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December 2016 News Brief
Greetings from the Board

Dear Members,

We are excited to announce that we have passed the membership milestone of over 300 members! Congratulations! There is still time to renew as our deadline is extended until 12/28. Also, we invite you to scan our summary of all the ways you can enjoy the benefits of membership. We can also volunteer as a way to contribute to WRWF and all of the non-profits we fund. May the spirit and the practice of giving uplift one and all!


New Member Sprouting Fund Will Continue!

Do you know anyone who is considering joining the WRWF but who may be reluctant to go all-in the first year? A generous benefactor has made it possible for new members to join for a $500 donation the first year, plus a $50 administration fee. ALL $500 goes to the pooled grants that we give out in April. The application form for new members who wish to be “sprouts” is on our website, at:


Grant Process Off and Running for 2017

grantspresentations Presentations by grant applicants, 2016

The WRWF has received 38 applications for grants in 2017. All told, applicants have requested a total of $633,037. Our committee’s next step will be to assign applications to the subcommittee Chairs. The newly created, 14 person Application Review Committee (Subcommittee Chairs plus the Grants Coordinating Committee) will meet on January 6 to make the first round of cuts to initial applications. Thereafter, the applications that advance to the next level will be distributed to the subcommittees for site visits and evaluation.

Lynne Heidel, Grants Committee Co-Chair


Interested in Participating in WRWF-Related Activities? Let Us Count the Ways!


Members participating in a Girls on the Run event


Volunteers sport fashions for the Senior Connection

Volunteer opportunities: All of our valley non-profits welcome your help. Just a few examples are listed here:

  • Serving lunches at the Senior Connection
  • Rotorun Ski Swap
  • Girls on the Run Events
  • The Hunger Coalition Bowl Project at Boulder Mountain Clay Works
  • Secret Santa Event to help pay off layaways for children
  • BackPacks for School Students – helping stuff backpacks for the Hunger Coalition and the Community Library

ALL members and friends in the community are invited to participate in these recreational activities. Come and enjoy:

Committee opportunities are open to all WRWF members. We would love to have you. Full descriptions of committees’ purposes are on the home page of the website. Here are your contacts if you want to know more!



clayworksmmMembers met at the Boulder Mountain Clayworks in November to make bowls for the Hunger Coalition soup and salad lunch. No talent was required, but artistry was definitely on display.

Joyful Holiday Social Gathering                 

On December 19th, Penny Weiss hosted members and guests at her lovely home in East Fork. A horse and carriage ferried us from the East Fork parking lot to Penny’s home.



President’s Closing Statement

I am so excited by the ability to continue the Sprouting Fund program for 2017! This matching fund helps grow our membership and introduce potential members to the power of collective giving.  My warmest wishes for an enjoyable holiday season to all. 

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:

Before December 28th: Please renew your membership @

Questions? Contact Lucia, our Office Administrator.

Thursday, January 19th, 5:00-6:30 PM

Meet & Mingle

The New Limelight Hotel in Ketchum
No RSVP necessary.

January 20th, 2017
Watch for your next NewsBrief

Tuesday, March 7th (time TBA)

Grants Presentation Meeting

Light on the Mountains, Ketchum
No RSVP necessary.

Monday, July 31st

12th Annual Membership Meeting and Luncheon
Trail Creek Cabin, Sun Valley
Advance registration required

Welcome New Members

Lacey Baker
PO Box 1778
Sun Valley, ID 83353

Karen Bossick

Dina Madsen
PO Box 4619
Ketchum, ID 83340

Melanie McCray Nevins
PO Box 4272
Hailey, ID 83333

Bonnie Thibodo
PO Box 4368
Ketchum, ID 83340

Cheryl Welsh
206 Red Devil Drive
Hailey, ID 83333


Volunteers Wanted: We especially need individuals who are tech savvy, who offer professional background in law and/or finance who may be interested in a leadership role with the WRWF, and who have committee experience. Send an email to describing  your skill set and what area you might be interested in.

News Brief Team:

Louisa Moats

Janet DeBard 

Susan Jackson

Peggy Grove 


Judy Cahill

Charlotta Harris

Leslie Silva