St. Urho’s Party

St Urho logoSt. Urho’s party will be held on Saturday, March 14, in the Clubroom starting at 8:00 p.m. There is a $6 cover. Come enjoy a DJ, prizes, raffles, fun, food and the crowning of the new king and queen. And don’t forget to wear your purple and green, so you don’t get fined! St. Pat’s kin are very welcome too! —The St. Urho’s Committee

Update: Camp country will not be open for St. Urho’s weekend. There is too much snow and mud. The car tires put ruts in the roads when the ground is soft.

Winterfest 2015

Winterfest will be held this Saturday, February 7. We will start the day off with the Polar Dip and ice fishing from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Sun Lake. The Chili Cook-off will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Clubroom, with music from a DJ to follow. Buttons will be $6 per adult, $4 per child or $18 per member family with the sauna available at an additional charge. The Clubroom bar will open at 4:00 p.m. (3:00 for chili drop-off). If you have any items to donate to the raffle I will gladly accept your donation. Of course, this event will not be a success without your entries for the Chili Cook-off. I look forward to seeing you all there!

Thank you.  —Linda Gooden

Marion June Pelto

Marion June PeltoMarion June Pelto, longtime resident of Milford, Michigan was received into the loving arms of Jesus on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. Marion passed peacefully in the care of her children. She was 81 years old. Born on August 2, 1933 in Marble Falls, Texas, she was the daughter of Lawrence Petrick and Beulah Green. Marion grew up in Texas at an early age before her family moved back to Michigan after several years of living in there. She attended Cooley High School in Detroit, MI. She met her husband, Andrew Pelto when they were teenagers and started dating. Andrew joined the Marine Corp and served in Korea. Marion waited for her soldier to return from war and they married on June 20, 1953 in Detroit, MI.

Marion and Andrew were active attendees in previous years at Oak Pointe church of Milford (South Hill church of Milford). She enjoyed family gatherings at their long time home in Milford after Sunday Church service for a home cooked meal and fellowship. She enjoyed attending flea markets and craft shows with her sisters and daughters over the years. She also enjoyed reading a book on the deck of the family cottage on Big Wolf Lake in Lewiston, Michigan and winter vacations in Madeira Beach, Florida with family and friends.

Marion is preceded in death by her loving husband of over fifty-eight years Andrew, her youngest son David (Fiancé Maureen) and daughter-in-law, Bridget (Kevin). She is survived by her children, Kevin, Janene (Glynn) Simmons, Greg (Nancy), Brian (Jill), Julie (Chris) Dahlin, thirteen grandchildren, five great grandchildren, her sisters Jeana (Bob) Stachura, Pat (Steve) Bogdan, brother Gary Petrick and a large extended family on her Italian side and her husband Andrew’s Finnish side. Funeral Service to be held from Oak Pointe Church of Milford1250 South Hill Road, Milford, MI 48381 on Tuesday, January 13th at 11 O’clock. Friends may visit Monday, January 12th from 2-9 p.m. at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 East Liberty Street, Milford, MI 48381. Burial to follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Milford, MI. Reception after burial service at Bakers of Milford, 2025 South Milford Road, Milford, MI 48380. For further information call 248-684-6645 or visit  Leave your online condolences here.

Our condolences to Marion Pelto’s family.

Adult Christmas Party

Come celebrate at our Adult Christmas Party this Saturday, December 13, starting at 8:00 p.m. in the Clubroom. There will not be a DJ (as mentioned in the newsletter), but will be a piano player to play Christmas songs and sing-a-longs from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. Please bring a passing dish or dessert. Deli trays, condiments and coffee will be provided. Also, please bring some nonperishable goods to be donated to Hospitality House. —Sponsored by the Board

Special Membership Meeting Announcement

As discussed at the October semiannual meeting, we are in great need of a new lawnmower. To save money, the mower should be purchased before December 31. Accordingly, the board is asking the membership to attend a special meeting on Sunday, December 28, at 12:00 p.m. to vote on purchasing a new Kubota 60-inch, 26-hp Diesel, zero turn, riding mower. The price would go up 4 percent January 1. A new lawnmower will inevitably have to be purchased soon regardless. Without gaining approval for this mower at this special meeting it will cost more next year.

At least 20 percent of the membership is required to attend to have a quorum for a vote. Please make every effort to attend.

Kubota 60” 26 hp diesel, zero turn rider


Bridget Anne Moloney-Pelto

Bridget Anne Moloney-PeltoFormer member Bridget Anne Moloney-Pelto, age 55, passed away peacefully October 28, 2014 at home in the care of her family. She was diagnosed with melanoma cancer in 2012. Bridget was born September 8, 1959, in Detroit, the daughter of Perry and Dolores (Thurner) Moloney. Bridget married Kevin L. Pelto on September 13, 2000.

Bridget is the beloved wife of 14 years to former member Kevin; loving daughter of Perry and the late Dolores Moloney; dear sister of Dianne (Ralph) Chamberlain, Colleen (John) Schneider and Jim (Kelley) Moloney; loving mother of Justin (Julie) Pelto, Ross Pelto and Luke Pelto; and grandmother of Riley, Reese, Mallory and Lil Ross.

Bridget’s family will receive guests at Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home23720 Farmington Rd., Farmington, MI., (between 9-10 Mile Roads, just north of Grand River Ave.) on Monday, November 3rd, from Noon-9 pm, with a 7pm Celebration of Life Ceremony. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, November 4th, at 11:00am, at St. Gerald Catholic Church21300 Farmington Rd., Farmington. An online guestbook can be sign here.

Memorial gifts are suggested to either the U of M Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Melanoma Clinic or an 11 year old girl named “Pri” that Bridget sponsored through World Vision. Please make all checks payable to “Kevin Pelto” for appropriate distribution. Thank you for keeping Bridget and her family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Our condolences to the Pelto’s family.

Semiannual Membership Meeting

The fall membership meeting will be held Sunday, October 26, at noon, with registration beginning at 11:00 a.m., in the Clubroom. All members are urged to attend this very key meeting, at which many issues important to all members are decided. Let your voice be heard! A light lunch will be served at the break, for a nominal donation.

Adult Halloween Party

Finn-Camp-2014-Adult-Halloween-PartyIt’s Haunting Season! Come to the Adult Halloween Party, October 18, at 9:00 p.m. in the Clubroom. Many prizes will be awarded for best costumes: the Funniest, Scariest, Ugliest, Prettiest and Most Original! Dance and howl with music from our DJ, Kerry! Bringing a dish for the food table will keep the evil spirits from haunting your camp and will be most appreciated! This is a Bar Committee function. Be there or be scared!


Yooper Dance Party!

This Saturday night, August 23, it’s a Yooper Dance Party! Join the PasiCats Trio and members of Finn Folk for Copper-Country-style Finnish jam-band music, ranging from traditional Finnish to rock ’n’ roll! The fun begins in the Dance Hall at 7:30 p.m. There will be door prizes donated by U.P. stores, taste-of-the-U.P. food samples and Copper Country brewed beer! All ages are welcome: $5 per adult, free for children ages 17 and under. —Sponsored by the Cultural Committee

37th Annual Finn Fest

This weekend is the big Finn Camp’s Finn Fest! Come out to support this major fundraising event. Get some work hours in, visit with fellow members and friends and cheer on your favorite softball team.

Finn Fest Photo

Friday kicks off the festival weekend with the kitchen and beer truck opening at 5:00 p.m., followed by the Home Run Derby, beginning about 6:30 p.m. Come see the big hitters knock ’em into the woods! We will continue into the evening with music and dancing in the Clubroom.

Saturday the kitchen will open for breakfast at 8:00 a.m. with food available all day in the Ravintola and food tent. The softball tournament also begins at 8:00 a.m. with games on our “A” field and at Gilbert Willis Park’s two fields. Flagraising ceremonies will be at 11a.m. There will be music and entertainment from the Dance Hall porch plus a 50/50 raffle, the pitching booth, horseshoes and other games, face painting and the sale of Finn Camp and Finn Fest items throughout the day. Save some energy for dancing Saturday night, as our DJ will be playing favorites in the Dance Hall.

Sunday, FUNday, we will do it all over again! The kitchen will open for breakfast at 8:00 a.m., with food available all day. Softball will continue on all three fields, with the championship game on the Finn Camp’s George Aho Memorial Field in the late afternoon or early evening, followed immediately by trophy presentation. Music, raffles, horseshoes and other activities will continue as well.

Many members are needed to work in all areas throughout the weekend, especially in the security and kitchen areas. As a member of a cooperative association, please participate by giving a few hours of your time to pitch in and help make our festival successful! Every hour counts, and no task is too small—we heed your help! Work-hour sign-up sheets are posted at Sun Lake Beach, or contact Robyn directly for other available options for hours. For further information or if you have any questions, contact Robyn Jokinen, Finn Fest Chairman.