Spring 2009
Vol. 17 No. 1

In this issue...

Message from the President

Welcome New Board Members

News from Lansing

Intrepid Pond

Landscaping at Centennial Farm

Hennepin Marsh Clean-up

New Detention Pond

2008 GI Conservationist of the Year Award

In Memorium

Annual Meeting

Earth Day

Honors & Recognitions


Membership Renewals
Memorials & Honorariums


Upcoming Events...

April 26
Earth Day

1PM to 4PM
Centennial Farm

May 2
GINLC Clean Up
Meet 9AM
Centennial Farm

May 9
Intrepid Pond Planting

Come when you can 9AM to 3PM
Meet at Meridian and Intrepid

Date to be announced
Fall Property Tour

November 7
Annual Meeting
10AM to 11:30AM
Centennial Farm


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New Board Members
Tim O'Connor & Victoria Murphy


Tim O'Connor's love for Grosse Ile began in the early 1980's when, while still living in Detroit, his firm sold typewriters to the Grosse Ile Schools.  He came here as a repairman and often drove around for a while before returning to the city, thinking this must be a great place to live.  He had no idea at the time that he would one day live here.  That day came in 1995 when he, his wife Ute, and their daughter Ursula moved into a new condo on Nancy's Blvd.   Now living on Island Blvd, Tim was encouraged to work on Conservancy issues at the prodding of his in-laws, Margarete and Ingo Hasserodt.  Tim's employment as an environmental specialist with NTH Consultants, LTD has come in handy on local projects, including his work on developing the Humbug Marsh Visitors Center and the Grosse Ile Nature Area trails.

Victoria Murphy has lived in Grosse Ile for 22 years, raising three children here with her husband, Dan.  She is a lover of gardens and the outdoors, and became interested in the GINLC as a way to better understand and promote access to the natural resources of the island.  She is also an Advisory Board member of Vista Maria, Michigan's largest private not-for-profit child welfare agency for girls and their families; a Board member of the Grosse Ile Educational Foundation, a volunteer non-profit community organization committed to life long educational experiences for the students and families of Grosse Ile; and a member of the Grosse Ile Herb Society, an educational society to help the community learn and experience the value of nature and herbs.  She works in the Detroit office of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Marketing and Sales.