Kenowa Klassified – 1/20/15

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: 

A light crowd of a dozen Kenowa Ambucs met today at Sunnybrook.  If you weren’t there, you were missed.  Lauren, a potential Physical Therapy student, was the guest of Jeff Carter.  The speaker was Grandville Mayor Steve Maas.


Steve followed in father, Leonard’s, footsteps of public service and has served for the past year as Mayor and 16 years before that on the City Council.  His background includes Hope College and law school but he didn’t practice law for long before joining the family real estate development and food production companies.  Steve says the Mayor’s job has been more fun than he thought it would be.  He discussed the challenges of the recent recession and state revenue sharing cutbacks, belt-tightening, millage increases, tax appeals, downtown events and development.  He also delved into very recent issues such as new 4th of July parade rules that have generated public reaction and thanked the Kenowa Ambucs for getting involved in the beer tent.  His goals include finding ways to reconnect people with the Grand River and redevelopment of the former mobile home park site at M-11 and I-196.

50/50 Winners:   Kelli Williams and Scott Pastoor fattened their wallets by a few bucks.

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Join your Ambuc friends at Osgood Brewing on Chicago Drive in downtown Grandville next Tuesday night, January 27, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for the Kenowa Ambucs holiday party (deferred from December).  Bring your significant other and a wrapped gift in the $15 – $20 range for each person attending for the gift exchange.   Please RSVP to Eric Hartman (

Oscars – The Sequel

Get your tickets now for the Saturday, February 21 Oscar’s Night gala – a fun night of dinner, dancing, drinks (included in the ticket price this year), silent auction and three comedians.  The event will raise money for the Kenowa Ambucs, Grandville Rotary Club and Jenison-Hudsonville Community Foundation.  If you can’t make it to this event, you are encouraged to consider a sponsorship or putting a gift basket or other items in the silent auction.  Sponsorship info was e-mailed to everyone in the past couple of weeks.

Chapter Miscellaneous

Ambuc Spring Regional Conference:  The Spring Conference replaces the Fall Regional Convention and the Spring Officer’s Training and will be held on April 10-11 in Frankenmuth.

Paper Gator:  Did you know the club has a perpetual fundraiser via a “Paper Gator” paper recycling station.  The Gator is located at the Grandville DPW building parking lot at 4095 White Street in Grandville, one block west of Wilson.  Drop off your home or business recyclable paper to this location and the club gets a portion of the proceeds.

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

Jan 27:   Board Meeting.  Noon @ Grandville City Hall (Lunch = Hodge)
Jan 27:   Holiday Social @ Osgood Brewing 5p – 8p.
Feb 3:   Chapter Meeting @ Sunnybrook.  Debra Johnson of JPS Education Foundation
Feb 17:   Chapter Meeting @ Sunnybrook.  Jessica Bootsma, Kent Special Riding Program
Feb 21:   2nd Annual Ambuc Oscar’s Night Gala
Feb 24:   Board Meeting.  Noon @ Grandville City Hall (Lunch = Williams)
March 3:   Chapter Meeting @ Sunnybrook.  Richard Brummel on personal risk of members of Boards of Directors
March 17:   Chapter Meeting @ Sunnybrook.  Jennifer Kalczuk, The Rapid.

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