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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
Happy New Year and the start of the Finnish Center's second half century. The culmination of the 50th Anniversary Jubilee brought in a record number of people. I heard many comments that this was one of the best parties ever hosted by the FCA. Our successful 2016 year, and our 50th Anniversary party, provide us a good foundation on which we can start making plans to secure our next 50 years.
There will be challenges, some very tough challenges. Our aging population will make it very difficult to keep our membership numbers up. The present Board is proposing to make our life membership transferable to a member's spouse, child or grandchild.
One of the cornerstones for our future will be trying to obtain 501.c.3 status as a charitable organization.
We are proposing initiating a new, annual Nordic Fest with the main purpose of increasing our annual revenue. This festival would be held about the third week of June on the FCA premises together with the Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and Icelandic groups. We have met with the Mayor of the City of Farmington Hills and they have given their blessing for such an endeavor. They have prom-ised us the use of the Ice Arena parking lot, located next to our facility free of charge. Obviously, we need to apply for the appropriate permits. The only ob-stacle is that time for such planning is short for such a big undertaking, but with a positive attitude and mutual co-operation we can make it happen.
I want to thank all of the tireless volunteers who made possible our successful 50th year. Without dedicated volunteers we could not survive. A special thank you goes to Sarah Wiideman who worked tirelessly and made our Jubilee a success.
I wish all of you a very healthy and Happy New Year, and hope to see you at the Finnish Center this coming year.
Mia Lamminen, Chairman
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