GGRWHC Board of Directors
Jo Ellyn Clarey,
Jo Ellyn Clarey
Kristin Du Mez
Amy Dunham Strand
Ruth Van Stee
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ne hundred-twenty p
eople attended our annual reception and celebration of Women's History Month on March 30 at the Women's City Club. The large group enjoyed an evening with drinks and wonderful hors d'oeuvres, prepared by the Women's City Club chef.
Since women in elective office was the theme of
the evening, local women in office or running for office were present. People had a chance to greet Grand Rapids' first woman mayor,
. Other guests in office included
, city commissioner, and
the recently appointed city commissioner replacing Bliss,
state representative, 76th House District.
Anyone running for an office right now? Candidate for the newly created Family Court Judgeship,
for GRCC board.
Deirdre Toeller-Novak presented
Shattering Glass Ceilings, relating the stories of five "firsts,"
women who were elected to office beginning in 1888: Harriet Cook, Eva McCall Hamilton, Grace Ames Van Hoesen, Evangeline Lamberts, and Rosalynn Bliss.
Mayor Bliss spoke and she, along with Deirdre, entertained questions.
Photographer Diane Carroll Burdick took more pictures that night which can be seen on the
The co-presidents Mary Seeger and Jo Ellyn Clarey called for a brief business meeting,
where members were asked to approve a change in the bylaws and add two new board members, Kristin Du Mez and Amy Dunham Strand.
business meeting in the world was then adjourned.
A 1936 photograph of Kent County Commissioners included 54 men and one woman, Grace Van Hoesen.
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Board meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. 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
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