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Thank you, January supporters

LANSING, Ill. (February 2, 2022) – It’s been a long season of fundraising here at The Lansing Journal (maybe you’ve noticed), and the end of January marks a reprieve from that focus for a while. With this morning’s winter storm, school closings, and other local impacts, it’s a good time to get back to the news!

And I know that our subscribers would rather be reading local news than reading fundraising appeals. Frankly, I would rather be reporting. News is the purpose of this newspaper.

But I also know that if I don’t tend to the business side of things, The Lansing Journal will disappear, and local information for our community will disappear with it.

So I am grateful for readers like you who understand that. I’m grateful for those of you who responded with donations, and I’m grateful for those who couldn’t give right now but thanked us for the work we do. Your financial support and encouragement helps keep The Lansing Journal in business.

When you peruse our list of January sustainers and supporters, you’ll see some new names. Those are all people who joined us specifically to help reach our goal of becoming a healthy newspaper, a newspaper with 10 percent of subscribers giving monthly to sustain the work. We fell shy of the 6.1 percent mark I was hoping for, but we achieved 5.3 percent, which is slightly more than halfway to healthy. Thank you for that milestone.

Monthly sustainers

We are especially grateful for people who are able to commit to a recurring gift of a set amount each month. Those gifts have long-term impact. They allow us to plan with confidence. They demand less administrative involvement. Monthly support gives us the freedom to focus on news. Please join us in thanking these monthly sustainers who gave gifts in January:

  1. Anonymous Friends
  2. Anonymous Readers
  3. Anonymous Supporter
  4. Anonymous Giver
  5. Lindsey and Saad Abbasy
  6. Karen Adams
  7. Anthony Arnold
  8. Donna Marshall Attinello
  9. Jennifer Avenatti
  10. Patrick Baker
  11. Judith Beezhold
  12. Jeanne Benson
  13. Dan Bergan
  14. Marlene Biesboer
  15. Wes and Joy Blocker
  16. Bob Boer
  17. Dan and Kristy Bootsma
  18. Debbie Boroviak
  19. Susan Bovino
  20. Theresa Bresnahan
  21. Joseph Bugajski
  22. Marsha Bultema
  23. John Bush
  24. Maryann Centracchio
  25. Kathleen and William Clausing
  26. Laurel Clausing
  27. Greg and Jane Compeau
  28. Marlene Cook
  29. Ruth Cook
  30. Diane Costello
  31. Denise Cox
  32. Kerry Czarobski
  33. Tricia Deblock
  34. Owen Deckinga
  35. Patricia Deckinga
  36. Antoinette DeLaurentis
  37. Debra DeNardo
  38. Rob and Sandy DeVries
  39. LouAnn Dommer
  40. Lisa Doorn
  41. Fran Duffy
  42. Barb and Rich Dust
  43. Don Dykstra
  44. Roseann Dykstra
  45. Pamela Edrington
  46. Alexa Edwards
  47. Edwin H. Lugowski, Jr., AIA, Architect
  48. Martina Eldsmoe
  49. Margaret Evans
  50. Frank Fetters
  51. Fine Tune Auto
  52. Bob Forner
  53. Marilyn Freeman
  54. Jim and Judy Friesema
  55. Tina Funchion
  56. Geraldine Giglio
  57. Edward Gonzalez
  58. Jacob Gourley
  59. Cynthia Griffiths
  60. Patty Grigutis
  61. Carey Halsey
  62. Brian Hanigan
  63. Jan Hansen
  64. Brian and Kathy Hardy
  65. Cam and Megan Harvey
  66. Agatha Hason
  67. Julie Hiskes
  68. Ted and Helen Hnatusko
  69. Marjorie Holme
  70. Mark Hornung
  71. Donna Huizenga
  72. Smilja Ivancevic
  73. Stephanie Jansma
  74. Arlo and Brenda Kallemeyn
  75. Jean Klacik
  76. Nicole Kleidon
  77. Frank Knittle
  78. Judith Koch
  79. Anita Kowalisyn
  80. Pat Kremer
  81. Cynthia Krusza
  82. Mark and Missy Krygsheld
  83. Jill Laboy
  84. Cheryl LaMar
  85. Pamela Lancy
  86. David Larsen
  87. Morris Lewis
  88. Judy Lohr-Safcik
  89. Jim and Suzanne Long
  90. John Long
  91. Luci Lugowski
  92. Rich and Diane Lund
  93. Kathleen Maanum
  94. Chanta Manson
  95. Michele Marek
  96. Barbara McKinney
  97. Dehlia Mendoza
  98. Lynda Mendoza
  99. Roberto Mendoza
  100. Christine Merchat
  101. Martha Montiel
  102. Chuck Murach
  103. Marilou Ooms
  104. Grant Oppenhuis
  105. Gregory Ott
  106. Don and Mary Beth Palka
  107. Thomas Panichi
  108. Robert Parrent
  109. Moira Peterson
  110. Gabriel Pierce
  111. Susan Planer
  112. Rosemarie Polgar
  113. Jay and Chris Popp
  114. Joanne Pritchard
  115. Sherlena Puyol
  116. Jean Qualls
  117. Penelope Rellis
  118. Rose Rivas
  119. Jane Roseen
  120. Kristin Russell
  121. Jennifer Saia
  122. Ann Schenkel
  123. Roberta Schopp-Coe
  124. Sandy Schultz
  125. Dave and Janice Schurman
  126. Pete and Shirley Schurman
  127. Fred and Patti Seibel
  128. Connie Simon
  129. Todd Simon
  130. Mike and Denise Skrbina
  131. Slaughter & Associates
  132. Michelle Smith
  133. Rich and Frieda Smits
  134. Reba Spilis
  135. Kelsee Stallinga
  136. Dan Stamper
  137. John Stole
  138. Jim Sweeney
  139. Debbie Terpstra
  140. Linda Todd
  141. Karen and Gammon Trimuel
  142. Virginia and John Ulaszek
  143. Leo Valencia
  144. Lionel Valencia
  145. Wendy Van Der Aa
  146. Jill Van Kuiken
  147. James Van Milligen
  148. Arlyn VanEk
  149. Ken Varnes
  150. Gerrit Veenstra
  151. Tim Vermeer
  152. Sandy Vree
  153. Sandra Wagner
  154. Scott Wagner
  155. Phyllis Warsen
  156. Waters Edge Aquascaping
  157. Dave Wilford
  158. Adrienne Winchester
  159. Nancy and Bob Wojcik
  160. Bob and Jean Wood
  161. Dana Wood
  162. Patricia Yos
  163. Chris Zdanowski
  164. Char Zralka

Impromptu givers

This month, many of you gave in response to the “birthday appeals” I published. Thank you for your warm birthday wishes and for giving to The Lansing Journal out of friendship to me. You are a wonderful community, and I am grateful for the following supporters who gave in January:

  1. Anonymous Supporter
  2. Anonymous Giver
  3. Debbie Albrecht
  4. Gord Blom
  5. Sally Blom
  6. June and John Cole
  7. Larry Conley
  8. Geary DePue
  9. Pam Edrington
  10. Sue Ekkebus
  11. Jennifer Fischer
  12. Margaret Fosdal
  13. Patricia Frederickson
  14. Carol Gadbois
  15. Michael Gaffney
  16. Sharon Giles
  17. Evelyn Gossman
  18. Tony and Maureen Grady-Perovich
  19. John Hallberg
  20. Beverly Jacobson
  21. Lisa Korajczyk
  22. Diane Lund
  23. Kathleen Manno
  24. Ed Marco
  25. Tom and Krista McSwiggan
  26. Dr. Wes Molenaar
  27. Neil Okuley
  28. Marilou Ooms
  29. Patrick Prendergast
  30. Lorraine Przybyl
  31. James and Carolyn Ridder
  32. Ada Stovall
  33. Raymond Sutorius
  34. Becca Trepton
  35. Evelyn Ustanek
  36. Rita VanDrunen

Thank you for putting this newspaper on a strong foundation for the work we want to do for you this year. And now, back to the news…

Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.