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December News Brief

By December 17, 2018July 1st, 2019Newsletter

December 2018 News Brief

A Celebration of Women Helping Others

From Our President, Peggy Grove:

Welcome to our annual December News Brief. This issue includes a medley of photos showing members who are joyfully sharing their time to help support non-profits in our valley.


One particularly delightful photograph of two girls, taken by their mother, is of  our youngest WRWF members. Claire, now eight years old, is the granddaughter of our founder, Barbara Thrasher. She has been a member of WRWF since she was three! She is pictured here with her younger sister, Chloe, who will soon also become a member. Take note: You, too, can sponsor your own daughters and granddaughters to become members and join in this circle of giving. By passing along our beliefs in giving we can and will encourage a culture of philanthropy


The New York Times recently featured a story on women’s giving circles across the world, saying not only that a giving circle helps to develop deeper community connections, but it also creates bonds between members. I find this to be true with all of the wonderful friends I have made in WRWF. 


“Why give $100 yourself when you can be part of a group that gives $100,000?” says The New York Times article. If you join WRWF by December 15th and include your daughters and granddaughters, we will have that “more” to give to our grant applicants throughout our valley! The more we give to WRWF, the more we give away.


Happy holidays!


Peggy Grove, Ph.D.

WRWF President

Claire McNichols, our very youngest WRWF member, and her sister Chloe, soon to be a member, celebrate Hanukah. They are granddaughters of our WRWF Founder Barbara Thrasher.

WRWF members host the Secret Santa event for the Blaine County Education Department

Birdhouse at a non-profit’s fundraiser.

The many women of WRWF who helped at The Senior Connection Fashion Show Fund Raiser

Picture 1: Penny Weiss and her holiday tree for the Festival of Trees. She hosts our WRWF Holiday Social.

Picture 2: A cookie party & also canned goods for the Hunger Coalition – Member Chris Vik

Founding Member Charlotte Unger and Sarah Michael celebrate the holidays and their llama trek for the non-profit Wild Gift

Gail Wilkie, founder of the Impact committee. She still serves on the Impact Committee today.

Advent candles at St Thomas – Marcia Liebich, WRWF Presidents Council

Melinda Springs, Peggy Grove, and JB Howes at the Festival of Trees created for the non-profit, The Senior Connection

Peggy Grove, President

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.

PO Box 3686
Ketchum, ID 83340
(208) 309-2530

 Mark Your Calendar:

Thursday, December 13th, 5pm

WRWF Annual Holiday Social

Penny Weiss’s home at 10 River Sage Court, East Fork. Members and guests invited. Fee $20 per person.

Bring your membership renewal to the Holiday Social and join our circle of giving!

Thursday, January 24th, 5-6:30pm

Meet & Mingle

Christine Warjone Studio

Thursday, February 7th 6-7:30pm

Winter Educational Forum with Teresa Younger, Executive Director of the Ms. Foundation

The Community Library

Tuesday, March 5th, 1-5pm

Grant Finalists Presentations

The Community Library


Welcome New Members

Nancy Grant
Sun Valley, ID

Kathryn Woods
Hailey, ID

Robin Robertson
Sun Valley, ID


News Brief Team:

Louisa Moats


Judy Cahill

Charlotta Harris