People working together make Boyne City work

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What if you don’t have a role in Boyne City? Now is the time to jump in. Now is the best time to find yourself a niche.


The Joint Boards and Commissions for the City of Boyne City met at the close of 2015.

That’s actually a fancy way of saying that the folks at the city got representatives from many of the local boards in one room for a pow-wow where they could discuss how everything’s going.

What a great idea, though.

How convenient was it that, when the local industrial sector expressed concerns about housing and daycare for their workers, it was noted that the Boyne City Housing Commission has been discussing the possibility of creating more affordable housing units in the area.

How nice it is to know that the historical commission is making plans to move the items in the museum with the new city facilities coming.

I guess the bigger thing, at least in my mind, is that we live in a city that bothers to do things like this.

Boyne City has a massive goal-setting session regularly to ensure that what they’re working on is what their constituents feel is most important.

And, now, everyone got together in one room to make sure we’re all on the same page.

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: Boyne City does a lot of things very well.

They post agendas, minutes, and recordings for their constituents, and even advertise their events—such as the Boyne on the Water initiative—in the local newspaper.

But, in the end, it really comes down to the people. After all, the people of Boyne City really do care.

Mike Sheean volunteers to chair the parks and recreation board, and works endlessly to help the many local cyclers by making sure they have new places to ride.

Richard Bouters has helped the local airport for as long as I can remember.

Oral Sutliff, who now chairs the board of review, has worked with the Charlevoix County Transit, commission on aging, and is even involved with local nonprofits.

And, that’s not even taking into account the hundreds of people who volunteer at chamber functions, help out at Buff up Boyne, serve on local boards, help at the Charlevoix Area Humane Society, and more.

But, what if you’re not a part of that group? What if you don’t have a role in Boyne City?

Now is the time to jump in. Now is the best time to find yourself a niche.

If you like animals, I’ll bet that Scott MacKenzie over at the humane society would love to accept your help.

If you’re into concession trailers and working with the public, the Rotary and Lions are always looking.

Maybe you like kids, because the Kiwanis strives to help local children, and the schools take volunteers.

There’s a quote stitched on a pillow somewhere that says “be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Now’s the time to make that happen.