WAEF Quarterly Board Meeting

WAEF Quarterly Board Meeting

Yesterday WAEF directors met in Ellensburg for their quarterly board of directors meeting.

Directors present included chairman Chris Willett, vice-chairman Jeff Fagg and members Bart Gebers, Ben Jensen, Cory Groves, Dennis Bigness, Dwaine Brown, Frank Davis, James Foreman, Keith Veselka, Kristin Kershaw-Snapp, LaVerne Bergstrom, Larry Martin, Rolando Martin and Ruth Pringle. Also attending was former WAEF chairman Chris Schlect and guest Nate Fulton.

This was the last official WAEF board meeting for retiring director Frank Davis. Frank has been a member of the WAEF board for six years serving as chairman of the Student Stewardship committee for several of those. He expressed his appreciation to his fellow directors and WAEF staff sharing that he was proud to have been part of the foundation. Frank was recognized for his service and presented with a piece of framed artwork from the WAEF Year of the Apple Art Contest.

Annually, three board members are recognized for their above and beyond efforts during the year to further the mission of WAEF. Board member activities include donor stewardship, introduction of WAEF to new contributors, participation on and leadership of committees, attendance at WAEF events and unique outreach. This year, Dwaine Brown, Darrin Belton and Bob Mast were selected.

Dwaine Brown is from Selah. He’s been a member of the WAEF board since 2013 and currently serves as the foundation’s treasurer. Dwaine is the CIO for Tree Top having previously been in the position of CFO for Tree Top.

Darrin Belton joined the WAEF board of directors in 2017. He is the Business Development Director for Stemilt Ag Services. Darrin is the chairman of the WAEF Investment Committee. Darrin is from Zillah.

Bob Mast is the immediate past chairman of WAEF and has been a member of the board of directors since 2015. Bob is from Wenatchee. He is the CEO of CMI Orchards.

Bob, Darrin and Dwaine each received a desk plaque recognizing their achievement. In their honor, WAEF will award scholarships in their names this spring.

Also of note on the agenda was an update on the proposed Washington Apples specialty license plate. Jennifer Witherbee shared that progress was being made on the Senate Bill. It has been approved in the Senate Transportation Committee and would hopefully move from the Rules Committee soon. Many steps are still ahead and signatures demonstrating support are still vital. Click here to sign the petition requesting the legislature approve the creation of the license plate honoring the apple industry and providing a source of revenue for WAEF.

Directors heard from former WAEF chairman Chris Schlect. Chris is a member of the WAEF Counselors Roundtable, an elected group of former WAEF chairmen and other special contributors that continue their service to the foundation as Counselors.

 He updated directors on a special fund created and funded by members of the Counselors Roundtable to provide funding for special projects identified during the year but not in the budget. This is the first year for the fund, created in part to recognize the foundation’s 25th anniversary.

WAEF directors meet as a full board of directors quarterly. Outside of board meetings, officers meet monthly. Several committees help follow through on the direction and directives of the board of directors.

 The foundation meets next in Yakima for its annual meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 7th.

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