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In lieu of its traditional large-scale in-person Annual Meeting, the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates recently held its Annual Meeting virtually on January 15, 2021 which featured a “State of the State” address from its Executive Director, Judy Sjostedt Ritchie.
Sjostedt Ritchie noted that 2021 marked the 22nd Annual Meeting that she has had the privilege of conducting. The PACF’s grantmaking capacity has grown significantly over its history. In 1964, one year after the PACF’s founding, the Foundation awarded $2,000 in community grants. By contrast, at the end of its 2020 fiscal year, the PACF awarded $2.9 million in grants and scholarships.
“As a public charity, anything and everything that the PACF can do is directly to the credit of the generous local citizens who support it,” said Sjostedt Ritchie. “Citizens working together founded this charitable foundation more than 50 years ago and it continues to be a wonderful work in progress. As each new generation builds on it, it becomes an even more impactful force for good in this community.”
Cynthia Brown, PACF Board Chairman 2019 and 2020, was honored for two years of leading the PACF’s Board of Directors through an era of great service and significant growth. A resolution commending her accomplishments and volunteer service was incorporated into the official meeting record.
New PACF Board Officers were announced as follows:
Three PACF Board members with a combined thirty years of service - Thomas Whaling, John Ralsten and Linda Gerrard - received commemorative resolutions upon “retiring” from PACF Board service after 10 years’ service each (the maximum two consecutive five-year terms).
Three new members have joined the PACF Board:
Fiscal Year 2020 Highlights included:
Sjostedt Ritchie noted that the PACF has several programs open to applications at this time. To learn more about its grants, scholarships, and other initiatives or to make online gifts, see www.pacfwv.com. The PACF serves eleven counties including Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood counties in West Virginia and Washington County, Ohio.
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