Les Hoogland served as the mayor of the City of Zeeland for 22 years, the longest serving mayor in Zeeland’s history, and continues to remain involved in civic activities and connecting local industries with city affairs. He was key to the fundraising efforts for the funding of the Howard Miller Library and Community Center, and continues to serve as an active volunteer for many organizations, including Ready for School, Salvation Army, and the Dutch American Coordinating Council.
Dr. William (Bill) Vanderbilt, Sr., a former professor and coach at Hope College, served as Chief Executive Officer of Freedom Village, Executive Director of the Community Foundation Holland Zeeland Area, and was instrumental in the merging of the foundations of Holland and Zeeland. He has chaired the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council, served on the Board of the Boys & Girls Club, and chaired the long-range planning commission of Overisel Township.
Margaret (Peg) Van Grouw retired from teaching elementary school for Holland Public Schools and now volunteers for many organizations in our community. She serves on the Holland Youth Advisory Council, the Mayor’s Roundtable, and serves on the boards of the Holland Symphony Orchestra and the Holland Area Historical Society. She volunteers for the Association of University Women, Freedom Village, Third Reformed Church and the Hope Academy of Senior Professionals (HASP), having served as its vice president and president.
John Nordstrom served as the Director of Development at Hope College for over 20 years, and following his retirement served as consultant to Western Theological Seminary, Good Samaritan Ministries, Resthaven and several area churches. He also served on the Board of the West Ottawa School District and OAR, and volunteers for many local organizations. Currently he serves as a consultant of the Community Foundation Holland Zeeland Area for the Windmill Island & Gardens project.
Shirley Weersing retired from General Electric in 1969, and has since volunteered her skills and talents in gardening and landscape throughout our city. She remains active in the Holland Garden Club, and has served as a key planner and resource to DeGraaf Nature Center, Holland’s Cappon House, Herrick Library, Centennial Park, Windmill Island & Gardens, Window on the Waterfront Park, First Presbyterian Church and Freedom Village.
June Reimink helped to begin the West Ottawa School District and served as a long time principal in the district. Upon retirement, she supervised and mentored student teachers through Hope College. She was a founding member of Fellowship Reformed Church, where she continues to serve as a Kids Hope USA volunteer. She also volunteers at Hospice, given the Volunteer of the Year award in 2009.
Richard (Dick) Stafford retired to Holland in 2004 from Louisiana, and spends 40-60 hours per week volunteering for several organizations. Currently he is very involved in the restoration of the windmill on Windmill Island where he serves as a tireless assistant to the miller, gives tours, manages flour production and logistics, and assists in the fundraising campaign. He also volunteers at Freedom Village, Christ Memorial Church, Outdoor Discovery Center and the Land Conservatory of Michigan.