August WRWF News Brief
10th ANNIVERSARY
President’s Message

As the new President of WRWF for only a few days, my proudest moment so far was at the annual luncheon where we as community members and as members of the Women’s Foundation came together and celebrated our 10th anniversary of giving. This milestone was marked by over $250,000 gifted to non-profits in 2015!  This amount elevated our total giving over the past ten years to $1.4 million! A very special figure indeed, for each dollar that is given by us means a child might learn to read at the Head Start School, might be fed by our funding of Daily Bites through the Hunger Coalition, or might learn what it means to have self esteem through the Green Dot program sponsored by the Advocates and so much more.

I am so energized to be your new President and welcome your involvement in over the next decade of gifting!

Joanne Wetherell
President


A TOAST TO TEN YEARS OF GIVING!

200 WRWF members and guests poured into Carol’s Dollar Lodge for our 10th Anniversary Annual Meeting & Celebration.  Outgoing President, Janet DeBard, welcomed everyone and said we have reason to celebrate:  more than $250,000 in pooled & member-designated grants in 2015 have been awarded; our membership is up dramatically – 278; total giving over the ten years is $1.4 million.

Janet thanked outgoing board members Peggy Goldwyn for her dedicated work on the Grants Steering Committee, and Gail Wilkie for creating our Impact Program.  All three—Janet, Peggy and Gail—have furthered the mission of engaging women in the power of collective giving.

New board members elected by our membership are Kat Vanden Heuvel, who will head the Impact Team, and Gina Wolcott who will train with the Grants Steering Committee.  Margery Friedlander has been ratified as Board Secretary.

Joanne Wetherell begins her term as President.  Janet highlighted some of Joanne’s accomplishments.  Joanne has been a dynamic participant in many areas of WRWF.  She has served as Treasurer with membership responsibilities; been involved in Membership through this growth period; Events programming; Grants Volunteer; Social Media development; Governance; and has a close relationship with ICF, who manages & disburses our grant funds.  With this solid background, Joanne took the helm as President.

Joanne then thanked Janet for her dedication and accomplishments as President during this period of rapid growth.  Lucia Nelson and Shauna Smith were recognized for their excellent administrative help with all things technical.  Leslie Silva earned much appreciation for her talent with the new website.

The New 2015 WRWF Board is Pumped! Front Row: Janet DeBard (outgoing President), Esther Ochsman (Vice President), Joanne Wetherell (President), Margery Friedlander (Secretary), Sara Nelson (Treasurer), Leslie Silva (Social Media Team). Back Row: Elizabeth Mathieu (Governance), Kat Vanden Huevel (Impact Team), Peggy Grove (News Brief/Publicity), Gina Wolcott (Grants), Dede Huish (Membership), Lynne Heidel (Grants).

The New 2015 WRWF Board is Pumped! Front Row: Janet DeBard (outgoing President), Esther Ochsman (Vice President), Joanne Wetherell (President), Margery Friedlander (Secretary), Sara Nelson (Treasurer), Leslie Silva (Social Media Team). Back Row: Elizabeth Mathieu (Governance), Kat Vanden Huevel (Impact Team), Peggy Grove (News Brief/Publicity), Gina Wolcott (Grants), Dede Huish (Membership), Lynne Heidel (Grants).

Joanne encouraged the members to explore our new website. She then introduced Bob Hoover, CEO and President of the Idaho Community Foundation.

Gail Wilkie, retiring Impact Chair, introduced three previous grant recipients who described the impact of our grants on their organizations:

Betsy Castle, Executive Director of the Bellevue Library said, “We loved the capacity building grant. We needed this strong foundation to be a sustainable organization.” The addition to the library building is half-finished, and this project has brought Bellevue together as a community.

Evelyn Johnson and Mary Jo Surges-Prokop of the Lee Pesky Learning Center described how their organization tries to address the needs of the high percentage of children who are not ready to enter kindergarten. They used their grant to develop a parent training application, Go Parent, so parents can help their own pre-school children get ready for kindergarten. They demonstrated the app via two videos, one in English and one in Spanish.

The Connection and Swiftsure Ranch Executive Directors, Kim Coonis and Cheryl Bennett, described dementia training for instructors in their joint program of working with dementia individuals. Their grant helped three people to be certified as Alzheimer’s trainers, the only such trainers in the state of Idaho. Swiftsure Ranch moved from one individual with dementia to seven who travel from The Connection for therapeutic horseback riding.

The 2015 Grant Recipients were introduced by Peggy Goldwyn and Lynne Heidel of the Grants Steering Committee, after an explanation of the Grants Process.

Women Open Their Wallets for Charity

2015 Grantee recipients Please go to the WRWF website for a complete list of the recipients. (WWW.WoodRiverWomensFoundation.org)

Barbara Thrasher and Jo Murray, founders of WRWF, led the 200 luncheon attendees in a celebratory toast.

Barbara Thrasher and Jo Murray, founders of WRWF, led the 200 luncheon attendees in a celebratory toast.

Marcia and Don Liebich arrive for the Annual Meeting and Luncheon. Marcia was one of the co-founders of WRWF and is a past President.

Marcia and Don Liebich arrive for the Annual Meeting and Luncheon. Marcia was one of the co-founders of WRWF and is a past President.

Lisa Leach and Kat Vanden Heuvel at the luncheon. Lisa is on the Grants committee and Kat is a new board member who will chair the Impact Team.

Lisa Leach and Kat Vanden Heuvel at the luncheon. Lisa is on the Grants committee and Kat is a new board member who will chair the Impact Team.

An overview of the luncheon crowd. Joanne Wetherell, our new WRWF President, converses with some of the members.

An overview of the luncheon crowd. Joanne Wetherell, our new WRWF President, converses with some of the members.

President Joanne Wetherell and Dede Huish, Membership Chair, welcome Ruth Lieder who was WRWF’s Heritage Court honoree.

President Joanne Wetherell and Dede Huish, Membership Chair, welcome Ruth Lieder who was WRWF’s Heritage Court honoree.

Judy Cahill and Leslie Silva are a dynamic duo making up our Social Media Team. Judy is helping Marybeth Flower as a WRWF photographer in covering our events. Leslie posts on our Web Site, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook media.

Judy Cahill and Leslie Silva are a dynamic duo making up our Social Media Team. Judy is helping Marybeth Flower as a WRWF photographer in covering our events. Leslie posts on our Web Site, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook media.

Lucia Nelson and Shauna Smith receive accolades for their roles in helping WRWF behind the scenes in the way of administrative help and all things technical.

Lucia Nelson and Shauna Smith receive accolades for their roles in helping WRWF behind the scenes in the way of administrative help and all things technical.

Joyce Hart and Gale Elkins celebrate the 10th anniversary.

Joyce Hart and Gale Elkins celebrate the 10th anniversary.

Penny Weiss, Maria Gallo and Cheri Watson did a wonderful job as coordinators on the Events Committee.

Penny Weiss, Maria Gallo and Cheri Watson did a wonderful job as coordinators on the Events Committee.


President’s Closing Statement

Here’s to another 10 years of giving in the valley. We are so proud of the impact we have made in the lives of our local families in so many ways. And it’s all because of you, our members of WRWF! Thank you for continuing your support of the WRWF by investing in our community.

Joanne Wetherell
President

Joanne Wetherell

Joanne Wetherell, President

www.wrwcf.org

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
www.wrwcf.org

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


New Members:

Kimberlee Hyp
PO Box 14001 PMB 185
Ketchum, ID 83340
310-994-3224
khyp@aol.com

Flora Lovejoy
24109 NE 122nd St
Redmond, WA 98053
206-817-8190
FAGordon@msn.com

Judith Meyer
150 Rose lane
Haverford, PA 19041-1618
610-212-9877
judith@judithmeyer.com

Jeanne Mowlds
PO Box 1463
Sun Valley, ID 83353
208-622-8968
Jmowlds.57@gmail.com

Darci Swanson
PO Box 6290
Ketchum, ID 83340
509-949-4030
darcisw@aol.com

Linda L. Tracy
PO Box 2194
Sun Valley, ID 83353
208-622-5575
208-721-0800
Lindalee43@gmail.com

Mark Your Calendar:

Julie Weston, WRWF News Brief
Co-Editor, will launch her new book
Moonshadow at the Ketchum Library
6:00 – August 18th.

Watch your e-mails for information
about:

Meet & Mingle Social Event
Sept. 10th Upstairs @ the
new Warfield on the corner
of Sun Valley Rd. and Hwy 75.