Joyce Swartzmiller’s Six Years of Service Appreciated
“I first met Joyce 6 years ago,” said Qwynne Lackey, Gladwin County Youth Action Council (GladYAC) Vice President. “[She] has had such a big impact on the community…and I’d like to thank [her] for the impact [she] had on me. Without mentors like [her] and [her] guidance, I would not be the volunteer I am today.”
GladYAC members echo similar sentiments about Joyce Swartzmiller’s impact on their experience in GladYAC. This is her last year, Joyce is retiring from her work with GladYAC. Joyce’s tradition of service is legendary in Gladwin County. She has served in Rotary, on the boards of Shelterhouse, MidMichigan Health-Gladwin, Gladwin United Way, and the Beaverton Area Business Association. Not only has Joyce served in a leadership and governance capacity, she has also volunteered to lead local youth programs in Gladwin County. Junior Achievement, The Youth Recreation Program and the Beaverton Interact Club have all benefited from Joyce’s expertise and willingness to assist with youth. “If it involved kids, I was usually there,” Joyce says with a smile.
Joyce has advised GladYAC, a philanthropic youth group dedicated to volunteering and fundraising on behalf of Gladwin County, for the past six years. The group meets regularly to review and award grants to nonprofit organizations in Gladwin County, volunteer in the community and develop youth leadership skills.
Joyce began advising the group as a mentor when it was founded in 2004. “The entire county of Gladwin has benefited from Joyce’s advice, leadership and spirit of volunteerism through her service to the GladYAC group,” said Jan McGuire, President and CEO of the Midland Area Community Foundation which supports GladYAC. “Joyce has served her whole community in a truly admirable fashion, we all appreciate her dedication and continued spirit of giving.”