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SPY's Newsletter 8/14/22

SPY’s Community Newsletter #212

(8/14 /22)

SPY’s Help Underwrite The Library

Summer Reading Program

Pictured (left) is Shana Cappon, Treasurer of the Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth (SPY’s) presenting a check for $500 to Lisa Bell, Director of the Sunfield District Library. The donation from the SPY’s was to help provide funding for the Library’s annual summer reading program.

Chicken BBQ Details

Once again the Sunfield United Brethren Church will be doing their chicken BBQ on Friday afternoon, August 19th. during the Farmer’s Picnic. Here are some details:

· Serving starts at 4:30 PM until sold out, or 6:30 PM.

· They will be serving 500 meals.

· The meal will consist of ½ chicken; potato salad; cole slaw; a brownie; and a bottle of water.

· The cost is just $13 per meal.

2022-23 Celebration Calendars Are In

The Sunfield SPY’s 2022 – 2023 Celebration Calendars are in and will once again be available at the Farmer’s Picnic. Look up our Calendar Project Chairman Rosie Best and pick up a copy. She will be situated in the middle of the park under her tent.

Texas Hold ‘Em Fund-Raiser

Is Still Looking For Chip Sellers

The Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament events are a MAJOR source of revenue for the SPY’s, and the youth and community projects and activities we support.

We work Texas Hold ‘Em events usually three times a year. The work involved here is simply selling chips to the players. The next event we are schedule to work is Wednesday, August 31st. thru Saturday, September 3rd. This will be the last Texas Hold “Em we are scheduled to work this year.

These events usually run from Noon until 2 AM. Consequently, we put together a schedule of 2-person shifts to cover the hours of operation of the event.

We usually are required by the operators of the Hold ‘Ems to split an event with another charity. However, for this event, we have been given the opportunity to run the total event, which will double our profits.

If you have never worked a Texas Hold ‘Em event there absolutely is nothing to fear. It is easy, simple tasks that are involved. We are not “The House”, so we don’t deal cards, or gamble in any way against the players. The players compete against each other. The work we do simply amounts to selling and redeeming chips for the players at one end of the room. Once every hour someone goes out to the dealers and gets some chips from the dealers that is called “the rake”. That is all there is to it.

This Texas Hold ‘Em will be held in the “Event Spot “room that is located behind the Heavenly Ham store on the South side of Saginaw Street in Lansing, which is across from the Lansing Mall.

If you can help out and could pull a shift or two on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, please give our Texas Hold ‘Em Chairperson Jeff Gibbs a call at 517-930-6989.

Due to the special circumstances with this particular Hold ‘Em, it has the potential of being a tremendous financial wind-fall for the SPY’s---the kids---and the community!

Parting Comments

• Deep Thought of the Week: Beauty isn’t worth thinking about---what’s important is your mind. You don’t want a fifty-dollar haircut on a fifty-cent head.

• Notable Quote: " You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. ---Dr. Seuss

• That’s Puny Department: The museum curator was brilliant at judging sculptures and paintings. He displayed art official intelligence.

• Did You Know Section: Here’s how the Pittsburgh Pirates got their name---Back in 1890, the Pittsburgh Pirates were known as the Pittsburgh Innocents. But, when the new owners signed highly regarded second baseman Lou Bierbauer, who had previously played with the Philadelphia Athletics, a controversy erupted. The Athletics failed to include him on their reserve list, and the Innocents picked him up. Nonetheless, this led to loud protests by the Athletics, and in an official complaint, a league official claimed Pittsburgh’s actions were "piratical". This incident quickly accelerated into a schism between the leagues. Although the Innocents were never found guilty of wrongdoing, they made sport of being denounced for being "piratical" by renaming themselves "the Pirates" for the 1891 season.


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