Community invited to Jan. 30 Open House at township hall

DRYDEN TWP. — After four decades of dedicated service to the community, Dryden Township Clerk Bonnie Rumley is stepping down.

Rumley’s retirement takes effect Jan. 30, 2019; the same day she is to be honored during an Open House at the Dryden Township Hall.

Bonnie Rumley and husband, Larry, arrived in the Village of Dryden in 1972, where they raised their daughters and have served as elected officials and community volunteers.

In a resolution drafted and approved by the Dryden Township Board, Township Supervisor Tina Papineau reminded that Rumley was first elected to the Township Clerk post in 1978.

“Bonnie played a pivotal role in the planning and design of the township’s administration building, public safety building and renovation of the township fire hall,” said Papineau in the resolution. “She has always gone the extra mile to ensure that every registered voter was given the opportunity to cast their ballot in an election.”

Papineau also noted Rumley’s generous involvement in and contributions to various community projects and organizations throughout Lapeer County.

“Perhaps the dearest to her heart is the Polly Ann Trail,” said Papineau. “Bonnie has spent countless hours attending meetings and planning fundraisers for the trail. With her help, improvements are continually being made to the trail for the pleasure and enjoyment of all who use it.”

Papineau added that Rumley had carried out her duties as clerk with integrity and honesty.

“We commend her dedication to the residents of Dryden Township,” she said. “She is truly an example to be exemplified and emulated.

“Bonnie is one of the nicest people I know and I have enjoyed working with her,” Papineau added. “I consider her a great friend. She is always kind and open to new ideas.

“I was her Deputy Clerk for 11 years, and she will truly be missed.”

Though she’s looking forward to having more time with husband, Larry, and their two daughters and seven grandchildren, Rumley admits she is going to miss the job and her co-workers at the Dryden Township offices.

“I’ve always been surrounded by wonderful people and friends,” said Rumley. “Our township Board members trust and respect one another. To have these kinds of relationships with people for so many years is remarkable.

“I’ve also enjoyed my experiences as a member of our Lapeer County Clerks’ Association and Michigan Township Association, which are great educational support systems for local government.”

Rumley said some of her proudest accomplishments as township clerk and Dryden Township Board member are having witnessed the evolution of the township’s government and the development of Memorial Park and the Polly Ann Trail.

“We’ve come a long way as a township since the little office we had in the back of the fire hall,” Rumley recalled. “It’s all been a wonderful experience.”

Rumley said retirement will afford her greater opportunity to spend time with her daughters and grandchildren; Heather Brooks, who lives in Nashville, and Faith MacLachlan, who resides in Tecumseh, Michigan. She noted that both daughters are Dryden High School grads.

“That is going to be a big change,” said Rumley. “In all the years, I’ve never been able to go somewhere for very long without having the feeling I had to get back to work.

“That’s really going to be nice.”

Jan. 30 Open House

Rumley’s friends, neighbors and co-workers are invted to attend her “Retirement Open House” to take place Wed., Jan. 30 from 2-5 p.m. at the Dryden Township Hall at 4849 Dryden Rd.

Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.