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
20 Kenowa Ambucs and 1 guest (Glenn Sweeney of Chemical Bank) gathered at the country club today. We heard from Trooper Miller of the Michigan State Police on the topic of fraud protection, especially for vulnerable seniors who often are targeted by criminals for fraud and ID theft. Trooper Miller says this is an every week occurrence in his office and some of the scams really hammer the victims. He advised us to use shredders for personal papers such as medical bills or other items that might include critical identifying info that thieves look for. He also advised us to limit what we carry in our wallets or purses such as the number of credit cards. Popular scams relate to home repair (don’t give deposits to those at your door posing as contractors), lotteries (don’t give money in advance in order to receive winnings and note that international lotteries are illegal so you should ignore those contacts from Ireland, Africa, etc.), one-ring then hang up phone calls (don’t use caller ID features to call them back or it could cost you) and independently verify Junior really is in jail or the hospital before wiring money for bail or treatment. The bottom line is to be careful and think twice in all these circumstances. One item I hadn’t heard much about is wi-fi scams where you can be victimized if you log into crooked wi-fi systems posing as legit. Make sure you know who you are connecting to or you may wind up being a victim.
Answer to 3/4/14 Seinfeld Challenge: When Kramer convinced Jerry to get an illegal cable t.v. hookup in his apartment the 2 men who arrived to make the hook-up were Russian. Those answering correctly included Scott Pastoor, Keith Harris, Marty Rogalski and 1 or 2 others whose names currently escape me. No new Challenge in this issue (I’m running out of time to get this out) but it will be back.
50/50 Winners: Eric Hartman and Beth VanWieren
March and April are the months of the annual Ambuc “Spring Roundup” of new members. See the attachment to this e-mail for details of how you could win $100 for signing up new members to the Kenowa Ambucs.
Griffins Game: No totals yet on the dollars we raised at the March 7 hockey game. We hope to have a report on this soon. Thanks to all who attended, sold tickets or volunteered. The family that received the AmTryke that night was very excited.
Oscar Night Update: The totals aren’t yet final but currently each of the 3 benefitting organizations including our club will receive at least $5,600.
Chamber of Commerce Community Expo: Saturday, March 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rivertown Crossings Mall.
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: Date is June 17 at the Pines Golf Course. Details attached. No lunch meeting at Sunnybrook on this date. Go to the Pines and have a blast with the kids.
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.
March 25: Board Meeting. Noon @ Grandville City Hall (Lunch = Stuck)
April 1: Chapter Meeting @ Sunnybrook. Jeff Carter, Apogee Therapy.
April 15: Chapter Meeting. Troy Manny, Bibles Mission.
April 22: Board Meeting. Noon @ Grandville City Hall (Lunch = Kehrwecker)