PRESIDENT’S NEWS BRIEF
$160,000 Awarded at out Annual Meeting
Janet DeBard, President, welcomed over 100 members attending our 9th Annual Meeting at the Valley Club. Our business meeting was conducted prior to the Annual Meeting, allowing for an upbeat lively celebration of gifting – $1,233,000 in pooled & member-designated giving has been awarded in our nine years of gifting.
Our membership has grown dramatically – 52 members in the past year, for a total of 230 members. Membership Chair, Dede Huish, gave an overview of the successful new member increase and how this will affect our community gifting. We also have greater member participation, with a quarter of our members contributing their time & talent in committee involvement.
We have introduced new ways to reach our community – updated our website; introduced Facebook & Twitter; created an informative Brochure; began an on-line monthly News Brief that keeps members engaged; and we now use live-streaming of Grants Finalist Presentations to inform all members.
Outgoing Board Members – Barbara Thrasher, Marcia Liebich & Kathie Levision were lauded for their outstanding work in the creation and growth of WRWCF.
Photo – Marybeth Flower
New Board Members – Lynne Heidel, Elizabeth Mathieu, & Peggy Grove were then introduced. They have already embraced their positions on the Board!
Gail Wilkie, Impact Chair, summarized our newly formed Impact program and stressed the importance of this connection we now have with our Grantee’s.
Inspirational presentations were given by three of last year’s grantees: Ryan Redman of Flourish; Kathryn Nosworthy of Planned Parenthood; & Heidi Cook of the Advocates introduced two of their Young Leadership Program participants.*
* for further reading on the topics mentioned by these three grantees, please click the link for “Recommended Readings” by Alice Calvert.
Advocates Young Leaders
Photo by Marybeth Flower
Lastly, the spotlight went to the grantees for 2014. The Executive Grants Committee: Peggy Goldwyn, Lynne Heidel, and Charlotte Unger together recognized the 10 grantees. Peggy stated “The $160,000 definitely seems to have a theme of specifically supporting the younger members of our community – which, of course, will benefit all of us far into the future.” With that the grantees were each recognized. Please go to the website (wrwcf.org) for a full listing of this years grantees programs.
Photo by Marybeth Flower
Ellie Davis of ICF Honored at Annual Meeting
Words of thanks and praise for the Wood River Valley and our organization from Ellie Davis of the Idaho Community Foundation:
“I cannot tell you how surprised and pleased and honored I was to be recognized at your event on Thursday…Your event is one of my favorites because it reminds me what power there is in fostering collaboration between sincere philanthropists and hardworking nonprofits. I work with a lot of communities, and the Wood River Valley is truly the shining example of community-wide dedication to improving life for everyone in that community. Everyone is committed. Being even a small part of that effort is gratifying beyond words; I am privileged to help in any way I am able.”
“That is why it was such an honor to be recognized. I am personally such a supporter of everything that you do that your recognition of my tiny part of all of it was beyond expectation.”
Ellie Davis, Donor Relations Officer
Idaho Community Foundation
WRWCF Board of Directors
Photo by Marybeth Flower
Front Row Seated from left: Joanne Wetherell –Vice President, Janet DeBard – President, Andrea Pierceall – Secretary
Back Row Standing from left: Esther Ochsman, Peggy Grove, Charlotte Unger, Gail Wilkie, Elizabeth Mathieu, Lynn Heidel, Dede Huish, Debra Levin
Board Members not in attendance: Peggy Goldwyn, Sara Nelson, Carol Scheifele-Holmes
Summer Social ~ Art and Conversation
Our WRWCF Annual Summer Social was held at the home of Lesley Andrus in Greenhorn Gulch on July 15th and overflowed with art appreciation and conversation. We were welcomed by President Janet DeBard, toured the home and the amazing art collection with Lesley Andrus, and encouraged new members and mentors to sign up for rewarding experiences. Here Ruth Lieder and Lesley Andrus stand in front of one of Lesley’s unusual art installations in her home.
Ruth Lieder and Lesley Andrus
Photo by Peggy Grove
Our Membership Committee Invites You to Brunch!
Dede Huish, membership chair, along with the membership committee of WRWCF invites you to a brunch as a special welcome to our new members. Join us this fall to become better acquainted and to learn more about the WRWCF.
at the home of Sheila Mells
113 Pioneer Mountain Drive,
Feel free to invite friends who might be interested in hearing about the WRWCF.
We’ll be taking a photo of the new members at this brunch, so please bring your smiles!
What a celebratory month – welcoming new members and toasting a year of accomplishments! Thank you for your participation!
Our Mission Statement
The WRWF inspires and educates women to become leaders in philanthropy and brings significant, positive change to the community by pooling and distributing its members’ resources.
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