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President’s Message

It is the time of year that we renew our commitment to WRWCF. This will be our 10th giving cycle and we are grateful for all who have chosen to join us in our mission of pooled giving in support of the work of the Blaine County nonprofits.

Some members of WRWCF have chosen to give above the annual $1,000 annual fee. We are thankful for your generosity. Should other members wish to do so, I wanted to make you aware of the giving possibilities.

Choices include:

Pooled Grants Fund – the full amount would be placed in the pooled giving account for distribution that grant year.

Sprouting Fund – This account was established by a generous donor and allows new members to receive a matching donation for one year.  The new member gives $500, which is matched by a $500 donation from the Sprouting Fund.

Administration Fund – Support for the operational costs of WRWCF.  Examples include:  membership recruitment, educational programming, support staff, workshops.

Sponsoring A Member – This could include giving the gift of a membership to a friend or relative.

Janet DeBard

Web Site Update

Leslie Silva, new Marketing Board member, meets with her committee to discuss revamping of our web site.  Leslie’s committee includes:  Vice-President – Joanne Wetherell; WRWCF News Brief Editor – Peggy Grove; President – Janet DeBard.  The goal is to have a more user-friendly web site and coordinate design elements with Facebook and our News Brief.  Expect great changes in our social media in 2015.

Leslie Silva, Janet DeBard, Joanne Wetherell, and Peggy Grove meet in Starbuck’s Vault in Ketchum.  Images of Hemingway and friends highlight the background.

Mentoring Committee
The Membership Committee is continuing its work recruiting, retaining and welcoming WRWCF members. On Thursday, October 16, a Mentor Appreciation party was held at the home of Joanne Wetherell. All present, mentors and mentees, agreed that this is a worthwhile program, which enables our new members to become familiar with the various facets of the WRWCF as well as to integrate themselves into the group. With the large number of new members we have gained in the past year, having our women relate on a personal level is proving to be very valuable in supporting our mission.

Dede Huish and Gayle Stevenson at the Mentor Appreciation gathering in October.

If you would like to be a mentor to a new member or would like to participate in the Mentoring Program as a new member, please contact Sheila Mells @

Sheila Mells
Mentoring Committee


We are entering our 10th year of grant making for WRWCF during which time over $1,250,000 has been given to local charities in support of their missions to serve the residents of Blaine County.

Wood River Women’s Charitable Foundation has just begun its 2015 grant cycle.  All Blaine County nonprofit organizations are invited to submit Letters of Inquiry for specific grant requests according to our criteria.  For more information, please contact  These Letters of Inquiry are due at WRWCF by October 31st.

Timeline for the Grants Process is as follows:

October 31 – Letters of Inquiry to apply for a grant are due from non-profits.

December – Committees meet to determine those LOI’s that will move to full proposal.  All applicants are notified by email to inform them of their status.

January – Full grant proposals are due from those agencies selected to continue in the application process.

February – Site visits are completed.  Committees evaluate the proposals.

March – Finalists are selected.  Finalists present their proposals to the membership.

March/April – Membership votes on those non-profits who will receive grants from WRWCF.

Charlotte Unger
Gail Wilkie
Lynne Heidel
Grants Committee Co-Chairs

Recommended Readings

We at WRWCF have granted funds toward the training programs of our local NAMI Foundation (National Association of Mental Illness). In 2015 our funding totaled $18,500.

Thus, we have chosen as the recommended readings for the months of October and November courageous autobiographies written by those suffering from mental illness or whose families may have incurred mental illness. These books are available to bring us to a greater understanding of those who are inflicted with this disease. Our recommendations are as follows:

The Center Cannot Hold by Elyn Saks
Darkness Visible by William Styron
Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan
Just Like Someone With Mental Illness Only More So by Dr. Mark Vonnegut
Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness by Pete Earley

Alice Calvert
WRWCF Member & Avid Reader

Nonprofit Education Initiative Series

Enjoy Seminars for Our Members Focusing on New Ideas in Philanthropy

The Nonprofit Education Initiative was created to support capacity-building in nonprofit organizations in central Idaho

Executive directors, nonprofit staff members, and board members – veterans and novices – all are invited!

The seminars aim to help local nonprofits:

• strengthen organizational infrastructure
• foster a culture of professional development
• enhance relationships through networking, mentoring, and collaboration

•Strategic Planning
Wednesday, January 9 2:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker: Duncan Ferguson

Develop a philosophical framework as well as specific tools to guide a meaningful strategic planning process for your organization. The presenter, Duncan Ferguson, has performed major strategic planning consultations for organizations around the world, including educational institutions in the Middle East.

•Conflict Management
Wednesday, April 10 2:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker: Carol Bowser

Learn how to cultivate a culture of authenticity and respect within your organization – among staff, board members, and volunteers. Develop a tool kit for having important conversations, and learn how to respond to requests without sacrificing relationships.The presenter, Carol Bowser, is the president of Conflict Management Strategies, Inc. She holds a law degree and has special training in mediation.

LOCATION: The College of Southern Idaho Blaine County Center, Community Campus, Hailey, ID.

TUITION: Series #1 $20/session.
Partial scholarships are available through the Wood River Women’s Charitable Foundation

For more information on other speakers in the NEI series, click this link.
To register, contact the CSI Blaine County Center at 788-2033

The NEI series is sponsored by Don and Marcia Liebich.

Generosity comes in many forms.  WRWCF is grateful for those who give of their Time, Talent & Treasure.  Each one is valuable and appreciated!

Janet  DeBard

 Janet DeBard

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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PO Box 3686
Ketchum, ID 83340

Please Welcome Our New Members for This Month:

Judy Alpert
PO Box 6224
Sun Valley ID 83354

Mollie Campbell
PO Box 4749
Ketchum ID 83340

Sandra Fisher
PO Box 6987
Ketchum ID 83340

Grace Harvey
171 W 71st Street
New York, NY 10023

Natalie Kueneman
PO Box 6865
Ketchum ID 83340

Angenie McCleary
PO Box 3065
Ketchum ID 83340

Roswitha Newman-Boss
PO Box 4574
Ketchum ID 83340

Karen Posada
102 Mizer Gulch Rd
Hailey ID 83333
Caryn Tyre 
2777 Paradise Rd 
Las Vegas NV 89109

Kat Vanden Heuvel 
1021 Red Elephant Dr.
Hailey ID 83333

To update your 
WRWCF Directory  
and to add our
new members 
who have joined 
from August, 2014
to November, 2014
click this link….

Events – 
Mark Your 

Holiday Social 
for Members
Gina Knox’s Home
December 19, 2014
5:30-7:00 pm
Invitations to 

News Brief Editor
Peggy Grove