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Beswick Honored for Exemplary Community Service

April 1, 2010

Varnum attorney Jeff Beswick was the recipient of the 2010 G.W. Haworth - Strength of the Community Award presented March 25 at the Greater Ottawa County United Way annual banquet.

Jeff Beswick (left) receives the G.W. Haworth "Strength of the Community Award" from Patrick Moran, Executive Director of the Greater Ottawa County United Way at the March 25 banquet.

The award is presented to individual who "most embodies and exemplifies United Way's leadership spirit of volunteering, philanthropy, and community decision-making."

"In everything he has done, with quiet determination, wise leadership, and infinite kindness, he has given his very best for this community, and this community tonight honors him and thanks him," said Grand Haven Area Public Schools Superintendent Keith Konarska, who presented the award.

Beswick's record of community involvement is exemplary. He has been active in United Way since 1996, serving as director of the Tri-Cities United Way from 1996 to 2001, Board President in 1998, Chairman in 1999, and Campaign Chair in 2001-2002. He chaired Greater Ottawa County United Way's Community Campaign last year and this year served as leadership chair for the north county.

A member of the Loutit District Library Board of Trustees from 2003 to 2009, Beswick chaired a library capital campaign and bond proposal campaign which raised funds for an $11 million renovation and expansion of the Loutit District Library in downtown Grand Haven. Beswick served as Board President from 2006-2009, throughout the renovation project and the grand re-opening of the new library in the summer of 2009.

Beswick was an officer and director of Hospice of North Ottawa Community from 1995-1998, a Director of Grand Haven Bank from 2004-2008, a Director of Grand Haven Area Community Foundation since 2006 and now serves as its Vice President. He is active in and is a past president of Grand Haven Rotary; and has been an active member of St. Patrick’s Church in Grand Haven.

Beswick has also served as a youth baseball and soccer coach and was a director and officer of the Tri-Cities Soccer Association from 1997-2004. He has been a volunteer teacher for Junior Achievement since 1997. He was a 1999 graduate of the Grand Haven Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy.

Asked about his long history of community involvement, Beswick said:

"I enjoy doing all of it. When I started as a new lawyer 20 years ago, I found the West Michigan community was small enough, friendly enough and welcoming enough that it was easy to get involved in community service, and there have been a lot of great opportunities to serve."

Beswick's admirable community involvement shows no sign of slowing down. He recently accepted the role and responsibilities of Capital Campaign Chair for the Love in the Name of Christ Ministry Center, a new transitional housing, health care, and ministry center to be located in Grand Haven.

Beswick’s practice focuses on business law, real estate, and estate planning. He works with many small- and medium-sized companies handling business transactions, financing, contracts, licensing matters, real estate transactions and more. He has special expertise in commercial real estate development and financing, and in the ownership, management and transfer of family cottages, farms and vacation properties. Beswick also works in estate planning by assisting clients with wills, trusts and giving estate taxation counsel.

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