Letter from the Executive Director
One of the wisest men I have known, one who spent his life dedicated to education and his students, once said:
“Someone will depend upon the care with which all our work is done.
Someone will need the kindness with which all our words could be spoken.
Someone will be fulfilled by the love which all our acts might manifest.”
— Dr. George Ball
This statement has stuck with me from the moment I first encountered it and through the years has continued to inform not only my approach to life, but, more particularly, my work at the RCC Foundation. As I reflect on this past year, I am amazed by the positive impact the Foundation is consistently having on someone in our community.
Someone might be one of our scholarship recipients who no longer has to work a second job to pay for school, but it might also be this scholarship recipient’s young daughter who gets to spend a few more hours each day with her mother. Someone might also be the student now able to learn about solar power on a live system that produces renewable energy—a system purchased by the Electronics Department with the help of a RCC Foundation grant. But it could also be a local small business owner whose manufacturing firm is finally succeeding thanks to the work of highly-trained RCC graduates.
Someone seems to always be benefitting from the work we do at the RCC Foundation, and it also seems as though the support we offer both the college and its students invariably extends outward in all directions to the community at large, like ripples on a pond.
But let us not forget that it is you who makes our work possible—it is you who often goes unrecognized in the periphery—it is you who casts the stone of giving, creating those ripples of care, kindness, and love.
This year you generously supported scholarships for over 400 students and grants for eight college departments. Please always keep in mind that the impact of your inspiring generosity is not limited by the boundaries of RCC’s campuses. Rather, it travels outward and touches countless lives in meaningful and positive ways. Whether it’s the young girl spending more time with her mother, or the local small business flourishing due to the RCC graduates it employs, be sure that your donation impacts many.
As we look forward to the year ahead and the challenges we face, I’d like to offer you the following, simple reminder: the root and the flower are one in the same. Together, let’s dig in. Someone is counting on us.
With reverence and gratitude,
Jennifer L. Wheatley
Rogue Community College Foundation