2017 GRAND DOM - Georgia McKay

Hi, I am Georgia McKay, your 2017 Grand DOM for our Daughters of Macomb club. Let me tell you a little about myself. I was born in the Roaring Twenties, arriving on December 27, 1926 at Grace Hospital on Gratiot in Mount Clemens – you might say I was a Christmas present to my parents George and Corinne (Merchant) Wellnitz! Coming in at a healthy 6 lbs 7 oz, I was christened Georgia Corinne Wellnitz – an obvious nod to my proud parents. I have always enjoyed living in Mount Clemens. I still live here today in my historic home in Seminole Hills in a house built the same year that I was born. As a child, I lived at 202 Robertson before moving to 14 Eldridge with my parents and brothers and sisters. While living there, I created the GCW (Georgia C. Wellnitz) Club, which was made up of my circle of friends and appropriately bore my initials! While I was having fun as a child with my friends, my dad and granddad ran the family business - Martin J. Wellnitz Wholesales - delivering butter and eggs to the local hotels, restaurants and stores in the Mount Clemens area; the business was run out of “The Storage” which was a huge barnlike structure located directly behind our home on Eldridge. I also enjoyed summers visiting family in Harbor Beach, where my mom was born and raised. I was educated at Saint Mary's Catholic School and graduated high school in 1945 - following my dad who graduated in the first class way back in 1913. After graduating, I was crowned Miss Mount Clemens and enjoyed meeting many interesting people. I also enjoyed meeting people through dances at the Nine Twenty Club. For a time, I worked in the pharmacy section of Cunningham’s in Mount Clemens. I also worked for Mount Clemens General Hospital in the bookkeeping department, and at the lunch counter for SS Kresge’s. Later, I met my future husband, Vern McKay, on a blind date with my sister Patricia and her future husband, Elmer Spoutz. After our marriage, we initially lived in various apartments in Mount Clemens, then built our first home in Saint Clair Shores, before returning to Mount Clemens and taking up residence at 50 Grand in 1960. Vern and I raised five children – each was educated at Saint Mary’s, just like their mom and granddad - and all but our oldest have lived in or near Mount Clemens throughout their lives. While Vern was serving Mount Clemens as its Building Inspector, I was busy as the President of Saint Mary's Mothers Club, overseeing our rentals, shopping at Prieh’s Department Store, Ray's Shoe Store, Clark’s Children’s Shop, and other fine Mount Clemens’ stores, and enjoying my lifelong weekly bridge games with my girlfriends Nancy Fraser, Linda Rosso, and Pat Thornton, and later, my sister Pat. I also enjoyed weekends "Up North" with Vern and our children and weekends boating on Lake Saint Clair. Recently, I've returned to the pageant scene, being named a finalist in the Ms. Senior Michigan pageant, and enjoy summer weekends on historic Harsens Island. I also enjoy visits with my children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, marking 6 generations of my family living in or near Mount Clemens! I am a lifelong member of Saint Peter Catholic Church in Mount Clemens and still attend Mass as often as possible. As a Charter Member of the Daughters of Macomb, I am excited to be your 2017 Grand DOM and am looking forward to many more years enjoying all that life in and near Mount Clemens has to offer!



August 2nd, 2018