The West Flint Business Association (WFBA) celebrated their 25th anniversary on September 17th at their monthly meeting. WFBA member, Kathryn Pierce-McAllister, the “Divine Dixie Diva” baked a special anniversary cake for the occasion.
Charter members in attendance included Mort Krasner, Amy Sullivan, Dick Ruhala, Tony Michael, Rick Harris and Sally Shaheen Joseph.
For the second year a member was recognized with the Don Eve Achievement Award for outstanding service to the organization and our community. This year’s recipient is David McGrain (pictured above). McGrain served on the board of directors of the WFBA and was instrumental in organizing and running the Texas Hold’em poker nights for a number of years. The fund raising effort allowed us to expand our scholarship program and provides a balance yet today to carry us for a few years! McGrain acknowledge his wife, Joanne, who was in attendance for her patience, support and help during the long nights running the charitable events. McGrain was presented with a plaque by WFBA board member, David Crabill of Eclectic Sales & Creative Marketing, LLC. Crabill explained the background of the Don Eve Achievement Award. Don and Marylu Eve founded the WFBA and Marylu still serves as the treasurer and historian. They have given generously of their time and energy to the organization but are too modest to be recognized for the effort. The award was created to recognize those who step up and contribute greatly.
Past WFBA member, Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton and his wife Therese were guests. Leyton shared his life journey to the prosecutor’s office that began in Flint Township. The crime rate in Flint has been on the decline with the help of State Troopers, but specialty courts are spreading his resources thin causing budget concerns. Leyton explained how specialty courts have evolved and the unusual number of them in Genesee County. Overall, he shared that serving as a Flint Township Trustee was more stressful, as residents would walk right in to your office and get in your face. Where at the county he is isolated by Sherriff Deputies and security.
The next meeting of the West Flint Business Association will be held on October 15th. The meeting is free to attend, simply arrive early to buy lunch. The meeting is held at 12:15 until 1:15 pm. U.S. Representative Dan Kildee will debate his election opponent, Republican Alan Hardwick for the 5th Congressional District race.
Membership in the West Flint Business Association is as low as $25 per year. Visit http://westflintbiz.com/join/ for more information and ways to promote your business.