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SPY's Newsletter 5/11/2024

SPY’s Community Newsletter


Sunfield Farmers Picnic Continues

Search For 2024 Prince & Princess


The Sunfield Farmers Picnic Board is searching for 2024 Prince & Princess candidates.  It is open to all boys and girls who will be either 4 to 7 years of age by the Wednesday before the Picnic – on August 14, 2024. Contestants must also live in the Village or Township of Sunfield. If you know of someone with children of this age, please share this information.


All contestants will take part in a ceremony where prizes will be awarded to each participant on Friday, August 16 at 6 p.m. They will also be asked to participate in the parade on Saturday, August 17 at 12 p.m. This is a great opportunity for your child to be a part of the Picnic.


Applications are due by Tuesday, August 6, 2024 and may be requested by e-mailing or call Lesia Brummette at 517-526-4365. 


Centennial Acres / SPY Shootout Is Coming!


Sunday, June 9th. will be the BIG day!  It will be the thirty-fourth annual "Centennial Acres / SPY Shootout" Golf Tournament.  Over the years, this has become a major fundraiser for the Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth.  We are counting on a great turnout to help us generate the necessary funding to maintain the wide variety of youth programs, both athletic and scholastic, that the SPY’s provide.  ALL proceeds from this event go to the many kids and community programs the SPY’s support.


The “Shootout” is a four-person scramble format event, with separate divisions for men (with different flights), women, senior men, and coed teams.  (With the Senior Division teams, the youngest team member must be at least 60 years old).  Each division will be flighted, which means you will be competing with teams pretty much the same caliber as yours.   There will be a number of specialty holes, as well as raffles.  Registration forms are now available in the Centennial Acres Pro Shop, or by contacting Tournament Directors Derek Desgranges, (269) 838-7686, or Steve Grosshans, (269) 838-6459.


Again, this year we are featuring an all you can eat outdoor grill with all of the trimmings for the golfers.  In addition, all Corporate and Platinum Sponsor teams will be competing for the coveted "Challenge Cup".


For more information, or if you want to get a team into the tournament, contact either Derek or Steve.  Come on golfers!  This is a great, fun way to help us help kids!


Wanna Sponsor A Hole?

Did you know that the Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth’s funding for the various youth athletic and scholastic programs they provide, as well as assistance for a number of worthy community programs and projects, amounts to over $25,000 a year, (and that doesn’t include the scholarships),---and costs keep going up.  There are many needs in our community, as well as many opportunities that are provided in a variety of ways---but, we need YOUR help to continue the efforts!


Sure, we can go knocking on local merchant’s doors, (the so very few that are left in our community), and we have in the past.  But they have people coming through their doors every day with their hands out looking for donations.  We need to give them a break once and a while---especially in this economy.  So, the SPY’s are making an appeal to everyone else out there to help us help kids. 


Here’s the pitch---The Centennial Acres / SPY Shootout golf tournament is coming up on Sunday, June 9th.   This has become a major event for generating funds that the SPY's currently have.  This is where individuals like yourself can help.  We are looking for hole sponsors.  And, have we got a deal for you! 


For your fully tax-deductible contribution of $100 you get your very own hole at Centennial Acres for the day, complete with a professional quality sign acknowledging your support of the kids.  For further information, or to sign up to sponsor a hole, please contact Derek Desgranges (269-838-7686) or Steve Grosshas (269-838-6459).  Thank you!

Student Volunteer Opportunity

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Lakewood Lions Annual Chicken Bar-B-Q Is Coming Up

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John & Sandra Fisher made contributions to the Scholarship Fund in memory of Dave Brown and Judy Eddy.

Parting Comments

·      Deep Thought of the Week:  I can't quite figure out how you can come to the United States and proudly wave the flag of another country - but consider it punishment to be sent back there.                          

·      Notable Quote: ““You don’t stop having fun when you get old…you get old when you stop having fun.”


·      That’s Puny Department: The other day I ran into a good buddy of mine that seemed to be down in the dumps., “Why so glum today?”  I asked.  He replied,  “I was just thinking about getting older, and all the people I’ve lost along the way.”  To which I responded,, “Then maybe a career as a tour guide wasn’t for you.”


·      Did You Know Section:   On August 26, 1920, U.S. Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby certified the 19th Amendment, finally granting American women the vote after a hard-fought battle dating back to the nation’s very founding. However, perplexingly, the U.S. Capitol had already played host to its first congresswoman a few years prior: Representative Jeannette Rankin of Montana.


Like many other American liberties, women’s suffrage was slowly granted state by state before becoming a national right protected by the Constitution. Montana granted women the unrestricted right to vote in 1914. Two years later, 36-year-old Rankin, a vocal suffragist, ran for one of the state’s two House seats and won.


The election of Rankin, the first woman ever elected to the federal government, was a bright spot in American history made dimmer by her misogynistic welcome to Washington. Rankin didn’t take her rightful seat in the chamber until April 2, 1917, due to a month-long debate about whether it was appropriate for a woman to be a U.S. representative (even though Montanans had clearly already decided the matter). The country still has a long way to go to achieve gender parity in the nation’s legislative branch, but 28% of the members in the current 118th Congress are women — the largest percentage in U.S. history.

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