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Highlights from 2007 Midyear Foundation Board Meeting

A host of scholarships and Annual Conference activities await NIRSA Members

The NIRSA Foundation Board of Directors met in Austin, Texas October 10-11 and focused on continuing the pursuit of developing opportunities for reaching its $1 Million Milestone goal. Highlights of the meetings include:

Annual budget review
At this time, the Foundation is excited to announce donations and corporate pledges total $916,000, which puts the Foundation within reach of the $1 Million Milestone goal.

Donor recognition
Before the end of the year, individual donors (Participant Level and above) will receive a letter summarizing their cumulative donations to the Foundation. Be sure to check your giving level and help the Foundation continue to grow. Contributions to the Foundation are accepted online.

The Board voted to change the Director Level designation to Platinum. Giving levels are:

  • Participant ($25-$99)
  • Bronze ($100-$249)
  • Silver ($250-$499)
  • Gold ($500-$999)
  • Platinum - formerly Director ($1,000-$2,499)
  • Executive ($2,400-$4,999)
  • President ($5,000-$9,999)
  • Leadership ($10,000+)

VIP Reception
Donors with Gold Giving Level or above will be invited to attend a special VIP Reception in their honor. The reception will be held at the Annual Conference on Thursday, April 3, 2008.

Student scholarships to attend the 2008 Annual Conference
The Board is pleased to be able to offer 17 scholarships for student registration to the 2008 Annual Conference in Austin. Online applications will be accepted through January 15, 2008.

To be eligible for a NIRSA Foundation Scholarship, the applicant must be a graduating senior or a graduate student in good standing with plans to pursue a career in recreational sports. The applicant must be a current NIRSA Member. Two individuals with the highest GPAs will be designated as William Wasson Scholarship recipients. One individual will be awarded the Sonia and Max Gartenberg Scholarship, and in conjunction with the $1 Million Milestone Campaign, one scholarship will be awarded in recognition of each of our Corporate Partners: Woodway, Sports Imports, and Star Trac.

In addition to the NIRSA Foundation Scholarships, proceeds from the annual SoCal Scramble Golf Tournament are donated to the NIRSA Foundation to fund two scholarships, which also cover registration to the NIRSA Annual Conference. To be eligible, the applicant must be a Region VI undergraduate or graduate student.

The Salado Consortium (Texas) Scholarship Endowment offers the opportunity for two Annual Conference registration scholarships to be awarded to a student who is either an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in coursework from a university/college in the state of Texas.

Scholarship winners may receive a Foundation Scholarship as an undergraduate and a graduate student, but not in consecutive years.

Professional scholarships
The Will Holsberry Endowment funds two professionals' registrations to attend the Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Exposition, the 2008 School of Recreational Sports Management, or one of the National Symposia held between April 2008 and March 2009. The Anthony (Tony) J. Chivetta Scholarship is available for registration for one professional wishing to attend either the Annual Conference or the Facilities Institute.

Recreational Sports Journal
The NIRSA Foundation Board recognizes Paul Milton for his outstanding leadership as the Editor of the Recreational Sports Journal. The Board supports Paul's request to increase the number of editors (reviewers) from 12 to 14 beginning with the 2008-2009 year.

Annual Meeting of Members
The 2008 Annual Meeting of Members will tentatively be held on Thursday, April 3 at 8 a.m.

The Quilt Raffle is back!
Texas law allows the Foundation to offer a quilt raffle this year. Tickets will be sold during the 2008 NIRSA Annual Conference and one lucky winner will be selected during the Conference to win this fabulous prize!

The annual Foundation Golf Tournament will be held at the City of Austin's Jimmy Clay and Roy Kizer courses, located approximately 8 miles from the Austin Convention Center. The shotgun start is expected to begin for all participants at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 2, which will allow plenty of time for participants to be back for the Opening General Session.
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