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On Friday, March 1, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Creative 360 will host a Yes We Can! Luncheon in honor of Phyllis & Roy Mc Neill, educators and community leaders. Guests will enjoy a delicious lunch catered by NADA, and pay tribute to this couple who has contributed so much to the region. Pre-register by calling 989-837-1885 no later than Monday, February 25. Space is limited. $30

Roy and Phyllis Mc Neill were born and raised in Alpena, Michigan. Both earned Associates Degrees from Alpena Community College before Roy was drafted into the Korean War, and later went back to earn Bachelor’s Degrees and a Master’s Degree for Roy.

Both enjoyed careers in the Midland Public School system for many years – 35 for Roy and 21 for Phyllis. Roy was on staff at Dow High School when it opened in 1968! Years later, the Student Union established a scholarship and called it the Roy L. Mc Neill Student Union Leadership Award in honor of his 35 years of leadership and outstanding service to Midland Public Schools.

The couple also served the community through the Midland Lions and Lioness Clubs. Roy received the Melvin Jones Award from the Lions for his contributions. Phyllis served as a secretary and treasurer for her PEO organization and was involved with raising funds for a college and providing scholarship aid.

Yes We Can! Luncheon Soirees are scheduled through May to honor the following people:

March 8: Carol Struthers – Artist and Educator

March 15: Bruce Rayce – Community Leader and Volunteer

March 22: Russell Thayer – Artist and Educator

April 5: Celebrating Jean R. Beach – Artist and Writer

May 10: Annual Art Sweetheart Luncheon honoring Junia Doan – Community Leader, Visionary and Philanthropist

About Yes We Can!

Six years ago, Creative 360 developed an innovative program designed to recognize and honor the contributions of people who are 80 and over in a way that respects their knowledge and taps into their legacy of creativity. This amazing segment of our population has a wealth of experience and knowledge to share. The Yes We Can! program gives people of all ages ongoing opportunities to engage with, and learn from, this dynamic group of senior presenters.

Since the program began in the winter of 2014, Creative 360 has celebrated more than 300 Great Lakes Bay artists, scholars, scientists, and community leaders. These octogenarians inspire everyone to be more active and to realize we can all be contributing community members at any age!

Thanks to The Barstow Foundation, NADA Northwood University, and Space Studios for their generous sponsorship of this year’s Yes We Can! program. For more information about Yes We Can!, go to Creative 360’s website at or call 989-837-1885.

If you know of someone who is (or will soon be) 80 or above and should be considered as part of future Yes We Can! programs, please contact Creative 360 at 989-837-1885 or by email at


About Creative 360
Creative 360 is a not-for-profit community arts and wellness organization founded in 1994. Its mission is to create environments that allow people of all ages and abilities to experience the creative process, and to enhance physical, mental and spiritual wellness through the arts and humanities. The organization’s core values of inclusiveness, creativity, respect and community drive the culture at Creative 360. Activities at Creative 360 are supported in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, Midland Area Community Foundation and the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.

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