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					      HOLLAND CHRISTIAN                                       September 2007

What I Did on My
Summer Vacation
HC Staff report on a summer of
learning, preparation, and service

System News                             page 1
Student & Faculty News                  page 2
Construction is Underway                page 10
Alumni News                             page 21
Alumni Profile                          page 25


Jeff Banaszak
                                            Calendar of Events
Keith Brandsen ‘73
Kendall Brandsen ‘79
Sandy Cammenga                                    SEPTEMBER
Joan Genzink ‘83                                  10          High School Open House, 7 PM
Rick Genzink ’79
                                                  13          Meet the Teacher Night, PR and RP, 7 PM
Steve Genzink ‘79
Rick Huizenga ’72                                 15          CHAMPS Dash & Stroll, HS, 10-11 AM
Phil Koops ‘91                                    18          Meet the Teacher Night, SS, 7 PM
Eugene Laninga
Steve Leppink ‘79
Jeff Potts ‘79                                    OCTOBER
Rich Strikwerda ‘74
                                                  12    Grandparents’ Day, NSMS, morning
Todd Steen
                                                        Grandparents’ Day, RP, 1-3 PM
2007-08 FOUNDATION BOARD                          13    Tuition Grant Fund Auction, Laketown Reception and Golf Center, 6 PM
Ken Brandsen ‘79
Mel Busscher ‘56                                  17-19 Staff Development Day, CEA Convention, No School
Peter Hoekstra ’71                                24    Business & Industry Drive, 7:30-9:30 AM
Stan Konynenbelt ‘67                              29    HS Band/Orchestra Fall Music Festival, HS Auditorium, 7:30 PM
Leon Koops ’63
Lori Raterink ‘73
James Schippers ’66                               NOVEMBER
Jonathan Steiner
Mary Westrate ’65
                                                  2           HS Choirs Concert, Christ Memorial Church, 7:30 PM
James Wiersma                                     12-13       Parent Teacher Conferences, No School
                                                  15-17       West Side Story, HS, 7:30 PM
Glenn Vos, Superintendent                         22-23       Thanksgiving Vacation, No School
Kathi Bates, Director of Advancement              29          RP/NSMS Orchestra Concert, NSMS gym, 6:30 PM
Jack Heyboer ‘71, Director of Operations

BUILDING PRINCIPALS                               DECEMBER
Gary Dewey, North Shore Middle                    3           SSMS Bands Concert, SSMS gym, 7:30 PM
Tim Howell, Pine Ridge
Laura Kos, South Side                             6           PR/SSMS Orchestra Concert, SSMS auditorium, 7:30 PM
Troy Stahl, High School                           8           Paper Drive, HS parking lot, 7:30 AM-12:30 PM
Mark VanDyke ’77, South Shore Middle
                                                  10          9th/10th Grade Choir Concert, St. Francis de Sales, 7:30 PM
Sally VanHemert ’70, Rose Park
                                                              NSMS Bands Concert, NSMS gym, 7:30 PM
PROGRAM DIRECTORS                                 16          HS Band/Orchestra Christmas Concert, HS, 2 PM
Sheryl Beerens, GATES Director
Tim Kamps, Technology Director                    17          NSMS/SSMS Choirs Concert, Holland Heights CRC, 7:30 PM
Courtney Lampen ’94, Admissions Director          24          Christmas Vacation begins
Pam Maat ’75, ESS Director
Dave Slenk ‘68, Student Safety Director
                                           On the cover: High School science teacher Julie Bredeweg in China.
Events You Won’t Want to Miss!

Dash & Stroll
Saturday, September 15
It’s a new event to benefit the athletic programs at Hol-
land and Zeeland Christian. Reserve Saturday, September
15, for a morning of fun, fitness, and fundraising. Ask
friends and family to sponsor you or become a sponsor
                                                             Auction items include:
                                                             Tuition voucher
                                                             32” flat screen LG TV with surround sound
for your child or grandchild. Participants will have an
opportunity to earn sports passes, T-shirts, gift cards      Pistons tickets
from local merchants, or gift cards for Maroon Express       Pig Roast party
clothing by earning pledges for laps around the High         Nintendo Wii system
School track. Following the Dash & Stroll a free pancake     Crystal Mountain condo package
and sausage breakfast will be served to all participants.    Chicago getaway
Family and friends who come out to cheer can also enjoy      Whitecaps box for 20 people and food
breakfast by making a donation.                              Aeron chair
                                                             For kids: battery-operated gator, Brio train table, American
                                                             Girl doll, Craig’s Cruisers package.
Golf Challenge                                               For men: power washer, oil changes, car washes, disc
Saturday, September 29                                       sander, chain saw.
Diamond Springs Golf Course, 1:00 - 7:00 PM                  For women: spa packages, downtown shopping certificates,
Put together a foursome and support athletics at the         Vera Bradley, items for the home, and, of course, jewelry!
CHAMPS Golf Challenge. The cost is $75/golfer and
$300/foursome. Sponsorship opportunities are also            Don’t miss this opportunity to have a fabulous, fun evening
available. For details, call Todd Sytsma at 616-446-         while supporting the Tuition Grant Fund. For ticket
4371. Register your foursome by September 15 and enjoy       information and reservations, please contact Tricia Koops at
an afternoon of great golf, fellowship, and fun.             (616) 820-2805 or

                                                             A Piece of the Pie
8th Annual Auction
Saturday, October 13
                                                             November 8, 2007
Laketown Reception and Golf Center
                                                             We sold more than 1,400 pies last
Laketown Reception and Golf Center will be the venue
                                                             November, and everyone raved
for this year’s TGF Auction. The committee has chosen
                                                             about them! Get your order in
the theme “His faithfulness continues through all
                                                             early this year so you don’t miss out on our homemade
generations” (Psalm 105:5). The food will be outstanding
                                                             apple pies, ready for you to freeze or bake for the
and the atmosphere will be filled with entertainment and
                                                             holidays. Our apple pies make great gifts for employees
celebration. You will have an opportunity to bid on a wide
                                                             or friends, and we’ll deliver orders of 12 pies or more.
array of fabulous items.
                                                             For details, contact Tricia Koops at (616) 820-2805 or
There will be Buy-a-Line and Live auction items this year,
as well as four Buy-a-Chance items. Some of the featured
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Jacob VanTol (sophomore)           Molly Marcus (junior) All       BASEBALL
was awarded 2nd place in the       Conference                      Alex Beelen (junior) All
Beginning Sketching category in    Sarah Venlet (sophomore) All    Conference Honorable Mention
the Drafting Contest sponsored     Conference                      Andrew Bosma (senior) All
by the West Michigan Chapter of    Carissa Verkaik (sophomore)     Conference
the American Foundry Society at    All Conference                  Kirk Cousins (senior) All
their awards banquet in April.                                     Conference
                                   SOFTBALL                        Nick Scholten (senior) All
Dan Hekman (junior), Kyle          Jaemi Buursma (senior) All      Conference, Sentinel Player of
Schaap (junior), and Daniel        Conference                      the Year
Thayer (junior) attended the       Stephanie Dayton (senior) All
American Legion Boys State         Conference Honorable Mention    SOCCER
held in June at Michigan State     Denise Elzinga (junior) All     Katie Bunnell (senior) All
University.                        Conference Honorable Mention    Conference
                                                                   Brianne Bush (senior) All
Congratulations to the spring      LACROSSE                        Conference
sports athletes who were           Max Bielby (senior) All
honored for their level of play:   Conference, All Regional
                                   Alex Kuyper (senior) All        STAFF NEWS
TRACK                              Conference, All Regional, All   Congratulations to Stephanie
Alex Delaney (junior) All          State                           Elenbaas (NSMS), who married
Conference, 8th in Regionals       Michael Nyhof (senior) All      Jason Ainsworth on June 8, and
Jim Lont (junior) All              Conference                      to Kara Kuipers (HS), who
Conference Honorable Mention,      Brad TenHarmsel (senior) All    married Brad Sall on June 22.
State Qualifier                    Conference, All Regional
Matt Nagelkirk (junior) All                                        Congratulations to David (HS)
Conference, 3rd in Regionals,      TENNIS                          and Michelle Engbers on the
State Qualifier                    Jarrod Brower (sophomore)       birth of a son, William Roger, on
Anne DeMott (sophomore) All        All Conference                  April 19.
Conference                         Jon Goorhouse (junior) All
Brooke Eilers (junior) All         Conference                      Jim (HS) and Rebecca
Conference, All State              John Hertel (junior) All        Peterson celebrate the birth of a
Elisabeth Potts (junior) All       Conference                      daughter, Lydia Kay, on April 25.
Conference, All State              Jordan Palladino (junior) All

                                     Class Reunions
                                     Class of 1937
                                     The class of 1937 will be having a reunion on Friday, September 7,
Congratulations to Greg (HS)
                                     2007. The luncheon will be held at Evergreen Commons with punch at
and Sarah Schemper on the
                                     11:30 a.m. and lunch at 12:00 noon.
birth of their daughter, Elia May,
on April 30.
                                     Class of 1946
                                     The class of 1946 will be having a 62-year reunion on Saturday, June
Robert and Jennifer (PR)
                                     21, 2008. More details will be provided at a later date. Please contact
Becksvoort rejoice in the birth
                                     Adrian Geenen at (616) 392-4642 with questions.
of a son, Dylan Reid, on May 2.
                                     Class of 1958
Congratulations to Brian and         The class of 1958 is having its 50th reunion on August 16, 2008, at the
Thelma (HS) Ensink on the            Holland Fish & Game Club. There will also be a worship service on Sun-
birth of their son, Silas Gregory,   day, August 17, 2008, at a location to be determined. Please watch for
on May 22.                           another mailing with more details. Contact Lou Wagenveld at
                                     (616) 392-9079 or with questions.

                                     Class of 1962
                                     The class of 1962 will be having its 45th reunion on September 22,
                                     2007, at Jack Ludema’s pole barn. BBQ starts at 4:00 p.m. and Ed
                                     VerSchure will spin tunes from the 50s/60s! Please RSVP to Karen
                                     VanderSluis at, on our website
                           , or by phone (616) 399-3188.

                                     Class of 1972
                                     The class of 1972 will be having its 35-year reunion on November 24,
                                     2007, at Raleigh Woods. Mark your calendars and watch for more de-
                                     tails coming soon!

                                     Class of 1986
                                     A committee is being formed for the class of 1986 reunion. If interested,
                                     please call Wendy Spoelhof at (616) 399-8809 or e-mail

                                     Class of 1987
                                     Plans are underway for the 20th class reunion. If you are interested in
                                     helping or have suggestions, please contact Amy (Veldheer) Gadison-
                                     Herring at (616) 538-0170 or

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                                   What I Did on
                             My Summer Vacation
      Many of us can recall a time when we were asked by our teacher to write an essay on the theme of
      “What I did during my summer vacation.” The lesson concept was to have a topic that students would
      enjoy writing about and would be eager to relate in great detail (that is using many adjectives), with
      complete sentences, and proper punctuation and in doing so provide a point of connection for the
      teacher and bring the student back into the “swing of things” once again for the new school year.

      In this issue of Connections, we are doing the same assignment with some of our staff. Summer for
      those in education is not just a time for restoration and relaxation, although that is important, it is a time
      for learning (further training and classes), preparing (getting materials and plans ready for the next year),
      traveling (reconnecting with family and visiting places that might be a part of the curriculum), serving
      (mission projects both long and short term), as well as occasionally taking on summer employment. The
      stories of what was accomplished by the Holland Christian staff in a summer would be quite remarkable,
      and on these pages we can highlight only a few of them.

      However, not all members of the staff get a “summer vacation.” The maintenance, custodial, and clerical
      staff members, as well as the central office staff, work throughout the summer to make sure that the
      buildings are ready for another year. This summer that has became quite a challenge at the High School
      campus with the interruptions caused by the construction that is underway at full speed. Oh, the stories
      we will be able to tell in the future!!

      Please take the time to enjoy these notes “home” from the HC staff. I hope we will have the opportunity
      to hear your summer stories as well. It is amazing to see how God uses this school community to be an
      impact in many other places around the globe; as graduates, students, staff, parents, or supporters of
      the school are found living or traveling in every state and nearly every country.
      Looking forward to another year of school with excitement,

                                          David Mosterd (HS Social Studies and Psychology) spent most of his summer
                                          just as he spends the rest of the year — hanging out with High School students.
                                                         The setting, however, was different. Soon after school ended
                                                                     he co-led a literary and historic tour of New England
                                                                                 for a group of students. Shortly after
                                                                                             returning, he took off with
                                                                                             another student group to
                                                                                            Spain, where he was impressed
                                                                                           by the joy and knowledge of the
                                                                                          language and culture that each
                                                                                         student and teacher brought to the
                                                                                        experience. “My final experience
                                                                                       with students this summer was
                                                                                      as the Spiritual Life Leader and
                                                                                     Speaker of a Youth Unlimited SERVE/
                                                                                    ENCOUNTER Project. Here I had the
                                                                                  chance to challenge students and
leaders (myself included) to more closely examine our lives and how we are living out the gospel message,” he says.
David considers his two addictions in life to be traveling and the experiences that come with it, and having meaningful
discussions with students. “There is great reward in mulling over difficult questions, topics, and problems of personal
or global scope with students. I think I learn more from them in these conversations than they do from me, as the Spirit
of the Living God is our only teacher.” As a teacher, David feels that his summer experiences have helped him gain a
greater understanding of God’s world and people. “I know that we, as students and teachers, are in this together. The
teaching process and the learning process are an intricate balance of speaking and listening, laughter and hard work,
and accountability and grace.”

Kristina Boersma (SSMS Counselor) and Rita VanderVliet (NSMS Language
Arts and Social Studies) participated in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day
Event in Chicago in August. Participants walk sixty miles over the course of a
weekend to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research. “One woman
is diagnosed with breast cancer every 2 ½ minutes,” Kristina notes. “Every thirteen
minutes the disease claims another life. We’ve come a long way in treating
breast cancer, but there are still miles to go. I have been inspired and blessed by
the opportunity to walk these miles, to share the experience with others who are
passionate about the cause, and to live in the hope that one day we will find a
cure.” Both Kristina and Rita feel their commitment to this cause is connected
to their roles as HC staff members. Rita says, “I teach the eighth grade class
called Image Bearers. We talk a lot in there about how God has called us ‘to
redeem the world’ - to do our part, no matter how small, to restore the world the best we can.
I started to think that beyond giving money to social causes, I really didn’t actually ‘do’ much. So when Kristina started
talking about her experiences last year with Breast Cancer 3-Day, I thought that was an area where I could make a
difference. I’m anticipating that I will be able to tell my students that God doesn’t only call us to give because it’s the
right thing to do, but also because we develop so much as a person through our giving.” Kristina’s perspective is the
same, and she adds, “I believe God calls us to bring peace, justice, and healing to our world. It is my privilege and
responsibility to not only speak about this calling, but also to demonstrate ‘walking the talk.’ This is one way I’m able to
do that – literally!” Kristina and Rita were among 2,109 women, and men, who participated. They were joined by Rita’s
daughter, Bethany (VanderVliet) Mulder (‘97) and daughter-in-law Kelly Hunt (‘97).
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                                        while traveling, and Jane especially
                                                                           speaking country to be able to
                                        enjoys the impact she can have on  share those experiences with my
                                        students as a result. “Traveling tostudents. There is a whole series
                                        other countries always provides    of classes that Spanish universities
                                        many memorable experiences—        coordinate for Spanish teachers--
                                        most of which are related to       this is actually the fourth summer
                                        language or cultural aspects. I love
                                                                           I have spent taking classes in
                                        sharing my stories with students   Spain. Last year, I started a
                                        and it’s always rewarding to see the
                                                                           Master’s program at the University
                                        students’ cultural understanding   of Salamanca, and this year I
                                        grow, as well as to see how many   returned to finish the second phase
                                           students choose to travel abroadof classes. Being able to spend
                                           either in high school or college.”
                                                                           time in Spain and at the University
                                                                           of Salamanca was truly a blessing.
                                                                           God gave me the opportunity to
                                      This summer, Amanda VanProyen        learn so much! The University of
                                     (HS Spanish) spent twelve days        Salamanca is recognized as one
                                     touring Spain with thirteen HC        of the best universities for learning
 Jane                                students and two fellow staff         Spanish as a foreign language.
 VanderBeek (HS                      members. They had a great time        In addition to simply learning
 Spanish), her husband, and their    visiting numerous places across the   grammar, history, linguistics, and
 three children (ages 7, 5, and 2)   country. After escorting the group to reading literature, the professors
 embarked on a 5 ½ week road trip to the airport, Amanda boarded a train   gave us plenty of ideas for activities
 Mexico this summer, an experience   to Salamanca, where she completed     that we can adapt to use with our
 that gave them lots of family       classes for her Master’s program. “I  students. I’m excited to share
 bonding time. The VanderBeeks       was taking classes for 7-8 hours      those ideas with my colleagues
 want to expose their children                                                and students. One of the best

 as possible to learn and I think it’s important for teachers
 to as many opportunities                                                     parts of working in our Spanish
                                                                              department is being able to

 both in our community and to keep being students.
 practice their Spanish skills—                                               work with my colleagues to take
                                                                              ideas and adapt them together
 abroad. Several years ago,                                                   to integrate our faith and fit the
 the VanderBeeks volunteered                                                  activities into our curriculum.”
 for a year at the Victory Center in    a day during the week and going
 Morelia, Mexico, a Christian home      on educational excursions on the
 for troubled adolescent girls.         weekends. After being a teacher, it’s
 “Our family wants to keep up our       hard to be a student again (I forgot
 relationship with the Center,” says    how stressful it gets studying for
 Jane. “We hope our visit to see the    7 exams within three days!)...but
 girls is a reminder to them that we    I think it’s important for teachers
 have not forgotten them. They have     to keep being students.” When
 faced a lot of hurt and rejection in   Amanda started teaching at HC,
 their lives and we want to encourage   she knew she wanted to continue
 them through our interactions with     her education and that it was
 them and helping with projects         important for her to spend time
 around the house (laying sod,          in Spanish-speaking countries
 painting, laying a brick pathway,      in order to keep learning
 etc.).” The VanderBeeks greatly        about the culture and language. “I
 enjoy the experiences they have        also wanted to study in a Spanish-
Diane Walters (SS Music and SS/PR Art) and Carol Beimers (RP Music) who will be teaching a new preschool music
class this year, met in July to develop the curriculum for the program. “We worked with the basic elements of music and
                                                  chose some age-appropriate skills and activities to teach those elements,”
                                                  says Diane. They set up a basic outline of what music concepts they
                                                  hope to cover in preschool music, and allowed plenty of flexibility so
                                                  songs, music games, and activities can be matched to what the class
                                                  is doing in their regular classroom and what is going on in the season.
                                                  “Since having preschool music as part of the music program will be new
                                                  for Holland Christian, this gave us a chance to establish groundwork for
                                                  what this curriculum will look like. We hope to continue to share ideas as
                                                  we incorporate these concepts into our teaching.”

   In June, Carol Beimers (RP Music) spent 11 days in Japan. “It wasn’t a planned            trip and we probably did
   everything the opposite of how you would and should do such an adventure. During
   the last week of school, Carol’s husband, Dan, found out that he had to travel to
                                                                  Japan for business.

       I’m excited about using this experience as I
                                                                  The Beimers had just
                                                                  four days to prepare
                                                                  for their trip, and
       refine curriculum about cultures and music                 departed knowing
                                                                  very little about

       around the world.
                                                                  what to expect
                                                                  beyond what they
                                                                  could glean from
   the internet. “Dan had meetings most days,” Carol says, “so I was on my
   own during the day. Nagoya is a large modern city, southwest of Tokyo, but
   it is not a tourist town. It is the center of Japan’s manufacturing industry
   and near to many of the Japanese automakers. Outside of the hotel concierges, no one
   spoke English, so I learned to ride the subway, shop in the department stores, eat with chopsticks, point to menu
   pictures, visit castles, shrines, attractions, and enjoy observing and interacting with Japanese culture without ever
   truly conversing with local residents. It was four days before I saw another Westerner outside of the hotel premises.”
                                                           Gary Dewey (NSMS) e-mailed a friend in Osaka, who gave Carol
                                                           information about trains and travel in the area. On Dan’s days
                                                            off, they enjoyed sightseeing around Nagoya and took the fast
                                                            Shinkansen bullet train to Kyoto, where a tour introduced them
                                                            to the traditional
                                                             Japanese arts, including the music of the koto, dance, and
                                                             drama. “On several of our tours, we observed many facets
                                                              of Japan that sparked our interest and now that we have
                                                              returned, we find ourselves researching and reading more
                                                              about Japan, its culture, and the places we visited. I’m
                                                               excited about using this experience as I refine curriculum
                                                               about cultures and music around the world. Since we might
                                                                never get this kind of experience again, it was a fantastic
                                                    opportunity to see and learn about another part of God’s world.”

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                                                      Tim Kamps (Technology Director)
                                                      has been going to Zuni Christian
                                                      Mission School in New Mexico
                                                      for seven years to assist with
                                                      their technology needs. “I have
                                                      a number of connections to the
                                                      work there. My grandparents on
                                                      both sides were missionaries in
                                                      this area, and my mom actually
                                                      grew up in the house where
                                                      we stay when we come here to
                                                      work. I also have family members
  who have taught at the school. This year my Dad and I came to rearrange their
  computer lab, upgrade the network systems and applications, and add 13
  computers donated from HC. In the past my daughters and my wife, Kristyn,
  (SSMS) have joined me as well.” Going to ZCMS allows Tim to use his talents                “National Parks are a summer
  and share his expertise to improve the ability of teachers, staff, and students to use
                                                                                             tradition in our family,” says
  technology effectively. “Being part of a larger organization like Holland Christian, I
  feel it is very important to share our gifts and resources with others. It is a blessing   Laurel Frieswyk (SS 2nd
  to come here and see the dedication to bringing the gospel to the people of Zuni,
  as many of the students and families that send their kids to the school are not            Grade). “As our children
  from Christian homes.” Although his time at the school is filled with hard work, Tim
                                                                                             grew, hiking became a major
  always feels enthused and excited for the work he does at Holland Christian when
  he returns home. “The dedication of the staff at Zuni always causes me to reflect on       activity with trails becoming
  my own attitudes about my work and helps me to get re-energized for the Kingdom
  work I am called to at HCS.” You can learn more about the Zuni Christian Mission           longer and more challenging.
  School at
                                                                                             The Grand Tetons became

                                                   Ann Kramer (HS Educational                our 2007 destination. Since
                                                   Support Services) was a leader
                                                   in the CLC Network Ready for              hiking provides easily defined
                                                    Life Summer Program at Calvin
                                                                                             goals we are able to relax
                                                    College. The Ready for Life
                                                    program is for young adults              and appreciate the world
                                                     with development disabilities.
                                                     “I enjoy working with CLC               around us. God’s creative
                                                     Network       Directline     and
                                                                                             and sustaining powers are
                                                      wanted to participate in their
                                                      summer program. It gave me             visible everywhere. Rested
                                                       the opportunity to continue
                                                       working with my students,             and refreshed we take a
                            as well as meet new students from the Grand Rapids               renewed awareness of our
  area.” This year’s theme was “Love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul,
  and with all your mind.” Using this theme the participants learned how to take             God’s power with us into
  care of their body through nutrition and exercise. “Besides all the exercising and
  eating healthy food, we spent a lot of time praying with each other, developing            our everyday work. Sharing
  new friendships, and strengthening our relationship with God. I now have new               these experiences in creation
  ideas to take back to my classroom and the foundation to start a Ready for Life
  summer program at Hope College for students in the Holland area.”                          with students is a gift worth

                                                                “You can see it from space!” Although that’s actually
                                                                not true, Julie Bredeweg (HS Science) has wanted to
                                                                walk on the Great Wall for as long as she can remember.
                                                                “Multiple friends living in China have invited me to visit,”
                                                                she says, “and after saving my pennies, this summer I
                                                                walked the Wall. Along with the wall, we visited a variety
                                                                of the historical and cultural sites of Beijing. We also
                                                                traveled around Xian (site of the Terracotta Warriors and
                                                                the old city, including the traditional city wall), Wuhan, and
                                                                Yanshuo (a gorgeous town set amidst limestone karsts,
                                                                surrounded by traditional agricultural villages).” Julie
                                                                could feel the overwhelming sense of history throughout
                                                                China, but especially at the Wall, Tiananmen Square, and
                                                                the Terracotta Warriors. “To look at structures built in time
                                                                periods B.C. and their influence in culture, economics,
                                                                and politics and to think about how China has changed
                                                                in the last century…you cannot begin to truly wrap your
                                                                mind around the ideas!” China has an incredible amount
                                       “For the past ten        of diversity and defies any attempt to generalize. From
                                                                north to south in the country, some of the obvious cultural
                 years I have been teaching Bible at Holland
                                                                markers (food, clothing, and even language) change,
Christian, and my students were commenting that the
                                                                and from city to countryside life seems completely
teacher in my travel photos didn’t look like me. Obviously,
                                                                different. There is also so much construction within cities
it was time to go back,” says Jan Vogelzang (NSMS and
                                                                that the view is certain to change often. “I mainly teach
SSMS Bible). So she and her husband, Steve, decided to
                                                                science at Holland Christian, but I find history and culture
head to Greece and Italy this summer. “As a professional,
                                                                fascinating. I definitely see the applications of science
I both need and love to stay current. For example, the
                                                                in all areas
Vatican archaeologists unearthed Paul’s tomb in 2006 and        of the world
I was thrilled that the trip began in Rome. I loved traveling   connect and
to the Greek Islands mentioned in the Bible, as well as         flow      from
getting some rest and relaxation on the fabulous Greek          their history,
Islands of Santorini and Mykonos.” Jan’s passion for her        culture, and
subject is always re-ignited by travel, and this trip gave      economics.
numerous opportunities for inspiration. “Scripture comes        China’s rapid
alive for all of us when we read the book of Corinthians        changes and
in Corinth and the book of Ephesians in Ephesus. I was          incredible
even able to find the Latin inscription of ERASTUS, Paul’s      w o r l d
convert in Ephesus. I was thrilled to once again stand in       influence dramatically affect world resources—pollution,
the agora in Athens where Paul spoke so eloquently. I           research, population, and agriculture to name only a few.
sat in the theatre on Mount Pion that seats exactly the         We barely scratched the surface, but understanding the
number that the Bible says it seats.” Jan’s photos are          history, culture, and current activities a tiny bit more, and
now updated and she plans on burning DVDs for all of            recognizing how China connects to us on so many levels
the teachers who teach the course. She also brought             gave me a little peek into these ideas and the strong
back some books to put in the Media Center. “I hope             desire to learn more (and to go back!). Perhaps the best
that my re-ignited passion shows to my students and             part… another chance to get a glimpse into a new (for
faculty alike.”                                                 me) part of God’s creation and appreciate the beauty,
                                                                the creativity, the power, and the grace of an amazing
                                                                Creator and to have my mind (again) completely boggled
                                                                by the idea that He knows how many hairs I have on my

                                                                                                                9 - CONNECTIONS
   is Underway!
   Student representatives from every grade level gathered in
                        front of the High School building on June 1 to par-
                        ticipate in a groundbreaking ceremony for the High
                        School renovation and expansion project. Within
                        days of the groundbreaking construction crews were
                        demolishing the library and hauling yards of sand and
                        dirt to the site of the new classroom wing.

                         More than $28 million has been raised towards this
                         project, which includes $25 million for construction
                         and financing costs and an additional $3 million in
                         debt elimination. In March the School Society had
                         authorized the Board to begin construction when
                         the entire $28 million of the Campaign
                         had been reached.

   Work begun this summer includes the classroom addition
   and a small addition on the west side of the building that
   will become a new mechanical room. When the addition is
                      completed in January, classes will begin
                       to meet in those rooms, and renovation
                        work will begin on existing classrooms.
                        In the summer of 2008 crews will work
                         on the new Media Center, the Com-
                          mons, and both the High School and
                          Administration offices.

                           The Holland Christian website includes a web-cam view of the construction proj-
                            ect so you can check daily to see the progress. The perspective drawings on
                             page 11 will give you a sense of the future look of the building.

                                While construction is underway,
                                 there will be inconveniences in
                                  locating school offices. There
                          will be signage on the outside of the
          building to direct visitors to the appropriate entry
   door. To determine in advance the best way to enter an
   office, call (616) 820-2805. Please have patience—the final
   outcome will be worth the inconvenience!

                       Holland Christian visits
                         Apple Computer
                          In early July, Apple Computer
                            hosted an Executive Briefing
                              session at their headquarters
                              in Cupertino, California for a
                             group from Holland Christian
                           Schools. Included in the group
                        were Tim Kamps and Dan Vos from
 the Technology staff; Jim Peterson, Norm Hoekstra and
 Tony Vander Ark from the High School; and Jack Heyboer,
 Glenn Vos, and Mark Van Dyke from Administration. The
 purpose of the visit was threefold: to hear first hand what is
 coming in technology for education; to receive both input         LAPTOP INITIATIVE
 and suggestions for improvement to our laptop program;
                                                                   Over 500 laptop computers are in boxes stacked high in
 and finally to seek funding and or discounting of product for
                                                                   the room. They need to be unpacked, inventoried, labeled
 the High School project. The school incurred no expense
                                                                   and configured for students to use. That’s the challenge that
 from this excursion.
                                                                   faced the Tech crew at Holland Christian with less than three
                                                                   weeks before school started. How do you begin to handle
 The HC team found the leadership of the Education                 this big task? The answer is simple – Call up your faithful
 Division of Apple to be very aware of our laptop initiative.      student crew, provide pizza for lunch with snacks before and
 They were very interested in HC’s experience since, we            after, and before you know it the task is well underway. That’s
 discovered, Holland Christian is one of only about 100            what the Tech crew did again this year to prepare comput-
 schools nationwide that were doing the program as we are.         ers for this year’s 6th and 10th graders. Holland Christian
 Apple was very open to the idea of a partnership that would       continues to roll out the one-to-one laptop program and as
 make Holland Christian a demonstration and training site          scheduled, incoming 6th graders and sophomores are the
 for Apple and also a beta testing site for new product. That      ones to receive laptops for the first time this year. Zeeland
 dialog is continuing. They also want to “pick our brains”         Christian students in 6th-8th grades will also be equipped
 regarding our experiences, the bumps and lessons that we          with their own laptops as part of the laptop initiative. In the
 learned through our experience.                                   2008-2009 school year juniors and seniors get their laptops,
                                                                   thereby completing the full program. Pictured are some of
 The Apple staff is very interested and willing to assist our      the volunteer North Shore Middle Schoolers processing the
 discussion about the new spaces we are trying to create           new Macbooks.
 through our High School building project that address the
 changes in how education needs to function for the 21st           Adding 520 computers to the number already in place re-
 century student. In addition, they connected strongly             quires training and preparation for both students and teach-
 with the fact that HC’s laptop computer program was               ers. In addition to the student laptops, all HC teachers now
 introduced because it reflected our mission statement of          have laptops also. Training for students begins with a general
                                                                   orientation to the Macbook and some rules about use and
 “equipping minds and nurturing hearts to transform the
                                                                   care for the equipment. From there students begin learning
 world for Christ.”
                                                                   to use these tools in the classroom as a part of the ongoing
 To the surprise and delight of the HC team, they discovered
 that the person responsible for the entire education area
                                                                   Teachers are also provided with training in the use of these
 for Apple is a strong Christian who once served as a              tools. As one might imagine, teaching a classroom of stu-
 headmaster for a Christian school in the San Diego area.          dents who are equipped with a laptop opens up many new
 He and his team are planning a visit to Holland Christian         opportunities and challenges. Teachers in grades 6-10 are
 when the High School renovation is complete. This                 provided in-depth training from our Technology staff with
 “partnership” design with Apple could potentially reap            help from trainers from the Ottawa Area Intermediate School
 significant benefits in the future in setting Holland Christian   District. Elementary teachers have been attending workshops
 apart from the field and can enable us to better equip            dealing with e-mail use, web page design and use, learn-
 our students and graduates to be prepared to make a               ing how to use curriculum-related software, online testing
 difference in God’s name.                                         programs, as well as use of photos and various forms of

New Holland Christian Website Design
Over the summer, the staff at Holland Christian has been busy working on a new school
website. The goal is to make the site more user-friendly and to give it a more contemporary
look that is consistent with the rest of the marketing materials that Holland Christian uses. We
worked hard to incorporate the “fish theme” that you may have seen on our billboards and
newspaper ads used during enrollment periods.

Designing a website for Holland Christian is a challenge, because the site needs to work for two
primary—and very different—audiences: prospective parents and parents with children
already at Holland Christian. For prospective parents,
especially those who move
into Holland from outside
West Michigan, the web is
the primary place where they
gather information to make
a decision on where to enroll
their children. It is our goal to
show these families the faith
component that is a primary
focus at Holland Christian as
well as the academic excellence
for which Holland Christian
strives. Families with children
already at HC use the web for a
variety of things including reading
daily announcements and school
newsletters, accessing student
homework and grades, viewing
lunch menus and the school
calendar, and viewing our classroom
photo galleries! For these families, easy access to the features they use most is far more
important than the quantity of information prospective parents will want to research to make
their decision on enrollment.

We expect to launch our new website at in October. We’d love to
hear your feedback once it’s live.

                                                                                                   15 - CONNECTIONS

  Your Gift to the Holland Christian Fund
  at the Community Foundation
  Earns You a Tax Credit
  The State of Michigan has created a Michigan Tax
  Credit for gifts to community foundations. You can
  now direct your gift to the Holland Christian Schools
                                                              A Gift to the Foundation
  Fund at the Community Foundation of the Holland/
  Zeeland area and make a gift that benefits the school       Can Help You Save Money on Taxes
  and gives you a tax credit.
                                                              Because of the Michigan Tax Credit, you can save
  Here’s how you can create a gift that is worth more         substantial money on your charitable gift to the
  than three times your actual out-of-pocket costs:           Holland Christian Schools Fund at the Community
                                                              Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area. We provide
  The law permits a taxpayer to reduce Michigan in-           this information for illustration purposes only. Your
  come tax or Single Business Tax liability by a credit       individual tax situation should be discussed with your
  of 50 percent of the amount contributed to a com-           tax advisor.
  munity foundation, subject to a maximum credit of

  • $100 for an individual filing singly (for a $200 dona-                           Single    Married    Corporation
  • $200 for a married couple filing jointly                         Amt of Gift     $200      $400      $10,000
      (based on a $400 donation)
  • $5,000, or 10 percent of tax liability before claim-             State Tax
      ing any credits (whichever is less) for a resident             Credit          $100      $200       $5,000
      estate or trust (based on a $10,000 gift); or
  • $5,000, or 5 percent of tax liability before claiming            Federal Tax
      any credits (whichever is less) for tax payers filing          Rate            28%        28%        34%
      Michigan Single Business Tax returns (based on a
      $10,000 gift).                                                 Federal Tax
                                                                     Savings         $28       $56       $1,700*
  See the chart at the right to see what a gift to the
  Holland Christian Schools Fund at the Community                    Total Tax
  Foundation of the Holland/ Zeeland Area might actu-                Savings         $128      $256      $6,700
  ally cost you under this provision of the Michigan tax
  code.                                                              Actual Cost
                                                                     Of Gift         $72       $144      $3,300

                                                              *Federal tax liability is adjusted for decrease in the
                                                               Michigan Single Business Tax deduction.

                                                                     Heritage Society
                                                                     The Heritage Society was formed in 2002 to recognize friends and
                                                                     alumni who have made a planned gift to Holland Christian or who have
                                                                     told us that they have included Holland Christian in their estate plan.
                                                                     We encourage others who have made this “ultimate gift” to let us
                                                                     know that they should also be included in our Heritage Society. There
                                                                     is no minimum gift amount required for membership. You are eligible
                                                                     if you meet one of the following criteria:

                                                                        • Name Holland Christian Schools or the Holland Christian
                                                                          Foundation as a beneficiary in your will or estate plan.
                                                                        • Establish a gift annuity or a charitable reminder trust naming
LEON & LOUISE KOOPS                                                       Holland Christian as a beneficiary.
                                                                        • Name Holland Christian Schools or the Foundation as the
                                                                          beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement account assets.
According to Leon Koops, he and his wife, Louise, didn’t
take the economy plan in paying for their children’s tuition
                                                                     We are grateful to those who are listed below who have told us that
to Holland Christian. “We paid continually for twenty-six
                                                                     they are Heritage Society members. If your estate plan qualifies
years straight,” he jokes. “But it was a good investment. We
                                                                     you to become a member as well, we encourage you to notify us
look forward to seeing our grandchildren getting this same
                                                                     by calling Kathi Bates (616) 820-2806 or via email to kbates@
Christian education—our investment being multiplied. We
believe the best thing we can pass on to our clan is to serve
their Lord in everything they do. This is exactly what Christian
                                                                     Your planned gift ensures that a quality, Christ-centered education
education does—making Christ part of every subject and
                                                                     will be available for students today and for generations to come.

Leon teases that he married Louise to get a position at
Hamilton Distributing Company. “I spent my entire career
there working in agricultural sales; both the occupation and
the marriage working out fantastic.” Louise worked as a
                                                                           Marion R. (Mary) Allen              Eugene and Phyllis Laninga
Registered Nurse for a couple of years and then became a                   Anonymous                           Arlyn and Marcia Lanting
                                                                           Robert and Kathryn Bates            James and Carol Lont
stay-at-home mom after their second child was born. Since                  Shelby Beagle                       Vernon D. and Delores J. Machiele
                                                                           Vernon and Lucille Beelen           Glenn and Barbara Meyaard
both of them attended HC, graduating in 1963 (Leon) and                    Marguerite Boer                     Phil and Donna Michmerhuizen
                                                                           Allen and Gloria Bomers             Martha Molenhouse
1966 (Louise), and the value of a Christian education was                  Bryan and Cathy Bouws               Ed and Betty Mosher
                                                                           Dr. John D. and Beth Bouws          Rick and Cindy Mouw
heavily emphasized in their households, it felt natural to make            John and Bonnie Bouws               Paul and Joan Mulder
                                                                           Annette Bratt                       Marion Nyhof
the same choice for their own children. “What influenced our               Nate and Marilyn Brink              Dave and Judi Nykamp
                                                                           Willard and Thelma Brink            Ron and Marge Nykamp
decision to send our children to Holland Christian was our                 Steve and Patt Bushouse             Philip and Lois Persenaire
                                                                           Brian and Karen Busscher            Gerald and Phyllis Petroelje
own experience there: a quality Christ-centered education;                 Andrew J. and Patricia E. Buursma   Jeffrey and Joyce Pett
                                                                           Douglas and Sandra DeKock           Richard* and Vivian Por
relationships, lifelong friendships that we still enjoy; an impact         Tony and Jeane Diekema              Merle J. and Arnola J. Prins
                                                                           Bob and Lorrie Dykhuis              William and Diane Ryckbost
on life decisions; and the desire to reflect Christ living in us.          Sylvia Dykstra                      Julianna Rypma
                                                                           Robert and Marilyn Ebels            Richard and Clara Scheerhorn
We wanted our children to experience these same benefits,”                 Kathryn Fredricks                   James C. and Linda K. Schippers
                                                                           Kenneth and Sharilyn Frieling       Dale and Donna Scholten
says Louise.                                                               Wilma Tuls Gebben                   Edward Scholten
                                                                           Charles and Julie Geenen            John W.* and Marjorie C. Sharpe
                                                                           David and Linda Geerlings           Robert and Connie Sikkel
                                                                           Don and Alice Genzink               Alan and Alyson Slenk
Both of them have been involved in various capacities at                   Joyce (Dreyer) Glashower            Robert E. Slenk
                                                                           Russ and Jean Goeman                Nelson* and Florence Slot
HC over the years. “I have volunteered as a reading tutor,                 Gordon and Marilyn Grevengoed       John and Judy Spoelhof
                                                                           Al* and Janet Hietbrink             James and Hildred Strikwerda
classroom and teacher helper, Combined School Circle                       Alvin* and Juna Hoekman             Dr. Jay Tinholt
                                                                           Cora Hoffmeyer Dykema               Gus and Jean VanDenBerge
projects, fundraisers, and committees,” says Louise. Leon                  David and Elaine Holkeboer          Raynard and Esther VanderLaan
                                                                           Ann Holstege                        James and Sharon VanDeVusse
served on the School Board, volunteered for various projects,              Mark and Janella Hop                Mark VanDyke
                                                                           Edna A. Hossink                     John and Rose VanHaitsma
and fundraising, and is presently serving on the Foundation                Mary J. Hossink                     Mary VanHeuvelen
                                                                           Cleo* and Genevieve Huizenga        Herb* and Marla VanIddekinge
Board.                                                                     Rick and Barbara Hulst              Gerald and Arlene VanNoord
                                                                           Brad and Lindsey Iverson            William Vogelzang
                                                                           Douglas and Mary-jo Iverson         Glenn and Marcia Vos
                                                                           Alvin and Muriel Jipping            Dan and Kathy Walcott
In supporting Holland Christian and its students, Leon and                 James and Ginger Jurries            Calvin and Grace Walstra
                                                                           John and Audrey Kamp                Gordon and Irene Walters
Louise hope to continue the legacy for their grandchildren                 Bob and Jane Kapenga                James R. and Gail L. Wiersma
                                                                           Jeanette Kenbeek                    Doug and Mary Windemuller
and for the families who desire this type of education for                 Kristi Ketchum                      Harold and Marie* Zoerhof
                                                                           Brad and Tricia Kiekintveld         Howard Zoerhof
their families. Says Louise, “Our family has been blessed to               Mrs. Beatrice Klein                 Ted and Myra Zwiep
                                                                           Roger J. and Delores R. Kole
be educated at HC and to be part of the Holland Christian                  Larry and Jeanie Koops
                                                                           Leon and Louise Koops               *deceased
Community, and we look forward to being associated with                    Jack* and Ann Kraal
                                                                           James W. and Florence Lampen
the School for years to come.”
                                                                                                                                       17 - CONNECTIONS
   Mark your calendar               b
   This year we have pledged more than $935,000 to families from the Tuition
   Grant Fund. We raise these funds in a variety of ways. Our primary source of
   support is cash contributions from individuals. We have also planned a variety
   of special events for the coming year to support the Tuition Grant Fund. We
                                                                                         Tuition Grant Fund?
                                                                                         Think again…..
                                                                                         Every year we hear about the Tuition
                                                                                         Grant Fund. Does its importance truly
                                                                                         register in your mind when you hear the
                                                                                         name? I must admit personally that some-
                                                                                         times it goes in one ear and out the other.
                                                                                         Yes, the Fund exists; yes, families benefit
                                                                                         from it; yes, we raise monies for it year
                                                                                         after year. So what? It’s not that exciting
                                                                                         any more…or is it? I have recently been
                                                                                         inspired by a sermon to think of this Fund
                                                                                         in a new way.
   hope you’ll mark your calendar for several of these!
                                                                                         There is a story told in II Kings 7 about
                                                                                         the siege of the city of Samaria. The city
   Tuition Grant Fund Auction                                                            is hemmed in; the people are starving.
   Saturday, October 13, 2007                                                            Finally four lepers decide to leave the city
                                                                                         to try to find some food, prepared to sur-
   Enjoy a fun night with friends while helping us raise significant support for the
                                                                                         render to the Arameans if they must. What
                                                                                         they discover, however, is that during the
   TGF! With more than 150 items to be auctioned during the night, there will be         night God caused the Arameans to hear
   something appealing to everyone from children to adults. This year’s event will       sounds of a great army approaching and
   take place at the beautiful Laketown Reception and Golf center. You’ll enjoy          they fled in fright, leaving behind their food
                                                                                         and possessions. At first the lepers were
   delicious food and fabulous entertainment. Last year’s event raised more than         content to feed themselves and carry off
   $150,000 for the TGF. Put together a table of eight and come prepared to enjoy        their new-found wealth, but soon they
   an evening of fine food, fun, and fellowship. (For details on tickets, see page 1.)   looked at each other and agreed “We’re
                                                                                         not doing right. This is a day of good news
                                                                                         and we are keeping it to ourselves.” They
   A Piece of the Pie                                                                    returned to the city and shared so that all
   Thursday, November 8, 2007
                                                                                         could be blessed by their discovery.

                                                                                         Many of us have been abundantly blessed
   We sold more than 1,400 pies last November, and everyone raved about them.            by God. The question is whether we will
   Place your order early so you don’t miss out on our homemade apple pies,              now use these gifts only for our own plea-
                                                                                         sures and enrichments, or remember the
   ready for you to freeze or bake for the holidays. Our apple pies make great gifts     multitudes that hunger for the good news
   for employees or friends.                                                             of God, taught everyday in our Christian
                                                                                         schools. It all comes down to remem-
                                                                                         bering that our blessings are a gift to be
   Advance orders only. You can place an order on our website; order forms will          shared.
   be included in the October and November Reporter and in school newsletters.
   And—if you’d really like some fun—join our pie-making crew on that day.               The book The Treasure Principle talks
                                                                                         about the keys to joyful giving and real-
   Call Tricia Koops at (616) 820-2805 to let us know if you’re available that day.      izing the eternal perspective on giving
                                                                                         even while we are on this earth. I Timo-
                                                                                         thy 6:18,19 says “Command them to do
   TGF Golf Outing                                                                       good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be
   Tuesday, May 13, 2008                                                                 generous and willing to share. In this way
                                                                                         they will lay up treasure for themselves as
   We’ve enjoyed beautiful golf weather in our first four Golf Outings at                a firm foundation for the coming age, so
                                                                                         that they may take hold of the life that is
   Wuskowhan Players Club. This year’s event was sold out, so reserve a place for        truly life.”
   your foursome early. To add your name to our mailing list, call (616) 820-2806
   or email                                                 We have a choice when we give. When
                                                                                         there is a choice, why not support orga-
                                                                                         nizations characterized by prayer, biblical
   Living Stones Lecture and Dinner                                                      standards, and the work of God’s Spirit?
   May, 2008                                                                             By giving to the Tuition Grant Fund, we
                                                                                         are furthering God’s kingdom on earth and
                                                                                         laying up our treasure in Heaven.
   It’s hard to imagine how we can top our first five Living Stones speakers, Con-
   gressman J.C. Watts (2003), Dr. Ben Carson (2004), Charles Colson (2005),             There are many ways to give to the Tuition
                                                                                         Grant Fund—a cash gift, participation
   Gary Smalley (2006), and Chip Ingram (2007), but we are planning something            in the Auction, purchasing an apple pie.
   equally special for 2008. Watch for details in the next issue of Connections.         However you participate, your gift will be a
                                                                                         blessing to many who receive it.

                                                                                                  Jane Lemmen,
                                                                                                  Auction Committee Member

    MARCH 1, 2007 - JULY 31, 2007

Rose Achterhof                        Don and Phyllis DeWys                  Genevieve Joldersma                   Paul and Judy Plaggemars            Theodore and Joan Vanderveen            Living Stones Lecture Series
Daniel and Carla Ackerman             Chester and Arloa DeZwaan              Grada Jongekrijg                      Avon Plockmeyer                     Randall and Mary VanderZwaag            Sponsors and Donors
Harold and Mary Adama                 Christopher and Sandra Diepenhorst     Ruth Kammeraad                        Kenneth and Judy Poll               Russ and Nancy VanderZwaag              Lyle and Ardi Ahrenholz
Mark and Jane Adama                   Harold and Sharon Diepenhorst          Herman and Sue Kanis                  George and June Prins               Paul and Janice VanDyke                 Allied Business Services, Inc.
Lyle and Ardi Ahrenholz               Howard and Angie Diepenhorst           Brent Kapenga                         Providence Christian Reformed       Mark VanDyke                            Bank of Holland
Marion Allen                          Todd and Sheila Dokter                 Robert and Laura Keeley                 Church                            Nell VanDyke                            Bayside Homes, LLC
Alliance Medical Services, Inc.       Eugene and Hazel Dornbush              William and Carol Keen                Prudential Foundation               Orley and Betty VanDyke                 Tom and Linda Bock
Allyn and Jeri Anthony                Calvin and Charlene Dozeman            Luann Keizer                          Mark and Kathy Pyle                 Sally VanHemert                         Bouma Corporation
Anonymous                             David and Lois Dozeman                 Kristi Ketchum                        Gordon and Carolyn Raterink         Mary VanHeuvelen                        Glenn and Victoria Brink
Douglas and Elaine Antuma             Grace Dozeman                          David and Laura Kiekintveld           William and Myra Rietveld           Donald and Shirley VanHuis              Thomas and Sheryl Brink
Edward and Wendy Arens                Adrian Dreyer                          Don and Margaret Kiekintveld          Michael and Elizabeth Roelofs       Jarvis and Judy VanKlompenberg          Willard and Thelma Brink
Harold and Florence Arens             Duck Eggs Plus                         Scott and Sally Kiekintveld           John and Diane Roelofs              Gerrit VanLangevelde                    Calvin College
Richard and Jo Avink                  Dean and Mary Duistermars              Patricia A. Klaasen                   Kristi Roelofs                      Paul and Kathy VanLente                 CapTrust Financial Advisors
Shirley Baas                          John and Mary Dwyer                    Willard and Karen Klein               Patricia Root                       Leon and Kay VanRees                    Don and MaryAnn Cousins
Shane and Beth Bajema                 Cora Dykema                            Cornelius and Hattie Klynstra         Kevin and Christine Rosencrans      Donald VanReken                         Design Plus, Inc.
Esther Bakker                         Arlene M. Dykstra                      Kenneth and Jane Knoll                Randy and Diane Rottschafer         Andrew and Lil VanSlot                  Lee and Linda DeVisser
Bradley and Holly Balder              Larry and Mary Dykstra                 James and Lisa Koetje                 Timothy O. Rottschafer              Martin and Jan VanStaalduinen           Gary and Thressa Dewey
Nella Balder                          Robert and Marilyn Dykstra             Ardeane Koetsier                      Mark and Julie Rozeboom             Warren and Sheryl VanStedum             Breton and Erin Docter
Jeff and Marcia Bannink               Sheldon and Lynn Dykstra               William and Arloa Kolean              Theodore and Judith Rozendal        Bill and Yvonne Veldhoff                Dykhuis Farms, Inc.
Paul and Helen Bareman                Lavern and Carol Edewaard              Morris and Carol Kolff                Josh Rumpsa                         Bruce and Linda Veldkamp                Arlene M. Dykstra
Rolland and Nancy Bartels             Michael and Nancy Edewaard             Carlton and Rachael Kollen            Glenn and Dorothy Russcher          Jack and Joyce VerBeek                  Eagle Computer Technology, Inc.
Chet and Kathie Baumann               Alan and Marcia Elgersma               Philip and Lillian Koning             Loren and Sandy Sall                Blaine and Lisabeth VerHage             Edgar & Elsa Prince Foundation
Leverne and Yvonne Baumann            Frances Ellens                         Anna Konynenbelt                      A. Charles and Caroline Schaap      Lloyd and Bernice VerHage               Stanley and Joanne Ellens
Lois Becksvoort                       Stan and Joanne Ellens                 Paul and Marilyn Kooiker              David and Lonna Schaap              Vill-Tex Fabric Centers, Inc./Field’s   Farm Bureau Insurance
Steven and Mary Beelen                Karl and Adele Ellerbroek              Larry and Marcia Kotman               Rich and Clara Scheerhorn           Fabrics                                 Fifth Third Bank
Vernon and Lucille Beelen             Benjamin and Laurie Engbers            Larry and Rose Kruithof               Paul and Marilyn Schepel            Richard and Ruth Visser                 Fillmore Equipment, Inc.
Neal and Ann Berghoef                 Elsie Essenburg                        Leon and Betty Kruithof               Ralph and Arlene Schierbeek         Jacob and Margaret Voetberg             Edwin and Joan Fuder
Gladys Blacquiere                     Milton and Gladys Essenburg            Henry and Frances Kruithoff           Beth Schipper                       Jacquelyn Vogelzang                     Richard and Lisa Gritter
Marlin and Laurie Boer                Edward and Fannie Evenhouse            John and Debra Kruithoff              Dave and Barb Schipper              Steve and Janice Vogelzang              Allan and Stephanie Hoekstra
James and Rochelle Boer               Richard Evenhouse                      George and Gladys Kuiper              Wilmur and Joyce Schipper           William Vogelzang                       Jay and Shirley Hop
Keith and Kristine Boerman            Trudy Evenhouse                        Kenneth and Connie Kuper              Donald and Ruth Scholten            Randy Vork                              Robert and Thelma Hop
Boerman’s Decorating Service          Brian and Kathy Everse                 Joseph and Courtney Lampen            Edward and Margaret Scholten        Dan and Susan Vos                       Hope College
Allen and Gloria Bomers               Faith Christian Reformed Church        James and Florence Lampen             Gradus and Esther Scholten          Glenn and Marcia Vos                    Drew and Jane Jelgerhuis
Gertrude Bomers                       Richard Ferdig                         James and Donna Lampen                Ludwig and Karen Scholten           Ronald and Marianne Vos                 John and Judy Spoelhof Foundation
Keith and Casandra Bomers             Janice Fike                            Calvin and Yvonne Langejans           Gary and Connie Schra               Ronald and Mary Voss                    George and Gertrude Jousma
Earl and Mary Bonzelaar               Judith Flanagan                        Gertrude Langejans                    Arlyn and Marlene Schreur           Paul and Marilee Vroon                  Robert and Jane Kapenga
Borculo Christian Reformed Church     Benjamin and Sarah Fogg                Kenneth Laninga, Sr.                  Mark and Nancy Schrotenboer         Anna Mae Wabeke                         Patricia A. Klaasen
John and Eileen Bos                   Fourteenth Street Christian Reformed   Les Lanser                            Austin and Phyllis Schrotenboer     Daniel and Kathy Walcott                LaVerne and Doris Klingenberg
Norman and Beverly Bos                  Church                               Nellie Lanting                        Ray and Sue Schrotenboer            John and Diane Walters                  Larry and Jeanie Koops
Alfred and Evelyn Bosch               Kenneth and Sharilyn Frieling          John and Joan Lappenga                Raymond and Jerene Schrotenboer     Paul and Donna Walters                  Leon and Louise Koops
Laverne and Mary Bosch                Shirley Frieling                       Wilma LeFebre                         Thomas and Cindy Schrotenboer       Barry and Rebecca Wassink               Lakeshore Property Management
Ken and Norma Bosman                  Adrian and Gloria Geenen               Craig and Tyra Lemmen                 Ed and Dot Schuitema                Bernard and Shirley Waterway            Junior and Sharon Langejans
Anthony Bouman                        Ann Geenen                             Suzanne Linn                          Melanie Scott                       Bonita Wedeven                          James and Carol Lont
Russell Bouman                        Douglas and Kathy Geenen               Norman and Elaine Lokker              James and El Jeanne Seabold         Michael and Elaine Weesies              Macatawa Bank
Art and Alma Bouwkamp                 Brian and Marlys Geerlings             James and Carol Lont                  Jeffrey and Laura Sharda            Barbara A. Wesseldyke                   Maplewood Auto, Inc.
Margaret Branderhorst                 James and Belinda Geertsma             James and Mary Lorence                Richard and Carolyn Sharda          John and Norma Westhuis                 Mercantile Bank of Michigan
Jeremy and Abby Brandsen              Bernard and Marilyn Gelder             Anthony and Esther Louwerse           John and Shirley Sharda             Judith Westing                          Merle Boes, Inc.
Stanley and Isla Brandsen             Jerry and Leona Genzink                Donald and Millie Lubbers             Shepherd Foundation                 Theodore and Gladys Wierda              Elmer and Leona Nyhof
Annette Bratt                         Gerald and Leona Gerrits               Vern and Marlene Lubbers              Sherwin Williams Company            Joshua and Megan Williams               Roger and Barbara Phillips
Steve and Rebecca Bredeweg            Marv and Jeneane Goorhouse             Richard and Karen Lucas               Steve and Nancy Shoemaker           Jay Wolbert                             Potts Masonry
Paul and Marlene Breuker              Gordon Food Service                    Gary and Lisa Luurtsema               Robert and Connie Sikkel            David and Kristi Wolbert                PVT, Inc.
Sandra Brewer                         Morris and Glenda Gort                 Floyd and Bertha Maat                 William and Elaine Sikkel           Kenneth Wolters                         Doug Reniger
Arthur Brink                          Graafschap Christian Reformed          Larry and Pam Maat                    Evelyn Slager                       Sheri Wolters                           Ridgeview Industries, Inc.
Nathan and Marilyn Brink                Church                               Robert and Kristen Mannes             Mae J. Slagh                        Tim and Christina Wood                  James and Linda Schippers
Chad and Lisa Brinks                  Grand Haven Area Community             Maranatha Christian Reformed Church   Ed and Ruth Slenk                   Doug and Amy Woods                      Jeff and Mary Beth Serdahely
Kurt and Dawn Brinks                    Foundation                           Alvin and Barbara Masselink           Gordon and Jeneva Slenk             Tom and Pat Woods                       Robert and Patricia Slenk
Louise Brinks                         Thomas and Deb Grant                   Harold and Joyce Mast                 Hugh and Lois Slenk                 David and Keri Woodwyk                  Cornelia Steenwyk
Harvin Broekhuis                      Norman and Marge Gras                  Mark and Lisa McKellips               Gregory and Jeanne Slenk            Kenneth and Mary Wynia                  Strikwerda Family Dentistry
Richard and Joan Broersma             Larry and Glenda Grassmid              MEEMIC                                John and Lillian Slenk              Peter and Bette Yonker                  Ken and Diana Timmerman
Bruce and Brenda Brouwer              Bernard and Shirley Greving            Juliana Meiste                        Gary and Chevonne Sloothaak         Harold Zoerhof                          Nick and Judy Unema
Esther Brouwer                        Nancy Gritter                          Leon and Sheila Meiste                Tom and Sue Smith                   Laverne and Lavina Zoerhoff             Theodore and Joan Vanderveen
Bruce and Rika Diephouse Foundation   Richard and Lisa Gritter               Paul and Gretchen Mellema             Mark and Ann Sneller                Tim Zoerhoff                            Sally VanHemert
Laverne and Marcia Brummel            Arthur and Dorothy Groenhof            Melvin and Helen VerWys Foundation    Dennis and Kathy Spoelman           James and Karen Zoetewey                Steve amd Cheri VanLoo
Mark and Kari Brummel                 Jay and Jane Groenleer                 Memory Acres Hogs and Corn            Joel and Joanne Spykerman           Terrence Zuiderhof                      Joan Walcott
Marge Brunsell                        R. Scott and Sharon Gugino             Gerald Meyer                          Helen Stam                          Willis and Joan Zwagerman               Dale and Kimberly Walters
Edward and Toni Bulthuis              H.J. Heinz Company Foundation          Marie Mlynarek                        Ken and Fayth Steensma              David and Karen Zwart                   David and Mary Weeber
Steve and Krystal Bulthuis            Bernard and Ruth Haak                  Ken and Marcia Mokma                  Steven and Judy Steggerda           Bob and Marcia Zwart                    Doug and Lucille Wierda
George and Trudy Bulthuis             Thomas and Nancy Hardy                 Terry and Irma Mokma                  Delworth and Pat Steketee           Theodore and Myra Zwiep                 Jack and Mary Wyrick
Steven and Cheryl Bushong             Bruce and Susan Harkema                Art and Corla Morrow                  Milton and Gladys Steketee          Marvin and Joyce Zwiers
Wilma Busscher                        Justin and Mary Harkema                Bertrus and Jenean Mosterd            Paul and Connie Sterenberg          Randy and Charlene Zwiers
Donald and Winifred Byker             Gregg and Sally Harper                 Bernard and Genevieve Mulder          Jeff and Lori Stump
William and Virginia Campbell         Nathan and Nancy Hart                  Carl and Milly Mulder                 Max and Judy Suzenaar

                                                                                                                                                                                               The Tuition Grant
Ruth Canaan                           David and Lana Hasper                  Peter and Gladys Mulder               Peter and Jean Sytsma               Golf Outing Sponsors and Donors
Mark and Rhonda Capel                 David and Judy Haverdink               Robert and Arlene Mulder              Clarence Tamminga                   Jordan Anderson
Capital Area United Way, Inc.         Gordon and Florence Haverdink          Gary Murphy                           Ed and Muriel Tamminga              Chad Bareman

                                                                                                                                                                                               Fund was
Jesús and Socorro Castilleja          George and Mary Heerema                Rick and Beth Nagelkirk               Marion Tamminga                     Bareman’s Dairy
Central Avenue Christian Reformed     James and Kathleen Hekman              Robert and Carol Nagelkirk            Michael and Sharon TerHorst         Robert J. Bates
  Church                              Michael Helder and Jackie Mol-Helder   Ron and Barbara Nauta                 Jake and Carol Terpstra             Bayside Capital Management

                                                                                                                                                                                               established to
ChevronTexaco Matching Grants         John and Patricia Heyboer              Marion Nelson                         Don and Lois Terpstra               Bert Reimink Plumbing & Heating Co.
  Program                             Thomas and Heather Highley             Paul and Jean Nelson                  Geraldine Terpstra                  Thomas S. Bosch
Martin and Lillian Chrispell          Laverne and Phyllis Hoeksema           Niekerk Christian Reformed Church     Robert and Marjorie Terpstra        Robert DeNooyer
David and Kate Christensen
Class of 1966
                                      August and Judy Hoekstra
                                      James and Grace Hoekstra
                                                                             Northwestern Mutual Foundation
                                                                             Elmer and Leona Nyhof
                                                                                                                   Ronald and Barbara Terpstra
                                                                                                                   Robert R. Jerow and Joyce Teusink
                                                                                                                                                       Kevin D. DeZwaan
                                                                                                                                                       Len R. Fazio                            make Holland
Jerry and Gerene Compagner            Peter and Jean Hoekstra                Marion Nyhof                          Hazel Tibbe                         Five Star Real Estate
Roger and Marilyn Covert              Dale and Marion Hofman                 Robert and Linda Nyhof                Thressa M. Tien                     GDK Construction Co.
Cynthia Cutler                        David and Elaine Holkeboer             Cheryl Nyhuis                         John and Margaret Timmer            GSI Industries, Inc.

                                                                                                                                                                                               affordable for
David and Jamie Dannenberg            Randy and Ann Holkeboer                Louise Nyhuis                         Bernard and Helen Timmerman         John A. Heyboer
Robert and Mary Dannenberg            Holland Heights Christian Reformed     Benjamin and Barbara Nykamp           Howard and Jean Topp                Steve J. Houskamp
Ken and Ruth Dannenberg                 Church                               Bob and Erma Nykamp                   Jeffrey and Barbara Trethewey       Intext Concepts

                                                                                                                                                                                               families who
David and Patricia Dayton             Larry and Carol Homkes                 Ronald and Elaine Nykamp              Morrie and Sylvia Tubergen          Larry L. Koops
Janice DeBoer                         Calvin Hoogstra                        Jeff and Lonnie Nykerk                David and Linda VanAppledorn        Leon Koops
Elmer and Arlene DeFrell              Robert and Wanda Hooley                Oakland Christian Reformed Church     William and Judith VanAppledorn     Philip L. Koops
Gary and Connie DeHaan
Wayne and Betty DeKleine
                                      Glenn and Marga Hoort
                                      Jay and Shirley Hop
                                                                             Richard and Joanne Obbink
                                                                             Bruce and Mary Okkema
                                                                                                                   Fred and Joyce VanDam
                                                                                                                   Thomas and Karen VandenBerg
                                                                                                                                                       Thomas A. Kraal
                                                                                                                                                       Joseph L. Lampen                        desire a Christian
Jason and Arlene DeKock                                                      Matthew and Tamara Okma               Gustave and Jean VanDenBerge        Mark E. Los
                                                                                                                                                                                               education for their
                                      Mark and Janella Hop
David and Karen DeMaagd               Steve and Dawn Houskamp                Fred and Ruth Otten                   Kalvin and Terri VandenBosch        Macatawa Bank
John and Jodi DeMott                  Richard and Margaret Hudelson          John and Nancy Oudshoorn              Geneva VandenBrink                  Macatawa Plumbing, Inc

                                                                                                                                                                                               children. Thanks
Bart and Pat DenBoer                  Almira Huizenga                        Harris and Jane Overway               Wayne and Karen VandenBrink         Fred A. Otten
Charles and Sandra DenUyl             Harold and Gertrude Hulst              P&G Power Wash Service                Barbara J. VanderHaak               Douglas R. Overweg
Herwin and Lois DeRoo                 Lonna Ipema                            Paint a Pot LLC                       David and Mary VanderHill           Plaggemars Construction, Inc

                                                                                                                                                                                               to each of you
Thomas and Janice Deters              Bradlee and Lindsey Iverson            Michael and Nan Palmatier             Dalwyn and Mildred VanderKamp       Robert DeNooyer Chevrolet, Inc.
Calvin DeVries                        Douglas and Mary-jo Iverson            Alan and Kathy Parkes                 Glenn and Hazel VanderKamp          Dale A. Scholten
David and Martha DeVries              Peter and Carolyn Jacobsen             Morris and LaVerle Peerbolt           Barbara VanderKolk                  David M. Slenk

                                                                                                                                                                                               on behalf of our
Helen DeVries                         Alvin and Barbara Jager                Audley and Thelma Pelon               Evelyn VanderMeer                   James Strikwerda
Minard DeVries                        Alice Jansen                           Steven and Kathleen Penna             Earl and Mary VanderMeulen          Thomas T. VanDam
Philip and Kristen DeVries            Alvin and Della Jelgerhuis             Harvey and Della Peters               Alice VanderPloeg                   Earl G. VanderMeulen
Scott and Kathy DeVries
Walter and Lois DeVries
                                      Kathryn Jipping
                                      John Bouma, Sr. and Sharon K.
                                                                             Justin and Connie Petroelje
                                                                             Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts
                                                                                                                   Laverne and Rosalyn VanderPloeg
                                                                                                                   David and Sarah VanderVeen
                                                                                                                                                       Glenn W. Vos
                                                                                                                                                                                               grateful recipients!
Verna DeWeerd                         Bouma Foundation                         Program                             Joel and Katie VanderVeen
Timothy and Mary Dewitt               Thelma Johnson                         Michael and Gina Pitsenberger         Steve and Jill VanderVeen

                                                                                                                                                                                                    19 - CONNECTIONS
    MARCH 1, 2007 - JULY 31, 2007

The following
                                  Norman and Joyce Kolenbrander         Jeffrey Mokma                     Holland EAA Chapter 1242                David Smith Family
                                  David and Donna Lowry Family          Jerry and Susan Cole              Home & Company                          Michael and Tammy Smith Family
                                  Ida Jadwiga Rudovick                  Cliff and Erma Cuneo              Mark and Janella Hop                    Tim Smith
have made                         Rev. Leroy Suess                      Anthony and Betty DuBois          David and Melanie Huisman               Wayne and Juanita Smith
                                                                        Ruth Kammeraad                    Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hungerford         Wayne and Mary Smith Family
gifts to                          Clara Cook
                                  Anthony and Jane TenHarmsel
                                                                        Dave, Jean, and Mark Osterhaven
                                                                        Iris Prins
                                                                                                          Huntington National Bank
                                                                                                          Illinois Foundation Seeds, Inc
                                                                                                                                                  Robert and Jane Steenwyk
                                                                                                                                                  Craig and Cathy Stoel
Holland                           Marylou TenHarmsel                    Terry and Arla Reimink
                                                                        Charles and Gisele Withey
                                                                                                          Thelbert and Barbara James
                                                                                                          Rodney, Michelle and Kasidee
                                                                                                                                                  Matthew Stoel
                                                                                                                                                  Edward and Joan Stuursma

                                  Clarence Dokter*                                                            Karsten                             Patricia Sullivan
                                  ITW Drawform, Incorporated            Nancy Polstra                     Keithly-Williams Seeds                  Daniel and Jennifer Taylor
                                                                        Lyle and Ardi Ahrenholz           William and Leona Kishkorn              Ken and Diana Timmerman
Schools or the                    Russel Essenburg                      Daniel and Sheryl Beerens         Thomas and Sheryl Klaasen Family        Mark and Kylee Tuls
                                  Lavern and Carol Edewaard             Glenn and Marcia Boerman          Michael and Rebecca Knoll               Mitchell, Jane and Travis VanDenBerge
Holland Christian                 Jason Haveman*
                                                                        Linda Boertje
                                                                        Steve and Patricia Bushouse
                                                                                                          Dan and Gloria Koeman
                                                                                                          Steve and Linda Konyndyk
                                                                                                                                                  Todd and Deborah VanDyk
                                                                                                                                                  Loren and Sue VanHaitsma
Foundation                        Tom and Sally Haveman                 Steven and Wendy Edewaard
                                                                        Marvin and Mary Hofman
                                                                                                          Lorraine Koster Family
                                                                                                          Eileen Kreiner
                                                                                                                                                  Blaine, Lisabeth and Katelyn VerHage
                                                                                                                                                  Vilmorin, Inc

in memory
                                  Melvin Haveman*                       Larry and Carol Homkes            David and Michelle Kuiper               Amanda Wesseldyk
                                  Cynthia Haveman                       Douglas and Mary-jo Iverson       Don, Gayle, Nicole and Tyler Kuipers    Jeffrey, Nancy and AJ Westendorp
                                  Tom and Sally Haveman                                                   Walter and Pat Lamb                     Wiers Farm, Inc
of their friends
                                                                        Stanley and Carolyn Jacobs
                                                                        Dan and Gloria Koeman             Harry and Mary Leeuw                    David, Julie and Luke Wiersema
                                  Magdalene Heetderks                   Philip and Tricia Koops Family    Michael and Jane Lemmen Family          Kenneth and Mildred Wiersma
or loved ones.                    Gertrude Beelen
                                  Carla Brandsen
                                                                        Jeffrey and Cathryn Potts
                                                                        S & P Parent Team
                                                                                                          Wilbur and Sharon Lettinga
                                                                                                          Manpower Personnel Services
                                                                                                                                                  Timothy and Mary Wilcox
                                                                                                                                                  Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Witmer
                                  Stanley and Isla Brandsen             Lorraine Scholten                 Gale, Karen and Tyler Mast              Ralph and Shirley Wolthuis
                                  Jack and Mary DeGraaf                 David and Dawn Slenk              Mikalan Roofing, Inc.                   Joseph and Carla Zblewski
                                  Douglas and Mary-jo Iverson           David and Lois Smits              Alma Muxlow                             Zeeland East Basketball Team
                                  Lester and Joan Kleinheksel           Peter and Jean Sytsma             Douglas and Shari Muxlow                Robert Ziman
Harold Arens                      Roger and Delores Kole                William and Jenny Sytsma          Blake Myers                             Alan and Diane Zoet
Cornelia Arens                    Julie Raak                            Roberta Thomassen                 Christopher and Rebecca Myers           Perry and Janice Zuhlke
Harold and Florence Arens         Robert and Mary Raak                  Richard and Raeanne Walters       Neighbors of Brad and Heather
Nicholas and Juliet Blystra       Gwendolyn Sneller                     David and Kristi Wolbert              Siegers                             Margaret VanderMaat
Norman and Beverly Bos            James and Pamela VanderZwaag                                            Scott, Brenda, Mike, Jason and          Jerald and Margaret Bredeweg
Annette Cooke                     Josephine VanderZwaag                 Kyle Siegers                          Jill Nyhof                          Bernice Dykema
James and Gloria DeWaard                                                Jessie Alderden                   Caleb Nykamp                            Waleed and Hannah Gosaynie
Alvin and Mari Dozeman            Harry Hoekstra                        Jason and Shirley Alofs           Thomas and Carrie O'Neal Family         Merry Male
Adriene Green                     Paul and Marlene Breuker              American Takii, Inc               Roy Pearman
Andrew Helder                     John and Geraldine DuMez              Rodney and Ellen Arendsen         Dr. Earl and Susan Phares               Ruth VanderMeulen
Thelma Hoekman                    Roger and Joan Gezon                  Gregory and Marsha Barowski       Michelle, Kara, Krista and Leah Price   Gertrude Bomers
James and Grace Hoekstra          Melvin and Marcia Greving             James and Margaret Becksfort      Scott and Gina Prince                   Justin and Lucille Bouwman
Rick and Barbara Hulst            Harderwyk Christian Reformed Church   Marcel Bedard                     George and June Prins                   DeMar and Evelyn Bunnell
Calvin and Nancy Kleinheksel      Henry and Emma Hunderman              Steven and Connie Berry           Jeffrey and Kendra Reest                Harold and Dorothy DeRoo
Wilma LeFebre                     George and Goldie Lubben              Mark and Ruth Berryhill           Rogers Printing Inc                     Morris and Gertrude Driesenga
Frank Lokker                      Robert and Arlene Mulder              James and Rochelle Boer Family    Mr. and Mrs. Dale Rosema                Lorraine Elliott
Antoinette Mackay                 Arlene J. TenHarmsel                  Terry and Cherie Boetsma          Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Rosema              Albert and Dorothy Kruithoff
Esther Nienhuis                   Ralph and Shirley Wolthuis            Jeremy and Abby Brandsen          Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Rosema              Rose and Robert Mannes
Marvin and Marguerite Petroelje   Theodore and Myra Zwiep               James and Gail Brown              Douglas and Sally Rotman                Russell and Wanda Michmerhuizen
George and June Prins                                                   Sonnie Bryant                     Bruce and Christine Saip                Ken and Marcia Mokma
Wilmur and Joyce Schipper         Carol Johnson*                        Timothy and Karen Bush            Sakata Seed America, Inc                Frank and Suzanne Pettinga
Richard and Carolyn Sharda        Harold and Florence Arens             Susanna Buursma                   Tim and Sandy Sale                      Howard and Mary Pippel
Martin and Lois Stegink                                                 Centest, Inc                      Joe Sands                               Connie R. Rosendahl
Kenneth and Beth Sterenberg       Jerry Koeman*                         Central Wesleyan Church           Karl Sauter and Cristy                  Julia Streur
Glenn and Hazel VanderKamp        Wesley and Marilyn Hoek               Crookham Company                      Sensanbaugh-Sauter                  David and Doris VanderMeulen
Laverne and Rosalyn VanderPloeg   Jeffrey and Cathryn Potts             Crown Motors Limited              Karl and Joan Schipper                  Earl and Mary VanderMeulen
Suzanne VanDerPuy                 David and Lois Smits                  Kevin and Kathleen Dams           Ross Schipper                           Jay and Sylvia VanderMeulen
Art and Joyce Wyma                South Shore Christian Middle School   DeBruyn Seed, Inc                 Wayne Schipper                          Roger and Karen VanderMeulen
                                  Eugene and Helen Westra               Katie DeHaan                      Darby Schlagheck                        Mrs. Anne VanderPloeg
Veryl Boylon                                                            Paul and Christina DeVisser       Mr. and Mrs. David Scholten
Andrew and Mary Blystra           Carolyn Koops                         Kevin and Lisa Dykgraaf           Jamie Scholten                          David VanLangevelde*
Robert and Carolyn Bolt           Derek and Tonya Borgman               Douglas and Mary Dykstra          Cheryl Scott                            Brenda Brewer
Gertrude Bomers                   Ronald and Delores Nienhuis           Eric and Rhonda Edmond            Seeds by Design, Inc                    Bryan and Heather Whitmore
Arthur Brink                      Austin and Phyllis Schrotenboer       eMedia Solutions                  Colleen Sherrard
Miryam Hammond                    Stan and Joyce Sluiter                Terry and Bethany Frey            Jeffrey and Tamara Siegers Family       Martha Molenhouse-In Honor of
Anne Homkes                                                             Gordon and Pamela Gingrich        Timothy Simmons and Dianne              80th Birthday
Selma Naber                       Jeanne Koops*                         Ruth Gordon                           Siegers Simmons                     John and Sharon Bouma
                                  Alvin and Mari Dozeman                Hamilton Middle School Staff      Larry and Ellen Slagh
Joan Brower                                                             Bryan and Kay Hannigan            Alan and Alyson Slenk
Carolyn Berkey                    Dorothea Meeusen*                     Tom and Sally Haveman             Cheryl Slenk
Allen and Linda Buurma            Mark and Donna Genzink                Jon, Kris, Jason and Jessica      David and Dawn Slenk                    *Continued from previous issues of
Kirk Clement Family               Victor and Rosemary Sharda              Henrickson                      Art and Eleanor Sluis                   Connection

                                          WEDDINGS                       DEGREES                     AND MORE

                                           Alumni News      March 1, 2007 - July 31, 2007

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                                                                                    Continental Airlines, based at New           Denise (Klaasen) Stancill (1990) and
                                                                                    York Liberty Airport. He flies both          her husband, Stephen, announce the
                  Alumni News                 to us. We encourage                   domestic and international flights. His      birth of their son, Hayden Andrew, on
           956 Ottawa Avenue                  alumni to submit updates                                                           April 3, 2007.
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            Holland, MI 49423                 about themselves
               (616) 820-2805                 including weddings,                   Paul (1987) and Pam (Menken-1992)            Suzanne (Mannes) VanderZee (1991)
           fax (616) 820-2810                 births, degrees, and more.
                                                                                    Scholten rejoice in the birth of a son,      and her husband, Dean, welcome Grant
                                                                                    Joshua Paul, on May 14, 2006. The            Michael, born on January 6, 2007.
                        website:              Do note, however, that we             family lives in Holland.                     Grant joins big brothers Case (6), Luke
   email:       don’t publish engagement                                                           (4), and Shane (2). They currently live in
                                              announcements, so                     Rick (1987) and Kathy (Luurtsema-            Holland.
                                              please write us after your            1989) Schut rejoice in the birth of
                                                                                                                                 Melissa (Busscher) FitzGerald (1992)
                                              wedding takes place.
                                                                                    a son, Brady Alan, born October 2,
                                                                                    2006. He joins brothers Logan (11),          works at Barnes Jewish Hospital. She
                                                                                    Christian (8), and Cameron (8). Rick         received her associate’s degree from

1940s                                                                               owns Cutting Edge Lawn Care and
                                                                                    Kathy is a stay-at-home mother while
                                                                                                                                 Baker College in Surgical Technology in
                                                                                                                                 1997. She and her husband, Matt, live
                                          Smartphone Operating System
                                          Concepts with Symbian OS, a book          helping with the business office work.       in St. Peters, MO.
Vernon Boersma (1940) and his wife,
                                          that demonstrates operating systems       The family resides in Holland.
Lois, have been honored for their ser-
                                          concepts with experiments on smart-                                                    Pam (Menken-1992) and Paul Schol-
vice to the Resthaven Care Community
                                          phones.                                   Jeff Waybright (1987) and his wife,          ten (1987) rejoice in the birth of a son,
by having a new retirement cottage
                                                                                    Jenny, celebrated the birth of their first   Joshua Paul, on May 14, 2006. The
named for them.
                                          Gloria DeWaard (1978) graduated           son, Jack, on June 1, 2007. He joins         family lives in Holland.

1960s                                     Magna Cum Laude from Hope College         his big sisters, Emily (6) and Katie (2).
                                                                                    The family resides in Grand Ledge, MI.       Kristine (Rouwhorst) Jaarsma (1992)
                                          in May 2007.
                                                                                                                                 and her husband, Marc, rejoice in the
William Garvelink (1967) has been
nominated by President Bush to be         1980s                                     Karla (Zwagerman) Lemoine (1988)             birth of their son, Landen Bradley, born
                                                                                    graduated from Calvin College with a         on March 19, 2007. He joins his proud
the Ambassador Extraordinary and
                                          Steve Spoelhof (1981) now serves          bachelor’s degree in social work. She        siblings: Kendra, Brett, and Lydia. They
Plenipotentiary of the United Sates to
                                          as Executive Director of the Ministry     and her husband, Mark, have four chil-       live in Holland.
the Democratic Republic of the Congo
                                          to Senior Pastors with Willow Creek       dren: Christopher, Courtney, Caitlyn,
(formerly Zaire). William currently
                                          Association. He and his family live in    and Charis. She is currently working         Heather (VandenBerg) VanNuil (1992)
serves at the United States Agency for
                                          St. Charles, IL.                          as a full-time mom, coordinator of the       and Floyd Behmlander were married
International Development (USAID) as
                                                                                    MOPS group at Sunshine Community             on July 14, 2007. The couple lives in
senior deputy assistant administrator
                                          Janna (Eggebeen) Blunt (1982)             Church, and coach for Rockford Odys-         Jenison.
for democracy, conflict, and humanitar-
                                          recently earned a doctorate in art his-   sey of the Mind.
ian assistance.
                                          tory. She teaches at the University of                                                 Lisa Bos (1993) was recently named
                                          Toronto and lives in Toronto, Ontario,    Tom Laarman (1989) graduated with            to serve on the Hope College Alumni
Kathy (Groenhof) VanOordt (1967)
                                          with her husband, Giles.                  honors from the Pittsburgh Institute         Board. She is a 1997 graduate of Hope
has been an RN for 37 years and a
                                                                                    of Mortuary Science in January 2007.         and currently resides in Washington, DC.
massage therapist for 15 years. She
                                          Lanette Zylman (1982) and Bill Ten-       After successfully passing both the
has two children and two grandchil-
                                          Have were married on July 7, 2007.        National Board Examination in Mortu-         Kevin (1993) and Sarah (Haveman-
dren. She and her husband, Larry, live
                                                                                    ary Science and the Michigan Mortuary        1995) Essenburg were blessed with a
in Grand Haven.
                                          Chad Dykema (1985) is a song-writer       Science Exam, he was approved by             daughter, Lauren Marie, in September,

1970s                                     and performer for “Come On Over!” a       the Michigan Board of Examiners in
                                                                                    Mortuary Science to become licensed
                                                                                                                                 2006. Lauren joins big sister, Andrea,
                                                                                                                                 who is 4 years old.
                                          children’s television program filmed in
                                          West Michigan. The program recently       as a funeral director. In June 2007, he
Michael Jipping (1977), who teaches
                                          won six Emmy Awards from The Michi-       and his family relocated to Houston,
at Hope College, is the author of
                                          gan Chapter of The National Television    TX, where he accepted a position with
                                          Academy.                                  Klein Funeral Homes and Memorial

                                                                                                                                                      21 - CONNECTIONS
                                             WEDDINGS                      DEGREES                     AND MORE

                                              Alumni News
Bradley Bredeway (1994) and Tracy            Patricia DeHaan (1996) and Yanni           Brandon (1998) and Jessica (Jones-         Elizabeth Johnson (2001) and Zach-
John were married on March 24, 2007.         Papadopoulos wed on March 17,              1999) VandenBosch welcome the              ary Lienau were married on July 21,
Bradley is a graduate of Kendall Col-        2007. The couple resides in Olympia,       birth of their daughter Charlotte Ann,     2007. They live in Norton Shores.
lege of Art and Design and is employed       WA. Patricia graduated from Calvin         on April 4, 2007.
by Compaan Door and Operator Co.             College and Wayne State University                                                    Robert Kok (2001) and Kelli Cerda
The couple lives in Holland.                 School of Medicine. She is employed        Brian (1999) and Kathy (Frieling-          exchanged wedding vows on Sep-
                                             by Madigan Hospital.                       1999) Busscher had their first child,      tember 9, 2006. A graduate of Dordt
Angela (Dahm) Mackay (1994) and                                                         a daughter, Grace Kennedy, born on         College and Baker College, Robert is
her husband, Chris, proudly announce         Dan Nyhof (1996) and his wife, Val,        January 15, 2007. The family lives in      employed by JP Reeves Manufactur-
the birth of a baby girl, Allison (Allie)    rejoice in the birth of Aubrey Hope on     Zeeland.                                   ing. The couple resides in Holland.
Regan. She was born on March                 June 13, 2007. She joins big sister
18, 2007. Allie joins her big brother,       Ellie, who is 2 years old.                 Stephen Hulst (1999) graduated from        Amber Sterenberg (2001) and
Charlie, age 2. The family lives in                                                     Valparaiso University School of Law,       Nathan Prins (2002) were united in
Richmond, VA.                                Erin (Bates) Altman (1997) and her         Summa Cum Laude, and is an associ-         marriage on April 27, 2007. Amber is
                                             husband, Zac, celebrate the birth of       ate attorney at the law firm Rhoades       employed at Crazy Horse Steakhouse
Mark Nyhof (1994) and his wife,              Catherine Tapley on June 23, 2007.         McKee in Grand Rapids.                     and Saloon and Nate at ITW Draw-
Amanda, celebrated the birth of Ade-         She joins big sister Alison, who is 3                                                 form. The couple lives in Hamilton.
lynn Joy on February 23, 2007. She           years old.                                 2000s
joins big sister Natalie, who is 2 years                                                                                           Henry Betten (2002) and his wife,
old.                                         Brad (1997) and Lindsey (Hoogland-         Jeremy Brieve (2000) graduated             Holly announce the birth of their first
                                             1999) Iverson celebrate the birth of       Cum Laude from Valparaiso Univeristy       son, Henry Daniel Betten IV, on Febru-
Sarah (Stielstra) Groenheide (1994)          their daughter, Sabrina Noelle, born       School of Law in May 2007. He is an        ary 3, 2007.
and her husband, Tim, rejoice in the         on December 16, 2006. Brad is the          associate in the Holland office of Ron
birth of a son, Luke Timothy, on May         president of Proline Contracting. Lind-    Blue & Co.                                 Nathan Bosch (2002) of Ypsilanti,
4, 2007.                                     sey is a child and family therapist with                                              MI, is working on his Ph.D. at the
                                             Bethany Christian Services. The family     Ryan Hop (2000) and Stephani               University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Jane (Timmer) Klein (1994) and               lives in Zeeland.                          Lankheet (2002) were married on            He is studying the effects of dams on
her husband, Christopher, welcomed                                                      February 24, 2007. Both received           nitrogen and phosphorus flows into
home a daughter, Elizabetta Jane. She        Jeff Kragt (1997) and his wife, Sherri,    bachelor’s degrees from Grand Valley       southeast Michigan rivers.
was born on March 19, 2006, and              have a 2-year-old son, Carter. They        State University. Stephani is also
joins big brother Benjamin. The family       were blessed on April 13, 2007 with        a graduate of Valparaiso University        Mary DeMott (2002) graduated Cum
lives in Beaver Falls, PA.                   a baby girl, Ally Jo. Jeff works for       and works at Helen DeVos Children’s        Laude from the University of Notre
                                             Kragt Konstruction. The family lives in    Hospital as a registered nurse in the      Dame’s College of Arts and Letters
Scott Voshel (‘94) and a fellow Hope         Hamilton.                                  neonatal intensive care unit. Ryan         with a degree in theology.
College graduate are producing a mov-                                                   works as the director of information
ie about 24 hours in the life of a college   Abbie (Tanis) Klein (1997) and her         technology at Walter’s Gardens.            Leah DeWitt (2002) and Adam
fraternity, based on their own experi-       husband, Matt, announce the birth of                                                  Locker were united in marriage on May
ences in a Hope fraternity. “Fraternity      their son, Daniel Mark, on March 30,       Tiffanie Lucas (2000) and Timothy          25, 2007. Leah is a graduate of Hope
House” is being filmed in Holland and        2007. Abbie received her master’s          Burgess were married on September          College and is employed by Lakeshore
the producers anticipate releasing the       degree in special education from           30, 2006, and live in Byron Center. Tif-   Little People’s Place. They live in Hol-
movie nationally on DVD.                     Western Michigan University in 2006.       fanie works for Allied Waste.              land.
                                             She is teaching at Forest Hills Northern
Lisa Haveman (1995) and Patrick              High School. The family lives in Grand     David Pelon (2000) and his wife,           Timothy Hoekstra (2002) and Amy
Haven exchanged wedding vows on              Rapids.                                    Cassie, were married on November 26,       Brandt exchanged wedding vows on
December 29, 2006. The couple lives                                                     2005. Their daughter, Alyssa Jo, was       January 6, 2007. The couple lives
in Albuquerque, NM, where Lisa is em-        Kristine VanderVeen (1997) and             born on September 22, 2006. Dave           in Pontiac. Timothy is a graduate of
ployed by Albuquerque Public Schools.        Robert Snedden were united in mar-         graduated from Grand Valley State          Central Michigan University and is
She is a Calvin College graduate.            riage on December 23, 2006. They           University and works at the Ottawa         employed by Jabil Circuit.
                                             live in Greenville. Kristine is employed   County Juvenile Detention Center. The
Ryan Broekhuis (1996) and Victoria           by Montcalm Area Intermediate School       family lives in Holland.                   John Lorence (2002) and Kerri
Long reside in Bath, the United King-        District.                                                                             Watjer (2004) were united in mar-
dom, after exchanging wedding vows                                                      Erica Spelman (2000) married Luke          riage on October 14, 2006. John
on August 24, 2006. Ryan is a gradu-         Julie (Wolbert) Doll (1998) and her        Jageler on November 25, 2006. They         is employed by Industrial Services.
ate of Davenport University and Grand        husband, Dave, announce the birth of       reside in Houston, TX. Erica works         Kerri graduated from massage therapy
Valley State University and he works for     their daughter Laney Jo on May 11,         as a staff nurse at Memorial Hermann       school and is employed by Classic
Future Publishing Limited.                   2007.                                      Hospital. She graduated from North-        Bridal. The couple lives in Holland.
                                                                                        ern Michigan University in August 2005
                                                                                        with a bachelor’s degree in nursing.       Jill Scholten (2002) received a gradu-
                                                                                                                                   ate degree from Washington University
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                                          WEDDINGS                       DEGREES             AND MORE

                                           Alumni News
Sarah Baumgartner (2003) graduated        Alicia VanGoor (2003) and David

Summa Cum Laude from Hope Col-            VanderMolen were married on June 28,
lege in May 2007.                         2007.

Danielle Breuker (2003) graduated         Katie Wolters (2003) graduated from
Magna Cum Laude from Hope College         Trinity Christian College in May 2007.
in May 2007.                                                                        We have learned of the deaths of these alumni since our
                                          Elizabeth Borr (2004) is a student at     last issue of Connections
Chelsea Brown (2003) graduated            Dordt College. She has been named
Cum Laude from the University of          an NAIA national scholar-athlete in
Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in    women’s tennis for the 2006-2007                  CLASS
American studies in May 2007.             school year. She was also awarded a               1926    Joan (Schreur) Brower
                                          Lilly DC Summer Ministries Scholarship            1929    Hero Bratt, Jr.
Matthew Dannenberg (2003) gradu-          for the 2007-2008 school year.                    1932    Cornelius Karsten
ated Summa Cum Laude from Hope                                                              1934    Margaret (Klaasen) VanderMaat
College in May 2007.                      Nichole Carroll (2004) and Brandon                1936    Willard Dornbos
                                          Johnson married on September 15,                  1940    Senetta (Kragt) VerHoeven
Nathaniel DeYoung (2003) graduated        2006. Nichole attends Baker College.              1942    Robert F. Topp
Magna Cum Laude from Hope College         The couple resides in Holland.
                                                                                            1943    Ruth VanderMeulen
in May 2007.
                                                                                            1947    Elaine (Folkerts) Dugan
                                          Meghann Lyzenga (2004) is working
Allison Hoekstra (2003) graduated         as an intern for Southwest Missouri
                                                                                            1948    Lloyd DeKock
Cum Laude from Hope College in May        Congressman Roy Blunt in Washington               1952    Joan (Nanninga) Essenburg
2007.                                     DC. She attends Taylor University-                        Jerry Schipper
                                          Upland in Indiana.                                1953    Robert Achterhof
Ellison Klaasen (2003) graduated                                                            1954    Vance Bouman
Magna Cum Laude from Hope College         Brooke Peterson (2004) received                   1956    Carolyn (Hofstee) Dekker
in May 2007.                              a bachelor of science in business                 1958    Karen (DeGraaf) Voogd
                                          administration from Lynn University in            1965    Nancee (Bonnema) Bruins
Matthew Kryger (2003) graduated           May 2007.                                         1966    Gerrit Steenwyk
Magna Cum Laude from Hope College
in May 2007.                              Laura VanderPloeg (2004) has been
                                          awarded a Lilly DC Summer Ministries
Ryan Lincoln (2003) graduated             Scholarship at Dordt College for the
Magna Cum Laude from Hope College         2007-2008 academic year.
in May 2007.
                                                                                    Do you know where….?
                                          Matthew Vogelzang (2004) was              Can you help us locate some of our “missing”
Jeffrey Mulder (2003) graduated           inducted into Delta Mu Delta National     alumni? We do not have current information on these
Magna Cum Laude from Hope College         Honor Society in business administra-
in May 2007.                              tion this year at Northwood University.
                                                                                    graduates and would appreciate your help in locating
                                                                                    the alumni listed below. Please call (616) 820-2805 or
Heather Overway (2003) graduated          Karyn Konynenbelt (2005) received         email if you can help.
from Trinity Christian College in May     an associate of arts degree from Dordt
2007.                                     College.
                                                                                            1960     Norma (Meyer) Mason
Karissa Phelps (2003) received a          Betsy Sapp (2005) received an                     1962     Robert VandenBrink
bachelor of arts degree from Dordt Col-   associate of arts degree from Dordt
                                                                                            1965     Paul Steggerda
lege in May 2007.                         College.
                                                                                            1970     Barbara (Kouw) Weber
Kendra Piper (2003) graduated from        Sarah Baumann (2007) is a recipient               1972     Ken VanderKooi
Trinity Christian College in May 2007.    of the Margaret P. Hummer Guild of                1975     Kelly Zwagerman
                                          Holland Hospital Scholarship for 2007.            1980     Tim Veldheer
Melissa Sapp (2003) graduated Cum
                                                                                                     Shelley VerBeek
Laude from Hope College in May 2007.      Kristin Wiersma (2007) is a recipient
                                          of the Margaret P. Hummer Guild of
                                                                                             1984    Lori (VanMaastricht) Matthews
                                          Holland Hospital Scholarship for 2007.             1987    Angie (Nyboer) Russell

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                                                           Congratulations to Kim (Wierenga-‘89)
                                                           VandenHeuvel who correctly identified
                                                           the middle school students in the 1980s
                                                           photograph and to Terry Edewaard (’82)
                                                           who identified five of the new staff members
                                                           pictured in the 1970s photograph in the April
                                                           issue of Connections.

 We will offer two awards
 this time, one for the first
 person who contacts us with
 the name of three of the
 five South Side boys dressed
 for Tulip Time in 1957 and
 the other to the person who
 can name two of the three
 students shown in the photo
 above from the early 1950s. To
 submit a response call (616)
 820-2805 or email kbates@ with your
 answer.                          Parents—
                                  Are your children receiving their issue of Connections at your address while they’re living
                                  somewhere else? We send the Connections to alumni from the Class of 1922 through the
                                  Class of 2002. To update your children’s mail information please call (616) 820-2805 or
  ALUMNI                                                      PROFILE
                                                                    repacking unused items in
                                                                    acid-free packaging. Even
CHRISTINE JACOBS MOUW                                               the tchotchkes get white-
                                                                    glove treatment – we are
                                                                    doing the best we can
                                Christine Jacobs (’83) Mouw’s       to preserve this piece of
                                love of history and early           history. It’s a great slice
                                interest in museums make            of late 20th-century
                                her a natural fit for her current   Americana, and a
                                role as curator of the William      wonderful way to see
                                J. Clinton Presidential Library     the things that were
                                in Little Rock, Arkansas, a         important to American people at
                                position she has held since         that time.”
                                March of 2005. “Prior to this, I
                                was the assistant curator at the    Another particularly interesting aspect of Chris’s job is her
                                Herbert Hoover library in Iowa,     employer. “Ultimately, my boss is George W. Bush.” The
                                and in the years previous, I had    Clinton Library is run by the National Archives, which is part
                                worked or interned at historical    of the Executive Branch of the government. However, the
                                societies, Fort Mackinac, the       presidential libraries are not staffed by political appointees.
                                Grand Rapids Public Museum,         Some libraries are not run by the National Archives and are
                                Colonial Williamsburg, and          instead operated by the state in which they are located,
                                a number of other places.”          such as the Lincoln Presidential Library in Illinois. “The first
Holland Christian teachers Jack Bos and Eugene Laninga              presidential library to be run by the National Archives was
helped to instill the love and interest in history that led Chris   the Hoover library,” where Chris worked previously.
to her career, as did many summers spent traveling around
the country with her family.                                                                       Some of the items she’s
                                                                                                   encountered at the Clinton
Chris received her BA in History from Calvin College and                                           library are more light-hearted
an MA in History, with a minor in Museum Studies, from                                             than others, in particular the
the University of Delaware. “I have a broad museum                                                 hundreds of walking sticks
background and have always been a generalist,” which isn’t                                         sent to President Clinton
always the case with other curators or museum workers.                                             following his arthroscopic
“I’ve spent fifteen working years in presidential libraries,                                       knee surgery. In addition to
and they are all incredibly different from one another.”                                           overseeing the collection,
Presidential libraries are not libraries in the usual sense.                                       Chris assists in creating,
Rather, they serve as an archive, maintaining and preserving                                       designing, and executing
documents and items of significance. “In particular, the                                           rotating exhibits in the
temporary exhibits are based on the life and times of the                                          museum. “I don’t have a
President, not just about the President himself, so there can                                      design background, but you
be a variety of themes or subjects, such as baby boomers,                                          really learn how to do it on the
Western cowboys, and civil rights. Our rotating exhibit                                            job.” This fall’s new exhibit
ideas come from staff members, foundations, and people                                             is called “The Long Struggle:
simply calling on the phone to offer suggestions.”                                                 Presidential Actions and
                                                                    African-American Civil Rights.” “It’s an interesting place to
Chris estimates that ninety-nine percent of the items in            work. You never know who’s going to come through the
the Clinton Library are gifts from people to the Clinton            door; celebrities, Supreme Court justices, politicians, there’s
administration. Overall, she is responsible for taking care         always something new going on. It’s also exciting to be at
of the Library’s collection, which consists of some 185,000         the beginning of a collection.”
items. The Gift Department at the White House processes
gifts, and a President can choose to keep the gifts or give         Chris and her husband, Dirk, have two sons, Willem and
them to the library. “A large part of my job is overseeing the      Peter. Dirk grew up in Grand Rapids and is currently writing
cataloguing of the collection and processing it – taking it out     his dissertation in American History. They visit Michigan
of boxes, measuring it, noting the condition of items, and          once or twice a year to see family.
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