Drug Free Montcalm going strong


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 5:08 pm on Monday, October 03, 2011

Drug Free Montcalm Coordinator Lynn Cooper and Cherry Street Health Services Coordinator John Kroneck, not shown, lead their colleagues in an informative game Friday morning. (Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon)

GREENVILLE — Drug Free Montcalm (DFM) activists reviewed the past and looked to the future Friday. They also met their new leader.
Lynn Cooper was recently appointed coordinator of DFM and its member coalitions, Tobacco Free Montcalm (TFM) and the Montcalm Coalition to Prevent Underage Drinking (MCPUD).
Cooper succeeds L. Quinn Lincoln who stepped down from DFM in July to work as manager of Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in Isabella County.
John Kroneck is the Montcalm County coordinator for Cherry Street Health Services (formerly Life Guidance Services). He said Cooper will be a key player for DFM, which just began its new fiscal year.
“We are thrilled about having Lynn join us,” Kroneck said. “Lynn comes with significant experience in working successfully with volunteer coalitions.”
Her arrival comes at a transition for Drug Free Montcalm.
“The training we received from the federal Drug Free Communities program this past year will help us set a more focused direction and upgrade the services we are providing in Montcalm County,” Kroneck said. “Everything is fresh and exciting as we embark on our new beginning.”
Cooper resides in Greenville and has been involved with the Greenville Area Community Foundation, the Spectrum Health United Memorial Foundation and the Wege Foundation.
“I’m very excited and thrilled to be a part of this organization,” Cooper told her new colleagues on Friday. “I am very open to any suggestions that you have. I can only be better because of you.”
MCPUD was created in 2008 and eventually transformed into DFM.
DFM Governing Board Chairman Rev. Mike Haefner hosted Friday’s lighthearted gathering at Greenville Community Church.
“We’re off to a great start” said Haefner, who is also the associate pastor of First Congregational Church in Greenville. “I’ve got this great sense of enthusiasm and hope for what’s been happening over the past several months.”
DFM members have already completed a plan for 2012 and will soon begin working on their goals for 2013. DFM will be represented at the annual Greenville Area Community Expo on Tuesday at Klackle Orchards in Greenville.
The coalition also recently revamped its website, www.mcpud.org.
“I love the energy that we’re experiencing here,” Kroneck said. “It’s exciting to see prevention move in this direction. We are out there. We are interwoven with a lot of different fabrics in the county.”

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