The Tucker Community Foundation hosted its annual meeting May 16 at Tip Top Cafe in Thomas, with president David Cooper presiding.
Executive Director Rob Burns introduced David Parker, of Elkins, who was recently hired as part-time office manager. Parker joins Alma Fowler, senior administrative trainee, and Development Director Diane Hinkle as foundation staff.
Cooper and Governance Chairman Sam Goughnour introduced Samantha Burns, who has been elected to serve as the youth community volunteer representative on the Board of Directors. Burns is a junior at Tucker County High School, where she is serving as junior class secretary and a member of Student Council and several clubs: Fellowship of Christian Athletes; TCHS HOSA president; WV HOSA secretary/treasurer; and TCHS Future Farmers vice president. Burns is the reigning Tucker County Fair queen and a member of the St. George Ridge Runners 4-H Club. She is active in Relay For Life and helps teach Sunday school at Good Tidings Assembly of God Church. She is the daughter of Mark and Stephanie Burns of Parsons, and the sister of Tanner and Laney.
The resignation of board member Anne Brown Wardwell was accepted with regret. Wardwell will continue to serve as chair of the Run For It committee. Donna Patrick was elected to serve as a member at large on the Executive Committee.
The Run For It committee reported on the 2012 campaign. Ten teams have registered to date, and race sponsors have pledged more than $23,000 to the award purse - with more pledges pending.
Registration for the Sept. 29 race is open, and entry forms can be downloaded from the Run For It link at www.tuckerfoundation.net.
Former board member Mariwyn Smith and Debbie Ritter, branch manager of Citizens Bank of WV, have agreed to serve as community volunteer representatives on the Development Committee. The committee recently took part in a training session presented by Paul Daugherty of West Virginia Grantmakers.
Patrick distributed tickets for Uncle Sam's Birthday Party. The annual fundraiser will be held in the main lodge of Canaan Valley Resort this year, because of construction in the Bear Paw Lodge area. Tickets are $125 and can be purchased from any board member or Foundation staff. The elimination dinner will feature two $5,000 jackpots as well as a host of other prizes.
Recommendations for $52,000 in scholarship awards were approved. The fall grant cycle starts the first week in August; applications are due Sept. 21.
Tucker Community Foundation serves Barbour, Grant, Mineral, Preston, Pocahontas, Randolph, Tucker counties in West Virginia and Garrett County, Md. More information is available by calling 304-478-2930.