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2022 December News Brief

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Wood River Women's Foundation Sun Valley Ketchum Idaho

December 2022

News Brief

Grantees in the News

Kathryn Ivers becomes the project director of the WRELC

WRELC Mt Express Feature

The Wood River Women’s Foundation and the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children recently announced Kathryn Ivers as the project director of the Wood River Early Learning Collaborative.

“Kathryn’s broad and unique background, which combines community psychology, human rights advocacy, nonprofit leadership and a passion for improving the lives of children and their families, makes her ideally suited to lead this effort,” said Martin Balben, Early Learning Collaborative project director at the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children.

Creating surveys tailored to three different types of community members is the Wood River Early Learning Collaborative’s next task. Surveys will be given to businesses, early-childcare and education providers, and families and community members to enable local data collection. The gathered data will be used to compile the Wood River Early Learning Collaborative Needs Assessment, which is anticipated to be finalized by the end of January 2023.

By Tony Evans Derived from Mt. Express
Read more Here

WRWF closes the “Opportunity Gap” in early childhood education

WRELC EOSV – In this photo, Hailey Public Library Children’s Librarian Elise DeKlotz engages with kids during the giveaway of kindergarten readiness kits.

The WRWF selected early childhood education—specifically, what they called “Closing the Opportunity Gap in Education”– to be the focus of its first ever Focus Grant. It is collaborating with the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho-AEYC) on the project.

Kathryn Ivers was appointed the project director of the resulting Wood River Early Learning Collaborative. One of Ivers’ first tasks was to form an Advisory Council to steer the creation of an early education community for all young children in Blaine County, especially those from underserved families.

In photo: Hailey Public Library Children’s Librarian Elise DeKlotz engages with kids during the giveaway of kindergarten readiness kits.

Repost Article by Eye on Sun Valley
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WRWF provides warmth to our community

It was T-shirt weather when the Knitzvah Mitzvah group began knitting hats, scarves and other items to keep people warm this winter.

Please read this feel-good article about how multiple WRWF members knit for several months of the year to provide warmth to our community via our Grantee The Advocates. Thank you Karen Bossick for always sharing these heartwarming stories.

Read more here

President’s Message

Dear WRWF partners,

Happy season of holiday festivities, generous giving, good cheer and fresh snow!

Despite a few lingering pandemic-related hiccups, 2022 saw a return to a WRWF calendar that was nearly normal, including bringing back – after three years – our Annual Holiday Celebration at Trinka Dyers home on December 15! I look forward to seeing you at this fun, member-favorite event and encourage you to give generously to the Secret Santa Fund at Blaine County Education Foundation, which we are proud to support in conjunction with this event. Click (here) for invitation details and information.

The work we are doing together makes a significant difference across Blaine County – each and every one of you is key to WRWF’s ability to provide support to our nonprofit partners. The very nature of our Foundation hinges on the word “Collective” — meaning it is the sum of our individual giving that elevates our impact across the community. Thank you!

The Grants Committee has been hard at work teeing-up the 2023 application and review cycle, which kicks off next month. We can’t wait to see what requests come in and how many of them we are able to fund. This process is always an eye-opener to the pressing needs of the community and to the work of so many dedicated nonprofits delivering solutions to the Wood River Valley. WRWF members are fortunate to have a front row seat to see this work in action and to be part of the funding equation.

My sincere gratitude to all of you who have already contributed to WRWF’s 2023 Pooled Grants Fund by renewing your membership. If you haven’t renewed yet, please take a moment to do so within the next week – your participation will make a difference in what grants WRWF will be able to fund. Winston Churchill, a leader who always found the right words at the right time, had this to say about giving:

”We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

On behalf of myself and the entire Board of Directors, we extend our deepest appreciation to all of you for generously giving your time and treasure – these are the gifts that enable WRWF to meet our grantmaking mission. We wish you and your loved ones health and happiness this holiday season and throughout the new year. And we are eager to see more of your smiling faces as we anticipate a full schedule of live – and lively – WRWF events in 2023! I look forward to celebrating with you on December 15!


With WRWF gratitude and holiday cheer,
~ Sandy McCullough, Board President


WRWF Grants Volunteer Opportunity –

Megan Pepin, the WRWF Grants Volunteer Coordinator, is seeking volunteers to join the Grants team. The volunteer-member grants committee thoroughly reviews all grant applications, conducts site visits, narrows down the number of applicants, and provides recommendations to the full membership.

WRWF strives to place new and seasoned members together to create teams for this process. The Grant review cycle will be from Feb 5-Mar 9, 2023. Key dates begin with a mandatory orientation on January 18, 2023. The Grants review meetings will be a hybrid of in-person and Zoom, so great news it’s ok to be out of town!
If this volunteer role that speaks to the heart of our mission interests you please, email, text or call Megan Pepin, Grants Volunteer Coordinator email: phone: (425) 241 2427

The Grants Committee encourages all members to familiarize themselves with our new 2023 Grants processes and deadlines.

  • Jan 18, 4-6 pm @ The Valley Club Clubhouse
    • Grants Team Orientation and Social
    • Grants Team volunteers must attend
    • Hybrid in-person and Zoom meeting
  • Jan 15-29
    • The Grant Application window is open for nonprofits to submit a grant application
  • Feb 6 – March 31
    • Grant Team members evaluate grants, go to on-site visits and prepare presentations
  • March 9
    • Grants Team presentations to determine which applicants will move forward for member voting
  • March 15
    • Nonprofit Finalist Presentation Meeting (Virtual meeting for all members) and member voting begins
  • March 31
    • Member voting ends

Committee Corner – VP-Operations – Dianne Tibbs Johnson

The Vice President-Operations is responsible for overseeing the administration of WRWF, including the coordination of committee work and the strategic plan of the organization. The VP-Operations is recommended by the WRWF board President and voted on annually by membership. The current VP-Operations is Dianne Tibbs Johnson. Dianne has served in this role since the spring of 2022, and on the WRWF Board since 2021.

One of the most important roles of the VP-Operations is working with each Committee to review and update the processes and procedures, ensuring operational excellence, and identifying areas to increase efficiencies. Over the course of the past year, Dianne worked with the Grants Committee to review best practices, help implement an improved timeline benefitting both Members and nonprofits, including getting funds distributed to Grantees more expeditiously – up to 10 weeks faster than years prior!

As we gear up for another Grant season with the new procedures in place, it is important to review what is working and what is not – and adjust. Heading into the New Year, Dianne is eager to jump in and collaborate with members across all the committees to identify best practices and meet operational goals.

Any members interested in more information regarding the work of the VP-Operations, please contact Dianne Tibbs Johnson at for further information.


  • Dec 15, 4 pm-6 pm Holiday Celebration @ 641 Valley Club Dr.
  • Jan 11, 12 pm BoardWalk @ Trail Creek Winter Parking Lot
  • Jan 15, Empty Bowls Event @ Church of the Bigwood
  • Jan 18, 4 pm-6 pm Mandatory Grants Volunteer Orientation @ The Valley Club

Upcoming Event

Photo Credit: Leslie Silva

December 15, 2022
4:00-6:00 pm
641 Valley Club Drive, Hailey
(At the home of Trinka Dyer, WRWF Board Member)

After a two-year pandemic absence, we are delighted to be able to celebrate the holidays together this year! And in the spirit of the giving season, WRWF members are invited to contribute to the Blaine County Education Foundation’s Secret Santa Fund. BCEF allocates Secret Santa funds throughout the academic year at the request of school social workers to provide “above and beyond” student needs. Past requests have included clothing, blankets, gas cards, baby formula and diapers for teen moms, etc. The Secret Santa Fund was launched by a group of WRWF members many years ago, some of whom still contribute each year. Other non-WRWF members of the community also contribute to this much needed fund.

Please visit the Blaine County Education Foundation’s website to make a contribution – in the memo line of their donation form, you must specify: Secret Santa Fund/WRWF. The same detail is needed on your paper checks if that’s how you wish to contribute. (We can also take checks at the 12/15 event.) Please be generous – the “above and beyond” needs of local students, especially those new to Blaine County and the United States, are great.

Holiday cheer, philanthropic camaraderie and delicious heavy appetizers from The Haven await your arrival. There is very limited parking in Trinka’s driveway and more along Valley Club Drive so carpooling is encouraged. Be prepared to walk to Trinka’s from Valley Club Drive. Don’t miss out!
Registration fee: $35 per person (your registration is not a donation to BCEF. You may donate to BCEF’s Secret Santa Fund separately here.

Register and pay for the event online by clicking here.

Or, send check or cash for the event to:
P.O. Box 3686
Ketchum, ID 83340

Welcome – Heidi Marcus, New Administrator

We are delighted to announce that long-time community member Heidi Marcus has been hired as the new Wood River Women’s Foundation Administrator!

Heidi comes to WRWF with extensive skills, deep experience and strong recommendations. She served in finance and operations at Our Lady of the Snows for 19 years, raised her family in the valley and is deeply engaged in the community.

As WRWF Administrator, Heidi will play an integral role in the execution of our day-to-day working processes such as information management and data tracking, bookkeeping, renewal processing, committee support and general office management. She begins her new role at the first of the year and will be available from 9am – 4pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Zions Bank office in Ketchum. She will be training with Christina in December and will be meeting with WRWF committee chairs and attending events to learn more about our work and meet our members.

Heidi holds a B.A. in Political Science/Economics from Reed College. Her community involvement includes Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, The Sage School, Hemingway STEAM School, Souper Suppers, The Hunger Coalition, The Wood River Wolf Project.

We are so impressed with Heidi and are excited to welcome her to the WRWF team; she is equally enthusiastic about jumping in to help us deliver our mission. We’ll be hosting a “Welcome Heidi and Thank You Christina” coffee at the office after the first of the year – we hope you will come meet Heidi in person and wish Christina much happiness with her growing family!

With WRWF gratitude,
Your Board of Directors

New Member Spotlight

Janet Ziegler

We’re delighted to welcome Janet Ziegler to the WRWF family! Here’s what she says about living in our community: “I have loved living in the Wood River Valley since 2000. My husband, who is a native of the valley, and I own Sawtooth Construction. I am also busy as an interior architect and designer with my separate company JZ Studio & Design. As the proud mother of 2 teenagers (13 and 15), I think the WRWF will be a great way for me to help our community and teach my children about giving back.”

New Members


We are delighted to extend a warm WRWF welcome new members who joined this month!

Trish Klahr
Heidi Marcus

New WRWF members are invited to provide photos and a bit of information about themselves to share in the News Brief. We have so many interesting members and it is fun to read about everyone’s background. Thanks so much and we look forward to meeting you soon.

New Member Form

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Call for Member Renewal

This is our December Call for Membership Renewal directed to anyone who had not yet sent in their contribution. Your participation in the 2023 Pooled Fund is critical for our nonprofit partners.  Please use this link to renew before 12/31/22. Thank you!

Grantee Updates

Wood River Women’s Foundation Funding Decal

Grantee – KFD vehicle decal – Asst. Fire Chief Seth Martin placing the WRWF decal on the rescue vehicle

In August 2022 the Wood River Women’s Foundation Field Trip! took members to the Ketchum fire station to see the new off-road ATV rescue vehicle that was partially funded by a 2022 WRWF grant.

The Communication Committee created a decal promoting WRWF’s support and funding for the KFD vehicle. Communications Committee member Joy Flores-Perez designed the logo and the team worked with Assistant Fire Chief Seth Martin to determine sizing and placement.

We are thrilled with the result and hope to take a similar approach with other applicable grantees!

IHAD Call for Mentors

I Have a Dream Foundation executive director Laura Rose-Lewis has asked us to issue a call for mentors to support its “Inspire the Dream” Mentoring Program!

The “I Have a Dream” Foundation is seeking adult mentors who are interested in committing to supporting, guiding and being a friend to our elementary Dream Scholars where they learn and play at our Dream program spaces. Mentors will spend time each week with Dream Scholars supporting them in literacy and math and engaging in meaningful enrichment activities. We will expand this program to middle and high school students over the next year but are launching the program, initially, in our elementary program.

If you would like to learn more about the “Inspire the Dream” Mentoring Program, and how you can become a mentor, contact Kris Stoffer, Mentor Coordinator at

Thank you, Sponsors.

And, thank YOU for signing up with Amazon Smile

Many thanks to members who have designated WRWF as their selected charity on AmazonSmile! To link Wood River Women’s Foundation AmazonSmile to your Amazon account, click here and get signed up. Then, whenever you shop Amazon, use the AmazonSmile website.

We are grateful for our sponsors and extend a hearty WRWF thank you to Graybird Foundation, Little Caesars and Zions Bank!

Thank you, Contributors!

Thank you to this month’s News Brief contributors:
Christina Bauer, Erika Dolbec, Carol Hoffman, Dianne Tibbs Johnson, Sandy McCullough, Rebecca Ybarra Palma, Karissa Price Rico, Laura Rose-Lewis, Deb Prost, Dawn Sabo, Sarah Shepard, Renee Spooner