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Kalkaska Review Editorial: Praise offered for value, local impact of Community Foundation

There is a great deal of value in the role our local Community Foundation serves as stewards of community resources. The Community Foundation team is comprised of top-notch professionals who display a true passion for the work. The Board of Directors is made up of engaged community members who choose to give of their time and talents. Together, we’re all working to ensure donors wishes are being fulfilled in meaningful, lasting ways.

I first learned about the Community Foundation because of annual matching opportunities for worthwhile projects in our County available at our Rotary Club. I observed for some time the philanthropic work being accomplished by the Community Foundation and, when later asked to serve as a Board Director, jumped at the opportunity to be a part of this amazing organization. The Community Foundation exists to help people who wish to make a difference in our five-county region find ways to see the greatest benefit from their community investment.

As a Board Director, I love the opportunity I have to review grant proposals for the Community Foundation. It gives me a glimpse into a world I would not otherwise be aware of. Several of these organizations work quietly in the background making a difference in peoples' everyday lives without their knowledge.

Serving as a Kalkaska Board Director, I’ve learned about all the beneficial programs at work in our five-county region. I have personally had the honor of presenting checks to K.A.I.R., the Kaliseum, Blessings in a Backpack, and local scholarships recipients. I’m especially proud of the work our local Rotary Club has put in to receive matching grants for projects like the KART Trail, The Horse Project, the community baseball field dugouts, and the new baseball field at Kalkaska High School.

As a county, we currently lag behind the other four counties represented by the Community Foundation in funding requests. My hope is to increase the impact of the Community Foundation in Kalkaska. The more people and organizations that know about the Community Foundation, the more we can leverage this financial resource to continue improving our community.

The Community Foundation is our local giving partner. By creating a fund or donating to an existing fund, such as the Endowment for Kalkaska Area, we can ensure that community needs are met now and forever. This giving season let’s give it forward, together.

Dr. R. Troy Stobert DDS and his wife Dr. Carrilyn have been administering to the oral healthcare needs of their community in Kalkaska, MI since 2002. Troy earned his Bachelors in Biology from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL before earning his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1999. Following graduation he served three years as a Captain in the United States Air Force, Dental Corps stationed at McGuire AFB, NJ. He has way too many hobbies, but his current favorites include landscape photography, bicycle touring, computer gaming and videography (find him on YouTube). Troy and Carrilyn live for their two teenage children: Kyra (15) and R. Nate (13).


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