Director search continues
WEST CHESTER — With the departure of two directors over the last few month, the Washington County Riverboat Foundation set its sites on filling the two vacant chairs during its regular meeting March 20.
“In order to be on our board you have to live in Washington County or work in Washington County,” executive assistant for (WCRF) Jim Logan said. “They are three-year terms. You can do three consecutive terms and then you have to get off.”
According to the press release sent out by the WCRF the focus of one of the openings would be for the Kalona area.
“We don’t have anybody from the Kalona area right now,” Logan said. “It’s important for the directors to understand they don’t represent Wellman, Brighton, or Washington. They represent Washington County.”
The applications will be due by April 17 and are available online at <www.washingtoncountyriverboatfoundation.org.> Applicants should be aware that they would undergo an extensive background check by the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI), the press release said.
Patricia Koller, WCRF board president, urges anyone to apply, but the applicant must be willing to devote a lot of their time, she said.
“A typical board member attends monthly meetings, participates in committees, reads grant requests, and determines the best grants to fund,” Koller said. “Board members represent the foundation in a professional manner. They also promote and appreciate the partnership that we have with the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort.”
Board members also discussed the amount of grant applications received for the spring 2013 grant period. The amount for the spring grant period has been set at $1.3 million, Logan said.
“This is a record number of grants for us,” Logan said. “We had 94 applications and the most we had before was like 85.”
The board received their packets at Wednesday evening’s meeting. Something new the board is going to do is go through and pick out five grants that they would like to hear more about, Logan said. Then they’ll compile the list and have five to 10 presentations made to them on April 3.
Koller liked the idea of hearing more from the applicants.
“The WCRF has always considered having some groups talk to us about their grant,” Koller said. “We are ready to begin that process this year. I think it is a good idea to hear more about the grants being requested. It will also give the board an opportunity to ask questions of the grantee group.”
The presentations will last no more than 10 minutes, Koller said.
“We don’t want it to be too time-consuming, but we do want more information” she said. “If a group is selected to present their project to us, they will have no more of a chance of getting a grant than those groups who have not been selected to speak. Every grant will still be in the final selection process.”
The board has asked for reports from city councils about how they’ve used their grants in the past, Koller said.
The next meeting will be held on April 3 at 6 p.m. at the Washington County Conservation Center. It will be a work session and presentations for grant requests will be made to the board.