REED CITY — Each spring, members of the Reed City Chamber of Commerce, city residents, guests and visitors gather to salute the state of Michigan, their community and some very special people.

Every year at this time, Reed City Chamber of Commerce members take advantage of statewide Michigan Week festivities to celebrate all the good Reed City has to offer, honor a very special citizen, and kick off the summer season with a grand party.

The Michigan Week Dinner has become one of the highlights of the chamber’s year of activities.

The 48th Annual Michigan Week Dinner —“Celebrating our Community” — will be held Wednesday, May 11, at the Reed City High School cafetorium, beginning with a social hour at 6 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now.

“We hope folks will enjoy a fabulous dinner as they join us for the 2010 Year in Review, help us welcome new Chamber Board Members, and honor the Business, Citizen and Students of the year,” said Chamber executive director Suzie Williams. “Tickets are on sale at the Chamber Office, Andres Computers, Chemical Bank, and from the Chamber Ambassadors.

Williams reported there were some changes to the evening’s planned format this year — to better streamline the event.

“We’ve changed it up this year, making it all about celebrating the Chamber and city accomplishments, our community, our volunteers,” she pointed out.

“Our Michigan Week Dinner is new and improved. Short, sweet, and to the point. We won’t have as much going on as we have in the past. Just a nice dinner and awards.”

An important highlight of the evenings festivities will be the naming of the 2011 Citizen of the Year. Every year, members of the Reed City Chamber of Commerce set aside a bit of quality time from the Michigan Week Dinner to honor a very special person as Reed City’s Citizen of the Year.

The honor was created to salute people who have had a positive impact on the community and who live, work or volunteer in the Reed City area.

The list of past honorees is indeed a veritable “Who’s Who” of community supporters and ‘cheerleaders’ of all things Reed City.

Past Citizen of the Year laureates have included Art Proefrock, Jean and Paul Roggow, Leo Blanck, Richard Karns, Floyd Wood, Larry Emig, Sheri Thompson, Dr. Don Gogolin, Ed Lazar, Joe Riggen, Dorothy Ahlich, James C. Thompson, Ferris Leach, Fay Wilson, Deb Ahlich, Carol Andres, May Lou Proefrock, Bill Porteous, Mel St. Onge, and many more.

It’s a long list.

Many, many combined years of dedicated service to the community.

Chamber members hope the dinner will be a great opportunity for people to learn about the good things happening around the Reed City community.

“This dinner is a chance to highlight the many, many positive things we have going on around our extended neighborhood,” said Williams.

The entire community is invited to salute their city. Business owners and customers; young and old; long time residents and new folks to the area — anyone with a sense of community spirit looking for a way to show support for the their home town.

For more information about the dinner or chamber activities, call the Reed City Chamber office at 832-5431.

Don’t miss out on a great chance to express your pride in Reed City.