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Eva Burns: Promoting Her Community

Burns serves as president of the Library Board and a member of the Clawson Juniors.

If there’s one thing that Eva Burns really enjoys, it’s promoting Clawson.

Since the late 1960s Burns has been involved in the community in many ways. She grew up in Troy, moving to Clawson in 1966. There was a period in Burns' life when she moved to Oxford, but she and her husband Timothy kept the house in Clawson and eventually moved back in 2000. Even while she lived in Oxford, Burns remained active in the Clawson community.

Her participation with the , the local division of the General Federation of Women's Club (GFWC), started 39 years ago. Burns said she has held every membership position available in the Juniors, and recently finished her term as president. She likes participating in the GFWC because it strives to improve the city of Clawson. One of her most successful missions in the GFWC was helping the city obtain the Jaws of Life.

“I’ve always enjoyed working on things that give a positive spin to the city,” Burns said. “I’m always trying to promote the city as a fun, nice place.”

Not only is Burns active with the Juniors, but her motto for life comes from the part of the Juniors pledge that states: "Trying each day to accomplish something, not merely to exist."

Burns has also used her passion for volunteerism on the Board and at the Clawson Historical Museum.

She started helping out at the museum because that’s where her husband spends much of his time volunteering.

“I help him when they need more volunteers,” she said. “We work as a team.”

In her spare time, Burns knits hats for babies at Beaumont Hospital, scarves for the box and blankets for .

“We try to be there anytime anybody needs help,” Burns said of her and her husband.

As a retiree, Burns likes to travel with her husband as much as possible with their travel trailer. They explore much of Michigan every year, and travel out of state quite a bit as well. One of her favorite places to venture to is the Upper Peninsula. Much of her time is spent enjoying the outdoors. 

Clawson Patch wants to feature more great volunteers in the community. We could use your help in searching for those philanthropic folk. We’re not looking for Hercules or Superman; we’re more interested in hometown heroes. If you have a volunteer in mind, e-mail Local Editor Nicquel Terry at nicquel.terry@patch.com.

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