Who knew a brochure could lead to a new chapter in life?
When Georgianne Knight read the El Dorado Community Foundation brochure “cover to cover” the El Dorado Hills resident said she knew she had to get involved. Earlier this year the 64-year-old retired administrator with the California Department of Education’s Special Education division joined the Community Foundation board, where she said she sees “a lot of passion, a lot of giving back to the community.”
“It’s an organization with heart,” Knight explained. “What a wonderful board.”
The El Dorado Community Foundation is an umbrella organization that pools, invests and administers charitable funds created by individuals, families, businesses and organizations. Currently, the foundation’s 17-member Board of Directors oversees about $8.3 million in assets and 130 different funds. “We go beyond simply making grants that advance charitable activities: we also identify current and emerging issues, stimulate resources to address those needs and help our region prepare for the future,” the foundation’s website states.
Knight, who spent 40 years in education with an emphasis in special education, said she wants to be a voice for the disabled, explaining that her career experience can bring the unique needs of the disabled and their families to the forefront. She has a master’s degree in supervision of special education programs and a master’s in speech pathology and audiology.
“I saw that when a disabled child received services … they started growing and they started learning,” Knight said.
As a representative of El Dorado Hills, Knight also wants to serve her disadvantaged neighbors. “It’s a misnomer that everyone here (in El Dorado Hills) is really wealthy,” she said.
Knight also expressed interest in learning about the foundation’s grants and scholarships programs, as well as the popular Women’s Fund El Dorado.
Georgi and her husband John, married 40 years, moved to El Dorado Hills in 1980. They have two children — Joy and Cliff — and granddaughter Kimmy. When she’s not researching Community Foundation matters and preparing for meetings (the board meets once every other month), Georgi participates in Sunhills Community Church activities. She and John also travel and recently finished several home improvement projects.
“It all started with the mulberry tree,” Georgi said, shaking her head. “Having two bulldozers in your yard is facinating.”
Retirement has also opened up the possibility of sleeping in, but no one will find Georgi just lounging around on a regular basis. “I’m very picky about where I want my time to go,” she said.