CFRBA 2015 Annual Report

CFRBA 2015 Annual Report

Save the Date – CFRBA Annual Meeting and Reception

CFRBA Save the Date

Scholarship to Rockbridge County Graduating Class of 2015

George C. Marshall Chapter of Military Officers Association of America Offers Scholarship to Rockbridge County Graduating Class of 2015

The Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath and Alleghany is now accepting scholarship applications online for the graduating class of 2015. Applicants may apply online at htttp://www.cfrba.org between now and the March 20, 2015 deadline.

The George C. Marshall Chapter of MOAA is a group of retired and active duty United States military officers and widows based in Lexington, Virginia. Its mission is multifaceted. The Chapter provides support to veterans and their families, primarily to those living in Rockbridge County. It works with Virginia’s elected representatives to foster awareness and support for not only chapter members but for veterans as a whole. The chapter engages the local community to encourage support and understanding of our servicemen and their commitment to the country. A corresponding commitment the chapter has made to the community is its permanent scholarship for deserving young men and women.

The $500 Scholarship is being offered to a graduating Rockbridge county resident who is a high school senior and intends to enroll in a post-secondary institution for the following academic year. The Applicant must be a child of active duty, reserve, National Guard or retired members of the United States armed services. They must also demonstrate a capacity to satisfactorily complete college-level studies based on: GPA, standardized test scores and participation in extracurricular activities. Good citizenship and leadership must be evidenced in school and community activities.

This scholarship is open to any resident who is graduating in 2015. This includes all area high schools, home schooled students and students who reside in the area but attend private schools outside the county.

The Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath and Alleghany encourages donors interested in creating new scholarships to contact Lori Keckler at 540-463-0943 lori.keckler@cfrba.org for more information.

The Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath and Alleghany is now accepting scholarship applications online for the graduating class of 2015. Applicants may apply online at htttp://www.cfrba.org between now and the March 20, 2015 deadline.The George C. Marshall Chapter of MOAA is a group of retired and active duty United States military officers and widows based in Lexington, Virginia. Its mission is multifaceted. The Chapter provides support to veterans and their families, primarily to those living in Rockbridge County. It works with Virginia’s elected representatives to foster awareness and support for not only chapter members but for veterans as a whole. The chapter engages the local community to encourage support and understanding of our servicemen and their commitment to the country. A corresponding commitment the chapter has made to the community is its permanent scholarship for deserving young men and women.The $500 Scholarship is being offered to a graduating Rockbridge county resident who is a high school senior and intends to enroll in a post-secondary institution for the following academic year. The Applicant must be a child of active duty, reserve, National Guard or retired members of the United States armed services. They must also demonstrate a capacity to satisfactorily complete college-level studies based on: GPA, standardized test scores and participation in extracurricular activities. Good citizenship and leadership must be evidenced in school and community activities.

This scholarship is open to any resident who is graduating in 2015. This includes all area high schools, home schooled students and students who reside in the area but attend private schools outside the county.

The Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath and Alleghany encourages donors interested in creating new scholarships to contact Lori Keckler at 540-463-0943 lori.keckler@cfrba.org for more information.

Lexington High School Alumni Association Scholarship

Lexington, VA. (January 27, 2015) – For many years, the Lexington High School Alumni Association has sponsored a scholarship for a college-bound graduate of Rockbridge County High School, and. in 2012, the alumni organization turned its scholarship fund over to the Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath, and Allegheny for it to invest and manage in perpetuity.

The Lexington High School Alumni Scholarship is available to provide higher-education scholarship assistance to needy and deserving students graduating from Rockbridge County High School or successor school who demonstrates a capacity to satisfactorily complete college-level studies; They must also demonstrate good citizenship and leadership as evidenced in school and community activities; and demonstrate financial need.

The Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath and Alleghany is now accepting scholarship applications online for the graduating class of 2015. Applicants may apply online at www.cfrba.org between now and the March 20, 2015 deadline.

Thanks from an alert from “News-Gazette” reporter, Kit Hadsel, and the co-operation of the demolition company in charge of tearing down Waddell (a.k.a. Old Lexington High School), a pile of façade brick (made in Glasgow) was obtained. The Alumni Association then offered a brick to any alum of LHS or Waddell in exchange for a $19.00 donation to the scholarship fund. To date, nearly $ 600 has been raised from close to fifty donors. The Alumni Association hopes to raise the fund to a level which will enable them to increase the amount of the scholarship they offer to $1000. Some bricks are still available and anyone wishing to obtain one can do so by contacting David Coffey at 463-9529 and making a $10.00 contribution, cash and carry.

The Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath and Alleghany encourages donors interested in creating new scholarships to contact Lori Keckler at 540-463-0943 lori.keckler@cfrba.org for more information.

Nature Camp Scholarship Applications Being Accepted

The Community Foundation of Rockbridge, Bath, and Alleghany (CFRBA) is pleased to announce that it is now taking applications for the Nature Camp Scholarship. The scholarship is for $400 and will cover part of the cost of attending a two week session of Nature Camp during the summer of 2015. The total cost of the camp is $815. The scholarship winner will be responsible for paying the balance of the fee, but additional financial aid may be available through the camp.

The Nature Camp Scholarship was created with the recognition of the positive value that an experience at a nature camp can have on a young person’s development, especially for individuals in lower-income or underrepresented communities. This scholarship honors the memory of Eliot L. Balazs who lived his entire life in the Rockbridge area and was an ardent supporter of nature conservation, archeology, historic preservation, and outdoor activities. Eliot donated countless hours to community organizations. He passed away in 2012, but this scholarship is a way to honor him and continue his legacy of service and conservation.

Nature Camp is a private, non-profit, residential, co-ed summer camp specializing in natural history and environmental science education. Since 1942 Nature Camp has sought to train a corps of interested, knowledgeable youth, from 5th through 12th grade, to conserve and protect the environment and to become wise stewards of the earth’s natural resources.

Nestled in an isolated, idyllic valley by Big Mary’s Creek in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Rockbridge County, Nature Camp is founded on the principle that no one can be expected to save the world who doesn’t care about the world, and no one can be expected to care about the natural world who doesn’t know about and understand it.

Nature Camp seeks to foster an appreciation for and love of nature by inviting the campers to explore the world around them through hands-on, outdoor, experiential learning. In so doing they hope to inspire the young people of today to become environmentally responsible and conscientious citizens of tomorrow, to spark a lifelong love of learning, and to forge a deep and abiding connection with the natural world.

For more information on the camp, visit www.naturecamp.net.

To apply for the scholarship, visit: lori.keckler@cfrba.org or 540-463-0943.

The deadline for applying is March 1st, 2015. NOTE: This is NOT a postmark deadline. Applications must be in the possession of the CFRBA by March 5th.

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CFRBA Newsletter January 2015

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CFRBA Hosts Annual Reception

The Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath and Alleghany hosted its annual reception at Kendal of Lexington on November 13th at 6pm. One hundred thirty two guests were in attendance for the event including foundation donors, grant recipients, local government and past/present board members. Read more

CFRBA Welcomes New Board Members

The Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath and Alleghany is pleased to announce the addition of three new board members.  Mark Matheson, Barbara Luton and Patrick Webb.

Mark Matheson is a volunteer professor at Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista. He has taught courses on investments, entrepreneurship and small business management, and social entrepreneurship. Mark received a doctorate in organizational leadership from the University of Phoenix, a master’s degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School, and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Utah. For more than fifteen years, Mark owned a successful stock investment business and is a chartered financial analyst. Prior to setting up his own investment office, he was a partner and senior research analyst with Crowell, Weedon & Co. in Los Angeles. Formerly, he was director of research at Cruttenden & Co. in Irvine, Calif. He also was senior vice-president of corporate development for Fidelity National Financial and an analyst with Capital Research and Management. Mark was the founder and president of Greater Salt Lake Tours, Inc.

Barbara Luton and her husband Bill retired to Lexington in 2006 from Santa Barbara, CA. A graduate of Westmont College (BA Psychology), and Pepperdine University (MBA) she was employed by Tenet Healthcare Corporation as Vice President of Corporate Citizenship and Executive Director of the Tenet Healthcare Foundation prior to moving to Virginia. Previously she had served as Deputy Director and Director of Development at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Among her volunteer roles in California, she was a founding board member of the Santa Ynez Valley Community Foundation. Since moving to Virginia she has been active on a number of committees at RE Lee Memorial Church, served two terms on the board of the Garden Club of Virginia, and currently serves on the board of the Blue Ridge Garden Club in Lexington.

Pat retired from the US Army as a colonel following a career of 30 years. In that time, he served in both staff and command positions. Since retiring from the military, he served in several development positions. He was the Director of Information Services for Office of Advancement at Ohio University. He subsequently was the Vice President for Annual and Reunion Giving with the VMI Foundation until he retired for the second time in 2013. Pat serves as a trustee on the Virginia Department of Veterans Services’ Veteran Services Foundation. He is president of the George C. Marshall Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America in Lexington. Pat is a volunteer with the Ride with Pride, therapeutic riding program in Staunton. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University and the Florida Institute of Technology.

CFRBA is staffed by Executive Director Lori Keckler.  Board Members include Dan Vance (Chairman), Robert Glidden (Vice Chairman), Woody Sadler (Treasurer), Sue Whitsitt (Secretary),  Russell Tompkins, , Elizabeth Knapp, Josh Elrod, Carol Grigsby and George Phillips.

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