Speaker for your Group


Do you need a guest speaker for your organization or event?

The author, Barbara VanderMolen, has prepared several presentations to fit your needs.

1. In “Every County Has a Story!,”  she tells a small story about each of the 83 counties in Michigan; 70 minutes.

2. In “Michigan from A-Z!,” she shares something about our State of Michigan from each of the  A-Z categories; 60 minutes.

3. “Michigan from A-Z! Short Version” is the condensed version for those with limited time for speakers; 30 minutes.

4. “Michigan from A-Z!  Continuing Education Version” is designed for business and professional groups who need continuing educations credits. She will use her book to show your group how they can use Discovering Michigan County by County to help make a good first impression on that new customer or client; 30-45 minutes.

All these presentations are fun-and-fact-filled, fast-paced, educational and entertaining, as well as interactive. All information presented can be found in her book, Discovering Michigan County by County.

Her presentation has been VERY WELL received and the participants tell her it is fun and interesting and that they really enjoy it!!!  Some even say it is the best book presentation they ever attended! She has spoken to civic organizations, church groups, women’s clubs, local and regional Chambers of Commerce, senior citizen groups, dinner clubs, sportsman clubs, independent living homes, retirement centers, newcomer groups,  historical societies, museum groups, and many libraries.


FEES: The speaking fee is $100 plus $1.00 per round-trip mile (via maps.randmcnally.com/mileage-calculator.do) to go towards her travel expense and driving time. On average, depending on the distance from her home in Charlotte, she will spend 6-8 hours that day to prepare, drive to, set up, present, sell, pack up, drive home, and do follow-up for each presentation.


Call today to reserve a date for your conference or organization.

Please contact her at 517-543-3694 or barbvandermolen@hotmail.com .


The author has spoken at the following:

Across the Square Quilters, Charlotte

Auburn Area Branch Library, Bay City

Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham

Bedford Branch Library

Blissfield Library

Brandon Township Public Library, Ortonville

Burcham Hills, Lansing

Capital Area District Library, Aurelius, Leslie

Carson City Public Library

City of Novi Historical Commission

Clarkston Independence District Library

Clinton-Macomb Public Library, North Branch

Croton Township Library, Newaygo

Dearborn Library

Delta Retirement Center, Lansing

Eaton Area Senior Center, Charlotte

Elk Rapids District Library

Flat Rock Community Library, Greenville

Flint River Valley Steelheaders

Franklin Public Library


Gladwin Library

Gorslin Runciman Funeral Home, Lansing

Grace Lutheran Church, Lansing

Great Lakes Christian Homes, Holt

Green Oak Township Historical Society, South Lyon

Hackley Public Library, Muskegon

Hope Landing, Charlotte

Independence Village, Grand Ledge

Ionia Library

Jonesville District Library

Kalamazoo Newcomers

Kalamazoo Public Library, Oshtemo

Kiwanis, Charlotte

Lake Odessa Community Library

Marcellus Township Library

Missaukee Library, Lake City

Montaque  Library Friends and White Lake Community Library Friends, Whitehall

Muskegon County Genealogical Society

Next-Your Place to Stay Active & Connected, Birmingham

Northville District Library

Oak Park Public Library

Oxford Public Library

The Oaks at North Pointe Woods, Senior Executive Club, Battle Creek

Patmos Library, Jamestown

Potterville Public Library

Ransom District Library, Plainwell

Reynolds Township Library, Howard City

Richmond Area Historical and Genealogy Society

Riverside Supper Club, Colon

Romeo District Library

Rotary Club, Charlotte, Hastings, Mason, Lansing/Dewitt Sunrise

Royal Oak Library

SAABA , Lansing

Saline District Library

Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce, Owosso

Springfield Township Library, Davisburg

St. Clair Shores Public Library

Tecumseh District Library

Troy Public Library

Vista Grand Villa, Jackson

White Lake Public Library

White Pine Library Cooperative, Saginaw

Women’s Home Fellowship, Charlottte

Women’s National Book Association, Greater Lansing Chapter


Please feel free to contact any of these venues for a referral.