Carrie served on the ECA board from 2002 and served as President from 2006 until her passing in 2008. During this time, the ECA has embarked on its most ambitious growth plans to date. Carrie led the ECA to a new look (logo and website), several technology advancements, to an outside management company and oversaw record growth among the countless other accomplishments to better serve our members and contribute to the growth of our industry. Carrie was involved with many other organizations by serving on advisory boards, speaking on various subjects and taking part in many round table discussions at industry conferences over the years.
More important than her accomplishments to the ECA was Carrie's dedication to her family, friends and associates and to the many volunteer programs in which she participated or led. Carrie was always the first to volunteer, had a deep passion to help others, and will be missed by all of us that had the pleasure to meet or work with her over the years.
To that end the ECA Board of Directors established the "The Carrie Ehlers Scholarship Fund" in January 2009, committing the first $10,000 toward the endeavor. The board also voted to utilize a portion of the association's annual golf tournament, just prior to the Marketplace, to contribute to the fund until it is fully vested. The vested amount chosen is $25,000.00.
Because of Carrie's commitment to her community what better place to honor her memory than in the city she loved, Milwaukee, WI. The scholarship, once fully funded, will be managed by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Inc. Each year a $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating female senior who is pursuing a degree in business. Recipients shall be selected by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation based upon academic achievement with special preference given to students who have lost a parent. Final approval will be required from the current ECA Board of Directors.
Please join us in honoring Carrie's memory by participating in the annual golf tournament or by a donation to the Carrie Ehlers Scholarship Fund c/o the ECA.