"Men and women make history, and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.”
- Harry S. Truman
It is with a heavy heart that I write my column this month. The Crown Point Community Foundation is saddened by the loss of two treasured past directors of the foundation. Gordon Bates and Jo Schweitzer passed away within the past two weeks, leaving behind enormous community spirit.
These two community-minded individuals shared their knowledge and wisdom in the boardroom of the Crown Point Community Foundation. In the early years, the foundation needed these strengths to build an organization that would demonstrate the power of giving.
The early years of the foundation were critical. The board needed to be crafted around the strength of the people who presided at meetings since the board is the “face” of the foundation.
The board sets the pace and develops the strategic plans that guide the foundation for the present and future. The board crafts policies that transport the message of the organization into the community. Board members must be principled, dedicated and driven to deliver the mission and vision of the CPCF.
Gordon Bates and Jo Schweitzer were perfect board members for the Crown Point Community Foundation. They served as ambassadors. They knew the community of Crown Point inside and out.
Through their families, their businesses and their circle of friends, they spread the good news and the value of the Crown Point Community Foundation. Through their strengths and vision, the foundation has grown to be the organization that it is today. I know both Gordon and Jo were so proud of their work with the CPCF.
Gordon and Jo were most proud to hear of the foundation’s grant work. They devoted their time, talent and treasure so that the foundation could make an impact on our community.
The foundation’s grant work makes our community a better place to live, to raise our families and to develop our businesses. Their service to the board brought vitality and character to the foundation and the assets continued to grow. With more than $7 million in grants distributed since 1990, they were pleased to know their efforts had an impact each year.
The strength of the Crown Point Community Foundation Board of Directors continues today. Comprised of 19 members who exemplify the discipline and dedication of those that came before, they believe in the work and they give of themselves. Each and every director takes an active role in maintaining the governing documents and leading with vision for the future.
The community of Crown Point is stronger, more resilient and enhanced because of the past and present Board of Directors. I thank Gordon and Jo for their service and look forward to working with future board members as, together, we lead the Crown Point Community Foundation.