Kenowa Klassified – 3/17/15


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: 


It was a sunny St. Patrick’s Day but we had a small crowd – don’t forget your Ambuc friends would love to have lunch with you on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays.  We had a very informative speaker in Jennifer Kalczuk, External Relations Manager of The Rapid transit agency and our group was very engaged in her presentation. We fired a lot of questions her way and she had all the answers.  The Rapid directly serves 6 cities where a property tax is levied for transit including Grandville, Walker, Wyoming, Grand Rapids, East Grand Rapids and Kentwood.  It also has contracts for specific services provided to GVSU, Cascade Township and Byron Township.  The Rapid provided 12.5 million rides last year up from 4 million in 2000.  It was named the 2014 Outstanding Mid-Size (7-20 million rides) Transit System in North America.  The Rapid provides regular line-haul service, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on the Silver Line and para-transit services to the disabled community.


Some interesting things we learned:   The Silver Line served a quarter million riders between its August opening and the end of 2014.  At peak times, bus frequency on that line is every 10 minutes.  Rapid buses cost $450,000.  They are exploring a 2nd BRT line to GVSU in Allendale and would include the “articulated” double buses.  Rapid bus fares are $1.50 one-way including transfers – a cheap way to get downtown or to the airport and avoid parking costs and hassles.  Everyone rides free on declared Clean Air Action Days.  They are looking at compressed natural gas as a future bus fuel.  The #1 reason folks use the bus is to get to work (cited by 80% of surveyed riders).  The buses all have on-board bike racks for those doing a bike-bus commute.  Rapid Connect is an on-line service with real time bus location info and a trip planner.

50/50 Winners:    Curt Stuck and Peg Driesenga

Adia’s AmTryke


At the Oscar’s Night event, the club presented an AmTryke to a youngster, Adia, who discovered, much to her family’s surprise, she could actually ride a Tryke at the last Special Family FunFest.  Adia’s family recently sent Curt Stuck some pictures showing that she has already gotten the bike out on their driveway and told him she is “ecstatic” to have the Tryke.  Many thanks to Curt for expediting the setup on that Tryke on short notice so that it could be presented to Adia at the Oscar’s (on her birthday) and to the club as a whole for funding it.

Another Bright Note

We also heard today about an uplifting Facebook video post from David Hodge showing son Thomas standing from chair to walker without parental assistance.  Congratulations to Thomas on this impressive achievement.

Chapter Officers and Board

The Kenowa Chapter of Ambucs needs to elect both a Vice-President (1-year term in preparation for the presidency) and Secretary (2-year term) at the next meeting so that our new officers can participate in the Ambucs Spring Conference training event on April 10-11 in Frankenmuth.  Please let our current President or Vice-President know of your willingness to serve as an officer or if you would be interested in appointment to the Board of Directors.

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 Eliminated:  Due to insufficient volume, Paper Gator has removed the paper recycling station located at the Grandville DPW that benefitted the Kenowa Ambucs.

Club Calendar

March 24:   Board Meeting.  Noon @ Grandville City Hall (Lunch = Cole)
April 7:   Chapter Meeting @ Sunnybrook.  Speaker TBA
April 10-11:   Spring Regional Conference and Officer Training @ Frankenmuth, MI
April 21:   Chapter Meeting @ S-brook (Rush Creek Room), Jim Engelking on Workman’s Comp
April 28:   Board Meeting.  Noon @ Grandville City Hall (Lunch = Levering)
May 5:   Chapter Meeting @ Sunnybrook, Kelly Hanson, Licensed Massage Therapist
May 19:   Chapter meeting @ Sunnybrook.  Debra Johnson, Jenison Board of Education

2 thoughts on “Kenowa Klassified – 3/17/15

  1. How do u get involved in ambucs? I am new to the area and looking to get involved in a good organization and meet new people in the area

    • We’d love to have you attend one of our meetings sometime! We meet for lunch at noon on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Sunnybrook Country Club on Port Sheldon Street in Grandville.

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