Heartfelt congratulations to all our wonderful Ojai Women’s Fund members for a most success 2016 Grant Election! Thank you for taking the time to carefully review each balloted applicant and thoughtfully (and, for member groups, cooperatively) cast your informed votes. We released the election results on October 28th, which delighted us all with the surprise news of a sixth! grant recipient thanks to a ballot tie. Nice job, ladies!
Our year of establishing OWF, spreading the word, hosting informational sessions, gathering almost 300 members, raising funds, and holding our membership election of first-year grant recipients has brought us now to this very exciting point. We did it!! Now, we look forward to celebrating our own efforts, and the remarkable Ojai organizations we’ve chosen to share a total of $60,000 in OWF grants this year: (Arts) Ojai Youth Opera Company; (Education) Girls Empowerment Workshop; (Environment) Once Upon A Watershed; (Healthcare) Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association; (Social Services) Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center, AND Reins of H.O.P.E. Yes, we’ll have plenty to celebrate on December 1st at the 2016 OWF Grantee Celebration Reception!
In the midst of our delight over this year’s phenomenal accomplishments, let’s give thought to 2017, which is, after all, just around the corner. Once we honor and celebrate this year’s grantees it will be time to look toward next year’s. So we encourage you to renew your OWF membership now before the holiday season frenzy sets in. And, please extend enthusiastic news of the OWF to more friends and acquaintances who may wish to join us in 2017. In fact, invite them to our Dec. 1st event to experience the end-of-grant-cycle joy – that’s what it’s all about.
Thank you! Congratulations! And see you at the celebration!