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Parks for Kids) Program, which
the mayor created to renovate
Mayor Archer went on to talk
about how impressed he was
with the students', parents' and
educators' commitment to the
Students in all grades com-
pleted an eight-week unit on De-
troit, visiting and learning about
different areas in the city. Dur-
ing the mayor's school visit, each
grade talked about what they
learned and gave him a gift,
made by students.
At the JVS meeting, the may-
or said he would have those items
on display in one of the city of-
"These students are starting
young to appreciate diversity.
That really says a lot," the may-
or said about Green Elementary
School in West Bloomfield.
"If there are any parents of
those children here or, if you
know any parents of Green
School students, please tell them
I said thanks."
Mr. Driker said he asked May-
or Archer to speak because the
Detroit branch of JVS has had
a presence in city for more than
"Our Detroit facility is at a
gateway to the (Detroit) medical
center," he said. "It's in the em-
powerment zone and affected by
what goes on in the city. He rep-
resents all that's positive and en-
couraging in Detroit. He seemed
to be the perfect person to talk to
Joyce Keller Garners
ix OLD KENT
t didn't matter if Detroit May-
or Dennis Archer's speech was
under 15 minutes. The audi-
ence listened attentively and
applauded wildly as Mayor
Archer discussed the recurring
theme of building bridges be-
tween the city and the suburbs.
Outgoing JVS President Eu-
gene Driker, a longtime friend
and former neighbor of the
mayor, said Mayor Archer's ap-
pearance explains the record
crowd at the June 15 annual
Guest speakers, welcoming
remarks, yearly reports, speech-
es from incoming and outgoing
board members and award pre-
sentations are all attributes of
Jewish communal organizations'
Generally, what makes one
meeting stand out over another
is the keynote speaker. Brought
in to make some general re-
marks, usually on the topic of his
or her choice, the popularity of a
speaker is often reflected in the
More than 400 people attend-
ed JVS's annual meeting, held at
the International Banquet &
Conference Center in Detroit's
Greektown last week.
The mayor began his address
by talking about a recent visit to
an elementary school which he
purposely failed to name until
later in his speech.
Students at the school pre-
sented him with a $5,000 check
they raised for the PARK (Part-
nership to Adopt and Renovate
n expert in the field of ser- prises experts in the field of men-
vices to adults with devel- tal retardation who assess cur-
opmental disabilities, rent levels of service and make
Joyce Keller played a ma- recommendations to the presi-
jor role in building JARC (Jew- dent and secretary of health and
ish Association for Residential human services on programs and
Care) into a 17-home $5.2 million policies.
"This is really exciting," Ms.
Now her success and insight Keller said of her first national
in serving this population has appointment.
"I don't want this to be a
landed her a post on the Presi-
dent's Committee on Mental Re- ceremonial appointment. I see
tardation. She is one of 23 this as a real opportunity to give
members from around the coun- my input on major policy.
try who will be sworn in to a Because so much of the com-
three-year term this September. mittee is composed of members
Ms. Keller is the only Michigan from academia, I feel my role will
bring the perspective from
Committee membership corn- the 'trenches' where much of