Serving Norton Shores

Masonic temple awards Bob Scolnik the
2009 Edgar A. Guest Award*.

I have had the privilege of serving the citizens of Norton Shores as a City Councilman from 1991 to 2001 and then as your County Commissioner from 2002 through today.

As your County Commissioner, I’m very concerned about the future of Muskegon County. I’ve put a lot of time and effort over the last twenty years to try and help make this community a better place to live. The future growth of our local economy, while maintaining our quality of life, is my most important platform as your County Commissioner.

A new initiative I’m working on involves the creation of new jobs and businesses in our area by promoting entrepreneurism. I’ve created a new title for myself: Entrepromoter. As someone who has started businesses all his life and successfully created about 100 jobs, I think I can talk to people with ideas and dreams and encourage them to act on their ideas. Muskegon has a long and proud history of startups and we need to ignite the potential entrepreneurs in our community. I need to be reelected to have a public platform to work on this new initiative.

To illustrate my involvement in our community, here is a list of some of my accomplishments within Muskegon County:

  • Fundraiser, organizer and presenter of the 2012 Muskegon 4th of July Fireworks display
  • Muskegon County Commissioner, 2002–present
  • Legacy of Caring Award 2011: United Way's highest honor for people making a difference
  • 2011 Governor's Service Award finalist for Michigan Senior Volunteer of the Year, one of five finalists statewide
  • Former Chairman of United Way and Campaign Chair
  • Former Chairman, Muskegon Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Former President of the Muskegon Rotary Club
  • Served as a Norton Shores City Councilman for over 10 years
  • Former President and Chairman of Hackley Visiting Nurses and Hospice
  • Former President of the Michigan Pine & Dunes Girl Scout Council
  • Recipient of Muskegon County’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award
  • Recipient of the 2008 Liberty Bell Award from the Muskegon Bar Association
  • Named 2009 “Muskegon Agent of Change” by the Muskegon Chamber of Commerce
  • Board member, Michigan Association of Counties

I am running for reelection as your County Commissioner in November. I believe I have brought the same ideas and principles that helped build Norton Shores and helped me build a dozen successful businesses … to the Muskegon County Commission. I’ve brought common sense and sound fiscal responsibility to the County, helping reduce our budget by over $13,000,000. I’ve helped make some terrific strides forward and I pledge to continue to work hard for you – the Citizens of Norton Shores and Muskegon County – as your County Commissioner. I will continue to work to move this county forward, to improve the lives of all its citizens and protect our natural resources.

I ask for your vote in November!

Bob Scolnik


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Bob Scolnik rings the bell for the Salvation Army over Christmas, 2009


Bob with Congressman Pete Hoekstra


Bob and Muskegon Community College President Dale Nesbary at the 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year Luncheon.

*Edgar Albert Guest August 20, 1881 - August 5, 1959
Called "The People’s Poet "— and known as Eddie — Edgar Albert Guest was a British-born American writer whose sentimental and optimistic verses were widely read throughout North America.

From his first published verse in the Free Press on December 11, 1898 until his death in 1959, he penned some 15,000 poems which were syndicated in over 200* USA newspapers and reprinted in several books such as A Heap O’ Livin’ (1916) and Just Folks (1917). His popularity led to a weekly Detroit radio show which he hosted from 1931 until 1942 and, in 1951, a television show for NBC. His Collected Verse appeared in 1934 and went into at least 11 editions.

Several of Guest’s poems, such as "I see you’ve travelled some", either referred to Freemasonry or echoed masonic sentiments. Because of Brother Guest’s devotion to Freemasonry, community and humanity in general, the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Michigan established the Edgar A. Guest Award for lodges to present to non-masons within the community who have demonstrated distinguished service to the community and their fellow man.