2016 is looking to be year of great progress and accomplishments for downtown Wayne. The Wayne Main Street (WMS) Board of Directors has started off by welcoming three new faces to the table: Theodora Brooks, Mary Powers, and Brian Ewanciw. Ms. Brooks has volunteered with WMS serving on the Design Committee and managing the downtown property inventory database. Ms. Powers became involved with WMS through her interest in civic literacy and getting youth more involved with the city. She was hired by WMS to work during the summer of 2015 as the temporary Youth Coordinator, which was funded by a grant received from the University of Michigan Dearborn’s Civic Literacy Program. During her time on the job Powers successfully created the Junior Main Street Committee which consists of all high school students who held a downtown clean-up day in July and working on a fashion exhibit at the Wayne Historical Museum that will be open to the public this spring. Mr. Ewanciw is the owner of ICON Computer Solutions and was involved with our organization back when it was still called the Wayne Ripple Effect. He is excited to represent the business community and has already hit the ground running with great ideas for future projects.
With the welcoming of new faces there is also the bittersweet task of saying goodbye to two of our most dedicated volunteers – Patricia Hartford and Beverly Campbell. While both Hartford and Campbell will continue to volunteer on the Promotions Committee, their terms on the Board of Directors concluded in December of 2015. Hartford and Campbell have been instrumental in the beginning of the Main Street effort. Both have served several years and have been steadfast volunteers working on the downtown Scarecrow contest, Rouge-A-Palooza, and more. On behalf of the Board of Directors we would like to thank these two individuals for their endless enthusiasm and passion and look forward to their continued involvement on the committee level.