Every day, we at the Mackinac Center hear from Michigan residents who care deeply about this state and are gravely concerned about its future.

In the last issue of IMPACT, I shared with you a few of the many encouraging comments we have received from Michigan residents who believe in free markets, personal liberty and limited government.

The Mackinac Center has excellent resources on these issues, but many people in Michigan who would enjoy our work are unfamiliar with us. To best help Michigan, the Mackinac Center needs to connect with these folks in their hometowns.

With this in mind, the Mackinac Center has been reaching out to Michigan communities.

Let me share a few examples. The Mackinac Center has met twice yearly with leaders in seven regions to share the latest impact of our work. The members of these Boards of Advisors are from Grand Rapids, Traverse City, Holland/Zeeland, Metro Detroit, Ann Arbor, Battle Creek/Kalamazoo and the mid-Michigan area. In response to these leaders' suggestions earlier this year, we invited them to bring their friends and colleagues to our October meetings. Through such gatherings, we will build strong ties with many more like- minded people.

To bring the Mackinac Center to Metro Detroit, we are holding An Evening with the Mackinac Center in Birmingham on Oct. 14 — less than a week away as of this writing. The event will feature Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, who will speak on "What Michigan's Next Governor Can Learn From Oakland County." It should be a dynamite topic from a dynamic chief executive, and we expect more than 230 people to attend!

The building excitement over this event is due to individuals like Dulce Fuller (see "Passion and Mettle"): freedom fighters who are passionate about introducing their friends and neighbors to the Mackinac Center.

But we need to reach out to many more folks in Michigan who believe in the same principles we do.

Would you help us connect with like-minded people in your hometown? If so, call me at (989) 631-0900, or e-mail me at white@mackinac.org. Let's make freedom ring!