Tracey A. Rohrbaugh (pictured above in her Martinsburg office) gave her President’s Report at the Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors meeting last week as she concluded her year as President and a total of six years as a Board member and Officer. She highlighteded the organization’s significant changes, including no longer administering the IOLTA program after 19 years of distributing more than $13.5 million to provide free civil legal services to low income citizens, negotiating the proposed sale of the
State Bar Center and the Lawyer Disciplinary Board buildings and experiencing very significant reductions in major streams of income with corresponding decreases in staff support and office operation expenses.
In addition, she stated that the Board of Directors placed more focus on making grants to worthwhile charitable entities in West Virginia and succeeded in making more grants (7) for more money (almost $33,000) than at any time in its 23 year history, including the institution of a new Bar Foundation Public Service Scholarship to a deserving student at the WVU College of Law. Twenty-nine total grants have been awarded since 2004 for more than $118,000. She mentioned that there had been another impressive Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner which honored 4 Judges and 13 lawyers who exceeded the high standards and criteria for the award. They joined less than 300 other Fellows out of more than 5,000 judges and lawyers in the state.
Finally, she said that the current fiscal year will end with a balanced budget and the Board again received a clean audit from the independent auditor for the previous fiscal year as well as there had been a continuation of important communications and interaction with Bar Foundation members through the delivery of the twice monthly Bar Brief email messages and the
use of the Bar Foundation’s website—wvbarfoundation.org
Congratulations to Tracey for her excellent service and leadership!
|BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors met last week with Board members actively participating from around the state. Action was taken on several matters that included a balanced budget with the payment of grant awards as well as strategic
planning decisions involving the buildings loan, an endowment campaign, a leadership concept, a mentoring program, a unique new fundraising event and joint efforts with the ABA Fellows and other lawyer organizations. The Board also approved the largest number and amount of grants in one year, made presidential appointments, agreed on auditing contracts and selected a website upgrade proposal.
The Bar Foundation Board of Directors has
selected the following Officers to serve for the upcoming year:
President-J. Franklin Long-Bluefield
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