Linda Acheson Education Fund:
ODS Membership | For Educational Events
The ODS Education fund was established in 1998 and was renamed the Linda Acheson ODS Education Fund in 2004 as a memorial to Linda Acheson, former ODS President, Treasurer, and “L Education Program” graduate. Linda was an advocate of rider and instructor education. She organized the first ODS certified instructor program and supported the ODS “L” Education program, and judged many schooling shows.
Linda established the fund during her tenure as president. Her intent was to create a specific account where the earnings could be used to finance educational events and programs—in whole, or part, for the benefit of ODS members. The education fund has received numerous contributions in honor of her memory. An annual benefit show has been the main source of subsequent monies.
The Linda Acheson Education Fund is not a “restricted fund” in the sense of an endowment, however the ODS Board of Directors agreed in principle that the funds were “dedicated” to the educational mission Linda intended. The goal is to raise additional monies through fundraisers or bequests/gifts to reach a point where the income from the fund be used to sponsor educational programs. Linda estimated, and the Board of Directors subsequently adopted that the principal of the fund reach and be maintained at $50,000. At the point the income from the fund may be utilized for educational activities. The Board of Directors will establish an advisory panel to select projects or programs to support.