Glen W. Warner Celebrates 30 years of Service with the Ashtabula Foundation
Reflection on the ninety-fifth Anniversary of the Ashtabula Foundation
By Glen W. Warner
This ninety-fifth anniversary year of the Ashtabula Foundation brings to mind the national debate these days between “origination” and “relevance” concerning interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. Final decisions ultimately determine important action on major issues. Many discussions revolve around what the Constitution meant when first written and what it means now in a fast- changing world. In either case, that it was created 226 years ago by people concerned about the nation’s future stands as an undeniable fact. For that reason alone, it’s immense value is incalculable, constantly increasing in value even as it increases in age. It is America’s charter, a living document.
The Ashtabula Foundation may be seen in a similar way. The philanthropic values of its creator have increased, not only in years and financial value but also in the thousands of Ashtabula County citizens who over nine decades have seen their dreams realized by it grants. Think of the history that has passed since 1922 such as world wars, medical advances, space travel and political changes.
On a personal note, the past 30 years have seen many, many changes and the original desire to help others has prevailed in our own time. When considering requests, it is always good to ask what the founder would do. “How would he, in that simpler and more gracious time, respond to this request?
A new phrase, the “bleeding edge” has entered our modern language, replacing “cutting edge.” In either case, the thought defines the many changes that we constantly see in our complex society. Ninety- five years ago many such modern things would be quite unbelievable and perhaps very far from the founder’s intentions to be philanthropic. This has made for a fascinating decision process over the past 30 years. It has been a great privilege to look at the founder’s portrait there on the wall and wonder what he would think about this or that request. The same investigations will be true for future trustees I am sure.
Over and over again, this recalls to me that the Foundation’s assets are not ours, but that they belong to the vision and values of the spiritual ancestors who wanted Ashtabula County to live long and prosper. We are only stewards who may carry that vision and those values forward into an unknown unpredictable future. We can help shape future progress.
Let us face it in faith, trusting that there must be a continuing increase of value, both moral and financial, to address the bleeding edge of Ashtabula County for another ninety-five years! If you want to know more about being a part of this legacy, contact the Ashtabula Foundation at 440-992-6818, or visit the website at ashtabulafoundation.org
Bio: Glen W. Warner has resided in Ashtabula County for 44 years, working at the Molded Fiber Glass Companies and serving various churches as Pastor. He has served as a trustee of the Ashtabula Foundation since 1987 joining other members then, Frank Koski, Eleanor Jammal, Maynard Walker, Dr. Bill Zweier, John Zaback, Tom Anderson and W.L. (Andy) Anderson. He is married to Nancy (Morrison) and they have two married children, Garth and Bethany, and five grandchildren, all residing in South Carolina. Glen is the author of three books, Meeting the WORD in the World; Treasure; and Prayers-Waiting for the Sunrise.