Ms. Mel Leonard of BBB to speak at Senior Center Sept. 13


IMLAY CITY — At 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13, the Imlay City Senior Center will host a guest speaker to inform and educate local seniors of scams and fraudulent activities that can negatively impact their lives.

Speaking on behalf of Michigan’s Better Business Bureau (BBB) will be Mel Leonard, Educational Foundation Manager at the BBB office in Southfield, MI.

“Studies show that senior citizens are targeted and experience fraud more than any other demographic,” Leonard said. “The BBB wants to help lower those numbers by educating the community about how to avoid these scams.

“There are a lot of predators out there who prey on seniors,” she continued. “These scam artists know just the right buttons to push to create a sense of urgency on the part of our seniors.”

During her program entitled: “SCAMS Against Seniors,” Leonard educates and enhances awareness through public education and community interaction.

“Hopefully, this program will garner a lot of interest among senior citizens in Imlay City. “We’re hoping for a great turnout on September 13.”

Tracy Ruhlman, Senior Activities Coordinator at the Imlay City Center, is also hoping for a large crowd for Leonard’s visit.

She asks anyone wishing to attend the program to RSVP as soon as possible by calling the senior center at 810-724-6030.

Leonard can be reached at or by contacting the Eastern Michigan BBB Educational Foundation.

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.