Friday, March 13, 2009

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Local nonprofits snare grants

The Idaho Humanities Council, the nonprofit, state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, awarded some $52,000 in grants to organizations and individuals at its March board meeting in Pocatello. Twenty-four awards were granted, including the following awards to regional organizations:

The Community Library and the Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau (Ketchum) were awarded $3,750 to support the annual Ernest Hemingway Symposium in October 2009.

The Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Association (Stanley) was awarded $3,000 to support the second annual "Sawtooth Forum and Lecture Series," planned for July through August of 2009 in Stanley.

The next deadline for Idaho Humanities Council grant proposals is Sept. 15, 2009. Applicants also are encouraged to submit a rough draft of their proposal for staff critique by mid-August 2009. Information is available at or by calling (208) 345-5346.

Sawtooth Society names new president

The board of directors of the nonprofit Sawtooth Society has elected Paul D. Hill as the organization's next president. Hill will assume the role this summer, when President Bob Hayes steps down from the position he has held for the past four years.

Hill has been actively involved with the Sawtooth Society as a board member for more than four years and has served as its treasurer the past two years. He has served in a variety of senior management positions including president and chief financial officer of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta and executive vice president and chief financial officer of Wachovia Bank and Trust Co. of Winston-Salem, N.C.

The Boise-based Sawtooth Society is an independent, non-partisan organization formed in 1997 to advocate on behalf of the 756,000 acre Sawtooth National Recreation Area and those that recreate, live and work within it.

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