Each year, the East Lansing City Council hosts the Crystal Awards program annual to honor individuals, businesses, professionals, nonprofits and community groups that have made an outstanding contribution to community life in East Lansing.
Four recipients were honored at the 2020 ceremony, which took place outside with social distancing and was livestreamed on the city of East Lansing’s Facebook page.
The 2020 recipients include:
Ginger Ogilvie, a resident of the Southeast Marble Neighborhood, has dedicated countless hours of volunteer time to the Safe Routes to School program in East Lansing. Her work has included previous and ongoing efforts to secure grant funds for infrastructure improvements and noninfrastructure resources, helping to make the Walk to School and Bike to School days for East Lansing Public Schools a success and working to provide important educational opportunities to district students about biking and walking safety.
Meegan Holland, a Glencairn neighborhood resident, was described as an engaged citizen, good neighbor, community leader, goodwill ambassador and enthusiastic supporter. Holland has been called a master of social media who promotes what she loves and attends those events in real time. Holland participated in the 2015 East Lansing Emerging Leaders Program and the East Lansing Police Department’s Citizens’ Police Academy. She was subsequently appointed to the East Lansing Arts Commission and continues to serve on that commission today.
Ralph Monsma is a former East Lansing city councilman who served many years on the Pinecrest Neighborhood Association board and served on Capital Area Transportation Authority board for 35 years. Monsma is a true cheerleader for East Lansing, sharing his knowledge of the city’s history with fellow residents and improving the community. Those who nominated him said he is not the one up front taking credit or making headlines, but he works tirelessly behind the scenes on things he cares deeply about.
Konrad Hittner has been an actively engaged citizen in the East Lansing community for many years. He previously served on the East Lansing Zoning Board of Appeals, as chair of the East Lansing Transportation Commission and as past chair and current vice chair of the Bailey Community Association. Hittner is a dedicated, hardworking and generous East Lansing resident who has contributed to the city on many different levels, with a high level of professionalism and dedication.
The event can still be viewed on the city of East Lansing’s Facebook and YouTube pages: facebook.com/cityofeastlansing and youtube.com/cityofeastlansing.
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