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Michigan Municipal League

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Matt Bach
Director of Communications
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317; C: (810) 874-1073;


Hamtramck Mayor Awarded Honorary Life Membership

Michigan Municipal League Celebrates Karen Majewski

LANSING, Michigan — The Michigan Municipal League awarded Hamtramck Mayor Karen Majewski with its highest individual honor—the Honorary Life Membership Award. The award was given during the League’s annual Capital Conference Awards Gala March 20 in Lansing.

Hamtramck Mayor Majewski has served one of the state’s most diverse communities for nearly two decades. She also was president of the Michigan Municipal League Board for the 2011-12 term.

“I was the board vice president when Mayor Majewski served as president and I’ve always been impressed with her leadership and commitment to the League and Michigan’s communities,” said former Linden Mayor David Lossing, who presented the award to Majewski. “Every challenge she faces and everything she does, is done with a significant amount of poise and professionalism.”

Majewski started out as a member of the city’s historical commission and served on the city council and as city council president and mayor pro tem before being elected Hamtramck’s first woman mayor in 2005. She has since been re-elected mayor three times—in 2009, 2013, and 2017.

She is a former executive director of the Polish American Historical Association and on the board of the Dekaban Foundation. In 2001, she organized the Detroit Historical Museum exhibit, The Polish Presence in Detroit, and her award-winning book, Traitors and True Poles: Narrating a Polish-American Identity, was published in 2003. She continues to publish regularly, is a frequent speaker at conferences, and has worked for the Community Economic Adjustment Program at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Research on Labor, Employment and the Economy. Majewski sits on the board of Wayne-Metropolitan Community Action Agency, and she is also the owner and operator of Telka Vintage, a vintage clothing and retail boutique located in Hamtramck.

About the award: The Honorary Life Membership, first awarded in 1932, is the League’s highest individual honor, reserved for the most active and inspiring leaders dedicated to the League and its mission.

For photos of Mayor Majewski receiving the award go to this Michigan Municipal League “Award Recipients” album on flickr: Photos can be downloaded from the League’s flickr page for free. We just ask that the following photo credit be given: Flickr Photo Michigan Municipal League/

For additional information, contact the League’s Matt Bach, director of communications, at (734) 669-6317 (office) and

About the League: Michigan Municipal League is dedicated to making Michigan’s communities better by thoughtfully innovating programs, energetically connecting ideas and people, actively serving members with resources and services, and passionately inspiring positive change for Michigan’s greatest centers of potential: its communities. The League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services. Learn more at




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