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SPY's Newsletter 1/16/23

SPY’s Community Newsletter #239



In our last Community Newsletter that covered the SPT’s “Year In Review”, we neglected to mention the $500 we gave to the Sunfield Library. The donation from the SPY’s was to help provide funding for the Library’s annual kids’ summer reading program.

Upcoming Events

· The SPY’s 26th Annual Wild Game Dinner / Sportsman’s Night is coming up on Saturday, February 4, 2023. This is a wildly popular mega-event that promises to be even bigger and better this year than ever before.

Our event chairman, Pete Weller, has just undergone knee replacement surgery and is looking for some help with some of the tasks that night. If you would like to help out on this event, give Pete a call at 517-743-1642.

Please note that you MUST have an advanced purchased ticket for the Wild Game Dinner / Sportsman’s Night in order to enter and participate. No tickets will be sold at the door!

· On Saturday March 18th, 2023, the SPY's will again be hosting a special Bowling Tournament / fund-raiser to benefit the SPY's various youth and community programs. It will be held at the Buddy’s On The Beach Bowling Alley in Lake Odessa. Keep watching for details.

· The next Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament we are scheduled to work will take place Wednesday, March 22nd thru Saturday, March 25th. Stay tuned for details. We will soon be signing up volunteers to sell chips to the players.

· Attention High School Seniors! Don’t forget the deadline for the submission of applications for any of the SPY’s Community Foundation scholarships is Tuesday, March 15th. Applications and detailed information about all of the scholarship opportunities is available on-line at

· We are still working out the details for the return of the SPY’s Annual Euchre Tournament for sometime in March. Stay tuned for details.


• John & Sandra Fisher made a donation in memory of Lynda Russman.

• Wayne Simmons renewed his Platinum Sponsor status with a donation in memory of Maria “Josey” Simmons.

• Mingo Salas donated a box of glassware to the SPY’s Dime Pitch Booth activity.

Miscellaneous Items

· Congratulations to Zeke Cappon the BIG winner of the 50/50 drawing at the SPY’s Annual Meeting. Zeke also became the current caretaker of the legendary “Myrtle The Fertile Turtle”. Wow, talk about the ultimate Daily Double!

· “Chef Robbo” Piercefield is the area’s top-notch caterer. But, he’s always looking for an edge---a new wrinkle---to keep him on top. That is why he has added to his “ultimate catering experience” menu what he calls his “Chef Flambé”. Contact “Roasted Rob” for details.

Free Dryer

Anyone that would like a FREE working General Electric gas clothes dryer, contact John Fisher at 517-648-0969. You pick up.

Parting Comments

• Deep Thought of the Week: A parent doesn’t really find out what they believe in until they begin to instruct their children.

· Notable Quote: “There is nothing busier than an idle rumor.”

• That’s Puny Department: One day, a man from the Czech Republic came to visit his friend in New York. When asked what he wanted to see, the visitor replied, "I would like to see one of the zoos in America." To his delight, the New Yorker took him to the Bronx Zoo. They were touring the zoo, and standing in front of the gorilla cage, when one of the gorillas busted out of the cage and swallowed the Czech whole.

Shocked, his friend from New York quickly called over the zoo keeper. He quickly explained the situation and the zoo keeper immediately took steps to save the man's friend. The zoo keeper got an axe and asked the man, "OK, which gorilla did it? Was it the male or the female?" The New Yorker pointed out the female as the culprit. Quickly, the zoo keeper split the female gorilla open and found nothing of the Czech. He looked at the man from New York, who shrugged and said, "Guess the Czech is in the male."

• Did You Know Section: Did you know that once the “World” was sold at auction? Yup, in 193 A.D., Rome dominated or controlled all of the so-called civilized world. In that year, the Roman praetorian guard---the 12,000-member personal bodyguard of the Caesars---turned on the reigning Emperor Pertinax and murdered him. To fill his seat, one guardsman suggested that the leadership of Rome and the world be auctioned off. On March 28, 193, the public auction was held.

There were two bidders. One was the assassinated emperor’s father-in-law. The other was the wealthiest senator in Rome, 61-year-old Didius Julianus. After spirited bidding, Julianus won the throne with a bid of 300 million sesterces. Didius Julianus was unpopular with both the Senate and the public; his reign lasted only 66 days. The Roman general Severus in Pannonia, hearing of the infamous auction, led his troops back to Rome, sought out the emperor, and had him beheaded.


1. If there is any organization or business out there that has something they would like to advertise or promote, please feel free to submit it to this Newsletter and we will help publicize it. There is no charge. We are glad to provide this means as a public service to help keep the community informed.

2. If you are looking for further information about the SPY’s events---Corporate or Platinum Sponsorship information---scholarship forms---youth sports reimbursement forms---past SPY newsletters---etc.---just go to the SPY website at

3. NOTE: If you know of anyone who would like to receive these SPY’s Community Newsletters, just send me an email at with their email address and we will add them to the distribution list.

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