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  • Writer's pictureChristina Grosshans

SPY's Newsletter 12/22/2021

SPY’s Community Newsletter #171 (12/22/21) Christmas Greetings ! The Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth (SPY's) extend the warmest of Christmas greetings to all our friends and loyal readers out there in "Community Newsletter Land”. May you all have a joyous Christmas and a healthy, happy, prosperous, and Covid-free New Year! SPY's Annual Meeting On The Horizon The Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth (SPY's) will be holding their "Annual Meeting of the Membership" on Saturday, January 15, 2022. It will be take place at the Centennial Acres Golf Course clubhouse on Dow Road, two miles east of Sunfield. The purpose of the Annual Meeting is to bring the membership and guests up to date on all of our activities in the community; recognize some people for their hard work and efforts on behalf of kids and the community; give the membership a full financial report, so you can see what our combined efforts have produced; hold the election of officers and conduct the transition of leadership; as well as provide an opportunity to get to know other SPY members and guests better, especially our newest members. By now, all members, Corporate and Platinum Sponsors of record should have received a letter with all of the details. For further information call any of the following: Steve Grosshans (269-838-6459); Renee Strimback (269-967-5787); or Shana Cappon (517-331-0219). We sure hope all SPY members; Corporate and Platinum Sponsors will make every effort to attend. We look forward to seeing you there! · Reminder #1: Please RSVP as soon as possible by calling 269-967-5787, or by emailing We need to know how many people to plan for. Do it now! * Reminder #2: Hey all you SPY officers out there---don’t forget to bring a wrapped “white elephant’ gift to the annual meeting. Contributions · Jann Pantera donated glassware to our Dime Pitch Booth activity. · We received a donation from the Amazon Smile program. · The following gave through the UPS Frontstream charitable giving program: Jan Thelen Cynthia Selden Erika Forbes · We also wish to acknowledge the many significant donations to the Dime Pitch Booth activity by Wayne Simmons. · We received a donation from Dave & Bev Brown. · John & Sandra Fisher made a contribution to the Scholarship Fund in memory of Keith Heide. Thank you all for your thoughtfulness and caring! Lakewood Community Council Thank-You The Lakewood Community Council would like to thank all those who helped to provide a special gift to our neighbors in need. Churches, businesses, schools, service organizations, clubs and individuals in our area joined to make Christmas a little more plentiful for 150 low-income households in our area. Whether, support through products, financial donations, packing, delivery, or other support, we sincerely appreciate the generosity of the Lakewood community that has made Christmas Baskets possible for well over 50 years. A special shout out to the SPYS for financial and delivery help! Thank you very much! We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!---Kay Barcroft. Parting Comments • Deep Thought of the Week: Focus on what you want, but never forget to be grateful for what you already have. • Notable Quote: “One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession.”---Sophocles • That’s Puny Department: I started a band called 999 megabytes. We still haven’t gotten a gig.

  • Did You Know Section: On January 19, 1825, Ezra Daggett and Thomas Kensett received the U.S. tin can patent. The celebration of National Tin Can Day is in recognition of this event. While the tin can was invented in the early 1800, it wasn't until 1858, nearly 50 years later, that Ezra Warner invented the can opener.

Notices 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 Newsletters, just send me an email at with their email address and we will add them to the distribution list.

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