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June 2019 News Brief

Grantee Spotlight: WRMS Outdoor Adventure Education

Last year, a $10,000 grant was awarded to the Wood River Middle School to help provide 7th and 8th grade students of diverse backgrounds an opportunity to experience personal and physical growth in outdoor settings. Students selected to participate in this program would not otherwise have had the means or resources to engage in these activities even though they exist right in our own beautiful backyard.

The program took the middle schoolers on outdoor trips including: The City of Rocks (rock climbing) where they gained a sense of confidence; Craters of the Moon (backpacking) where they gained a sense of community; Galena Snow Shoe Science where they learned survivorship skills; and Hagerman Snake River Rafting where they created strong bonds with each other. In addition, every one of these trips created opportunities for stretching the students beyond their comfort levels, inspired a passion for lifelong activity and improved their sense of personal empowerment.

Here is a fantastic video that demonstrates the success of this wonderful program. Please take a moment to enjoy it!

Sage School Documentary

Pictured with Marcia and Terri are Sage School project interviewers, Katie and Wyatt

Marcia Liebich and Terri Bullock were interviewed by The Sage School as part of their 1-hour documentary “American Values: An Evolution.” The year-long film project begins with British colonization in the 17th Century, continues through contemporary times, and includes a focus on how new ground continues to be forged around equality for women. The documentary tells the story of how values such as conquest, independence, grit, and equality shaped America. The 10-11th grade students wove a story of determination, passion, compassion, and tolerance, and created for the audience a new appreciation for what it means to be American. Marcia and Terri discussed ‘equality’ as it relates to women’s rights, and were honored to be included in this special project. You can view the documentary on our Youtube channel, here.

Wyatt Root, a 10th grader at Sage School, found us through our website, and after reading our Mission, knew that the WRWF would be a valuable participant in this project.


Join 500 of your philanthropic colleagues in Seattle!

Photo from Left: Sandy McCullough, Gail Landis, and Peggy Grove at WCGN in Philadelphia.

We are pleased to announce that Catalist (formerly the Women’s Collective Giving Network) of which the WRWF is an affiliate, has invited all members of the WRWF to attend their Power UP! 2020 National Conference in Seattle on February 23-25, 2020. The conference will be hosted by the Washington Women’s Foundation in celebration of its’ 25th Anniversary, and is being co-chaired by WRWF’s own Laura Midgley.

Early Bird registration opens to all Catalist affiliates on July 1. The rate is $495 and includes the full conference — all meals, plenaries and breakouts. The rate will be $595 once the Early Bird rate sells out. Special room rates have been arranged at the Motif Hotel (conference headquarters) at $149 per night, plus fees and taxes and will be available before and after the event, as supplies last. Hotel reservations can be made beginning July 1. Events begin Sunday evening and end Tuesday at noon. Details about the conference, hotel and the speaker line up can be found here.

Last year three of our board members attended this conference in Philadelphia and found the learning and networking experience with colleagues from other giving organizations invaluable. The Seattle conference will be a closer-to-home opportunity for all members of the WRWF to join in the wisdom and energy of hundreds of women from our sister organizations working toward building a strong philanthropic culture.

Advancing Mission – Building Sustainability

Strategic Plan Progress Update: Sub-committee volunteers ready for action

Last month, the sub-committee team leaders were announced. Over the past few weeks they organized their respective teams and are now ready to dive into their work. Here are the three teams – a huge “Thank you!” to each and every one for volunteering to roll up her sleeves!

Initiative #1: Leadership Development, led by Kat Vanden Heuvel

Esther Ochsman
Gayle Stevenson
Kit Wright

Initiative #2: Governance Standards, led by Gail Landis

Jane Conard
Kathy Edwards
Kimberly Ellwanger
Kathryn Hulbert
Christine Kraatz
LeeAnne Linderman

Initiative #3: Operational Standards, led by Carrie Morrow

Pam Colesworthy
Maija Eerkes
Sandra Flattery
Jana Foushee
Susan Larson
Lisa Leach
Lynne Mackenzie
Lauren Wagner

Updates on the Strategic Plan work will be shared monthly through the News Brief and periodically via email. Please reach out to the Steering Committee if you have any questions.


With deep sympathy and gratitude for her generosity,
we honor the passing of:
Sally Jarvis, Member since 2015
Endowment Founders Circle
May 29, 2019

Sally Jarvis and her daughter, Molly Kimball, enjoyed a trip to France this year.


Be sure to save the date for these exciting WRWF summer events:

**Invitation and registration to be
sent out prior to each event**

New Member ‘Tini Orientation
Wednesday, June 19th, 5 – 6:30pm
At the home of Cynthia Hull
126 River Ranch Road, Ketchum
Members and Guests

RSVP by June 14, 2019
Maija Eerkes
Text: 206-999-7074

Summer Social
Wednesday, July 24th, 4-6 PM
At Mountain Humane, overlooking the prairie & mountains!
Members and Guests

Celebration of WRWF Grantees & Annual Meeting Luncheon
Wednesday, August 7th
Trail Creek Cabin, Under the Tent
Members, guests, non profits, and press invited!
Details on tickets coming soon!

**Upcoming events are posted on our website’s calendar page here.**

President’s Closing Message

“It Takes A Village”

Adam Fisher, Chef at the Ram Bar with Leslie Silva and Peggy Grove at our May M & M

Originally a proverb African elders instilled in their children, we are all now familiar with this inclusive concept. This photo is just one example of how the WRWF impacts our “village” in unknown ways, and how others from our village step up to help us. Here is Leslie Silva, WRWF member and Senior Connection Board Member, and myself with Adam Fisher, Chef at The Ram Bar. When Chef Adam learned the WRWF had booked our recent Meet & Mingle in his space, he researched who we are and what we do and decided to present us with the most delicious, colorful buffet at no charge. Adam knew we recently gave away all our grant money as we do every year and was thrilled that he could do something generous for the Foundation.

So, when you take an old African adage “It takes a village,” plus “brannvinsbord” a 16th-century Swedish word for buffet, add a Shakespearean reference to “salat” or salad days (meaning a “time of youthful inexperience”), incorporate the Latin “sal” which refers to the first buffet-style approach to serving salad bar ingredients and mix them all together, you arrive at our magnificent modern day buffet prepared by Chef Adam. Indeed, it does take a village!

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.

PO Box 3686
Ketchum, ID 83340

Mark Your Calendar:

Wednesday, June 19th

5 pm-6:30pm

New member ‘Tini Orientation
At the home of Cynthia Hull (126 River Ranch Road, Ketchum)
RSVP to Maija Eerkes by June 14, 2019
Text: 206-999-7074


Wednesday, July 24th

Summer Social
Mountain Humane (100 Croy Creek Road, Hailey)


Wednesday, August 7th

11am – 2pm
Celebration of WRWF Grantees & Annual Meeting Luncheon
Trail Creek Cabin


Wednesday, October 23rd

WRWF Orientation Brunch
At the home of Mindy Meads (223 Gem Street, Ketchum)

Welcome New Members

Jo Harmon
Sun Valley, ID


News Brief Team:
Stephanie Chamberlain
Sandy McCullough

Judy Cahill
Charlotta Harris