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SPY's Newsletter 2/11/24

SPY’s Community Newsletter


Oh, What A Night!

The SPY’s 28th Annual Wild Game Dinner / Sportsman’s Night held on Saturday night, February 3rd. was truly an event to behold!  The Centennial Acres clubhouse was jam packed for this once again sold-out event.  Pete Weller heads up this extravaganza and works extremely hard to make it a legendary success!  Again, this year he instituted a number of clever and well-received innovations.


In the next few SPY’s Community Newsletters we will be providing much, much more detailed information about the event---the multitude of various winners----details on donors and helpers---etc. etc. etc., so please stay tuned.  But in this Newsletter we will do homage to the 54 Major Donors / Sponsors that were responsible for making this event a tremendous success!

A Mega Ultra Stupendous Thank You!

The Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth (the SPY’s) would like to send out a VERY SPECIAL salute and acknowledgement to the following 54 sponsors / donors / and supporters of our Wild Game Dinner / Sportsmen’s Night fundraising event.


The following fine folks and businesses are to be commended for their support of our youth and community projects.  Because of their willingness to step up, the Wild Game Dinner / Sportsman’s Night was a great success!  We thank:


High Caliber Karting of Okemos

Klotz Family Farms, LLC

Klotz Family Farms Snow Removal

C & H Klotz Family Farms, LLC

Team Eric Brummette

Roundhead Cornhole

Pete Weller

Tim Rumfield

Bee Line Concrete Pumping (Jim & Angie Frizzell)

Rock Hill Farms (Alex Thelen)

Brian & Heidi Holland

Sunfield Cycle Shop (Andy Clafflin)

Quality Hardwoods (Luke Brogger)

Mapes Furniture (Becky Calabro)

Connie Wilson

Shattuck Great Outdoors

HSV Redi-Mix (Al Haskin)

Centennial Acres Golf Course (John Nagel)

Brace Financial Services (Chris Brace)

517 Heating Co. (Cole Hansbarger)

Hanna Davis Fine Meats (Brandon & Yvette Davis)

Hutson’s of Portland (Bill Cobb)

Hutson’s of Charlotte (Jim Carr)

Dave Nurenburg

Markos (Raj Singh)

Portland Federal Credit Union

Ashton King Insurance Agency

Bryan & Sue Spitzley

Nate Peabody

Downing Well Drilling

John & Sandra Fisher

State Representative Gina Johnsen

Mark Woodman Plumbing & Heating

Hazel Brothers Drainage

Sybaris Suites

Haskins Dirt Concepts

TNT Arena

 Buddy’s On The Beach

Big Bubba J’s Smokehouse

Walkington Well Drilling

Michigan Custom Excavating (Gordie & Shortie Erb)

Emery Fox

Simple Truth Chiropractic

Mike Davis Sunrise Farms

Dick Fender Farm

Architectural Metals Inc.---AMI (Brian Potter)

Kurt Sandborn


Logan’s Road House on West Saginaw

Mazurek Maple Supplies

Burnout Enterprises (Simon Weller)

Zap Zone

Campbell & Sons (Paul Campbell)

Jeff and Kevin Jackson


These are all people who surely should be commended for their unwavering support of our community.  If not for them, we would not be able to provide as many programs and opportunities for our youth and village projects.  THANK YOU!!!!

Some Brief Highlights

·      There were 96 prize winners this year, and this number does not include door-prize winners, of which there were many.


·      This year a new wrinkle was added to the festivities thanks to the Brummette clan headed up by Eric Brummette.  Each kid that was in attendance this year was automatically entered in a special drawing.  They did not have to pay or buy a ticket to be entered.  Each such entry received a prize.  The prizes in this special drawing ranged from back packs to ice fishing kits to a spotting scope to a youth crossbow to a set of youth golf clubs and bag to a toy John Deere tractor, and the list goes on and on.  The kids and parents loved it!


SPY's Annual Meeting Coming Up On

February 17, 2024


The Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth (SPY's) will be holding their "Annual Meeting of the Membership" THIS SATURDAY February 17, 2024.  This year it will be take place at the Caterpillar Clubhouse (the former Sunfield Elementary School)


This will be a dinner meeting starting at 6PM, that will be catered by Rob Piercefield and Sweed’s Grill.

·      All table service provided.

·      Coffee and water provided.  (Members can bring their own drinks if they like).

·      Members of the current SPY Leadership will be providing desserts.

·      It will be held in the former school’s cafeteria.

·      If attending, you will need to enter at the far West doors.  (Do not use the Main Entrance).


The purpose of the Annual Meeting is to bring the membership up to date on all of our activities in 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.


Members please note, that if you are planning on attending you must please let us know as soon as possible by calling our Secretary Renee Strimback at 269-967-5787, or simply reply to this Newsletter via email.  We need to know how many people to plan for.  Please do it now!



·      John & Sandra Fisher made contributions in memory of Donna Kindel and Albert Ainsworth.

Parting Comments

·      Deep Thought of the Week:  Running feels great unless you compare it to not running


·      Notable Quote: “As I watch this generation try and rewrite our history, I'm sure of one thing:  It will be misspelled and have no punctuation”.


·      That’s Puny Department: I started a dating site for chickens.  It’s not my day job.  I do it to make hens meet.\


·      Did You Know Section: The marathon at the 1904 St. Louis Games is one of the most unusual events in Olympic history, in no small part because it was initially won by an athlete who rode in a car for most of the race. That man was American Fred Lorz, who led the field of 32 runners right out of the gate. At the 9-mile mark, however, Lorz began suffering from terrible cramping, as the combination of sweltering heat and dirt being kicked up from the unpaved route made it difficult to breathe. It was then that Lorz opted to hitch a ride with a passing vehicle, which he rode in for 11 miles before hopping out to complete the race on foot in just under three hours.

Just as President Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter Alice was set to award Lorz his medal, a spectator accused him of cheating. Lorz admitted to riding in a car, claimed it was just a joke, and stated that he didn’t actually plan to accept the trophy. With Lorz disqualified, American Thomas Hicks emerged as the new winner, though he too ran an unconventional race. At various points throughout the marathon, Hicks was helped by his trainers, who fed the athlete a combination of poisonous strychnine, egg whites, and brandy in hopes of stimulating his body. The result was that Hicks began to hallucinate around the 20-mile mark, and he was eventually carried over the finish line by trainers with a time of 3:28:53 — still taking home the gold.



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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