St. Patrick Catholic School

122 West Street, Portland, MI   (517) 647-7551

Reflections by Randy Hodge

Making a difference for children

Posted on February 23, 2018 at 10:05 AM

This column was submitted by Annalise Laumeyer, vice chair of the St. Patrick School Board.

Most of us search for ways to give back to the communities we live, work and play in, those we have a connection to. For the school board members of St. Patrick, our reason isn’t any different from another volunteer activity we could spend our time participating in. Just like those who feed the hungry, sort clothes for the needy, or volunteer at a local organization, we feel a connection to help. All of us have a connection to the school in some way, we’re an alumnus, a parent, a grandparent, a parishioner, or a community member who has a vested interest in local education.

Through our volunteer efforts we aim to provide a better future for the next generation of Catholic school children. As a Board of Limited Jurisdiction, we work closely with the administration and assist in the governance of the school. As defined by the diocesan manual, “The Board of Directors shall have as its primary concern the ministry of Catholic education via strategic planning, formulation of policies relating to academic, student, and faith community affairs, and evaluation of policies and operations.”

The committees we serve on and the work we do directly correlates with the skills and talents we have. There are seven different subcommittees which means there is a spot for you. Our hope is that you will join us in our mission to form the next generation of leaders for our Church, community, and the world.

The current members of the board are: Keelie Honsowitz, chair of the board and the Executive Committee; myself serving as vice chair of the board and co-chair of the Marketing and Public Relations Committee; Nancy Wohlschied, recording secretary; Shayla Schneider and Lisa Bartlett who serve as Policy Committee co-chairs; Jennifer Davlin and Brandi Bengel who serve as co-chairs of the Mission Effectiveness Committee; Sue Van Lente, co-chair of the Marketing and Public Relations Committee; Dr. Bruce Beachnau who serves as the Finance Committee chair and is a member of the parish finance council to ensure our financial goals align with that of the parish; Mark Thelen, chair of the Technology Committee; Marc Nichols and Teresa Schneider, co-chairs of the Strategic Planning Committee; and Melissa Schrauben and Michael Wolfston who co-chair our Development Committee.

We meet about every six weeks as a board of the whole and subcommittees set their own schedules for meeting and accomplishing their tasks.

The meeting dates for the remainder of the school year are:

• February 22, 2018

• April 12, 2018

• May 31, 2018

Thank you to my fellow board members for your service; I look forward to continuing to work with you. We’re currently accepting nominations for next year’s school board and I guarantee there’s a spot for you. You can submit your name or the name of someone you know at

Additional information about the school board, including meeting minutes, can be found under the Administration icon on our school website

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