The Tama County Community Foundation (TCCF) has been a steadily growing channel of support for non-profit organizations in the county since 2005. In its years of existence as an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, TCCF has also been successful in growing endowments and other funds for the betterment of the communities of Tama County.
TCCF's success and growth is due to the efforts of a dedicated group of volunteers who make up the Foundation's governing committee. As a result of the committee's hard work and dedication, TCCF has been awarded a grant opportunity from the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa to contract with an individual to provide development support.
The Tama County Community Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of Mary Fasse-Shaw. In a limited number of hours each month, Fasse-Shaw will provide the committee support and will help raise awareness of their activities. This new step in the Foundation's development is also made possible through a grant received from the Iowa Council of Foundations.
Fasse-Shaw comes to the organization from an educational background, after retiring from 35 years of classroom teaching. Thirty-four of those years were with the South Tama Community School District as a Speech and English educator, teaching a variety of courses throughout her career. Besides her teaching assignments, Fasse-Shaw was also the Thespian Sponsor for Troupe 1038, an Iowa Thespian Hall of Famer, a large-group speech coach, and director of the spring play and occasional musicals. During her career at STC, she directed two shows for the Iowa Thespian Main Stage. One of the shows, All My Sons, by Arthur Miller, was adjudicated and was an early show for the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska, in June 2002. Also, under her leadership, 71 groups achieved All State status, some performing and some nonperforming.
Fasse-Shaw graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Speech-Theatre and an English minor. She is a member of Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Tama. In retirement, Fasse-Shaw joined Kiwanis and PEO, and is the Live Event Coordinator for the newly renovated Wieting Theatre in Toledo. In her free time she enjoys reading, theatre, swimming, walking around Cherry Lake with her two dogs, playing with her cats, going to the movies, and spending time with family and friends. Fasse-Shaw's husband, Jeff Shaw, is an educator at the Iowa Juvenile Home, as well as her long-time theatre technical director. Fasse-Shaw and her husband have one son who attends the University of Northern Iowa.
Fasse-Shaw said, "I am excited to be part of the Tama County Community Foundation. I look forward to making new friends in the various communities in Tama County as well as working with the dedicated volunteers who work to strengthen Tama County's communities through charitable and endowed giving."
Rick Krug, chair of the TCCF's governing committee, said that the committee's planning, and its acceptance of this impact fund grant, moves the committee's work forward in a beneficial way. "We know that the Community Foundation offers a great way for anyone to give back to their community," said Krug.
Fasse-Shaw looks forward to her new role of assisting in that effort in Tama County. Fasse-Shaw can be reached at 641-751-5251. Visit www.tamaccf.org for more information about the Tama County Community Foundation.