STATEMENT OF VALUES
We value our natural environment and believe our communities and their surrounding private and public lands and waters should be free of litter, trash heaps, and landfills. We value our Nation’s natural resources and believe that by acting locally, we will help conserve lands, minerals, fossil fuels, soil, water, air, forests, and wildlife for future generations. We value local jobs and appreciate the paid and volunteer work provided by our area residents. We value and recognize the dedication and financial support of our members, friends, colleagues, other nonprofits, businesses, and governments, essential to our sustained efforts.
Our Volunteer Board of Directors for 2016-2017
Jason DeKuiper is a partner in The White Agency in Fremont. Born and raised in Fremont, he returned with his wife, Stephanie, a few years after graduating from Calvin College. The couple have three children. Jason is very active in his community, including the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce, Newaygo County Council for the Arts, the United Way, and his church board. Jason serves on the Fund Development Committee.
“My family is active in recycling and we use the Recycling For Newaygo County drop site exclusively. I understand how important this group is to our community and want to do my part to make it successful.”
BERNADINE (BONNIE) ERBER, VICE-PRESIDENT
Bonnie Erber served in various capacities at Gerber Products, retiring after 22 years. She is also involved in many community projects and organizations, including the Fremont Downtown Development Association, the Arts Committee, Rotary, and her church. She is the mother of six, and grandmother of 14.
“I want to help keep Newaygo County free from landfills and trash, not just for the present, but for all times. I feel that Recycling for Newaygo County can help keep our county a beautiful place to live, tour, and vacation.”
RANDY PUFF, TREASURER
Randy Puff worked for 33 years in various finance roles at Gerber Products in Fremont. He spent his last seven years working for the company in New Jersey, where he was introduced to recycling. He returned to his hometown of Fremont to retire. Randy is active in the community, serving with the Gerber Foundation, Gerber Federal Credit Union, Fremont District Library, and his church board.
“Coming back to Fremont, I found Recycling for Newaygo County a great place to continue recycling. I believe it is important for us to do what we can to keep as many things out of the landfills as possible.”
DAVID WHITE, SECRETARY
David White is the longest standing RNC trustee, serving since 2007, and served for most of these years as board secretary. He is a retired insurance agent of 44 years, with the White Agency in Fremont for 40 years. In addition to the RNC Board, Dave serves several organizations including the Holton Township Parks and Recreation Commission, Friends of Scouting, the Rotary Club, and on his church board. He enjoys fixing things, yard work, reading, golf, and road travel. Dave has spent most of his life in Fremont, and currently lives in Twin Lake with his wife Linda. He has four children and four grandchildren. Dave chairs the Fund Development Committee.
“Like many of my peers, it was my kids who taught me that recycling is the right thing to do.”
Jean Teets taught various English related High School classes for 41 years, 35 of them at Grant High School. She earned her degrees at CMU and MSU. She and her husband have lived in Newaygo County for 43 years. Their daughter, son-in-law, and grandson are all dedicated recyclers. Jean serves on the Education, Advocacy, and Outreach Committee, and in outreach to local schools.
“It is both our duty and our privilege to care for our environment, and be good stewards for the generations to come.”
MARY ANN CIRIGLIANO
Mary Ann Cirigliano is a retired registered nurse living in Fremont. She helps out in the Gerber Memorial Hospital Gift Shop, and at True North, and is a ministries leader and board member for her church. A native New Yorker with a love of people and the environment, she lived in the Carolinas for 22 years before moving to Fremont in 2013 to “watch my 2 beautiful grandsons grow up”. She served as a pastor’s assistant for more than 20 years and has served on church boards for 6 years. Mary Ann serves on the Fund Development and Education, Advocacy, and Outreach Committees, and in outreach to local churches.
“This planet is on loan to us and it is our Christian responsibility to take care of the earth.”
Joyce Dykstra, a lifelong resident of Fremont, is a psychologist working in Muskegon. She is a former Girl Scouts leader, presenter on Prevention of Child Abuse, substance abuse and EMDR therapist. Joyce chairs the Education, Advocacy, and Outreach Committee, and serves on the Fund Development Committee.
“I am getting closer to retirement and want to continue to be productive. I don’t want my grandchildren living in a dump.”
Our Executive Director…
Linda Ritz White worked as a journalist during most of the 1980s/1990s. She covered diverse beats, among them education, city council, crime, and spot news. She served 5 years with small dailies in northern Ontario, and 12 years as features and human interest writer/editor at The St. Catharines Standard, a southern Ontario metropolitan daily newspaper, garnering several national and local writing awards.
Following her move to Michigan in 2000, Linda founded ImagineIt Writing and Design, servicing corporate clients through the fall of 2014. She took over as Executive Director for RNC Oct. 1, 2014. She is a skilled writer, designer, marketer, and event planner, and also brings nonprofit board experience. She has two daughters and five grandchildren.
Along with her husband Dave, Linda is passionate about environmental health and the reduction of consumerism. She ascribes to the Native American philosophy of considering our environmental impact on the seventh generation in the future. Her focus is on building a stronger membership base and developing a volunteer program; fund development; public education and engagement; and working with municipalities to provide the best possible recycling services with available dollars.
YOU CAN HELP TOO
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… Nonprofits don’t have funds to staff all their needs. We rely on our supporters to help. …
… From a few hours per year on call or casual help…
… to Board Members, committing at least 10 hours a month, we all have something to offer. …
… Can we add your name to our call list? Email us with your name and phone number, or call us at 231.924.5822. …
… Ways you can help:
• General help at our Newaygo plant
• General office help, mailings, reception during public hours at the Recycling Center in Newaygo
• Cleanup and maintenance at one of our seven collection sites
• Working booths at shows and expos
• Membership development and fundraising — by phone and at sites
• Event planning, esp. The Recycling Festival, RNC’s annual fundraiser — games, crafts out of recyclables; duck race, raffle, auction…
• Maintenance and minor repairs at the plant/Recycling Center and collection sites
• Pickup/delivery of polystyrene from Fremont site to Newaygo plant
• Visit schools and summer camps to teach youths about recycling
• Education, advocacy, and outreach (Committee)
• Fund development (Committee)
• Planning and development (Board)
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