Spring is only a moment away and soon Fenton
will see the beautiful flower boxes on the bridge, and all
throughout town, overflowing with blooms again! You might say to yourself, “I
feel so lucky to live in Fenton where I can see an effort to take care of
everything so well, especially the landscape!” You are 100% correct; there is an
effort! Would you be surprised
to learn that a very small group of people, actually five women currently,
plant, tend and water the wonderful landscapes in Fenton every year? Would you
feel amazed to learn that these people are not City employees?
Say hello to the Fenton Beautification
Commission. The membership allows for a nine-member, Mayor appointed panel, but
currently only 5 women serve. The team declares, “We are excited for the series
to come out so people will know that all this is being done by volunteers, not
employees. We would really like to have a full commission again. The men are
especially encouraged to join. We have had men on the team previously and it gives all of us a more unified
perspective. The men show a healthy focus on the different tasks and think
about the dynamics of getting to the end result. The women tend to see the
beauty first and then help to implement the various tasks. All in all, it makes
for a wonderful experience and truly long-lasting friendships. If you feel
attracted to this commission, all you need to have is a little extra time once
in a while. You need to love people, especially the ones in your own community.
You need to have a heart bigger than a house and you need to love having fun
with people of a common purpose."
Here’s a description of the type of personality
it takes; enjoys working hard and is truly hands-on, loves teamwork, brainstorming
and design, enjoys getting a bit dirty, and enjoys laughing a lot throughout an
entire job. Again the team offers, “I guess we wouldn’t call it a glamorous
job, but it is so wonderfully satisfying! We love what
Can you recall anything like this happening in your
childhood days? Did you ever experience a time when all of the fathers on your
street would get together to build the kids a ball diamond, or a playground?
They understood the value of their
time and spent it in the best way they could – loving and providing good clean
fun and exercise for their children and their children’s friends. And the wives helped to run the Cub Scouts and Brownie Troops. They gave their precious time to help build
character in their children.
That is the same spirit that resides in every
Beautification Commission member. Each of them wants to give you a feeling of
pleasure from the beauty they create in your neighborhood. Each of these
members strives to build community in the place they love and call home, Downtown Fenton. An action as small as picking up a piece of trash and putting
it in the trash barrel is an action of love for Fenton, your hometown. You can
only imagine how lovely it is when everyone does that. Most certainly,
those outside of your community recognize it and want to be a part of it. A
well cared for community is one of the top items that attract new residents and
new business. Be closer... to community fun, and enjoy being a part of the healthy growth in Fenton!
The Beautification Commission would like to
appoint people with a love for their hometown and nature to the group. They also welcome younger people to think about contributing to
their community. Please call Cherie at 810-750-1708 for more information.
*Photo by Carmela Stocker Photography