DCSF elects new president

-5After 20 years of serving on the Board of Directors, seven of those as Board President, John Northcutt opened his final board meeting Tuesday to oversee the election of a new Foundation Board President.  Sarah Chandler Hallmark was elected as only the third President of the Foundation in 22 years.

Hallmark remarked as she took the gavel from Mr. Northcutt that she was a 3rd generation graduate of Demopolis High School and the mother of a Demopolis Middle School Student. She also shared her enthusiasm for carrying on the mission of the Foundation during her term of office, following in the footsteps of the late Hugh Lloyd and Mr. Northcutt.

Northcutt spoke fondly of the founding of the foundation 22 years ago, “We started with a $5,000 grant from Alabama Power and I am pleased to see that I leave office with the total assets of the Foundation at over $1 million.”

He also reminded the Board “We have been blessed to have had excellent leadership at the Foundation since our formation through the efforts of our past Executive Directors – Louise Webb Reynolds and Jan McDonald – as well as our current Executive Director, Amanda Barnes. Our goals could not have been obtained without their hard work and dedication.”

Also at the meeting Kim Townsend was elected as Vice President, Doug Brooker as Treasurer, and Paul Miller as Secretary.  The Foundation approved $50,000 in classroom grants, which will be announced next week dung their annual “Prize Patrol.”