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Jolidon Committee Pleased With Response
After much planning and communication with our chapter, the Jolidon Fund sub-committee is now into the most enjoyable part of the process: reviewing a portfolio of ideas for chapter projects and 13 applications for grant funding submitted by chapter members and friends. The ideas for chapter projects and the requests for funding were all very different and creative, which inspired much excitement among the committee members. Because the grant program has deadlines, the committee has turned its attention to the applications and will give more time to the project ideas as the first round of grant fund- ing clears out of the way.
The 13 grant applications represent $58,500 in fund requests for the period of January to June 2015. Considering that the committee has only $12,000 to spend for that initial six-month period, there will be some hard decisions made, especially because all of the requests have merit. The committee will make its decisions at its next meeting in late October and will forward its recommendations to the chapter board for approval in November. Letters to the applicants will go out by Dec. 1st and checks will follow.
The committee was allocated $30,000 of interest from the fund to “spend” (i.e. make rec- ommendations to the chapter board) in 2015. A suggestion by a chapter board member that was heartily endorsed by the sub-committee resulted in the very first gifts from the fund – $1000 to each of our six AGO sister chapters in Connecticut: Fairfield West, Greater Bridgeport, New Haven, New London County, Northeastern CT and Waterbury. The checks were a surprise and the responses so far have been gratifying. This means $24,000 remains for the grant program – $12,000 for the first half of the year and $12,000 for the second half.
The Jolidon Fund sub-committee has gained a lot of experience from its work so far, which will inform both the chapter board and the committee in future consideration of the fund and its use. All of this is new to everyone and it is likely that the chapter’s ap- proach to the Jolidon Fund will evolve over time. But at the moment, the sub-committee is simply enjoying this stage of its task.
To learn more about Marjorie Jolidon, visit the Marjorie Jolidon page. Check often for progress and updates on how this fund is able to promote our profession.
Jolidon Subcommittee members are Jim Gower (chair), Jason Charneski, Deb Gemma, Sue Hertel, Joan Pritchard, Christa Rakich and Nancy Robbins, with John Coghill as Board liaison.