Greater Grand Rapids Womens History Council
  P.O Box 68874, Grand Rapids, MI 49516-8874                 Phone: 616-574-7307


April 28, 2014
GGRWHC Board of Directors

Falinda Geerling,
Ruth VanStee,
Connie Ingham
Janet Brashler
Jo Ellyn Clarey
Susan Coombes
Gayle Davis
Sharon Hanks
Kyle Irwin
Mary Jane Keeler
Mary Seeger
Ruth Stevens
Jill Straub
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Important Vote for Members
at the Annual Reception!

At our annual reception GGRWHC members will have the opportunity to vote for two new board members. These members are Jennifer M. Bryant and Beverly F. Grant. Their brief profiles are:
Jennifer is the academic coordinator of the Grand Rapids Community College Upward Bound Program. In 2012, she earned her master's degree in Communication from Grand Valley State University. Jennifer also teaches part time for the university and acts as a consultant for the Grand Rapids Public Schools School to College Program. From 2006 - 2010, she was a fund development and communications specialist for the Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore and the Girl Scouts of Michigan Trails respectively. Jennifer will be rejoining the board as she was a member from
2008 - 2011.  

Beverly is the associate director for the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy. She has a master's degree in Social Work. She comes with many years of board experience. The most current is the Council on Accreditation Commissioner and the Revolution Christian Ministries. As part of her nomination form, Beverly wrote:  "When I read your mission, 'The GGRWHC is dedicated to educating the community and celebrating the legacies of local women . . .,' celebrating the legacies of women struck me the most. As each year goes by, I am reminded of the importance of honoring the legacy of those who went before me and leaving a legacy behind me." For this reason and her generous heart, Beverly wishes to be a member of the board.  

We will also welcome to two members to the board's program committee:  Toby Dolinka and Judy Subar.

More details about the reception follow.  



A Suffragist Spring: Taking Over The Grand Rapids Press in 1914


Ruth Van Stee, recently retired from the Grand Rapids Public Library, History and Special Collections department, will talk about May 2, 1914, edition or The Grand Rapids Press, the local women involved, and the role this local event played in the national suffrage movement.    
Ruth Van Stee


 Wednesday, April 30, 2014

5 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres & wine ticket bar ($5/glass)

5:30 p.m. Brief 2013-2014 annual report and election of new board members

5:45 p.m. Ruth Van Stee's Presentation


Women's City Club, lower level auditorium, 254 E. Fulton St. 

Free and Open to the Public

Free Parking is available on south side of the building or in the lot on Lafayette Ave.  


A free wine ticket for each member whose membership

is paid up to date


Please register for this event at either [email protected] or [email protected] or 

call 616-574-7307. 


For more details, visit our website: 


Michigan was Slow to Embrace Women's Suffrage












Not a current member of GGRWHC? Membership is easy and helps offset the expenses associated with research and programming presented each year. Your membership helps to set the record straight on the women who've made history here in our community.

GGRWHC Board Meetings

Board meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm at the Vanderveen Center for the Book at the Grand Rapids Public Library. If you have suggestions for programs, oral histories or other items, please email us at [email protected] or plan to attend a meeting.


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Hats off to the historical women who've shaped West Michigan!