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YES WE CAN! LUNCHEON HONORS CED CURRIN, SCIENTIST, VISIONARY, COMMUNITY LEADER, VOLUNTEER

On Friday, April 28, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Creative 360 will host a Yes We Can! luncheon honoring Ced Currin (86). Take a break from your day to enjoy a catered luncheon, and pay tribute to this remarkable man who continues to contribute so much to the community and beyond. Pre-register by calling 989-837-1885 no later than Monday, April 24. Space is limited. $30

In 1952, Ced Currin began a 30-year career with Dow Corning Corp. after receiving his degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University. Soon after, he married his wife Betty and they raised four children in Midland while remaining active in several community groups.

During his career with Dow Corning, Currin moved through a variety of laboratory positions, including roles in the Hemlock silicon plant (now Hemlock Semiconductor) in the 1960s, and in Barry, Wales in the early 1970s. A formative event in his career was when he was named to the newly-created position Energy Technology Manager, and tasked with determining the possibilities for Dow Corning’s future in the emerging energy fields, particularly solar energy. The role gave Currin practical knowledge that would extend to mission work in lands far from Midland. He also learned that about 30 percent of people in the world lived without the benefit of electric power which hampered their ability to form communities.

Upon his retirement in 1983, Currin founded Currin Corporation with an aim to bring the benefits of electricity to the world’s remote locations. His outreach was extended to the Navajo Nation, Central America, Haiti, Uganda and, closer to home, to the upper Great Lakes. He has also led many workshops to help others learn about the benefits of solar energy.

While he facilitated many accomplishments, Currin’s venture into solar power was also met with setbacks and disappointments. He has dealt with things like political corruption, theft of solar panels and components, and project cancellations by new governments. Through it all, he remained undeterred because “the people still need the help.”

In 2010, Currin received the Global Awareness Program “World View Award” from Delta College.

He will share his stories and experiences at this luncheon in his honor on April 28.

Lunch is catered by NADA and includes spinach & cherry salad, chicken spinach roulade with white wine cream sauce, roasted potatoes, California blend, and angel food cake with berries. Vegetarian choice: butternut squash risotto with mushrooms.

Creative 360’s Yes We Can! 2017 events are sponsored by The Barstow Foundation, Gavin & Associates, NADA Northwood University, Space Studios and Balanced Living Chiropractic. This year’s program included an art exhibition, six Tuesday Tributes, eight luncheon soirees, and a tea to honor mothers scheduled for Sunday, April 30. The final luncheon is May 5 honoring Edward and Elyse Rogers.

For more information about Yes We Can!, go to Creative 360’s website at becreative360.org or call 989-837-1885. If you know of someone who is (or will soon be) 80 and 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 creed@becreative360.org.

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