Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation

For good. For ever.

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Isabella County, now and for generations to come, by attracting and holding permanent endowed funds from a wide range of donors, addressing needs through grant making and providing leadership on key community issues.

Greg Baderschneider Lifetime Learning Fund

A true jack of all trades, Greg loved to learn by doing. Be it grant writing, mower maintenance, lobster cooking or rebuilding the cabin, no challenge was too daunting for this creative thinker.

Greg's life of service began in high school when he worked as a life guard at Mitchell State Park in Cadillac, Michigan. Following high school and a tour of duty in the U.S. Marine Corps, he met his future wife while working on the Isabella County Cupola Restoration Project with her father.

From 1978 to 1990 Greg worked for Isabella County Parks and Recreation where he honed many of his hands-on skills. During those years Greg and Pattie married, had three daughters (Samantha, Shaina and Jessie), and Greg returned to Central Michigan University to finish his BA degree. He was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008 from the Department of Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services at CMU.

In 1990, Greg accepted a position with the City of Mt. Pleasant where he played an integral role in the completion of many significant projects including Sunnyside Park, Horizon Park, Millpond Park and dam removal, Access to Recreation Trail, Borden Building Restoration, Riverwalk Trail as well as the ongoing maintenance, development and improvement of all the city's showpiece parks and facilities.

The City of Mt. Pleasant named the riverwalk trail system the Greg Baderschneider River Walk Trail  (GKB Riverwalk Trail) in July 2009, to honor him, after his untimely death on October 12, 2008. He was also honored by the Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant in October 2009, receiving the Vocational Excellence Award for his outstanding contribution as one exemplifying the high ethical standards in the pursuit of vocational excellence.

As a tribute to his passionate and determined approach to life, the Greg Baderschneider Lifetime Learning Scholarship Fund was established in June 2010 to encourage everyone to dance to the beat of their own drummer. To honor Greg's early loss of his mom and brother, applicants with similar circumstances will be given special consideration as well as the nontraditional applicant returning to school to improve their lot in life. The only prerequisite is the individual must plan to continue their education at an accredited college, university or trade school.

Greg's life was dedicate to what he loved most...family and work with a special regard for the out of doors. His love, support and knowledge will be forever missed.