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Westfield Foundation Begins Planned Giving Program
WESTFIELD— The Westfield Foundation Board of Trustees has announced a new initiative called “The Program for Planned Giving.”
“As we begin our 24th year of service as a Community Foundation,” Frank A. MacPherson, president of the Board of Trustees, stated, “I am happy to announce a new opportunity for giving to the Westfield community through the Westfield Foundation.”
The Westfield Foundation is one of more than 500 community foundations in the country and is one of four in New Jersey. Summit, Princeton and Plainfield also support community foundations.
“We follow the foundation philosophy that members of our community have the resources, wisdom and knowledge to meet the unfilled service and cultural needs of Westfield,” said Mr. MacPherson.
The Westfield Foundation has granted more than $1.8 million to area non-profit organizations since 1980. The Foundation, which was established in 1975 with $2,000, has grown to nearly $7 million.
Mr. MacPherson said that these assets are akin to “a savings account for the community.” Included in this growing, charitable endowment are three types of funds: 1) unrestricted funds, which enable the Foundation to respond to new programs, emerging needs and exciting opportunities, 2) restricted or field of interest funds, including 30 scholarship funds, and 3) managed funds, which belong to local organizations for which the Westfield Foundation provides a professional investment program at a very low cost.
“We build endowment assets to fund grants which meet the growing challenges of our town,” the Board President noted. Over the past 18 years, the Westfield Foun
dation provided an average of $100,000 annually to help 93 different non-profit organizations in their mission to strengthen and improve the community.
In 1998, more than $250,000 was returned to the community.
“Human services that benefit under-served populations, the strengthening of educational opportunities for all ages, community and neighborhood development, health services and the arts and humanities are all concerns that the Westfield Foundation addresses in its grants,” he added.
“Westfielders involved in planning their estates may perpetuate the work of the Foundation by remembering the Westfield Foundation in their wills or by setting up individual funds,” Mr. MacPherson stated.
“This is an excellent was to effect significant inheritance tax savings,” he said. “And, it’s a way to ensure that the Westfield we have come to know and love will continue and improve into the next century and beyond.”
Through the Foundation’s “Program for Planned Giving,” citizens may make gifts in any of the following ways:
· Bequest in a donor’s will.
· A gift of life insurance policies.
· A gift of IRA assets or assets from other qualified plans.
· A gift of securities (with a deduction for the full market value).
· Creation of a Donor-Advised, field of interest, or named unrestricted fund. Charitable lead or charitable remainder trusts.
· A pooled income fund. In concert with the new “Program for Planned Giving,” the Board of Trustees is embarking on an outreach program to the community to inform residents about the Westfield Foundation. An informational newsletter is being mailed to every resident of Westfield this week.
Further information about the Foundation is available by calling Betsy Chance, Executive Director, at (908) 233-9787.
NEW INITIATIVE…Frank A. MacPherson, President of the Westfield Foundation Board of Trustees, has announced a new Foundation initiative called “The Program for Planned Giving.” Pictured, left to right, are: 1998 Officers of the Westfield Foundation, Frank A. MacPherson, President, Barbara B. Ball, Secretary, Roberta K Federici, Vice-President, and John Ketcham, Treasurer. Pancake Breakfast Slated
By Westfield Rotarians
WESTFIELD — In support of the Rotary Club of Westfield Student Scholarship Fund, the Westfield Rotary will offer a meal of pancakes, eggs and sausages between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, March6,in theWestfieldHighSchool cafeteria.
Live musical entertainment and fun activities for children will be available throughout the event.
The Rotary awarded $85,000 in scholarship aid to 54 Westfield students in 1998 and has awarded nearly
PANCAKE FLIPPERS…Westfield Rotarians will be flipping pancakes at the popular annual fundraiser on Saturday, March 6, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pancakes will be served in the Westfield High School Cafeteria. Pictured, left to right, from last year’s pancake event, are: Ken Ciarrocca, George Kraemer, and Warren Rorden.
$1.3 million to 1,200 students since the club was founded in 1921.
The public’s support of the pancake day will make it possible for the club to continue aiding local students.
Rotary International is an organization of 1.2 million business and professional men and women in 23,000 Rotary Clubs in 155 countries worldwide.
Tickets may be obtained, for a nominal donation, from any Rotarian or at the door on the day of the event.
Animal Expert to Present Reptile Program at Library
WESTFIELD – “Snakes-n-Scales and Turtle Tales” will be presented at the Westfield Memorial Library, 550 East Broad Street, on Saturday, February 20, at 1 p.m.
Bill Boesenberg, an animal health technician and natural history educator for the Newark Museum, will discuss the world of reptiles and explore the lives of these creatures.
He will introduce participants to crocodiles, snapping turtles, a boa constrictor, and other animals, and will talk about amphibians, insects and arachnids.
Mr. Boesenberg has extensive experience with exotic animals, and can adapt his presentations to all age groups, according to May Furstner, a spokeswoman for the Friends of the Westfield Memorial Library.
Free tickets for the program, designed for both adults and children, Bill Boesenberg
are available at the library’s Children’s Desk.
Service Award Presented By Enrichment Foundation
SCOTCH PLAINS — The Education Enrichment Foundation of ScotchPlains-Fanwoodrecentlypresented its annual Service to Education Award to three prominent community members at a reception given in their honor.
The purpose of the award is to recognize individualswhohavemade outstanding contributions to the development of youth and have fostered educational excellence for the students of Scotch Plains and Fanwood.
The recipients of this year’s award are Eleanor Kramps, Joseph Nagy and Dr. Terry Riegel.
Mrs. Kramps has supported educational opportunities for the students of the community for many years.
She has served on the ParentTeacher Associations(PTA)atTerrill Middle School and Scotch PlainsFanwood High School. She additionally was a member of the PTA Council, and served as its President.
Mrs. Kramps was an elected member of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education, and held the position of President of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Music Boosters.
She is currently the President of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Scholarship Foundation, a district-wide organization that awards scholarship assistance to local high school and college students.
Mr. Nagy has donated time and energy to benefit the youth of the community in diverse ways for many years. He has been an active member of theScotchPlains-FanwoodScholarship Foundation, serving as its Treasurer since 1981.
Along with his work in this area, Mr. Nagy has been involved in various Board of Education committees, the district’s Parent Liaison Committee,andChannel 35.Hehasserved as President of the Scotch PlainsFanwood High School PTA and the Association of Good Schools.
He is actively involved in fundraising for local Boy Scouts of America troops, and is a member of the InterracialCouncilofBusinesses. He also spends his extra time as a self-proclaimed handyman for the Thrift Shop of the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Service League.
Dr. Riegel has served the students and communities of Scotch Plains and Fanwood as a teacher and Principal ofScotchPlains-FanwoodHigh School.Duringhis tenureasateacher and administrator, he has initiated and fostered programs and opportunities for the students to develop leadership skills and to advance their learning.
He has served as an advocate for youth through his work in local activities. Dr. Riegel is a member of the ScotchPlains-FanwoodHighSchool PTA and PTA Council, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the New Jersey School Masters Club, and the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association.
He additionally is a member of the New Jersey Education Association, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Education Association, the Union County Principals Association, and the Association of Supervisors and Curriculum Development.
Dr. Riegel has devoted many hours as an advocate for the youth of the communities in educational, legal and other public areas.
At this year’s reception, the Foundation also announced the recipients of the 1998-1999 mini-grants. All grant recipients are currently educators fromtheScotchPlains-Fanwood district.
Those honored were Marylynne Cartwright andLynneGrimmerfrom ColesElementarySchool;Bernadette Hoyer from Brunner Elementary School; Jane Lawler from McGinn Elementary School; Catherine Mattfield and Virginia Konefal from Terrill Middle School; Randy Young from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, and Kit Moulton and Pat Emanuele, representing the District Nurses.
Trolley Expert to Address Westfield Historical Society
WESTFIELD –TheWestfieldHistorical Society will hold a presentation about trolleys next Thursday,
February 18, at 7:45 p.m. in the Community Room of the Westfield Municipal Building.
Earl J. Frawley will show slides and a video of the trolleys, while discussing their inception and how feasible and profitable they were for mass transportation.
He will also compare the benefits and disadvantages of the trolleys, and explain why he feels the era of the trolley will return.
Since 1960, Mr. Frawley has been a member of the Seashore Trolley Museum at Kennebunkport, Maine. This is the oldest and largest trolley museum in the world.
A resident of Westfield for 28 years, Mr. Frawley has lived for 26 years in the Charles Addams house, which was recently declared a historical landmark by the Westfield Historic Preservation Commission.
The public is invited to attend and refreshments will be served at the end of the program.
Parks Department Sets Spring Spelling Bee
SCOTCH PLAINS – The Scotch Plains Department of Parks has announced that the annual spelling bee, which is co-sponsored by the Scotch Plains Junior Woman’s Club, will be held on Saturday, March 20, at the Scotch Hills Clubhouse on Jerusalem Road in Scotch Plains.
The bee will be an eliminationtype contest. Third-grade students will begin at 9 a.m., followed by fourthand fifth-grade students.
Words will be used from the spellersprintedfor eachgradelevel.Prizes will be awarded to the first and second place winners in each grade.
Registration will begin on Tuesday, February 16, in the Recreation Office.Participants willalsobegiven application forms in their schools, which may be completed and delivered to the Recreation Office.
Alumni Association Sets Scholarship Deadline
SCOTCH PLAINS – The Scotch Plains-FanwoodHighSchool(SPFHS) Alumni Association will present two scholarships this year to applicants attending a four-year or two-year college or technical school.
Scholarships will be presented on thebasis ofacademicrecord,financial need and character. Preference will be given to a descendant of a SPFHS alumni member.
Applications may be picked up at the high school guidance office and should be submitted with a transcript, a letter from the applicant’s counselor orteacher,and apersonalletteroutlining goals for the future and need of financialassistance.
Applications should be sent by Monday, March 1, to Bob Carboy, Scholarship Chairperson,49St.John’s Place, Fanwood, 07023.