TC Chamber honors Susanne Janis


TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce named Susanne M. Janis the recipient of its 2014 Distinguished Service Award.

Chamber leaders said Janis brings enthusiasm and accomplishment to everything she touches. They said she supports causes ranging from education and health care to numerous endeavors that help the less fortunate.

“Mrs. Janis has had her hand in numerous projects, fundraising activities and initiatives that have truly changed our community for the better,” said Chamber Chief Operating Officer Laura Oblinger. 

“She never just discusses an idea; when she’s involved, you can count on her to roll up her sleeves and make the task happen. Our community is made better because of her endeavors and they will inspire many of us for years to come.”

Janis' volunteer service spans nearly 40 years. 

She served on Northwestern Michigan College’s Foundation Board for six years. Janis served as a governor’s appointee to the Michigan Community Economic Excellence Board from 1988-91. She served as a commissioner on Michigan’s Bureau of History from 1993-99. She served on the Michigan Humanities Council from 2005-09.

Janis currently is involved with the Grand Traverse Community Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Michigan and the Front Street Writers group. 

She said she has been the real beneficiary of her years of volunteer service.

“It’s introduced me to such a wide range of really fabulous people, from both genders and of all ages,” she said. “I tell everyone that I’ve gotten a PhD in people … it’s enlightened me so much.”

A formal presentation will be made at 7:15 p.m. during the Chamber’s Annual Celebration on Jan. 23 at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, 6 to 10 p.m.. The event is open to Chamber member and the general public. Ticket information is available at

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