Dan Rich Retires

Dan Rich Retires from Centralia Community Foundation

Last week, the Centralia Community Foundation (CCF) board of directors announced that its founding board president Daniel L. Rich retired this October. Dan is a supporter of many philanthropic projects in Lewis County, and has been president since the foundation’s beginning in 2016. Dan said “It was important to have more time with my wife and for family projects, so I needed to lessen my time commitments on volunteer boards. I have been planning my business retirement for over a year.”

As the founding President for Centralia Community Foundation, Dan was responsible for recruiting many of its current board members. Currently there are ten board members and the CCF is accomplishing many good things in our community. “It has been my pleasure to serve as Founding President and to be involved in shaping a much-needed organization here in Centralia. CCF is a volunteer organization committed to improving Centralia through enhancing education and career training opportunities. This will lead to a better work force for our region, which then will attract businesses who will want to locate here.”

To date, the foundation has established many partnerships with the City of Centralia, Centralia School District, Centralia College and the Pipeline Project, as well as with other local foundations such as United Way and the Boys and Girls Club.

This past week, the CCF Board elected Victoria Pogorelc to the position of Board President. Vicki has been on the Centralia Community Foundation board for over three years. In her forty plus years as a business co-owner in Lewis County, she has been an active community volunteer and currently is also on the board of the Centralia College Foundation.

She is excited about the potential of the CCF and speaks about Dan and the foundation, “Dan’s leadership over these last four years has been enthusiastic and he always brought big vision thinking. We are grateful that he launched this needed community foundation. Under his leadership we secured a $2M grant from TransAlta for enhancing education and supporting career training opportunities. He’s been very focused on accomplishing the vision and mission of CCF through effective partnerships with other organizations. And we all thank him for his service!”

Centralia Community Foundation was formed in 2016, our mission is to provide dedicated leadership, fundraising and a commitment to create positive change in Centralia. We will partner with donors to support education, career training opportunities and civic enhancements that will improve the quality of life for all of our citizens.