Editor’s note: I’m sure you all read Foster Childs’ column last week announcing that he is ending his column. I, along with Emily Caswell, our brand manager, will now be alternating columns. For those who don’t know me, let me introduce myself. I grew up in Royal Oak and graduated from Michigan State University in 1983. I met my husband, Jeff, there and we will soon be celebrating our 35th anniversary. We built our home in Fenton Township in 1990 and absolutely love living in this area. We have three children, one son-in-law and one grandbaby. Our oldest son, Brad, died at the age of 12 in 2000 from complications of an asthma attack. He was an organ donor. We have attempted to heal from his death by giving college scholarships in his memory. We used to hold a hockey tournament at Flint Iceland Arenas where he played hockey. Since he loved to golf, we continue to host the annual Brad Stone Summer Classic at Fenton Farms. Because of the love and support of our family, friends and the community, we are pleased to announce that after we hand out scholarships this spring we will have surpassed the $200,000 mark of college scholarships in Brad’s memory. This warms our hearts. Our daughter, Laura, graduated from Lake Fenton, graduated from MSU and married Ed Constable. They have a 4-month-old baby named Leo. Our son, Jake, graduated from Powers, attended MSU and recently graduated from the Golf Academy of America in South Carolina. He’s now an assistant golf pro in Miami. Jeff and I co-own the Sears Hometown store in Fenton with his brother Tim. With my bachelor’s degree in graphic design, I worked in the Times’ art department in the early ’90s. I left for a while to pursue other opportunities and came back to the Times editorial department in 2004 and have been editor since 2012. This is an exciting time to be part of the greater Fenton area and I am proud to be part of this community news organization that showcases our local residents, schools, elected leaders and all of our hometown heroes.
You never know who you will run into, especially when you live in a small and connected community, such as Fenton. It’s no secret to our friends that my husband, Jeff, and I dine out often. Now that we are empty nesters with our own busy work schedules, prepping, eating and cleaning the kitchen after dinner just isn’t as much fun as checking out the many fine dining establishments throughout the tri-county area. In addition to trying out new low-cal entrees and cauliflower pizza crusts, we consider people watching to be fun entertainment. We seem to always run into one of our neighbors or people we have met since moving here in ’90.
Recently, we were waiting for a table at Andiamo when two young men came in. They stopped in to check out the new restaurant before heading to the Fenton Hotel Tavern & Grille to meet their wives for dinner. Needless to say, the four of us struck up a friendly conversation and we introduced ourselves. When Jeff told one of the men that my name was Sharon Stone, his head snapped around and he said, “Sharon Stone, the writer?” That was a refreshing response for me since I usually respond to an actress comment with an eye roll. I explained that I was indeed “the writer,” and editor of the Times. It turned out that we already knew each other through emails and articles regarding the Fenton Rotary.
I appreciate the fact that I met Noah Morgan, the president of the Fenton Rotary, in person. I learned that he is also treasurer of the Southern Lakes Pathway Initiative, which is very involved with the proposed non-motorized pathway through the area. If this project goes through, I will most likely buy a new bicycle to try out the new path. I haven’t owned a bike since my old 10-speed in college. His day job is being a wealth advisor with Acorn Wealth Advisors. Noah and his wife moved to the Fenton area about eight years ago. They have two children. He credits much of who he is to the Rotary. He said, “I’ve grown with the Rotary. It’s been an adventure. It’s a wonderful organization.”
Around the world, Rotary International has helped impoverished areas with water filtration, missionary trips, building ramps for local senior citizens, providing Christmas gifts for children, weekly breakfasts for veterans, the local middle school debate league and more. He said, “We are truly a service organization.”
If anyone is looking to meet new people, network with local business people and help on important projects, Noah suggests they attend the Fenton Rotary’s Tuesday morning breakfast meetings at Spring Meadows Country Club at 7:15 a.m. The members are busy planning their fundraising golf outing in October and other projects in town. He said, “It’s a great place to network on a weekly basis. It’s made me a better person and it has introduced me to a lot of people.”
Best wishes to our new friend, Noah, and the Fenton Rotary.
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