Some people may think that Greenville and its surrounding communities are small time, small town. But this past weekend showed that they are anything but.
Hundreds of women — and even a few men — gathered in the Greenville High School gymnasium for the second annual Spring Fling for Women, an expo-style event designed to provide women with an opportunity to learn, shop and get together with friends.
The goal of this newspaper, which organized the day, was to empower women not only to improve their health, their happiness and their know-how, but also to support local commerce and demonstrate what women can accomplish. It was Style, Health and Empowerment (S.H.E.) — the name of our monthly special section targeting women — all the way.
The 2014 Spring Fling boasted more than 50 local vendors that showcased everything from products they sell as part of home-based businesses, to brick and mortar retail merchandise, to information about heart health, cell phone technology and car care.
Women spoke from the stage about a variety of potentially life-changing topics including a story of one woman’s career success after getting a degree from Montcalm Community College, another woman’s 220-pound weight loss and a local gynecologist’s outline of options for women who struggle with female health issues.
A local business owner showed how to design and plant your own terrarium; another woman led a hands-on demonstration of an Easter craft. There also were samples of some of the finest baking and catering establishments around.
Montcalm County may be small in size, but it is big in heart and community. Spring Fling is a great example of how a community can come together to provide positive support and information to better the lives of those who live here. And while it may be a little soon for details, we hope to see you next year at an even bigger and better Spring Fling for Women 2015.
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