2018-01-14 / Community View

Nominees announced for 2018 Citizens of the Year in Lapeer

Steve MacLeod, Peggy Patten honored in 2017
BY JEFF HOGAN
810-452-2640 • jhogan@mihomepaper.com


Steve MacLeod of Attica, CEO of Stone Soup Food Pantry, and Families Against Narcotics President Peggy Patten of Mayfield Township were named the 2017 Citizens of the Year by the Lapeer Area Chamber of Commerce. Last year 25 nominees — 14 adults and 11 youths — were honored for their collective contributions to the greater Lapeer community. 
Photo by Jeff Hogan Steve MacLeod of Attica, CEO of Stone Soup Food Pantry, and Families Against Narcotics President Peggy Patten of Mayfield Township were named the 2017 Citizens of the Year by the Lapeer Area Chamber of Commerce. Last year 25 nominees — 14 adults and 11 youths — were honored for their collective contributions to the greater Lapeer community. Photo by Jeff Hogan LAPEER — The Lapeer Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Jan. 25 will host its 2018 Citizen of the Year award presentation at which time it will select a male and female honoree, as well as a male and female student honoree from the Lapeer High School program.

This year’s ceremony will be held at Devil’s Ridge Golf Club in Oxford Township — sponsored by Devil’s Ridge Golf Club, Health Alliance Plan, Lakestone Bank & Trust and Milnes Ford. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. The program will follow at 6:30 p.m. For the last few years the Citizen of the Year celebration was held at the Lapeer campus of Mott Community College.


Regina Starr Regina Starr In order to be nominated for this honor, the individuals must give freely of their time and talents — outside of their career or employment — to improve the quality of life in the community.

The female adult nominees are Betsy Felton, Regina Starr and Linda Jarvis; male nominees are Bruce Cady, William “Bill” Gibbons, Glenn Ream and Wes Smith; student nominees (female) are: Brooke Gibbons, Gabrielle Malson, Jenna Tarzwell and Claire Trombley; male students are Carter Enright, Pierce Logan, Andrew Schneider, Zachary Sparks and Gregory Thibeault.

Steve MacLeod, CEO of Stone Soup Food Pantry, and Families Against Narcotics President Peggy Patten were named the 2017 Citizens of the Year by the Lapeer Area Chamber of Commerce.


Betsy Felton Betsy Felton ADULT NOMINEES - FEMALE

Regina Starr

The Davison resident is the founder of Forever Friends Network Autism Resource Center. She has been an advocate for autism assistance in the county for 10 years.

She volunteers her time to enrich and support not only individuals with autism, but she also supports their families. She also volunteers her time with organizations such as Kiwanis, Great Start Collaborative, Parent Advisory Committee and the Regional Collaborative Network.

While dedicating her life to the autism community, she has also raised her 20-year-old son, Brandon, who lives with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Betsy Felton

The Lapeer resident is a founding member of the Suicide Prevention Network, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of suicide in Lapeer County. Felton is also a board member of Lapeer Area Citizens Against Domestic Assault, where she serves on several key committees within the organization — planning fund raising events and providing services coordinated with area businesses to assist persons seeking shelter from abusive relationships.


Linda Jarvis Linda Jarvis Felton also serves on the board of the Child Advocacy Center, the organization dedicated to raising awareness of abuse against children and providing a safe and legally accepted place for the collection of evidence and interviewing of child victims.

Felton has worked as a nurse at McLaren Lapeer Region for three decades.

Linda Jarvis

A Metamora-area resident, the Lapeer County Commissioner volunteers in many corners of the county.


Bruce Cady Bruce Cady She provides Christmas gifts for the Senior Center in Imlay City and Lapeer. She volunteers many hours with Holiday Depot, as well as with the Friends of the Polly Ann Trail. She attends most meetings of the local fire and police associations, she’s involved with Historic Lapeer County Courthouse restoration fundraising, supports the monthly breakfast for the Dryden Vets and makes a generous donation every year to the Lapeer County 4-H program.

Jarvis was instrumental in her involvement with the Lapeer County 50th Vietnam Commemorative Committee for the past three years. She helped plan and implement a dinner for Vietnam War-era veterans held last October in North Branch.

Jarvis serves on the boards of: Valley Area Agency on Aging, Senior Coalition, Lapeer County Community Mental Health, Human Development Commission, the Suicide Prevention Network and serves as an alternate for Veterans Affairs & Human and Health Services.


Bill Gibbons Bill Gibbons ADULT NOMINEES - MALE

Bruce Cady

Cady, CEO and chairman of Lakestone Bank & Trust, and his family arrived in Lapeer in 1988. His volunteer involvement began immediately and continues to this day.

Cady has previously served on the Lapeer Township Board of Review, was director of the City of Lapeer Tax Increment Finance Authority and Lapeer LDFA, and currently chairs the Lapeer Development Corporation, the Lapeer DDA Development Committee, the I-69 Regional Development Corporation, is director of the Lapeer DDA and is a member of the Lapeer DDA Loan Committee.

Among Cady’s most successful volunteer efforts was to bring 911 dispatch services to the county. He was also involved in the creation of the Lapeer Community Center.


Glenn Ream Glenn Ream Cady was also instrumental to ensuring there are Fourth of July fireworks in Lapeer. He helped secure a major sponsor and formed a Fireworks Committee within the Chamber.

Bill Gibbons

Coming from a Lapeer West hockey family where he was an outstanding player, after graduating from college with a degree in accounting he went to work as a CPA for a firm in Rochester.

He continued playing hockey and as an adult soon became active in the Lapeer County Hockey Association. He served as its president for 12 years, where he guided the association in teaching kids to become better players and better citizens.

Gibbons has served on the Lapeer County Community Foundation (LCCF) since June 2014. In his capacity as a trustee, he actively served on the grant, finance, endowment strategies and executive/personal committees. In January of 2016, he was elected by his peer trustees to serve as the LCCF treasurer. His thoughtful approach to grant making and commitment to being a good steward of funds helped to provide over $3.4 million in grants to local communities and organizations. His commitment to implementing best practices in philanthropy has helped lead the LCCF to being nationally recognized.


Wes Smith Wes Smith Glenn Ream

Nominated for a second time, anyone who knows the North Branch-area resident knows he’s a quiet man — but has had a loud effect in our community.

A Vietnam War veteran, Ream devotes many hours to the veterans of Lapeer County. He is a lifetime member of the American Legion in Lapeer, serving and working with local veterans along with the Veteran’s Administration. He is also vice chair of the Lapeer County Vietnam Veterans Chapter.

Ream does speaking engagements throughout the community at service clubs and schools to help bring awareness of the military. Through the Lapeer County Vietnam Chapter, he was instrumental in bringing The Moving Wall to Almont this past summer. He also served on the Lapeer County 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Committee for the past three years.


Brooke Gibbons Brooke Gibbons He helps organize military groups and color guards for the parades at Lapeer Days, Memorial Day and Christmas. He conducts the Veterans Day service early year in Lapeer.

Wes Smith

Publisher of the View Newspaper Group that includes The County Press and Lapeer Area View, the Lapeer resident is a member of the Lapeer Area Chamber of Commerce board as well the board of Lapeer Area Citizens Against Domestic Assault (LACADA). He’s a board member of the LEADER Fund and Smith is past president of the Lapeer Rotary Club.


Gabrielle Malson Gabrielle Malson His volunteer efforts include bell ringing for the Salvation Army, working the Poker Room for the Chamber and Rotary (fund raising), at the LEADER Fund golf outing, the LEADER Fund’s euchre and corn hole tournaments and at Robo-Con.

Tracey Walker, executive director of LACADA, in a letter of support wrote, “His commitment is clearly to the Lapeer community and his mission is to make this community the best it can be. He regularly writes articles and editorials that bring awareness, information and highlight the many Lapeer area nonprofits, charities and service groups.”

In addition, Smith was instrumental in founding two big events in Lapeer County that benefit worthy causes. View Brew Fest, which benefits the Lapeer County Hockey Association, has raised $31,000 for the LCHA since its start five years ago. The second event, View Lady Classic, raised nearly $13,000 for LACADA in its first year in August 2017.


Jenna Tarzwell Jenna Tarzwell Student nominees next page

STUDENT NOMINEES - FEMALE

Brooke Gibbons

Among achievements earned by Gibbons: she has been a member of the National Honor Society for 11th and 12th grade; been a member of OMNI from 10th to 12th grade; been on the Lapeer County Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Committee all four years at LHS; has been a Lightning Ambassador from 10th to 12th grade; been on the Yearbook staff in 11th and 12th grade, copy editor this year; co-captain of the varsity girls golf team from 10th to 12th grade; Grow to Glow (girls peer mentoring group) 11th to 12th grade; and this year is a member of LINKS (peer to peer mentoring with an autistic student).


Claire Trombley Claire Trombley Gibbons has participated in Project Homeless Connect, Salvation Army bell ringing, as well as many other service projects within the community.

Gabrielle Malson

She is a member of the National Honor Society (3.9167 GPA), is a three-year member of the varsity tennis team where she competed as the number one singles player last year. In addition, she has competed in both FTC (middle school robotics) and FRC (high school robotics) over the last five years.

She is a third-year mentor of the FTC robotics teams teaching middle school students how to do CAD and implement competition strategies. For her involvement as a mentor in FTC, Malson was recently recognized as the State of Michigan Youth Mentor of the Year. She also mentors the elementary team at Murphy Elementary as well.


Carter Enright Carter Enright She has volunteered to provide Christmas gifts for families in Lapeer through Student Council. She has been bell ringing for the Salvation Army for four years.

Jenna Tarzwell

The positive, outgoing freshman has been a part of National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) since eighth grade and is involved with many school activities.

She is a member of the Lapeer Varsity Cheer Team and a member of the award-winning Zemmer Symphony Band. She is enrolled in advanced classes including geometry and spring board 10 English, and she maintains a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

With the NJHS, she has participated in the Walk for Warmth campaign in Lapeer, the Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive and Dodge Ball for Diabetes Tournament. She has also mentored and tutored younger students.

At Country Christian Church, she volunteers in the children’s ministry.


Pierce Logan Pierce Logan Claire Trombley

She is a three-year member of Lapeer High School’s class council, student council, business club, high school ambassadors and the National Honor Society (4.02 GPA).

She has taken two Advanced Placement classes as well as dual enrolled at Baker and at Mott.

Trombley joined LINKS

(peer-to-peer support program for autistic students) where she went above and beyond the expectation of the LINKS classroom requirements to help her LINK learn new academic skills as well as some important socialization skills.

Outside of school, she has been an integral member of the LA Dance Competition Team for years. Over the past four years she volunteered more than 70 hours at Lapeer Assembly of God doing nursery work and another five days during ninth grade doing camp cleanup at First Presbyterian.


Zachary Sparks Zachary Sparks STUDENT NOMINEES - MALE

Carter Enright

The ninth-grade student at the Zemmer Campus is an active member of the National Junior Honor Society. Enright challenges himself with many upper level classes. He works hard in classes such as AP World History, chemistry, dual enroll Spanish IV and Honors Algebra II. He carries a high grade point average, earning high honors, and he can be found helping classmates.

He has participated in food drives, Dodge Ball for Diabetes, the Lapeer Walk for Warmth, helped out at the school concession stands, helped to run the middle school cross country meet, the Salvation Army Kettle Drive, and several other events.

One area where he put in more than 100 hours is at Whispering Pines Adult Foster Care. He helped cook meals, clean and entertain patients.


Gregory Thibeault Gregory Thibeault Pierce Logan

The senior at LHS has completed Advanced Placement classes in government, chemistry, U.S, history, calculus, Spanish and pre-engineering. He plans to study computer science following graduation.

Logan is distinguished as a leader in extracurricular activities, as well as community service. He stands out as a Lightning Ambassador, where he has been a member for three years and had helped countless students transition to the high school.

Because of his leadership, Logan was nominated for this year’s Daughters of the American Revolution Award. In addition to all his volunteering, he has been on the varsity tennis team and was given the coaches award in 11th grade and is the team captain for the 12th grade.

Zachary Sparks


Andrew Schneider Andrew Schneider With at least seven Advanced Placement (AP) courses under his belt and more than that in dual enrollment classes, Lapeer High School senior is focused on making sure he’s prepared for his future. He enrolled in 17 credits at Mott Community College because he was running out of challenging courses at the high school. He is the first student to complete the AP Capstone requirements as a junior.

Sparks also possesses a huge helping spirit. He put in 500-600 hours at Banbury Cross working with young people and horses.

His volunteer gifts helped the Metamora Library Friends group earn valuable money to provide the village’s children with summer reading materials.

Gregory Thibeault

The Lapeer High School senior has maintained a 4.158 GPA while taking six Advanced Placement classes and 10 dual enrollment courses. He is also a National Hispanic Recognition Program finalist.

He has been a leader of the programming system for Strike Zone, one of the local robotics teams. His passion for programming afforded him the opportunity to be an intern at Cypress Computer Systems in Lapeer Township.

The school counselor indicated his community involvement extends beyond robotics. He was also a part of the local group that built a golf ball counter for GO Industries, which is an organization that provides opportunities for those with learning disabilities. He has participated in Lapeer Days activities, such as moving books for the library book sale, downhill derby and kiddie carnival.

Andrew Schneider

Along with taking such rigorous courses such as Advanced Placement calculus, statistics and environmental science, the LHS senior participated in the school’s engineering dual enrollment program at Baker and successfully completed an accelerated math program at Michigan State University, earning him a 4.0873 GPA.

He has been heavily involved in robotics for the last four years. Names team captain this year, he is also lead fabricator, designed and driver of the robot.

He has helped set up and run the annual soap box derby and Kiddie Carnival at Lapeer Days, has delivered books for the library book sale, volunteers at robotics competitions.

Among his awards, Schneider earned a Lapeer Varsity baseball letter in 2017, Robotics Varsity letter in 2017, an Academic Varsity letter in 2016 and a Band Varsity letter in 2015.

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