Good Morning, Mason! informs community just days before schools vote

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Tino Abarca

Jon Grocki addressing the crowd during Good Morning, Mason!

Elected officials, business owners, sponsors and citizens gathered at the Ingham County Fairgrounds community building for a Good Morning, Mason! breakfast on Oct. 26. More than 15 officials and businesses briefed the group on news and upcoming events in and around Mason.

Each speaker had two minutes to address the crowd on news, dates or events heading into the final months of the year. Halloween events, Christmas prep, bank information and roofing all came up.

“We usually get a pretty good turnout,” said Jon Grocki, investment manager at Dart Bank Investment Centers. “There’s only six of these every year. We try and get people out timely, we try not to go too long, and so I think we usually get a pretty good turnout and people are excited to come.”

Few government representatives speak at Good Morning, Mason! They are involved with the event, but the mission is to showcase those who want to extend information about their businesses or events.

“We give our opportunities to our members for networking,” said Doug Klein, executive director of the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the events. “This is the 133rd time we’ve had Good Morning, Mason! We’ve been doing it since 1996. It gives our members something to sponsor. A lot of people confuse the Chamber of Commerce with government. No. We’re a private business association.”

Presented by Dart Bank and sponsored by Commercial Bank Mason, the event was similar to speed dating. Commercial Bank representatives placed balloons on tables and told everyone to pop their balloons. One lucky balloon contained a voucher for a prize. A 50/50 raffle was also a hit, with the winner cashing in the ticket for a cash prize of about $70.

Between games, Ron Drzewicki, superintendent of Mason schools, gave his final Good Morning, Mason! stand-up before general elections on Nov. 7. He reminded everyone about the bond issue, and urged everyone to go to the polls. He also directed everyone’s attention to the side of the building, where posters of every Mason school that will be influenced were shown. The boards displayed improvements and plans that would be made, should the bond go through.

“We still are getting out information,” said Drzewicki. “We’re talking to as many service groups as we can, many community members, making sure they know about the upcoming polls. We’ve got a lot of information on our Facebook page we’ll be pushing out.”

Drzewicki said “just getting people aware. These last seven or eight days are very important for us to get the word into people’s hand.”

Barb Byrum, Ingham County clerk, said a new Dominion Voting System will be introduced, along with an electronic touch-free machine that allows those will disabilities to vote. Voters were able to test-run the machines back in June, but they won’t officially be used until election night.

“We promote the community. We try to make it so we can improve the quality of life and the standard of living in our community,” said Klein.