We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2013 Essay Contest:

2013 Essay Contest Winner:

The Country Cemetary by Michele VanHouten

2013 Honorable Mentions:

From Vine to Virtue by Theresa Hogerheide 

Constructive Dissent by Anne Reynolds

2013 Essay Contest readings on The Value of Virtuousness at WMSBF’s April 8 monthly luncheon meeting, held at Calvin’s Bunker Interpretive Center: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_v4HPjntWks

Michele, Theresa & Anne were recently interviewed on Shelley Irwin’s WGVU Morning Show.  Click HERE to hear their reflections on the contest, the theme, and their own creative processes.

Our Essay Contest and our Essayists are also being showcased on the U of M’s Center For Positive Organization Scholarship website.  You can check that out at http://www.centerforpos.org.

The theme was inspired by our January monthly meeting presentation by Dr. Kim Cameron, co-founder of the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship at U of M, on the Value of Virtuousness. We invited members of the West Michigan region to share their reflections on: “What are the virtues manifested by individuals or businesses/institution that most profoundly enrich your life? What character traits inspire and motivate you to create – and share – a meaningful and productive quality of life? Tell us a story… Essays were judged on the basis of clarity, attention to theme, passion, and creativity.

The essay review panelists were WMSBF Board members: Dave Aupperlee, Su Paauwe, Dave Rinard, Dan Schoonmaker, Justin Swan, Jennifer Wammack and Gabe Wing. Lisa Locke was coordinator and served on the panel.  We were also very pleased and honored to welcome back Terri McCarthy with the Wege Foundation, Brenda Moore with the Grand Rapids Urban League, and Shelly Irwin with WGVU.

Our sincere thanks to all who shared their thoughtful insights and reflections.

Click HERE to see the press release.