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Lake Land College Foundation holds annual meeting

Monday, December 19, 2016

The Lake Land College Foundation Board of Directors recently held its annual meeting and celebrated raising $705,000 in total funds, exceeding the goal of $430,000. The addition of last year’s funding effort puts the Lake Land College Foundation’s total assets at $11.5 million.

During the meeting, the board set a fundraising goal of $680,000 in funds raised for the current fiscal year. “Last year, the foundation was able to award nearly $400,000 in scholarships to students, provide important instructional support in the form of equipment and technology and assist students with emergency needs,” said Jackie Joines, executive director for college advancement.  “More support is needed as only about one-third of the applicants for scholarships received assistance.  Sharing the impact our investors can have through their private support will help us reach our goal.”

The board recognized two individuals for outstanding contributions.

Dr. Nanci Huels, Altamont, is the 2016 recipient of the Lake Land College Foundation Crystal Swan Award, which recognizes her outstanding contributions to the Lake Land College Foundation. She is pictured on the left with Meg Yargus, Marshall, foundation board president.
Dr. Nanci Huels, past board president, received the annual Crystal Swan Award for her outstanding contributions to the Lake Land College Foundation. Huels is one of few board members to serve two terms as president. During her tenure, the board updated bylaws and implemented term limits, overhauled the scholarship award process and worked with the college during the challenging budget impasse. The Crystal Swan Award was created in 1993, as a way to recognize foundation board members who have gone above and beyond in their leadership and service to the Lake Land College Foundation during their tenure.  Each recipient demonstrates a passion and commitment to the educational goals of our students that rises above all others.

“Dr. Huels believes in the mission of the foundation and the college and encourages others to be involved with Lake Land, whether it be as a donor, alumni or as a new student,” Meg Yargus, Marshall, president of the Lake Land College Foundation Board of Directors said.

Doris Reynolds, Mattoon, Lake Land College Board of Trustees member, received the first-ever Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award. Reynolds serves as a liaison to the foundation board. She is pictured left with Jackie Joines, executive director for college advancement.
Doris Reynolds, Lake Land College Board of Trustees member, received the first-ever Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award. Reynolds serves as a liaison to the foundation board. Foundation board member Bob Pancoast, Shelbyville, said the new award will be presented annually to an individual who has given gifts of time and talent in securing private funding on behalf of Lake Land College students.  

For the current academic year, the foundation received 1,012 scholarship applications and awarded $369,242 in scholarships to 432 students.

The board welcomed Michelle Blackwell, Pana as a new member for a three-year term. Three outgoing board members were honored: John Livesay, Pana, Jennifer Jansen, Effingham, Huels, Altamont and Deana Nuxoll, Effingham. Jansen, Nuxoll and Huels will join Paul Glenney, Shelbyville, Garth Jones, Mattoon and Linda McCabe, Bethany as honorary directors.

New officers for the 2016-2017 year will be Yargus, president; Michael Bohannon, Charleston, vice president; and Tom Grunloh, Effingham, secretary.

The Lake Land College Foundation Board also approved a new mission statement that fulfills the goal of securing private support that enhances the learning experience of Lake Land College students.

 
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