Feeling thankful — for October supporters and more

A 7 a.m. sunrise casts an autumn glow over the pond at Erfert Park. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
by Melanie Jongsma, Publisher

LANSING, Ill. (November 1, 2022) – Earlier this month I finished inputting Lansing Journal data into spreadsheets that are being uploaded into our new data management system. Not only am I thankful that this step of the transition is completed (8,832 rows of data in two spreadsheets!), but also I am grateful for all the people who have invested in this little newspaper.

I’m used to looking at our income month by month. And I’m used to publishing a monthly thank-you post to express my gratitude publicly. That monthly discipline is useful and important, but the monthly view is really just a snapshot. Having everyone’s history compiled creates an album that tells a bigger story about this journey we are on together.

We are heading into a season specifically dedicated to feeling thankful, and I want to express my thanks again. The people listed below are just the people who supported us in October — there are hundreds of others whose gifts throughout our history have brought us where we are today. I’m thankful for all of that. And I’m thankful for the new system we are transitioning into, because I think it will help me keep that big picture front-and-center all the time.

Support from the following people empowered us to publish 141 articles in October that were viewed 97,656 times.

Thank you!

Thank you, October sustainers

These special people are more than just supporters. They sustain this newspaper. They have made a commitment to invest monthly, and we are thankful. By the way, our new system focuses on households rather than individual gifts, and I am going to follow suit. These monthly thank-you posts will now list couples together even if they are each giving individually. If you have a preference for how your name is listed, please let me know: [email protected].

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

Thank you, October supporters

Not everyone can give on a regular schedule, and some people prefer to respond to specific requests for help. This month, we received special support from these friends, and we are grateful for their investment too:

  • Anonymous Donor
  • Anonymous Supporter
  • Anonymous Giver
  • Anonymous Friend
  • Ann DeBoer
  • Bobb Wright
  • Carla Bucci
  • Carmella Czachorski
  • Carol Taylor
  • Carol Ann Surufka
  • Cathy Hallow
  • Clem and Barb Lessner
  • Craig and Wilma Straatman
  • David Brickman
  • Ed Marco
  • Ernie Gonzalez
  • Eydie Dykstra
  • Gina Franklin
  • John Bush
  • Karen Rentfro
  • Larry Conley
  • Mark Quilhot
  • Mary Gavin Teyro
  • Raymond Sutorius
  • Robert Mueller
  • Ron Celmer
  • Rosalie Prystalski
  • Sarah Douma
  • Sharyn Docter
  • Steve Mares
  • Terry Kapteyn
  • Vivian Miller

Thank you, all, for being part of our story. Your monthly investment helps make us a better newspaper, and we are thankful to be in community with you!