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  • Writer's pictureChristina Grosshans

SPY's Newsletter 4/5/22

SPY’s Community Newsletter #187


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. Below 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 physically challenging. They all represent relatively simple tasks that we need help with. Please check them out and help make a difference:

· Our illustrious “Captain Highway” a.k.a. Derek Desgranges, fearless leader of the SPY’s Adopt-A-Highway project, wants to remind everyone about Saturday April 23rd. will be the first highway trash pick-up of the season. The SPY's pick-up trash along M-43 from Round Lake Road on the west side of town to Shaytown Road on the east side of town, three times a year in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Transportation program.

Again, if for any reason you can’t make it for the April 23rd. pick-up day, but would still like to help out by doing some picking up on a different day of that week, just give Derek a call at 269-838-7686 and get some bags and he will give you a small section to take care of.

What do you say, let’s have a great turnout and spiff up the roadsides leading into our community.

· The next Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament we are scheduled to work will take place Wednesday, April 27th thru Saturday, April 30th. We are in need of volunteers to sell chips. This is an EXTREMELY important fund-raiser for the SPY’s. How about lending a hand?

Here are the shifts we are currently trying to fill:

Wednesday 6:30 pm 10:30 pm FILLED

10:30 pm til Closing need 2 people

Thursday 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm need 2 people

10:30 pm til Closing need FILLED

Friday 11 am – 3 pm need 2 people

3 -6 pm need 2 people

Saturday 11 am – 3 pm need 2 people

3 – 6 pm need 2 people

For further information about working the event, or to sign-up to take a shift (or two), please contact our event Chairman Jeff Gibbs by means of any of the following ways:

· or via text at (517) 930-6989,

· or via voice message at (517) 566-3355.

· Coming up on Sunday, June 12th, will be the 33nd 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 for our kids’ and community programs!


· Brian & Lorraine Benedict made a donation in memory of Jeannine Rogers. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and caring!

Next SPY Meeting

· The next meeting of the Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth (SPY’s) will be held next Tuesday, April 12th. starting at 6:30 PM, at the Best Tax Service building on M-43. Guests are always welcome!

Parting Comments

· Deep Thought of the Week: Life is too short to waste time matching socks.

· Notable Quote: “The greatest wealth is to live with little.”---Plato

· That’s Puny Department: A truck loaded with Vicks Vapo Rub overturned on the highway recently. Amazingly, there was no congestion for 8 hours.

· Did You Know Section: Back in 1839, “O.K.” first appeared in print. The Boston Morning Post printed the first known OK, derived from a jovial misspelling of “all correct” (“oll korrect”). For some reason it caught on and O.K. is now used in most languages.


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