Saluting Those Who Make It Happen

| 8/7/2015 9:41:00 AM

Country MoonPart of living the country life is being part of the small towns that dot the American countryside. I am thankful every day that I have had the privilege to grow up in the country. Even though they say you bloom where you are planted, I think it would be a sad day for the city and for me if I had been a city girl.

People in a small town are a family in their own right. Usually most everyone knows everyone else. This can be good, this can be bad. Most of the time life is good, though; we love like a family, in crises we pull together like family and, on various issues, we fight like family. Also, like family, we need someone to take command and steer us through, making all the things that happen, happen.

How many times do you ever think about the Memorial Day parade, fireworks on July 4 and hometown festivals? It takes someone to organize and plan all these things. Our someone is Donna Claar who is basically behind everything that goes on in Union City, Michigan. Every small town has a Donna, they just may be called Betsy or George or any other name, but they are the ones who get things done. All too often they are seldom recognized for all they do. We don’t mean to do this, it’s just the old adage of “out of sight, out of mind.”

Let me tell you about our Donna. I have always known she was involved in most community events but I, like many others, was so naïve that I thought she was compensated for doing everything she does. Nope, she strictly volunteers her time. Why would she do that? Because she truly loves our town. How cool is that!

Here is a partial list of things she is involved in. I do say partial because I am 99-percent sure that I have forgotten something. She organizes the Memorial Day parade each year, which in itself is no small feat considering the number of entries that have to be put into some type of orderly fashion. She is responsible for the fireworks each July 4, keeps the electronic sign up-to-date with various happenings around the community and is an active member of both the Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce. In addition, she is the driving force behind our two hometown festivals, Heritage Days and the Art Festival. Of course, there are many others who help all these things come together, but she is the silent leader behind each one.

Above and beyond these commitments, she is the owner and editor of our hometown newspaper, The Clarion, which is never a 40-hour per week job. And in her spare time (yea, right!) she follows her passion and provides respite care for individuals in the community. She does nominally charge for this service, but says it is a labor of love.

8/11/2015 10:36:38 AM

Lois, Donna sounds like a real special person for sure. Those people that just keep going and never stop fascinate me. I'm not one of those people for sure. ***** I put all those GRIT editor folks in the category as well. I would say that producing a magazine the caliber of GRIT is no small task and they are definitely in the back ground so far that I doubt many readers of the magazine even know who they are. So yes I agree that the GRIT staff are awesome people. ***** Have a great behind the scenes day.

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