In his 24 years of life, John expressed his passion for the outdoors and beauty of Benzie County.
The endowment in his memory was established in 1993, allowing his spirit to live on through grants supporting environmental education in Benzie County communities and preserving his passion for generations to come.
What impression will you make? Let's give it forward, together.
The Joan Rajkovich McGarry Family Education Endowment supports the continutation and further development of programs and services to support Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties, related to family consumer science.
Grant applications are accepted annually each Fall. Applications for programs and activities focused on nutrition and, in particular, school aged children and obesity issues, will be considered. Priority will be given to proposals that are creative, evidence-based, and linked with MSUE Resources.
A Fund Advisory Committee of local residents, familiar with the programs of MSUE and the needs of local families reviews the grant proposals and makes funding recommendations to the Community Foundation Board. Current Committee members include: Mary Bellows, Ginny Girard, Sen. George McManus, Hon. Tom Power, Etta Rajkovich, MaryPat Randall, Elizabeth Rollert and Rebecca Venticinque.
Joan Rajkovich McGarry served the Grand Traverse community - her home - throughout her lifetime, both professionally and as a volunteer. The focus of her service was always to make things better for families. She did that through teaching, advocacy and developing opportunities, both economic and educational.
Joan graduated from Michigan State University, majoring in Human Ecology, Education and Community Services. In 1975, she received her Master of Arts degree from MSU in Adult and Continuing Education. She worked for Michigan State University Extension serving Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties for nearly 25 years. Her work made a difference in people's lives. She knew it, she believed it and she lived it.
Certainly no one can replace Joan, but thanks to her many contributions and the vision of those that knew and loved her, home economic services will continue to be provided the the families of Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties.