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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
Our annual meeting was held Sunday February 17, 2019. Three board members were elected - they include Cynthia Haffey, Sherrill Tedford and Austin Stro-bridge. Sherrill has a long management career behind her and has been an active volunteer in the gift shop. Austin, a diligent volunteer at the center, is the young-est board member. And, this is Cynthia Haffey’s second term. We are, as always, so appreciative to have willing and dedicated members to contribute time and dil-igence to the board and we welcome the new members. Two board members, Robert Waissi and Roger Wanttaja, having fulfilled two terms, have stepped down - we are thankful for their contributions and wish them well. Roger is con-tinuing in his role as Chairman of the Building and Grounds, for which we are especially grateful.
The beginning of the year has been quiet at the Center, a few events had to be cancelled due to bad weather. Things are picking up as the days get longer. As usual, Friday Buffet is served every Friday during lent until the end of March and every other Friday after that. The monthly luncheons are ongoing and held on the last Wednesday of the month.
Plans for the FinnFest continue to be developed. Marianne Wargelin, president of FinnFest USA, reports the hiring of Carrie Christoph as an independent contrac-tor who will provide administration for the festival. Carrie lives in Farmington Hills and has experience with non-profit community projects. Soile Anderson, a chef from Minneapolis has agreed to a Saturday evening for a “tasting menu” in a Finnish smorgasbord format of a cold and hot table followed by a dessert ta-ble. Our role is to find caterers who can work with her on this endeavor.
The Migration Institute from Finland has agreed to provide staff and program-ming for an all-day Genealogy Seminar to be held at the FCA on Thursday, Sep-tember 19. More details will follow.
Hosting dance and concert events will become part of the next round of planning. Sara Pajunen, an independent contractor, has been engaged for the music produc-tion. We will hear from her regarding that and will report when we know more details.
As I have started, this, my last year as a trustee, I am stepping down as Chairman of the board of trustees. It has been a rewarding and challenging five years and I wish all the best to a new chairman and the Finnish Center. I am available to the center and to a new chairman in this transition period to provide understanding of the role and responsibilities going forward - as I have come to know them.
As always, if you have ideas or comments about our activities, please contact us. We would love to hear from you. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (248) 478-6939.
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