MSAA General Membership Meeting, Thursday, April 5, 2012, 8am, Conor O’Neill’s

This is going to be fun!!!

Our friends at the getDowntown program will be hosting a trivia contest full of stimulating downtown trivia and prizes, even losers get a prize!

Grub Crawl – Katie Jones from the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce will tell us about the upcoming Ann Arbor Grub Crawl

Growing Hope – Chris Michalak

Join us at 8am at Conor O’Neill’s, 318 S. Main Street, for coffee, scones, fun, prizes and announcements.


Those present: Nancy Shore, getDowntown; Tom Murray, Conor O’Neill’s; Chris DeRuyver, Affinity Wealth Solutions; Carl Ent, Bank of Ann Arbor; Pippa Creffield and Catherine Lesse, Abracadabra; Elmo Morales, Elmo’s; Sarah Miller, AAACVB; Jim Hart, Seyfried Jewelers; Rhonda Foxworth, Bank of Ann Arbor; The Ravens Club, Jeff Paquin; Marsha Chamberlin, Ann Arbor Art Center; Doug Martelle, AAPD; Duston Sanford, Moosejaw; Christopher Michalak, Growing Hope; Nina Jergens, Acme; Veronique Liem, Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge; Peter Schork and Tim Berry, Ann Arbor State Bank; Julie Minerd, Salon XL; Kori Isaac,; Casey Hyde, Arbor Brewing Company; Mary Mortan, The Chronicle.

President, Tom Murray: Starts Meeting with Introductions

Ypsilanti / Ann Arbor Regional Chamber of Commerce Grub Crawl, Katie Jones
Event Description – The Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti Regional Chamber will be hosting their 2nd Grub Crawl on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, from 6:00-9:00 pm in the Downtown Ann Arbor! Buy your tickets early, registration will only be through Friday April 27th.

How it Works…Guests will each receive a ticket that has the list of all the restaurants on the Grub Crawl. Stop in at each of the restaurants anytime between 6:00 & 9:00 pm on May 2, 2012, to sample one or more of their specialties. Your ticket will be stamped at each restaurant. For everyone’s convenience Golden Limousine International will be providing a Trolley along the route of the Grub Crawl.
Click here to register

Growing Hope Fundraiser, Christopher Michalak
Growing Hope is an Ypsilanti based organization who’s mission includes helping communities learn to grow gardens and eat healthy. They teach food awareness and raise awareness of the need for healthier living in Ypsilanti. Currently, they are doing a fundraiser that aims to collect $75,000 by May 5th. If you would like to donate or help collect donations, or see how your business can get involved contact Chris 734.646.1885.
For more information click here

GetDowntown, Commuter Challenge, Nancy Shore
The Commuter Challenge is a fun, free online commuting competition that happens in May.
Go head to head with other Ann Arbor organizations to see who can get the most employees to log an alternative commute (walk, bike, bus, carpool, telecommute, etc) during the Month of May.

All you have to do is log 1 commute to win a prize! There are also prizes for Organizations, Weekly Challenges and Fun Events. One lucky Commuter Challenge participant will win the Grand Prize–an Amazon Kindle.
For more information click here

Trivia Game, contestants included meeting attendees

Ann Arbor Art Center – Paint the Town fundraiser, Saturday, May 12, 6:00-10 p.m.
The evening will begin with a tour of the Ann Arbor Art Center’s galleries, shop and studios. See artists in action and enjoy live music while you feast on fabulous hors d’oeuvres and an eclectic selection of wines, spirits and crafted beers. The soiree then continues in a giant tent pitched in the Art Center’s “backyard” parking lot. Swing to the sounds of the 15-piece Rhythm Society Orchestra while you enjoy a different selection of fabulous food and beverages along with raffles, auctions and dancing.
Go to website for ticket information

Blake Transit Center is now offering rides to Detroit Airport
Click here for more information

Conor O’Neills – Shamrocks and Shenanigans raised $55,000 for Motts Children’s Hospital

Salon XL and Blue Tractor – raised $50,000 during their St. Baldrick’s fundraiser for childhood cancer research

Midnight Madness
– Friday, May 4. We will be doing a Cinco de Mayo themed event downtown. We are asking businesses to stay open late (preferably until midnight), hang colorful lights in your windows (Christmas lights will do), hang and distribute the marketing materials we will be dropping off, Facebook post the event, put luminaries that MSAA purchased outside of your store, and play Mexican music in your business. Additionally, MSAA has hired a traditional Mexican folk dance troupe to dance on the sidewalks from 7-8:30pm.
Click here for more information

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