Kenowa Klassified – 7/1/14

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

Today’s Meeting:

VP Mavis presided today with 17 Ambucs and 2 guests in attendance – not bad for the week of the 4th of July. Guests included Carlos Carvalho of Curitiba, Brazil, a former exchange student hosted by Dawn Martinson and Scott Sjoerdsma, of the Walker Ambuc chapter. Scott, Walker’s new President, was checking out how we conduct our Kenowa Chapter meetings but obviously never went to spy school since he announced his presence publicly.


Our speaker today was Keith Baker from Hark Up, a non-profit faith-based music and arts organization. There are no paid staff members and the performers and crew span the ages of 13 to 92. Hark Up grew out of Rock Vespers almost 20 years ago and now includes both contemporary Christian and patriotic performances, 250+ regular members and 10 bands. They had been affiliated with Fair Haven Church but no longer have any church or denominational affiliation. Hark Up formed its own 501(C)3 organization 7+ years ago. They fund performance through donations, sponsorships, booked paid performances, free will offerings and, sometimes, ticketed performances. Their goal is simply to break even on more than 70 performances per year. Shows cost from $3,000 to $10,000 to produce. The largest audience they have performed for numbered 41,000.


50/50 Winners: Doug Postma and Dan Carlton

Trivia Challenge Answer: Marty’s trivia question from June 3 was a stumper. The category was “Pop Music” and the challenge was: Name two pop songs whose lyrics contain references to the date of June 3rd. Hint: One of the songs references a Mississippi bridge. The correct answer was “Ode to Billy Joe (Tallahatchee Bridge)” by Bobbie Gentry (1967) and “Desiree” by Neal Diamond.

Same Bargain, Just Billed Differently

Treasurer Doug Levering advised us of a change in billing with the dues invoice currently going out. In an effort to save everyone, including the Treasurer, time, postage and hassle, the bill will show the annual amount ($240) vs. the quarterly charge ($60). The total amount is unchanged and members can still choose to pay it quarterly if they wish, however, there will only be this single invoice for the entire year rather than four separate invoices.

Mind If We Play Through?

The weather the morning of our Junior Golf Challenge on June 17 was a little intimidating and kept some of the golfers home. It broke at just the right time, however, for the seven golfers who showed up. Time was spent at the driving range honing skills and then everyone participated in a 4-hole scramble. There were some duffs, but also a surprising number of fantastic shots from our junior golfers. Back at the clubhouse after the scramble there was pizza for all. A big thanks to Curt, Sheldon, Kay, Beth and Jason for helping make this a memorable event for our participants.

“24 Hours in a Day. 24 Beers in a Case. Coincidence?”*

The training is done, the kegs are purchased, the shifts are filled, the entertainment is arranged. Please consider stopping down to the 1st ever Ambuc Beer Tent on Thursday, July 3 from 4:00 to 11:00 p.m. in downtown Grandville in conjunction with the 4th of July festivities. The tent will be set up in the public parking lot south of Chicago Drive and north of the Grandville Library. This is a chapter fundraiser — great no-guilt excuse to enjoy a beer.
[* Borrowed from comedian Stephen Wright. Funny guy.]

Bonus Beer Anecdote:

One afternoon at Cheers, Cliff Clavin was explaining the Buffalo Theory to his buddy Norm. Here’s how it went:

“Well ya see, Norm, it’s like this. A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members.

In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That’s why you always feel smarter after a few beers.”

Chapter Miscellaneous

K9K Race:   In honor of Alex Rusticus’ brother, Andy, who passed away 2 years ago while going through K9 police training, there will be 3K and 9K run/walk events, with dogs, August 9 at Riverside Park with proceeds to benefit the Thin Blue Line of Michigan, a Trinity College scholarship in Andy’s name and the GR Police K9 foundation. For details go to or contact Alex.

Family Hope Foundation:   The most recent FHF newsletter included 10 mentions of the Kenowa Ambucs regarding our sponsorship of therapies for their students and the Oscar’s Night benefit from which FHF received a share of proceeds.

DJ Dance:   The DJ dance for disabled community members sponsored in part by our Chapter has been set for Thursday, October 30 at Sunnybrook. It will have a masquerade theme. Details to follow.

District Board Meeting:   The next District Board meeting will be held at Johnson Park on August 19, 6 pm. Subway will be provided, please bring sides to pass and your own beverage.

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

July 3:     Beer Tent fundraiser in Downtown Grandville
July 15:   Chapter Meeting @ Sunnybrook. Speaker = Randy Boss.
July 22:   Board Meeting. Noon @ Grandville City Hall (Lunch = Byers)
Aug 5:     Chapter Meeting @ Sunnybrook. Speaker TBA.
Aug 19:   Chapter Meeting @ Sunnybrook. Speaker = Debra Carpenter, JQ99.
Aug 19:   District Board Meeting (6 p.m. at Johnson Park)

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