March 2022
2021 Outstanding Citizen of the Year
Compassionate, generous, altruistic, selfless, kind, and philanthropic were some of the words to describe longtime Mt. Pleasant resident Eileen Jennings during Saturday’s annual Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet. Jennings was recognized in front of a crowd of 285 community members as the 2021 Citizen of the Year.
Jennings moved to Mt. Pleasant in 1980 and served as an attorney for Central Michigan University for 29 years. Actively engaged in many organizations while working, Jennings continued to be involved even after retirement. She has served in a volunteer capacity for organizations like Central Michigan Community Hospital, United Way, Friends of Isabella Seniors, Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation, and Christmas Outreach. She is a member of the Faith Weavers, the Zonta Club, and was one of the first women to join the Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant. An active member of Rotary for 32 years, Jennings has served as Club President, a District Officer, and District Governor.
Jennings was praised for her efforts to understand and advocate for people in Mt. Pleasant and across the world. “She looks for every opportunity to improve our community, making it a richer place to live,” said Steve Pung, 2020 Citizen of the Year. “She seeks those who need help, and who are unable to help themselves, and she enlists the aid of all those she encounters in her missions. She seeks attention, not for herself, but to shine the light on an opportunity to make an improvement, to create a relationship, to build something new, to take care of a problem, and to serve.”
Congratulations to our Award Winners!
Large Business Community Service Award- Mt. Pleasant Abstract & Title
Small Business Community Service Award- Mt. Pleasant Agency- Central Insurance
2021 IGNITE AWARD- Sidney Sowle & Son- Mayflower Transit

Rising Star Community Impact Award- Rachel DeRoeck
Young Professional of the Year- Melissa Neu
Ambassador of the Year- Mike Miller

2020 Outgoing Board Chair- Erik Rodriguez
2021 Outgoing Board Chair- Shaun Holtgreive
Charles E. Anthony Award- Rachel Blizzard

2021 Eagle Award Winners:

Art Reach of Mid Michigan- Jeff Hoyle
Child Advocacy Center- Brad Wahr
Clothing INC.- Jim Peasley
Community Cancer Services of Isabella County- Vonda Barker
Community Compassion Network's Infant Pantry- Karen Hutslar
Friends of the Broadway Theatre- Faith Howard
Habitat for Humanity of Isabella County- JoAnne Christians
Life Choices of Central Michigan- Julia Amting
McLaren Central Michigan Volunteer Services- Patty Krepostman
Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation- Kurt Grashaw
Mt. Pleasant Jaycees- Lindsey Miller
Mt. Pleasant Kiwanis Club- Ryan Longoria
Mt. Pleasant Lions Club- Lorrin Rupert
Mt. Pleasant Rotary Club- Tom Miles
Optimist Club of Mt. Pleasant- Jessi Harger
The Care Store- Sue Pung
United Way of Gratiot & Isabella Counties- Mark Szymczak
Zonta Club of Mt. Pleasant- Mary Anne Zang

Here is a video recap of the evening! Click here to watch!
It's time for your Ribbon Cutting!
Are you a new member? Have an anniversary this year? New management? Ribbon cuttings add the pizazz while you promote your:

  • Large expansion or major remodel (Renovations)
  • Moved to a new location (Relocations)
  • Under new ownership
  • Groundbreakings
  • Commemorative/milestone anniversaries (10, 25, 50 years)
  • and more--at no extra cost!

Contact Deena at for details!
Come join us and welcome CREATION COFFEE at their Mt. Pleasant Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting!

March 23rd from 4- 5 pm
Ribbon Cutting at 4:15 - 4:30 pm
914 E. Pickard Rd. Mt. Pleasant, MI
Did you know.....
Your membership offers FREE postings. Your online Chamber portal allows you to post job openings, member-to-member deals, and hot deals on the chamber website as well as upcoming events on the event calendar. Your online Chamber portal allows you to post on the Chamber website as well as our events calendar. For details please reach out to Deena at 989.772.2396 x 101.
JOIN the Chamber and Get Involved with a great group of businesses!
For information about joining the Mt. Pleasant Chamber of Commerce, please contact Deena at
Ambassador Spotlight
Rod Reid- Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works!

Rod is March's Ambassador of the Month! Rod works for Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works!

Rod has been an Ambassador for about 2 years! He became an Ambassador because it is another way he could connect companies to people, agencies, and other companies to build valuable relationships. Rod has been in Mt. Pleasant for over 50 years. Fun fact Rod has been married to his high school sweetheart, Linda for almost 47 years!
Referrals Over Business
If you're looking for a solid group to network with, there is room for new members in our Thursday morning ROB-1 Group.

Please review the current business categories already represented in ROB 1.

Categories already represented: Power Washing, Senior Health Care, Junior Achievement, Radio, Banking- Business Development/Commercial, Marketing, Optometrist, Real Estate, Fire/Water Restoration, Retail- Jewelry, Investments, Collision, ID Theft, Chiropractic, Financial Advisor, Museum, and Job Placement. We are looking for Education, Health Insurance, and Retail categories
If you are interested in learning more, please contact Deena at the Chamber at 989.772.2396 to schedule a visit to meet the group!
ROB #2

If your category is already spoken for in ROB 1, let's get a second group started!
Welcome New Members

Creation Coffee
Imageworks Ltd.

Office of Michael Hyde PLLC

The Salvation Army Thrift Store

Farm Bureau Insurance- Kayla Wickham

Mary Gonzalez Cleaning Services

Great Lakes Bay Construction

Norm's Flower Petal

Membership News
We will be kicking off our NEW monthly networking lunch " POP IN 4 LUNCH" this month at PONDEROSA! Join us on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at a member restaurant to grab lunch and promote your business with some soft networking. You will be given time to tell us about your business while learning about other members. Please go to our event calendar to register.
Young Professionals Network
YPN meets every 4th Tuesday
 from 4-5 p.m. Keep an eye out for these upcoming YPN meetings.

Our next meeting will be at Hunter's Ale House on 3/29 at 4:00 pm

Interested in becoming a member of the Young Professionals Network?
Contact Celeste Janson at the Chamber
(989) 772-2396
YPN Yearlong Sponsors
Mark Your Calendar!
To register, or to find out more information, click on an event link below.
Accident Fund Updates
Accident Fund Updates!
Membership Updates!

Tickets are now available for "A Northern Tradition," Mid Michigan College’s annual fundraiser, which is planned for April 10 at Jay’s Sporting Goods in Clare. More than $1.7 million has been raised through this event over the last 20 years, benefiting the Mid Michigan College Foundation.

Mike Avery will serve as the honorary host at the event. Mike is a long-time Michigan-based broadcaster with more than forty years in the business and a strong advocate of the outdoor lifestyle. His three-hour weekly Outdoor Magazine radio show promotes the history and tradition of hunting, fishing, shooting, and trapping.

This year’s commemorative art highlights photography by featured artist Steve Jessmore. Steve is a 30-year photojournalist, five-time Michigan Photographer of the Year, Robert F. Kennedy Photojournalism awardee, and former Chief Photographer of the Flint Journal. He is an avid outdoor photographer with a love for all wildlife, especially birds. In 2021, two of his bird images swept the professional division of the national 2021 Audubon Photography contest, winning 1st place and honorable mention.

“This year’s event represents a welcome return to Jay’s Sporting Goods,” said Tom Olver, Executive Director of the Mid Michigan College Foundation. “We’re thrilled to offer a tremendous experience for our attendees.”

Each $75 ticket, provides the attendee with a $25 gift certificate to Jay’s Sporting Goods and a commemorative art print or note card set. Attendees will also enjoy refreshments from local restaurants, chef-crafted wild game tastings, creative mocktails, various desserts, and live music by Full Cord Bluegrass.

Tickets are available for purchase online at or by texting TRADITION to 91999.

For more information about A Northern Tradition, visit or contact Tom Olver at or (989) 386-6675.
2022 #TeamUp Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational - Local (501(c)(3) nonprofits can now apply for the 2022 #TeamUp for the Great Lakes Bay Region grant program. The annual LPGA event will take place July 10-16 at the Midland Country Club, and local charities are invited to apply now for their chance to be teamed with two of the 72 professional golf pairings participating in the tournament. Applications must be submitted online by March 11. Applications close at 5 pm on March 11. A total of $237,500 will be donated through this program with each selected nonprofit guaranteed to receive at least a $4,500 grant.

Job Postings!
Mt. Pleasant Chamber of Commerce President & CEO
2022 Seasonal Employment Opportunities - Isabella County Parks & Recreation