BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Friends of Clyde Rice was incorporated as a non-profit (501c3) in 1993. Founders included, in addition to some of our current Board members, Jack Broome, Ethan Seltzer, Susan Wilcox, and Tom Stringfield, to whom we are grateful.
The current Board of Directors is made up of people who have been inspired by Clyde’s writing and who want to honor his wish to preserve his beloved property on the Clackamas River in perpetuity. Some of the Board members knew Clyde for many years before he died in 1997, and all of us knew and loved his wife of 30 years, Virginia ("Ginny") Rice. We purchased the land in 1995 while Ginny was still alive and assumed responsibility for maintaining the house and land, postponing any plans to develop a writers/artists retreat. When Ginny died in July of 2012, at the age of 91, those plans became active and “The Rice Place” as such came into being.
We publish an annual newsletter, which also serves as our annual appeal for donations. Although we are exploring grant opportunities for future support, we currently rely entirely on the generosity of those who have admired Clyde's work, who love this land, and who share our vision of providing a safe haven for all who create. To view or download our most recent newsletter, which includes an update on our most pressing needs for renovating the exterior of the house, click HERE. To make an on-line donation, click HERE.
We also host work parties throughout the year that are open to all comers. Between work parties most of the ongoing maintenance of the property is carried out by our resident caretaker, Peter Kehler, who lives in a studio apart from the main house. Without Peter, a "working" Board of Directors, and the generous donation of time and labor by a regular and hearty band of volunteers, upkeep on the house and land would simply not be possible.
To all who support Friends of Clyde Rice with their time and treasure, we extend our heartfelt thanks.