Kenowa Courier – 8/16/16

The Official Newsletter of the Kenowa Chapter of AMBUCS – Chartered May 28, 1957. President: Dawn Martinson – Vice-President: Kelli Williams – Treasurer: Doug Levering Secretary: Andrea Spagnoulo – Sergeants: Rod Weersing and Nick Bakker

Today’s Meeting: 

A smallish late summer crowd attended today’s Kenowa Ambucs lunch meeting.  Michelle Polanic was a guest.  She is entering the 2nd of a 2 year graduate program in Occupational Therapy at GVSU and she thanked the club for the scholarship we awarded her.  She is a lifetime resident of Jenison, has had a clinical experience at UM Children’s Hospital and aspires to work for Mary Free Bed.

Our speakers were Aubrey Pettinga and Paige Wigger.  These enterprising 3rd graders-to-be at Hudsonville Christian School conceived this summer a lemonade & cookie stand effort to raise funds to pay for a handicapped-accessible swing at their school.  They had noticed such a swing in another park and thought of their classmate, Noah, who has spina bifida.  Each also has a brother with a disability.  Their goal was the swing cost of $500 and that is the amount of the check member Curt Stuck wrote them on behalf of our club at their lemonade stand after being made aware of the event through Mavis and consulting with the Board.  The stand plus a can drive netted them $2,500 (I think, there was a little trouble with the zeros in their well-prepared speech) so they are purchasing 2 swings and putting some toward a similar future purchase.  The swings should be installed on the school playground by the start of the school year.  Aubrey and Paige seem like great kids and their moms, who were also present, support and encourage them but make them do the work.  Nice story.

50/50 Winner:   No drawing

Special Families Fun Fest in October

The Family Hope Foundation’s annual Special Families Fun Fest will be held on Saturday, October 15 at the Delta Plex.  Please save that date as our club volunteers each year to help with a booth that allows kids to ride therapeutic bikes on site.  For more info you can visit

International Student Hosting Opportunity

“Hi, I’m Peter from China and I am 15 years old.  I’m really interested in sports such as playing basketball and cycling.  In my spare time, I like watching entertainment programs and playing LEGO (especially technique series and architecture series).  Photography is also one of my favorite hobbies.  I describe myself as an optimistic, sincere and outgoing person and I do expect the quality time with you.  GPA:  4.00  Call Dawn at 616-455-2080 or email to host meJ!”

Chapter Miscellaneous

Speakers:  V.P. Kelli wants your speaker ideas.  E-mail her at

Oscars Event Committee:  Event is February 25.  Contact Beth VanWieren to be part of the committee.

Medical Equipment Loans:  Kenowa Ambuc medical equipment is stored at the Grandville DPW.  Contact Marie Bonga at 538-1990 or e-mail her at if you have any medical equipment loan requests.


August 23:   Chapter Board Meeting. Noon @ Grandville City Hall (Lunch = Levering)
September 6:   Chapter meeting noon @ Sunnybrook. Speaker TBD
September 20:   Chapter meeting noon @ Sunnybrook. Speaker TBD
September 27:   Chapter Board Meeting. Noon @ Grandville City Hall (Lunch = Levering)
Sept 28-Oct 1:   Ambucs National Convention – Tucson AZ
October 15:   Special Families Fun Fest @ DeltaPlex

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