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Michigan’s first trade exchange. Celebrating 32 years in business.

REVOKED MEMBERS Social networking

Centerline Carpet & Tile

Metro Trading Association’s membership committee reviewed and revoked these listed members. These businesses are no longer with the association because of their failure to follow the Rules & Procedures of Metro Trading Association by either not trading fairly, having poor service complaints, or for failure to pay for purchases with new sales.

MTA is proud to announce our arrival to the world of social networking! As a trade and barter association, we have recognized the perfect fit and look forward to connecting further with our members. Be sure to follow our Twitter and Facebook accounts for the latest special offers and news regarding our association!

Extreme Decks, Inc. Diaggio’s Gelato & Pizzeria Dolly’s Pizza of Madison Heights

MTA’s Rules of Fair Trading exists to ensure all participants achieve the same cash profit from business done with the association as they achieve in the cash marketplace. There is no reason to charge more or to charge part cash. Our purpose is to work together in order to help one another succeed. It is a partnership where everyone wins. Those who violate the rules are simply robbing and stealing. Abusing the privilege of being a member is not the solution to the problem.

Mar Electric


Metamora Golf & Country Club


Metro Shopper

Metro Trading Association

Payroll Specialist S.E., LLC.

We need to work together and treat one another fairly. By trading fairly, you not only show professionalism, but you also show that you value your customers and the business they bring you. So, please call your broker if you come across an unfair trade member; your broker is here to recommend another business, and to make sure your complaints are followed up on by the membership committee. As you see, the committee takes action. Therefore, a member of Metro Trading Association cannot fault the association or claim prices higher here than for cash if they do not care to alert the committee empowered to remedy unfair trading.

Pita Cuisine Pro-Sweep Rusty Thomas Moving Service


Stanley Roofing Co., Inc.

President’s Letter ............................... 2 Member Spotlight ............................... 4

Thompson’s Printing & Graphics

New Members ..................................... 6

Z One

Making the Most of Barter ................. 9

Metro Trading Association is an association where prices have to be fair and rules must be followed for the benefit of all.



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Current Members Looking for Business ............................................ 10


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PRESIDENT’S LETTER TROY OFFICE 555 Oliver Troy, MI 48084 Phone: 248.244.0000 Fax: 248.244.0012 OHIO OFFICE Phone: 419.842.0000 1-888-LETS-TRADE


Dear Member, Recently, my sixteen-year-old grandson, Jay, was planning his first party. He wanted to make sure that everything turned out so that he would have a great party. He wrote down a plan and scheduled tasks. Of course, even then he had some anxiety. I complimented him on his preparations and said: “You know, it’s the people who make the party.” A trade association is similar. The association needs to plan, implement the plan, and provide all the services necessary to make each and every member’s experience a happy one. Our mantra at Metro is: Service, service and more service. But it’s people who make the party. The people we invite to the party are businesses who want an association where local businesses associate to achieve greater sales and profits through cooperation. Sometimes businesses join and say they understand the benefits of cooperation but their actions say otherwise. They are given and know the published, “rules of fair trading”.

International Reciprocal Trade Association

National Association of Trade Exchanges

PRESIDENT/CEO Michael L. Mercier


TRADE BROKERS Jacob Filipiak Mark Gojcaj Lakiesha Jackson





They know each and every transaction is to benefit both parties. They know: 1. The price is the same inside and out of the association. 2. They do not charge part cash. However, they are concerned only about themselves. They are not concerned about you or the association you support. You have experienced selfish and self-centered individuals before and you make every effort to avoid them. When you experience them in Metro Trading Association, you must scream out. This is not the way business is conducted here. Call us and we will find a fair trading member for you. Fair traders are the norm. We have no place for a business that will cheat their fellow local business owners. When we hear about a rule-breaker, we will let them know they are mistaken about Metro Trading Association. If they choose to continue treating others in a manner they do not wish to be treated, we tell them there are other places to trade but they are no longer welcome here. Sometimes we hear members say they don’t want to “squeal” or “nark”. I don’t know if they feel the same way about someone who held them up at gun point or broke into their business and stole money and goods. But logic says they should. Do they believe they will be the last victim? Don’t they become the enabler when the rule-breaker continues to victimize? Metro Trading Association recognizes its responsibility to enforce the rules of fair trading as seen in this newsletter. It’s the people who make the party—people of integrity having fun and making money. That’s Metro Trading. Play fair or play elsewhere. Sincerely,

Natasha McKay Leo Young



Michael L. Mercier President of Metro Trading


We want to hear about your good news! Have a significant anniversary coming up? Or maybe your business recently expanded? Here at Metro Trading Association, we want to know about the accomplishments of your business. Let us celebrate with you by publishing it in our newsletter! E-mail Natasha at with your news today!

Submit a Referral to MTA... We’ll Give You a $50 Trade Credit for Every Referral! It’s easy! Just copy this form, fill it out with your complete information, and submit it to MTA alone or with your monthly statement, or submit a recommendation through the website, or by calling your trade broker at 248-244-0000 (Troy office) or 419-842-0000 (Toledo office). We’ll credit your account $50 trade for every business you recommend who joins Metro Trading Association! You’ll receive the added bonus of having more members to barter with in order to meet your business needs, plus, it’s an easy way to accumulate trade credits! Mail form to: Metro Trading Association 555 Oliver, Troy, MI 48084

Your Company Name_____________________________ Date___________________________________________ The Company you’re Referring _______________________________________________ Type of Business ________________________________ Their Address ___________________________________ Zip Code_____________ Phone Number_____________ Additional Information____________________________ 

I have contacted this person about the benefits of MTA.




It all comes down to conduct


n auto repair shop in the business for 26 years, Quality Coach Collision is expanding on a variety of levels—services, referrals, and more significantly, business relationships. Edging on six years in the association, Jeff Conroy, owner, is enthusiastic about the


Quality Coach Collision SERVICES

Auto Body Repair LOCATION

2300 Cole St., Birmingham, MI HOURS OF OPERATION

Monday - Friday: 7:30AM - 5:30PM Saturday: 9:00AM - 1:00PM PHONE

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conduct of business within Metro Trading Association. “I was referred to Metro Trading Association through a friend of mine who had been involved with the organization for a number of years,” Conroy recalled. “It appealed to me to broaden our referral network outside of just the Birmingham and Bloomfield area.” He was quick to reveal his gratitude toward the more practical method of advertising. “We don’t advertise. No one plans on getting in an accident, so for us to direct market is futile. Having referrals come based on a need that we would never know about [without Metro Trading Association] is a bargain,” Conroy divulged. “We draw in customers that would otherwise never make it all the way here to Birmingham. They return not so much for convenience but for the thoroughness of the repair.” Before joining the association, Conroy didn’t find himself harvesting the benefits


from barter that he receives now. “The old-school term is ‘horse trading,’ he stated. “We have all had personal relationships where, in years past, they have a service and then you provide your service in return. You kind of have a side tally, but it’s very difficult to track. It can lead to disputes. That’s why Metro Trading Association is the intermediary; it sits there managing the relationship. It makes it very objective—and that’s critical. With ‘horse trading,’ it was up to interpretation. Here, the rules are established up front and everyone understands. That’s what’s great about it!” “When I meet someone through trade, they have that like mindset—that understanding—that it’s about people,” Conroy continued. “Just from their business approach, they’re more apt to listen and to try to help. [We’ve built] terrific relationships. It transcends the transaction. It’s a first-name basis and that’s where the real comfort comes in.” Conroy is not only dedicated to his


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(1) Jeff Conroy, owner of Quality Coach Collision; (2) mechanical shop; (3) painting facilities.

business relationships, but to all of his customers. “We value every interaction. People are typically having a bad day when they come in—so that’s why, as an owner, I try to ascertain their needs, learn a bit about them, and come up with the appropriate solutions to their problems.” A staff of ten employees, Quality Coach Collision is the direct repair shop for major insurance companies in the area. The shop spans across 15,000 square feet of space to accommodate your mechanical needs. As a final note to fellow members, Conroy enthused once more about the power of the referral. “It’s important for us as members to try to help sell the concept and the idea.” “Expanded membership is the key,” he added. “[I say] to other members—find more members. Talk to people, teach them about it, and show them the enthusiasm. It really benefits all of us.”


Call your trade broker at 248-244-0000 (Troy office) or 419-842-0000 (Toledo office) Or visit MTA’s web site: METRO TRADING ASSOCIATION’S TRADINGNEWS






Topz Craig Ottem 327 Hamilton Birmingham, MI 248-220-1108 Restaurant

Native Resources Laura Blumberg Detroit, MI 734-255-0279 Computers (Used)

Real Detroit Weekly John Badanjek Ferndale, MI 248-591-7325 Advertising (Magazine)

The Kitchen Specialist LLC Ron Farrugia Milford, MI 248-767-7336 Contractor; Remodeling (Commercial)


KUT Clifford Kemp Eastpointe, MI 586-774-0020 Lawn Fertilizing & Spray Service; Lawn Aeration



Jewett Electric Richard Jewett Harper Woods, MI 586-764-3548 Electrician; Heating & Cooling (Commercial)

Triple L Lawn Care & Snow Removal Angelo Lynn Mt. Clemens, MI 313-399-0132 Lawn Fertilizing & Spray Service; Landscape Clean-Up; Snow Removal Service

Women’s Lifestyle - Oakland County Brenda Hendley Bloomfield Hills, MI 248-321-5670 Advertising (Magazine)

CLARKSTON Mr. Mobile Tom Stearley 5571 Parkview Dr #103 Clarkston, MI 248-625-9296 Small Engine Repair

CLINTON TWP. Great Lakes Investments, LLC Stephen Ternullo 16950 19 Mile Rd. Clinton Twp., MI 586-868-0220 Office – Rental Louie’s Pizza Todd Kovacic 41160 Hayes Rd. Clinton Twp., MI 586-263-1900 Restaurant (Carry Out); Pizzas Michigan Climate Control, Inc Randy Mangeno 35375 Groesbeck Clinton Twp., MI 48035 586-791-4580 Heating & Cooling Service


FARMINGTON HILLS Orchards Well Balance Center Firas Nashef 27970 Orchard Lake Rd Farmington Hills, MI 248-865-0065 Dentists

FENTON O’Malley’s Galley Dennis O’Malley 3324 Owen Rd. Fenton, MI 810-714-4380 Restaurant

FERNDALE B.L.A.C. Publishing Alexis Bourkoulas Ferndale, MI 248-398-3400 Advertising (Magazine) Metro Parenting Publications Alexis Bourkoulas Ferndale, MI 248-398-3400 Advertising (Magazine)

LAPEER Inter-Network Design Matthew Hansel Lapeer, MI 810-545-0029 Computer Maintenance & Repair; Computer Networking

MACOMB Andrew Marke Salon, Inc. Angela Marke 21493 21 Mile Rd. Macomb, MI 586-948-8200 Hair Salon; Make-up Consultation; Manicures; Pedicures; Facials

MADISON HEIGHTS Fairfield Inn Ray Shina 32800 Stephenson Hwy. Madison Heights, MI 248-588-3388 Hotel/Motel

PONTIAC Green Field Sod Brian Johnson 856 Featherstone Pontiac, MI 248-338-5992 Top Soil; Landscaping - Equipment & Supplies

OAK PARK Front Page Deli Marcos Kiminaia 24810 Greenfield Oak Park, MI 248-968-5533 Restaurants; Caterers American Exhaust Systems Mike Wasserman 15441 W. 9 Mile Oak Park, MI 248-968-0662 www.americanexhaustsystemsinc. com Auto Brakes; Auto Tune-Ups

Successful Trading Tip It is not only breaking the rules to charge part-cash, it’s unethical. Provide quality service with honesty and fair pricing and you’ll produce more business - trade and cash! Please follow the Rules & Procedures. If you come across this problem as a buyer, please contact your broker. 6


Please welcome our new members to the wonderful world of bartering! ORTONVILLE




O’Malley’s Galley Dennis O’Malley 1595 S. Ortonville Rd. (M-15) Ortonville, MI 248-627-6790 Restaurant

Naturalistic Landscapes Don Horn 6256 Auburn Shelby Twp, MI 586-739-7200 Landscape Designers

Coffee News Richard Pauch Troy, MI 248-943-6808 Advertising (Restaurant Placemats)

Reliable Transmission Harold Thompson 5275 Dixie Highway Waterford, MI 248-623-2230 Auto Repair & Service; Auto Transmissions

OXFORD Lake State Cleaning Caleb Winongur Oxford, MI 248-910-2500 Gutter Cleaning; Window Cleaning (Commercial & Residential)

RAY Decorative Lawn Care Robert Grund Ray, MI 586-749-6409 Lawn Cutting; Lawn Sprinkler Service; Snow Removal Service

ROCHESTER Rochester Village Cleaners Don Kim 134 S. Main St. Rochester, MI 48307 248-651-4340 Dry Cleaners Quality Tree Service Dan Kot Rochester Hills, MI 248-656-2181 Tree Service; Tree Removal

ROYAL OAK Oakland Outdoors Wayne Reif Royal Oak, MI 248-542-2204 Lawn Fertilizing & Spray Service

SAGINAW Printing Edge Marketing, Inc. Michael Czymbor 4545 N. Michigan Ave. Saginaw, MI 989-755-4960 Printers; Color Laser Printing

SOUTHFIELD Detroit Steppin’ Out Magazine Brian Johnson Southfield, MI 248-885-5069 Advertising (Internet)

STERLING HEIGHTS Dr. David Basch David Basch 39601 Van Dyke Sterling Heights, MI 586-979-7502 Foot Care Green Meadow Lawnscape Dan DeClerck Sterling Heights, MI 586-254-7775 Lawn Fertilizing & Spray Service; Snow Removal Service Software Advantage Consulting Corp. David Miller Sterling Heights, MI 586-264-5632 Website Development

ST. CLAIR SHORES Pat O’Briens Tavern Louis Colombo 22385 E 10 Mile St. Clair Shores, MI 586-771-5715 Restaurants; Carry-Out; Bar (Lounge)

TROY The Cleaning Authority Tim Bridges 1170 E. Big Beaver Troy, MI 248-619-0945 Maid Service

Met Hotel Phillip Diponio 5500 Crooks Troy, MI 248-879-2100 Hotel/Motel

Steven D Socrates, DDS Steven Socrates 255 N. Telegraph #210A Waterford, MI 248-682-6030 Dentists



A Plus Painting, LLC Jeffrey Yatooma Walled Lake, MI 248-669-3400 Painting Contractors

Bloomfield Land and Plants Gary Eubanks 6806 Lee Crest West Bloomfield, MI 248-737-0947 Landscape Designers; Landscape Lighting

WARREN Auto Lab of Warren Gary Ludwiczak 3949 E 8 Mile Rd Warren, MI 586-756-4045 Auto Repair & Service

WASHINGTON U.S. Lawns of Macomb County Christopher Lavely Washington, MI 586-531-8600 Lawn Maintenance (Residential); Lawn Fertilizing & Spray Service

WATERFORD Absolute Drywall Ed Whittington Waterford, MI 248-681-5354 Dry Wall Contractors

Shazaaam Marketing Adrienne Lenhoff West Bloomfield, MI 248-366-0388 Advertising (Public Relations)

HARTFORD CITY, IN Five Star Commercial Roofing Christopher Spegal Hartford City, IN 888-881-3736 Roofing (Commercial)

MILWAUKEE, WI Preferred Flooring Company Don Luke 2136 N Prospect Ave #102 Milwaukee, WI 414-581-3410 Carpet & Rug Dealers

Detroit Music Awards Allan Wilson Waterford, MI 248-421-5336 Charitable Organizations Gary Coupon Publishing Gary Hammond 7092 Highland Rd., #107 Waterford, MI 248-495-5797 Advertising (Coupon)




Making the most of barter


Our main office for Metro Trading Association, located in Troy, MI.


etro Trading Association is here to work for you. We are pleased to help businesses sell and acquire goods and services, but we need your help in fulfilling the full potential of barter throughout Metro Detroit, Northwest Ohio, and your immediate area. Your help in the following three areas will help us save you time, frustration and will offer more of the goods and services you need.

and let them know you want to build your trade credits. They can give you marketing ideas and your name will be on their minds while handling requests.

USE YOUR BROKER Your trade broker is in contact with other members from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. They are supplied with up-to-date information through computers and have daily contact with their members and the other brokers. Brokers have new member listings, locations, phone numbers, contact names and availability information. Contact your broker if you need to find a product or service. If it’s available, your broker will find it.


Your broker is also the best tool for directing business to you. Call your broker

If you suspect that a business is not abiding by the rules of MTA, please contact your broker as soon as possible. The earlier a problem is identified, the better our chances of rectifying the situation.

When looking in your directory, on the website, or when getting information, you will be given a telephone number and a contact person. Using both of them can save you a great amount of time and frustration. Call ahead, identify yourself as a fellow MTA member, and ask if the product or service you desire is available. This procedure ensures that proper invoices are filled out for the transaction, confirms availability of a product or service, and side-steps employees who don’t know what MTA is all about. Not only will you be expected, you will also have direct access to the person in charge.

GET WHAT YOU NEED THE EASY WAY With nearly 2,000 members, MTA can help you acquire a large number of the goods and services that you need. We know that you can’t always get what you want or need, but with your help, we can build a wider membership base to meet your needs. The recommendation system is the most successful way for our sales staff to bring new members to MTA. Think of the cash purchases you make regularly at home or in the office—wouldn’t it be nice to make those purchases on trade? All you need to do is speak with the potential member about trade, get their name, number, and business address and call or send in the information. Our sales staff finds your recommendations tremendously effective and ensures that our growth reflects your needs. For every successful recommendation, you will not only have another member to effectively trade with, but you will receive $50 in trade credits. Recommendations work! After all, who knows your needs better than you?







Karle Accounting Donald Strom 3181 Packard Ann Arbor, MI 734-973-0420 Accounting Services; Payroll Preparation Services

Choice Painting & Wood Refinishing Dale Reynolds Detroit, MI 313-347-3573 Painting Contractors; Wood Refurbishing; Painters (Residential)

Americlean Greg Tomek 3122 McKinley Rd. Flushing, MI 810-234-4544 Carpet & Rug Cleaners; Floor Maintenance; Leather Cleaning

Lake State Cleaning Caleb Winongur Oxford, MI 248-910-2500 Gutter Cleaning; Window Cleaning (Commercial & Residential)

E & H Printing Helen Wright 17395 Livernois Detroit, MI 313-862-5786 Printers; Printing (Business Cards); Printing (Invitations)

Key-Lore Pet Rest Gardens Sharon Keillor 7185 Gillette Rd. Flushing, MI 810-659-5951 Pet Grooming; Pet Boarding; Dog Training; Pet Cemetery

CLINTON TWP. Warehouse for Restaurants Alexandros Soldatos Clinton Twp., MI 586-764-2370 Restaurant Equipment WJB Business Concepts William Griffith Clinton Twp., MI 586-431-9311 Business Consultants; Personnel Assessment

K.E.Y.S. Kids Maxine Willis 16941 W. McNichols Detroit, MI 313-836-5397 Charitable Organizations


Native Resources Laura Blumberg Detroit, MI 734-536-4655 Computers (Used); Computer Equipment Recycling & Disposal

Davison Dental Kip Litton 1095 S. State St. Davison, MI 810-653-4114 Dentists

DEARBORN Susan Hubbard, Attorney at Law Susan Hubbard Dearborn, MI 313-468-7077 Attorneys (Probate) Entertainment Express Patrick Mifsud 6986 Telegraph Dearborn Heights, MI 313-277-6666 Limousine Service; Bus – Charters; RV Rental; Tickets

DETROIT Beauty Gard Roger Stevens 14010 E. 8 Mile Rd. Detroit, MI 313-886-1763 Auto Detailing; Auto Reconditioning Services; Auto Rust-Proofing

FENTON Holly Lanes Elise Miles 2430 Grange Hall Rd. Fenton, MI 248-634-1777 Bowling Alleys; Bowling Apparel; Restaurants; Corporate Outings

FLINT Latina Pizzeria & Restaurant Michael Hawley 1370 W. Bristol Flint, MI 810-767-8491 Restaurants; Restaurants (Carry Out); Caterers; Pizzas Playland & Bonkers Kris Werner 5290 S. Dort Hwy. Flint, MI 810-695-8200 Entertainment; Golf (Putt-Putt); Restaurants

GARDEN CITY Three Generations Gary Weibe 32500 Marquette Garden City, MI 734-525-9969 Carpet & Rug Cleaners; Carpet Dyeing; Carpet Water Extraction

HOLLY Valley Tent Rental Jeff Valley 1595 N. Van Rd. Holly, MI 810-459-7368 Entertainment; Event Planning Services

MADISON HEIGHTS Comfort Makers Chad Jones 2000 E. Avis Madison Heights, MI 586-354-7859 Heating & Cooling Service; Air Conditioning Contractors; Refrigeration Repairs

ROCHESTER HILLS King’s Pizza Thomas Griffin 1507 Auburn Rd. Rochester Hills, MI 248-853-3399 Restaurants (Carry Out); Caterers; Pizzas Quality Tree Service Dan Kot Rochester Hills, MI 248-656-2181 Tree Service; Tree Removal

ROYAL OAK Dr. Sweep Chris White 32088 Woodward Ave. Royal Oak, MI 248-242-3560 Chimney Cleaning

SHELBY TWP. MC Dental Care Michelle Dziurgot 50202 Schoenherr Shelby Twp., MI 586-247-8000 Dentists Naturalistic Landscape Don Horn Shelby Twp., MI 586-739-7200 Landscape Designers

ST. CLAIR MT. CLEMENS Little Camille’s Mark Miller 285 North Ave. Mt. Clemens, MI 586-764-6075 Pizzas; Caterers

St. Clair Greenhouse Wendy Greer 7043 Big Hand Rd. St. Clair, MI 810-329-2974 Florists; Greenhouse

Looking to spend your trade dollars? There are nearly 100 businesses in this newsletter shouting they want your barter business! 10


Since 1967!

Lunch & Dinner; Prompt Take Outs, Large Party Trays, High Definition TV, Beer, Wine & Cocktails, Keno & Pull Tabs

Pizza Pasta Subs Salads Stromboli Pool Table in the Sports Bar!

Purchase gift certificates for any occasion on trade!

Now serving fresh, not frozen, Certified Angus Beef TM Steaks & Burgers

(810) 767-8491 (US 23 North to Exit 116; Right on Bristol Rd.) 1370 Bristol Rd., Flint, Michigan Open Mon.-Thurs. 11 am-11 pm, Fri. and Sat. 11 am - Midnight Open Sunday 12 pm - 10 pm “Saturday Night Live” every Saturday from 9 pm - Midnight





Tech Enterprises Salvatore Agosta 31375 Harper Ave. St. Clair Shores, MI 586-294-7771 Computer Maintenance & Repairs; Computer Networking; Office Machine Repair

Auto Lab of Warren Gary Ludwiczak 3949 E. 8 Mile Rd. Warren, MI 586-756-4045 Auto Repair & Service

Computer Training & Web Design Susan Solomon Waterford, MI 248-681-1657 www.computertrainingwebdesign. com Computer Training; Website Development

Mary Denning’s Cake Shoppe Mary Denning 8036 N. Wayne Rd. Westland, MI 734-261-3680 Bakery; Gift Baskets; Wedding Cakes; Cakes


U.S. Lawns of Macomb County Christopher Lavely 9083 Christopher St. Washington, MI 586-531-8600 Lawn Maintenance (Residential); Lawn Fertilizing & Spray Service

Oakland Yard Marty Greenspan 5328 Highland Rd. Waterford, MI 248-673-0100 Batting Cages; Golf Driving Range


Coffee News Richard Pauch Troy, MI 248-943-6808 Advertising (Restaurant Placemats) Papa Romano’s & Mr. Pita Kenneth Morelli 5399 Crooks Rd. Troy, MI 248-267-1212 Restaurants (Carry Out); Caterers; Pizzas; Pitas


Steven Socrates, DDS Steven Socrates 255 N. Telegraph #210A Waterford, MI 248-682-6030 Dentists

Total Image Limousine David Miller 9450 Airport Hwy. Monclova, OH 419-867-1710 Limousine Service; Airport Transportation; Transportation



555 OLIVER ST. | TROY, MI 48084

MTA's Trading News | July/August 2010  
MTA's Trading News | July/August 2010  

Each issue of Trading News features fascinating articles on trade, a schedule of upcoming events, profiles on members, and a listing of new...