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
We had 8 guests Tuesday including member David Hodge’s family. Son Thomas has participated in our collaboration with the Conductive Learning Center that, like the Ambucs, fosters independence for those with disabilities. Lara Kitts from the Family Hope Foundation, which grants scholarships to the CLC, was also present with her 2 children. Finally, Ryan Kelly, President of the Grandville-Jenison Toastmasters group and GVSU Physical Therapy student Brandon were also our guests.
Our speaker was Randy Boss. He is a long time Chapter member who finds it hard to attend but keeps sending in his dues to support our mission (and he was thanked for that). Randy, a “Certified Risk Architect” for Ottawa-Kent Insurance, related the story of losing co-worker Linda Anderson to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) several years ago while walking on a break from work. Her loss left a hole in the company and, of course, among her family and friends, but it inspired Randy to dedicate himself to improving response to SCA. He does this by encouraging work places, schools, etc. to have automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) on-site and in working order so that there can be rapid response to SCA that starts the chain of survival prior to the EMS folks arriving on scene. The survival rate drops by 10% per minute that assistance isn’t rendered so having working AEDs on-site and people trained to use them means more survivors. An “Employees for Better Health” non-profit was started to increase awareness and reduce risk and they now give out the Linda Anderson Award to companies that purchase and maintain AEDs and train their people to use them. Thanks for sharing your story with us, Randy.
50/50 Winners: Marty Rogalski
37 Out of 56 Isn’t Bad
The beer tent was a success both socially and financially. Lots of folks participated and it appears the club will pocket nearly $6,000 in profit once the revenues and expenses are totaled up. Thanks to Beth for coordinating for the Ambucs and to all who volunteered. Thanks also to the Park & Rec board for the tables and chairs and to the DDA for providing the entertainment.
On the drinking side, I can report my group was able to individually toast 37 of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence. Each toast came with a brief history of that signer. I guess we’ll have to do the tent again next year so that we can get to the remaining 19.
Past President Recognition
Jason passed out certificates of appreciation to many club members in recognition of their efforts on behalf of the club during the 2013-14 chapter year that ended in May. Also, he announced that Beth VanWieren has been named the Chapter’s “Ambuc of the Year” and will now vie for Regional honors.
Same Bargain, Just Billed Differently
For those who missed this previously, Treasurer Doug Levering has advised us of a change in billing you should have notices with the current dues invoice. In an effort to save everyone, including the Treasurer, time, postage and hassle, the invoices 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.
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 www.k9krace.com or contact Alex.
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.
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.
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.
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 of JQ99 radio.
Aug 19: District Board Meeting (6 p.m. at Johnson Park)