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January 2016

By January 1, 2016Archives, Newsletter

President’s Message

Dear Members of WRWF,

 A brand New Year often bolsters our resolve to change ourselves or to change the world. With our contributions to and involvement with WRWF, we are doing both.

Our grants committee is hard at work. With its research and reviews of the nonprofits that have applied for grants, and with your own individual commitment to this organization, we are changing our community for the better.

Welcome New Year!

Joanne Wetherell




The Grants Committee has been very busy! In October, we received 45 Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) from nonprofits requesting a total of over $650,000 in grants. We distributed the LOIs to five Grants Subcommittees (Arts, Education, Environment, Recreation, Social Services/Health). The Subcommittees reviewed and evaluated the LOIs in November and early December. Then, on December 9, the Subcommittees presented their recommendations to the full Grants Committee.

After the presentations, the 40 members present voted to send 21 of the proposed projects through to the next stage of our grants process. Those 21 nonprofits had until January 22 to submit full applications to the Grants Committee for further review and evaluation. The 21 projects represent a total of $320,500 in grant requests. The Subcommittees will conduct site visits with each applicant, and on February 24 will again meet to vote on which projects will be placed on the ballot to be voted on by the full WRWF membership in March.

Lynne Heidel

Grants Co- Chair



holiday party 1WRWF Membership & Events Team are ready for a party! Debra Levin (seated) – Events Chair; Elizabeth Huish – Membership Chair; Cherie Watson, Events Committee & Marie Gallo of the Membership Team

The Holiday Social — A raging snowstorm did not prevent more than 40 of our members from braving the elements to enjoy camaraderie during the holidays. Penny Weiss’ lovely home was beautifully decorated in purples and whites with dioramas of the winter holiday season. 

HOLIDAY PARTY 2Joanne Wetherell, President, greets guests with a warm welcome

Our President, Joanne Wetherell, gave a lovely welcome to everyone. She introduced our youngest member, Claire McNichols age 8, (granddaughter of Barbara Thrasher & daughter of Nicole McNichols) and spoke of our unnamed oldest member at 93! We are reaching all age groups!

January “Meet And Mingle”

Jan 14 meetgreetWRWF members enjoyed an informal gathering at the Wine Company on January 14th.


Please Attend the Winter Educational Forum — Monday, February 22, 2016,Valley Club, 1-3 pm

Don’t miss this engaging workshop on “Finding Your Philanthropic Passion” and “Becoming an Intentional Philanthropist.” Janet Boguch, Principal at Non-Profit Works in Seattle, a dynamic speaker and non-profit consultant with 25 years of experience, will talk us through cutting-edge trends in philanthropy. We will discover and reflect on our own values — an essential step in becoming strategic and intentional philanthropists. Learn more about Janet at

Make your reservation today by clicking on this link. The cost is $20 per person, payable by credit card or check to WRWF, PO Box 3686, Ketchum, Idaho 83340. Guests are welcome at this event. See you at the Valley Club!


Membership News

Apres Ski Tea Orientation For New Members — February 17th marks the date for our annual “Apres Ski Tea” orientation event for new members and their guests. Invitations will be sent via e-mail, but please save the date. We look forward to an afternoon of tea and nibbles and getting acquainted while learning more about WRWF. 5:30 p.m. at the home of member Deborra Bohrer, 232 Bitterroot Rd., Sun Valley


WRWF Members in the Spotlight

aimee christensenAimee Christensen — Aimée Christensen is founder and CEO of Christensen Global Strategies collaborating with industries, governments, organizations and individuals worldwide to develop solutions for a strong clean global economy, healthy communities and protection of our natural resources. Trained as an environmental and energy lawyer with deep experience in energy policy in Washington, D.C., she brings two decades of experience in climate change and sustainability strategy to the new Sun Valley Institute for Resilience. At the recent Paris meeting on climate change (COP21), Aimee organized a special event on “Climate and Capital.” On January 13, Aimee spoke to the Idaho Conservation League’s Science Pub about energy policy at the local, national, and international levels, encouraging us to support solar and renewable energy in our community.


NEWS BRIEFS Committee – Who Are We?

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Peggy Grove, Louisa Moats, Jan DeBard, and Julie Weston search locally and globally to keep you informed. We hope you have read every word of this very important communication!


Upcoming Topics 

For CSI Nonprofit Classes

Sponsored By Marcia And Don Liebich

For more information and to register,

contact CSI at 788-2033 or

Storytelling for Nonprofits
How many pie charts and bullet points does it take to turn on an audience? Um, right. Too much pie and too many bullets are rarely a good thing, as a general principle. When it comes to getting people to really engage with you and your nonprofit, a story beats a pie chart hands down. But how do you tell an engaging story? And which story do you tell? In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore what happens when the ancient art of storytelling takes on your organization’s needs. Come ready to absorb, think, write, speak and laugh! A Nonprofit Story Slam just might be had at the end.

TEDxBoise Instructor: Nancy Buffington; Tuesday, March 8, 1:00-5:00 pm
Tuition $25

Diversify Your Nonprofit, Strengthen Your Nonprofit
In this interactive workshop presenter, Leo Morales, the executive director of the Idaho ACLU, will provide you with the language and tools you need to diversify your board, your staff, your volunteers and your strategic plan. Work with the ACLU of Idaho to engage your stakeholders and explore the benefits of effective outreach.

Tuesday, April 19, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Tuition $25


President’s Closing Statement

Add to your list of New Year’s resolutions your attendance at the presentations of the WRWF grants finalists coming up soon, during the second week of March. You may attend in person or tune in to the Live Streaming from home — a great way to access the presentations. Soon afterwards, you will vote for the non-profits you consider the most deserving.

Our News Brief will have important information about the presentations from the Grants Committee in the next issue. It’s a great way to start the New Year.

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.

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PO Box 3686
Ketchum, ID 83340

Please note that the old website address will take you to the new website

Welcome New Members:

Lori Nurge

PO Box 4972
Ketchum,ID 83340

Important Dates:

Wednesday, February 17, 2016


Deborra Bohrer’s Home, 232 Bitterroot Rd, Sun Valley
New Member Orientation

Monday, February 22, 2016

The Valley Club
Winter Educational Forum

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Community Library-Ketchum
Grants Volunteer Meeting

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Light on the Mountain-Hwy 75, north of Gimlet

News Brief Team:

Alice Calvert
Janet DeBard
Peggy Grove
Louisa Moats
Julie Weston