General Discussion:
  • Attendance: Members=23, Associate Members=2, Guests=4
  • President Nick presented Gene Klco a check for $500 for the R.J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project
    • Gene works at the Toy Project
    • They built about 9000 wooden toys this year - all donated to needy children

Gene Klco & President Nick Horstman
  • Christmas Families
    • The sign-up list was passed around
    • An updated copy will be sent out via email
      • Reply to Gene if you are adding to the list
    • Gifts are to be bought, wrapped and labeled with family & child name
      • Deliver to the next two meetings or to Carrie Thorburn at her office
        • Edward Jones on W Grand River - across from Independent Bank
  • Secret Santas
    • Bring your wrapped gift to the Dec. 18th meeting
    • Label with the person’s name on it
    • We’ll exchange them at that Holiday Meeting
  • Earl proposed a group to go to the latest Williamston Theatre production - “Hunting Shack Christmas”
    • Thursday, Dec. 20th
    • Contact Earl if interested
  • The Membership Committee passed out a survey to fill out and bring back to the next meeting
    • It looks to gather member input and ideas of ways to help make the club more vibrant!
    • A reminder will be sent next week
  • Poker - this week
    • Gene will send out a copy of the sign-up sheet
      • If you can’t make your scheduled time, contact Brian
    • Brian has received some feedback about poker
      • He acknowledges your concerns
      • Will discuss more in January
      • If have concerns, let Brian or Nick know
    • We are scheduled to do 3 more Poker events next calendar year
  • Adam noted that they have received 2 grants
    • They are for STEAM learning
    • They will be hiring a coach and recruiting a team to help with STEAM learning
    • More info to come in the future
       
Guest Speaker - Angel Morse - owner of Mud Country Candles

Angel Morse & President Nick Horstman
  • Their store is in the Keller Plaza - 2nd floor
  • Her husband & her own the business
    • Her husband is a truck driver
    • She grew up in Clio - small town north of Flint
    • Moved to Williamston 2 years ago
  • She has been in customer service most of her life
  • Were thinking of lots of ideas to start a business
    • She loved candles
    • Decided “we could make these”
    • Been 1 ½ years since they started
  • She did a lot of research on candle making
    • There are lots of choices in wax and in wicks
    • Chose a soy blend for the wax and cotton wicks
    • Use all natural ingredients
      • No coloring - as that adds chemicals
    • They tested the candles on their family to be sure
  • She was overwhelmed by the community
    • Had some for sale in local stores
    • Everybody loved them and the scents
    • Asked if they had a shop in town
    • So they looked and found Keller’s Plaza
  • Mud Country Candles doesn’t just sell candles
    • Sell scarves, hats, mittens 
    • All had made items
    • Her husband has made all the wooden shelves, furniture in the store
    • A brother makes dream catchers, which they sell
  • She wanted the store to be unique
    • All candles are hand poured
    • She passed around samples of the candles for us to smell and take
    • Also a copy of care instructions
      • Trim the wick for longer lasting candles
  • Asked how they chose the name - Mud Country Candles
    • Her maiden name was Wright - checked all possibilities for that
      • All names they thought of were taken
      • Like Mud Bogging
      • Have 100 acre farm to mud bog on
    • So the Mud Country Candles name was selected
  • Store on second floor of Keller’s Plaza Suite 212 - follow you nose - it’s around the corner