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SPY's Newsletter 9/21/2020

SPY’s Newsletter #100


Adopt-A-Highway Trash Pick-Up Is This Saturday!

The final Adopt-A-Highway trash pick-up of the season will take place THIS Saturday, September 26th.  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. 

ANYONE interested in lending a hand, just show up at 9 AM in the Best Tax Service parking lot just West of the Sunfield blinker light.  If you need more information please call our project chairman Derek “Captain Highway” Desgranges at 269-838-7686.

Derek says if for any reason you can’t make it on Saturday, but would still like to help out by doing some picking up on a different day, just give him a call and get some bags and he will give you a small section to take care of.

Who Are The SPY’s Chapter Two

In our last Newsletter, #99, we provided a brief history of the Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth organization.  In this installment we will give you insights to the philosophical background and purpose of the SPY’s.

Quoting our Constitution and By-Laws, “The purpose of the SPY's shall be civic service through organized efforts of the men and women of the community, to promote the welfare of the community and its citizens through active, constructive, youth-oriented well as provide members experience in leadership and civic consciousness.”  “It is the further purpose of this organization to be, and always remain, a totally non-profit community service organization with all of our assets pledged to charitable purposes.”

The main focus of the SPY's organization is to provide opportunities, both athletic and scholastic, for area youth. To that end, SPY's totally fund virtually all boys and girls youth sports activities currently offered in the area, (excluding the pay-to-play programs through the High School).  We also fund numerous non-athletic projects and programs for area youth that we will elaborate on in an upcoming segment, “Who Are The SPY’s?”

We have also been engaged in a wide variety of other community betterment activities, Senior Citizen projects, and other charitable needs,

The SPY’s are a registered Michigan non-profit corporation, and a Federally recognized 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity.

To attain the financial goals that enable us to sustain the various youth activities, we hold fund-raisers throughout the year. (It is important to note here that we do not do fund-raising by selling   “stuff”, or peddling raffle tickets). We rely on contributions from the membership of time and labor, along with individual monetary or memorial donations made to the Scholarship Fund, the Youth Activities Trust Fund, and United Way designations, to provide the foundation for our financial success.

There are no paid positions within the organization. All labor is donated. EVERY CENT of a contribution to the SPY’s goes toward the sponsored programs we provide.  We know of no other charitable institution that can make that claim.

SPY members are engaged in providing the activities, programs, and opportunities necessary to develop leadership skills, team building, as well as a proper sense of values in the children of our community. We are concerned, active adults working towards this united goal. These attributes, properly provided, will repay the community - its citizens and businesses – many fold in the future.

More to come about the SPY’s in future Newsletters.

Attention All SPY Members

Please be advised that at our next regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Ocotber 13th., formal action needs to be taken to update our Constitution & By-Laws.  The needed adjustments are minor in nature. 

This notification is in accordance with Article XI,  Section 1.

Community Characters Corner

It has come to this publication's attention, through extremely reliable sources, that there was a scandal recently uncovered at the Sunfield Senior Apartments complex.  It concerns money laundering and has implications that involve aspects of Village government.  We would urge all concerned parties to contact Joyce Martin for all of the sordid, shocking details. 

Parting Comments

· Reflections: I’m always disappointed when a liar’s pants don’t catch on fire.

· Thoughts On Aging: My new Stair Lift is just driving me up the wall.

· 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.

Can we help you---your organization---your business?  Simply email your item to john.sandrafisher@gmail .com.

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