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History ~ The GLMUA Vision
by Susan Grzeskowiak
Greater Lake Michigan Urantia Association was planned in late 1993 with the help of Urantia Foundation employee, Damian Bondi & UAI Administrator Cathy Jones. GLMUA was founded by a base of devoted readers of The Urantia Book from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. Officers were elected from the natural leaders that had emerged from local study groups over the years. Mike Ferree of Dyer, IN was elected as President. Mike Mason of Hammond, IN served as Vice President. Mark Kurtz of Goshen, IN brought his expertise to the office of Secretary, and I was honored to represent my local area of South Bend / Mishawaka, IN as the first Treasurer.

After considerable discussion, we came to a decision on a name for our new fraternal organization. In March of 1994 visitors came from all around the world to witness and share in the celebration of the chartering of our local association! Greater Lake Michigan Urantia Association was born. The chartering ceremony was very special. We were honored with the presence of some of the original members of the Forum, Helen Carlson & Lewis Boggs. Trustees Richard Keeler, Georges Michelson-Dupont, Eddie King, Dr. William Sadler’s granddaughter Patricia Sadler Mundelius, and other distinguished guests looked on as we penned our signatures to the charter. See photos of the event in the Photo Gallery. Since those times, dedicated readers from all four of the states have stepped up to serve in various positions of trust. Each new Governing Board has added their unique flavor to the GLMUA vision and to the projects that we have undertaken. All officers and committees serve on a voluntary basis.

Our newsletter name, CIRCLE SEEKER, was confirmed late in 1993 by a majority vote from members who had a sentimental attachment to the study group newsletter of the same name, which dated back to 1980. The job of editor of CIRCLE SEEKER passed from me, as original editor, to other devoted individuals such as John Foegley, Mark Kurtz, (who lifted the newsletter to new heights of professional journalism & gave it a format worthy of a newsletter of regional importance.) Thanks to the efforts of Rick Lyon, CS increased in size and circulation, gaining the respect of the entire Urantia community as a quality journal with news of all local, national and international importance.

In 1994 Damian Bondi led our initial effort to convert CIRCLE SEEKER to an electronic format. Even though there were thoughtful articles & stunning images, very few of our members had a computer. The concept was ahead of its time, but years later Rick Lyon established another website for us and did a fine job of creating a beautiful place for readers of The Urantia Book to visit, to stay connected, as well as providing links to many other useful & interesting websites, discussion groups, secondary works & commentaries on related topics. We are getting “hits” more frequently as the word spreads about the Fifth Epochal Revelation. The "good news" is beginning to reach people of our region and throughout the entire world.