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Friends of Highland Recreation Area, 10th Anniversary Annual Dinner Meeting
6:00 pm, Wednesday, November 8, 2017
$25.00 Per Person
Bakers of Milford
2025 S. Milford Road, Milford, MI 48381
The Board of Directors of the Friends of Highland Recreation Area (FOHRA) would like to welcome its Members and the public to our 10th Anniversary Annual Meeting. The yearly event showcases FOHRA’s volunteer activity at Edsel and Eleanor Ford’s former Haven Hill estate within the Highland State Recreation Area. Dinner will be served and guests will be charged $25.00 to attend. Tickets Available on Our Website. Please reserve before 11/1/17.
2017 Meeting Highlights
Guest Speaker Mr. Russel Doré automotive historian will present, “The Dodge Brothers, Their Company and Their Lives”, a one hour speaking engagement with visuals. Learn how these machinists went from being parts suppliers to creating an automobile company which at one time was second only to the Ford Motor Company. “FOHRA: Ten Years at Haven Hill” – Jay Fitzgerald, FOHRA Secretary. A photographic and video journey of the Friends group and their work over the years at Highland State
FOHRA is committed to supporting Michigan’s Highland State Recreation Area by assisting and promoting interpretive, scientific, historical, and educational visitor services.
FOHRA members attended a two day conference at the Ralph A. MacMullan MDNR conference center in Roscommon this weekend. The yearly gathering of MDNR staff and Friends Group Members is a great exchange of ideas and information, and a "meet and greet" of others with similar interests and programs at other State Parks throughout Michigan. Miguel Rodriguez, MDNR Friends Group Coordinator, arranged and then MC'd the weekend gathering.
Friends Group's presentations included updates of special efforts and programs at Bay City State Recreation Area, Maybury State Park, Island Lake Recreation Area, Grand Haven State Park, and our own Highland State Recreation Area.
Various members of the MDNR staff presented subjects such as Understanding the Parks General Management Plans, Considering ADA Requirements for your state park projects, Parks and Rec Programming and How Friends Can Help, Oak Wilt Losses and Treatment Programs, new MDNR Website Features, a new Event Request process, and more. Patricia Berry of the U of M Fund Development Office gave everyone tips great on fundraising.
FOHRA members presented the history of the volunteer efforts at Highland Recreation Area's Haven Hill Estate for those in attendance that were not familiar with the park and our historic programs. The bulk of the presentation content included the many and varied Friends of Highland Recreation Area events that the group holds to encourage new memberships and participation from the general public. The presentation was well received by all in attendance.
MDNR Article on the FOHRA Blog... Click on the image below for more info...
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will host an open house Thursday, Jan. 26, to solicit public input on Highland Recreation Area's draft phase 2 general management plan. The open house will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Highland Township Hall Auditorium, 205 N. John St. in Highland.