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Minnesota Housing Commissioner Tim Marx Steps Down from Post September 26, 2008

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Today, Minnesota Housing Commissioner Tim Marx announced that he will be leaving the agency to become the Executive Director of Common Ground, a New York City-based nonprofit housing and community development organization. This change will take place in early November.

MHP extends its best wishes to the commissioner in his new endeavor and recognizes the tremendous vision and sense of strategic leadership that Marx brought to the agency.

Commissioner Marx is another link in the chain of great stewards of Minnesota’s housing finance agency. MHP calls upon Governor Pawlenty to continue the tradition of depoliticizing this agency by appointing a highly regarded professional to replace Commissioner Marx.

Chip Halbach
Executive Director
Minnesota Housing Partnership

Chnage in leadership at Avenues for Homeless Youth (MN) September 26, 2008

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I received an e-mail notifying me that Wendi Heurermann, formerly the Executive Director of Avenues for Homeless Youth, has left.  She is replaced by an interim director, Deborah Loon.  Ms. Heurermann has taken a job as Director of Community Action, a non-profit in Hudson, Wisconsin, where her family lives.  We should follow-up with Avenues for Homeless Youth and find out how the search is going.

We visited Avenues during our visit to Minneapolis in spring 2006.

Market Outlook from Gofen and Glossberg September 20, 2008

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In response to the dramatic swings in the financial market these past several weeks, Joe Glossberg sent us the attached commentary at Paul’s request.   market-outlook-sept-082

Change at Planned Parenthood of Chicago September 19, 2008

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We received a letter from Steve Trombley, the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Chicago, dated July 16.  This is what it says:

As you are probably aware, the five Planned Parenthood affiliates in Illinois consolidated in March of 2008 to form one statewide organization, Planned Parenthood of Illinois.  PPIL now serves of 80,000 women, teens and families in the state, with ten health centers in the Chicago area and ten in major cities downstate.  Our mission remains the same, to provide reproductive health care, education, and advocacy for reproductive health and rights.

Recent Investment Purchases September 19, 2008

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G&G bought

1000 shares of Deere & Company on 9/11/2008

1000 shares of Monsanto, also on 9/11/2008

Change in Leadership at DC Creative Writing Workshop September 19, 2008

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We received a letter dated July 21, 2008, informing us that:

the new interim Executive Director to the DC Creative Writing Workshop is Ruth B. Tillett.  Ms. Tillett is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College as well as the University of Maryland School of Law.  She recently served as the Interim Executive Director of Heighbors’ Consejo, also in Washington, DC.  Prior to that, Ms. Tillett was a Consultant to several nonprofits in the DC metropolitan area.

Nancy Schwalb, the Workshop’s founder, continues to serve as Artistic Director.  Dwayne Betts, Senior Writer in Residence has now assumed the title of Program Associate/Senior Writer in Residence.

With the new leadership in place, the DC Creative Writing Workshop is assured of stable continuity as we go into the 2008-2009 school year.  Our programs will continue to provide creative writing opportunities for DC public school students as well as enriching their lives with trips to the theater, museums and poetry readings.

Former Grantee receives an award September 19, 2008

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Professor Benjamin Isaac, a professor at the University of Tel Aviv, was the recipient for several years of an LIRF grant for his project to map the Roman Roads in Israel.  He has recently been awarded the Israel Prize for General History.  Here is the brief write-up from the Friends of Tel Aviv University:

An authority on the history of Rome and its eastern provinces, including the Land of Israel, Benjamin Isaac is one of the few classicists worldwide to combine expertise in Greek and Roman sources, archaeological finds and Talmudic literature.  He was additionally cited for his findings on the roots of racism in the ancient world, which have had sweeping implications in the field; his in-depth and systematic analysis of Roman rule in the Middle East; and his standing as an exceptional teacher.

Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington has new CEO June 17, 2008

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June 16, 2008

Gwenn Gebhard
Luther I. Replogle Foundation
P.O. Box 33873
Washington DC 20033-0873

Dear Ms. Gebhard:

It is my distinct pleasure to announce that Laura Meyers, Ph.D. will be the next President/CEO of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington. Laura, who comes to us from Buffalo where she serves as the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Western New York, will be starting at PPMW on August 25, 2008. She will be visiting Washington several times over the next two months to meet with staff and community members and to ensure a smooth transition.

I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every donor to PPMW for their commitment, patience and firm support while we have searched for a new CEO. Your dedication to the fundamental mission of Planned Parenthood has been the principal driver of our success during the past year.

The Search Process
Our search process was guided by two fundamental principles shaped by the beliefs of staff and board alike:
• Our belief that Planned Parenthood must strive to be an unparalleled provider of reproductive health services, education and advocacy in the National Capital Region.
• Our belief in an organizational culture that promotes positive values both internally and externally, including a commitment to diversity, teamwork, compassion and respect.

We were unanimous in our decision that Laura Meyers has the experience, vision and values to lead PPMW in the coming years. Her focus will include:
• Enhancing PPMW’s network of partnerships to expand the delivery and reach of our programs and services.
• Continuing the progress in Latino and African-American communities and with PPMW’s teen health education programs.
• Strengthening PPMW’s finances to meet our community’s healthcare needs.
• Improving advocacy in public affair forums and media outlets.

I would also like to take this moment to thank Patty Shields for her tenure as Board Chair over the past year and Sue Bralove for her service as Chair of the Search Committee. As the new Board Chair and a member of the Search Committee, I know how tireless they were to identify the right person to lead PPMW. The entire Board is looking forward to working with Laura, and we are certain that she will have a tremendous impact on the life and health of our community.

Laura’s Background
Laura has been the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Western New York since 2003 (formerly Planned Parenthood of Buffalo and Erie County). With six health clinics and one mobile unit, PPWNY serves approximately 20,000 unduplicated patients per year.

During her tenure, Laura oversaw the strategic merger between two Planned Parenthood affiliates to become Planned Parenthood of Western New York as well as the expansion of teen pregnancy prevention initiatives including two teen theatre programs and a teen drop-in center. The affiliate was recently recognized by Planned Parenthood Federation of America for outstanding work with teens. In addition, Laura directed expansion of medication abortion access; led a capital construction project to renovate the PPWNY headquarters; and, secured funding for a full service mobile health care unit. Laura is known as an innovative fundraiser, having led the affiliate in implementing a multi-year giving program as well as a community awareness and fundraising campaign “We’re So Much More.”

Her community service includes serving for twelve years as an elected member of the Amherst Central School District Board of Education. Laura also serves on the boards of the Pro-Choice Foundation of Western New York and California Summer Music. Within Planned Parenthood, Laura is the current Secretary for the Affiliate Chief Executives Council (ACEC) and a board member for the newly created company created by ACEC to secure a source of contraceptives.

Laura holds a Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education from the University at Buffalo (UB), a Masters in Counseling from UB and an undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Albany. She is a graduate of the Jacobs School of Management Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Core Program as well as the Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York’s Community Health Leadership Fellowship program.

Prior to Planned Parenthood, Laura was Vice President of National Program for EPIC-Every Person Influences Children headquartered in Buffalo where she supervised evaluation research and curriculum development including its award-winning program, “Ready, Set Read.”

Please join me in welcoming Laura to our organization.

Best regards,

Ann O. Hamilton
Board Chair, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington.

Oscar Broneer Traveling Fellow — a thank you e-mail! May 13, 2008

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Dear Prof. Franklin and esteemed Acceptance Committee,

I am delighted to accept the honor of the Oscar Broneer Traveling Fellowship for 2008-2009. Thank you very much for this opportunity to pursue my research and to join the community of scholars and artists at the American Academy in Rome.

I have contacted Ms. Pasquantonio regarding the dates of my stay next year, and I am beginning the process of procuring the necessary documentation for my stay. I look forward to meeting you all in September!

With the sincerest gratitude,

Amanda Coles

E-Mail from Juvenile Protective Association May 2, 2008

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Hello Gwenn,

Thank you for your message and wonderful news! I gratefully appreciate the awesome news that your Foundation recently approved a grant of $10,000 for the next three years in support of our next phase renovation campaign at Juvenile Protective Association (JPA).

Thank you for your partnership with our agency. Your generosity means so much to the distressed children and families we serve at JPA.

Best wishes are extended for a great weekend ahead. Hope you are having a sunny and mild spring!


David E. Wiercinski, CFRE
Chief Development Officer
Juvenile Protective Association
Direct Line: 312-698-6937
Fax: 312-698-6931

From: Gwenn Gebhard [mailto:gwenn@lirf.org]
Sent: Friday, May 02, 2008 1:52 PM
To: David Wiercinski
Subject: Luther I. Replogle Foundation

Dear David and Richard,

I am pleased to inform you that at their Board Meeting on April 5, the Directors of the Luther I. Replogle Foundation accepted your proposal requesting support for the next phase of the renovation at JPA. This letter, therefore, confirms that the Foundation is making a pledge of $10,000 to the Juvenile Protective Association for three years, beginning this year in support of the Campaign to Renovate JPA. I will be sending this grant next week.

I hope you are having a sunny spring.

Best wishes,


Gwenn HS Gebhard
Executive Director
Luther I. Replogle Foundation
1720 N Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-679-0677


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