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February News Brief

By February 20, 2019June 27th, 2019Newsletter, Uncategorized

February 2019 News Brief
Winter Forum: A Collaborative Success!

Teresa Younger, President and CEO of The Ms. Foundation for Women speaks to members and guests of WRWF at the 2019 Winter Education Forum

Nearly 120 people attended our Winter Education Forum at The Community Library on February 7 to hear the inspirational and thought-provoking message of equity and inclusion delivered by Teresa Younger, President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women.

We had a great turnout for the 2019 Winter Education Forum with WRWF Members and the community filling the Library Lecture Hall.

For over 40 years, the Ms. Foundation has worked to build women’s collective power by investing in, and strengthening the capacity of women-led movements to advance meaningful social, cultural, and economic change in the lives of women. Ms. Younger challenged us to continually strive towards diversity, equity and inclusiveness across all aspects of gender, politics, economics and social justice issues as we carry out our philanthropic work. She generously shared her time and wisdom with the WRWF over her three day visit and was happy to spend some time in Idaho, where she was born.

Washington Women’s Foundation members Laura Midgely, Bo Lee and Sandy McCullough with Teresa. Laura and Sandy are also WRWF Members.

Laura, a Catalist (formerly WCGN) board member, served on the WRWF Education Committee that brought Teresa here. She and Bo are co-chairing Catalist’s next national conference which will be in Seattle in Feb. 2020. WaWF and WRWF share women and work!

Teresa Younger enjoys a day snowshoeing Galena Lodge trails with WRWF member Debbie Mahan.


From Left: WRWF President Peggy Grove, CEO and President of The Ms. Foundation for Women Teresa Younger, and WRWF Education Committee Chair Louisa Moats

As Education Committee Chair, I want to thank everyone who pitched in to make this event so successful. Every time I turned around, someone had already stepped up to assume responsibility for some part of the event. Such collaboration not only got the job done, but it warmed my heart over and over.
If you would like to watch the event using Livestream, click here.
Click here to read media coverage:
Eye on Sun Valley
Mt. Express
–Louisa Moats, WRWF Education Committee Chair


Thank You!

The WRWF is grateful for last week’s wonderful opportunity to share our amazing, high-caliber Winter Education Forum speaker with both our members and the broader Wood River Valley community. To ensure Teresa’s inspirational message of equity and inclusion could be offered publicly for no charge, 19 of our members generously volunteered to be sponsors, either individually or though their businesses.
We also applaud and thank Zions Bank for being the WRWF’s first corporate sponsor, laying the foundation for helping us to bring additional education opportunities to our members.
To all of you, we say “Thank You!” – your sponsorship clearly shows that you believe strongly in the power and potential of women working together towards a philanthropic purpose. You and your generous gifts are appreciated!
Thank you to Zions Bank!
Thank you to these member businesses!

Gayle Stevenson Real Estate- Sun Valley Sotheby’s
Jenni Riley – Hazlett Wealth Management
Joanne Wetherell – RE/MAX Sun Valley
Penny Weiss – River Sage Stables
And thank you to these WRWF members!

Terri Bullock, WRWF Vice President
Sandra Flattery, WRWF Impact Committee Chair
Peggy Grove, Ph.D, WRWF President
Marcia Liebich
Debbie Mahan (in honor of all women)
Sandy McCullough, WRWF Board member
Laura Midgley – Catalist Board member, WaWF and WRWF member
Louisa Moats, Ed.D, WRWF Board member
Esther Ochsman
Jane Hague Springman
Barbara Thrasher and Rick Koffey – The Thrasher/Koffey Foundation
Anita Weissberg
Kit Wright, proud member of WRWF since 2012
Patti Zebrowski, WRWF Board member
A friend of WRWF (anonymous sponsor)

Strategic Planning Session Updates

In January, we announced that our Board of Directors and Presidents’ Council came together to develop a two-year Strategic Plan (see January News Brief). At that time, a critical next step was to present this Plan to the Board for formal approval. It is with great pleasure that we inform you, our membership, that our Board of Directors unanimously voted to approve the 2019-2020 Strategic Plan and will now focus on crystalizing the actions necessary to implement the Plan.
We fully understand and appreciate your eagerness to hear what the future holds and will be working hard to ensure that information is shared across the membership with full transparency. Please continue to follow the progress as we continue building this amazing organization while advancing our Mission and ensuring our long-term sustainability. And thank you again for providing your input to this process via the member survey that was conducted last fall. Stay tuned!
–Terri Bullock – WRWF VP

Inform Your Vote! Attend Grant Finalists’ Presentations, March 5th

The March 5th Grant Finalists’ Presentations will be held at The Community Library from 1:00 to 5:00pm. We encourage all of you to attend; however, if you cannot attend, the presentation will be Livestreamed from the Library. As we get closer to that date, we will be sending you a link to the Livestream.
The ballots will be emailed to the entire membership on March 6th and will be due on March 29th. Announcement of the Grant Recipients will be made on April 5th.

Help Wanted!

The Communications Committee is looking for a Photography Coordinator – could that be you?
This newly created position will be responsible for organizing photographers for a variety of photo needs, maintaining our Photo Library, working with all WRWF committees on photo opportunities, and more. If you want to play a key role in helping to keep our photo supply current and robust and have great organizational skills, we welcome you to join our team!
Please contact:
Sandy McCullough, WRWF Communications Chair at for further info about this fun role.

Upcoming Education Event

The Wood River Women’s Foundation Education Committee invites you to an informational forum:
Understanding Community Health Needs and Priorities
with Erin Pfaeffle, Director, Community Engagement, St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center
A presentation and discussion of the Community Health Needs Survey, the resources and partnerships that could assist in meeting those needs, and the progress that has been made toward addressing those needs.
Tuesday, February 26th
3:00 – 4:30 PM
St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center Conference Rooms, Lower Floors, Ketchum Hospital
Please RSVP/register by clicking here.

Member Events

WRWF Members met in January at the Christine Warjone Studio in Ketchum.

We gathered for our January Meet & Mingle at the Christine Warjone Studio in Ketchum. It was a pleasure to converse and exchange ideas in such a lovely environment. Thank you, Membership Committee!

Join us Wednesday, March 6th for the Après Ski Tea at Gail Severn Gallery in Ketchum. Especially for new members, events such as this allow us to share information about the WRWF, answer questions, and facilitate avenues for involvement in our organization’s activities. Both new and established members are welcome, but please RSVP to Maija Eerkes: text (206) 999-7074 or email
Upcoming events are posted on our website’s calendar page here.

Closing Message from Peggy Grove, Ph.D, President of WRWF

President Peggy Grove, Past President Joanne Wetherell, Photographers Charlotta Harris & Judy Cahill, and Vice-President Terri Bullock begin plans for the next WRWF event!
A momentous event has just occurred in our valley. We have learned a lot. Flying in between our stormy weather fronts like the proverbial breath of fresh air, Ms. Foundation CEO, Teresa Younger, arrived to talk with us about future possibilities in grant giving – and how to broaden our horizons while doing so.
We learned new terminology – Latinx and Chicanx. Juan Bruce-Novoa, a professor of Spanish and Portuguese at University of California- Irvine, wrote in 1990: “A Chicano lives in the space between the hyphen in Mexican-American”. For us in 2019, a Chicanx is a person who lives right here, right now, in Blaine county.
And what is Latinx? – Latinx is a gender-neutral term sometimes used in lieu of Latino or Latina (referencing Latin American cultural or racial identity). Both Chicanx and Latinx are gender expansive. She/he also lives here.
In learning a lot, we are reminded that 40% of our population in this community is from the Aztec, Mexican, South American heritage and linguistic group. Did you know? – The Aztec language, Nahuatl, was the dominant language in central Mexico by the mid-1350s. Numerous Nahuatl words borrowed by the Spanish were later absorbed into English as well, including chile or chili, avocado, chocolate, coyote, peyote, guacamole, ocelot and mescal. But more than words for food, we need to be sure all of our community has food.
Our President’s Council, consisting of 6 Presidents and Past-Presidents, will shortly be meeting to consider our Vision, our Values, and our Mission of WRWF. Hopefully, focusing on diversity, equity and inclusiveness will not only help us recognize the needs of women throughout the world, but will also help create opportunities for us to engage with all the women in our own community. By including more voices in our work, we stand to gain a better understanding of how to more effectively feed and educationally nurture all of our children.
And young women? Teresa says they are our most important resource for the future. Allow them to grow up in the best manner possible, educate them, and our whole community will thrive.
We want to be the kind of women that Teresa describes – the kind that the Devil…well, I’ll let you Livestream her talk from the library if you don’t know what the Devil has to do with this!

Peggy Grove, Ph.D.
WRWF President

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.

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Ketchum, ID 83340
(208) 309-2530

Mark Your Calendar:

Tuesday, February 26th, 3-4:30pm
Educational Focus Forum
Responding to Community Health Needs Survey at St. Luke’s Hospital Conference Rooms, Lower Level, Ketchum

Tuesday, March 5th, 1-5pm
Grant Applicants Presentations
The Community Library
Open to voting membership only

Wednesday, March 6th, 4-5:30pm
New Member Après Ski Tea
Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum

Welcome New Members

Sharon Forster
Enterprise, OR

Susan Swanson
Leawood, KS

Joan Valaas
Medina, WA

Claire Snyder
Sun Valley, ID

News Brief Team:

Louisa Moats
Sandy Shaw
Sandy McCullough


Judy Cahill
Charlotta Harris



News Brief Team:

Louisa Moats
Susan Jackson


Judy Cahill
Charlotta Harris