20/20 Club Established
Nearly twenty years ago a group of visionary NDEA leaders led by Walt Hatlestad, the President at the time, established the NDEA Foundation. Les Snavely, a teacher-leader from Bowman was elected to serve as the president of the separate corporation which received its initial funding from the principal and interest gained from NDEA member contributions during the Association's Centennial Convention in 1987.
Since 1991 endowments have been established to honor long-time, special education teacher and state legislator Bill Oban, long-time North Dakota math, science and English teachers Ron & Ann Anstrom and past NDEA Board Member, UniServ Director and Executive Director Joe Westby. In addition, the Foundation has established a special grant contribution to recognize the role Education Support Professionals play in the day-to-day activities of North Dakota's public schools.
To continue to meet the Foundation's goal of "Sowing the seeds for the future improvement of education in North Dakota through a program of scholarships and grants", Gloria Lokken, past Foundation President and past NDEA President, invites "all members and other supporters of public education in North Dakota to become founding members of the 20/20 Club."
This club is for Foundation supporters who donate $20 or more in recognition of the twentieth anniversary of the Foundation's founding. Donors will be recognized in the NDEA News and on the Foundation pages of the NDEA website.
Lokken explains, "Donations made to the 20/20 Club will be held in trust by the Foundation and used for the various scholarships and grants established by the Foundation."
Mail your donation to the 20/20 Club, NDEA Foundation, 301 N. 4th Street, Bismarck, ND 58501. Because the Foundation is recognized as a 501(c)(3) charity by the IRS, your gift will be tax deductible for federal income tax purposes.