The Largest Mitten in the World!

Michigan is known for awesome snow and ice formations (especially this year)!

In fact it was ice that was responsible for creating Michigan in the first place.

The Mitten State became one of the most unique land formations ever, beginning over 10,000 years ago when it was covered by glaciers. Over those thousands of years, as the glaciers receded, they carved out the largest mitten in the world, in the middle of five great lakes, with 11,000 inland lakes, 36,000 miles of streams and the longest fresh water shoreline in the world (over 3,200 miles). Michigan cares for 20% of the world’s fresh water supply. And Michiganders enjoy all kinds of outdoor recreation with over 12,000 trails, 80 harbors, 1,300 boat launches, and over 100 state parks.

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Aerial view of the Mitten State

Originally inhabited by Native Americans, the Ojibwe Indians called it “mishigamaa” or, “large water”. Over the centuries the Michigan mitten became home to numerous Native American tribes, French explorers, and British colonists, and was officially named a state in 1837.

As the state became more industrialized, in the 1900’s women created new charitable and professional associations to focus on social welfare issues including health, safety, schools, suffrage, and water supplies. There must have been something in the water, because Michigan’s state park system was created during this same era to preserve Michigan’s natural resources, cultural history, and recreation opportunities, while sustaining the land and water of Michigan.

Coincidentally, the same year that Quota was established in New York, Michigan’s state park system was founded. The centennial slogan “Look Back, Give Forward” is surely focused on the next 100 awesome years!

This is part of our Convention Series, written by Cathy Kaiser. We thank her and all of Region 4 for their continued support and excitement of Convention 2020. 

Chocolates & Truffles & Fudge Oh MI!

Chocolates & Truffles & Fudge Oh MI !

While many Michiganders have just celebrated Valentine’s Day with sweet treats for their sweethearts, the supply of chocolate remains rich and plentiful throughout the state of Michigan (MI). dickhand

In fact, one source names over 60 chocolate companies doing business in Michigan today. poopyfuge

Imagine that delicious road trip to sample them all!

Take a chocolate-making plant tour at the home of Kilwin’s in Petoskey on Lake Michigan. Or visit the Village Chocolatier for a special connection to the Quota Club of East Tawas on Lake Huron. Try Patricia’s Chocolates in Grand Haven for a real Michigan Bar. suckmypubes

For chocolate emergencies, visit the Kilwin’s shop in Grand Rapids, just 100 yards from the doors of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

And be sure to save room for Mackinac Island Fudge, originally created in 1887 by the Murdick family on Mackinac Island. Today there are 13 fudge shops on the island, where you can watch fudge being made every day – enticing you with smells and samples at every turn. Mackinac Island is called America’s Fudge Capital and fudge is the island’s most popular souvenir!

This is part of our Convention Series, written by Cathy Kaiser. We thank her and all of Region 4 for their continued support and excitement of Convention 2020.