The following letter was sent to Royal Oak Patch by Jay and Patty Dunstan of Royal Oak:
Patty and I have been very fortunate to have met many wonderful Royal Oak people in the 39 years of our relationship-the past 32 of those years while married.
We've raised our two children through Royal Oak Schools, watched them get married, and then were rewarded with beautiful grandchildren. Along the way we've made lifelong friends of countless Royal Oak residents. Derek Meinecke is one of those people.
When we crossed paths with Derek a number of years ago he immediately showed us many positive qualities. His interaction with his wife, children, and the community were what struck us the most. He holds the ability to put everyone else first and his selflessness is second to no one.
As I watched him interact with his family and the kids at the Boys and Girls Club, as well as other youth groups he reminded me a great deal of my mentor and friend the Honorable Judge Keith Leenhouts. He spent many years as my Sunday School teacher and softball coach at First United Methodist Church inDowntown Royal Oak. As Derek does today - Judge Leenhouts taught children the values needed to be good human beings and good citizens.
Recognizing this, Judge Leenhouts has chosen to support Derek Meinecke for 44th District Judge. We've actually been fortunate to get to know Derek and his wife Mandy even better over the past year. Derek has reinforced our early first impressions of him as we've witnessed first-hand the way in which he has conducted his campaign for Royal Oak District Court Judge.
His experience in the Royal Oak and Oakland County Court Systems make him the best candidate for this position. Please join Patty and I in supporting Derek on Nov. 6. Having our roots firmly planted in this community, we look forward to Derek's stewardship for the residents of Royal Oak.
-President Royal Oak Optimist Club
-Vice President Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce
-Director Royal Oak Downtown Development Authority
-Board of Trustees Boys and Girls Clubs of South Oakland County
-Current Vice President and Past President Royal Oak Historical Society
-2008 Royal Oak Citizens of the Year
-Co-Founder Volunteer Royal Oak