Board of Directors welcomes new member

The Piqua Community Foundation Life Trustees elected Beth H. Kazer to fill a Board of Directors seat vacated mid-term at the annual meeting on November 10.
Her service on the board began immediately and continues through December 31, 2022.
Beth Kazer was born and raised in Piqua and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. Following graduation in 1981, she returned to Piqua where she held a long-term substitute position at Favorite Hill prior to accepting a first-grade teaching position at Washington Elementary.
The following year, her husband’s career forced a relocation away from Piqua in what became a journey that led to nine additional moves before she and her husband, Phil, returned to the area in 2016. During her time away, Beth taught at both the primary and intermediate levels before devoting her energies to raising three children, all of whom were born in three different states. She also dedicated her time towards numerous volunteer efforts that largely centered around improving the educational experience for underprivileged youth and other community service programming to aid those in need.
Since returning to Piqua, Beth has continued to be part of community outreach programs through Westminster Presbyterian Church and through her involvement on the Piqua Beautification Committee. She most recently fulfilled a longtime desire to renovate old homes and along with a partner, successfully refurbished two homes, both of which received Residence Pride Award recognition by the City of Piqua. Beth also enjoys playing golf and tennis and spending time at the Piqua Community Garden at Pitsenbarger Park.
In addition, the board re-elected five incumbent directors and elected one new director (identified with an asterisk) who will serve three-year terms from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2023:
  • Mimi A. Crawford
  • Spencer K. Peltier*
  • Gail B. Peterson
  • Jim Sever
  • Emily E. Shawler
  • Steven K. Staley
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Foundation honors retiring board member

The Piqua Community Foundation Life Trustees recognized retiring Board of Director member Cheryl L. Burkhardt at the organization’s annual meeting on November 10.
Here, Board President Steve Staley recognizes Cheryl’s 22 years of service, including two years as the board’s president, with a plaque at the Piqua Country Club.
Cheryl has served on the board since 1999. She is a past president and vice president for the organization.
Her board service will conclude on December 31, 2020.
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Piqua Community Foundation awards more than $55,000 in fall grant cycle

The Piqua Community Foundation awarded $55,843 to 17 organizations that serve Piqua residents this month.

The distribution is part of The Foundation’s twice-annual mini and standard grant cycles from unrestricted funds. The Foundation’s Distribution Committee makes recommendations to the Board of Directors for approval based on a grant application and review process.

The organizations awarded 2020 fall standard and mini grants are:

  • American Red Cross – Fire alarm installation in Piqua homes
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Miami Valley – Matching Piqua youth with mentors
  • Boy Scouts of America, Miami Valley Chapter – Registration assistance program for Piqua youth
  • Brukner Nature Center – Owl Extraordinaire science program
  • Dayton Performing Arts Alliance – Art explorer streams at Piqua schools
  • Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County – Shelter expansion project
  • Forest Hill Cemetery & Arboretum – New entrance sign lettering and lighting
  • His Hands Extended Sanctuary – Trap, neuter and return program in Piqua
  • Lehman Catholic High School – Individual learning styles professional development
  • Lehman Catholic High School – Computer lab equipment for chemistry students
  • Operation Venture & Caregiver Support – Reusable bags for events and resource-sharing
  • Piqua Arts Council – Production of local concert videos
  • Piqua Catholic School – Interactive white board
  • Piqua City Schools – PHS – Bins for National Honor Society recycling program
  • Piqua City Schools – PHS – National Honor Society little pantry project
  • Piqua City Schools – PJHS – Social-emotional resource library
  • RT Industries – Vehicles for services for adults with developmental disabilities

Some grant requests represented changes to service delivery models as nonprofit organizations are responsive to regulations during the pandemic. One example is grant recipient RT Industries, a nonprofit charged with serving adults with developmental disabilities.

“Thank you to The Piqua Community Foundation for approving our grant proposal to purchase smaller vehicles for our fleet,” said Ashley Brocious, chief executive officer of RT Industries. “Due to the pandemic and our desire to provide community-based services to smaller groups, RT Industries has chosen to shift away from larger vehicles. We appreciate the support within our community!”

Due to current restrictions on gatherings, The Foundation opted to make individual grant check deliveries rather than invite grant recipients to The Foundation’s annual meeting, as it typically does. Committee members and staff delivered the awards November 9 to many of the recipient organizations. The remainder of awards were mailed.

Delivering awards in person gave The Foundation’s Distribution Committee members the opportunity to meet recipients at their location. For instance, one stop included a tour of the expansion project for the Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County. Another included meeting the National Honor Society (NHS) students who are tackling recycling bin and a little pantry projects.

“Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for your extremely generous contribution to the creation of this project,” said Lexi Gastelu, Piqua High School senior and NHS vice president. “I can’t wait to get started on it, and I can already tell it will make a massive difference in the lives of many people in the city of Piqua. Seeing it come to fruition is a dream come true, and I just know it will be successful even if it only helps one person.”

The next grant cycle has a March 15 deadline for mini grants and March 30 deadline for standard grants. To learn more about the grant and scholarship programs of The Piqua Community Foundation, visit