• Stacks Image 233

    Caption Text


McBain Rural Agricultural School Foundation 4th Annual Auction

Stacks Image 1179

April 7th 2018 @ 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.
Stacks Image 389
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 avail- able 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.
Stacks Image 391

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 addi- tion 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 pur- chased 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.
Stacks Image 403
Stacks Image 410
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)
Harvey Lucas, Secretary (Class of 1963)
Phil VanderPol, Treasurer (Class of 1959)
Steve Brimmer, Superintendent
Lori Bronkema (Class of 1978)
Chad Brunink (Class of 1991)
Bud Darnell (Class of 1960)
Johnny Ensing (Class of 1967)
Arlene Eisenga (Class of 1966)
Carolyn Flore (Class of 1975)
Justin Sluiter (Class of 2007)
Clayton Gilde (Class of 2005)
Kari Hughston (Class of 1981)
Carol Radamacher (Class of 1973)
Robert Marcus (Class of 1974)
Steven Brimmer (Class of 1989)

Emertius Members:

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


Robert M. Bouwma Memorial Scholarship
Chemical Bank Meek HOF Scholarship

Daniel Bachman Scholarship

The Donald L. and Edith L. Darnell Family Scholarship
Elenbaas Scholarship

Westveer Scholarship

Rich & Til Herweyer Family Agricultural Scholarship
The Bernard and Sandra Meyering Family Scholarship
Donald P. Mys Scholarship
Todd Seelye Scholarship
Westveer Scholarship
MRASF Annual Scholarship

Board Members

Stacks Image 625
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.
Stacks Image 653
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
Stacks Image 866
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.
Stacks Image 895
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.
Stacks Image 969
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.
Stacks Image 1004
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.
Stacks Image 1039
Steve Brimmer

Superintendent- McBain Rural Agricultural Schools

Steve graduated in 1984 from Houghton Lake and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Central Michigan University. He also received a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from University of Phoenix. Steve has been married to his wife, Mitize, for 27 years. Together, they have three children, Sydne, 22, Steven, 20, and Bailee 18. Additionally, their first granddaughter that was recently born.

Stacks Image 1072
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.
Stacks Image 1107
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).

Chad Brunink

Stacks Image 1136

Johnny Ensing

Stacks Image 1163

Joel Bronkema

Stacks Image 1147
Stacks Image 660

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

Phone Number:

Fax: 231-825-2119

Website designed by Allpro Technology