Kim and Ginger Virkler
Kim and Ginger Virkler of Fenton Township envision a day when runners, walkers and bicyclers can meander around the many lakes in southern Genesee County, experiencing the beauty of the area on well-maintained trails and paths. As a result of this desire, the Virklers established an endowed charitable Fund through the Community Foundation of Greater Flint to support this vision.
Kim and Ginger are avid exercise enthusiasts who have always enjoyed the benefits of outdoor fitness. They are also active community volunteers. Kim is a member of the Fenton Community Fund Advisory Committee, and a Past President and current member of the Rotary Club of Fenton. Ginger serves as a board member with the Crim Fitness Foundation and also the Salvation Army of Genesee County.
The Virklers are also members of the Community Foundation's Legacy Society which recognizes local philanthropists who have preserved a portion of their estate for our community. The Virklers named the Community Foundation as a designated beneficiary of their Individual Retirement Account (IRA).
"Our long-term vision is to support an effort that connects not only the lakes and communities in the southern Genesee County area, but also to existing and proposed trail systems so people can enjoy each other's communities," said Kim. "At the same time, we are committed to being mindful of the natural environment, the protection of wildlife, and ensuring that trails and pathways are accessible to people with disabilities."
Grants from the Kim and Ginger Virkler Trails Fund will be advised by the Fenton Community Fund Advisory Committee. Earnings from the endowed Fund will provide resources:
- For walking, running, cycling, skating and cross-country ski trails
- To design, plan, construct and maintain trails and pathways
- To provide connectivity between the various lakes and communities in the South Lakes region
- To promote physical fitness and enjoyment of the community and the natural environment
- To encourage and support cooperation with neighboring regions to provide cross-regional connectivity to trails and pathways.
Kim and Ginger understand the importance of building the community's endowment. We are grateful for their continuing support.