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



March 26, 2017

GGRWHC Board of Directors

Mary Seeger,
Jo Ellyn Clarey
Susan Coombes
Connie Ingham
Ruth VanStee
  Newsletter editor 

Jennifer Bryant 
Jo Ellyn Clarey
Kristin Du Mez 
Connie Ingham 
Kyle Irwin
Mary Seeger
Ruth Stevens 
Amy Dunham Strand 
Julie Tabberer
Kate van Liere   
Ruth Van Stee

Deirdre Toeller-Novak
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Before and Beyond the Bricks and Mortar,
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NOW, to business!
During the world's shortest annual business meeting on March 29th, the GGRWHC Board of Directors will be delighted to ask members of the Council to approve new and renewing nominees for the board. To review Council bylaws, click here

Now, please read on for brief profiles of 2017 nominees Michelle DeRose and Melissa Fox and renewing member Mary Seeger
Michelle DeRose directs the Insignis Honors Program at Aquinas College, where she is a professor of English and teaches world and African-American literature. She also serves as a member of the Women's Studies faculty and coordinates the Irish Studies minor. DeRose's academic investment researchi ng women's issues has resulted in presentations for and involvement in the West Michigan Women's Studies Council, the National Women's
Michelle DeRose
Studies Association, and the Association for Research on Mothering. DeRose is now excited to participate in a  local women's history organization.

Melissa Fox is a freelance writer and researcher who has published articles in Michigan History Magazine and West Michigan Modern on topics related to Grand Rapids, including furniture history, architecture and design, and notable Grand Rapidians. Sh Melissa Fox e also writes a history column for the Alger Heights Neighborhood Association newsletter. Fox has a BA in English and a masters degree in Library Science, both from Indiana University. She worked in libraries for ten years, most recently in the History and Special Coll ections Department at the Grand Rapids Public Library.  

Mary Seeger joined the GGRWHC board in 1996. Having served in multiple capacities within the organization, she sees her primary role as representing GGRWHC in the community through her involvement in the Michigan Women's Studies Association, Women's Resource Council, American Association for University 
Mary Seeger Women, Equity of Female Athletes, Girl Scouts, Swedish Council of America, and Swedish American Historical  Society.  Her main area of research focuses on immigrant women, particularly Swedish and German. Seeger is a retired professor and dean emerita at Grand Valley State University, where she taught German and linguistics. She has received several community recognitions, including the YWCA Tribute Award. 
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Party & Program Details
Wednesday, March 29th, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
5:40 Brief annual meeting followed by
a celebratory prog ram
Before and Beyond the Bricks and Mortar:
The 1908 Blodgett Home for Children 
and the Programs It Has Housed

presented by Cindy Laug  & Diana Barrett

ICCF Assembly Hall,  920 Cherry Street SE
Free admission and free parking. See!
Reserve at 616-574-7307 or [email protected]

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GGRWHC Board Meetings

Board meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. in 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 or plan to attend a meeting.



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