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September 2016

By September 29, 2016Archives, Newsletter

September 2016 News Brief
President’s Message

Dear Members,

Fall is here, and with it a new cycle of grant giving. Our committees are in place to begin the process. With 290 members, WRWF can have a significant impact on the worthy projects of our Blaine County nonprofits. We are requesting your renewals at this time. Please go to our website and update your membership contributions!

Joanne Wetherell
WRWF President


To celebrate the opening of school, we are featuring two recipients of our 2016 grants in education.

Blaine County Education Foundation, Signature Programs to Support Teachers, $25,000

Carey Elementary Art Class

Carey Elementary Art Class

A high school girl power class creating pottery images of their "Inner Goddess".

A high school girl power class creating pottery images of their “Inner Goddess”.

BCEF exists to support students and educators in Blaine County Schools. The generous grant from WRWF is funding four primary programs: the Can Do Fund, Teacher Mini-Grants, Education Enhancement and Academic Excellence. We can now offer more school supplies to needy students, provide extra classes to support and challenge students at all levels of achievement, send more academic clubs to competitions around the country and encourage teachers to use creative techniques in their classrooms. We are grateful for these resources!

–Kristy Heitzman, Executive Director

Wood River Middle School TOGO pen pal packages

Wood River Middle School TOGO pen pal packages

Lee Pesky Learning Center, Mental Health Services for Adolescents with Learning and Attention Issues, $18,000

lee-peskyLee Pesky Learning Center (LPLC) received a grant in the amount of $18,000 to support a project called Mental Health Services for Adolescents with Learning and Attention Issues. Children and adolescents with learning and attention issues frequently need self-regulation and behavioral support. The goal of this project is to build our capacity to provide evaluation and counseling services in the Wood River Valley to address the behavioral health needs of adolescents with learning and attention challenges. A 2013 community health needs assessment conducted by St. Luke’s Hospital indicated that preventive behavioral health services, particularly for children and adolescents living in poverty, was a high priority need in the Wood River Valley. LPLC is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to serve these children.

                  –Evelyn Johnson, Executive Director 


Thanks to the Grants Committee, a more streamlined, manageable process for recruiting, vetting, and selecting worthwhile applications for our grants is underway this fall. Subcommittee Chairs and teams of volunteers are in place and ready to help non-profits shape their project proposals. For more information about the grants cycle and important meeting dates, consult the website at



September “Meet and Mingle”

Marie and stepdaughter Sheridan, Rea, Darci, Sally and Hillary, Darci's guest

Marie and stepdaughter Sheridan, Rea, Darci, Sally and Hillary, Darci’s guest

Elaine and Tiffany

Elaine and Tiffany

September’s Meet and Mingle event was held at Sun Valley Resort’s poolside cafe in September 14th. If we didn’t see you there, please join us the next time! Watch for dates in the News Brief or website.

Don’t Miss the Estate Planning Workshop!

Have you managed your estate with tax exposure in mind? Do you have enough to live on for the rest of your life? How much should you leave for your heirs and in what form? Have you considered charitable donations in your will?

WRWF is partnering with eleven other non-profits in the Wood River Valley to sponsor an educational session that addresses these questions. Please pre-register for this special event, to take place at 5:30 PM on September 27th, at the Community School Auditorium in Ketchum.

Registration is free. To reserve your place, contact Marsha Edwards


President’s Closing Statement

I continue to be inspired by the collective efforts of board members, committee members, and general supporters of WRWF. Every contribution counts. Please stay with us as the new year unfolds.

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.

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:

Tuesday, September 27th
Presentation on Estate Planning
5:30-7:00, Community School Auditorium

Thursday, October 13th
New Member Orientation
Brunch at the home of Deborra Bohrer
232 Bitterroot Drive, Sun Valley
Especially for new members; guests and members welcome.
Click here to register

Wednesday, October 19
Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation
2016 Fall Symposium

“Our Mental Health: Critical Issues Facing Families and Communities”, with Mariel Hemingway, Guest Speaker
Boise State University
RSVP on the IWCF website


Welcome New Members

Nancy Bareilles
225 Crossroads Blvd. Box 410
Carmel, CA 93923

Gigi Daniels
PO Box 10126
, ID 83340

Tiffany Scudder
PO Box 1
Sun Valley,


Volunteers Wanted: We especially need individuals who are tech savvy, who offer professional background in law and/or finance who may be interested in a leadership role with the WRWF, and who have committee experience. Send an email towrwcf1@gmail.comdescribing  your skill set and what area you might be interested in.



News Brief Team:

Louisa Moats

Janet DeBard 

Susan Jackson

Peggy Grove 


Judy Cahill

Charlotta Harris

Leslie Silva