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August 2016

By August 23, 2016Archives, Newsletter

August 2016 News Brief

President’s Message

Dear Members,

Our 11th Annual Meeting was a joyous celebration of the impact of pooled giving. Thanks to all board and committee volunteers for the hours spent organizing this event. Our early renewal drive was successful, and we welcomed many new members. Best of all, our new grantees were all in attendance. Nothing makes me happier than seeing in person those non-profits we support and hearing the descriptions of the worthwhile projects we are funding this year.

Thank you ALL for supporting and working on behalf of the WRWF!

Joanne Wetherell
WRWF President 


FEATURE: Celebrating 11 Years at the Annual Meeting and Luncheon

More than at any other event of the WRWF, the power of collective giving is visible at the Annual Meeting and Luncheon. At our gathering on August 2nd, attended by 200 members, we enjoyed a unique and uplifting opportunity to see, and interact with our 14 grantees for 2016-17. As each organization’s representatives approached the podium, their project was highlighted, giving WRWF members a sense of pride in having accomplished our mission of creating positive change in our community. $224,600 was granted this year – the highest ever.

All grants recipients, including 14 non-profits, honored at the Annual WRWF Luncheon



Clockwise: Dede Huish, Jan DeBard, Charlotte Unger, Debra Levin

Boundless gratitude to retiring board members Dede Huish, Membership Chair; Jan DeBard, Past President, Nominating Committee Chair, and News Brief Committee; Charlotte Unger, Grants Coordinating Committee; and Debra Levin, Events Chair. They’ve graciously given countless hours of volunteer effort to board work and committee leadership.

Welcome to new board members: 

Louisa Moats, News Brief Chair

Louisa Moats, News Brief Chair

Kathleen Eder, Membership Co-Chair

Kathleen Eder, Membership Co-Chair

Penny Weiss, Events Committee

Penny Weiss, Events Committee

Terri LaFaivre, Membership Co-Chair

Terri LaFaivre, Membership Co-Chair

Cheri Watson, Grants Committee

Cheri Watson, Grants Committee



Blaine County Sheriff


Blaine County Sheriff Search and Rescue, Increase BCSAR Seasonal Mobility with Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV), $21,500

BCSAR Commander Lt. Bryan Carpita receiving recognition for the grant awarded to Blaine County Search and Rescue for UTV equipment

Lost in the wilderness? Caught in an avalanche? Injured in the back country? Victim of a natural disaster? Chances are you will be found and rescued more quickly than ever, no matter the season or the location of an unfortunate event. BCSAR has significantly upgraded its capacity to do its critical work in our community with this new equipment.

Higher Ground Sun Valley and Blaine County Recreation District, Mainstreaming at Camp (MAC), $5,900

Redfish Lake, Magic Reservoir, Dierke’s Lake and other regional attractions — all have been enjoyed by students with cognitive and physical disabilities for ten weeks this summer, thanks to the WRWF grant. Students are building social skills, self-confidence, and peer relationships in these settings, where accessibility depends on the specialized support given by Higher Ground therapists, teachers, guardians, and parents.



Do you have questions about estate planning? Whether you have enough to live on for the rest of your life? How much you should leave for your heirs and in what form? About taxes on your estate and charitable donations in your will?

WRWF is partnering with other non-profits in the Wood River Valley to sponsor an educational session that addresses these questions. At 5:30 PM on September 27th, at the Community School Auditorium, Johni Hayes, an attorney and certified estate planner, will present information helpful to anyone interested in knowing more about these issues. Five other attorneys from our area will also participate in a panel discussion designed to inform participants and answer questions.

To reserve your place, contact


President’s Closing Statement

As we move ahead to a new cycle of grant giving, please consider renewing your membership early and not waiting until December 15th. The winter holiday season in the Valley is a busy time for everyone, including the dedicated volunteers at WRWF, who process the 280+ renewal checks, handle the bookkeeping, and send reminder notices to those members who may have forgotten that the deadline is closing in. It’s simple; go to the website and renew! Thank you, as always!

Joanne Wetherell

Joanne Wetherell

Joanne Wetherell, President

Our Mission Statement

The WRWCF inspires and educates women to become leaders in philanthropy and brings significant, positive change to the community by pooling and distributing its members’ resources.

Wood River Womens Foundation

PO Box 3686
Ketchum, ID 83340


Please note that the old website address will take you to the new website

Mark Your Calendar:

Wednesday, September 14th

Meet and Mingle!
Sun Valley Resort’s Poolside Cafe
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Members and Guests Welcome, No-host Bar
Tuesday, September 27th
Presentation on Estate Planning
5:30-7:00, Community School Auditorium

Thursday, October 13th
New Member Orientation
Brunch at the home of Deborra Bohrer
232 Bitterroot Drive, Sun Valley
Especially for new members; guests and members welcome.
Click here to register

Wednesday, October 19
Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation
2016 Fall Symposium

“Our Mental Health: Critical Issues Facing Families and Communities”, with Mariel Hemingway, Guest Speaker
Boise State University
RSVP on the IWCF website


Welcome New Members

Bonnie Brezzo
7290 Via Brezzo
San Jose, CA 95120-4277

Christina Cernansky
PO Box 3552
Ketchum, ID 83340

Margaret A. Gering
PO Box 6263
Sun Valley, ID 83354

Beatrice Koffey
791 Park Avenue 14 B
New York, NY 10021

Pamela Mann
142 Arguello Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94118

Julia Mirel

Carrie Morrow
PO Box 6286
Sun Valley, ID 83354

Lauren Wagner
162 E. 80th Street
Apt. 7B
New York, NY 10075

Vickrie White
PO Box 6599
Ketchum, ID 83340