Gratiot Area Chamber of Commerce & Ithaca Promotional Committee


Ithaca Promotional Committee

A division of the Gratiot Area Chamber of Commerce, the Ithaca Promotional Committee works to promote Ithaca and its activities.  Ithaca Promotional Committee hosts several events through out the year.  Check out the Festival, Events and RC Raceway tab for the most up-to-date information on events! 



Additional Chamber of Commerce Information


Gratiot Area Chamber of Commerce website

Citizen of the Year Nominations


Nominations for the Ithaca Citizen of the Year award are now being accepted.

If you know someone who you feel is a candidate for this award, you can submit your nominations by:

• online at:
• email to: email to:
• mail to: 
Lisa Yoder, 4465 E. Fillmore Rd., Ithaca, MI 48847

Please submit your nominations by Friday, November 22, 2019


The Ithaca Promotional committee gives the Ithaca Person of the Year Award to someone whose efforts have served the Ithaca community through his or her leadership, volunteerism, and community service. This person is someone that has worked with civic organizations as well as other groups to improve the quality of life for the citizens of our community.

This year's recipient Miss Lisa Yoder. Lisa previously worked at Farwell Public schools for 4 years prior to joining Ithaca Public Schools in 2001 and is in her 21st year teaching. Lisa earned her bachelor’s degree from Alma College & her Master’s Degree in Teaching from Marygrove.

Lisa has a history of teaching her students the importance of the Ithaca community by introducing them to parts of Ithaca they may have never seen or learned about before. Lisa coordinated a student led effort to raise money to highlight the need to restore the Pattengill Monument located next to the Fire Hall in Ithaca. She also put together Ithaca Kids Day in cooperation with the Downtown Development Authority including lining up activities, supplies and volunteers to make it a success. Lisa’s 5th grade class has even visited to Gratiot County Courthouse and put on mock trials with the help of the county Justice. She has even published a children’s book, “One Spider’s Web” featuring sights and places in Ithaca.

Lisa also teaches the importance of supporting the Veteran’s in our community. Has class attend and participate in Veterans Day Ceremonies. Miss Yoder's Class writes Thank You letters to Gratiot County Veterans each year. She has also developed a class project where students meet WWII Veterans, and record their stories in a book which is published online. Copies of which are available in local library, schools and Gratiot Historical Museum.

When asked about Miss Yoder her Principal Mrs. Renee Sopel said that she is the first teacher to arrive every day for duty. Lisa works one on one with students to provide individualized help before school & during recess. Miss Yoder has applied for and received many grants which have allowed her to travel all over the United States to improve her craft of teaching. And finally, that Lisa simply has a passion for TEACHING.


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