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  • Writer's pictureChristina Grosshans

SPY's Newsletter 7/29/2021

SPY’s Newsletter #147


The SPY’s Are Seeking A Special Volunteer

The SPY’s are looking for someone who would be interested in stepping up and taking over the Chairmanship of the Texas Hold ‘Em events that the SPY’s work, usually three times a year. Wendel Peabody has headed these up for us for a number of years, but is unable to continue due to health concerns.

These Texas Hold ‘Em events are the top fund-raiser for the SPY’s. This year, we are only scheduled for two---one in November and one in December. This is a VERY important position we need to fill!

The chairman’s job is mainly rounding up a crew of three people to work a shift each day of an event, and to handle filing some paperwork with the State.

Wendel is available to mentor whoever might be interested. If you would like further information about specifically what’s involved, give Wendel a call at 517-449-6018.

If you are interested in volunteering, please call the SPY’s President Steve Grosshans at 269-838-6459. Thank you.

Next SPY Meeting

The next meeting of the Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth will take place on Tuesday, August 10th. Please be advised that we will be meeting at the Sunfield Library and that the meeting will start at 6:30 PM! Guests are always welcome. Hope to see you there.


· John & Sandra Fisher made contributions to the Scholarship Fund in memory of Jerry Gilbert and Susan Wager.

· Derrick & Jennifer Simmons Made a donation to the Dime Pitch Booth.

· Sarah Stevenson also made a donation to the Dime Pitch Booth.

· Elaine Merryfield made a donation to the Dime Pitch Booth.

· Jim Peabody & John Fisher made a joint donation to the Dime Pitch Booth.

Parting Comments

• Deep Thought of the Week: When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this---You haven’t.

• Notable Quote: “The way to get started is to quit talking and to begin doing.”---Walt Disney

• That’s Puny Department: The CEO of IKEA was elected Prime Minister in Sweden. He should have his cabinet together by the end of the weekend.

• Did You Know Section? In 1951, Carl Sigman added lyrics to a tune called “Melody in A Major”, transforming the song into "It's All in the Game". Tommy Edwards's recording of "It's All in the Game" was a number-one hit on the American Billboard record chart for six weeks in 1958. Edwards's version of the song also hit number one on the United Kingdom chart that year.

Since then, it has become a pop standard. Numerous artists have recorded versions, including Cliff Richard, The Four Tops, Isaac Hayes, Jackie DeShannon, Van Morrison, Nat "King" Cole, Brook Benton, Elton John, Mel Carter, Donny and Marie Osmond, Barry Manilow, and Keith Jarrett.

But here’s the kicker---who wrote the original tune? It was written by a gentleman by the name of Charles G. Dawes 46 years earlier, who was a self-taught pianist and a composer. His composition, "Melody in A Major", became a well-known piano and violin song in 1912.

Charles Gates Dawes (August 27, 1865 – April 23, 1951) was an American banker, general, diplomat, composer, and Republican politician who was the 30th Vice President of the United States from 1925 to 1929. For his work on the Dawes Plan for World War I reparations, he was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1925.

Dawes is the only vice president to be credited with a number-one pop hit. Dawes and Sonny Bono are the only people credited with a number-one pop hit who were also members of the United States Senate or House of Representatives. Dawes and Bob Dylan (as a writer) are the only persons credited with a number-one pop hit to have also won a Nobel Prize.

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