Rotarians buy Faygo at $5 a pop

Man stands at table arranging colorful bottles of Faygo pop
Larry P. Neal, Library Director of the Clinton-Macomb Public Library and president of the Rotary Club of Mount Clemens.

I had the pleasure of joining the Rotary Club of Mount Clemens for lunch March 14 and was serenaded.

I had no idea there were  “singing Rotary Clubs.” There apparently are a lot of them. They had a keyboardist at the meeting, they sang after the Pledge of Allegiance, they welcomed me in song, they Happy-Birthdayed a visiting Rotarian and they sang some classics and some Rotary special from songbooks out on all the tables.

They took right to “The Faygo Boat Song,” which is usually how I end my talks about “The Faygo Book.”

Rotarians are fervent fundraisers. Members chip in when they have good news to share, to note each others’ good deeds with corsages and when they are “fined” for transgressions. They have a 50-50 raffle.

Larry Neal, president of the Mount Clemens Rotary Club, brought Faygo in the throwback glass bottles and auctioned them off to raise money.

Neal is also director of the Clinton-Macomb Public Library system, to which I am indebted. I was set to speak at the Clinton-Macomb Library, and Kate Brown, Adult Non-Fiction/Local History specialist, told me Faygo was donating pop and giveaways for the talk. I called to thank Faygo Marketing Director Dawn Burch, which opened the door for me to give her a copy of “The Faygo Book.” That led to Faygo buying 300 copies to give to employees for the holidays. Brown also put out the word on the librarian grapevine and that has led to many speaking invitations.




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Joe Grimm

I wrote "The Faygo Book," published in October, 2018, after building up a tremendous thirst on my previous book with Wayne State University Press, "Coney Detroit." Since "The Faygo Book" came out, I have been traveling all over Michigan talking about Faygo, answering questions and hearing some wonderful stories about this great pop.