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McJournal Night: We’re looking forward to seeing you there

Above: Publisher Melanie Jongsma (left), Managing Editor Josh Bootsma, and other members of The Lansing Journal team are eager to meet with readers in person on Thursday, February 29, 4–7 p.m. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

LANSING, Ill (February 26, 2024) – McJournal Night is almost here, and the Journal team is hoping you’ll be able to join us at the Lansing McDonald’s on Torrence Avenue Thursday, February 29, 4–7 p.m. Managing Editor Josh Bootsma and I met with McDonald’s owner Jose Gutierrez last week, and he is almost as excited about the event as we are. All of us really want McJournal Night to feel like a social gathering, almost like an Open House.

Lansing McDonald’s owner Jose Gutierrez is eager to welcome new people to his store on McJournal Night, February 29. He’s bringing a prize wheel and lots of fun prizes. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Journal connections

It’s an opportunity for us to mix and mingle in person with our readers. Journal reporters Mike Clark, Marlene Cook, Paul Czapkowicz, Kinise Jordan, Carrie Steinweg, and Jennifer Yos will be there, as will our monthly nartoonist Jim Siergey. I’m eager for readers to meet them, but I’m also eager for them to meet you. The nature of their work doesn’t often allow them to connect personally with the readers they serve, so this is a unique opportunity.

From top left: Journal team members Kinise Jordan, Jim Siergey, Melanie Jongsma and Josh Bootsma, Jennifer Yos, Marlene Cook, Carrie Steinweg, Mike Clark, and Paul Czapkowicz will all be at McJournal Night.

Community connections

In addition to personal connection with Journal people, there are other community connections to make at McJournal Night:

  • Grimace will be there in person
  • The award-winning Memorial Junior High Band will be playing from 4–5 p.m.
  • Lansing Fire Department will have a firetruck and an ambulance to explore
  • You can win McDonald’s and Lansing Journal prizes at the prize wheel

Fun and fundraising

Of course, McJournal Night is also a fundraiser for The Lansing Journal. When people place an order and say “The Lansing Journal,” Jose will donate 20% of those meal purchases to us. He’s also donating a couple cases of apple pies that our volunteers will be allowed to sell for cash donations, so we get 100% of those sales.

If you are already a financial supporter of The Lansing Journal, thank you. Please come to McJournal Night so we can say hello and thank you in person.

If you have not been able to support us in the past, we understand. We hope you’ll come to McJournal Night for dinner and pie. You can make it a fun family night out, and you’ll still be helping your community newspaper.

Join us at McJournal Night this Thursday. We are looking forward to seeing you there!
McJournal Night
Melanie Jongsma, Publisher
The Lansing Journal

McJournal Night details:

  • Thursday, February 29
  • Anytime between 4 and 7 p.m.
  • Lansing McDonald’s, 17810 Torrence Ave., Lansing, Illinois
McJournal Night at McDonald's.
The Lansing McDonald’s is located at 17810 Torrence Ave. McJournal Night is scheduled for Thursday, February 29, from 4-7 p.m. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
McJournal Night parking
In hopes of an overwhelming turnout, parking arrangements have been made with Phillips Chevrolet and Johnny K’s. A municipal lot and street parking are also available.
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.


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