Michigan Week Dinner to celebrate community in April

REED CITY – A job well done deserves to be recognized.

The 49th Annual Michigan Week Dinner - “Celebrating Our Community” — will be held on Thursday, April 26, at Reed City High School.

Each spring, members of the Reed City Chamber of Commerce, city residents, guests and visitors gather for a dinner and presentation to review the past year recognize some special individuals in the community.

“We are celebrating the people who work hard to make our community a better place,” said Reed City chamber executive director Suzie Williams.

Awards will be given at the dinner for the 2012 Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, and Student of the Year - those individuals who went above and beyond over the past year and to make an impact in the Reed City area.

Award recipients can be nominated by anyone who wants to honor an individual who invests time and heart into their community.

Businesses that have grown in the past year, brought new jobs to the area or taken positive steps in improving the community are all worthy candidates for Business of the Year.

In order for the best to be selected, Williams needs nominations from anyone with a good reason a business or individual should win.

“A lot of times businesses help the community in ways people aren’t even aware of,” Williams said.

To nominate a business or individual for a Michigan Week Dinner award, community members can call the Reed City Chamber at (231) 832-5431.

The 2011 Business of the Year was Reed City Tool, a company who’s management team put forth special efforts to bring a new business to the area.

“They worked really hard to help bring Flo Pallet to our town,” Williams said.

The 2011 Citizen of the Year was Jim Repo, financial operations manager at General Mills/Yoplait. Repo was nominated by a co-worker who wanted to recognize his involvement in the Reed City area. Repo was a member of the DDA, JV and Varsity basketball statistics keeper, boys baseball assistant coach, Yoplait liaison for community donations among other community activities.

Student of the Year will be chosen by high school counselors and teachers and awarded to a student who works hard. Last year’s recipients were Ryan and Travis Douglas, brothers from Evart who volunteered at Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital Rehab and Nursing Center twice a week.

Corey Saladin, an honor student at Reed City High School was also given the award.

“Some kids who are really involved in the community might not be recognized as valedictorian or salutatorian,” Williams said. “We get to show our appreciation for them (with the Student of the Year award).”

The awards event will be  an hour and a half and will include a meal provided by Pere Marquette, a  year in review slideshow and a few short speakers to update the community on events and chamber news.

Chamber members hope the dinner will be a great opportunity for people to learn about the good things happening around the Reed City community and honor those who deserve recognition.

“Its our way of saying thank you for all they do,” Williams said.

Tickets cost $25 per person or $45 for two people and can be purchased at Chemical Bank, Lake Osceola State Bank, the INC Spot, from any Chamber Ambassador and the chamber office at the depot.

The entire community is invited to salute their city and show support for their home town.

For more information about the dinner or to nominate an individual for an award, call the Reed City Chamber office at 832-5431.