Johnson, Strouf awarded Trustee Emeritus status from Project Read

Pictured (from left) are Blanch Price, Project Read Northwest director; Marjorie Johnson; Audrey Strouf; and Miriam Epskamp, Project Read board president. (Courtesy photo)

Pictured (from left) are Blanch Price, Project Read Northwest director; Marjorie Johnson; Audrey Strouf; and Miriam Epskamp, Project Read board president. (Courtesy photo)

MANISTEE COUNTY — The executive board and council of Project Read Northwest recently awarded longtime volunteers Marge Johnson and Audrey Strouf the title of Trustee Emeritus in honor of their many years of dedication and support to the organization.

Project Read is nonprofit organization dedicated to helping adults in Manistee and Benzie counties better their lives through free and confidential tutoring in reading, mathematics, English as a Second Language (ESL) and GED preparation, among other things.

Between them, Johnson and Strouf have spent nearly 80 years working with the organization, dedicating countless hours to helping adults in the community realize their literacy goals, before stepping down from positions on the executive board in December 2016.

Johnson was part of the group of women from Manistee who initiated the formation of an adult literacy group in 1967. She served the organization for 49 years both as a tutor and on the board of directors, most recently as secretary.

Strouf joined Project Read in 1980s as an incredibly active and dedicated volunteer, serving for over 30 years as a tutor for Project Read Northwest, Project Read director and as president of the executive board. She trained more than 120 tutors during her tenure and through them impacted countless people in our community.

Blanche Price, the current director was delighted that the board voted to bestow this title on Johnson and Strouf.

“We are so grateful to these two amazing women for seeing the need to support adult literacy in the community and for working tirelessly to help it happen,” Price said.

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