Walnut Cove Members Association (WCMA)
The Walnut Cove Members Association (WCMA) consists of The Cliffs at Walnut Cove property owners who are interest in supporting local nonprofit charities through annual tax deductible memberships. The WCMA is a 501c3 nonprofit that raises money through annual dues, donations and a summer golf tournament. At the end of each year, these funds are distributed to a variety of local charitable organization based on the recommendation the Grants Committee submits to the Board of Directors. Any member involved in a charity that meets our stated guidelines is encourage to submit a grant request up to $5000. The WCMA is made up entirely of volunteers committed to making sure all the funds go directly to reputable organizations while incurring minimal administrative expenses.
Membership in the WCMA serves a dual purpose. Not only is the organization helping those in need within our community, but we are also supporting friends and neighbors who are committed to many worthwhile causes. Since its 2007 inception, WCMA has donated over $550,000 to more than 55 charities in Western North Carolina.
The WCMA has continued to grow in the last eight years. We now have over 200 individual members many of who volunteer as officers and committee members. Our service to the community, along with our generous donations, has made Walnut Cove a valued and respect part of the greater Asheville area.
WCMA started in 2007 as a Men’s Association with members who had one thing in common: learning about Asheville and giving back to the community. Speakers from non-profit organizations were invited to share information about their organizations. This, in turn, led to pooling dues and distributing over $5000 to our neighbors in need. Shortly after, the women at WC were inspired to do the same. In 2010 the two groups merged into the members association WCMA.
Each year more and more generous residents became involved and the WCMA took hold becoming a community-wide effort to raise funds for these needy and deserving organizations. With the on-going success of these efforts, the WCMA applied and received a 501(c)(3) incorporation status in December 2012. Because of this, we were then required to establish a Board of Directors and Executive Committee to steward the funds appropriately.
We are proud that in just six short years, we have grown from 56 members to nearly 200 who now donate over $500,000 to our local charities over the years. We look forward to continued success.
Board of Directors & Executive Committee
Friends working together towards one common goal
Board of Directors:
Becky Lehman – Chair
Nancy Norton – Secretary
Bruce Baker – President
John Maxwell – Vice President
Melba Tracy – Secretary
Ed Eudy – Treasurer
Peter Jones – Assistant Treasurer
Events – Sunny Mathews
Grants – Nancy Norton
Golf Tournament – John Maxwell & Rich Dell
Social – Carole Hodges & Becky Lehman
Volunteers – Debbie Higgins