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  • Writer's pictureChristina Grosshans


I M P O R T A N T  A N N O U N C E M E N T

F R O M   T H E    S. P. Y. ‘S

The Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth today are announcing a major change in their dues structure.  Since the formation of the organization over 45 years ago, there have always been membership dues.  Over the years, these dues have been used to provide members an annual subscription to the Sunfield Sentinel newspaper. (The dues collected matched the cost of a subscription). The purpose for providing the subscriptions was to have a mechanism to keep the membership, as well as the community at large, informed of SPY projects, events, programs, etc.  It was our main communication tool.

However, since the Sentinel will cease publication with the December 19, 2019 issue, that method will no longer be available. Over the past few months, there has been much discussion at our monthly meetings as to what the dues structure for SPY membership should be going forward.

A proposal was developed, reviewed by the Executive Board, and approved at the December 10, 2019 regular meeting.  What follows is the new format concerning SPY’s membership dues beginning January 1, 2020.

1. There shall be three levels of membership in the SPY organization:

A. The Leadership Level---This level will consist of those holding an elective office in the SPY’s (e.g. President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Promotions Director, Membership Director, Sergeant.-At-Arms, and Director-At-Large).  Also included in this level will be the chairpersons of each SPY event, project, or program (currently these are---Wild Game Dinner, Texas Hold ‘Em’s, Dime Pitch Booth, Centennial Acres / SPY Shootout Golf Tournament, Community Celebration Calendar, Adopt-A-Highway, Euchre Tournament, Christmas Basket Distribution, Scholarship Program, and Softball Tournament).

All SPY officers and event chairs would pay no dues of any kind, and be entitled to a free meal at the annual meeting. 

B. The Active Member Level---This level will consist of people who have worked on any SPY’s event in a calendar year.  (It shall become the duty of the Sergeant-At-Arms to track and record those volunteers that have worked at the various events).

All “Active Members” would pay no dues of any kind.

C. The Sustaining Member Level---This level will be those who wish to be a part of the SPY organization, but would rather not be called upon to work at an event or project.  They would pay annual “Sustaining Member Dues” of $25 to, in a small way, help offset some of our financial needs.

D. Any active Corporate or Platinum Sponsor will automatically qualify for a free membership if they desire to be listed as such.  (current examples are---Woodman. Weller, Best; Fisher; etc.)

It is our hope that by eliminating dues we will be able to draw in some new people to get involved, as well as promote a higher level of volunteerism among current members on SPY projects and programs, especially for those events that generate our greatest financial benefits.

On a separate but related note---it is essential that with the Sentinel no longer being available to us, that we enhance our communication ability.  To that end, a SPY email network has been created.  However, we don’t have everyone’s email address.  We have been sending out SPY newsletters to the email addresses we do have for since November, 2017.  If you haven’t been receiving these newsletters, then obviously we don’t have your email address.  If that is the case, would you please let us know what yours is so we may include you in the communication network.  Just send an email to or call John at 517-648-0969, so we can get you connected. 

Thank you. Hope to see you at the SPY’s Annual Meeting on

January 10, 2020.

Steve Grosshans, President

Sunfield Area SPY’s

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