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  • Writer's pictureChristina Grosshans

SPY's Newsletter 4/19/21

The Power of Volunteerism

Volunteer work is one of the best ways of bringing transformational change in a community. Volunteering allows you to immerse yourself within your community. If you are new to an area, it can be an excellent way to develop new friends. It can also help you strengthen existing relationships by committing to a shared volunteer activity with friends.

One of the more well-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place. Even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference to the lives of people, and organizations in need.

Volunteers help improve our area by pitching in and helping on any needed task, from mending fences and picking up trash; to painting a community building; or filling a classroom with necessary supplies.

How volunteers make a difference, is by recognizing no task is too small or insignificant. Here are some needed areas where the SPY’s are looking for some volunteers from the community to step-up and lend a hand. Each of the needs listed below are not difficult, time-consuming, or physical challenging. They all represent relatively simple tasks that we need help with. Please check them out and help make a difference:

SPY’s Celebration Calendar

Rosie Best (517-331-0836) is the chairperson of this project. These calendars have been a fixture in the community for over 50 years. Rosie could use some help with mailing the reminder cards; proofing pages before they go to print; and checking for any ad changes. This all takes place in mid-May. For more information or to volunteer, please give Rosie a call.

Summer Youth Ball Programs

The season is just beginning and there is a need for some extra coaching help on the various teams. Also, the Sunfield Summer Athletic Association is seeking individuals that may be interested in serving on their advisory Board.

The SSAA is also looking for individuals that may be interested in working the concession stand at Van Buren Park for home baseball games in May and June. All games are in the evenings and generally begin around 6 PM and last until approximately 8 PM.

If you would like further information about specific SSAA volunteering needs, or would like to pitch in and help out in any way, please give either Paul Teachworth (616-755-0173) or Steve Grosshans (269-838-6459) a call.

Centennial Acres / SPY Shoot-Out Golf Tournament

Derek Desgranges (269-838-7686) and Steve Grosshans (269-838-6459) co-chair this annual event. They need a few people for the registration table; 50/50 ticket sellers; and running the always fun Vegas holes. Sound interesting? Give Derek or Steve a call and lend a much-needed hand!

The Dime Pitch Booth

Wayne Simmons (616-550-2876) is the chairperson of this project. We run the Dime Pitch Booth during the Farmer’s Picnic that will be held this year August 19th thru the 21st. Wayne is looking for helpers for set-up and tear-down; booth helpers that mainly give out the appropriate prizes won; and a person to handle manning the table where people change their dollars for dimes. For more information or to volunteer, please give Wayne a call.

Thank You Trash Pickers!

Project Chairman Derek “Captain Highway” Desgranges would like to send out a BIG Sunfield Area SPY salute to the following fine folks who helped out on our first Adopt-A-Highway trash pick-up of the season this past Saturday, as well as some of the folks that took advantage of the option of participating earlier in the week:

Buddy & Jari Collins

John & Sandy Fisher

Dewey Miller

Steve Grosshans

Gracie Groaahans

Job well done pickers!

Special Notice

Did you know that Sunfield has a Veterans Honor Board? It is located in front of the GAR Hall, (the white building with the canons in front), in downtown Sunfield. It is maintained by the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War (the DUV).

The Daughters are again updating the board and are requesting anyone who wants a name added of a veteran from the Sunfield area to let them know. The cost for the special plate is $45.

Anyone interested, please contact Rosie Best at 517-331-0836---or by mail at PO Box 152, Sunfield, MI 48890.

Please include what branch of the service---and years of service.

The Centennial Acres / SPY’s Shootout Golf Tournament Is Coming In June

Coming up on Sunday, June 13th, will be the 32nd annual Centennial Acres / SPY Shoot-Out golf tournament. Our event chairmen Derek Desgranges and Steve Grosshans will be in need of some helpers. Give either Derek (269-838-7686) or Steve (269-838-6459) a call for further information, or to volunteer to help out, or to sign-up your team. This is a fun event!---Not to mention a critical fund-raiser!


Mark & Shari Woodman made donations in memory of Robert Piercefield and Dana Traub.

Parting Comments

• Deep Thought of the Week: Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning the lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle---when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.

• Notable Quote: “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”--- Earl Nightingale

• That’s Puny Department: I was told not to steal kitchen utensils. But, it’s a whisk I’m willing to take.

• Did You Know Section? Nicolo Paganini was a well-known and gifted nineteenth century violinist. He was also well known as a great showman with a quick sense of humor. His most memorable concert was in Italy with a full orchestra. He was performing before a packed house and his technique was incredible, his tone was fantastic, and his audience dearly loved him. Toward the end of his concert, Paganini was astounding his audience with an unbelievable composition when suddenly one string on his violin snapped and hung limply from his instrument. Paganini frowned briefly, shook his head, and continued to play, improvising beautifully.

Then to everyone's surprise, a second string broke. And shortly thereafter, a third. Almost like a slapstick comedy, Paganini stood there with three strings dangling from his Stradivarius.

But instead of leaving the stage, Paganini stood his ground and calmly completed the difficult number on the one remaining string. The morale---Hang in there!

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