Oronoko Township was organized on March 11, 1837 and became a Charter Township in 1988. Some believe that the township was named after Oronoko, an Indian Chief known by the Governor, George Mason. Others believe that the township was named after the heroine in the novel “Oronoko, OR, The Royal Slave: A True History”, published by Mrs. Aphra Behn in 1688. The seat of Berrien County government was moved to Berrien Springs, the heart of Oronoko Charter Township, that same year of 1837.
 
Oronoko Charter Township is a family oriented community that prides itself on its fruit industry and world-class wineries. It is home to the Berrien County Youth Fair, the largest youth fair in the Midwest. Its conservative character, close proximity to steelhead fishing and recreational activities, the parks and campgrounds, and the Berrien Springs Public Schools make this township an ideal place for families with young children. The excellent fire and police departments provide protection and service to the community.
 
During the past two centuries, Oronoko Charter Township has been essentially a rural farming community. In 1901, it became the home of Emmanuel Missionary College, a Seventh-day Adventist institution. This institution, renamed “Andrews University”, has added cultural diversity to the community.
 
Oronoko Charter Township community vision is as follows:
  • Maintain the atmosphere of a family oriented / farming community.
  • Attract more tourists to the area.
  • Encourage light industrial entrepreneurs to locate in the township.











 




PLEASE NOTE:
The OFFICIAL location for postings of all meetings is the bulletin board on the front of the Township Hall building.



Information on the Oronoko Charter Township website is provided as a service to the community. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained herein, official information is available at the Township office.
 
 




 

TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 4-6 p.m. AT FEATHER PARK PAVILION
Kate Hebner, Deputy Treasurer and Office Manager at Oronoko Charter Township, is retiring after 25 years of service. The community is invited to celebrate and reminisce with Kate and wish her well.

MONDAY, JUNE 30, 5-7 p.m. AT THE TOWNSHIP HALL
Open House for residents to review the engineering plans for the widening of Kephart Lane.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 2, at 7:00 p.m.
Interview of the three candidates who have applied for the open Trustee position on the Board.

FRIDAY, JULY 4, 2014
Township Offices will be closed.

MONDAY, JULY 7, 2014
Close of Registration for August 5 Election (see Elections Tab).

POWERPOINT PRESENTATION ON WEDNESDAY, FEB. 6, 2013
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WANTED - Men and Women
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