk in a 3-Day has such a positive impact on you emotionally and physically.”

That motivation led her to sign up for the 3-Day again in 2017.

“I decided to sign up for the San Diego 3-Day. Sun, sand and the ocean. What more could you want when walking? I put the word out to my team members, and a couple of them decided to join, along with my husband.”

She utilized the “Bring Your Bestie” Promotion to gather friends from out of town as well! Though she had previously walked in Philadelphia, she used social media to encourage friends to make the trip West with her.

 

“I created a video that started with a little chat about me and some photos from our 3-Day walk in Philadelphia the year before. In the video, I invited anyone who wanted to join us in San Diego. and if they couldn’t join us I asked for them to donate. Then I posted it on Facebook. I was so humbled by the outcome. I raised all my donations in one week and we now have 25 team members!”

Soon friends, cousins, sisters and sister in laws joined. And then their friends joined along with them.

“That’s what friends do,” Gwynne said simply. “They support each other. The 3-Day is family, friends, community, volunteers and LOVE!”

Walk on, Gwynne.

 

Join us TOMORROW for a Recruitment Twitter Chat

With less than six months to go until the first 3-Day of the season, we wanted to get everyone virtually together to chat about recruiting new team members.

Join us TOMORROW, Wednesday, April 5 at 6:00 p.m. PST (that’s 7:00 p.m. MT, 8:00 p.m. CT, and 9:00 p.m. EST) for an hour-long tweet chat all about the best ways to recruit your friends, family, and maybe even some strangers to walk 60 miles with you at the 3-Day.

Can you help us spread the word? Even if you can’t join us (Darn! Don’t worry, we’ll post on the blog after with some of our favorite tweets), we’d love your help letting other 3-Day participants know. You can click here to tweet, or copy and paste this into Twitter or Facebook:

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Join us tomorrow, Wednesday 4/5 at 6:00 pm PST for a 3-Day Tweet Chat all about recruitment! Learn more here: (link to blog post)

Never done a Tweet Chat before? That’s okay! Some people call them Twitter Parties or Twitter Meet-Ups, but whatever the name, it works like this:

  1. Sign on to Twitter at 6:00 p.m. PST tomorrow (or a few minutes before).
  2. Make sure you’re following @The3Dayon Twitter.
  3. On Twitter, search for #The3Day, which is the official hashtag we will use for this Tweet Chat.
  4. You can also use the website com. Sign in, enter the hashtag #The3Day, and you’ll be able to watch and tweet in real-time with us.
  5. We’ll ask some questions to get things started, and we will also share tips and tricks from 3-Day veterans and coaches. This will be a great way to meet your fellow 3-Day participants, ask your questions, and motivate yourself to get ready for your 3-Day adventure. Our 3-Day Social Media Team, Alyssa and Kaleigh, also can’t wait to tweet with you!

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Not on Twitter yet? Here are a few quick tips to get you started:

  • It’s free and easy to join at Twitter.com.
  • Go to com/The3Day and click “Follow” to make sure our messages show up in your feed.
  • A hashtag is a way to “file” tweets and collect them under a certain topic, so you’ll be able to see everything everyone is tweeting under this hashtag. Just search for #the3day in Twitter and you’ll be able to see everyone’s messages about the 3-Day, not just ours. Capitalization isn’t necessary, but spelling is!
  • When writing your own messages, keep in mind that tweets can only be 140 characters at a time, so it’s best to keep things short n’ sweet.

Can wait to tweet and chat away with you all tomorrow night!

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Hosting an Introductory Team Meeting

So you’ve formed a 3-Day team. You’ve recruited your team members. Congrats! Now that you have people who are interested in walking with you, you need to get everyone in the same place so your team can meet, brainstorm, plan, and have fun!

It’s time to host your introductory team meeting. But how?

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Photo via Eric Rothermel

Pick a date. And have a back-up date.

With today’s crazy schedules and conflicting calendars, it can be tough to find a time that works for every one of your team members. Do your best to find a good date, but don’t make yourself crazy. If there are a few people who can’t make it, set up a back-up time so they can still be introduced to the 3-Day. Even if it’s one-on-one over coffee, or with a smaller group, it’s important to make sure everyone feels welcome.

Use your experts.

If you or someone else on your team has walked before, tap them for knowledge. Meet with them beforehand to pull sample donor letters, talk about packing lists, and brainstorm fundraising ideas. That way, when you meet with the larger group, you’ll already have some talking points set.

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Photo via Claudia Viloria

Create a comfortable space.

When the big day comes, hold the meeting in your kitchen, family room, or other welcoming space. You want first time walkers or team members who might not know everyone to feel like they are entering a safe space where they can speak their minds. Also, everyone loves food, so have a variety of snacks, desserts and drinks ready for the choosing. Make sure everything can be eaten without utensils, and is ideally bite-sized, so people can chat and dine at the same time.

Have a plan.

Before your meeting starts, decide what you want to accomplish. Do you just want to give people the chance to meet and share why they walk? Would you like to plan your first team fundraising event? Should people come with a draft of their donor letter? Make sure your guests know the goal in advance so they can do any needed preparation.

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Photo via Glenn Carstons Peters

Prepare your answers.

There are some questions you know people are going to ask, especially if they’re first time walkers. Luckily, we have already answered many of them for you! Take a look at our FAQ to have talking points ready, share information about  meetings and events in your area so your team can bond with others, and print out these infographics about the 3-Day for team members to keep handy. Check out all of the available resources at The3Day.org/Teams.

The more you have set up in advance, the easier it will be for the meeting to flow naturally and accomplish a lot.

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Get “active” with activities!

Get your team moving and thinking by incorporating fun activities that promote fundraising. Hang a tablecloth to make an at-home photo booth and take selfies with print outs of these fundraising progress graphics for them to post on social media. You can also host a “How to Write Fundraising Letters” workshop with samples, or color the 3-Day coloring page (above).

Have a take away.

Even though this is a “meeting,” that doesn’t mean it has to feel formal. Give each team member a fun take away, along with any pertinent information, so they can leave with something to remind them of their first team gathering. You can use the craft and treat ideas on our Creative Fundraising Pinterest page to make gifts for your team, then make extras to use for your own fundraising. These can also get others’ creative juices flowing for their own future fundraising endeavors.

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Photo via Leonardo Wong

Don’t forget, if you have more questions, you can always reach out to your local coaches for more information and ideas!

What are your tips for hosting a team meeting? Comment below and share with us!

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