JOIN US AT THE 45TH ANNUAL ELF SHELF CRAFT SHOW! NOVEMBER 26, 2016 9 AM – 4 PM TROY HIGH SCHOOL 4777 NORTHFIELD PARKWAY TROY MI, 48085
Elf Shelf is Troy Women's Association Main Fundraising Project. This annual event has become one of the largest and most popular of its kind in Southeastern Michigan. Hundreds of crafters participate in Elf Shelf every year. It is always held the Saturday after Thanksgiving. So instead of waiting for hours in line on Black Friday, join us at Elf Shelf on Saturday! The revenue from Elf Shelf allows Troy Women's Association to serve the needs in our community in many ways:
Scholarships for local high schools and adult women
Troy school projects
Regional youth organizations
Local area civic and charitable organizations
From all of us at Troy Women's Association, we hope you and your loved ones have a very Happy Thanksgiving. We look forward to seeing you!
The Troy Women’s Association (TWA) is a 501C3 organization from the Metro Detroit Area. The mission of our organization is to provide community assistance, serving others through volunteer efforts and/or donations. Currently, TWA is supporting approximately 35 projects. Learn more about the Troy Women’s Association by visiting www.troywomensassociation.org and like us on Facebook!
We know everyone has been anxious to see the pictures and video from our 48th Annual Leadership Troy Recognition Banquet...and here they are! Please click on the directions below on how to purchase pictures and the link to the video.
PICTURES Regarding the pictures, they can be accessed by going to SeeMyPrints.com. Once there, type in Troy and click on it when it comes up. Use 2016 as the password. We will be giving thumb drives to this year's Troy Distinguished Citizen, Mike Kerr, and our Community Business Award Winner, Kohl's. We will also be sending emails to the Volunteers of the Year to let them know they can come to the Foundation office to pick up their pictures.
VIDEO Regarding the video, it can be accessed by going to the Community Network Web Site, www.cmnTV.org. Make sure you are on the Home Page. In the upper right hand corner of the page click on the VIDEO ON DEMAND button to go to the page with the videos. On the video page click on Leadership Troy logo. A picture should appear. In the middle of the picture will be a white triangle in a red box. Click on the white triangle. Video should start. We will be giving a DVD to Mike Kerr and Kohl's.
Disclaimer: Leadership Troy does not endorse any political parties or candidates.
So you may have heard that there is an important election tomorrow November 8, 2016. As your community guide to events and other happenings in the Troy Community, Leadership Troy has listed all polling locations in Troy plus some FAQs and unfortunate voting scams about election day right here on our blog!
POLLING LOCATIONS INFORMATION FROM OAKLAND COUNTY WEBSITE: www.oakgov.com
PRECINCT 1 EVANSWOOD CHURCH OF GOD 2601 E. SQUARE LAKE TROY, MI 48085 Handicap Accessable: Y (NORTH OF SQUARE LAKE; EAST OF JOHN R)
PRECINCT 2 KENSINGTON COMMUNITY CHURCH 1825 E. SQUARE LAKE TROY, MI 48085 Handicap Accessable: Y (NORTH OF SQUARE LAKE; WEST OF JOHN R)
PRECINCT 3 WOODSIDE BIBLE CHURCH 6600 ROCHESTER ROAD TROY, MI 48085 Handicap Accessable: Y (EAST SIDE OF ROCHESTER RD BET 19 MILE & SOUTH BLVD)
PRECINCT 4 FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 6363 LIVERNOIS TROY, MI 48098 Handicap Accessable: Y (WEST SIDE OF LIVERNOIS, BET SQUARE LK & SOUTH BLVD)
PRECINCT 5 FAITH APOSTOLIC CHURCH 6710 CROOKS TROY, MI 48098 Handicap Accessable: Y (EAST OF CROOKS; SOUTH OF SOUTH BLVD.)
PRECINCT 6 TROY NATURE CENTER 6685 COOLIDGE HWY. TROY, MI 48098 Handicap Accessable: Y (WEST OF COOLIDGE; SOUTH OF SOUTH BLVD.)
PRECINCT 7 ST STEPHEN EPISCOPAL CHURCH 5500 ADAMSTROY, MI 48098 Handicap Accessable: Y (NORTH OF LONG LAKE; EAST OF ADAMS)
PRECINCT 8 NORTHFIELD HILLS BAPTIST CHURCH 1800 W LONG LAKE TROY, MI 48098 Handicap Accessable: Y (NORTH OF LONG LAKE; EAST OF COOLIDGE)
PRECINCT 9 FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 6363 LIVERNOIS TROY, MI 48098 Handicap Accessable: Y (WEST SIDE OF LIVERNOIS, BET SQUARE LK & SOUTH BLVD)
PRECINCT 10 KENSINGTON COMMUNITY CHURCH 1825 E. SQUARE LAKE TROY, MI 48085 Handicap Accessable: Y (NORTH OF SQUARE LAKE; WEST OF JOHN R)
PRECINCT 11 EVANSWOOD CHURCH OF GOD 2601 E. SQUARE LAKE TROY, MI 48085 Handicap Accessable: Y (NORTH OF SQUARE LAKE; EAST OF JOHN R)
PRECINCT 12 WOODSIDE BIBLE CHURCH 6600 ROCHESTER ROAD TROY, MI 48085 Handicap Accessable: Y (EAST SIDE OF ROCHESTER RD BET 19 MILE & SOUTH BLVD)
PRECINCT 13 BETHESDA ROMANIAN PENTECOSTAL CHURCH 2075 E LONG LAKE ROAD TROY, MI 48085 (EAST SIDE OF JOHN R, NORTH OF LONG LAKE ROAD)
PRECINCT 14 ST ANASTASIA CATHOLIC CHURCH 4571 JOHN R TROY, MI 48085 Handicap Accessable: Y (WEST OF JOHN R; SOUTH OF LONG LAKE)
PRECINCT 15 ST LUCY CROATIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 200 E. WATTLES TROY, MI 48085 Handicap Accessable: Y (SOUTH OF WATTLES; EAST OF LIVERNOIS)
PRECINCT 16 FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 4328 LIVERNOIS TROY, MI 48098 Handicap Accessable: Y (EAST OF LIVERNOIS; NORTH OF WATTLES)
PRECINCT 17 ST NICHOLAS GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH 760 W. WATTLES TROY, MI 48098 Handicap Accessable: Y (NORTH OF WATTLES; EAST OF CROOKS)
PRECINCT 18 ST STEPHEN EPISCOPAL CHURCH 5500 ADAMS TROY, MI 48098 Handicap Accessable: Y (NORTH OF LONG LAKE; EAST OF ADAMS)
PRECINCT 19 LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE MASTER 3333 COOLIDGE HIGHWAY TROY, MI 48084 Handicap Accessable: Y (WEST SIDE OF COOLIDGE HWY, NORTH OF BIG BEAVER RD)
PRECINCT 20 ST NICHOLAS GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH 760 W. WATTLES TROY, MI 48098 Handicap Accessable: Y (NORTH OF WATTLES; EAST OF CROOKS)
PRECINCT 21 ST LUCY CROATIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 200 E. WATTLES TROY, MI 48085 Handicap Accessable: Y (SOUTH OF WATTLES; EAST OF LIVERNOIS)
PRECICNT 22 ST ANASTASIA CATHOLIC CHURCH 4571 JOHN R TROY, MI 48085 Handicap Accessable: Y (WEST OF JOHN R; SOUTH OF LONG LAKE)
PRECINCT 23 ST JOSEPH CHALDEAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 2442 E. BIG BEAVER TROY, MI 48083 Handicap Accessable: Y (SOUTH OF BIG BEAVER; EAST OF JOHN R)
PRECINCT 24 ST GEORGE ANTIOCHIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH 2160 E. MAPLE TROY, MI 48083 (SOUTH OF MAPLE; EAST OF JOHN R) Handicap Accessable: Y
PRECINCT 25 ST GEORGE ANTIOCHIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH 2160 E. MAPLE TROY, MI 48083 (SOUTH OF MAPLE; EAST OF JOHN R)
PRECINCT 26 TROY COMMUNITY CENTER 3179 LIVERNOIS TROY, MI 48083 Handicap Accessable: Y (NORTH OF BIG BEAVER; WEST OF LIVERNOIS)
PRECINCT 27 TROY COMMUNITY CENTER 3179 LIVERNOIS TROY, MI 48083 Handicap Accessable: Y (NORTH OF BIG BEAVER; WEST OF LIVERNOIS)
PRECINCT 28 LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE MASTER 3333 COOLIDGE HIGHWAY TROY, MI 48084 Handicap Accessable: Y (WEST SIDE OF COOLIDGE HWY, NORTH OF BIG BEAVER RD)
PRECINCT 29 CENTRAL WOODWARD CHRISTIAN CHURCH 3955 W. BIG BEAVER RD. TROY, MI 48084 Handicap Accessable: Y (SOUTH SIDE OF W. BIG BEAVER, BETWEEN ADAMS AND COO)
PRECINCT 30 TROY COMMUNITY CENTER 3179 LIVERNOIS TROY, MI 48083 Handicap Accessable: Y (NORTH OF BIG BEAVER; WEST OF LIVERNOIS)
PRECINCT 31 TROY NATURE CENTER 6685 COOLIDGE HWY. TROY, MI 48098 Handicap Accessable: Y (WEST OF COOLIDGE; SOUTH OF SOUTH BLVD.)
When to vote? Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters in line by 8 p.m. will still be permitted to case their vote, but nobody is allowed to get in line after 8 p.m. Absentee ballots may be turned in until 8 p.m. at the Troy City Clerk's Office located at City Hall, 500 Big Beaver.
What do you need to bring with you? Every Michigan voter who votes in the polls must comply with the requirement by showing picture identification (i.e driver's license, identification card, passport) or signing an affidavit attesting that he or she is not in possession of picture identification.
Also keep in mind that predictions for voter turnout may set a new record high, which means potential long lines.
Here are some tips to possibly bypass the long lines:
Be at the polls about 10 minutes before they open. Waiting for 10 minutes is better than waiting for 1-2 hours!
Have your ID ready in hand and know your precinct number because some locations have two precincts.
Skip the lunch time crowd, which is usually between 11:30 - 1:00.
Skip the after work crowd, which is usually between 4:00-6:00. Remember that the polls are open until 8:00 P.M.
If you have to bring your children, make sure they have plenty of toys to keep them occupied such as books, an iPad, etc. Also make sure you have snacks and water on hand. Some polls are predicting 1-2 hour long waiting periods. Remember to ask for your "I voted" sticker!
Where can I find more information about the candidates? Again, please keep in mind that Leadership Troy does not endorse candidates. Our goal is to provide information for the Troy Community. If you would like to know more about the candidates, please visit the Michigan Voters Guide website at votersguide.michigan.com/build.do. Michigan Voters Guide also does not endorse candidates. Their website is simply a tool to provide information about national and local candidates.
Unfortunately in this day and age, people must be aware of any possible scams. (How many emails do you get a day from a prince in an unknown country offering you millions of dollars? The scams that have been reported so far are as follows: Voter intimidation There have been calls to monitor polling stations, which has given rise to concern that this practice might intimidate voters and suppress voter turnout, which is one of the oldest election scams there is.
False Information on Polling Stations Beware tweets, Facebook posts, Snapchat messages, Instagram posts, emails, texts, phone calls or carrier pigeons bearing bad news about your polling stations, because this is one of the oldest tricks in the book.
This can be information fraud, essentially, with the goal of keeping voters from showing up, either with claims that the lines are long or the polling station has been moved. If you receive any communication regarding your polling station, contact the Oakland County Government website at www.oakgov.com.
Last-Minute Contributions There’s a knock at your door; you receive a call, email or text. The request: Time is running out and we need your contribution to get (insert the name of the local, state or federal candidate or political party of your choice) over the finish line. The money will go toward crucial last-minute ads, or the get-out-the-vote effort.
Never, ever provide payment card information to anyone in person, online or by phone unless you are in control of the interaction and have confirmed their legitimacy.
Registration Scams You may also be contacted with a request to update your voter registration information. This may be accompanied by news that your name was purged from the voting roll because of your failure to vote in a previous election, or that all the names in your district were purged due to a computer glitch. You might even be asked for a payment card number to assist in confirming your identity, or to pay a re-registration fee.
Never, ever provide sensitive personal information to anyone in person, online or by phone unless you are in control of the communication and have confirmed their legitimacy. If you are concerned, immediately contact the Oakland County Government website at www.oakgov.com to find out if there really is a problem.
Voting by Phone This is the easiest scam to resist, because you absolutely, positively cannot vote by phone, no matter where you live. That’s why there are absentee ballots. If you didn’t get one in time, don’t fall for any promises of rectifying that matter.
Leadership Troy held our annual Recognition Banquet last night and it was a resounding success. Mike Kerr was presented with the 2016 Troy Distinguished Citizen Award, Kohl's - Oakland Square was presented with the Business Community Appreciation Award and thirteen individuals were presented with Volunteer of the Year Award from their respective organizations.
If you've never heard of Leadership Troy, you might be wondering what is so special about this annual Recognition Banquet? Yes, there was a dinner. Yes, there were speeches. And yes there were awards. But what you might not realize is that the people who are recognized and also those who are in the audience are there for the same reason: they all share a passion for volunteering.
When Mike was told he was the 2016 Distinguished Citizen, he was flabbergasted. Why? He asked. Well, if one were to read through his impressive qualifications, there would be no need to answer that question. But for Mike, he doesn't volunteer for the accolades, awards or even a simple thank you. In his words, he volunteers, with the "hope to inspire others to do just a little bit more in the community."
And isn't that what volunteerism is all about? Helping just a little bit because a little bit is more than nothing at all. What if we all helped just a little bit?
As of 2013, the population of Troy was 82,821. What if every single person in Troy volunteered 10 minutes of their time just once a year? That would be equal to 828,210 volunteer minutes; 575 volunteer days; 18 volunteer months; and 1.5 volunteer years. Think of the things that could be accomplished! The possibilities are limitless.
As a very wise man once said: “Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Heart. Grace. Love. That's all it takes to volunteer.
*Title by Mary Kerwin, Board Member of Leadership Troy
The 2016 Troy Distinguished Citizen, Troy Business Community Appreciation Award and Volunteers of the Year will be honored at the Leadership Troy 48th Annual Recognition Banquet November 2 at the St. Nicholas Greek Cultural Center at 760 West Wattles Road (between Livernois and Crooks). This annual event honors the significant contributions of individuals and businesses who give back to the Troy community. If you would like to come, please contact your member organization first as they might have extra tickets. Thank you for your support!
2016 Troy Distinguished Citizen - Mike Kerr
Leadership Troy is proud to announce the 2016 Troy Distinguished Citizen. The honoree is Mike Kerr. “The award is given each year to either an individual or couple who reside in Troy. A selection committee comprised of a cross section of members involved in Troy made the selection.” Said Jim Cyrulewski, President of Leadership Troy. “The criteria they used to make the selection was that the nominee contributed to the Troy community above and beyond that which required in their employment; demonstrated character, commitment and/or leadership qualities; received no monetary or in-kind compensation for volunteer activities; actively participated in community or civic organizations, school and/ or faith community and exemplified professional accomplishments and contribution to the economic well being and quality of life in Troy. Mike Kerr certainly meets all the criteria.”*
2016 Troy Business Community Appreciation Award Kohl's - Oakland Square Leadership Troy is proud to announce its 2016 Troy Business Community Appreciation Award Winner. The honored business is the Kohl’s - Oakland Square. “The award is given each year to a business that over a period of time has given a wide range of support to local schools, community groups, and/or non-profit organizations and has improved the quality of life in Troy through civic and philanthropic activities,” said Mary Kerwin, Vice-President of Leadership Troy. “The criteria used to make the selection includes provision of community service that substantially benefited the community, served as a positive ambassador of the Troy community locally, nationally, and/or internationally, received recognition for outstanding service contributions such as awards, honors and citations, demonstrated business growth, expansion, or development, involved in Troy community, practices social responsibility and encourages employee participation in community volunteer activities and noted for contributions to the wellbeing and quality of life in Troy. The Kohl’s certainly meets the criteria.”*
*Kohl’s community involvement can be found on the Recognition Banquet page. 2016 Community Organizations Volunteer of the Year HonoreesLeadership Troy is proud to announce the 2016 Community Organizations Volunteer of the Year Honorees. "Each year the various community organizations that help make Troy the great place to live, are asked by Leadership Troy to select a member as their respective outstanding volunteer of the year. This year, 13 organizations have chosen a member to honor," said Jim Cyrulewski, President of Leadership Troy. "Honorees are recognized for the many volunteer hours they give to their organization. This can be for helping with fundraising events, organizing projects that provide assistance, holding fun events for youth and/or seniors, planning networking and social activities, communicating news about the organization via social media or running the organization to name just a few of the areas volunteers give their time.*