Have you noticed lawn bags on the curb ready for pickup? They may have come from community minded volunteers in Auburn Hills. For the past few days, volunteers have been helping Seniors with Spring Yard Clean Up. Over 40 volunteers ranging in age from 8 to 60 helped their neighbors with spring yard clean-up. The volunteers bagged over 100 bags of lawn debris from all over Auburn Hills. We had volunteers from Avondale High School, families from R. Grant Graham, and employees from Celanese. From all of us at the Senior Services Department, thank you so much for all you do for our residents and community.
One of the greatest joys of my job is welcoming new employees to our Team. Yesterday, I watched as Ryan Riedy and Joseph Sears were sworn-in by City Clerk Terri Kowal as new Patrol Officers. I would consider our police department to be among the best in the state, and we are certainly proud of its many accomplishments and its reputation among the many academies from which we interview candidates. During the swearing-in, I quietly stand off to the side while I watch family and friends beaming with pride. Certainly this is always a big day for them as these Officers begin what will be a long and rewarding career. But of course, there is always the element of risk associated with a job that often comes into contact with the worst that society has to offer. So with great pride comes a certain amount of nervousness. What we want these families to know is that as an employer, the City always appreciates and values the work of these officers, and all of our employees for that matter. Being a public servant is not easy. And when it comes to being a police officer, it’s a very tough job and not one that I could do. And because I couldn’t do it, it makes my appreciation for these employees even greater. Welcome, Officers Riedy and Sears. Serve the citizens of this community well, and at the same time, be safe!
On Friday afternoon, May 13, 2016, I had the privilege of attending the Oakland University William Beaumont Medical School Graduation Ceremony. There was certainly nothing unlucky about this Friday the 13th, including the Michigan weather. The second graduating class took to the stage while family, friends, university staff and administrators, community members, and dozens of other medical school students looked on as we watched these graduates become medical doctors. As an observer, you could see the great pride as Dr. Robert Folberg, Founding Dean of the medical school, shakes the hands of each of his graduates as they receive their diplomas. And for those where medicine runs in the family, there were parents and siblings who are also doctors and assisted in the hooding of their graduate. But among the many highlights of this very exciting day was the delivery of the keynote address by commencement speaker Deirdre Waterman. As a friend and colleague, I was fascinated to learn that Deirdre, actually Dr. Deirdre Waterman, holds the distinction of being the first African-American ophthalmologist in Michigan. But among her many accomplishments as a highly skilled physician, she is also the Mayor of the City of Pontiac. How is this for a title: The Honorable Dr. Deirdre Waterman, M.D. Well, she’s much more humble and is completely happy with just Deirdre, but to me, she’s pretty amazing to have spent an entire career as an ophthalmologist and now as a Mayor and deserves the respect for her incredible achievements. Continue reading “From the Pages of the OUWB Commencement Ceremony”→
Last night was the City’s first-ever STAR Awards celebration. STAR, an acronym for Special Thanks and Recognition, was developed to recognize the many citizen volunteers who support our Senior Services Department, and to also recognize the great work of our Police and Fire Departments. Two hundred forty guests filled the Noah’s Event Venue here in Auburn Hills. Continue reading “STAR – One Organization, One Celebration”→
Last night I attended a Town Hall meeting about our upcoming fire millage election on August 2nd. While of course the focus of that presentation was about fire service, after the meeting I got the chance to talk to a couple of residents about city services in general. I was honored to hear some very positive comments from these residents speaking about the caliber of our personnel and the quality of the service we deliver. We also talked about things like how well the roads are maintained and the new diverging diamond interchange at I-75 and University Drive. I was driving home and thinking about these totally unsolicited comments that were offered up by residents of the community. One man told me that he’s lived here for 38 years and he’s enjoyed being an Auburn Hills resident the entire time and has always been glad that he lives here. The conclusion that I came to was this — as an organization, you can tout how good you are all you want, but the greatest measure of good service is not what is said by the service provider, but rather what is said by those who are the recipients of your services. As far as I’m concerned, the most important measure of how we’re doing as a city was proven to me last night by the most important measure of all . . . citizen opinion. While I know we can’t make everyone happy all of the time, we’ll certainly continue to try our best to do so. Good or bad, we always welcome your feedback.
My name is Kathy Guest, and I am an intern from the Exercise Science program at Oakland Community College. Would you or someone you know be interested to participate in a pilot program for four months? Some of the goals of the program are to introduce exercise, track nutrition, and communicate with other participants. This opportunity comes from a grant awarded to us from M-Parks (Michigan Recreation and Parks Association). This type of activity has so many health benefits. It will be designed just for you to have fun and discover some new healthy daily routines. Continue reading “Great Opportunity for Homebound Auburn Hills Seniors!”→