Kenowa Klassified – 3/4/14

The Official Newsletter of the Kenowa Chapter of AMBUCS – Chartered May 28, 1957. President: Jason Minier – Vice-President: Beth Van Wieren Treasurer: Doug Levering Secretary: Kelli Williams – Sergeants: Kay Janus and David Hodge

Today’s Meeting: 


Alex Rusticus was officially sworn in as a new member today and then we heard from Dennis McKee of Consumers Energy (CE) about their installation of new digital “smart meters”.


Smart meters have been around for a decade and already number 65 million nationwide.  CE embarked on a lengthy project in 2012 to replace all 1.8 million of the old meters on their system with the new technology by 2017.  They are about 10% completed and are now hitting Kent County customers.  Cost of the project is $750 million but they expect a $1.9 billion benefit.  The new meters record electric usage and sends that information via the Verizon cell network daily to CE without the need for meters to be physically read.  They will eliminate estimated bills, allow customers password protected on-line access to their account and eventually will notify CE of power outages.


Dennis also debunked some internet myths that have arisen about the meters – they aren’t part of any international conspiracy, won’t allow the NSA to invade your privacy and can’t cook hot dogs.  Customers will receive a letter 30 days prior to their meter being changed and a door hanger on the day it actually happens.

Answer to 2/4/14 Seinfeld Challenge:  Deaf actress Marlee Matlin appeared as a character capable of eavesdropping on conversations by lip reading and is employed by George at a party to see what an ex-girlfriend is saying about him.  She lip reads and signs to Kramer who voices the conversation to George.  What 2 words does Kramer mistakenly interchange and voice to George?  The correct answer was “Sweep” and “Sleep”.  Kramer interpreted the sign language as “do you want to sleep with me?” but the actual conversation was “do you want to sweep with me?”   No one answered correctly this time.

New Seinfeld Challenge:  Kramer convinces Jerry to get an illegal cable t.v. hookup in his apartment.  What nationality were the 2 men who arrived to make the hook-up?

50/50 Winners:  Dennis McKee (donated back) and Dennis Engels.

 Oscar Night Wrap-Up

IMG_3261With much thanks to the efforts of Event Co-Chairs Beth VanWieren and Marcia Force of the Rotary Club and the generosity of our sponsors, donors and 186 well-dress attendees, Friday’s event was a big success.  To our knowledge no one fell on our red carpet vs. the one in Hollywood (J-Law), the names were pronounced correctly (Travolta) and everyone had a great time with food, drink, dance and the silent and live auctions.  Total take looks to be around $23,000 with the three benefitting organizations (Kenowa Ambucs, Grandville-Jenison Rotary and Family Hope Foundation) each to receive over $5,000 after all the expenses.  Marcia and Beth would like to thank all those that attended and/or supported the event with their generous donations.


Spring Roundup

March and April are the months of the annual Ambuc Spring Roundup of new members.  Brent Kehrwecker and Marty Rogalski are putting together another contest with prizes to encourage us to sign up new folks for the Kenowa Ambucs.  Stay tuned for details.

Chapter Miscellaneous

Griffins Game:  The game is this Friday, March 7, 2014.  Volunteers are needed to take a short shift selling pucks for the “Throw for Dough” on the Van Andel Arena concourse.  Please contact Jason to volunteer (

Membership News:  Welcome to new member Jeff Carter of Apogee Therapy Center in Grandville.  Jeff and Apogee made a generous donation on Oscars Night and shared the story of how Ambucs had assisted him as a PT student.

2nd Annual DJ Dance for the Disabled Community:  Looks like this event will be moving to April or May from the February time slot last year to create some space from the Oscar’s Night and Griffins game fundraisers.  No date yet set.

Junior Golf Challenge:  Tentative date is June 17 at the Pines Golf Course.  This event may be opened to others beyond Mary Free Bed folks.

2014-15 Club Officers:  Any Kenowa Ambuc member interested in serving as a club officer or on the Chapter Board for the 2014-15 year that begins in June should let President Jason know of your interest.

Big Hat Day:   The first meeting of each Ambuc quarter – June, September, December and March.  Big Hats are also traditionally worn at any meeting during Branding Time and Spring Round-up.

Club Calendar

March 7:              Grand Rapids Griffins Hockey Game
March 18:            Chapter Meeting.  Trooper Miller, Michigan State Police
March 25:            Board Meeting.  Noon @ Grandville City Hall (Lunch = Stuck a.k.a. “Stock”)
April 1:                  Chapter Meeting @ Sunnybrook

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