The Mendel Center names Volunteers of the Year for the 2017-2018 season

July 18, 2018

Photo caption:  Mendel Center Volunteers of the Year Larry and Linda Becker (center), Grace Kelmer, director, The Mendel Center Mainstage (left) and Mike Nadolski, executive director, The Mendel Center.

 

Photo caption: 25-year Service Anniversary Recognition (Left to Right): Grace Kelmer, director, The Mendel Center Mainstage, Norita Lachica, Kelvin Krantz, Dee Friske, Mary Ann Forsythe, Debbie McCartney, Candace Onweller, Mabel Ott, Linda Steinke, WyVonne Johnson. Not pictured: Dorothea Crocker and Joyce Stockman.

 

During its annual volunteer appreciation dinner and reception on Tuesday, July 11, The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College named Larry and Linda Becker of St. Joseph the 2017-2018 Volunteers of the Year. They were recognized for their efforts from among the group of more than 100 active volunteers. 

The Beckers began volunteering with The Mendel Center in 2013. They also volunteer with the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, the Silver Beach Carousel, and The Soup Kitchen in Benton Harbor. During the event, Linda shared that one of her favorite memories of her time as a Mendel Center volunteer was driving Mike Love and the rest of the Beach Boys around town. 

“The Beckers are rock-solid volunteers. They are always willing to help wherever they are needed, and they especially excel as ticket-takers. In that position, they greet every patron who passes through their doors with the most genuine welcome. I am thrilled to have Larry and Linda as part of The Mendel Center volunteer team,” stated Grace Kelmer, director of The Mendel Center Mainstage.
 
Other recognition during the event included that of 22 volunteers being award service anniversary pins. They are:

5-years of service
Larry Becker
Linda Becker
Larry Frank
Ruth Ludlow
Kathy Manning
Bruce Nitz
Leanne Nitz
Carol Reidsma
 
15-years of service
Virginia Skibbe
 
20-years of service
Jean McNitt
Linda McPherson
 
25-years of service
Dorothea Crocker
Mary Ann Forsythe
Dee Friske
WyVonne Johnson
Kelvin Krantz
Norita Lachica
Debbie McCartney
Candace Onweller
Mabel Ott
Linda Steinke
Joyce Stockman

The annual appreciation event celebrates the work of the volunteers who staff nearly 100 Mendel Center and community events each year and recognizes the thousands of hours of donated service that make performances and events possible. 

Mendel Center volunteers are responsible for ensuring patron safety, ushering, patron assistance, and other assignments related to day-of-show operations. The volunteer corps assists with events including Mainstage performances, the annual Lake Michigan College commencement ceremony, Fine Arts department performances, The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series, Blossomtime pageants, and many others.

Those interested in joining the volunteer team may contact the Mendel Center Volunteer Office at volunteers@lakemichigancollege.edu or (269) 927-8700, option 4.

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