Letter to the Community
It is a privilege and honor to volunteer for the
Sonora Area Foundation, and to see first-hand the good work all of
us accomplish together in Tuolumne County.
Our Board of Directors is very pleased to welcome Ed Wyllie as the new Executive
Director. Ed, a Tuolumne County native who spent his career in community
development with the City of Sonora, joined our staff just a few weeks ago and
already is immersing himself in learning the ropes of the foundation world. Ed is a
skilled administrator with deep roots and a stellar reputation in our community– just the type of leader we know will support, strengthen and further the
Foundation in fulfilling its mission.
This fall the Foundation has continued its commitment to keeping abreast of the
changes and challenges in the field – and to bring that knowledge back to
Tuolumne County. We revived our tradition of hosting an educational seminar for
financial professionals, with more than 40 local advisors attending our sessions by
nationally known experts in financial markets and investing services. We also sent
four Board Members to San Francisco for an enlightening national conference for
Community Foundations. All of us were struck by how fortunate and unique we
are in Tuolumne County – not many rural communities in the nation have such a
thriving base for community giving.
This has been another year of challenges for our local community, and the future
is still uncertain as many struggle to navigate turbulent economic conditions. The
Foundation has kept a special focus on helping meet basic needs in this climate
and will continue that commitment in the coming year. We will however continue
to respond to other local needs and opportunities.
As you'll see, the Sonora Area Foundation and its partners
are truly accomplishing our mission of strengthening our Community.