Education foundation to launch pledge drive

Members of the Enterprise Education Foundation Board of Directors gathered for its annual meeting last week. They are, left to right: front, secretary Nora Stangel, president Cindy Aschenbrenner, treasurer Amber Wulff and vice president Mike Wiedeman; back, Rob Madsen, Jeni Greenshields, Chuck Simpson and Carl Sanders; not pictured is John Hillock. Elane Dickenson/Chieftain

A new president has been chosen to head the Enterprise Education Foundation, and the organization is preparing to launch a new pledge fund drive.

Cindi Aschenbrenner was elected president of the Enterprise Education Foundation at the nonprofit organization's annual meeting on Oct. 29, succeeding founding president Mike Wiedeman, who was vice president. Secretary Nora Stangel and treasurer Amber Wulff were elected to retain their positions.

The board finalized plans to send out letters for a new pledge drive to enable its ongoing financial support for Enterprise School District's elementary art and music education and Enterprise high school's vocational agriculture and home economics departments. Wiedeman reported that the foundation has supplied over $330,000 to the district between 2001 and 2006, much of it supplied by district donors who made five-year pledges. The foundation will now ask for patrons to make or renew financial pledges for the future.

"In five years, a lot of families who initially pledged have moved on or their children have graduated. It's time to initiate a new drive," Wiedeman said. He chaired the meeting until election of officers were held near the end. Since he is now serving on the Enterprise School Board, he said, it was time for a new president to take over the foundation.

Attending their first meeting as board members were Carl Sanders and Rob Madsen, who both have two children and are active in youth and community activities. They replace Mark Green and Nancy Stangel on the board.

Major fundraising events that are fast approaching are the Winter Classic basketball tournament in Enterprise on Dec. 7 and 8, with the Ione, Joseph, Wallowa and Enterprise teams participating, and the Pendleton basketball tournament, with the Sherman County, Weston McEwen, North Powder and Enterprise teams taking part.

Board members discussed ways to promote an ongoing project, ESCRIP, which is offered though Safeway and is already adding over $700 per month to the foundation's bank account.

About 120 residents have already registered their Safeway Club Card to benefit the foundation with up to 10 percent of the money they spend at the grocery store. Aschenbrenner said that anyone with questions may contact her at 426-2039 or ccsc@eoni.com. Information is also available at www.escrip.com.

The board briefly discussed the grant from PacifiCorp for $2,000, which will purchase a piano and a padded cover for the music department. The piano will be placed in the school all-purpose room, where many performances are held.

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