Meet Bill Joyner

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Meet Bill Joyner2018-03-06T15:10:37+00:00

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Somewhere along the line Bill Joyner adopted a personal philosophy that life should be engaged and people should be involved.

In his 67 years he has developed unique communication skills – another way to say that he is verbose – and a lifetime of absorbing knowledge and sharing information.

But most and best of all Bill Joyner is the son of Richard and Geraldine Joyner of Livonia Fame, brother of Dr. Bob Joyner of San Antonio fame, and dad of Paul Joyner of Hermosa Beach fame.

“All I want to do is cut and fertilize my lawn — leaving my plot of land just a little bit better than when I arrived,” is the outlook on life that Bill shares each and every day.

Even as he has been drawing social security for three years and has enrolled in medicare he starts every day with a bagel from Zingerman’s and green iced tea, a book and every internet newspaper he can log onto without paying.

Even as he has been drawing social security for three years and has enrolled in medicare he starts every day with a bagel from Zingerman’s and green iced tea, a book and every internet newspaper he can log onto without paying.

In the Spring of 2009 Bill started FridayMusings, a weekly publication, all Livonia, all the time, all ways positive. 29 folks received the first edition. Readers now come from all across the nation–former Livonia residents, folks interested in the success of Livonia, and those just plan curious. An average readership each week exceeding 1200.

Catching a game at Tiger (it will never, read that never, be Comerica) Stadium with son Paul of Hermosa Beach fame remains a favorite each summer.

The Musings Estate in Livonia has a pitcher of green tea waiting on the counter for anyone interested in stopping by. And if you bring something that requires the tea to wash it down so much the better. Nine grain bagels are the ultimate. And no, Panera Bread makes rolls not bagels.

Within the political world Bill has served three terms on the Wayne County Board of Commissioners in a district that included: Plymouth, Canton, Wayne, Van Buren, Sumpter, Belleville and parts of Westland and Northville.

Out of College he worked as Executive Assistant to Livonia Mayor Ed McNamara, writing the federal grant along with David Amerman for the Livonia Office of Volunteer Energies and the first grant for EMS service with Alden Sawyer.

As a public relations professional Bill has handled public relations for the Michigan Small Business Development Corporation, was Assistant to the President of Gale Research, Account Executive on the United States Army Recruiting account at NW Ayer Advertising Agency, and has taught at Wayne State University, University of Detroit, Cleary University and Oakland County Community College.

In 1978 the Livonia Jaycees, in a ceremony at a meeting of the Livonia City Council, announced Bill Joyner as Livonia Man of the Year.

In 1989, Bill created, organized and implemented the Canton Community Foundation, the first community foundation in western Wayne County. The Foundation raised over $800,000 in five years.

He created, organized and implemented the Canton and Plymouth Economic Club’s Speakers Bureau. This program drew an average of 200 attendees with speakers including Governor John Engler, and then-Attorney General Jennifer Granholm.

Bill established the Livonia Hall of Fame, served as Executive Vice President of the Michigan Jaycees and Lt. Governor Michigan District Optimist International. He has traveled the state of Michigan as an accomplished speaker having visited over 200 Michigan cities providing after dinner speeches and small group facilitation.

No matter who or what Bill Joyner is or was or will be there can be no doubt that the work and legacy of his mom, Geraldine Jo Wood Joyner, Patterson California, and dad, Richard Audrey Joyner, Farmville North Carolina, will continue to drive and motivate him throughout his life.