December 12, 2012 Oakland County Commissioners with their Board of Commissioners Service Awards presented by Oakland County Chairman Michael J. Gingell, and Special Proclamations from Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson presented by Oakland Deputy County Executive/Chief Information Officer Phil Bertolini.
Pictured left to right: Front Row: Oakland County Board Chairman Michael J.
Gingell, Commissioner Angela River, Commissioner Beth Nuccio, and Commissioner Craig S. Covey. Pictured left to right in the back: Oakland County Commissioner Jim Nash, County Commissioner David W. Potts, Oakland Deputy County Executive/Chief Information Officer Phil Bertolini, and Oakland County Board Vice Chairman Jeff Matis.
Pictured left to right: Oakland County Commissioner David W. Potts, shaking hands with Oakland Deputy County Executive/Chief Information Officer Phil Bertolini, who is presenting proclamation from County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Commissioner Beth Nuccio, Commissioner Jim Nash and Oakland County Board of Commissioners’ Chairman Michael J. Gingell. Commissioner Potts received a Service Award from Oakland County Chairman Michael J. Gingell.
Commissioner Gary McGillivray, Garden Fresh Gourmet founders Jack Aronson, wife Annette Aronson and Commissioner Craig S. Covey. The Aronsons were honored for their business success of which will reach $100 million in revenue and their philanthropic endeavors. They have been staunch supporters of Michigan Businesses and Manufacturing. They employ over 400 people in their business.
On Friday, November 9, 2012, a Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony was held in the Board of Commissioners Auditorium. It was hosted by the Oakland County Bar Association's Veterans Committee. The ceremony was held to honor all of Oakland County's military veterans. The commemoration reflected on the sacrifices made for American freedoms and featured a series of decorated combat veterans.
Judge Michael D. Warren, of Oakland County's 6th Circuit Court, leads attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Korean War Veteran William (Billy) Powers makes a point as he reflects on his service to our country.
A moment of silence was held during the ceremony to remember those who paid the ultimate price so the rest of their fellow Americans could enjoy the freedoms guaranteed to us by our country's Founding Fathers.
Oakland County Home & Improvement Division Chief Gordon Lambert, and HUD Certified Housing Counselor Margaret Harris of the Oakland County Community & Home Improvement Division, made presentations and addressed the participants at a workshop designed to help people in danger of foreclosure on their homes. The Seminar offered information on county and state services designed to help prevent foreclosures. Several Oakland County Commissioners also took part.
Pictured left to right at the Wixom Community Center: Oakland County Commissioner Phil Weipert, Commissioner Kathy Crawford and State Representative Klint Kesto.
On October 23, 2012 in Clawson, the Metro Coalition of Congregations Assembly's Young Adult Caucus hosted special guest Dennis Schornack, special adviser to Governor Rick Snyder on Mass Transit, to offer insight into issues involving his area of expertise. The Assembly looked at problems with mass transit, home foreclosures, health care access, and gun violence. People of faith, clergy, and civic officials from across metro Detroit attended.
Pictured are Mr. Schornack, Oakland County Commissioner Janet Jackson, and Roberta Habowski, the Mobile Options Project Manager for the Area Agency on Aging 1-B.
Six Oakland County Commissioners took part in the October 10 Leadership Oakland XXIII Economy & Government Session at Oakland IT Auditorium in Waterford. The Seminar was held to raise awareness and better understand the relationship of Government and the Economy, and to become more informed about the activities and resources of Oakland County Government.
Pictured at the front, left to right, are Commissioners Angela River, Nancy Quarles, Craig Covey, Beth Nuccio, Philip Weipert and John Scott. Leadership Oakland Member Sheryl Mitchell is to the right of the podium.
In a proclamation during the October 18 Board of Commissioners meeting, commissioner Mike Bosnic had the honor of congratulating the city of Troy for being recognized as 25 out of 100 in Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live 2012” series. Bosnic, R-Troy, along with several of his fellow commissioners, stood in front of the board and handed Troy Mayor Janice Daniels a plaque for the city. Troy, with a population of more than 81,000 is Oakland County’s most densely populated city. Yet, it has been ranked safest city in Michigan several times in the past 14 years.
Pictured left to right: Oakland County Commissioner David W. Potts, Troy City Councilmember Dave Henderson, County Commissioner Gary McGillivray, City of Troy Mayor Pro-Tem Maureen McGinniss, City of Troy Mayor Janice Daniels holding the proclamation, Commissioner Mike Bosnic, City Council member Wade Fleming and Commissioner Robert Gosselin.
On Monday, October 22, 2012, (Pictured left to right:) Oakland County Commissioners Mike Bosnic, Robert Gosselin, Troy Mayor Janice Daniels, Road Commissioner for Oakland County Chair Eric Wilson, Oakland County Commissioners Gary McGillivray and David W. Potts presented a check for $248,220 to Mayor Daniels as a part of the Tri Party Fund to be used for road repairs in the city.
Commissioner Helaine Zack Honored Oakland Family Services at the September 20th Board Meeting. 2012 marks the 90th Anniversary of the organization. President and CEO Michael S. Earl accepts the proclamation honoring the organization from Commissioner Zack.
The Oakland County Board of Commissioners honored their colleague, Commissioner Bill Dwyer, for his fifty years of public service. Commissioner Dwyer began his career in 1962 as a police officer in Detroit, and after 23 years there went on to become the longtime Chief of Police of Farmington Hills, then Chief of Police in Warren. After retiring there several years ago, he was elected in 2010 to the Oakland County Board of Commissioners.
Pictured here (left to right) are Board Vice Chair Jeff Matis, Oakland County Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard, Commissioner Dwyer, and Board Chair Michael J. Gingell.
Oakland County Commissioners honored the Oakland County Health Department for its latest accreditation, which enables county Health Care Workers to provide even better, more comprehensive accredited services.
Pictured, left to right: Board Chair Michael J. Gingell; Mark Miller, Director, Local Health Services; Michigan Department of Community Health's Jean Chabut, the Deputy Director for Public Health; Michigan Department of Community Health's Kathy Forzley, who is the Manager/Health Officer of the Oakland County Health Division; and George Miller, Director, Oakland County Health and Human Services.
On Friday, August 17, 2012, Oakland County Officials presented the owners of Taste of Love Cupcakes with a proclamation recognizing the Royal Oak based company and its owners as the National Winners of the Food Network’s 2012 Cupcake Wars.
Pictured left to right, in Royal Oak: Oakland County Commissioner David Woodward, Taste of Love owners and operators Yolanda Baston and Michelle Brown (holding the proclamation), and Oakland County Commissioner Gary McGillivray.
The Board honored Oakland County's newly crowned beauty queens at the Oakland County Board of Commissioners' meeting on July 18th. Pictured left to right: Oakland County Board Chair Michael J. Gingell, Miss Oakland County Shelby Gardiner, Miss Oakland County Outstanding Teen Vanessa Chambe, and Oakland County Commissioner John A. Scott.
On July 18th, the Board congratulated Miss Michigan Princess Queen Kierra K. Willliams for her achievement and one year reign as the National Michigan Princess Queen, which will come to an end on July 28th. At that time, a new Miss Michigan Princess Queen will ne crowned in Dearborn, Michigan.
Kierra is a Southfield resident and her parents are Mr. Kevin and Mrs. Odgra Williams. She was honored at the Oakland County Board of Commissioners meeting in the Board's Auditorium in Pontiac, Michigan.
Pictured, left to right: Oakland County Board Chairman Michael J. Gingell, Mrs. Odgra Williams, mother of Miss Michigan Princess Queen Kierra K. Williams (who is pictured holding the proclamation), along with Commissioners Nancy Quarles, Janet Jackson and Helaine Zack.
On July 18, 2012, members of the Board presented a proclamation honoring County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and his administration's Information Technology team for their outstanding achievement of winning the National Association of Counties' Awards in the Best of Categories for the county's G2G Cloud Solutions, and Second ranking in the nation, for counties with a population of over 500,000, in the 2012 Digital Counties Survey by the Center for Digital Government.
Pictured left to right: Oakland County Chairman Michael J. Gingell, Deputy Executive/Chief Information Officer Phil Bertolini, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Commissioner Mattie McKinney Hatchett and NAco representative, and Oakland County Chief Information Director Ed Poisson.
Also on July 18, 2012, (pictured left to right) Oakland County Board Chairman Michael J. Gingell, Oakland County Clerk/ Register of Deeds Bill Bullard Jr., and Oakland County Board Vice Chairman Jeff Matis are shown with the awards Mr. Bullard and his staff received.
Chairman Gingell and Vice Chairman Matis presented a proclamation to Clerk and Register of Deeds Bullard, who received six National Association Counties Awards for his office's innovative services and cutting edge efforts to create transparent, efficient and user friendly services in the Clerk's Office.
County Officials Celebrate 90 & Beyond Birthday of County Residents & Raised Funds to Fight Alzheimers Disease. Members of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners attended the 90th and Beyond Birthday Celebration on July 11, 2012 at the Uptown Grille.
Pictured left to right are Oakland County Commissioner Philip J. Weipert, Affinity Health Care Administrator Dr. Jerry Zayid of Affinity Home Care Agency, Oakland County Commissioner Jim Runestad, Affinity Health Care Administrator Chris Zayid, Oakland County Commissioner Mattie McKinney Hatchett, and Walled Lake Mayor William T. Roberts.
Members of the Commission presented a proclamation at the event to Affinity representatives recognizing the agency’s service and fundraising efforts for the Alzheimer’s Association. (Photo credit Nina Paletta)
Members of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners attend the 90th and Beyond Birthday Celebration on July 11, 2012 at the Uptown Grille.
Pictured left to right are Oakland County Commissioner Jim Runestad, Walled Lake Mayor William T. Roberts and Oakland County Commissioner Mattie McKinney Hatchett with the oldest person at the 90 and Beyond Birthday Celebration hosted by Affinity Health Care Agency, Inc., 102-year-old Gwen Banghart. This event also raised funds for the Alzheimer’s Association. (Photo credit Nina Paletta)
Pictured left to right at the 10th Annual Diversity Conference are Oakland County Commissioner Angela River, event speaker Oakland University Director of the Department of the College Programs Reginald McCloud and Debra Ehrmann, VP of La Familia Multicultural Center at the Conference.
The event was presented by the Oakland County Employment Diversity Council and sponsored by Michigan Works Oakland. The conference was held July 12th, 2012 at the Auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac at Centerpoint in Pontiac, Michigan.
At the June 21st meeting, the Board of Commissioners proclaimed commendation for the work of Gary Weinstein and Shawne Duperon, who have created an extraordinary documentary entitled "Project: Forgive." It has garnered international recognition with more than 10,000 video viewings across the globe. The project began following the deaths of Gary Weinstein's wife, Judy and their two sons: Alex and Sam, in an accident caused by a drunk driver. Mr. Weinstein found the courage and strength to forgive the drunk driver who caused the deaths of his loved ones.
Forgiveness became an issue for Shawne Duperon, who was a friend of the drunk driver. She and Mr. Weinstein are now leading the way in the global forgiveness movement. Ms. Duperon is pictured here with Commissioners Bill Dwyer (left) and Jim Nash, who made the presentation.
Oakland County Commissioner Craig Covey issued a proclamation June 21st to the American Citizens for Justice in recognition of the 30th anniversary of the beating death of Vincent Chin.
"The lessons of Vincent Chin's death hold critical relevance today as we embrace the growing diversity of our community while addressing the challenges of hate crimes, anti-Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Latino and South Asian biases, gender-based and sexual violence, discrimination against LGBTQ individuals and those with disabilities, and bullying; and all forms of racial and religious discrimination and prejudice," read the proclamation.
Chin, 27, a Chinese American from Oak Park, was beaten with a bat on June 19, 1982, by two men who were angry over Japan's rise and Detroit's fall in the auto industry. He was to be married later in the week, but died four days after falling into a coma.
From left, Oakland County Commissioner Craig Covey, Prasanna Vengadam of American Citizens for Justice and Commissioner Gary McGillivray, D-Madison Heights, honor Vincent Chin with a proclamation during the Oakland County Board of Commissioners meeting today.
(Below:) On Saturday, June 23, Commissioners Gary McGillivray (left) and Craig Covey met with Stephanie Gray Chang of APIA Vote Michigan, and Tom Hayashi, Executive Director of the Organization for Chinese Americans at the Vincent Chin 30th Anniversary Memorial at the Chinese Community Center in Madison Heights.
The Board of Commissioners, at their June 21st meeting, honored the extraordinary leadership and service of Deputy County Executive Robert Daddow as the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Central Michigan University’s College of Business Administration. With Mr. Daddow are Board Chairman Michael J. Gingell (left) and Board Vice Chairman Jeff Matis (right).
Oakland County Board Vice Chairman Jeff Matis, Oakland County Board Chairman Mike Gingell, Oakland County’s Corporation Counsel Judy Cunningham and her son Jacob Cunningham at the Oakland County Board of Commissioners June 7th meeting, where she was honored for her historical achievement of becoming the first Government Attorney to be installed as President of the Oakland County Bar Association. She is also the 7th woman to ever hold this prestigious position.
On Thursday, June 7, 2012, Oakland County Commissioner Craig Covey, along with 9 members of the Board, proclaimed Gay Pride week in recognition of the worldwide 43rd Annual Gay Pride Celebration scheduled for June 14th-June 17th.
A proclamation was given to Ferndale Community Representative Dennis Hoeppner (holding proclamation). Pictured are (left to right) Commissioner Janet Jackson, Mr. Hoeppner, Commissioners Craig Covey, Helaine Zack, and Jim Nash.
At the June 7th meeting, Commissioner Covey announced a number of Ferndale Pride events designed to promote the heritage of the GLBT community.
The members of Oakland County Development Department were honored by the Board on June 7th, in recognition of the 10th Anniversary of the Annual Bid & Brunch Procurement Matchmaking event, which has helped promote diversity and opportunity in the business community of Oakland County.
Pictured left to right in front: Marketing Coordinator for Oakland County Film and Digital Media Susan Dorris; Supervisor for Oakland County One Stop Shop/Business Center Director Lola Aré; Senior Business Development Representative Lynda D. Earhart; Oakland County Commissioner Nancy Quarles; Oakland County Director of Economic Development and Community Affairs Irene Spanos.
In back: Oakland County Economic Development and Community Affairs Deputy Director Dan Hunter; Senior Development Director Mark Adams and Oakland County Deputy County Executive of Economic Development and Community Affairs Matt Gibb.
On May 17, 2012, Oakland County Commissioners honored honored Lake Orion STAR Class members for their youth suicide prevention efforts in Lake Orion and Oakland County.
Pictured, left to right: Lake Orion High School's Star Class member Beth G., Oakland County Chairman Michael J. Gingell, Star student Kelli G., Star Teacher Mrs. Cathy Srock, Commissioners Angela River and Thomas F. Middleton, Star Student Kandiss G. and Commissioner Beth Nuccio.
On May 10, 2012, members of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners joined with the Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds Bill Bullard, Jr., who unveiled the Oakland County Veteran Identification Card at the Oakland County Board of Commissioners Auditorium. For more information on how to obtain a card, call 248-858-0571.
Pictured are (Left to Right) Oakland County Vice Chairman Jeff Matis, Alvin Wallace of the American Legion Post #20; Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, who is a Army Veteran; H. Bill Maxey of American Legion Post #20 who served in the United States Airforce and United States Army Reserve Mobile Unit; Tim Wirkus of the Southfield VFW Post 2645, American Legion Post 328, along with Commissioners David W. Potts and John A. Scott, who is a Navy Veteran.
Here, elected officials and veterans are seen going into the Clerk’s Office to obtain their official Oakland County Veteran Identification Card. They are, from left to right, Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds Bill Bullard, Jr.; Thomas J. Phipps of Clarkston Post 63, who is a Vietnam Army Veteran; and Commissioner John A. Scott, a Navy Veteran. Seated are Roger Hunt, a Korean War Army Veteran and Charles D. Basch, a World War II Army Veteran. All these veterans are Waterford residents, including Commissioner Scott.
On April 27, A symposium was held to provide valuable information on how to give and receive help to caregivers, the elderly and vulnerable adults, with the intention of setting in progress policies and procedures to help prevent elder abuse.
The main concern was to insure that Oakland County senior citizens would not be hurt, have money taken or used without their permission, be forced to do things they don't want to do, or would not be neglected.
Pictured left to right: Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Edward Sosnick, President of Your Aging Well Advisor Lynn Alexander, Oakland County Commissioner Angela N. River and City of Auburn Hills Senior Service Director Karen S. Adcock, S.D.C., in the Oakland County Board of Commissioners’ Auditorium, in Pontiac, Michigan.
If you suspect elder abuse or neglect, or if you need help, call the Michigan Vulnerable Adult Helpline at 855-444-3911. The call is free of charge.
On May 10, 2012, members of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners honored American Legion Groves-Walker Post 346 of Farmington. Pictured, left to right, are Commissioner Jim Nash - an Army veteran, Chris Mallia and his father - Junior Vice Commander Anthony Mallia; and Oakland County Commissioner Bill Dwyer.
The Commissioners presented a proclamation to the Post to honor its 90th Anniversary and to honor the Post's annual Memorial Day Parade.
Commissioner Dwyer joined with the Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds Bill Bullard, Jr., who unveiled the Oakland County Veteran Identification Card at the Oakland County Board of Commissioners Auditorium.
Pictured are: Frank Flores, President of Ferndale Memorial Home Association; Commissioner Bill Dwyer; a veteran and acquaintance of Commissioner Dwyer; and Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, who is an Army Veteran.
Oakland County Commissioner Janet Jackson (right) joined by Commissioner Nancy Quarles and Helaine Zack (not seen) hosted a special free Child ID Day Event on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at which children were fingerprinted and provided valuable personal safety and internet safety information. The information also was given to parents and guardians. To the left of Commissioner Jackson are Miss Oakland County 2011 Kelly Oles and Little Miss Michigan Princess Kiera Williams.
On May 2, 2012, Dr. Demi C. Kazanis was honored for her outstanding contributions to Children's Village and the Children's Village Foundation. She is owner of Dr. Demi C. Kazanis, DDS Cosmetic & Family Dentistry of Royal Oak.
Pictured, left to right: Theodore Kazanis, father of Dr. Demi C. Kazanis, DDS; Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, and Oakland County Board of Commissioners Chairman Michael J. Gingell.
On May 2, 2012, pictured left to right are Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Easter Seals of Oakland County Director Brent Wirth, Health & Human Services Director George Miller, Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority Executive Director Jeff Brown and Oakland County Board of Commissioners' Chairman Michael J. Gingell. In front: Commissioners Shelley Goodman Taub and Helaine Zack.
County Officials honor organizations that are looking to implement youth suicide prevention plans. The board declared May as Mental Health Month, and May 6-12, 2012 as Children's Mental Health Week, in an effort to raise awareness of suicide, mental illness and substance abuse.
Pictured left to right at the 10th Annual Diversity Conference are Oakland County Commissioner Marcia Gershenson, event speaker, author, Forbeswoman.com columnist, and Auburn Hills City Councilmember Anne Doyle and Oakland County Commissioner Mattie McKinney Hatchett sharing a moment with Ms. Doyle, who wrote “Powering Up-From Achiever to Leader”.
On May 9, 2012, Commissioner Bob Hoffman addressed a crowd outside of the Historic Holly Hotel, where he accepted a certificate recognizing Holly as one of nine Main Street Oakland County communities to score a perfect 10 on their annual evaluations detailing public and private investment, which led to the creation of nearly 6,000 jobs from 2001-2011.
Looking on is Robert Donahue, Principal Planner/Main Street Oakland County Coordinator-Planning and Economic Development Services.
Also participating in the day's event were (L-R) Pauline Kenner, Holly Village Council; Jerry Walker, Holly Village Manager; Janet Leslie, Holly Township Trustee; L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive; Hope Ponsart, Holly DDA Director; Jason Hughes, Holly Village Council; Commissioner Bob Hoffman; Jessie Lambert, Holly Township Supervisor; and Karen Winchester, Holly Clerk.
Commissioner Jim Nash (2nd from left) presented a certificate recognizing the City of Farmington as one of the nine Oakland County Main Street Communities which achieved a perfect score of 10 out of 10 in annual evaluations. Receiving the plaque was Annette M. Knowles, Farmington Downtown Development Authority.
Also pictured, left to right, are Alex C. Hritcu, Associate Planner-Downtown Development and Assistant Main Street Coordinator; Doug Loescher, Director, National Trust Main Street Center for Historic Preservation; and Robert Donahue, Principal Planner/MSOC Coordinator, Planning and Economic Development Services.
Other communities so recognized were Farmington, Ferndale, Franklin, Highland, Lake Orion, Ortonville, Oxford, and Rochester.
Commissioners Jim Nash (far left) and Angela River (pink sweater) posed for a moment at the 10th annual Bid and Brunch event May 8, where area minority and women owned businesses met face to face with procurement specialists and small business resource professionals from AAA, Beaumont Hospital, the City of Troy, MDOT and Oakland County economic development officials.
The groups worked together to help the business owners learn how to compete effectively for contracts with government entities.
Also pictured, left to right: Dr. Jonice Crawford-Butler, Director, Southfield/Farmington Area NAACP; Mark Adams, Senior Development Representative; James Ralph, NAACP; Lola Aré, Supervisor, Oakland County One Stop Shop/Business Center Director; and Dan Hunter, Deputy Director, Oakland County Economic Development and Community Affairs.
Commissioner Nancy Quarles (left) took a few moments to talk with Joanne Levin, owner of Opinion Search, a local search firm, about partnering and networking to help her business grow.
At the April 18th meeting, Oakland County Commissioners honored the Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes Girls Basketball team for winning the state championship. Pictured with the team and coaches are Commissioners Tom Middleton (3rd from left), John Scott (4th from right) and Jim Runestad (2nd from right).
On April 18, 2012, members of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners presented a proclamation in remembrance of the Armenian Genocide, a brutality which included infamous death marches. The genocide began 97 years ago this month. Armenian Genocide Memorial Day is observed by Armenians across the world on April 24, 2012, and commemorates the victims of the genocide that lasted from 1915 to 1923 under the Ottoman Empire during and after the World War I. The genocide resulted in the systematic murder of between 1 to 1.5 million Armenians.
Here, (pictured left to right), are Oakland County Board Chairman Michael J. Gingell, Road Commissioner for Oakland County Greg Jamian, Edmond Azadian, a West Bloomfield resident, who was the former Secretary of Armenian Affairs to the late great industrialist Alex Manoogian, holding the proclamation with Oakland County Commissioner Shelley G. Taub and Mr. Jack Alexanian of Bloomfield Township.
On April 12, 2012, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners held its 32nd Youth in Government Day, in celebration of County Government Month. Students from area schools are invited to visit the County Courthouse, and learn from elected county officials how their county legislates, administers, and adjudicates. More than 100 students from ten different high schools attended this year's event.
Seen here are students from Birmingham High School, with Commissioner Marcia Gershenson (4th from left), and with Oakland County Board of Commissioners Vice Chair Jeff Matis (far right).
Leadership Oakland recently recognized Commissioner Beth Nuccio for her Exemplary Leadership in Oakland County.
Pictured left to right: Oakland County Commissioner and Director of Career Services for Baker College Beth Nuccio (Honoree), Oakland County Board of Commissioners’ Senior Analyst Sheryl Mitchell (Honoree), Community Educator and Advocate Malkia Newman (Honoree) and Oakland County Commissioner Mattie McKinney Hatchett.
These honorees were recognized for their exemplary leadership at the 7TH Annual Taste of Leadership Oakland in the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham on March 22, 2012.
On March 7, 2011, Oakland County Commissioners David W. Potts and Marcia Gershenson presented a proclamation commending the Louise Saks Parliamentary Unit for its efforts to educate the citizens of Oakland County on the benefits of effective meeting management through the use of parliamentary procedure. The Commissioners joined with the Unit in celebrating April, 2012, as Parliamentary Law Month.
Pictured, left to right, are: Commissioner Marcia Gershenson, Arthur Margerm, Ruth Schluchter, Jacqueline Wayner, Linda Meadors, President of the Louise Saks Parliamentary Unit, Coco Stewart, Barbara Bonsignore, Vice President; Fran Anderson; Commissioner David Potts; Rosy Latimore; and Theresa Mungioli.
The Oakland County Board of Commissioners Honored Area Tuskegee Airmen at the March 7, 2012 Board Meeting in the Oakland County Board of Commissioners’ Auditorium.
Men, Women, Children of all ages and races attended the meeting to pay respects and meet the Tuskegee Airmen, and many learned about the contributions of not only the Tuskegee Airmen but African Americans in aviation at the Aviation Traveling Museum.
This fascinating museum was set up in the auditorium. It is curated by Chauncey Spencer, II, whose father Chauncey E. Spencer, Sr was a pioneer in aviation. Attendees filled the halls and auditorium to capacity. The Airmen shook hands, talked to the public, took pictures with all who wanted them, and provided autographs to anyone who asked.
Pictured are (Front Row:) Lt. Colonel USAF Reserves Alexander Jefferson (German P.O.W.) ; Lt. Colonel Washington D. Ross; Staff Sergeant Sandy G. Reid; 2nd Lt. Matthew J. Corbin; Oakland County Commissioner Shelley G. Taub; Commissioner Bob Hoffman; Lt. William A. Fuller; Commissioner Mattie McKinney Hatchett; Major (Retired) Richard Jennings; Pembleton T. Cochran; Tuskegee Airman Frederick L. Henry, Sr.; Commissioner Kathy S. Crawford; Commissioner Beth Nuccio; Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds Bill Bullard, Jr.
(Second Row:) Commissioner Bill Dwyer; Board Chairman Michael J. Gingell; Commissioner Jim Nash; Board Vice Chairman Jeff Matis; Commissioner Thomas F. Middleton; Commissioner John A. Scott; Commissioner Philip J. Weipert and Commissioner Robert Gosselin.
The Board presented each Tuskegee Airman with a proclamation honoring his bravery and service to his country.
Here, Commissioners Marcia Gershenson, Shelley G. Taub, John A. Scott and Mattie McKinney Hatchett presented Lt. William Fuller with his proclamation.
Pictured left to right are Board Chairman Mike Gingell, Commissioner Marcia Gershenson, Lt. William A. Fuller, Commissioners Shelley G. Taub, John A. Scott, Mattie McKinney Hatchett and Board Vice Chairman Jeff Matis.
On February 11, 2012, Oakland County Commissioners joined in the 22nd annual "Walk for Warmth" event at Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills.
Pictured left to right are Commissioners Beth Nuccio, Jim Nash, and Thomas F. Middleton, who proudly walked to help raise money for the Oakland-Livingston Human Services Agency's Walk for Warmth Emergency Utilities Assistance Fund. The fund helps those needing assistance paying their utility bills during the winter.
Seen below is Commissioner Gary McGillivray, who decided to walk solo among citizen participants at the event.
Oakland County Commissioners Helaine Zack and Beth Nuccio, as well as other leading women in the community, met on February 10, 2012 to discuss Women in Leadership - Women Leaders: Setting New Standards, Reaching New Heights.
Panelists at this 10th Annual Workplace Diversity Forum Pictured left to right are Nipa Shah, President of Jenesys Group, LLC; Oakland County Commissioner Helaine Zack; Circuit Court Judge Denise Langford Morris; Dr. Soraya Orady; and Debra Erhmann, Vice President of Funding & Community Development spoke sharing very valuable information and tips to attendees at the event.
Oakland County Employment Diversity Council Chairperson Frank Russell presented flowers to Oakland County Commissioner Beth Nuccio and to Kathleen O. Quinn at the Seminar. Commissioner Nuccio, in the middle, was honored for her five years of service as an OCEDC Board Member. Ms. Quinn was honored for six years of
Oakland County Commissioners Honor Pat Holtzclaw as the 2012 Waterford Coalition for Youth “ Citizen of the Year.” Pictured left to right: Oakland County Commissioner Jim Runestad, Pat Holtzclaw, Commissioner Thomas F. Middleton and Commissioner John A. Scott at Oakland Schools at the Taste of Waterford event. ( Photo Mari)
MI Titans Basketball honored at the Taste of Waterford Event as the 2012 Waterford Coalition for Youth “Youth Group of the Year" Award recipient. Pictured MI Titans Basketball with group leader Erica Webb receiving proclamation from Commissioners John A. Scott, Thomas F. Middleton and Jim Runestad. (Photo Mari)
Pictured (L-R): Commissioner Thomas F. Middleton, State Representative Gail Haines, Commissioners Jim Runestad and John A. Scott at the Taste of Waterford event. The event was held at Oakland Schools on January 26 , 2012. (Photo Doreen Simonds and Mari)
On Thursday, February 9, 2012, Oakland County Commissioner Thomas F. Middleton was honored by his fellow Commissioners and other county officials for his ten years of service as an Oakland County Commissioner.
Pictured left to right are: Oakland County Human Resources Director Nancy Scarlett, Commissioner Thomas F. Middleton, and Oakland County Board of Commissioners' Administrator Jim VerPloeg.
Here, Commissioner Middleton chairs a recent meeting of the Board of Commissioners' Finance Committee. Commissioner Thomas F. Middleton represents the communities of Clarkston, Waterford and Independence in District #4.
On Wednesday, February 1, 2012, Oakland County Commissioner Bob Hoffman honored Dillon Gardner for his brave and courageous act of saving his brother, Dane, when they were in a car accident, before the car caught fire. Dillon rescued his brother from the vehicle and walked barefoot in the snow carrying Dane to safety. The Board gave Dillon a standing ovation for his heroism.
Pictured left to right are: Oakland County Board Chairman Mike Gingell, Dane Gardner, Ms. Danna Gardner, Dillon Gardner, Oakland County Commissioner Bob Hoffman, Holly Township Supervisor Jesse Lambert and Springfield Fire Fighter Geri Whitehead, who responded to the accident.
After 31 years of service to the Orion community and Orion Library, Orion Library Director Linda Sickles was honored on Wednesday, February 1, 2012, for her exceptional tenure and service.
Pictured left to right are: Oakland County Library Director Laura Mancini, Orion Township Library Director Linda Sickles, Oakland County Board Chairman Michael J. Gingell and Oakland County Library Board Chairman Robert Gaylor. Mrs. Sickles retired from the Orion Township Library and February 2nd was her last day.
On Saturday, February 4, 2012, Oakland Officials welcome home soldiers from Afghanistan at Waterford Mott.
Pictured left to right are Oakland County Commissioner Jim Runestad welcoming home Brigadier General Arthur G. Austin, who is the Deputy Commander of the Michigan National Guard 46th Police Command.
Pictured right to left: Waterford Township Treasurer Margaret Birch, Oakland County Commissioner Jim Runestad, Oakland County Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard, and his daughter, Mikayla Bouchard at the Welcome Home Celebration of the Pontiac Based 1775th Military Police at Waterford Mott on Saturday, February 4, 2012.
On Friday, January 13th, Oakland County Commissioner Jim Nash hosted an informative meeting focusing on Veterans' issues as part of a Fort Michigan Ad Hoc Committee, which Commissioner Nash chairs. Attendees learned about a wealth of services and programs available to veterans, as well as economic implications for businesses that hire veterans.
Pictured at left to right are Commissioner Jim Nash, Oakland County Deputy Director of Economic Development and Community Affairs Dan Hunter, and Major General U.S. Army (Retired) Robert W. Smith, who currently serves as Director of Veterans Affairs for the State of Michigan. In attendance, but not pictured, Oakland County Work Force Development Division Manager John Almstadt and Oakland County Commissioner David W. Potts.
At its January 19, 2012 board meeting, Oakland County Commissioners honored the fine work of the Oakland-Livingston Human Service Agency, and its annual "Walk for Warmth" program. Since its founding 22 years ago, OLHSA has raised, through contributions and fund raisers, almost $1 million dollars to assist needy families to pay heating bills and survive Michigan's Harsh winters.
Pictured, from left to right, are Commissioner Gary McGillivray; Adela Piper, OLHSA Communications Director; OLHSA Chief Executive officer Ronald Borngesser; Linda Zabik, Public Relations Manager and Community Involvement for Genisys Credit Union, Commissioners Walk for Warmth; and Commissioners Beth Nuccio and Kathy Crawford.