West Eight Mile Road
Founded in 1966, the Finnish Center dedicated their Cultural Center in September 1974, in Farmington Hills, Michigan . . . . (more)
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Preparations are under way to improve the appearance of the Finnish Center. Walls are being painted, chairs cleaned, floors and carpets scheduled to be cleaned by a professional company. Kitchen is also being worked on and looks a lot better already. A lot of work is still ahead of us to have all necessary improvements done as planned. If you can help, please let us know, we will find something for you to do. If you are not able to help, maybe you can give us a donation. Outside help is costly.
Runebergskören from Porvoo Finland gave a fantastic concert in early October. It was a nice beginning for our own Finland’s 100 year Independence celebrations. FCA will have the main Finland’s 100 year Independence celebration on December 2, 2017 starting with a cocktail hour at 5 pm. Our Guest speaker is Consul General of Finland
Manu Virtamo. In addition to dinner and dancing the evening program will include a special performance by Järnefelt Piano Trio with Ruusamari Teppo, piano, Katri Ervamaa, cello and Päivikki Nykter, violin. Ruusamari’s and Katri’s ancestry is joined in Aino Sibelius (nee Järnefelt) and Jean Sibelius. Selections of Sibelius will highlight the program.
Independence celebrations continue December 3, 2017 with a lecture at 2 pm by Sharon Rahkonen Franklin.
November is also the month of our annual Scandinavian Market (formerly Bazaar) to be held November 11, 2017. The gift shop has been stocking up for this event and we hope for a great turnout. Pasties and baked goods are also being sold at the event. Please mark your calendars and let your friends and neighbors know as this event is an important fund raiser for the FCA.
Improvements have not only extended to the building. The volunteers have worked hard on the grounds improvement. We were fortunate to have a young boy approach us for a project he needed for Eagle Scout credits. This resulted on a project where he built a patio in front of our lounge. It will be a nice area to sit and enjoy the beautiful grounds and will be a nice outside space for parties.
We should start thinking about the upcoming elections in February. In the last Board Meeting the need to find qualified candidates to run for the Board was discussed. In the past FCA seldom paid any attention to the qualifications of the candidates and the Chairman was selected among the elected Trustees. The fact is FCA Chairman has been de facto operations manager for the past 6 years. Before we can hire a full-time manager, we have no other options available.
The next general meeting will be November 5, 2017 at 2 pm.
Center and Gift Shop Open
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