Mason Area Chamber of Commerce | July 2022
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Mid-Month Update!
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July 14th Thursday Night Live Concert "Mama Tryd"
July 21st 49th MACC Golf Classic
August 4th Thursday Night Concert "Back Woods Band"
August 18th Thursday Night Concert "Jackson French Quarter Dixieland Band"
August 25th Good Morning Mason! Meeting
August 27th Sun Dried Vendor Row

Thank you to the following member businesses for sponsoring our next Thursday Night Live concert featuring Mama Tryd
The MACC would also like to thank our program sponsors:
A&W Restuarant
Bestsellers Books & Coffee Company
Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 55
Fiedler Insurance Agency
GreenStone Farm Credit Services
Ingham County Farm Bureau
Kean's Store Company
Klavon's Pizzeria & Pub
Michigan Steam Engine & Threshers Club Reunion
Sweetless Boutique
Timeless Treasures
Mason's premier golf scramble, the MACC Golf Classic is presented by Oracle Financial Solutions. This golf outing attracts many golfers each year. The outing runs on three 9-hole courses simultaneously and is a great opportunity for members, guests, and volunteers to network and conduct business in a relaxed, fun environment. Again, this year, a portion of the net proceeds of the MACC Golf Classic will benefit the MACC Agnes "Aggie" Corner Scholarship Fund for Community Volunteerism.

The 49th Annual MACC Golf Classic includes 18 holes of golf with cart, continental breakfast, lunch at-the-turn, golfer's "goodie bag", beer and wine on the course, pop and water, and door prizes. The event is $75 per golfer. Your registration will contribute to the MACC's fund balance allowing us to continue bringing free public events such as our Thursday Night Live Concert Series, Independence Day Parade, Holidays Light Parade, and Small Business Saturday "Cocoa on the Corner" to downtown Mason.

Registration is open now, so get those teams registered and come have a great day of golfing.
Mason Area Chamber of Commerce annual raffle tickets are on sale now!
Tickets are sold at all Chamber events and the Chamber office.
1St Prize- $1000.00 2nd Prize- $500.00 3rd Prize- $200.00
Tickets are $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00.
The drawing will be held September 22, 2022
This is an amazing community event, and we are so excited to host the 48th year!!! Vendor registration is open. Please click the link below to register today.

Not interested in a vendor space, the MACC is currently looking for a presenting sponsor for Downhome Days. Please contact Sharla at if you are interested.
The Sun-Dried Music Festival is a long-time staple in Mason and this year will be no different. The MACC is once again hosting our Sun-Dried Vendor Row. We are so excited to host this event again this year!!! Vendor registration is open. Please click the link below to register today.

Not interested in a vendor space, the MACC is currently looking for a presenting sponsor for Sun Dried Vendor Row. Please contact Sharla at if you are interested.

CHAMBER OFFICE – OPEN - The Mason Area Chamber of Commerce office is open from 9:00am to 2:00pm Tuesday thru Friday each week. Other times are available by appointment. Call the office at 517-676-1046 if you need to schedule an appointment.

CHAMBER VOLUNTEERS: WE NEED YOU!! MACC is in need of volunteers to assist at each of the events we host. Please let us know if we can add you to our list to receive notification via Sign-Up-Genius for alerts when we need help. And feel free to let your friends and co-workers know of this opportunity. Volunteering at our events is an excellent opportunity for you to network with others in our community. Please contact the MACC at if you are interested in volunteering.

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Mason Public Schools Selects New Superintendent, Dr. Gary Kinzer
Mason Public Schools Selects New Superintendent, Dr. Gary Kinzer (Mason, MI) On June 1, the Mason Public Schools Board (MPS) of Education met with the final three Superintendent candidates. After much input from stakeholders and hearing from all the candidates, the Board voted to offer Dr. Gary Kinzer the position as the next Superintendent of Mason Public Schools. He will join the district officially on July 1, 2022. The Mason Public School’s Board of Education is appreciative to all stakeholders who were able to attend the public meetings and provide input throughout this process. Dr. Kinzer is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources at Novi Community Schools serving over 900 employees and 6,900 students. In his Human Resources role, he has built positive relationships with district administrators, teachers, secretaries, bus drivers, operations staff, and the Board of Education. He was also part of the team that passed a $185 million bond proposal and is involved in the current construction process. Prior to his time at Novi Community Schools, he served Okemos Public Schools as Principal of Hiawatha Elementary School, Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Kinawa Middle School and was also a High School English teacher. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan-Flint and his masters and doctoral degrees from Michigan State University. Kurt Creamer, MPS Board President states, “Mason Public Schools has had a solid leadership team for many years under Ronald Drzewicki. We were fortunate to have several strong candidates for the superintendent position. Our goal was to find a candidate who would continue the district’s positive momentum and take it to the next level. We believe that Dr. Kinzer was the best choice to move the district forward and we are eager to have him join our team.” Dr. Kinzer will be able to work with current Superintendent, Ronald J. Drzewicki, Ed.S., until his official retirement on August 31, 2022. Dr. Kinzer and his wife, Marcy, live in Okemos with their two children.

Mason Public Schools is committed to academic excellence in a safe environment where students develop critical thinking skills, are empowered to succeed, and are encouraged to serve their community.

July 13 Program Helps Research Your Home’s History
Ever wondered about the history of your home? Come learn about the resources you can use to find your home's rich history. The Mason Area Historical Society program on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at 7:00 p.m., features Rachel Clark, education specialist at the Michigan History Center and will take place at the Mason Area Historical Museum located at 200 E. Oak Street in Mason. The Society will hold a brief monthly meeting prior to the free program in the Virginia Schlichter Auditorium inside the museum. You may tour the museum before and after the event. The museum is also open on Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and admission is always free, thanks to members and generous donors. “I’ve always thought the original part of my own home was built in 1900,” says Doug Klein, president of the MAHS. “But then I found out that many houses are listed as built in 1900 due to a lack of good record keeping systems in the past.” “It's a common approximation used for older properties from before modern building permits were kept on file,” he explains. “So, because of that fact, I’ll be doing more research on the actual age of my own home.” Please be aware that the museum access has temporarily changed. Barnes Street is currently under construction. People should avoid driving on Barnes and should not park on Barnes. The Society suggests entering Oak Street from the east using Rogers Street for northsouth access. "Road Closed" signs are to be regarded as "Closed to Through Traffic" signs. Visitors may use their usual exit door on Oak Street for both entry and exit at this time.
Kids Art Classes with Dawn this summer!
Animal Cartooning! Kids Art Class
Together we will learn to draw various animals from the farm to the sea and all in-between!
Our final project will be the animals of your own creation with the tips and techniques you have learned during the class with your own personal flare!

Monday, July 25, 2022- 10am- 12pm

$22.00 per child- all supplies included, imaginations needed!

Suggested ages- 5-14

Planes, Trains and Automobiles Cartooning!
Kids Art Class
In this class we will be drawing all kinds of transportation from planes in the sky, and buggies on the sand! We will also create our own crazy transportation that may fly, glide on water or travel under the earth and everything in between!

If your child plans on attending the class prior on this day, you are welcome to bring a sack lunch and we will hold a picnic outside the studio, (weather permitting), or inside the studio.
Either way, we will have fun!

Monday, July 25, 2022 1pm-3pm

$22.00 per child- all supplies included, imaginations needed!

Suggested ages- 5-14

Superhero Cartooning! Kids Art Class
We will be creating your favorite super heroes as we also create some of our own! This class has always been a hit at the Comic Con events so I designed it for smaller groups too!

Wednesday, July 27, 2022 10am - 12pm

$22.00 per child- all supplies included, imaginations needed!

Suggested ages 5-14

Paint Your Own Garden Stake! Kids Art Class
Each garden stake is placed on a two foot metal pole to be placed in the garden or anywhere you please.
Kids can choose from the "Bee" or "Peace" image for their stake. They will create it with the colors they enjoy. Each stake will be weather sealed by the instructor and they will be able to take their project home the same day!

If your child plans on attending the class prior to this one, they are welcome to bring a sack lunch and we will hold a picnic in the studio yard (weather permitting) or inside the studio.
Whatever we choose, we will have fun!

$30.00 per child

Suggested ages- 5-14

Need a Caricature?
I offer people and pet caricatures, event style (shown to left) or digital. 

I will be doing caricatures this summer at the Holt Farmer's Market two times a month.
My next date is Wednesday, July 13th during the "Food Frenzy" from 4-8pm or the last Saturday in July, July 30th, from 9-2.

Caricatures can be drawn in person or by a photo ahead of time and can be picked up during the market. Excellent gift for the person that has everything!

Feel free to contact me if you have interest or questions!
Registration is open for Burchfield County Park’s Exploring Nature Summer Day Camps! One week sessions run Monday through Friday in the summer through August 12th, and are developed to encourage young campers to become engaged with nature. Campers will explore over 540 acres of Burchfield - from woods to wetlands and participate in hands-on activities that will help them learn more about the natural world surrounding them. Activities from catching frogs, to hiking, and swimming, pedal boating, to crafts and games provide recreational enjoyment while challenging young minds to nurture and support nature. Enrollment is open to children ages 5-12, children age five must have completed kindergarten. Sessions are available Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm ($105.00 Resident of Ingham County / $115.00 Non-Resident).

For more information call the Ingham County Parks Department at 517-676-2233. Burchfield County Park is located at 881 Grovenburg Rd, Holt
Register online:
 Mason First United Methodist Church
We are planning a Back to School Jubilee for students from families who might need a little extra help as the kids get ready to return to the classroom in the fall.  
We are working with the Elementary school social workers to get names of families who have need, AND we'll provide Capital Area Community Services with flyers, and put flyers out at the mobile home parks. Our goal is to provide at least 100 backpacks with school supplies on a first-reserved, first served basis. If we find we have greater need than we can supply, we will make every effort to resource those needs.  
If your organization would like to participate in this event by providing a resource, service, volunteers, or financial support, please just respond to this email (Rev. Suzanne Goodwin) and I'll get you connected with the correct coordinator.  
The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 20 from 10am - 1pm in the parking lot of Mason First United Methodist Church.  
If you have wholesale contacts who might be willing to donate or supply items at a reduced cost, please let me know as soon as possible. We'd like to meet the needs of these families especially in these financially trying times!
Thank you for your service and leadership in our community!
Rev. Suzanne Goodwin
Pastor, Mason First United Methodist Church
(517) 676-9449
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