143 Bostwick NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503                                    Phone: 616-234-3603


March 12, 2013
GGRWHC Board of Directors

Jo Ellyn Clarey,
Barbara McGregor,
 Vice President
Ruth VanStee,
Connie Ingham
Janet Brashler
Gayle Davis
Cindy Dorman
Falinda Geerling
Sharon Hanks
Kyle Irwin
Mary Jane Keeler
Jef McClimans
Jennifer Morrison
Kathy Rent
Mary Seeger
Jill Straub
Sarah Wagner
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REMINDER! Tonight, Thursday, & Saturday


Join the GGRWHC this week for programs featuring area women and the roles they have played in building our community. Scroll down for details about tonight's Women & Girls Lead event at Celebration North, Saturday's Negro Business & Professional Women's Rocking Chair event, and an invitation to judge Michigan Women's Hall of Fame nominations.


Be sure that you have our birthday party at the Women's City Club on March 28th on your calendar-and plan to join GGRWHC this Thursday for Marcie Beck's program! Stay in touch via our website ( for updates and about more programming. Here's to Women's History Month 2013!



On Thursday celebrate a PROGRESSIVE ERA ACTIVIST!


Educator Josephine Ahnefeldt Goss was a Grand Rapids powerhouse with one foot in the world of public schools and the other in the broader civic arena of the Progressive Era. Meet her on March 14!




by Marcella Beck, GGRWHC

7:00pm, Thursday, March 14th, 2013
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Free & Open to the Public


Goss was on the front line of the political, educational, and civic reform movements of her era. Her career in education alone spanned the days of her first teaching job in the 1870s to her retirement in 1938 as principal of Sigsbee school.  

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Along the way, she ran for elective office and served on the Grand Rapids School Board for ten turbulent years. From inside and outside the academy, Josephine Ahnefeldt Goss led a life committed to the power of education and action to change the world. Her story is unique, but Goss also represents other dynamic women shaped by progressive ideals who worked to move this country forward by bringing opportunity to all. Celebrate Women's History Month by celebrating this remarkable woman. Join us to hear her story from another educator, Marcella Beck!



TONIGHT! Join WGVU's Engage / Women & Girls Lead for a screening of the PBS documentary MAKERS: WOMEN WHO MAKE AMERICA.




For more information, visit . Meet 22 local "makers" to be honored by W&GL both before the screening and afterward during a panel discussion to be led by Shelley Irwin, host of the WGVU Morning Show. On hand will be GGRWHC favorite Sharon Steffens!



Surviving Success through the Generations

12:30pm, Saturday, March 16th, 2013
Madison Christian Reformed Church,
1434 Madison Ave, SE

The Negro Business and Professional Women, Grand Rapids Club, again offer wisdom passed along from one generation to the next during Women's History Month. Speaking from the rocking chair this year will be Pastor Sandra Dolly-McGlothin, Mrs. Alma Dolly (Mother), Dr. Tracy Mathis-Blount, Mrs. Patrice E. Mathis (Mother), Mrs. Nicki Tardy; and the Pearson Family Singers will perform. For more information, call 616-534-7450 or 616 243-2963





Thursday, March 28, 5:00 pm

5:00 pm: Hors d'oeuvres & wine ticket bar ($5/glass)
5:30 pm: Program
Women's City Club, Lower level auditorium, 254 Fulton Street
Free & Open to the Public


We will honor early Council members and take a look at where we've been and where we're going. We'll empty our cupboards of materials and mugs with our first logo, enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and, for new and renewing members, a complimentary glass of wine. Please let us know you're coming at [email protected] or 616-454-2425. Mark your calendars, and join the party!





Judges are needed from all areas of the state and various backgrounds to evaluate 2013 nominations. Judging takes place in April and May by two panels, the historical (deceased) or contemporary (living) categories. Historical judges should have some historical perspective or background that qualifies them to judge this category.


If you are interested in being a judge, please send to [email protected] with your name, address, daytime phone and your preferences: (1) to review contemporary or historical nominations; and (2) to participate in a judging panel in April or May. Please call Samantha Ash at 517-484-1880 ext. 203 for additional information.



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. 
And, continues to help women make history, every day! 

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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Thank you for your interest in preserving and celebrating the history of the many phenomonal women who've helped to shape West Michigan!  If you aren't already a member of the Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council, consider showing your support through annual membership.  Visit our web site for more information and the ability to register using Pay Pal online!

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