Kenowa Courier – 12/6/16

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: 

Today’s Kenowa Ambucs meeting focused on current and upcoming events so there was no speaker.  Our discussion included the most recent Board meeting, Griffins game and Oscars event.  See below for further information on these events and, also, please note that the next regular meeting scheduled for Tuesday, December 20, has been cancelled in lieu of a Kenowa Ambuc Christmas event that has been scheduled for the same night.

50/50 Winner:   No 50/50 raffle held today

Hockey Game Is This Friday Night

We have not yet sold our entire allotment of 425 Griffins tickets for the game on Friday night —   70 tickets remain unsold – but we still expect it to be a successful fundraiser.  If you’ve bought or sold tickets – THANK YOU.  If you want to make any last minute ticket purchases or volunteer to sell pucks for the “Throw for Dough”, please contact Kelli Williams immediately at  TFD volunteers are asked to meet at 5:30p outside the southeast corner of VanAndel Arena in order to set up the puck sales.  The 7:00 game features $2 beer and hot dogs, an Amtryke giveaway to a youngster identified for us by Horizons Learning Center in the middle of the 2nd period and the TFD following the game.

December 20 – Noon Meeting Cancelled, Christmas Party at 6:00p

See the flyer attached to this newsletter e-mail for information on a Kenowa Ambucs Christmas get together on Tuesday, December 20.  The regular noon meeting is cancelled for that date and instead we will meet at Osgood Brewing on Chicago Drive in downtown Grandville at 6:00p.  Please send your RSVP to Beth VanWieren (  

Kenowa Ambucs Board Meeting News

The Kenowa Ambuc Board took a road trip and met at Sheldon Cole’s place of residence, the Clark Retirement Community, on Tuesday, November 22.  The Club honored Sheldon with a contribution to the National Living Endowment fund in honor of Sheldon’s many years of selfless service to the Ambucs organization.

The Board also approved canceling the December 20 Chapter meeting and replacing it with a Christmas party that night at Osgood Brewing in Grandville.  Please note, the December 27 Board meeting has also been canceled due to proximity to the holiday so the next scheduled Chapter Board meeting will be on Tuesday, January 24 at noon at Grandville City Hall.

Oscar’s Night Party

The date is Saturday, February 25.  Location is Sunnybrook.  Cocktails start at 5:30 followed by a roving dinner (rather than plated) at 7:30.  There will be live and silent auctions, a champagne toast and DJ.  Dress is formal/glam/suits with tux optional.  11 sponsors have been secured and more are desired.  Please let any potentials sponsors you know about this opportunity.  Individual tickets will be $55 with $18 of that amount tax deductible.

Chapter Miscellaneous

Thank You:  The Club received a thank you from Special Olympics of West Michigan for a $2,000 donation the club made to them from proceeds of the 2016 Oscars event.

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

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.

Fun Fact:  According to, banging your head against a wall burns 150 calories an hour.

Thought for the Day:  “Be careful of your thoughts; they may become words at any moment.”  — Iara Gassen


December 9:   Griffin’s Game @ VanAndel Arena (Volunteers @ 5:30. Face off @ 7p)
December 13:   Memorial Day Race/Parade Committee Meeting (Noon at Kelli Williams’ office)
December 20:   CANCELLED: No Chapter meeting @ Sunnybrook. Attend Christmas event instead.
December 20:   Kenowa Ambucs Christmas Party (6p @ Osgood Brewing, Chicago Dr. in GDVL)
December 27:   CANCELLED: No Chapter Board Meeting on this date.
January 3:   Chapter meeting (Noon @ Sunnybrook). Speaker TBA
January 17:   Chapter meeting (Noon @ Sunnybrook). Speaker TBA
January 24:   Chapter Board Meeting. Noon @ Grandville City Hall (Lunch = Stuck)
February 25:   Oscar’s Night Fundraiser (Sunnybrook)

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