Kenowa Courier – 3/7/17

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: 

At today’s meeting, we fined a few Big Hatters without their big hats on this 1st meeting of the last quarter of the Ambuc year.  We also learned that Cherie Johns previously earned her big hat but never received it; steps are being taken to correct that oversight.  Every member who attended today also got credit toward our Spring Roundup competition for prizes (see attachment).

Our speaker was Lance Treece from Health Care Associates Community Caregivers which is a for-profit private duty home care enterprise that also operates Health Care Associates Transport (HCAT). They have been in business for 35 years starting in a private residence in Jenison and now operate from a Grandville office. They started HCAT in 1991 to fill a need providing professional, non-medical wheelchair transport to doctor’s appointments, dialysis, PT, OT, etc. They pick up, drop off and even stay on site with a client for up to an hour wait time and then transport them back. HCAT averages about 130 local runs per week at an average charge of $70 to $100 per run which is determined by a fixed charge per direction + a rate per “loaded mile”. They permit a companion to travel with the client at no extra cost. HCAT also makes longer distance trips such as to the hospitals in Ann Arbor and claim a service area that includes the entire Midwest.  They are always in need of drivers and caregivers and employ may retirees in this part-time work as well as some full-timers so, if you know someone who may be interested, let them know of Health Care Associates’ need.

50/50 Winner:   Marty Rogalski.

The Winner is La La Land.  No . . . Wait!

While they struggled in Hollywood, there were no big screw ups at our Oscars benefit on the 25th.  Over 150 attended and Beth estimated at the Board meeting about $7,000 in net profits was raised to be split by the Kenowa Ambucs, Comprehensive Therapy Center and Lake Michigan Academy.  Thanks go to each of the members of our group who served on the event committee.  There is already talk of possible improvements and planning for next year so, if you’d like to join the committee, please let Beth know as they will be meeting soon and continuing monthly.

Happy (Ambuc) New Year on June 1.  Officer Volunteers Needed

We will need to elect our Chapter officers for next year soon.  In particular, we need a Vice-President and a Secretary.   Please contact President Dawn Martinson or Vice-President Kelli Williams if you are ready to step up and join the long line of able leaders of this club, some of whom have served multiple terms as an officer.  Newly elected officers will be invited to the annual Spring Regional Meeting in Kalamazoo on April 21 & 22 where you will learn all you need to know to serve in these capacities.

Chapter Board Meeting Notes

At the February 28 Chapter Board meeting, there was approval to donate $900 toward the purchase of a mobility stroller for “Kenzie”, the daughter of a co-worker of Scott Pastoor, who has megalencephaly capillary malformation.  We also learned the race link is live, a social/fund raiser at Noodles & Company is being considered and we are due for review of our medical equipment lending function.

Chapter Miscellaneous

Congratulations:   Weston Paul Bakker was born on February 27 to Kenowa Member Nick Bakker and his wife.

Race/Parade Committee:   Meets the 2nd Tuesday at noon at Kelli Williams’ office in Grandville.  They are gearing up for Memorial Day 2017 and have 2 charity partners – Grandville Christian School is returning and Bursley Elementary is being added.  Please save the morning of May 29 to help out at the race and/or parade.

Fun Fact:   According to the American Gaming Association, fans wagered more than $2 billion on March Madness brackets for the 2015 NCAA basketball tournament.  This year, it is expected about 70 million brackets will be filled out with each having a 1 in 9.2 quintillion (that’s 9 followed by 18 zeroes) chance of predicting the correct winner of every game.

Thought for the Day:  “Meetings are indispensable when you don’t want to do anything.”  —  John Kenneth Galbraith


March 7:   Chapter meeting (Noon @ Sunnybrook). Speaker TBA
March 12:   Daylight Savings Time Begins
March 14:   Memorial Day Race/Parade Committee Meeting (Noon at Kelli Williams’ office)
March 21:   Chapter meeting (Noon @ Sunnybrook). Speaker TBA
March 28:   Chapter Board Meeting. Noon @ Location TBA (Lunch = Van Wieren)

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