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BRF Area Foundation Update

(1/30/12) At the Black River Falls Area Foundation’s Annual Strategic Planning Meeting on December 20th at the Skyline Clubhouse, two incumbent trustees, Ron Danielson and Jean Lee, were re-elected to the board of trustees, each to a third three-year term. 


Trustee Fred Stai had completed three consecutive three-year terms and was not eligible for re-election.  Elected to succeed him was Mike Mahan, M.D. In addition, the following officers were re-elected: Gil Homstad, chairman; Dave Hoffman, vice chairman; Sue Michaelson, secretary; and Mike Dougherty, treasurer.


Gil Homstad thanked Fred Stai for his many years of dedicated service.  “We appreciate your time and commitment to the Foundation these past nine years,” said Homstad, “particularly with fundraisers for the maintenance and improvement funds for the Foundation Trail, Field of Honor/Veterans Park and Skyline Golf Course and Clubhouse.”  He then presented Stai with a recognition plaque with his name and term engraved on it.  Stai said he has enjoyed his years on the Foundation Board.  “It has been an honor to be involved with this organization that has done, and will continue to do, so much for this area,” he said.  “It’s been so satisfying to see the tremendous support that people have for the Foundation.”  


New trustee Mahan is a family medicine physician at the Krohn Clinic.  He has been involved in many community activities, particularly with the Jackson County Youth Soccer Program where he has served as a coach and board member for over 15 years.  He successfully co-chaired a drive for a permanent home with top-notch field conditions for youth soccer, with playing to begin with the start of the 2012-2013 season.  He said he is looking forward to serving on the Foundation Board.  “I consider it a great honor to have been elected and I hope to learn from the other board members on ways to continue to improve this town and area that my wife and I call home,” he said. 


Homstad also introduced and welcomed Julie Murray, the Foundation’s new administrative assistant, who began the job December 1st.  Murray succeeded Beth Overlien who resigned due to family and other job commitments.  Murray is a lifelong resident of Jackson County and was most recently employed as a software application specialist/trainer with Property Info Corp., a division of Stewart Title Guaranty from Houston, Texas.  Murray worked as a telecommuter from her home office.  She has also worked as a manager/licensed title insurance agent for Black River Country Abstract & Title Company and as a real estate loan officer for Co-op Credit Union.


The Foundation’s eleven-member volunteer board of trustees reflects a variety of community interests and involvement.  They oversee the investment of donor funds and the distribution of grants to worthy causes in accordance with donors’ intentions.  Trustees serve a three-year term of office, with a maximum of three consecutive three-year terms.  They serve without compensation and are selected for their judgement, integrity, and understanding of philanthropic needs. Other trustees are Eric Chrisinger, Kay Finch, Tom Lister and Dave Millis. 






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