Lorrie Wilson and Bimla Rhinehart

United Way’s Women in Philanthropy loses dedicated and amazing member

Lorrie Wilson, Women in Philanthropy Co-Chair

Bimla Rhinehart was first and foremost my friend and most recently a fellow member of Women in Philanthropy (WIP).  Although new to WIP, she made a big impact and wanted very much to make a positive difference in the lives of our foster youth.  Bimla and I taught a communications workshop in December at Koinonia.  She was a wonderful role model for them.  After we finished the workshop, she remarked at their exceptional manners, enthusiasm and active participation. 

Bimla was the brains and inspiration behind our Day at the Capitol event where influential, successful women leaders in state government spent the afternoon with some of our foster females mentoring them and providing them with ideas, information and most of all the desire to pursue their dream career. 

Bimla began her career with the State of California as a clerk, earned her degree from Chico State and diligently worked her way to the position of Executive Director of the California Transportation Commission. She was loved, admired and respected by her superiors, peers, subordinates, family and friends.  While I’ve lost a dear friend and WIP has lost a valued member, we will continue her desire to inspire and mentor our foster youth as they grow into adulthood.  Thank you, Bimla, for your impact on our foster youth.  We will miss you!

Lorrie Wilson is the Co-Chair of United Way’s Women in Philanthropy group.