Plan to Attend W.O.W. Fall Luncheon Oct. 29

Women of Worth (W.O.W.) will be meeting for its annual fall luncheon on Sunday, October 29 at Lake Placid Conference Center. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be served at 1:00 p.m. W.O.W. members will vote on which grant applications to fund for this year. Willa Kay Sprunger, Berne, will provide the program. She is the author of Five Pieces of Pizza and a Can of Grape Soda, a humorous look at the twists and turns of a woman’s life. This is Sprunger’s second visit with W.O.W. She was the W.O.W. luncheon speaker in 2014 as well.

To make your reservation or check on your membership donation for 2017, email Elizabeth at or call 765-348-3411 by Monday, October 23.

New Round of Grants Awarded

The Foundation approved 11 projects proposed by local nonprofit organizations at its August 17 board meeting. The total grant amount distributed was $53,321. Individual grants ranged from $1,000 to help fund the Montpelier Jamboree during Labor Day weekend to $13,863 to support improvements to the pedestrian walks as part of the prairie restoration project at Wilderness Park. For the complete list of August 2017 awards, click here.

The next round of grant awards will be given in March 2018. Online applications will be available soon. They should be returned by February 15, 2018, at the Foundation office.

Scholarships Awarded to Local College Students

In an effort to continue supporting students attending colleges and vocational programs beyond their first year of study, the Foundation awards scholarships of $250 – $400 to local students who maintain at least a 2.5 GPA. For the 2017-2018 school year, the Foundation was able to award $9,620 to 33 students. The awards this year came from market earnings of three permanent funds: the Helen and Howard McCollum Family Scholarship Fund, the Betty L. and Robert W. Renner Community Fund, and the Voyance and Zella Kegerreis Memorial Scholarship Fund. Tri Kappa Associates also provided scholarship funding this year. For a complete list of award winners, click here.