SCABB Foundation History

In 1984, past president, John Kemp introduced the idea of a South Central Association of Blood Banks Foundation. He donated back to the Association the honorarium he received as the Administrative Lecturer, with the stipulation that it be dedicated funds until such time as a Foundation was formed.

During the 1986-87 year, Vice President Ronnie Garner formally presented the motion to form a Foundation to the Board of Directors. To use Dr. Garner’s words, “The purpose of the Foundation is to enhance the educational goals of SCABB”. The motion passed and the first trustees were appointed.SCABB Foundation Logo

On March 18, 1987 at 10:00AM, the SCABB Foundation was born. The charter members of the Board of Trustees, appointed by the SCABB Board of Directors (BOD) were Bill Bristow, Margie Peschel, Page Sanchez, Ernie Simon, and Jack Smythe. At that organizational meeting, the Articles of Incorporation and a draft of the bylaws were discussed and approved. The first officers elected were President, Page D. Sanchez; Vice President, Margie Peschel; and Secretary-Treasurer, Bill Bristow. Ronnie Garner served as the BOD liaison.

That first year was devoted to refining the bylaws and making sure that all legal and I.R.S. requirements were met. It was decided that a corporate account for the foundation would be established and that this account would be totally separate from the SCABB operating account. The fiscal year would coincide with that of SCABB – May 1 to April 30th.

The Board of Trustees consists of three past president of South Central (not currently serving on the South Central BOD), and two persons approved by the South Central Board. One of the two shall have primarily a scientific background and the other shall have primarily an administrative background. Other than the charter members of the Board of Trustees, who rotated off the Board in a different fashion, the Trustees were approved for a 2-year term by the SCABB Board of Directors.

At the end of that first year, Ernie Simon, the scientific member of the trustees, chose to rotate out of office. Bob Treuting was appointed as his replacement for a 2-year term.

Officers for the 1988 year were President, Bill Bristow; Vice President, Margie Peschel; and Secretary-Treasurer, Bob Treuting. Bob Treuting also served as liaison to the SCABB Foundation Funding Committee.

At a meeting in October 1988, the Funding Committee chaired by Joe Ridley, developed ideas and plans for funding the Foundation. One of those ideas resulted in the very successful Carnival Casino Night at the annual meeting in Houston. Lots of fun was had and lots of funds were raised to benefit the Foundation.

Other ideas are already bearing fruit. They involve several levels of memberships in a Contributors Club.

  • Individual Guardian Members: Individuals who donate $300.00 to the Foundation by March of 1990.
  • Institutional Guardian Members: Institutions which donate $1000.00 to the Foundation by March of 1990.
  • Founding Corporate Members: Corporations which donate $10,000.00 to the Foundation by March of 1990.

Already members of the BOD and others have begun enrolling as Individual Guardian Members as well as several Institutional Guardian Members. We have received a $10,000.00 check from Vinson and Elkins, Attorneys at Law, of Houston, Texas. They are our first Founding Corporate Member!

At the 1989 BOD meeting, Ray St. Peter was approved to replace retiring Administrative Trustee, Jack Smyth. Bobby Grigsby followed Margie Peschel in the Past President’s slot and Francis Morrison was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Past President Bill Bristow.

When the Board of Trustees met in Houston, Page Sanchez was elected President, with Bob Treuting as Vice President and Bobby Grigsby as Secretary-Treasurer. The trustees acted upon a recommendation from the Funding Committee. No funds will be dispensed from the Foundation until a minimum amount has been contributed. When donations to the Foundation reach a minimum of $75,000.00, the interest will be used for such things as scholarships, grants, and funding for educational programs.

At the time this article went to press, donations to the Foundation were approximately $21,200.00. That means we are one quarter of the way to our goal.