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November 2017 Newsletter

By November 23, 2017Newsletter

Welcome and Greetings from Board Member, Kathleen Eder


It is almost 35 years to the date that I moved to the Wood River Valley with my husband, Jerry, to assume the Postmaster position in Hailey. How our communities have changed over the years! I have witnessed tremendous growth, along with immense needs to serve that growth.

Membership in the Wood River Women’s Foundation and our pooled philanthropy offer each of us a unique opportunity to participate in addressing these growing community needs. As the commercial states, “Membership has its rewards.”

All of us in the Wood River Women’s Foundation reap rewards when we know we have provided ski pants for children in our schools so they can enjoy the mountain, books and meals in the summertime to enrich young minds and bodies, musical instruments for students, rescue vehicles to help in the backcountry, and on and on. The annual contribution from each member makes what may seem impossible, possible. As we enter into this holiday period of thanks and giving, consider your renewal to be not just a check to write but rather a contribution from the heart. WRWF could not do what we do without YOU!

–Kathleen Eder, WRWF Board, Membership Co-Chair

2017 Grantee in the Spotlight: Hailey Ice, Free Skate Nights and Kids’ Programming, $10,000

We so appreciate the grant for Free Skate Nights and Kids’ Programming from the Wood River Women’s Foundation. This grant allows us to offer free skate nights to the Community, which in turn allows many children and their families to come in and enjoy the facility when they may not otherwise be able to. So far this season we have been able to offer free skating to over 600 individuals with our free opening night and Kids Halloween On Ice. We have also provided 15 scholarships to children in our Learn to Skate Classes, which allows us to keep the ability to learn a new winter sport affordable for kids. We can’t thank the Wood River Women’s Foundation enough for their generosity in supporting our programs. We could not do it without you! Thank you!

–Sarah Benson, Executive Director, Hailey Ice


2017 Grantee in the Spotlight: Nature Preserve in the Heart of Hailey, $22,565 Housing First

The Colorado Gulch Preserve is part of the heart of Hailey and every day you can see the community walking dogs, fishing in the river and enjoying the beautiful colors of the cottonwood forest. Preventative work combating weeds in a previously grazed pasture and removal of the “No Trespassing” barbed wire that was once prevalent in the preserve have been accomplished. The footbridge being funded by the WRWF, which spans a dilapidated and failed bridge (see picture) has been ordered. This footbridge is part of a quiet walking trail over a diversion canal. The new one the WRWF is generously funding will enable users to safely cross the canal—a great relief to countless people and their pets! Our preserve is coming to life and is getting healthier all the time. Please call us to come down for a personal tour next spring.

–Patti Lousen, Project Coordinator, Wood River Land Trust

Why Support the Endowment Fund? A Message from Jan DeBard

When you consider your end-of-year charitable giving, we hope you will join the members of our Endowment Founders’ Circle in support of the WRWF Endowment Fund. Your support will ensure the sustainability of WRWF for future generations, allowing us to continue our mission of:

Engaging women in the power of collective giving by
pooling our talents and funds in support of a stronger community

We currently have pledges of over $350,000 toward our $500,000 initial goal. To date, more than 20% of our 340 members have stepped forward in support of our Endowment Fund. We are so grateful for our members who have joined the Endowment Founders’ Circle and welcome everyone to join us in sustaining Wood River Women’s Foundation into the future. All gifts, large or small, are greatly appreciated. The Endowment pledge form can be found at the end of the WRWF Renewal Form. (Membership Renewal Form link)

Wood River Women’s Foundation has become a formidable source for supporting a healthy community. Our WRWF Endowment Fund will allow us to have long-term sustainability by giving us needed operational support through prosperous and lean times.

I am honored to be part of the President’s Council and to be working closely with our Board in support of this major new initiative. Please join us in reaching our goal and becoming a 2017 member of the Endowment Founders’ Circle.

A heartfelt thank you to all our members for your continued support of Wood River Women’s Foundation!

–Janet DeBard, President’s Council


November Meet & Mingle at the Senior Connection

Dozens of members enjoyed a relaxed get-together at the November Meet & Mingle, hosted this time by Teresa Lipman and The Senior Connection in Hailey. Teresa and her team welcomed us with a warm fire, glowing candles, food and drink. WRWF members and guests are encouraged to join us for these informal monthly gatherings at their various locations around the valley.

Don’t Miss the December 18th Holiday Party

Invitations have gone out by email for our annual holiday party, to be held at Penny Weiss’ lovely home at 10 River Sage Court, East Fork, on Monday, December 18, at 5:00. Plan to use valet parking (no carriages this year!). Wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. This is a ladies only party, but guests are welcome. PLEASE REGISTER and pay your $20 IN ADVANCE by clicking on this link

Brief Notes

  • The Grants Committee has received 31 applications for our 2018 grant cycle. These will undergo internal review by the Grants Committee in the next several months, before finalists are selected for presentations to the membership in early March.
  • The Women’s Collective Giving Network (WCGN) holds Monthly educational webinars for members on the second Tuesday of every month (except June, July, August, and December, as well as during conference months) from 9-10 a.m. PST / noon-1 p.m. EST. They address many topics related to collective philanthropy and are recorded for access after the event. Registration is required to view both live and past webinars.
  • Board member Sylvia Miller has earned the highest rank of contract bridge, “life master.” Sylvia has played bridge for 20 years. She learned when she accompanied her then 80-year-old mother on a bridge cruise. If you, too, aspire to be a life master, you can join one of four duplicate bridge games per week by contacting One of our WRWF Past Presidents, Jo Murray, is an instructor. It is never too late to learn to play.
  • Anyone can join in the Friday afternoon Coloring and Cocktails (C & C) group at the Sun Valley Lodge. No advance notice is necessary. Come between 4:00 and 6:00 for coloring, needlepoint, knitting – any kind of soothing activity – while we chat with one another and enjoy a drink.
  • Membership renewals for the coming year will be due on December 18th as we have extended the deadline to the date of the Holiday Social. Don’t delay; download the renewal form by clicking here and by sending a check to the WRWF, P.O. Box 3686, Ketchum, Idaho 83340. If you miss this deadline, we will accept your renewal at the registration table at the Holiday party.

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

The holidays have arrived! New snow covers our valley and before long many of us will be snowshoeing, ice skating, and skiing with family and friends over the weeks ahead. Head to Hailey Ice to skate; put on those snowshoes to hike and take in the beauty of Colorado Gulch. It is you, as members of WRWF, who have been so generous to these and many other organizations receiving our grant funding this past year, saying to them in essence – go further than what we could hope for. Go out and better our community. And they have taken up this challenge far beyond our imaginings to enrich us all.

Thank you to all of you who have become returning or new members and have joined in our Grants process, voting to make these organizations a special, integral part of our lives in this snow-covered, active valley. And thank you to those of you who have generously donated to our Endowment Fund to keep our own organization, WRWF, vigorous and sound as a vital part of this community.

The holidays will be happier for many because of your generous spirits. Happy Holidays!

Peggy Grove, Ph.D.
WRWF President

Peggy Grove, 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.

Wood River Womens Foundation

PO Box 3686
Ketchum, ID 83340

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

Mark Your Calendar:

Monday December 18th

Annual Holiday Social
5:00 PM
Penny Weiss’s Home
10 River Sage Court
East Fork Road Hailey Idaho
Guests Welcome
Please register online
$20.00 per person

December 18th
Membership Renewals Deadline Extended

Monday February 26th
Winter Education Forum

Lukas Haynes, Guest Speaker
Community School Auditorium
Open to the Public
$25.00 per person

News Brief Team:

Louisa Moats
Susan Jackson
Judy Cahill
Charlotta Harris