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March News Brief

By March 19, 2019June 27th, 2019Newsletter

 March 2019 News Brief

Vote Before March 29th for this Year’s Grant Finalists!

Members attend the 2019 Grant Finalist Presentations

The 2019 grant finalists presented their proposals to the membership on March 5th at the Community Library. We have $267,918 in our Pooled Grant Funds to award; not all finalists will be funded. Your vote is very important in determining the grant recipients for this year!

The Member Ballot, which has been sent to every member, is divided into two parts. Part One is the grant requests over $15,000 and Part Two is the grant requests of $15,000 and under. Please vote in both sections. And please make use of the following materials to cast an informed vote.

Ballot Summaries written by WRWF Grants Committee:
Ballot Summaries for Requests Over $15,000
Ballot Summaries for Requests Under $15,000
Worksheet for use with Livestream Presentations
Livestream of March 5th Presentations by the Nonprofits

The link to your ballot has been sent in a separate email from Survey Monkey, with the subject line “WRWF Ballot: deadline Friday, March 29th, 2019 at midnight”. Please check your spam if you have not received it. The ballots are due on March 29th. Announcement of the Grant Recipients will be made on April 5th.

Members attending the 2019 Grant Finalist Presentations


Social Media Committee Workshops Continue

The Social Media Committee is offering Facebook and Instagram classes during the month of March. These one hour classes are designed to give our members a hands-on opportunity to learn about these two applications for their personal use but also to understand how we use them to tell our Foundation’s story and forge a connection with our members, our non-profits, our community and other women’s collective giving organizations.

Thursday, March 21, 3-4 PM, Facebook
Tuesday, March 26, 3-4 pm – Instagram
Thursday, March 28, 3-4 pm – Facebook

To Register for a class, go to the WRWF website, select the Calendar menu and click the link to the desired class. We hope you will join us soon.

Focus Forum: Know Our Community’s Health Needs and Priorities!

March 28th, 3:00-4:30 PM, in St. Luke’s conference rooms, lower floor of main hospital building. Joy Prudek, Coordinator Public Relations and Marketing, and Erin Pfaeffle, Community Outreach Coordinator with St. Luke’s Medical Center, will present and discuss the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The CHNA is conducted every two years by St. Luke’s. It helps the medical center understand the factors that are driving health in our communities and to prioritize those issues that require our most urgent attention. Please RSVP here.

2018 GRANTEE IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The Spot! Production of “Pippin”

Cast of “Pippin” by The Spot!

Thanks to a $10,000 grant from the WRWF, 19 teen-agers from local high schools, coached by The Spot’s talented theater staff and R.L. Rowsey from Company of Fools, treated the community to a splendid production of the 1972 Broadway hit, “Pippin.” Costumes, acting, dancing, and singing were fantastic! And these young people learned a lot about the discipline, effort, talent, and creativity involved in great theater.



New members welcomed at the Apres Ski Tea

The new member Apres Ski Tea was held at Gail Severn Gallery in Ketchum on March 6th. Close to 100 women attended in spite of snow and cold outside.
Teresa Lipman, Executive Director of the Senior Connection, shared the impact of our 2018 grant for building a senior-friendly bathroom at the center.

Teresa Lipman and the exhibit on the senior friendly bathroom

Gail Severn, our host, with Kathleen Eder, Co-Chair of Membership

Membership Coffee Talks are Starting!

March 21, 2019, 10:00 – 11:30 AM, at Ketchum Works, 191 Sun Valley Road in Ketchum.
The Membership Committee will be holding informal coffee talks throughout the year. These talks are open to all members, whether newbies or established. Bring your questions and ideas to our gathering. Don’t worry if you can’t make this meeting, as there will be others.

Our April Meet & Mingle will be April 11, 5:00-6:30pm at The Ram Bar in the Sun Valley Resort. No RSVP necessary. Guests welcome.

Our May Meet & Mingle will be May 9, 5:00-6:30pm at the Ketchum Innovation Center. Bring your own beverage. No RSVP necessary. Guests welcome.

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

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

WRWF President Peggy Grove with Terri LeFaivre and Lynne Heidel

As you can see from this issue, these last few months have been a snowstorm of activity whirling not only outside, but also inside the WRWF.

• We’ve had our Grants cycle begin, applications in, site visits taking place, and on March 5th we watched presentations from the grantee hopefuls. Now we as a whole membership are voting on those we feel strongly about.
• We’ve undertaken Board meetings and President’s Council meetings.
• The President’s Council, those women with the knowledge of our whole WRWF history, will be working on the three statements that are the building blocks of our foundation – our Mission, Vision, and Values.
• We’ve had our Strategic Planning event and our strategic planning process reached a milestone and is moving to the next phase.
• The Apres’ Ski Tea was held at the beautiful Gail Severn Gallery (Gail, one of our WRWF members, created this beautiful showcase of a gallery with a national reputation that has been in business for over 43 years. )
• At this same Apres’ Ski Tea we introduced our working Board and invited all new members to join one of these committees. It was a great educational event!
• We also found out at the Apres’ Ski Tea that 18 new members had joined us since January. I was standing next to the 19th, who joined that evening.
• We’ve hosted the CEO of Ms. Foundation and heard, among other things, how we can honor women by paying them the same as men.
• We have begun hosting mini-forums put on by the Education Committee.
• We are beginning small coffee talks to discuss how each of you might become involved in one of the committees that speak to your passion.

The etymology of coffee klatch comes from the German Kaffeeklatsch. A definition from Wiktionary is, “A social gathering for conversation while drinking coffee.” And tea? There most certainly will be tea served at our gathering.

The story of tea begins in China. According to legend, in 2737 BC, the Chinese emperor Shen Nung was sitting beneath a tree while his servant boiled drinking water, when some leaves from the tree blew into the water. Shen Nung, a renowned herbalist, decided to try the infusion that his servant had accidentally created. The tree was a Camellia sinensis, and the resulting drink was what we now call tea.

And how did it come to be fashionable in England? It was the marriage of Charles II to Catherine of Braganza that would prove to be a turning point in the history of tea in Britain. She was a Portuguese princess and it was her love of the drink that established tea as a fashionable beverage first at court, and then among the wealthy classes as a whole. Capitalizing on this, the East India Company began to import tea into Britain, its first order being placed in 1664 – for 100lbs of China tea to be shipped from Java.

So come to our first Kaffeeklatsch and have coffee or tea plus interesting conversation. Our first coffee talk will be March 21st at Ketchum Works from 10:00-11:30.Our hard-working Membership Co-Chairs who will greet you are Kathleen Eder and Terri LeFaivre. We will look for you there!

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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Mark Your Calendar:

Thursday, March 21st:

Membership Coffee Talk
Ketchum Works, 191 Sun Valley Road, Ketchum

Thursday, March 28th:

Focus Forum: Know our Community’s Health Needs and Priorities
St. Luke’s Conference Rooms, Ketchum Hospital
Please RSVP here.

Thursday, April 11th:

Meet & Mingle
The Ram Bar at the Sun Valley Resort
No RSVP necessary. Guests welcome.

Thursday, May 9th:

Meet & Mingle
Ketchum Innovation Center
Bring your own beverage. No RSVP necessary. Guests welcome.

Welcome New Members

Jeanne Bell
Ketchum, ID

Susanne Cardoza
Ketchum, ID

Carol Shephard
Hailey, ID

Jorjan Sarich
Hailey, ID

Andrea Lieberman
Sun Valley, ID

 Kim Lock
Boise, ID

Pam Rheinschild
Hailey, ID

Trinka Dyer
Hailey, ID

Marcia Pillon
Hailey, ID

Toni Himmelman
Ketchum, ID

Kathryn Hulbert
Ketchum, ID

Brittany Pieschl
Bellevue, 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