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What is Papoose Club?

Papoose Club is a non-profit volunteer organization that supports youth-oriented groups in Blaine County through fundraising activities and community events. Everyone is welcome! The club was founded in 1954 by a group of local moms and was formally incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1975.

What is the purpose of the Club?

Essentially, Papoose Club provides important financial support to local organizations that serve youth. We make it possible for kids of Blaine County to grow up with access to a wide variety of activities. The Club’s mission is to support cultural, social educational and athletic activities for the youth of Blaine County.

What types of organizations receive funds from the Club?

Any 501(c) organization (non-profit) is eligible to receive funds from Papoose Club. Recent recipients include:

Alturas Elementary PTA, WRHS Business Professionals of America, Girls on the Run of the Wood River Valley, Prom 911, Rotarun Ski Area, Sawtooth Botanical Garden: Bug Zoo, St. Thomas Playhouse, SV Center/Company of Fools, Syringa Mountain School, The Community Children’s Library, The Hunger Coalition, The Spot, WRHS Drama Department, WRHS PTSA/ Senior Bash, WRMS Outdoor Adventure, WR Club Volley Ball, WR Land Trust Student Conservation Council, WRHS Model United Nations, WRMS PTA Student Enrichment Fund.


The 2023-24 officers are:

  • President:  John Carreiro

  • Co Vice Presidents:  Maureen Dahlen

  • Treasurer: Rich Puddicombe

  • Secretary:  Lucie Novakova

  • Publicity Chair: Krista Gehrke 

  • Historian: Sharla Smith

  • Sponsorships: Claudia Klokke

  • Event Graphics: Penfield Stroh

Past Presidents that have served Papoose:

Anna Mathieu, Lee Dabney, Mary Fauth, Louise Isaacs, Shannon Finnegan, Danni Dean, Rose Burbank, Gwen Thompson, Annie Weber, Nancy Schwab, Kathryn Graves, Janet Fugate, Chris Reinemen, Susan Kniffen, Linda McMahon, Cindy Thiede, Pat Van Paepeghem, Linda Parsons, Collett Pruitt, Jan Augustus, Janet Carter, Julie Caldwell, Karen Acker, Cheryl Stoops

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