Mason Area Chamber of Commerce | December 2022
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Mid-Month Update!
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December 1st - Bestsellers 25th Celebration
December 2nd - James Erevia Agency-Farmers Insurance Ribbon Cutting
December 5th - LollyBean Ribbon Cutting
December 8th - Holiday Mixer and Taste of Mason
December 15th - Good Morning Mason

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 by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call the office at 517-676-1046.

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: Safe Haven Assisted Living of Mason, Townsquare Media

SHARE THE NEWS: Please share this communication with your employees, your co-workers, your family & friends and any others you think might be interested in news from our Chamber. They can sign up to receive future notifications from the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce via email by simply emailing their name; business or community connection with their preferred email address to

MORE INFO & DETAILS: Are available 24/7 on our website and be sure to like us on Facebook
Happy Holidays Mason Community
We Invite you to take time during this holiday season to visit the Gazebo at Griffin Park, 700 South Jefferson Street. We have decorated the gazebo for the holidays. The Gazebo will be ready for your enjoyment starting the evening of November 25th, 2022.
The Mason Sycamore Creek Garden Club and the City of Mason have joined forces to spruce up Griffin Park Facility. Through hard work and donations in the memory of Jim Mulvany, over 150 varieties of new plants, scrubs and trees have been planted in the park. Griffin Park is looking good for all our Mason Community!
Special thanks go to our holiday sponsors for their generous donations for lights and greenery!
Griffin Park Holiday
Ace Hardware
Commercial Bank-Mason
Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home
Hair & Company On Ash
Hair & Company Downtown
Maple Street Mall
Medical Billing Specialists
Michigan Barnwood & Salvage
Noud & Noud, Attorneys
Oracle Financial Solutions
Vision Real Estate, Inc.
Wolverine Engineers & Surveyors, Inc.
Yards of Fabric
Zielinski Dental
City of Mason
Mason Sycamore Creek Garden Club
Mason Public Schools Teacher Awarded “Excellence in Education” Award November 30, 2022, Proclaimed “Allison Altenberger-Olson Day” in Mason
Mason, MI – Shock and appreciation flooded Allison Altenberger-Olson when she was notified of her Michigan Lottery Excellence in Education (EIE) award. She is the first Mason Public Schools teacher to receive the award, which includes a $1,500 cash prize as well as $500 classroom stipend. Her award presentation will air this evening on Fox47 at 5:30 p.m. The segment will air again Wednesday morning as well.

Altenberger-Olson has taught Special Education at North Aurelius Elementary School for the past five years, and to her, building positive relationships with students, along with celebrating their personal growth and achievements, is very important.

"It brings me joy to see the students I work with build confidence, make progress, and gain academic and life skills," said Altenberger-Olson. "I take pride in consistently advocating for my students and creating a positive school environment for them."

To further commemorate her dedication to students, her school, and the Mason community, City of Mason Mayor Russell Whipple proclaimed Nov. 30, 2022, as “Allison Altenberger-Olson Day” and presented her with a certificate marking the occasion.

“Mason Public Schools and the educators that work so hard to maintain excellence are a fundamentally important asset of the City of Mason and the greater Mason community,” said Whipple. “We are thrilled to have the Michigan Lottery select one of our own educators for recognition. Allison Altenberger-Olson exemplifies the high-level dedication and leadership of Mason educators, and she is deserving of this recognition; we are very proud of her efforts, in and, out of the classroom.”

Altenberger-Olson provides academic and behavioral support to students in first through fifth grade. She enjoys forming strong connections with her students and their families and is thankful for a supportive and collaborative team in her building.

North Aurelius Principal Mike Prelesnik said, “Allison is an outstanding teacher, and she goes above and beyond in planning, preparing, and teaching her students so that they achieve academic success. Each year, her students make tremendous academic growth in reading and math. Allison cares greatly about the wellbeing of her students, and she is a very positive member of our staff. We are very lucky to have Allison on our team at North Aurelius!"

The EIE award was established in 2014 and is presented to one Michigan teacher each week during the school year. One Educator of the Year is selected from the weekly winners to receive a $10,000 cash prize at the end of the school year.
LAFCU’s chief marketing officer and chief diversity officer honored as business leader, DEI champion Kelli Ellsworth Etchison named 2022 Salute to Diversity Award recipient
LANSING, Mich. — Kelli Ellsworth Etchison, LAFCU chief marketing officer and chief diversity officer, was named a 2022 Salute to Diversity Award recipient by Corp! Magazine and honored at the 15th annual Salute to Diversity awards celebration Oct. 13 at The Henry in Dearborn.

“It was Kelli’s leadership and initiative that ignited our DEI efforts,” said LAFCU CEO Patrick Spyke. “She recognizes that by having a more informed and enlightened staff, LAFCU will be able to provide better service to its members. The work she and the LAFCU team have done in the DEI space has helped broaden perspectives on the importance of providing equitable access to our products and services, with the goal of making everyone – staff and members alike – feel welcome, seen and heard.”

Ellsworth Etchison was honored by Corp! for her work assisting LAFCU employees in successfully navigating DEI and implementing change within the organization, as well as being a DEI champion for LAFCU, her community and statewide.

In addition to holding the position of chief marketing officer, Ellsworth Etchison added the title and responsibilities of chief diversity officer in 2020 — the credit union’s first CDO, a position she proposed. As CDO, she works to establish diversity, equity and inclusion as shared values within LAFCU and the community.

“As LAFCU’s chief diversity officer, I have sought to address racial injustices, implicit bias, as well as use my leadership position to educate, advocate for, and inform LAFCU employees, and ultimately to make DEI advances in our organization, community and beyond,” said Ellsworth Etchison.

Ellsworth Etchison has been instrumental in the development of several employee-driven DEI initiatives, including the LAFCU DEI program and DEI committee. As part of the LAFCU DEI program, core principles, a mission statement, logo and tagline based on LAFCU’s name, LAFCU – Listening Allows For Cultural Understanding, were all developed. DEI education is also now included in new employee orientation sessions and continues throughout the year with intensive group training and discussions.

An employee survey conducted twice over a three-year period revealed a dramatic increase in the percentage of employees who agreed with the following statement: "My employer enables a culture of diversity." The survey results demonstrate LAFCU's ongoing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as the work being done by LAFCU and its employees to successfully facilitate organizational change through training and discussions.

Ellsworth Etchison’s DEI efforts have been highlighted in several publications. She has been a featured presenter for many established local, regional and national organizations and businesses, and she was one of 16 persons appointed by Governor Whitmer to Michigan’s inaugural Black Leadership Advisory Council in 2020. She was also one of 45 credit union leaders across the country to earn the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certificate offered by Credit Union Executives Society and Cornell University.

“Every employee wants to feel valued, respected and that they have a voice,” Ellsworth Etchison said. “The different perspectives that people bring to a project, the innovative ideas from those diverse perspectives are invaluable. When people feel valued, they are energized and engaged.”

About LAFCU 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 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 #
Mason First United Methodist Church,
201 E Ash Street, Mason.

December 10 5:30-8:30 p.m. - Living Nativity - drive a luminary-lit path through eight scenes of the Christmas story. Live animals (including a real camel) and live actors make this story come to life. This COVID-safe way to experience the Christmas story is our gift to the community! Tell all your friends and neighbors!

December 20 7:00 p.m. - Blue Christmas - A service of hope in the midst of hurt.  This is a quiet service of worship for people who are experiencing hurt in the midst of the season's joy.  

December 24 7:00 p.m. - Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship

For more information, feel free to contact us at (517) 676-9449
Visit Santa in his woodland workshop on the Hayhoe Riverwalk Trail SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2022, from 1 PM – 3 PM. You and your children will walk about half a mile, scouting out hidden elves on the shelves, and then back. Dress appropriately. The trail is paved but unplowed, if you prefer wagons or strollers.
Park on East Street near the cemetery entrance and walk about a half mile (20 minutes) to Santa. To shorten your walk, park at the Community Garden parking lot on Jefferson St. and cross the bridge to the riverwalk.
Be sure to arrive no later than 2:30 to make it to Santa before he closes his woodland shop. This event is FREE!
Ladies Night Out Holiday Shopping Event

At Michigan Barn Wood & Salvage LLC
352 W. Columbia Street Mason, Michigan
2022-23 The Mason Breakfast Optimist Club
Zone 7 Michigan District Optimist International

Check out upcoming events!
December 1: WSK Food Pack Delivery
December 2 & 3: Salvation Army Bell Ringing
December 5: Ham Dinner to benefit the Brandell Toy Drive @ A&W 11 A.M.
December 7: General Discussions
December 8: WSK Food Pack Delivery
December 9 & 10: Salvation Army Bell Ringing
December 14: Business/Board Meeting
December 15: WSK Food Pack Delivery
December 16 & 17: Salvation Army Bell Ringing
December 21: Christmas Gift Exchange
Save the Date For the 2023 Commercial Bank Red Carpet Gala & Commercial Bank 5K

This year, the Mason Public Schools Foundation will host its Annual Commerical Bank Red Carpet Gala on Saturday, March 11th, 2023 at the University Club of MSU. We will also be holding our Annual Commercial Bank Mason 5K on Friday, May 5th, 2023. Watch your inboxes for sponsorship information coming out soon!
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 |
Private Offices, State of the Art Conference Room, High-Speed Wifi!
Price from $500 - $900.
Suite A $700
Suite B $850
Suite B $850
 Suite C $800 
Suite D $800
Suite E $800
Suite F $900
Suite G $500
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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