Marge Beaver, 75, will talk about her aerial photography. She is an entrepreneur, pilot, author and fine artist.
Beaver owns Photography Plus — not your typical family portrait studio. While flying her Cessna Cardinal solo, she uses state-of-the-art digital equipment to shoot aerial scenes for commercial and aesthetic applications. She has photographed points of interest all over the country, but focuses her lens more often on West Michigan. Beaver’s work has been the subject of three coffeetable books.
Beaver’s visit to the Woman’s Club is part of that organization’s 120th anniversary in Grand Haven. On Nov. 7, 1891, 30 community-minded women met in the parlor of the Unitarian Church to establish a society devoted to the study of history, science, art, literature and music. Charter members included Mrs. H.W. Cutler, Mrs. Hunter Savidge and Mrs. Charles Boyden. Honorary member Mary A. White was present at the April 22, 1899, meeting — where she was given the “Chalanqua Salute” (everyone stood and waved white hankies) for her service to the community.
Today’s Woman’s Club continues to advance personal growth in its members and serve greater Grand Haven through its outreach programs. It sponsors MammAide, a program that provides free mammograms to uninsured local individuals. Scholarships are made available to non-traditional students and donations go to the food pantry at Love INC. For more than 100 years, the club has contributed to the care of Duncan Memorial Park. More recently, financial support has gone to the Ottawa County Parks’ Educational Center at Hemlock Crossing, the restoration of the Central Park Fountain and the Lighthouse Conservancy.