Friday, March 28, 2008

$250 Registration scholarships to the 2008 National Conference on "Urban Ecosystems" in Orlando, Florida (May 28-30).

Urban Forestry Friends,

The US Forest Service is offering $250 Registration scholarships to the
2008 National Conference on "Urban Ecosystems" in Orlando, Florida (May 28-30). If you want one of the scholarships, please send me your name and contact information. There are only 60 scholarships for the southeast, so please let me know as soon as possible.

The scholarship only applies to your full registration. You will be responsible for all other costs. For more information on the conference, go to

Neil Letson
Alabama Forestry Commission
P.O. Box 302550
Montgomery, AL 36130-2550
PH: (334) 240-9360
Fax: (334) 240-9390

FLW Fishing Tournament comes to Walker County

FLW Outdoors, the nation's largest tournament-fishing organization, will be providing FREE family activities for area residents during the nationally-televised $1 million Wal-Mart FLW Tour stop in Jasper and Birmingham April 3-6, and we would appreciate your help in letting people know about all the exciting activities that will be taking place.
Please display the enclosed poster to let your customers and employees know about the daily takeoffs at Lewis Smith Dam and the FREE FLW Tour Family Fun Zone and Outdoor Show at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex on April 5-6 from noon until 6 p.m.
The show will feature top bass anglers from 35 states and five countries competing for a share of $ 1 million plus fishing-themed games and activities for children, Ranger boat simulators, obstacle courses, a trout pond, and casting contests. Sponsors will be giving away FREE product samples while supplies last, and the first 300 children through the door April 6 will also receive a free rod and reel. One lucky member of the audience will even win a new Ranger boat powered by Evinrude! Best of all, admission is FREE.
This is a tremendous family-oriented event, and we hope to see you at the show. Please join us at Lewis Smith Dam and the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex to help showcase the region in front of a national TV audience.

"DONUTS & DISCUSSION" - Smith Lake Water Control Plan & Impact on Downstream Users

The Chamber of Commerce of Walker County Cordially Invites You To Attend
Smith Lake Water Control Plan & Impact on Downstream Users
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Community Health Systems Activity Center
204 19th Street East
7:30 A.M.
Presentation by
William H. Satterfield, Chairman
Environmental and Natural Resources
Balch & Bingham LLP
(RSVP 384-4571 - Continental Breakfast)

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

“Governance” in the management of a nonprofit organization….

You know the importance of “Governance” in the management of a nonprofit organization….the role of the board vs. the role of staff; legal issues; financial compliance, etc.

Good governance is leadership. I urge you to attend a two day seminar following the Harvard Governance as Excellence Program, offered by Nonprofit Resource Center of Alabama. This offering is a one of a kind opportunity for Alabama nonprofits. Please read the accompanying information and go to our website to register:

This seminar will be taught by Alabama’s own Allison Black Cornelius… I have attached her bio for your review.

Allison has donated her services to Alabama’s nonprofits, through NRCA. The fees for the seminar cover the materials and meals. You could not get this training for you, your board chair or governance chair for anywhere near the minimal fee we have posted.

Please contact me if you have any questions. This is a great opportunity you don’t want to miss! Share this with the other boards with which you serve.

Molly C. McGregor
879-4712 ext. 25

VISTA / VOAD / Hands on Birmingham ???

Hi, my name is Kaley Gurley and I am the Program Coordinator for Walker County. Working with Hands on Birmingham, a volunteer organization that makes it easy to make a difference, and the Walker Area Community Foundation...

Check out the new kid in town at :

Monday, March 24, 2008

Read Alabama! - 2008

We are excited to announce that Bevill State Community College is now in its fifteenth year of bringing its Read Alabama! The Tradition Continues series to Jasper and Walker County. We have continued to focus on writers with Alabama connections and feel you will be pleased with this year’s lineup:

March 25: Pat Cunningham DeVoto was born and raised in Alabama. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, former high school history teacher and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. DeVoto writes, “…writing is memory with hindsight – that is, events, real or imagined, placed in the context of my accumulated experience.” DeVoto is the author of several noted works of Alabama literature, including The Summer We Got Saved, My Last Days as Roy Rogers, and Out of the Night That Covers Me. This is DeVoto’s second appearance at Read Alabama and we are proud to have her return as our keynote author

April 1: Pat Morrison is a retired coach from Walker High School and creator of two works: Walker County, Alabama: A Postcard History and Walker County High School Athletics: 1920-2000. Amazon writes “Walker County is a unique place inhabited by a unique people. Characters including George “Goober” Lindsey, Tallulah Bankhead, Sybil Gibson, and Eric “Butterbean” Esch, and communities including Cordova, Carbon Hill, and Day’s Gap and Horse Creek—or as we know them today, Oakman and Dora—have all contributed to the county’s rich history. In this volume of vintage postcard images, readers will learn how the town of Jasper avoided extinction, visit the old Walker County Courthouse that burned six times, and discover which town in Walker County began as Bald Eagle.” Morrison will discuss the heritage of the county and about writing on the subject of that heritage.

April 8: Jimmy Carl Harris was born and raised in Fairfield, Alabama, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps shortly after high school, fighting in two wars and rising to the rank of Sergeant-Major. While in the Marines, Harris earned two degrees from Chapman College, and then completed his doctorate at the University of Alabama after retiring to near Cullman. With doctorate in hand, Harris served as a faculty member at Southeastern Louisiana University, then put down the gown to concentrate on writing. Harris writes, “…about strong women, weak preachers, and brave Marines.” His award-winning works include Wounds that Bind and Walking Wounded.

April 15: Dr. Steven Rudd will wrap up the Read Alabama 2008 series. Rudd, a neurosurgeon from Sylacauga is both a physician and a lawyer, in addition to becoming a writer with rapidly growing popularity. Writing about forensic criminal justice, Steven Rudd is responsible for the crime novel and cult phenomenon Midnight Red, which introduced forensic psychiatrist Kris Van Zant to her fans. He is the author of another crime novel, The Sooty Man.

Each session will be held in Bevill Hall Auditorium on the Walker College Campus in Jasper, beginning with refreshments at 3:30 p.m. and the author’s presentation at 4:00 p.m.

Please mark your calendars! We look forward to seeing you at Read Alabama!

Respite Care/ Caregiver Support Program - Start up in Walker County

We are pleased to announce that the Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging will begin its Respite Care/ Caregiver Support Program in April for Walker County. The dates and tentative topics are as follows:

April 24th – REACH Intervention/ Dementia Education Training
May 8th – REACH Intervention/ Importance of Good Nutrition and Exercise for Caregivers
May 22nd – REACH Intervention/ Legal Issues Affecting Caregivers
June 5th – REACH Intervention / Personal Reflections of a Caregiver
June 19th – REACH Intervention/ Caregivers and Depression
July 2nd – REACH Intervention/ Sensitivity Activity

Venue for Caregiver: s Community Health Systems Activity Center (Jasper) – Classes will be from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Please contact Leila Heptinstall or Jacque Easterling (M4A) at 670-5770.

* Venue for Care Recipients: Jasper Senior Center (Jasper) – Recipients will receive care from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00p.m. Please contact Leila Heptinstall or Jacque Easterling (M4A) at 670-5770.

*All care recipient sessions will include all or a combination of additional services including: cholesterol checks, blood pressure checks, or other health related activities

*Dates and times are subject to change. Please contact Leila or Jacque closer to each date for confirmations

How you can help………

Can you or your agency provide breakfast for our Caregiver training sessions?
Gift certificates/ discount coupons - We need gift certificates/ discount coupons for the caregivers: if we have 10 Caregivers with 6 sessions, we would need up to 60 gift certificates; if we have the rolling "enrollment", then this number will vary but probably not exceed 120. Even a $5.00 gift certificate for breakfast would be a bonus for our caregivers.

If you or your agency/organization would like to help , contact Leila Heptinstall at 670-5770.

This program is an important step in improving the equality of life for seniors in Walker County, and we appreciate your support and participation.

Thank you,
Carolyn Fortner

Executive Director, Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging

Planned Giving programs essential to nonprofit sustainability

Your Walker Area Community Foundation is committed to assisting our endowment partners with building a planned giving program to support charitable giving in our community. Undertaking a consistent approach toward planned giving offers the opportunity to greatly enhance efforts aimed at financial sustainability.

Planned charitable giving is a top priority for WACF. Our professional staff and advisors, comprised of estate planning, financial and investment professionals, assists WACF and its partners with our focus on planned charitable giving. The Foundation also provides leadership in promoting future charitable gifts to have a direct, positive impact on the quality of life in Walker County.

Contact us at (205) 302-0001 with questions about planned giving or to develop a strategy to achieve your objectives.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Plastic Bags - Add up

The WAY Council challenged the elementary students throughout Walker County to recycle as many bags in one week as they could. The winner was to receive a $50 Wal-Mart gift card and a pizza party. Well the numbers are in and we are stunned. 13 schools participated and together they collected 21,849 shopping bags - IN ONE WEEK!. The winner is....... Sumiton Elementary with a count of nearly 5,100.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Alabama Tourism Awards nomination form now on-line

Alabama Tourism Awards nomination form now on-line
The 2008 Alabama Tourism Awards nomination form is now on-line on the Alabama Tourism Department website. Twelve different categories comprise the Alabama Tourism Awards. These awards, first presented in 1998, annually honor outstanding achievements in Alabama’s tourism industry.

Running a nonprofit on $5 / day

I see a lot of grant proposals at the Foundation and have spent years on the other side of the fence as a grant proposer. A few of the secrets of running a nonprofit as well as possible is to first have a good plan, work the plan, AND find ways to get by on what you can lay your hands on. "Use it up, wear it out, make do" Two quick suggestions:

Tech Soup has great software and some hardware for a nominal shipping fee. You must be a 501.c to qualify they are a tremendous resource and have kept me in tune for a fraction of the retail price. - The Technology Place for Nonprofits (

Another place I have found some great ways to meet the needs of my projects at a nominal cost is State and Federal Surplus Property. In Alabama - ADECA runs a good program. The items range from office supply to vehicles and office furniture. The inventory is constantly changing. For more info go to :

Where to find us

If you are looking for all of the story on the Walker Area Community Foundation - just go to our website at

What is the WACF?

What defines the Walker Area Community Foundation in Jasper Alabama?

Inspiring greatness, compassion, charity and community throughout the Walker County Area.

The mission of the Walker Area Community Foundation is to grow and preserve charitable gifts, using the earnings to educate, inspire and advance the community for the greatest common good.

Nurturing a sense of community
Teamwork and collaboration
Facilitating dialogue
Gathering people
Advocating for action and change
Setting the example
Inspiring greatness
Promoting Family, Neighborhood, Community, County, Area, State
Charity at Home
Good stewardship
Encouraging / Empowering
Human, financial, and technical investment from all segments of the community

Programs: To create sustainable projects where the citizens experience a high quality of life, where the youth are prepared for the future, and our seniors are respected, loved and secure.

Establish all forms of giving:
Planned Giving
Goods and Services

Receiving: Secure funds from Federal, State, and Private sources to match, leverage and compound investments from the foundation
Giving: Provide seed funding for the initiation of new and innovative projects, while responding to missing services to make our community healthy, whole, and vibrant.

Collaboration: Foster relationships with local, regional and state associations to build technical, human and financial assistance teams to be catalysts for initiating change and sustaining growth leading to community ownership.