Archive for March, 2013

The Board of Directors of the Clarion County Community Foundation held its Annual Meeting on March 20th, our sixth since or founding 13 March 2007.  As part of our anniversary we placed a flower on the graves of those who are honored by memorial funds and those who have established a fund.

We elected to second terms of two years the officers of the Board: President Bill Kaufman, Vice President Charles Marlin, Treasurer Jerry Belloit, and Secretary Clara Belloit.  Our current Trustees on the Board of Bridge Builders Community Foundations are serving terms that expire 13 March 2015.  We elected the 13 March 2016 class of directors: Janice Horn, Jamie Lefever, Andy Montana, and Sally Vereb.

We hope to recruit three additional members to the Board; and extend an invitation to anyone interested in the work of the community foundation to contact our president, Bill Kaufman at (814) 229-8622.  Two members, Nancy Ambrose and Bill Rupert, retired at the end of their terms, and shall be missed.  Nancy Ambrose was a Founding Director of CCCF.

Following the election, the Board took three actions which must now be given final approval by the BBCF Trustees.  First, we changed the CCCF Bylaws to eliminate the restriction on the number of terms a Director may serve if elected; and to allow officers of the Board to serve two consecutive terms of two years.

Second, we approved the Adam Weeter Memorial Scholarship Fund for Keystone High School Seniors.  It will be a $2,000. scholarship, beginning this year.

Third, we approved a joint grant to the Clarion Y, a satellite of the Oil City Y, of $250 from CCCF, to be added to $750 from the Venango Area Community Foundation.  Charles Marlin

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I am convinced from reading My Beloved World that Sonia Sotomayor is so right for the Supreme Court I wonder why the Republican Senators did not fall on their swords when they let her appointment be confirmed.  True, the autobiography gives you more personal information than you are accustomed to learning about a justice on the high court; but, that may be your residual sexism at work.

Her life is a wonderful American story, and a delight to read.  Even if she projects backward more maturity and insight than was there originally, it is good to know what she values in growing up and in making a career against heavy odds.

Make no mistake, this is not your usual auto-fluff written for easy profit and idle minds.  She is demonstrating why it is good to be proud, ambitious, and young in America.  Her story and her appointment are a return to quality for an institution sadly in need of redemption.  Read and take hope.  Charles Marlin

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Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, by Jon Meacham, is a masterful biography because it lets the great man speak for himself.  Themes are followed from his beginning to his death so there is no single shot history here.  The later day critics who must nurture their contemporary biases will not like the book.  They will not want to acknowledge the whole of Jefferson.  Although their biases make for shrill voices, such do not carry far when confronted with scholarship of this quality.

If you enjoy Founding Fathers scholarship, and feel yourself better informed than most readers, don’t despair.  You will appreciate the insights and clarity of Meacham, and emerge better informed.  He writes with no revisionist’s ambitions or restorationist’s glory; he tells the story; the reader will make of it what he will.  Charles Marlin

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