August 31, 2020

Hello to all who call Shenandoah, Iowa, home.  It has been almost six months since my last column, and oh my, have our environment and our world changed!  Fortunately, I am not writing an update about the coronavirus, but I do want to share a couple of updates about our Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation.

First, as all of you know by now, we have hired our first executive director, Jamie Burdorf.  It is a privilege having Jamie join us and help lead our foundation board to new and exciting strategies to enhance the educational opportunities for our students and teachers. She is absolutely an awesome person who is full of energy and has many g...

March 4, 2020

As president of the Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation, I’m very happy to report that, by every measure, we had our biggest year ever in 2019.

And we start 2020 – our fifth year – poised to take some major steps to enhance the educational opportunities and experience for students and alumni of the Shenandoah Community Schools.

It’s all happening because of the generous donations and pledges made by hundreds of alumni, alum-nots, former & present faculty and staff, as well as some local businesses and organizations. They understand and are investing in the idea that having stronger schools is key to the vitality and prosperity of our whole area, now...

January 28, 2019

SHENANDOAH,Iowa -- Happy New Year to everyone reading my first blog of 2019. On behalf of the Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation, we wish you all the best for the upcoming year. 

I would like to take this opportunity and update all of you about a very recent and rewarding planning session for our foundation.

During our planning session on Jan. 10, we spent considerable time talking about our vision and mission statements. When our Foundation began in May 2016, we discussed and prepared some talking points on why we were formed and what we were to be about.  Now, our foundation board felt very strongly that we needed to go back and re-visit those ta...

February 7, 2018

Hello to all of you who support and promote our Shenandoah schools and our district’s communities. I trust you have all enjoyed your Christmas festivities with family and friends, and have now settled into all our favorite winter activities.

I would like to provide you all with a recap of our Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation’s work in our first full year of fundraising, which is aimed at enhancing education opportunities for our youth and teachers in our local schools.

One of the important facets of our responsibility to all of you is to make sure we are providing full disclosure of all our financial activities. The report below communicates our...

December 17, 2017

Hello, Shenandoah!

Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas, all rolled into one update from your Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation president.

I have the opportunity to “do some farming” outside of my “real job” -- I'm regional vice-president for southwest Iowa for Farm Credit Services of America. Harvest time is always my favorite time of the year as we farmers finally have the chance to see the “fruits of our labor” for the season.

This year’s grain yields were again outstanding in southwest Iowa due to Mother’s Nature’s frequent rainstorms this summer, and those great yields make for happy farmers harvesting that crop. Our harvest was a little lat...

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