Good News: September 2010

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Ten Women to be Inducted Into Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame

Five women living in or connected to the Lansing area are among the 10 notable women selected by independent juries for induction into the 2010 class of the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame. The women will be honored at a benefit dinner on Tuesday, October 19 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing.

The 2010 Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame honorees (connected to Lansing) in the contemporary category:

Mary Aikey, in East Lansing
Advocate for women’s and seniors’ rights, Aikey improved the lives of women and girls as the executive director of the Greater Lansing YWCA for over 20 years. She chaired the Michigan Coordinating Committee for the 1975 National Women’s Conference created by Congress.

Sandy Draggoo, in Haslett
One of the first women to lead a public transportation system in the country, Draggoo has been the executive director of the Capitol Area Transportation Authority (CATA) since 1985. Under her leadership CATA received the American Public Transportation Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 1991.

Sherrill Freeborough, in Howell
Rising through the ranks of the predominately male auto industry, Freeborough became one of only nine female Saturn dealers in the country. Freeborough’s business acumen helped her emerge from auto industry turmoil as the new owner of a Hyundai dealership.

Dorean Koenig, in Haslett
A founding partner in one of the first all female law firms in Michigan and the first female tenured professor at Cooley Law School, Koenig has made contributions in the areas of women’s civil liberties, international human rights, civil rights, and refining death penalty standards.

The Hall of Fame honorees (connected to Lansing) in the historical category:

Augusta  Chapin, asso. with Lansing
The second woman to be ordained a Universalist minister, Chapin dedicated her life to education and women’s rights. Chapin championed equality for women in society and the church, and was the first woman to receive an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree.

New Member of Child & Family Services’ Board of Directors Announced

The Board of Directors of Child & Family Services is pleased to announce Susan Devon, Assistant General Manager and Chief Financial Officer for the Lansing Board of Water and Light, as a new member of the Board.

Devon currently serves as a Board Member for the Lansing Kiwanis Club and Chairman of Membership Growth Committee. As a CPA with years of community service to teens, Devon will be a strong asset to the CFS Board, helping disadvantaged children and youth in Mid-Michigan.

Child & Family Services, founded nearly 100 years ago, provides Foster Care, Adoption and Post Adoption Support; Mental Health Counseling; New Focus: Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment; Supervised Independent Living—continued support for youth aging out of foster care; Lansing Teen Court, providing viable options and alternatives to youth; and Angel House— Foster Care Teen Mother-Baby Program and Children’s Advocacy Center.

MSUFCU Staff Contribute Over $26,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Lansing

MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) and its employees support a number of charities and organizations in the Mid-Michigan area. From January through June of 2010, MSUFCU employees raised funds for the Boys & Girls Club of Lansing, with a goal of contributing $25,000. MSUFCU employees were thrilled to surpass this goal, raising $26,083 through employee donations and fundraisers including raffles, dress down days, a managers’ car wash, bake sales and a putting outing.

MSUFCU President and CEO Patrick McPharlin stated, “Community involvement is a major focus at MSU Federal Credit Union, and our employees are the most generous individuals. It’s inspiring to see the impact a group of people can have on Mid-Michigan through simple fundraising activities like raffles and bake sales.”

Tiffany Russell Opens New Dance Center in East Lansing

Spartan Dance Center was created by Tiffany Russell to provide dancers of all types with the dance options to fit various schedules, skill levels and preferences. Her passion for dance began at a very young age when she began training at Bay Valley Academy. Later she studied at Perry Wooderd School of Dance, Russian Ballet Academy and Broadway Dance Center. In addition, Tiffany danced for the global dance production “ROADS” from 1998-1999. With the production, she travelled to 7 countries, 55 cities and completed over 100 performances at an international dance level. She also performed in Carousel, My Fair Lady, Wizard of Oz, Guy and Doll’s, Damn Yankee’s, Into the Woods and Cinderella. Tiffany obtained a Bachelor of Art in Fashion Design from the Illinois Institute of Art in 2002.

Adults and students may participate in ‘drop-in’ classes that require no registration or membership and are held at regular intervals throughout the day. The flexible class structure allows dancers to either pay by the class or purchase a pre-loaded “class card” at a discounted rate. Sparty Cash is accepted for MSU students.

Children can participate in the “Junior Spartans,” a special program for children aged 3-15 years old. The Junior Spartan program is catered to teaching and perfecting the basics of dance technique, in preparation for advanced level dance classes. The program is fun, energetic and strives to teach basic dance technique to beginners.


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