April Meeting Features 2013 Essay Contest Winners
Winner: Michele Van Houten – The Country Cemetery
Honorable Mentions: Theresa Hogerheide – From Vine to Virtue &
Anne Reynolds – Constructive Dissent
Gabe Wing, WMSBF Board President, welcomed members and guests to Calvin College’s Bunker Interpretive Center, which once again graciously provided a beautiful setting for recognition of our annual Essay Contest winners and a celebration of Earth Month.
This year’s theme was the Value of Virtuousness, inspired by Kim Cameron’s January presentation on Positive Organizational Scholarship. Click HERE for more information on the essay contest and to read the essayists’ thoughtful reflections.
Contributing to the meeting were Brock Rodgers, izzy+, who shared a personal Earth Day retrospective; Lindsey DesArmo, GVSU, who promoted Active Commute Week in May; Deanna Demory, United Way, who planted a few seeds of collaboration; and Dan Schoonmaker who offered a rapid-fire review of West Michigan Environmental Action Council’s past, present, and future initiatives.
Special thanks to members of our essay review panel, who have already begun discussions on topics and expanded outreach for next year’s essay contest: Dave Aupperlee, BISSELL; Shelley Irwin, WGVU; Terri McCarthy, Wege Foundation; Brenda Moore, Grand Rapids Urban League; Su Paauwe, NTH Consultants; David Rinard, Steelcase; Dan Schoonmaker, West Michigan Environmental Action Council; Justin Swan, Organicycle; Jennifer Wammack, IDa Design; Gabe Wing, Herman Miller; Lisa Locke, WMSBF.