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July 2018 News Brief

By July 26, 2018July 1st, 2019Newsletter

Welcome and Greetings from Terri Bullock, WRWF Board Member

This is such an exciting time of year for our Foundation. We just wrapped up our fifth annual New Member ‘Tini Orientation and Summer Social with 150 guests and members in attendance. We enjoyed hearing from Meg Stamper, Executive Director of the Swiftsure Ranch Therapeutic Equestrian Center, about how our 2017 grant money was used to purchase horses that have already provided over 2000 rides to special needs riders.
We are now looking forward to our Annual Meeting and Luncheon on August 8, when members and guests will come together at Trail Creek Cabin in appreciation of our 12th year as a Foundation, and will also recognize our 2018 Grant recipients. We have much to celebrate, so please join us.

We now have 347 members, marking almost 14% growth in just the last year. As we continue to grow and evolve, we believe that our Mission to inspire, educate and collaborate remains at the forefront of our journey, and that through thoughtful and purposeful decision-making, we can expect to support our community for generations to come.

I would like to thank you for your continued support of our wonderful organization and these important events that inspire us to give from our hearts, that educate us in becoming leaders in philanthropy and that allow us to celebrate the results of our collaboration with the community.

–Terri Bullock,Vice President and Social Media Chair

Grantee in the Spotlight: Power Scholars at the YMCA!

2018 Power Scholars enjoy outing to Redfish Lake

The WRWF awarded $25,000 to the Wood River YMCA for the summer Power Scholars Academy. The program is in full swing. Teressa Johnson, Program Director, writes:

“YMCA Power Scholars Academy is underway and is mid-way through its six-week summer learning loss prevention program. This summer there are 90 scholars from grades 1, 2, and 3, who represent all five Blaine County School District elementary schools. Each day scholars receive transportation to and from the program, breakfast and lunch, and structured recreation. Monday through Thursday our scholars receive 90 minutes of literacy and math taught by certified teachers. Next comes afternoon enrichment that allows scholars to explore art, science and enjoy recreation with their new friends. Weekly they also enjoy field trips where they get to experience all that the valley has to offer. Each summer, scholars participate in a project-based learning activity. This summer scholars are exploring their environmental impact and are learning how to compost, conserve water and Leave No Trace while enjoying the outdoors. Look for our newspaper insert with all that they have learned in the Weekly Sun, August 1st.”

Celebrate our Grant Recipients at the Annual Meeting and Luncheon, August 8th

Peggy Grove & Terri Bullock 2018 annual meeting and luncheon

Champagne on the Trail Creek Cabin lawn; meeting and celebrating the grantees; connecting with old friends and new; a Trail Creek lunch with yummy cupcakes, and lots of fun! Join us on August 8th as we gather in full force to celebrate the enormous impact we have on our valley!

Registration and reception will begin at 11:00 AM. The luncheon and awards ceremony will begin promptly at 12:00 and end at 1:30. Jenny Emery-Davidson, Executive Director of the Community Library, andKristy Heitzman, Executive Director of the Blaine County Education Foundation (BCEF) will be our guest speakers.

Invitations have been sent by email. You may bring guests if they are pre-registered. You must RSVP for yourself and your guests no later than August 4th so that we can anticipate how many people will be seated for lunch. The cost of this event is $35.00, to be paid at the time of pre-registration. Make sure you have a receipt to ensure that our payment records are correct!


Penny Weiss, Kathleen Eder, and Terri LeFaivre

Our Summer Social and New Member ‘Tini Party on June 28th attracted 150 members and guests. Many thanks to our Events and Membership Committees for putting on a delightful event, and to Nancie Tatum for hosting us!

  • The Impact Committee has submitted all their volunteer reports on their interactions with their Non-Profits for the 2017-18 cycle. The reports by the non-profits are being submitted and will be posted on our website very soon.
  • As of the August 8th Annual Meeting and Luncheon, three outstanding board members will be retiring: Esther Ochsman, Chair of the Education Committee; Lynne Heidel, Co-Chair of the Grants Committee; and Joanne Wetherell, Past President. All three have contributed immeasurably to the growth, longevity, and successful operation of the WRWF. We will be expressing our deepest thanks to all three.
  • We are in the process of updating our website. Watch for edits and updates in the next few months.

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

Julie Meineke, Dede Huish, Peggy Grove, and Christina Bauer

The historic setting of the 1930’s cabin along the grassy shores of Trail Creek, surrounded by the tumbling, dynamic water of the stream and the jagged rocky formations overlooking all, visually recalls to me the five pooled alpine lakes high in the mountains that feed into Trail Creek making it bigger and stronger in its scope.

Our Grants Celebration Annual Meeting and Luncheon celebrates this same type of collaboration – your individual pooled funds flowing into and forming an even larger stream to help our community in the best possible ways.

This is the grassy shore where we will be standing during our pre-luncheon music and champagne reception. We’ll celebrate our volunteers with the theme of Stepping On Up with WRWF and we’ll honor our grant recipients with lunch and applause and appreciations. We are proud to partner with each of our grantees in support of the important work they are doing throughout our community, the stream that has become bigger because of you.

Join us. August 8th at 11:00 am. See you there!

Peggy Grove, Ph.D.
WRWF President

Peggy Grove, President

Foundation Website

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.

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

Mark Your Calendar:

Wednesday, August 8th, 11-1:30
Celebration of Grants Recipients Annual Meeting and Luncheon
Trail Creek Cabin Big Tent
Champagne Reception and Music on the Lawn
Pre-registration and $35.00 Payment Required
Reservations opened July 2nd


Welcome New Members

Ellen Gillespie
Ketchum, ID

Carol Jensen
Sun Valley, ID

News Brief Team:

Louisa Moats


Judy Cahill
Charlotta Harris