Newsletter – June 4, 2024

Newsletter – June 4, 2024

Attendance and Atmosphere: 

Eighteen members gathered for this morning’s meeting, making for a good turnout. However, some members were a bit rowdy, leading to President Cindy being fined for losing control of the meeting. The entire east side of the room had to pay the penalty.

Guest Appearance: 

Jack Proffitt brought his grandson, Landon, as a guest. Jack mostly behaved himself this morning, perhaps influenced by Landon’s presence.

Flushing SummerFest Updates: 

There was extensive discussion about the Flushing SummerFest beverage tent. President Cindy circulated a signup sheet for workers to cover days from setup to operation to teardown. If you haven’t committed to any day/time slots yet, please reach out to Cindy. All sponsorships have been sold, marking a significant achievement!

Guest Speaker: Tracy Tucker: 

Michael Goulet introduced Tracy Tucker, the Economic Development Director for Flint Township, as our guest speaker. Tracy, who has a long association with Flint Township, spoke about numerous ongoing and upcoming initiatives and projects. The photo of President Cindy and Tracy commemorates the occasion. Thank you, Tracy, for an interesting and informative presentation!

SHP Bed Deliveries: 

Jeff Gauger recounted the SHP bed deliveries from last week, involving Jeff, Phil Holmblade, Jack Medemar, and Steve Schlott. Additionally, a crew consisting of Jeff, Jack, and Steve went out again today after the meeting to deliver another five beds, with help from Job Corps students.

Afternoon Gathering Reminder:

 Jeff Dennings reminded everyone of the “unofficial afternoon WFOC gathering” taking place this afternoon.

Next Week’s Program: 

Next week’s program, organized by Mic, will feature Tim Jones, Head of 911 for Genesee County.

Stay tuned for more updates and continue to support our community initiatives!

West Flint Optimists and Flushing Rotary Join Forces for Sleep In Heavenly Peace

West Flint Optimists and Flushing Rotary Join Forces for Sleep In Heavenly Peace

Every night, as children across the United States lay down to rest, some face a heart-wrenching reality – they don’t have a bed to sleep in. It’s a simple comfort that many of us take for granted, but for these children, it’s a dream they have yet to realize. That’s where the West Flint Optimist Club and the Flushing Rotary Club come into the picture, working together to make a difference in the lives of these youngsters. On Saturday, February 3, 2024, at 8:30 am, the two clubs will unite at Signs By Crannie, owned by West Flint Optimist Club member Dan Crannie, to build beds for the non-profit organization, Sleep In Heavenly Peace. This joint effort is not only a testament to the power of collaboration but also a shining example of what can be achieved when communities come together to #celebratecommunity.

West Flint Optimist Club: More Than Just an Optimist

The West Flint Optimist Club, a vibrant and community-oriented organization, has been serving the Flint area for decades. Their mission, as described on their website (westflintoptimists.org), is to “bring out the best in kids.” And they’ve been doing just that through various initiatives and projects that focus on youth development, education, and community involvement.

From organizing scholarships to supporting local schools and youth programs, the West Flint Optimist Club has consistently demonstrated their commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of children in their community. It’s no surprise that they’ve eagerly embraced the opportunity to collaborate with the Flushing Rotary Club and Sleep In Heavenly Peace to provide children with a fundamental necessity – a bed to sleep in.

Flushing Rotary Club: Building a Better Tomorrow

The Flushing Rotary Club, a dynamic service organization, shares a similar passion for community betterment. Their dedication to the local community is evident from their active involvement in various projects, all aimed at improving the lives of those they serve. A visit to their website (flushingrotary.com) showcases their motto: “Service Above Self.”

Rotarians are known for their global reach and local impact, and the Flushing Rotary Club is no exception. Their commitment to making a difference aligns perfectly with the mission of the West Flint Optimist Club, making their collaboration a natural fit. Through their generous partial sponsorship of funding, the Flushing Rotary Club has played a significant role in making this bed-building project possible.

Sleep In Heavenly Peace: Building Beds, Building Dreams

Now, let’s shine a spotlight on the organization that will ultimately benefit from this joint effort – Sleep In Heavenly Peace. Their mission is as straightforward as it is heartwarming: “No Kid Sleeps on the Floor in Our Town.” This noble cause resonates deeply with everyone involved in the upcoming bed-building event.

Sleep In Heavenly Peace (SHP), as detailed on their website (shpbeds.org/chapter/mi-flushing/), is a non-profit organization that focuses on providing safe, comfortable beds to children who would otherwise be sleeping on the floor. Founded on the belief that every child deserves a good night’s sleep, SHP operates through a network of local chapters, one of which is right here in Flushing, Michigan.

The Flushing chapter of SHP is passionate about addressing this critical issue in their community. They work tirelessly to build, deliver, and assemble beds for families in need, ensuring that children have a warm and secure place to lay their heads. The impact of their work reaches far beyond the physical act of building beds; it instills hope, comfort, and a sense of belonging in the hearts of these children.

Coming Together for a Greater Cause

The collaboration between the West Flint Optimist Club, the Flushing Rotary Club, and Sleep In Heavenly Peace represents more than just building beds. It’s a symbol of unity, compassion, and the power of community.

By working together, these two influential organizations are not only addressing a pressing issue but also demonstrating the importance of cooperation in today’s world. The joint effort echoes the nationwide agreement between Optimist International and Rotary International to promote cooperation and community, as encapsulated by the hashtag #celebratecommunity.

On the morning of Saturday, February 3, 2024, members of the West Flint Optimist Club and the Flushing Rotary Club will converge at Signs By Crannie. There, they will roll up their sleeves, pick up their tools, and start crafting beds that will become a haven for children in need. Each nail hammered, each piece of wood cut, and each bed assembled represents a step toward a brighter future for these children.

It’s a heartwarming display of what can be achieved when like-minded individuals and organizations come together to make a difference. The children who will receive these beds won’t just be sleeping better; they’ll be dreaming bigger. They’ll know that their community cares about them, and that sense of belonging can have a profound impact on their lives.

In Conclusion

As we look forward to the bed-building event on February 3, 2024, we’re reminded of the incredible potential for positive change when organizations like the West Flint Optimist Club and the Flushing Rotary Club join forces with Sleep In Heavenly Peace. Together, they are not only providing beds but also hope, comfort, and a sense of belonging to children who need it the most.

So, mark your calendars, and join us in celebrating this remarkable collaboration that embodies the spirit of #celebratecommunity. Together, we can make sure that no child in our town sleeps on the floor, and we can build a brighter, more compassionate future for all.


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