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Making a Difference in Stone and Eastern Barry County[Part_2]

Here's the second part of the January 31 edition of Making A Difference Where You Live. Today, a visit with the Table Rock Lake Community Foundation.

Near the end of this morning's Making a Difference feature, we heard words of praise about the Table Rock Lake Community Foundation from Glenn Phillips, President of the Shell Knob Senior Center Corporation, one many non profit organizations in the Table Rock Lake area receiving grant funding from the TRLCF, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. There are 7 members of the Table Rock Lake Community Foundation Board of Governors: Board Chairman Jim Riddle; Treasurer John Coonrod; Secretary Connie Johnson; Connie's husband John Johnson; Richard Dean; and Melissa Ortman.

Since its inception in 2004, the Table Rock Lake Community Foundation has distributed nearly half a million dollars among area non profits including the Wooly Creek Community Association to restore and preserve the historic one room Wooly Creek School located in the hills west of Cape Fair; and the Humane Society of the Branson Tri Lakes Area for the purchase of a 4 unit kennel bank for the feline unit.

Giving a short history of the TRLCF, John Coonrod gives credit to Elaine Priest for forming the TRLCK in early 2004. Richard Dean adds that one of the goals was to give area residents a trusted vehicle through which to take part in charitable giving. The Table Rock Lake Community Foundation became that vehicle.

Glenn Phillips says the first occasion the Shell Knob Senior Center received grant money from the TRLCF was to upgrade computers seniors use in the center.

Phillips says the TRLCF also funded the purchase of an automatic touch pad type door opener and an entrance awning to protect the 1000 visitors coming in and out of the center every month.

Other recipients of grants from the TRLCF Unrestricted Funds include the Jenkins Rural Fire Department to upgrade tanker truck hoses, The Kimberling City and Crane Libraries, and the Kornerstone Program of Shell Knob. Marlene Whitham, Exectutive Director of the Kornerstone Program tells KSMU the funding is used to offer expectant teen mothers prenatal care, reading programs, and ways for the young women to earn high school diplomas or GED.

TRLCF board chair Jim Riddle says a challenge that lies ahead for his group is making the public aware of how easy it is to be a part of a program of charitable giving through the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

Board member Nita Jane Ayres speaks for the rest of the panel when describing their motivation for such a program in the Table Rock Lake area: "That good feeling for having a positive impact on a number of people, and the opportunity we have as a community foundation in awarding grants to other groups that are also working very locally to affect the quality of life for people that are here"

Support for this series comes from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

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For KSMU and Making a Difference Where You Live, I'm Mike Smith


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