West side success story — the WFBA

Take a look at this old sepia snapshot of the WFBA board of directors from its early years. Where are they now?

Take a look at this old sepia snapshot of the WFBA board of directors from its early years. Where are they now?

FLINT TWP. — The purpose of the West Flint Business Association (WFBA) is “to keep members informed, pursue common goals and provide unity within the community.” according to its mission statement.

Founded in 1989, the group is celebrating its 25th anniversary on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at its monthly meeting that also kicks off the 2014-15 session. WFBA meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month, except in June, July and August.

Made up of about 100 members of the business, professional and civic community, mostly in the Flint Township area, the association functions as a networking and educational forum where featured speakers each month talk about local issues affecting the township.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton, a 22-year WFBA member, will be the featured speaker at this month’s meeting, held at the Valley Family Restaurant at Linden and Miller roads.

The meeting begins at noon with lunch for those who want to purchase it; followed by a free business meeting from 12:30-12:45 p.m. Flint Township Supervisor Karyn Miller provides a five-minute news update followed by the featured speaker’s talk on local issues from 12:45-1:15 p.m.

The group also will be presenting the second annual Don Eve Achievement award to a deserving recipient.

Don Eve served as WFBA president for 20 years, working diligently to promote the association in addition to originating, organizing and running many charitable events to raise money for the group’s annual scholarship awards, according to a press release. Likewise, the award named for him is presented to someone who has volunteered and worked diligently for the best interest, stability and advancement of the WFBA.

WFBA hosts fundraisers throughout the year to sponsor three annual scholarships for area students, which are awarded at the May closing meeting.

The Adult Learner Student Scholarship is for individuals in the work force and who are trying to improve themselves by furthering their education. The High School Community Service Scholarship is to assist a high school senior in pursuing a college education. And the GASC Technology Center Scholarship helps a high school senior enrolled in a Career & Technology program at skill center and is continuing his/ her education in a related specialty area.

WFBA continuously seeks new members who receive benefits including member-to-member discounts, business promotion and networking opportunities and an informative newsletter.

WFBA also maintains a website including a member directory at www.westflintbiz.com

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