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Founded in 1966, the Finnish Center dedicated their Cultural Center in September 1974, in Farmington Hills, Michigan . . . . (more)
Message from the
Your new chairman has arrived with enthusiasm and ideas. I am Mary O’Brien which doesn’t sound very Finnish but I can assure you that I am a Finn and very proud of it. And my last name is actually Makinen, I think that is very Finn- ish. My parents were both Finnish as were my grandparents. My mother was born in Oulu. One of my uncles, Evert Makinen, was very active with the music at The Finnish Center. He was also a music director for a period of time. He was my inspiration to be part of the center. About 4 years ago I took over the man- agement of the gift shop. This was a big job but I knew a bit about retail as my husband and I ran a store for about 29 years. The gift shop has consumed a big part of my life, just ask my son! But I must say I love it and the people I meet.
Secondly, there are things I would like to see here. I am a very peppy person with lots of energy and I see a lot of different ages here which I think is great. We need to embrace each age group and welcome new people. There are so many great people here and I have been welcomed so warmly. My goal is to bring in new members as well as welcoming and appreciating our long time members. Everyone is important at the Finnish Center. I value your input.
I would like to bring back some old programs like the drama club and start some new ones. Maybe we could help the scholarship fund so our youth can have a better start in life. And we need more volunteers.
Lastly, FinnFest 2019 is coming. What a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and teach non-Finns about our culture. Let them see that Finn’s are kind, friendly people. We will need volunteers for this event. If you can help, please let me know. You can call me on my cell at (248) 895-3231 or email us at email@example.com.
And remember, I like suggestions, so just give me a call.
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