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McBain Rural Agricultural School Foundation 5th Annual Auction

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April 18th 2020 @ 6:00pm
Doors open at 5pm Food Available & Silent Auction


Our Mission

The main focus of the Foundation’s efforts is to provide scholarships for McBain Rural Agricultural School High School graduates who have the ability, desire, drive, energy and enthusiasm to continue higher education. The McBain Rural Agricultural School Foundation Board is determined to work for the benefit of the district’s graduates.
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Suggested Procedures

1. Arrange to leave a gift to the Foundation from your estate.
Common ways to do this are:

◊ As a beneficiary of a bequest
through your Will or Trust
◊ As a beneficiary in an IRA or
401K Plan
◊ As a beneficiary or owner of a
Life Insurance Policy
◊ As a beneficiary of Charitable
Remainder Trust

2. Advise the Foundation that you have made arrangements. Forms are available on the school website (www.mcbain.org), and available at the Superintendent’s office.

The Foundation’s intent is to manage the funds in perpetuity for future academic initiatives.

Foundation History

The McBain Rural Agricultural School Foundation was initiated in July, 1999. It is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that was initiated for the purpose of providing increased educational benefits to students while promoting the school’s academic program. The Foundation primarily depends upon alumni for financial support. All funds donated to the foundation are invested in a trust account and managed by Chemical Bank Wealth Management.
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In 1880, the first school in the area was a one room school in what was known as the village of Owens. In 1888 a two story school was built in the present location on the north end of Roland Street. Due to a large enrollment, an addition was added in 1895. In 1902 a separate primary school was built. In 1927 talk of reorganization with area schools was discussed. More land was purchased in 1927 for playground and athletic purposes. Over-crowding and the use of other buildings for school rooms was inconvenient and serious building needs were discussed.
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Then fire destroyed the old building on January 5, 1929. The neighborhood churches and the Odd Fellows Hall were used for classrooms. By fall of 1929, the new school was completed. There were 7 classrooms, a gym, and a study hall. District reorganization was investigated in 1944, and in 1945 the reorganization of the surrounding school districts took place. The name of the school was changed to The McBain Rural Agricultural School on July 2, 1945. The Shop and Ag Building was built in 1946. At this time the Cavanagh and Galt schools were moved into position behind the existing school and used for classrooms.

In 1950, a building program resulted in eight new classrooms, and the elementary grades were moved into that portion. The enrollment continued to in- crease and the need for high school facilities was especially urgent. In 1957 a new gym auditorium and four high school rooms and two elementary class- rooms were built. In 1995 a new library was built, followed by a new high school gymnasium in 1998. With a continued increase in enrollment, an addition was added to the middle school in 2001 and to the elementary in 2002. In 2012, there were energy upgrades added to the existing building. The newest addition is the auditorium, which was added in the fall of 2015.


David Herweyer, President (Class of 1970)
Mary E. Buning, Vice President (Class of 1959)
Arlene Eisenga, Secretary (Class of 1966)
Phil VanderPol, Treasurer (Class of 1959)
Steve Prissel, Superintendent
Ryan Biller, Principal
Lori Bronkema (Class of 1978)
Chad Brunink (Class of 1991)
Clayton Gilde (Class of 2005)
Carolyn Flore (Class of 1975)
Jerry Hoekwater (Class of 1965)
Kari Hughston (Class of 1981)
Andy Lucas (Class of 2013)
Harvey Lucas (Class of 1963)
Trent Mulder (Class of 2002)
Carol Rademacher (Class of 1973)

Emeritus Members

Duane Elenbaas (Class of 1950)
James B. Darnell (Class of 1960)
Johnny Ensing (Class of 1967)
Donald Mys (Class of 1959)
Carl VanderWoude (Class of 1953)


MRASF Scholarship Program
MRASF Scholarship Donors
MRASF Donors Expanded
Recipient Selection Process
MRASF Payout Process

MRASF Application Form
Scholarship Award letter
MRASF Donation Process
2020 Scholarships Available
2019 Scholarships Awarded
2018 Scholarships Awarded

Board Members

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Carol Rademacher

Foundation member Carol Rademacher is a 1973 graduate of McBain High School.

She attended Ferris State University for her undergraduate degree in education, and then received her masters in education from Michigan State University. She worked for 35 years in education as a teacher, coach and administrator at Pewamo-Westphalia Schools and Clinton County RESA.

She is married to Lonnie and they have 3 sons. After retiring in 2013, they are enjoying living in the Lake Leelanau area.
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Carolyn Flore

Foundation member Carolyn Flore is a 1975 graduate of McBain Rural Agrl School.  She attended Calvin and Baker Colleges obtaining a Business degree which she used during her 35 year career with the County of Missaukee. 

Carolyn is the daughter of Bernard and Sandra Meyering and has three grown children, 4 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter.  She is active in the community, belonging to several organizations and is the Clerk of Session at the First Presbyterian Church of Lake City.

Semi-retirement involves working as a Hospice of Michigan volunteer and doing the financials for her daughter and son-in-law’s businesses in Florida
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Arlene Eisenga

Arlene Eisenga graduated from McBain Rural Agr’l School and Calvin College. Arlene taught for forty years at Moline Christian (4th grade), Falmouth Elementary (5-6th grade, principal) and McBain Rural Agr’l School (4-5th grade). She is married to Jim Eisenga, and has two children, Joy and Steven, who also graduated from McBain. Arlene has three grandsons and a future granddaughter. She is a member of the Lucas Rehobeth Church. Arlene's hobbies are gardening, reading, antiquing, attending basketball games and spending time with the grandchildren and attending their concerts. She has been on the McBain Foundation Board for five years.
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David Herweyer

David O. Herweyer, R.S. is a 1970 graduate of McBain Rural Agrl School and has recently retired from his latest work as a Food Safety consultant to the food processing industry. He has worked as a Sanitarian and a Consultant in most of the lower 48 states and Canada as well as several overseas locations (Belgium, Brazil, China, Denmark, Korea, Sweden, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Thailand. His career began at the local Health Department (District Health Department #1) and later at the Marquette County Health Department. He worked at the Michigan Department of Public Health in Escanaba before being recruited into private industry. David and his wife Ingrid have three children and make their home close to his parents’ centennial farm (Rich and Til Herweyer). David enjoys numerous hobbies and uses his contacts and positive attitude to further the Foundation and provide the same opportunities to area youth that he enjoyed. He is a graduate from Central Michigan University (Biology Major and Conservation Minor) and has done some graduate work at Northern Michigan University.
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Don Mys

Dr. Donald P. Mys graduated from McBain Rural Agrl Schools in 1959. He was born to John T. and Nellie Mys and has been married to his wife Bette A. (Wixon) Mys for 52 years with two daughters and three grandchildren. Don lives in Dearborn, Michigan and winters in Bonita Springs, Florida. He was a Mathematics Teacher for 34 years in the Dearborn Public School System and then was the Director of Testing, Research and Evaluation. He also served as the Principal of the Fordson High School with an enrollment of 2,100. He received his BS Degree from Central Michigan University, MA Degree from Eastern Michigan University and Ed. Doctorate from Wayne State University. Don has been a tax preparer for over 40 years and currently is employed as an Independent Financial Planner. Don enjoys Golfing and also singing in the choir of the First Presbyterian Church of Dearborn. He first joined the MRASF board in 2006 and now serves with pride as an Emeritus Member and continues to enjoy awarding scholarships to McBain High School students for higher education.
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Mary Buning

Mary E. (McLaughlin) Buning graduated from McBain High School in 1959. Following graduation she attended Davenport Institute (University) and took a Secretarial Course. She then worked for 22 years as the Business Manager of the Falmouth Elementary School. She left the school when they voted to consolidate with the McBain Rural Agr’l School. She then worked for Chemical Bank for 17 years before retiring. Mary was married to Larry Buning in 1961 and they have two married sons and six grandchildren. She has been involved in service work at her church and was a Kid’s Hope mentor at McBain Elementary for six years. Mary has been involved on the foundation board for nine years. Her hobbies are flower gardening, antiquing, sewing, quilting and helping others.
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Kari Hughston

Kari Hughston graduated from McBain High School in 1981. Following graduation she attended Davenport College in Grand Rapids for a administrative assistant course. She worked for Michigan Livestock Exchange for 20 years as office manager. She then left there to work beside her husband in their livestock trucking company, Lum Hughston Trucking LLC. Lum and Kari were married in 1982 and have two children and five grandchildren. She has served on the Board of Missaukee County Farm Bureau for 14 years, ten of which she was President. In 2008 she served under the Granholm administration on the Citizens Advisory Committee on the Transportation Funding Task Force. Her hobbies include horseback riding, flower gardening and quilting. She has been involved with the foundation for 2 years.
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Lori Bronkema

Lori graduated from McBain HS in 1978. She then attended Ferris State University and graduated from the dental hygiene program in 1981. She is married to Joel Bronkema (1977 MHS graduate). They have three children that graduated from McBain-Andy Bronkema (2002), Luke Bronkema (2004) and Emily Michalak (2008). Andy and his wife Jenae have 3 daughters (Elliana,Cambria, and Seneca). Luke and his wife Becky have 2 daughters (Harper and Brynn) and Emily and Steve (2006) have one daughter (Peyton).
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Andy Lucas

Andy Lucas is a 2013 graduate of McBain High School. He then went on to Hope College where he graduated in 2017 with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management. Following graduation, he went to work for and became a partner at B&D Classic Sewn in Vogel Center. Andy enjoys riding snowmobile and playing basketball. Andy is not currently married and does not have any children.
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Jerry Hoekwater

Jerry Hoekwater graduated from McBain Public High School in 1965. He served in the Army, which included time spent in Viet Nam in 1967 and 1968. He attended Ferris State University and graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering. Jerry is a registered Civil Engineer in the state of California. He worked 27 years for Bechtel Corporation in Ann Arbor and San Francisco. He also worked 6 years for Chiron Corporation, a Biotech firm in Emeryville, California and then 1 year for Novartis, a Pharmaceutical firm based in Switzerland after Novartis bought out Chiron. He has a daughter living in Anderson, South Carolina and 2 granddaughters, both living in the Ann Arbor area. Jerry retired in 2007 and lives in the Cadillac area.
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Trent Mulder

Trent graduated from McBain Public Schools in 2002.  He attended Northwood University where he played baseball for four years and obtained degrees in Accounting and Finance.  He currently resides in Cadillac, MI with his wife Jana and three boys, Dominik, Colton, and Hudson.  He enjoys hunting and fishing and coaching his kids in various sports.  He is a partner at the accounting firm Baird, Cotter and Bishop, P.C where he has worked since 2007.

Steve Prissel - Superindentent

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Harv Lucas

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Ryan Biller

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Chad Brunink

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Clayton Gilde

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McBain Rural Agricultural School Foundation
107 E. Maple Street McBain, MI 49657

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