West Eight Mile Road
Founded in 1966, the Finnish Center dedicated their Cultural Center in September 1974, in Farmington Hills, Michigan . . . . (more)
Message from the
I hope you enjoy the beautiful Michigan summer. Personally my husband and I spend a lot of time during the summer on the shores of Lake Superior. The scenery there is a lot like Finland, as is the climate. The children and grandchildren like to come and visit there as well.
The past month at the Finnish Center has been rather quiet, more so than it has been for a long time. It does not mean that nothing is happening. We have done a lot of improvements during the last month including new HVAC unit in the main hall. The old one was from 1981 and had given us a lot of problems in the last two years. The new unit is also going to be much more energy efficient. A new ice maker was also installed and it is a big improvement and is considerably quieter than the old one. A much-needed cleaning was done on the kitchen floor by a professional company. More work still needs to be done to get us ready for our 50th Anniversary celebrations.
The cultural committee has worked hard to get ready for the Arts Day in September and the Food Weekend in October. We are also working on the Independence Day/50th anniversary Jubilee December 3, 2016. Finlandia Foundation has generously given us a grant for these functions but it is not enough to cover all the costs. If you are willing to contribute to these functions; donations would be greatly appreciated.
Suomikoulu has been on vacation this summer but we hope to continue classes in the fall. Unfortunately, we lost our teacher Maija Muukkonen Friesorger who moved to Chicago when her husband got a job transfer. She will be greatly missed by all children and parents alike. Now we are looking for a new teacher for the children. If you know of anyone, please let us know as soon as possible.
The Finnish Center is doing rather well both financially and operationally. However, we must recognize that changes are needed should this present day success continue into the future. As a first step our application process to obtain 501.c.3 status is finally under way. This should hopefully be completed by the end of this year. If there are any members opposing our decision to apply for 501.c.3 status, please contact either myself or any other board member and bring up your concerns so we can openly discuss such.
As our membership ages, in five years it will eventually become practically impossible to run operations by volunteering. We need to develop our future operational structure and business model with this in mind. Successful completion of our 501.c.3 status will provide us a much wider variety of options.
Have a wonderful rest of the summer and see you at the FCA!
Mia Lamminen, Chairman
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