Mason Area Chamber of Commerce | March 2023
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Mid-Month Update!
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March 16th - MACC Annual Awards Dinner
April 6th - MACC Mixer - BAD Brewing Company
April 10th - Ribbon Cutting - Dirty Laundry Lounge
April 17th - Ribbon Cutting - Mason Historical Society
April 20th - Good Morning Mason
April 28th- Ribbon Cutting- Mason Kiwanis Club
May 6th - Spring Fling
Good Morning Mason! is a Chamber event with a quick-paced agenda of local news and community updates. Two-minute reports are given by select officials, sponsors, community members, and new businesses.

$5 admission for MACC members
$8 admission for non-members
Admission includes a continental breakfast
Admission is paid at the door. Cash, check, Visa/Mastercard accepted.
Invoices are available at business level or above.
CHAMBER OFFICE - The Mason Area Chamber of Commerce office is open Tuesday - Friday 9 am - 2 pm. However, we are periodically out of the office for member appointments, please call the office at 517-676-1046 as needed.

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.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: The Chamber community extends a warm welcome to our newest members: **Nkululeko Sibanda, Comcast Business, The Tipsy Nickel, Vintage Venue, Mendez Lawn and Landscape LLC **

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"The Mason Area Chamber of Commerce is able to support the Mason community because of the hard-working staff and these 13 VOLUNTEER board members. They don't do it for recognition...but they deserve it all. The MACC will host countless free public events this year to include the Business Expo (go get free coupons and samples), Thursday Night Live concerts, Find the Mason Bulldog, Spring Fling, the Lighted Parade, and more. These faces are the definition of community."
Career & Technical Education Recognized During the
Month of February
During the month of February each year, Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month is recognized as a public awareness campaign, celebrating the value and achievements of CTE programs across the country. Ingham Intermediate School District (Ingham ISD) is proud of the CTE offerings available to high school students at the Wilson Talent Center (WTC). With the start of the 2022-23 school year, Ingham ISD has now been offering CTE programs for fifty years. 

Currently offering nineteen programs in twelve different career pathways, high school juniors and seniors leave the comfort of their local district for half of their school day to attend a CTE program. These students are earning both high school academic credit, free college credit as well as state and national industry certifications. In addition, they prepare resumes, cover letters and practice interviewing through a variety of mock job fairs and can participate in state and national competitions. 

Next fall, the WTC will be adding a twentieth program, called Educational Careers. The development of this program is a direct response to the teacher and school staff shortage being felt around the country. In this new program, students will spend time in the classroom learning classroom management skills, lessons and activity designs and will utilize their training in a real-world setting working directly with teachers or childcare providers.  
CTE programs offer students hands-on training that can be applied to real-world, in-demand, high-wage careers such as healthcare, information technology, advanced manufacturing, hospitality management and more. Ninety-four percent of high school students enrolled in a CTE program graduated last year, compared to Michigan’s overall graduation rate of 80.5%. 
“Our students appreciate the opportunity to participate in programming connected to a potential future career, with peers who share that same interest,” notes Joe Wenzel, principal. “The excitement we see when they master a new welding skill, do their first blood draw, or participate in a work-based learning experience is why our staff choose to be here every day. It’s extremely rewarding to see,” Wenzel also noted. 

The Wilson Talent Center, operated by Ingham Intermediate School District, offers career and technical education programs for high school juniors and seniors who reside in Dansville, East Lansing, Haslett, Holt, Leslie, Mason, Okemos, Stockbridge, Waverly, Webberville and Williamston. Applications are also accepted from Lansing School District, Fowlerville Community Schools and Eaton and Clinton County schools. For more information, visit Wilson Talent Center ( 
Mason Public School Foundation Hosts Successful Gala
This weekend, the Mason Public School Foundation (MPSF) hosted their annual Gala to raise money in support of the Mason Public Schools’ students, faculty, staff, and administrators. This event, which is typically the largest fundraiser of the year for the group, brought in over $90,000 in donations in support of the community’s schools.

“The Mason community highly values our schools and are always looking for ways to get involved and help,” said MPSF Vice President Melissa Nay. “The money generated from this event, and all other MPSF-sponsored events, go directly back into our schools and have a huge impact on the student experience.”

For more information about the Mason Public School Foundation, and to find out how to get involved, visit
2023 MSU B&B Recognition Banquet
honored guest is Mr. Bill Sheridan!
Bill has been active in the cattle market since 1975 as cattle market owner and purebred cattle auctioneer. He and his family at Sheridan Auction Services provides services to the community by offering in-person and online auctions for estate sales, equipment sales, and specialty item sales. Bill and his team have served many years as auctioneers for the Bull Evaluation Program and Michigan Beef Expo for the Michigan Cattlemen’s Association,and was instrumental in the creation of Michigan Beef Expo in 1988.

Please join us in honoring Bill at the 2023 Recognition Banquet being held on April 21st. If you would like an invitation, please contact Kelsey Pasch at
LAFCU recognizes Harold Foster for 37 years
of service as board president
LANSING, Mich. — LAFCU’s long-time board president, Harold Foster, has passed the torch after serving in the position for the past 37 years. Randy Freeman, past president of UAW Local 652 Lansing and LAFCU board member for 11 years, was nominated by Foster to serve as his successor and was unanimously voted in by the LAFCU Board of Directors as the credit union’s next board president.
“On behalf of the employees and LAFCU’s more than 74,000 members, we are forever grateful for Harold’s stalwart leadership,” said Patrick Spyke, LAFCU CEO. “He has cemented a legacy at LAFCU. His guidance through the ups and downs of the past 37 years has helped support technological innovation, excellence in member service and phenomenal growth. Although no longer president, we’re extremely pleased Harold has agreed to remain on the board to continue his positive impact.”
LAFCU’s assets increased nearly 20-fold from $50 million when Foster became board president in 1985 to $973 million in 2022. During his tenure, LAFCU also expanded its portfolio to include ownership in CUSOs, such as Member Driven Technologies, Commercial Alliance, and Member First Mortgage. Additionally, the organization completed three mergers, which significantly grew and expanded the credit union’s footprint in Michigan. 
“It has been a real honor and privilege to serve as LAFCU’s board president for almost four decades,” said Harold Foster. “The credit union has allowed me to put into action the causes and things most near and dear to my heart: the value of community service, the importance of relationships and helping others, and advocating for the greater good.” 
A Georgia native, Foster grew up in Lansing and graduated from J.W. Sexton High School. He currently lives in St. Johns, Michigan with his wife, Sherry, and will continue to serve as a board member and LAFCU volunteer, a role he has faithfully served since 1985. 
“I’ve always thought of Harold as a pillar in the community and within LAFCU,” said Randy Freeman, president of LAFCU Board of Directors. “He embodies the credit union philosophy of ‘not for profit, but for service.’ I’m grateful to Harold for remaining on the board, as his advice and mentorship have made us all better people and professionals and will help me succeed in my new role.” 
Foster’s legacy is a long and distinguished record of service and advocacy for issues such as diversity, equity and inclusion. Foster and the board appointed an African American female as LAFCU’s interim CEO nearly 20 years ago, and they formalized the organization’s DEI effort by establishing a chief diversity officer position in 2020. 
He was also an integral part of the “Save GM” campaign, which successfully convinced General Motors to keep its plants and presence in Lansing, Michigan, saving thousands of jobs and resulting in continued economic growth for the Lansing region. As board president, Foster recognized recreation as an important aspect of quality of life and was a proponent of the Lansing Lugnuts partnership and LAFCU Fireworks, which thousands enjoy annually. 
 “Being people's 'credit union for life' is something I take to heart – as it means you are there for people in both their highs and the lows,” said Foster. “It's gratifying to know LAFCU has made a huge difference for so many people over the years, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue serving the credit union and its members.”
LAFCU wins coveted Brandon Hall Award for DEI communications program

Michigan credit union honored for staff education, promotion of diversity, equity and inclusion
LANSING, Mich. — LAFCU has been recognized as a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) education leader and awarded the 2022 Brandon Hall Group HCN Excellence Bronze Award in the Best Learning Program that Supports and Promotes Diversity, Equity and Inclusion category.
The Excellence Awards honor the top organizations worldwide that have successfully implemented programs, strategies, systems and tools that produced measurable results. Google Cloud, Medtronic, Ameriprise Financial, Verizon, Wells Fargo and The Kroger Company were also recognized with the prestigious award in the Best Learning Program that Supports and Promotes DEI category.
The winning LAFCU DEI internal communications program was a comprehensive, engaging four-week educational effort that brought awareness to the credit union’s enhanced DEI program and its newly developed DEI mission, tagline and core principles. The communications program delivered key messages – inclusion, equity, diversity and DEI in Action – using different tactics, including weekly emails with videos and giveaways that reinforced the organization’s DEI tenets.
“This program has been critical for LAFCU staff to engage with and learn from, with the goal of introducing important, albeit difficult subject matter, in a creative and engaging way,” said Kelli Ellsworth Etchison, LAFCU chief marketing officer and chief diversity officer. “It’s important to raise awareness about the work we’re doing as an organization to ensure that all LAFCU staff members feel included and seen. It’s incredible that this campaign was recognized alongside Fortune 50 and 500 companies, and it further confirms that LAFCU is on the right path when it comes to DEI initiatives and fostering an inclusive environment.”
                Brandon Hall Group is a global research and analyst firm with over 10,000 clients. A panel of independent industry experts and the Brandon Hall Group executive team evaluated award submissions based on the following criteria: program design, functionality, innovation and overall measurable benefits. The Excellence Award winners were recognized at Brandon Hall Group’s HCM Excellence Conference, which took place from Jan. 31 – Feb. 2 at the Hilton West Palm Beach in Florida. The winners are listed at
Chartered in 1936, LAFCU is a not-for-profit financial cooperative open for membership to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Michigan and to businesses and other entities located in Michigan. The credit union serves more than 74,000 members and holds over $973 million in assets. It was named a Best Credit Union to Work For in 2020. LAFCU offers a comprehensive range of financial products and services as well as an expanding complement of financial technology solutions. Members enjoy benefits such as low fees, low-interest rates on loans, high yields on savings, discounts, knowledgeable employees and nationwide access to fee-free ATMs. A recipient of the national Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award for credit unions, LAFCU enriches the communities it serves by supporting many organizations and causes. To learn more about LAFCU, call 800.748.0228 or visit
ERMC Foundation Board
Welcomes New Chairperson
Jodi Backofen, Office Manager of the Eaton Rapids Consumer Professional Credit Union branch and long-time community advocate, has stepped away from the chairperson position with the Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) Foundation Board after several years of service. Stepping into that role is Foundation Board member-at-large, Sean Cotter. He began his tenure as the Board’s new chairperson officially on January 9, 2023.
Cotter has in-depth experience with both the Mid-Michigan community and the world of non-profit fundraising. He has spent 18 years of his professional career in the managing officer role for Eaton Community Bank and spends much of his time outside of work serving on and leading community-based groups and committees.
His history of community involvement includes serving as President of Housing Services for Mid-Michigan, and volunteering with local Rotary Clubs, Boy Scouts troops, and Chamber of Commerce organizations.
“Sean is a natural leader,” said Tim Johnson, ERMC’s President and CEO. “I have no doubt he will do a wonderful job leading our Foundation Board in the coming years.”
The Eaton Rapids Medical Center Foundation raises contributions from supporters in order to purchase new equipment, make building improvements, and support educational programs exclusively at Eaton Rapids Medical Center.
Unique Michigan “Quirks” Highlighted
in March 8 Mason Area History Program"
Local historian Rachel Clark will speak to the Mason Area Historical Society at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8, 2023 at their Museum located at 200 E. Oak Street in Mason. Admission is free and the public is invited.
A longtime member of the Society and an education specialist at the Michigan State Archives in Lansing, Rachel Clark will discuss “Quirky Stories of Michigan History” in her presentation and discussion, which takes place after a short business meeting.
“Austin, Texas tells visitors and residents to “Keep Austin Weird,” says Doug Klein, secretary of the Society. “However, Rachel Clark says that we can find plenty of quirkiness right here in Michigan and she will offer many facts that certainly prove her point.”
For example, Vernor's ginger ale was created in Detroit and became the first soda pop made in the United States. In 1862, pharmacist James Vernor was trying to create a new beverage when he was called away to serve our country in the Civil War. When he returned, four years later, the drink he had stored in an oak case had acquired an amber color and a delicious gingery flavor.
Battle Creek is the “Cereal Capital of the World.” The Kellogg brothers accidentally discovered the process for producing flaked cereal products and sparked the beginning of the dry cereal industry.
As recognized by the U.S. Congress, Colon is known as “The Magic Capital of the World.” It is the final resting place of Harry Blackstone, Sr. (The Great Blackstone) and is home to three magic product companies.
To hear more about these and other quirky facts about our great state, be sure to attend the Mason Area Historical Society meeting on Wednesday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m. MAHS memberships will be available that evening for $15 per person.
The Mason Area Historical Museum also has Saturday open hours from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and is located at 200 E. Oak Street in downtown Mason. Admission is free. Group tours may be arranged for other dates and times by calling Secretary Doug Klein at (517) 775-8601.
The Society’s Pink School Museum will open on the first Saturday of the month starting in March from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The one-room historic Pink School is located at 707 W. Ash Street. Group tours of the Pink School may be arranged for other dates and times by calling Marie Coughlin at (517) 977-4055.

Some Quirky” Facts and Stories about Michigan:

Besides scouring out the Great Lakes, other parts of Michigan’s geography was shaped by glaciers. The longest esker or “hogsback” deposit of sand and gravel is in mid-Michigan. Geologically, Michigan is first in the United States production of peat and magnesium compounds and second in gypsum and iron ore.
The Upper Michigan Copper Country is the largest commercial deposit of native copper in the world. Alpena is the home of the world's largest cement plant and Rogers City boasts the world's largest limestone quarry. The quarry is operated by the Michigan Limestone and Chemical Company.
The state’s name is derived from the Algonquin word "Mishigamaw," meaning “big lake” or “great water.” People have lived in Michigan for longer than anyone can remember, and Michigan has been home to several tribes. Michigan’s three largest tribes are the Ojibwe, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. They share common language, customs, and beliefs. Together, they are Anishinaabe, or “original people.”
The French and British came here in the 1600s and 1700s. Sault Ste. Marie was founded by Father Jacques Marquette in 1668. That makes it the third oldest remaining settlement of Europeans in the United States.
Another Catholic priest, Father Gabriel Richard, was also key in founding the University of Michigan, which originally was named "Catholepistemiad, or University, of Michigania" and located in Detroit. In 1817, the University of Michigan was the first university established by any of the states. The name was changed in 1821 and the university moved to Ann Arbor in 1841.
Speaking of names, the city of Novi was named from its designation as Stagecoach Stop #6 or No.VI. Michigan has other unusual place names like Climax, Bad Axe, Coldwater, Paradise, and Hell.
Things are quirky in Michigan when you look up, too. Four flags have flown over Michigan: French, English, Spanish, and United States. The nation's first regularly scheduled air passenger service began operation between Grand Rapids and Detroit in 1926.
The 19 chandeliers in the Capitol in Lansing are one of a kind and designed especially for the building by Tiffany's of New York. Weighing between 800-900 pounds each, they are made of copper, iron, and pewter.
While the state bird is a robin and the state flower is the apple blossom, other “state” designees are a bit quirky. The painted turtle is Michigan's state reptile. Michigan's state stone, the Petoskey, is the official state stone. It is found along the shores of Lake Michigan.
Although Michigan is often called the Wolverine State, it is difficult to find any wolverines in Michigan. (…except for the Ann Arbor variety.) In other animal facts, Isle Royal Park shelters one of the largest moose herds remaining in the United States and Elsie is the home of the world's largest registered Holstein dairy herd.
Grand Rapids is home to the 24-foot Leonardo Da Vinci horse, called Il Cavallo. It is the largest equestrian bronze sculpture in the Western Hemisphere. Indian River is the home of the largest crucifix in the world. It is called the Cross in the Woods.
The Mackinac Bridge is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world connecting the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan. It spans five miles over the Straits of Mackinac, which is where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron meet. The "Mighty Mac" took three years to complete and was opened to traffic in 1957.
Some prominent Americans started out in Michigan. The voice of Darth Vader himself, James Earl Jones, grew up in Baldwin and graduated from the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance.
Gerald R. Ford grew up in Grand Rapids and became the 38th president of the United States. He attended the University of Michigan where he was a football star. He served on a World War II aircraft carrier and afterward represented Michigan in Congress for 24 years. He was also an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts.
Some businesses and industries have unusual Michigan histories. Before relocating to Nashville in 1976, Gibson Guitars was based in Kalamazoo. The company was incorporated in 1902.
Vernor's ginger ale was created in Detroit and became the first soda pop made in the United States. In 1862, pharmacist James Vernor was trying to create a new beverage when he was called away to serve our country in the Civil War. When he returned, four years later, the drink he had stored in an oak case had acquired an amber color and a delicious gingery flavor.
The Kellogg Company has made Battle Creek the Cereal Capital of the World. The Kellogg brothers accidentally discovered the process for producing flaked cereal products and sparked the beginning of the dry cereal industry.
As recognized by the U.S. Congress, Colon is known as “The Magic Capital of the World” and is the final resting place of Harry Blackstone, Sr. (The Great Blackstone). It is also home to Abbott Magic Company, FAB Magic Company, and the Sterlini Magic Manufacturing Company.
The State Motto (written in Latin) translates to: "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you." The Lower Peninsula gives Michigan the “Mitten State” moniker, but that’s just the shape of the land mass. Michigan includes 56,954 square miles of land area, 1,194 square miles of inland waters, and 38,575 square miles of Great Lakes water area.
Forty of the state's 83 counties adjoin at least one of the Great Lakes. Michigan is the only state that touches four of the five Great Lakes. Some of the longest bulk freight carriers in the world operate on the Great Lakes. Ore carriers 1,000 feet long sail Michigan 's inland seas.
Michigan has the longest freshwater shoreline in the world. Michigan has more shoreline than any other state except Alaska. The western shore of Michigan has many sand dunes. The Sleeping Bear Dunes rise 460 feet above Lake Michigan. Living among the dunes is the dwarf lake iris the official state wildflower.
Michigan has 116 lighthouses and navigational lights. Seul Choix Point Lighthouse in Gulliver has been guiding ships since 1895. The working light also functions as a museum, which houses early 1900's furnishings and maritime artifacts.
Michigan is the only place in the world with a floating post office. The J. W. Westcott II is the only boat in the world that delivers mail to ships while they are still underway and has been operating for 125 years.
Standing anywhere in the state a person is within 85 miles of one of the Great Lakes. Additionally, you are never more than six miles from a body of water. Minnesota may be the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” but Michigan has more than 11,000 inland lakes and more than 36,000 miles of streams.
In Saugatuck, up to 24 Michiganders at a time can cross the Kalamazoo River on the only operational hand-cranked chain ferry in the United States. The Saugatuck Chain Ferry was first operated in 1857 as a replacement for a damaged bridge. The ferry runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day each year from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. or 30 minutes prior to sunset.
The Ambassador Bridge was named by Joseph Bower, the person credited with making the bridge a reality, who thought the name, “Detroit-Windsor International Bridge,” was too long and lacked emotional appeal. Bower wanted to symbolize the visible expression of friendship of two peoples with like ideas and ideals.
The first auto traffic tunnel built between two nations was the mile-long Detroit-Windsor tunnel under the Detroit River. The world's first international underwater railway tunnel was opened between Port Huron, Michigan, and Sarnia, Ontario, Canada in 1891.
Here are some other “firsts” that make Michigan stand out among the 50 states:
· In 1846, Michigan became the first state to abolish the death penalty for all crimes except treason. Rhode Island and Wisconsin were the first to abolish the sentence for all crimes.
· Michigan was the first state to provide in its Constitution for the establishment of public libraries.
· Michigan was the first state to guarantee every child the right to tax-paid high school education.
· In 1879, Detroit telephone customers were first in the nation to be assigned phone numbers to facilitate handling calls.
· In 1929, the Michigan State Police established the first state police radio system in the world.
· The Packard Motor Car Company in Detroit manufactured the first air-conditioned car in 1939.
· Michigan ranks first in state boat registrations.
· The Detroit Zoo was the first zoo in America to feature cageless, open exhibits that allowed the animals more freedom to roam.
Grant Overview

Ingham County Board of Commissioners established the Housing Trust Fund dedicating $9 Million in American Rescue Plan funds to the construction, improvement, and maintenance of energy-efficient, affordable housing in order to establish homeownership and build wealth and equity in Ingham County. As part of this effort, Ingham County will release a competitive request for proposals to award up to $2 million in grants (limited to $500,000 per grant) for projects creating housing for low & moderate income households, and communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic.
Selection Criteria
Successful applicants must be able to demonstrate the proposed projects will deliver ANY of the following:
·         new construction of affordable single-family housing and/or multi-family housing such as row houses, small apartment buildings, and duplexes;
·         rehabilitation for single-family and/or multi-family housing such as row houses, apartments, and duplexes;
·         capacity-building projects that create training opportunities in the building trades for new and emerging developers, contractors, and partnerships and include significant participation of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) organizations and/or minority-owned and women-owned business enterprises;
·         innovative/entrepreneurial local housing model expansion projects (which may include but are not limited to: projects utilizing cooperative housing models, community land trusts, co-living and/or intergenerational living)
Eligibility applies to all businesses, governmental agencies and/or non-profit organizations throughout Ingham County, including emerging developers and grassroots organizations.
Submission Information
Pre-Application Interest Form must be submitted by Wednesday, March 29, 2023. Application forms and materials will be posted here by April 5, 2023, with the full application to be submitted by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, May 10, 2023.

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For technical assistance with the application and with any questions regarding this funding opportunity, please contact Diana Bartlett, Housing Trust Fund Coordinator, at
Announcement of Awards is anticipated by June 28, 2023
The Capital Region International Airport needs your immediate help and is urging you to make your voice heard!

We are asking you to submit letters of support to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) in support of American Airlines’ application to continue nonstop air service between LAN and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). If the request is denied, American Airlines will be forced to terminate LAN-DCA service after Oct. 28, 2023. 

FAA approval of American Airlines’ request is vital to both the airport and the mid-Michigan community. As the only daily flight between Michigan’s capital and the nation’s capital, our community relies on this service to reach Washington, D.C.

American Airlines started service between LAN and DCA on July 5, 2016. This also resulted in American adding nonstop service from LAN to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), giving mid-Michigan residents additional travel options and connection opportunities through LAN. Today, American Airlines is LAN’s number one airline. Additionally, the annual economic impact of American’s LAN-DCA service is nearly $12 million. The loss of this air service would have a major negative impact on both mid-Michigan air travelers and our regional economy.

The greater Lansing community has shown unwavering support for the continuation of American’s nonstop LAN-DCA service since it first started in 2016, and your continued support is critical in American’s efforts to maintain this important service. We are asking for your support once again — make your voice heard!

You can submit a letter of support for American Airlines' request directly online. Visit to submit a pre-formatted letter of support directly to the docket, the USDOT, and the FAA with just one click. You also have the option to customize your own letter of support. Additional details can be found on the web page. 

Submitting a letter only takes a few minutes, but retaining this service will have a long-lasting positive impact on LAN, our future service, and our entire region. The more mid-Michigan shows its support, the better the chances of American gaining federal approval to continue LAN-DCA service. 

It’s important that you reference American Airlines Slot Exemption – Docket Number FAA-2015-3491-0424 in all your communications to the FAA and USDOT. All of the necessary information is already included in the pre-formatted email message for your convenience. 

Thank you for supporting your local airport and our regional economy. We appreciate your help in ensuring LAN remains one of the strongest regional air service markets for business and leisure travelers.

Fly Lansing!
Nicole Noll-Williams
President and CEO

4100 Capital City Blvd
Lansing, MI 48906
Spring is coming!! The Mason Sycamore Creek Garden Club is excited to share the news of their annual Geranium Sale now through Saturday, April 1st. 
The Club offers 11" Hanging Baskets, 3-gallon Bush Pots and 4-1/2" Seed Geraniums for purchase. Also available are 12" Herb Bowls and 10" Succulent Planters. These plantings are supplied to us by Weesies Bros. Garden Centers & Landscaping of Montague MI and they never disappoint. You won’t find these prices and quality in any store! Hint: These plants make awesome Mother's Day gifts. 
The complete price list, order form and color charts can also be seen on our FaceBook page "Mason Sycamore Creek Garden Club" or can be requested by email to You can also contact Diann Jackman at 517-230-1328 for additional information. Plus, you can visit our booth at the Mason Business Expo on February 16th. 
The last date to order is April 1st. Tentative delivery date is Tuesday, May 8th, 2023, and pick up will be at a location in Mason. Checks should be made payable to Mason Sycamore Creek Garden Club (or MSCGC).   
Spring into Growth with CASA for Kids! 
Save the date to help us raise the funds needed to advocate for over 200 children in our community this year. The 9th Annual Evening to Change a Child's Story will feature a live auction, plated dinner, speakers, and entertainment. 
A limited number of VIP tickets, VIP tables, and sponsorship opportunities are open! 
*Event tickets go on sale March 1, 2023.* 
Commercial Bank 5K is Friday, May 5th, 2023

  • Dart Bank Kids 1 mile and 100-yard dash begins at 6:00 PM
  • Commercial Bank 5K Run/Walk begins at 7:00 PM
  • Downtown Mason (322 Jefferson St. Mason, MI US 48854)
  • The race will start and end at the Mason Courthouse following a similar route to past years’ courses.
  • Sponsorships available from $1,000 to $150
Our summer camp schedule is out and posted on our website. CAMPS ARE FILLING UP FAST!!! Check out our schedule and register soon. A $35 per camp deposit is all that’s required to hold your spot. Space is limited. Register today and get your child signed up for some non stop fun at Living Arts.
Dart Container Corporation is hiring
Dart Container Corporation located in Mason, Michigan is hiring. Interested individuals should visit our website at

If you have any questions, please contact Alex Darling at (517) 244-3210.

| Dart Container Corporation 500 Hogsback Rd. Mason, Michigan 48854
(833) HRC-DART |
Looking for a meeting venue?

Located in historic downtown Mason, Michigan, The Jefferson Mason is a beautifully renovated storefront and business center. Available for small gatherings, business meetings, photography, classes, networking and MORE, this multi-use space is rentable by the hour.
We're open, and ready to help you book your meeting or event.


  • 700 square feet
  • Private bathroom
  • Flat-screen television
  • WIFI
  • Conference table
  • Upscale modern furnishings
  • Catering partners

  • $50/hour
  • $40/hour for 4-hour block
  • $30/hour for 12-hour block

*Your rented time slot includes time for both set up & clean up.


Monday – Sunday: 8:00AM – 8:00PM

The Jefferson Mason
415 S. Jefferson Street, Mason, MI 48854
(910) 650-132