Monthly Archives: February 2011

2011 4th Friday Breakfast Series Off To A Great Start

Our 4th Friday Breakfast Series got off to a great start this morning.

A special thanks to Mark Hoffman and Hoffman’s Deco Deli & Cafe for hosting us this year. The hot coffee and made to order breakfast sandwiches were perfect on a cold and snowy Flint morning. And of course thank you to our guest speaker Jennifer Hogan and everyone that braved the cold to join us.

Flint is often defined by outsiders as a one industry town, “car town” “buick city” etc…or as a town used to complete  a worst of list. Even the most positive of Flint residents tend to define our city by one positive resource, such as Flint being a thriving college town. Here at Flint Club we know Flint is many things to many people. We are using 4th Fridays this year to begin to connect all of the positive resources our community enjoys to create a sense of a whole community.

This morning Jennifer Hogan, the Executive Director of UMF Office of University Relations, spoke about letting a negative aspect define a community as a whole. Jennifer spoke about how as a “tween” she allowed her athletic ability, or lack thereof,  to define her as a person. Rather than focusing on the other positive and productive comments. Her story is relatable to Flint’s persistent struggle with local and national media defining our city’s image.

Jennifer shared how her now famous blog post came about (you can read it here http://blogs.umflint.edu/universityrelations/2011/01/26/stop-treating-my-city-like-the-fat-kid-in-gym-class/ )and her very relatable emotional ups and downs  to being a resident of the Flint area. She stated that “words matter”. Being constantly bombarded with negative stories day after day can become disheartening. Jennifer made the point that words, coupled with action, are more powerful that re-hashing negative news stories over and over again. She suggested three very useful things that people in this community can do to help to create positive change for our hometown:

1. Use words. They really do matter. Make sure you are comfortable with several positive stories that paint your image of Flint. So when a person mentions a negative aspect of Flint, or gives you the “you’re from where!” look, you have several topics, places, and stories to redirect the conversation.

2. Make it a habit to be in Flint. You can’t share positive stories if you don’t have any. Go downtown, or to the Cultural Center, The Farmers Market, ect. If you already go, bring along a friend who does not usually venture into Flint. Someone from the suburbs, or even from out-of-state.

3.Commit to posting one  positive comment a week about Flint on your social network of choice.  Write a blog post, repost a positive news story, Twitter about your fun lunch at 501. Then try to do it again, and again, and again.

We again want to thank Jennifer Hogan for her inspiring words this morning. Thank you to Hoffman’s for your hospitality. And a very special thank you to Dan Oginsky from ITC Holdings for his generous sponsorship of our 4th Friday Breakfast

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Free Breakfast this Friday

Real Conversations About Our City

We know Flint as a Car Town…

We know Flint is perceived as the Crime Capital…

We hear other descriptions like College Town, Arts Community, and Cool City…

Flint is many things to many people. And it’s not just one description that defines Flint.

This year at our 4th Friday Breakfast Series, we will explore and discuss the many pieces essential to the building of Flint as a Whole Community.

Our 2011 Premiere Breakfast

Our February breakfast will be on Friday the 25th. Come anytime between 7:30am and 8am for great food, from 8am to 9am is  the presentation/discussion . It will be at Hoffman’s Deco Deli & Cafe (yes, we have changed locations).

The speaker this month is Jennifer Hogan, the Executive Director of the University of Michigan-Flint’s Office of University Relations. Jenn recently wrote a blog post about Flint being a city that gets picked last all the time.  If you have not read it yet it is worth a read:  http://blogs.umflint.edu/universityrelations/2011/01/26/stop-treating-my-city-like-the-fat-kid-in-gym-class/

Jenn will be presenting her outlook on Flint, as a hometown. One of the pieces that make our city a whole community.

We hope that you will be able to join us for breakfast, oh and did we mention it is free? Yes, free breakfast, how can you turn that down?

Here is the link to the Facebook event page so you can tell us you are coming http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=126761834063648

 

A Friday Foto Mystery (Is it spring? Edition)

No it is not spring yet. But hope “springs” eternal. Ok, enough with the puns, here is your Friday Foto Contest.

If you are the first person to guess the correct location of the picture above you will be our winner. This week the prize is a year membership in Flint Club. Take your guess in the comments section for this post, and the winner will be announced on Monday.

Good luck and have a great weekend!

4th Friday Breakfast Series

Real Conversations About Our City

We know Flint as a Car Town…

We know Flint is perceived as the Crime Capital…

We hear other descriptions like College Town, Arts Community, and Cool City…

Flint is many things to many people. And it’s not just one description that defines Flint.

This year at our 4th Friday Breakfast Series, we will explore and discuss the many pieces essential to the building of Flint as a Whole Community.

Our 2011 Premiere Breakfast

Our February breakfast will be on Friday the 25th. Come anytime between 7:30am and 8am for great food, from 8am to 9am is  the presentation/discussion . It will be at Hoffman’s Deco Deli & Cafe (yes, we have changed locations).

The speaker this month is Jennifer Hogan, the Executive Director of the University of Michigan-Flint’s Office of University Relations. Jenn recently wrote a blog post about Flint being a city that gets picked last all the time.  If you have not read it yet it is worth a read:  http://blogs.umflint.edu/universityrelations/2011/01/26/stop-treating-my-city-like-the-fat-kid-in-gym-class/

Jenn will be presenting her outlook on Flint, as a hometown. One of the pieces that make our city a whole community.

We hope that you will be able to join us for breakfast, oh and did we mention it is free? Yes, free breakfast, how can you turn that down?

Here is the link to the Facebook event page so you can tell us you are coming http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=126761834063648

 

An Easy One…Maybe

Here it is, now you just have to tell us where it is to win. Most of you will recognize where this is, so this contest will be more of a race than a guess. The prize this week is a year membership in Flint Club! How cool is that?

If this is your first time playing, here is what to do. If you are the first person to guess the correct location of the picture above in the comments of this post. Then you are our winner. The winner will be announced on Monday.

Good Luck, have a great weekend.