The Clarinda Foundation Board of Directors held their annual meeting on May 7.
At that meeting board officers for the year beginning June 1, 2019 were elected: President, Ed Brown; Vice President, Bobbie Jo Allbaugh; Dan McClure, Treasurer and Pam Herzberg, Executive Director was appointed as board secretary.
Three outgoing Board members were recognized. Those members were Lisa Hull; Carl Sonksen; and Gilbert Thomas. Newly elected Board members are: Denise Green; Jim Varley; and Josh Mark Walter.
Denise Green is a 1996 CHS graduate and a 2000 Northwest Missouri State University (NWMSU) graduate where she received a B.S. in Business Education. In 2001 Denise earned her Masters in Secondary Education from NWMSU and in 2016 she received her Graduate Specialist Degree from Wayne State College.
Denise is married to Kevin Green and they have four children: Logan, Lynnae, Levi, and Lyndie.
“The foundation makes an impact on Clarinda with grants to many of the community non-profit organizations. I am interested in assisting the Foundation with their continued efforts to better the community for our youth. Clarinda is a great place for families to raise their children,” she said.
James “Jim” Varley grew up in Clarinda and is a CHS graduate. After his graduation from high school Jim attended Iowa State University and in 1987 moved to Indianapolis, Indiana and attended law school.
After his graduation in 1995 he joined the Army JAG Corps where he served as a Judge Advocate (Attorney) from 1995 through 2015. He retired from the Army JAG Corps as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2015.
Upon his retirement Jim and his wife Nancy, who also grew up in Clarinda, returned to make Clarinda their home. After their return Jim worked as an attorney at Turner, Jones, and Bitting Law Firm. Jim currently serves as the Assistant County Attorney for Page County.
Jim and his wife Nancy have two children: Jacob Varley and Rachel Well.
Jim stated “I have been aware of the Clarinda Foundation since it was established and have long admired all of the improvements in the community that have been brought about through grants the Foundation has provided.”
Mark Walter grew up on a farm in northeast South Dakota raising crops, cattle and hogs. He graduated from South Dakota State University with a B.S. in Animal Science Business and Production. He owns Registered Angus Cattle in Nebraska where Walter Angus Farms just held their 67th Anniversary Bull Sale.
Mark currently is a senior loan officer with Bank Iowa Clarinda. He has been married to his wife Barbara for 35 years. Mark and Barbara have one son Ryan and his wife Elizabeth that have blessed Mark and Barbara with two grandchildren.
Mark has been an officer and board member of various civic, professional and economic development organizations as well as an active community promoter and volunteer throughout his career.
“I look forward to serving on the board of the foundation that is dedicated to promoting the Clarinda Community. I have served on numerous organizations that promote rural America and our quality of living. I plan to bring that experience to the foundation to help Clarinda grow and continue to be a great place to live and work,” he said.
Outgoing Board Members Reflect
Outgoing Board member Gilbert Thomas shared, “Over 30 years ago, a group of folks in this community had a vision for a better Clarinda. They donated and raised money to start and support the Clarinda Foundation. Today, Clarinda has a charitable foundation with a sizable asset base to be used as a catalyst for larger community projects and support the education of our young people. Some of the significant projects that your foundation has been instrumental over the years include the Lied Center, equipment for the new Clarinda hospital, the downtown store front renovation project and most recently the sizable playground project at the Lied Center. The Foundation continues to administer and award thousands of dollars of scholarship awards annually to our graduates.
More folks should consider contributions and bequests to the Clarinda Foundation. It will take your support and vision for a better Clarinda. With your assistance, the Clarinda Foundation can continue to be a mechanism to assist with game changing, community sustaining projects today and in the future,”
Lisa Hull reflected on her time served on the Board and is very passionate about the scholarships the Clarinda Foundation administers.
“Through generous individuals in our community, scholarships have been established through the foundation to assist the next generation in receiving a college or trade school degree. In this day and age, many could not afford higher education without the assistance of these scholarships. The role that the Clarinda Foundation plays is very important in facilitating the wishes of these generous individuals. I feel it is very important to our community to follow in these donors’ footsteps, and continue to support our local graduates by establishing scholarship funds through the foundation’s scholarship program. After all, these graduates are our future,” she said.
Carl Sonksen stated “I’m honored to have served as a member of the Clarinda Foundation Board of Directors for the last six years. It is my strong belief that the foundation is a force for good in our community. I encourage all who wish to learn more about the Clarinda Foundation to contact the foundation to learn about philanthropy and the foundation’s role in strengthening our community through giving.”