Wood River Women’s Charitable Foundation
Annual MeetingAugust 9, 2011 - The Valley Club
By Debby Law
President Barbara Thrasher cordiallywelcomed members and guests to the Wood
River Women’s Charitable Foundation
Annual Meeting held at The Valley Club onAugust 9, 2011. She introduced the currentBoard members, all of whom stood to berecognized.Following are her remarks, well worthreading and contemplating. They clearlyarticulate why our members are passionateabout and committed to the work of thisorganization.
Barbara’s Address to the Annual
I thought I would tell you about where wehave been, who we are and where we are
today. And I can’t talk about this with
outsaying that I am talking about little miracles.So where we have been:Six years ago we were like a newly plantedaspen tree. The aspen tree spreads through aroot system that eventually sends up new
trees all around the original. That’s our
That’s our logo. Here in Sun Valley“aspen” has a whole other meaning! Plant
one and many will follow. Jo Murray and Idecided that the model of pooled giving thatwas begun by Colleen Willoughby in Seattlecould work here in this valley. Indeed, ithad worked already in Boise and Coeur
d’Alene. One cup of tea with a group of
friends became a commitment. Acommitment to philanthropy that waseducated and compassionate.And that first year we funded three 501c3s.
One was the Bellevue Children’s Libr
aryrenovation. A library that probably wouldhave closed became the proud symbol of accomplishment for a small town in Idaho. Ithink that was just a little miracle. Sincethen, 38 agencies have received our funding.In a state where the average grant is $3000,and hard to find, we are a beacon of hope.Our grants average over $10,000.
That’s just part of where we were then.
There are many stories, many little miracles.And this is where we are today:We are: 130 women making a difference.We are from all walks of life, all over thecountry, with one heart and one mission.We know that we are so lucky to live part-time, full-time and sometime in Idaho. Weknow that this is the last great place we willever live. We dream of leaving a place thatour children and grandchildren will returnto. We know that our neighbors around usare the reason we are so lucky. And we caredeeply about them. We started in 2005 - we
didn’t need 2008 to remind us that people in
our lives need help.We refuse to accept the status quo. Weknow that we can strive for an Idaho that haschildren without pain, elderly without fear,relationships without violence and a place toturn when there seems to be no hope left.We know change is possible. We believe inchange and we invest in it. We know thatwhen you are compassionate and giving itcauses others to do the same. Now six years later, we are here to celebrate$500,000 of grants invested back into our community.Dr. Judith Rodin, President of theRockefeller Foundation said:
The singlemost important thing we can do is unleash