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SPY's Newsletter 5/4/23

SPY’s Community Newsletter


Centennial Acres / SPY Shootout Is Coming!

Sunday, June 11th. will be the BIG day! It will be the thirty-third annual "Centennial Acres / SPY Shootout" Golf Tournament. Over the years, this has become THE 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 merchants 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 11th. 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. But wait, that's not all. If a "skin" is recorded on your hole, (across all divisions and flights), you will win a $50 gift certificate for the Centennial Acres Pro Shop! What a deal!

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!

Sunfield Farmers Picnic Planning is Underway

The members of the Sunfield Farmers Picnic Board have started planning for the 2023 picnic, scheduled for August 18, 19 and 20 in Sunfield, Michigan. The board still has some room and invites anyone who is interested in participating on the board to contact President Jeff Gibbs at 517-566-3355. One of the positions they are looking to fill is for an individual or a group to coordinate the Grand Parade scheduled for Saturday, August 19, 2023. This individual or group would coordinate the parade lineup near the old Sunfield Elementary School and field telephone calls and emails from interested participants. Send suggestions and/or questions to Mark your calendars for the Sunfield Farmers Picnic: Friday, August 18 through Sunday, August 20, 2023!

Looking For A Couple Of Volunteers

Rosie Best (517-331-0836) is the chairperson of the SPY’s Community Celebration Calendar project. These calendars have been a fixture in the community for over 60 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 is all pretty easy duty, but makes the overall project go fast and smooth. For more information or to volunteer, please give Rosie a call.

Glassware Sought

Don’t forget to round up any glassware, (especially logoed glasses), or new or “gently used” stuffed animals that we can use in the Dime Pitch Booth at the Farmer’s Picnic in August. If you have anything to donate please contact our new project chairpeople, Zeke & Samantha Cappon at 517-331-3360. Or, any donation can be dropped off at the Best Tax Service building located on M-43 in Sunfield.

Parting Comments

• Deep Thought of the Week: It doesn’t matter how big your house is---how much money you have---or that you wear expensive clothes. Our graves will be the same size. Stay humble!

· Notable Quote: " Friendship is when people know all about you…but like you anyway.”

· That’s Puny Department: A man in Alabama had a flat tire, pulled off on the side of the road, and proceeded to put a bouquet of flowers in front of the car and one behind it. Then he got back in the car to wait.

A passerby studied the scene as he drove by, and was so curious he turned around and went back. He asked the fellow what the problem was. The man replied, "I got a flat tahr.” The passerby asked, "But what’s with the flowers?"

The man responded, "When you break down they tell you to put flares in the front and flares in the back. I never did understand it neither."

· Did You Know Section: Until the 1890’s, gelatin or gelatin---a substance made from the collagen in animal skin and bones---was odorless, colorless, and tasteless. Along came carpenter and cough remedy maker Pearle B. Wait from LeRoy, New York. His 1887 experiments added fruit flavoring to the gelatin to make a dessert his wife, May, named Jell-O. And, the rest is history.

Wait sold his formula to another LeRoy resident, Orator Frank Woodward, known as O.F., for the tidy sum of $450. Woodward began manufacturing Jell-O in 1899, with the help of Andrew Nico of Lyons, New York. In a moment of gloom---sales had been abysmal--- Woodward offered the Jell-O formula to Nico for a mere $35. Before the deal could go through, however, an advertising campaign took root and sales began to skyrocket.

Woodward’s Genesee Pure Food Company first used the name “Jell-O” in 1900. Postum bought the company in 1925, which became General Foods in 1927. Another ad campaign in the 1930’s spelled out “J-E-L-L-O”, as a sponsorship of the Jack Benny radio show. And, the 1950’s saw the popularity soar for molded gelatin salads, with sales booming. (Every house had a set of Jell-O molds). The 1960’s found Jell-O promoted as a light dessert, with the advertising slogan, “There’s always room for Jell-O”. In 1989, General Foods merged with Kraft Foods. Originally only four flavors of Jell-O were offered---orange, lemon, strawberry, and raspberry. The hospital’s favorite---lime---joined the group in 1930. Currently there are 40 flavors of powdered Jell-O.


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

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