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Chamber Business

Cadillac Area

Magazine
A Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce Publication THIRD QUARTER 2017

The Power of
Community
Involvement
Mission Statement
The Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce is a visible
business leader that advocates and drives business
Power of Community
Involvement
opportunities. Through business alliances, we are a
catalyst for our membership and provide a persuasive
regional voice benefiting our communities.

2016/2017 Board of Directors
Stephen King, Board Chair
Law Office of King & King

Jeremy Winkle, First Vice Chair

W
VanDrie Home Furnishings
elcome to our third quar-
Karl Marcusse, Vice Chair
PADNOS ter Business Magazine! Our
theme for this edition is
Trent Mulder, Treasurer
Baird, Cotter & Bishop, PC. The Power of Community
Involvement and it comes at a great
Doug DeYoung, Vice Chair
Consumers Energy time! We have just held our annual
meeting and award ceremony and
Kelly Smith
Baker College of Cadillac recognized two exceptional citizens,
Kelly Smith and Cliff Sjogren who both
Don Schepers,
Schepers Agency, Inc. exemplify this theme.
This is an amazing community, and
Jennifer Brown,
Cadillac Area Public Schools there are so many people who give so
much of their time, talent and treasure
Tim Knaggs,
Fekete Knaggs & Burr Insurance to make us Cadillac.
If you were at the Annual Dinner,
Tonya Smith,
Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hosptial you heard me mention that we are
looking to create committees for just
Kevin Dunaway,
9&10 News/Fox 32 about everything that we do here at the
Chamber. This is one way for you to has agreed to let me hold two “Coffee
Dan Minor,
Cadillac Castings, Inc. be involved in the planning and execu- with the Chamber President” meet-
tion of events and programs so they ings per month at her location at 1818
Pete Stalker,
Mercantile Bank of Michigan can maximize their benefit to you as N Mitchell Street. I will be available
a member. This is your chamber, we the second and fourth Tuesday of each
Jennifer Neff,
Avon Protection Systems, Inc. need your input. If you are willing to month from 8:00-9:00am so feel free to
contribute your time and input on any stop in and chat with me. Please enjoy
CHAMBER STAFF of our programs please contact me and this issue of the Business Magazine and
David Miller, President let’s talk about it. We will be calling join with us in recognizing so many
dmiller@cadillac.org people in the next few months with spe- that have gotten involved in this great
Mike Acosta, Great Start Consultant cific requests to serve on committees, community!
macosta@wmisd.org
so if we call, please help!
Deb Gillies, Leadership Director/Accountant
dgillies@cadillac.org I will be continuing my “Listening
Amanda Downey, Administrative Assistant Tour” that began on my first day on David Miller,
adowney@cadillac.org the job. MaryAnne at Biggby Coffee Chamber President
Paula Jasper, Director of Membership Services
pjasper@cadillac.org
Kent Wood, Director of Government Relations
kentw@tcchamber.org
Website:www.cadillac.org
Printer: Pleasant Graphics
Publisher: Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce

The Cadillac Area Business Magazine is a publica-
tion of the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce. The
Chamber Update!
Chamber reserves the right to edit or refuse articles We have upgraded our operating systems so that we are able to serve our members
and advertisements submitted to the Cadillac Area more efficiently. You will notice that our emails have changed. Please update our con-
Business Magazine and reserves the right in its sole
discretion to accept or refuse inserts and other materi- tact information at your earliest convenience. Thank you!
als to be distributed through the publication. David Miller – president@cadillac.org is now dmiller@cadillac.org
Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce Deb Gillies – Leadership@cadillac.org is now dgillies@cadillac.org
222 Lake Street Amanda Downey – billing@cadillac.org is now adowney@cadillac.org
231-775-9776 Paula Jasper – membership@cadillac.org is now pjasper@cadillac.org

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Schepers Agency of Visionary Partners:

McBain Celebrates
100 Years
Congratulations to Don Schepers and his
family for reaching the 100th year milestone of
being a family owned business. The insurance
agency was opened in 1917 by Joe Schepers
with his son Ray joining in 1947. Don was
the 3rd generation to join in 1978 and will cel-
ebrate 40 years with the business in January

Business Directory
Excavating Education
CJ’s EXCAVATING, INC. Cadillac
Heritage
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Craig Johnson, CEO 231-878-3550 • Bonded & Insured www.cadillacheritagechristian.com Cadillac Hospital

Technology Real Estate
Kathy Damm-Lawie
Full Spectrum IT Support - 24/7 Broker
Commercial / Residential Specialist

Bus: (231) 876-2000
Independent Member Broker Cell: (231) 920-5038
Kathy Damm-Lawie
7545 E. 34 Rd./Boon Rd., Cadillac, MI 49601
Fax: (231) 876-1922- Broker
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Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated Commercial and
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Contact Us (231) 577-2080 121 N. Mitchell St., Cadillac, MI 49601

Construction Insurance
Edward Dracht
President Leadership Partners:
DRACHTDesign
CONSTRUCTION
• Build • Contracting
CO. AT&T
Serving the greater Cadillac area since 1972. 231-468-3559 Walkley Agency of Cadillac
Bella Rose Rehabilitation
Butler Steel buildings • CONVENTIONAL FRAMED BUILDINGS Fax 231-468-3061 919 N. Mitchell -Ste. B and Aquatic Center
Commercial • Industrial • Institutional • Agriculture • Churches 231-468-3560 Cadillac, MI 49601
Offices • Rubber Roofs • Concrete Flatwork • Complete Turnkey Projects rjwalkley@aaamichigan.com BorgWarner Thermal Systems
23350 100th Ave. • Marion, MI 49665 office: (231) 825-0035 Renee Walkley B&P Manufacturing
email: ed@drachtconstruction.com fax: (231) 825-0038 Membership • Travel Agency Principal
www.drachtconstruction.butlersteel.com cell: (231) 357-8718 Insurance • Financial Services Cadillac Area Public Schools
Consumers Energy
Concrete Construction Catering DTE Energy
Fekete Knaggs & Burr Insurance Agency
Services: Services Blue Heron FIAMM Technologies LLC
• Structural Concrete
• Site Concrete Catering Fifth Third Bank
• Concrete Pumping Make your next ITC
• Telebelt • Excavation event memorable
• Reinforcing with catering by
Mercantile Bank of Michigan
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10578 Linden Drive NW McBain, MI 49657 Rexair LLC
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Visit us at www.schepersconcrete.com
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Thank You
Cadillac Leadership
Class & Sponsors

Deb Gillies, Leadership Director Mike Mullins, Piranha Hose Products
Kaycee Barber, Rexair LLC Jason Owens, Cadillac Casting, Inc.
Chris Blessing, Wolverine Power Cooperative Sindi Powell, Avon Protection Systems
Jeff Durga, BorgWarner Jake Punelli, Cadillac Area YMCA
Samantha A. Fent, Piranha Hose Products Tim Rigling, Wexford Missaukee ISD
Michael Henderson, Rexair LLC Devin Sharp*, Trusted Tree Service
Travis Hepfner, Cadillac Casting, Inc. Shaina Squires, CHS - Cadillac Area Public Schools
Monica Malcomnson, Baker College of Cadillac Eric VanHaitsma, BorgWarner
Sarah Moeller, Wolverine Power Cooperative *RJ Blanchard Memorial Scholarship underwritten by:
Courtney Mulder, Munson Healthcare B & P Manufacturing and Mercantile Bank of Michigan
Cadillac Hospital Foundation

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Launch makes kayaking more accessible

structed a new parking area, an accessible pathway, decking area and
abutment for the launch. The Cadillac Leadership group, Cadillac
Area Chamber of Commerce, Mitchell State Park and the Friends of
Mitchell State Park would like to sincerely thank the community mem-
Article submitted by: Scott Slavin, Department of Natural bers who supported our project, “Launch Cadillac.”
Resources, Unit Supervisor WM. Mitchell State Park The site offers users peaceful views of Lake Cadillac along with a
shallow low use area to experience kayaking. Amenities available at the
Each year, the Cadillac Leadership class, a nine-month leadership site are vehicle parking, ADA access to the kayak launch, bench seating
training program of the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce, choos- and kayak rentals offered by the Friends of Mitchell State Park. They
es a community service project to benefit the Cadillac area. This year also offer kayaking classes to groups by utilizing kayaks provided by
Mitchell State Park presented a project proposal to the class with the the Friends of Mitchell State park. To make class arrangements, please
idea to promote accessible kayak launches on Lakes Cadillac and contact the Carl T Johnson Center at 231-779-1321.
Mitchell. With the installation of this wonderful new docking system, we hope
The class consensus was to partner with the Department of Natural to develop/enhance non-motorized water trail opportunities in the
Resources, Mitchell State Park and the Friends of Mitchell State Park Cadillac area by installation of two additional universally accessible
to provide a kayak/canoe docking system on Lake Cadillac providing EZ Launch dock locations on Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. By enhanc-
universal accessibility. Through generous community support, class ing partnership development between the City of Cadillac, Department
members raised over $45,000. The DNR supplied material and con- of Natural Resources, Mitchell State Park and local businesses we
hope to make these additional projects a reality.

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Thank You! to all of our Sponsors, Golfers, & Volunteers!
24th Annual Briefcase Open Golf Outing
44 North DK Design Group
9&10 News/Fox 32 Edward Jones/Amy Schmid
Alro Steel Evergreen Resort
Ambassador Club FirstMerit Bank
Audiological Services of Cadillac Godfrey Chevrolet Buick
Special thanks to Avon Automotive Groupe Beneteau
Cadillac Country Club Avon Protection Systems Highpoint Cadillac GMC
&
Evergreen Resort’s St Baker College Huntington
aff!
*Proceeds benefit Cham Biggby Coffee Law Offices of King & King
ber
Programming, Services Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Care Mercantile Bank of Michigan
and
Legislative Advocacy. Network of Michigan Miracle Ear
Cadillac Casting, Inc. Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital
Cadillac E.N.T. & Facial Plastic Surgery Padnos
Cadillac Family Physicians Piranha Hose Products
Cadillac Leadership Priority Health
Cadillac Mortgage Schepers Agency
Cadillac News ServPro of Manistee, Ludington & Cadillac
Cadillac Tuxedo/Cadillac Winery Springfield Roofing
Carroll Retirement Plans & Investments Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center
Chemical Bank Wolverine Power Cooperative
Clam Lake Beer Company

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Thank you
Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce
Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner Sponsors

9 &10 News / Fox 32 Chemical Bank
Avon Automotive Consumers Energy
Avon Protection Systems, Inc. Groupe Beneteau
Baker College of Cadillac Mercantile Bank of Michigan

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Blue Cross Blue Shield Munson Healthcare
Blue Care Network of Cadillac Hospital
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Cadillac Casting, Inc.
Piranha Hose Products, Inc.
Rexair LLC
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3rd quarter 2017 - Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce Business Magazine - 7
2017 Outstanding Citizen
She’s a great boss.
And now, Kelly Smith is the 2017 recipient of the
Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding
Citizen Award.
“I’ve never been empowered like I have been with
this boss, to be all that I can be,” said Mark Lagerwey,
director of extension programs at Baker College of
Cadillac.
“I believe that ‘boss’ is relative,” Smith said after
Wednesday’s ceremony at the Fox Hill Event Center.
“I believe in shared leadership. The whole team has a
voice and value.”
She even gives great dating advice, Lagerwey said.
Smith laughed when she heard that.
“I know lots of things, but that’s a whole ‘nother
story,” she said.
But it’s the boss stuff and Smith’s community
involvement that earned her one of the chamber’s Kelly Smith, President of Baker College Cadillac, and family recipient of the Citizen of the Year award from the Cadillac Area
highest honors. Chamber of Commerce.
Smith, the president of Baker College of Cadillac,
doesn’t micromanage, and she meets people where
they’re at, ultimately lifting them up, Lagerwey said. Village and various Rotary Club programs. That’s part of the reason Lagerwey calls the former
Smith’s talent does more than help her employees. She made an impression soon after moving to principal and grandmother of two an “exuberant
It has helped the Cadillac area. Cadillac. visionary.”
Chamber President David Miller and Lagerwey “Most people moving to a new community with “She models the way for all of us,” said Tonya
point to several examples, including Smith’s efforts to a demanding and high-level position would focus Smith, president of Munson Healthcare Cadillac
build relationships with industry leaders, ultimately mainly on their new job and settling in — not Kelly,” Hospital.
leading to the first Michigan Advanced Technician said Craig Weidner, who served on the Eagle Village Kelly Smith befriended Tonya Smith soon after the
Training program in Northern Michigan. and Cadillac Area Public Schools boards with Smith. hospital president moved to the area. They’ve served
She’s highly educated — she pursued her Ph.D at In the nomination form submitted by Lagerwey, together on several boards.
Michigan State University— but is able to mix and Weidner explains he approached Smith soon after You can see examples of Smith’s visionary work
mingle in a blue-collar town, Lagerwey said. she began working in Cadillac. Not only did she take simply by taking a stroll through downtown Cadillac,
He has thrice nominated Smith for the award. the meeting with Weidner about Eagle Village, she where $2 million student housing is nestled against
“Every time I’ve re-written the nomination, I’ve just also joined the board soon after. Lake Cadillac.
added more stuff,” Lagerwey said. “She jumped in with both feet,” Weidner explained. “Talk about place-making,” Miller said.
“She’s very accomplished,” Miller said. “(This year) A champion of concurrent enrollment, where high More housing is on the way at the college’s 13th
it was time.” school students take college classes, Smith’s efforts Street campus.
Despite all she does, Smith said she never expected have fundamentally re-imagined what Baker College Cadillac will continue to feel the effects of Smith’s
to receive the citizenship award. People should vol- is, and helped both Eagle Village and CAPS along work for generations.
unteer without agendas or expecting to be recog- the way, Lagerwey said, referring to the plan to send Through her service on the Alliance for Economic
nized, she said. Cooley Alternative High School students to Baker’s Success board, Smith is part of plan to analyze hous-
Smith has close ties to the chamber — she’s a for- campus. ing in Wexford County to find out what price points
mer chair — and close ties throughout the commu- Smith is also chair of the Alliance for Economic are missing and to then attract developers to the
nity. Success, a regional planning agency in Manistee area to build houses at those price points to meet the
As you might expect from a college president, and Benzie counties that is expanding to Wexford needs of workers.
young people and education are a common theme County. With the Alliance, Smith has worked to bring “She cares about people — flat out, bottom line,”
throughout her work. business investments to the area. Lagerwey said.
Smith serves on the Teen Impact Board and the And she literally puts the college’s money where her
YMCA board. She also serves on the boards of Eagle mouth is, forgiving a loan to the YMCA.

1997 — Ron Andrews 2003 — Dennis Benson 2010 — Bruce Schafer
Outstanding 1998 — Jack Benson
1999 — Keith Merchant
2004 — John MacLeod
2005 — Todd Bennington
2011 — Jon Catlin
2012 — Jeremy Winkle

Citizen & Tom Huckle
2000 — Maynard Thompson
2006 — Darlene Merritt
2007 — Chris Huckle
2013 — Dan Minor
2014 — Barbara Darrigan
Recipients: 2001 — Steve Anderson 2008 — Ron Blanchard 2015 — Scott Hunter
2002 — Pete Stalker 2009 — Paul Liabenow 2016 — Dean DeKryger

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2017 Spirit of Community
A Hollywood kind of love lives in Cadillac.
Pat Sjogren lives at Curry House due to
dementia, but Cliff, her husband of 64 years,
visits every day.
“It’s like ‘The Notebook,’” said David Miller,
president of the Cadillac Area Chamber of
Commerce, referring to the 2004 movie star-
ring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams based
on the 1996 novel by Nicholas Sparks.
When Vickie Essenmacher, the 2013 recipient
of the chamber’s Spirit of Community Award,
thinks about Cliff Sjogren, she thinks about
that: his movie-quality utter devotion to his
wife, which is apparent in everything he does.
She knows Sjogren through Friends of the
Library and describes him as “big-hearted, gre-
garious and loyal.”
“It’s caring and acting on it,” Sjogren said
about loyalty after the Chamber’s award cer-
emony on June 21 at the Fox Hill Event Center
in Cadillac. “I don’t know how else to do it.” Cliff Sjogren, recipient of the 2017 Spirit of Community Award, poses with two of his four children, Sig, left, and Steve, right,
He’s devoted to his hometown of Cadillac, as at the Fox Hill Event Center in Cadillac on June 21.
well.
That’s why he’s the recipient of this year’s
Spirit of Community Award, which “honors heart, were living in Cadillac again. about the county’s history to different groups.
individuals who have devoted significant time Sjogren relates all of this in his memoir. He You can even find some of Sjogren’s work in
and energy to improve the community’s quality even includes a list of every car he’s ever owned, the Cadillac News. He’s written articles on the
of life and have provided leadership in develop- with some stern words for Ford and Subaru. area’s early history. His writing also includes
ment and/or expansion of volunteer projects.” His resume is in there, too. his first book, “Timber Town Tales,” published
“I couldn’t find my way to the podium “Seriously, this is his resume,” Essenmacher in 2014. Profits from the book go to the histori-
because of the tears in my eyes,” Sjogren said. said, as Miller flipped through several pages of cal society.
“I didn’t expect this.” job descriptions and titles. There’s a special place for historians in the
Sjogren traveled all over the world through Nothing was too minor to mention, not even community, Miller said.
his service in the Navy and his work in aca- a post-retirement gig delivering dairy products. He’s an “old-school gentleman” who tells
demia. Essenmacher, who nominated Sjogren for jokes fit for polite company, Essenmacher said.
He retired from the University of Michigan as the award, said his thoroughness helped. An example: “Did you hear about the Swede
the director of admissions in 1988, then worked “I am sure that there has never been a pre- who loved his wife so much he almost told
as an educational consultant before working vious nominator who has had it easier,” her?” he joked, poking fun at his heritage.
at the University of Southern California as Essenmacher wrote on the nomination form. “It’s dear to my heart that he’s getting the
the dean of admissions and financial aid until “Cliff chronicles it all in his book.” award,” Essenmacher said.
1993, when he returned to Northern Michigan, But beyond his personal history, Sjogren has Essenmacher got the idea to nominate
living in Traverse City for eight years. proved himself dedicated to Cadillac’s history. Sjogren while sitting across from him at a
“We enjoyed our years in Traverse City, but He’s a past president of the Wexford County Friends of the Library Christmas party.
we were ready to go home,” Sjogren wrote in Historical Society, for which he tackled a pho- She thought about all he has done for the
his memoir, “Child of the Great Depression: tography project, scanning and digitizing more community, from volunteering to his historical
Growing Up in Cadillac Michigan During than 1,500 historically significant photos from work, and realized “he just deserves this,” she
a Troubled Time,” which he published in the area. He wrote descriptions and uploaded said.
February of 2016. the photos to the historical society’s website. “He’s the best of the community, I would say,”
By 2001, he and Pat, his high school sweet- He’s known for presenting free slide shows Essenmacher said.

Spirit of
1997 — Dr. Glenn Verbrugge 2004 — Mary Blackmer 2011 — Tracey Kanouse
1998 — William Rzepka 2005 — Judy Coffey 2012 — David Burrill
1999 — Regan O’Neill 2006 — Sue Peterson 2013 — Vickie Essenmacher
Community 2000 — John Bishop
2001 — Sue Westhauser
2007 — Pat Goggin
2008 — Mickey Putman
2014 — William Panasiewicz
2015 — Mike Paulin
Recipients: 2002 — Carol Potter 2009 — Matt Gibson 2016 — Karen & David McMahon
2003 — Jackie Soltman 2010 — Katy Huckle

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MAY 2017
Rise Up! Cadillac Welcome
New Members
Advanced Computer Solutions
Albert Steed
216 Munson Avenue, Suite C
Traverse City, MI 49686
231-933-6333
www.acsapp.com

Boon Sports Management
Todd Foster
1320 North Mitchell
Cadillac, MI 49601
Hosted by: 231-779-9520
Baker College
of Cadillac
Cobbs – Mitchell
Robert Munger
100 East Chapin Street
Cadillac, MI 49601
616-550-8090
www.cobbs-mitchell.com

Herweyer & Pennington Real Estate
Rich Herweyer
111 Shelby Street
Cadillac, MI 49601
Sponsored by: 231-388-2711
Biggby Cadillac
Wexford County Airport Authority
Sponsored by: 8040 East 34 Road
Meemo’s Farm Cadillac, MI 49601
231-779-9525

JUNE 2017
Rise Up! Cadillac
Sponsored by:
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10 - Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce Business Magazine - 3rd quarter 2017
Ambassador Club Morse receives
CIC designation
Ribbon Cuttings
Don Schepers, President of Schepers Agency, INC. in McBain
is announced that agent Lisa Morse has met the requirements to
Apple Valley Nature Food Store receive the designation of Certified Insurance Counselor.
This designation requires the recipient to prove their insurance
knowledge of personal lines, commercial property, commercial
liability, life and health and agency management by passing
comprehensive tests on each subject. Morse joins Schepers and
agency office manager Paula Dykhouse as fellow CICs.

Peterson serves as moderator
David Peterson, of the Cadillac law firm of Law Offices of David
R. Peterson, P.C., recently participated as a moderator at the Upper
Michigan Legal Institute. The two-day conference featured promi-
nent speakers who provided lectures and workshops on current
Active Chiropractic developments in various legal topics, and was attended by approxi-
mately 100 attorneys from across the state. Peterson has been select-
ed to serve as a moderator at this conference annually since 1998.

FirstMerit, Huntington merge
FirstMerit and
Huntington have become
one. It was the culmina-
tion of more than a year
of strong partnership,
meticulous planning and
preparation, and great
ter
Deadline for the 4th Quar execution. The result was
gazine
Cadillac Area Business Ma
a successful conversion,
are your
is October 16, 2017. Sh
which brought together
ws! two like-minded cultures
business/organization ne now poised as one to con-
tinue to help our customers and support our communities. By high-
lighting their ongoing commitment to the Cadillac area & Michigan,
Intervention Services Huntington Bank announced a $2,500 donation to Oasis Family
Resource Center, one of many community partners.
for Area Youth
The Cadillac & Kellogg for Youth Committee, an advisory commit- Changing teenagers’
tee to the Cadillac Area Community Foundation is supporting inter-
vention services for struggling Cadillac Area Public School students. self-esteem through intervention
The move comes as statistics are showing 29% of children in Wexford
County live in poverty while juvenile crimes continue to occur. Most The Cadillac Area Women’s Giving Circle recently provided a $3,500
of the teenagers arrested in 2015 (the most recent year on record) had grant that will help fund scholarships for girls from the Cadillac Area
committed property crimes, narcotics abuse, or burglary. Crimes like Public School system to receive intervention help at Eagle Village.
these are among the best suited for intervention programs. Eagle Village is a nonprofit organization in Hersey, Michigan that has
With the Cadillac & Kellogg for Youth Committee’s $700.00 grant, been helping struggling kids and families since 1968. Their interven-
matched by the Board of Trustees for the Cadillac Area Community tion services help provide teenagers with a higher sense of self-esteem,
Foundation, a total of $1,400.00 in scholarships have been created for better decision-making skills, and respect for others.
students of Cadillac Area Public Schools to use for certain interven- This grant will be used to provide scholarships for Base Camp,
tion services at Eagle Village in Hersey, MI. Eagle Village is accepting Project Survive, Youth Challenge and Family Challenge Weekends.
registrations by calling 231-832-7298.

3rd quarter 2017 - Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce Business Magazine - 11
Look what happens
when we work together
ued, “United Way is committed to funding to make a long term investment in the edu-
local programs, for local people, with a goal of cation of our youngest citizens, knowing it
By Pat Goggin building a workforce for tomorrow, as well as wouldn’t pay off until after they graduated. It
Director, United Way of Wexford Missaukee helping your employees today.” was in the Chamber’s board room where the
Counties We hear about a different kind of suc- decision was made to invest in Imagination
It takes more than one skilled craftsman to cess from the CAPS Afterschool Tutoring Library. Dan Minor, CEO of Cadillac Casting
build a boat at Groupe Beneteau. Over at the Program. Matt Brown, principal at Forest Inc. said, “I was happy to write the first check
Career Tech Center and Baker College it takes View Elementary says, “In just one year over to kick-start the program.” The Cadillac Area
a team of instructors to prepare a student for 240 students were able to close the reading Community Foundation stepped up to be the
a career. And no single healthcare team mem- gap, with many students reaching grade level, fiduciary and United Way accepted the chal-
ber at Munson’s Cadillac hospital can cure through the Afterschool Tutoring Program. lenge to make education a funding prior-
what ails you. But when individuals work Not only did students grow in reading, they ity. The success has been astonishing. Over
together in a united way they create beautiful also grew in their confidence and outlook 2,000 children will receive a book in their
boats, skilled graduates and a healthy com- toward the future. That’s 240 of our kids!” mailbox this month, and every month, to pre-
munity. Great things happen when people Matt said “I’m very grateful to the many pare them for success in school. That’s not a
come together as a team … or as a commu- United Way donors who help fund this pro- typo. That’s over 2,000 youngsters, right here
nity. Dave Cox, director of the Career Tech gram and put these students on the road to at home, learning to read. To Mike Acosta
Center and past board chair of the Chamber success in school and beyond.” with the Chamber of Commerce, Great Start
said, “Just like our Chamber works as a col- Just a few years ago the Cadillac Area Collaborative, “This is huge! This means kids
laborator bringing parties to the table to do Chamber of Commerce invited the Great Start will hit the ground ready to learn when they
great things, our local United Way serves as a Collaborative to partner with the Chamber start Kindergarten.” Mike continued,” That’s
conduit for employees to come together and and pull together some folks who were com- success! One successful youngster at a time.
strengthen our communities.” Dave contin- mitted to changing our future. The idea was This will build a strong community.”

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Kelly Smith, president of Baker College of some to survive, we are incredible thankful He put it this way, “United Way rests atop
Cadillac, is the 2017 winner of the Chamber’s to all the United Way donors who have raised my ‘giving list.’ Their good work improves
“Outstanding Citizen” award. Kelly said, much-needed funds. In a perfect world, I wish the quality of life immeasurably throughout
“I am a firm believer that it takes a village - United Way could replace all of our fundrais- Missaukee and Wexford counties.”
The United Way in our community plays an ing efforts … so we could focus on what we do “Building our community one person at a
instrumental role in keeping so many impor- best … helping people.” time is not new,” said Carla Filkins, mayor
tant programs up and running. The success of the community working of Cadillac and recent Athena Award recipi-
“The Teen Impact program at the YMCA is together in a united way can be felt at the ent. “Two years ago we saw people coming
one recipient of United Way dollars and the Stehouwer Free Clinic where they provide together to make Cadillac Commons a reality.
kids that are touched by this program are for- healthcare and access to life-saving medica- Then again last fall to fund the new Farmers
ever changed.” Kelly continued, “United Way tion. Dr. Helen Kiomento, medical director at Market and just recently to rebuild the Sound
donors help make this happen and they are the clinic said, “The support from United Way Garden.” Carla continued, “Each of these
an important part of the Village that keeps the donors is critical to our success. I don’t know efforts grew from the power of individuals,
greater Cadillac community a great place to what we’d do without them.” working together, in a united way, to build a
be.”  Although in her 80s, Flora is still able to live better community.” Mike Hamner, president
Over at OASIS Family Resource Center, independently and remain in her home with of Avon Protection Systems Inc., said, “When
United Way donors weren’t even aware of just a little help from Mary, a volunteer with those of us in the business community offer
their success when a mother and her children the Senior Companion Program at Catholic our team members the opportunity to par-
escaped domestic violence and found shel- Human Services. “It’s a win-win!” says Chip ticipate in a United Way Workplace Campaign
ter at the OASIS. Amber Herlein, Executive Cieslinski, director of Catholic Human (combined with the power of payroll deduc-
Director at OASIS said, “Their journey to Services, “Mary’s weekly visits provide com- tion) they see how a small contribution from
healing and building a new life together start- panionship for Flora … and Mary adds pur- each paycheck can make a significant impact
ed at the OASIS Shelter House and, through pose to her own life by helping Flora.” Chip in building a successful community.”
counseling, led this young mother and her admitted, “Without the many United Way If you would like to learn how your team
children to peace of mind, a job, a new apart- donors this program would not be possible.” can make a difference with as little as $1 each
ment, a new beginning.” Chris Huckle, chair Cliff Sjogren, the Chamber’s “Spirit of week, please contact United Way of Wexford
of the OASIS board said, “We’re in the busi- Community” recipient for 2017, sees another Missaukee Counties at 775-3753.
ness of helping people, and we do a very good example of win-win. “Giving to United Way
job at that. We are not in the business of fun- enriches the lives of both the recipient and the
draising.” Amber said, “While we must do giver.” Cliff has long supported United Way.

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Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau
Holds Annual Meeting
The greater Cadillac Area Tourism Industry came together at the
Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau Annual Meeting to hear Key Note
Speaker Dave Lorenz, Vice President of Travel Michigan, and to honor
area volunteers for thousands of hours of service. Dave gave an update
on the Pure Michigan ‘Passions’ Campaign, the new website, and high-
lights of the Travel Michigan national and international campaigns.  
Cadillac Area Festivals & Events 2017 Award
Volunteer of the Year Award Winner - Shawn Dostal
Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau 2017 Awards
Volunteer of the Year Award Winner - Michele Owings Andrews
Recreation Excellence Award - Business/ Organization Winner
Friends of the White Pine Trail & MDNR
Recreation Excellence Award - Individual Award Winner
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from the Cadillac & Kellogg for Youth Committee; an advisory
committee to the Cadillac Area Community Foundation Board of COMPASS lATITUDe
Trustees, and the Cadillac Area Women’s Giving Circle, for the CTC
Driver’s Education program.
These grants will be used to offer high school students an oppor-
tunity to receive driver’s education training and testing required to
obtain a driver’s license. Students who have been identified as eco-
nomically disadvantaged will be eligible to receive this funding.
Funding from the Cadillac Area Women’s Giving Circle is reserved
for female students.

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Wexford Missaukee Life Leadership Conference
Imagination Library Rotary Club of Cadillac sent three students to the Life Leadership
Conference held at the Kettunen Center in Tustin. Grace McKnight,
Tina Yunes, Rotary Exchange Student from Brazil and Spencer
The month of June started the fifth year Richardson were the Cadillac High School participants.
for the Imagination Library in Wexford Students were encouraged to return to their community prepared
and Missaukee Counties. The Great Start to utilize the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self” by engaging oth-
Collaborative and the Cadillac Wexford ers in service to make a difference in their schools, their community
Library marked the occasion at the and the world around them.
“Wednesday Wigglers” Story Time pro-
gram which is appropriate for children
from birth to age 4 and their parents. Cadillac Community
The event also celebrated the award of
a grant of $6,000 from the Cadillac Area Foundation Awards Scholarships
Women’s Giving Circle to support the
Wexford Missaukee Imagination Library. The Cadillac Area Community Foundation awarded scholarships
The Cadillac Area Women’s Giving Circle is totaling $36,946 to students and community members seeking profes-
a component fund of the Cadillac Area Community Foundation. sional development to further their careers. The scholarship winners
The Imagination Library is a universal service available to all families all have one thing in common; they have either graduated from a high
with children birth to five years in the area served by Wexford Missaukee school within the Wexford-Missaukee ISD or are residents of the area.
Intermediate School District. The program is available at no cost to fami- Over 50 applications were submitted to nine different scholarship
lies and is supported completely by contributions from individuals, busi- programs facilitated by the Foundation. The scholarship commit-
nesses and local philanthropy. 100% of donated funds go toward the pur- tees spent hours reviewing community service and determining the
chase and mailing of books to area children. applicants’ character and leadership abilities as demonstrated in the
As of June 2017, 2072 children in the Wexford-Missaukee area are essays they were required to submit. Some scholarship programs
currently participating in the program and receiving a book each also required a financial review to determine need. In the end, 27
month, and 1454 children have graduated from the program. That scholarships were awarded to individuals who best met the criteria
means that a total of 3,526 children in the area have benefitted from of the scholarship programs and demonstrated the ability to suc-
the program since it began in June of 2013 with a total of 77, 600 ceed in their chosen area of study.
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