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Smallwood trustees to visit valley

Staff reports

The Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation will be hold its board of trustees meeting at the Family Support Council’s offices in Gardnerville Aug. 4.

Suzy Stockdale, board of trustees chair, said that Karen Edwards, director of the council, volunteered the facility to host the meeting, and will be treating the board to lunch as a thank-you for the many years of support that the foundation has provided to the council.

“The board is always interested in the positive results that the grant money provided,” said Stockdale. “A meeting in Gardnerville will give us an opportunity to create a personal bond with the organizations and people that we have assisted.”

The Smallwood Foundation supports education and community concerns in three areas of the United States, Fort Worth, Texas, the home of Frances C. and William P. Smallwood, and the Carson Valley and Chapel Hill, N.C., the homes of the Smallwoods’ nieces, Stockdale and Sally Muller.

During the meeting, the foundation will award a grant of $5,000 to Douglas County Community Access Television.

“By working with the communities in which we live, we are more in tune to the needs,” said Stockdale.

While the foundation’s board of trustees are in town for the meeting, they will visit the Douglas County School District, where it was instrumental in providing funds for the Professional Development Center, the newly remodeled Douglas County Library, Western Nevada Community College, Douglas, which was the recipient of grant money from the foundation, and the Nature Conservancy. They will also visit the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center for a tour of the new Children’s Museum, an area in the museum that will be curated entirely by children in an afterschool and weekend program.

“The Smallwood Foundation provided almost all of the funds for the children’s museum,” said Cecile Brown, curator of the Carson Valley Historical Society. “We are thrilled that they will be here to visit the program.”

After lunch at the Family Support Council, the board will tour the support council’s facilities to which the foundation contributed $30,000. The foundation has also granted funds for the past seven years for the council’s parenting programs and has contributed to the building fund for the domestic violence shelter.

“The Smallwood Foundation has been an avid supporter of us for many years. They granted us money for the building fund, and we want to show off what some of their money provided,” said Edwards. “I think of them as friends of the Family Support Council, and hosting their lunch is just a small way that we can say thank you.”

The Smallwood Foundation’s board of trustees includes Stockdale, Muller, Saul Baker, Harry Bartel and Rick Piersall. Board meetings are held quarterly rotating between the different communities that it serves.