RCEF president's Report for 2017

January 30, 2018

From: Mary Patterson, 2017 President of Ravenna Community Educational Foundation
Subject: 2017 RCEF Year End Report

1. The RCEF annual “Taste of Ravenna” was once again the main event of the year. This year we had approximately 142 people attend. We had a wonderful assortment of items donated for both the silent auction and live auction resulting in a very successful evening. Mr. Donald Swanson, on behalf of the RCEF, presented the 2017 distinguished alumni to Mr. Ralph Rogers and the 2017 memorial alumnus recipient was Mr. Burt Kennedy.
2. The RCEF fund balance as of December 31, 2017 is $204,832.05.
3. We awarded two $1000 scholarships, the recipients were Brian Thompson and Alexis MacKay.
4. We funded seven mini-grants: Grant Parker FFA -Musketawa Trails Signs, Dan Eisenhauer and Clark Kantola – science equipment, Melissa Gemmill and Wendi DeJonge – Kindergarten reading program, Kristi May – Art Pride displays, Shari Luce – STEM
5. We approved funding to have Melissa Thatcher update the alumni data base.
6. We voted to have the scholarship interview responsibilities turned over to the Muskegon Community Foundation. Changes to our scholarship criteria were made and approved. We will continue to present two $1000 scholarships annually with one of the scholarships going to a student attending a vocational or trade school.
7. We participated in the Dog Daze event in July. RCEF members handed out complimentary waters. We had a RCEF representative at the Back to School breakfast for The Ravenna Public School staff informing them of our grants available to provide enriched classroom experiences.
8. Officer elections were held for 2018: Mary Patterson, President; Dennis Emery, Vice-President; Jason Helsen, Treasurer; Mike Pierson, Secretary; Trustees are: Mary Arends, Marty Heiss, Ken Patterson, Ken Punter, Dee Swanson.
9. 2018 promises to be another wonderful year for the RCEF. As our fund continues to grow it enables us to provide more grants to insure the students in our community receive an excellent education. Thank you to our community for their generous support of the RCEF.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Patterson