Kenowa Courier – 3/21/17

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: 

A small but mighty group of Ambucs met today.  Those present wrapped up Spring Roundup with additional points toward the drawing for “fabulous prizes” that will be held at the next meeting on April 4.  Our speaker was Gary from CareLinc, a Grand Rapids-based home durable medical equipment and medical supplies provider with many locations in Michigan and a growing presence in Ohio.  They offer for sale (and some for rent) wheelchairs, walkers, knee scooters, suction machines, CPAP’s, hospital beds and much more with most billable to insurance and some private pay.  CareLinc’s trained customer service staff works to find and maximize coverage for their customers and often seeks creative solutions for those with a more limited ability to pay.  Referrals to CareLinc come mainly via doctors but also by assisted living centers, skilled nursing facilities and hospices.

50/50 Winner:   Eric Hartman

Quick Hitters

  • The Memorial Day Parade & Race Committee is busy and preparations for the May 29 race are on track.
  • Officer elections for 2017-18 will be held in April.  Terms of new officers begin on June 1.
  • The annual Midstates Region of Ambucs Spring Regional meeting will be held in Kalamazoo on April 21 & 22 including training for new officers.
  • Sheldon Cole may be in line for a district recognition.  He is now wheelchair bound and will be unable to travel to Kalamazoo for the spring regional meeting so arrangements will be made to deliver the award to him.  His health continues to deteriorate.
  • The Chapter is looking into sponsoring a “Challenger” baseball team for the disabled.
  • Kenowa Chapter Board of Directors’ March meeting is next Tuesday at noon.  No official word yet but there may be a change in location to the Chicago Drive pub.  Board members should look for an e-mail to confirm location prior to next Tuesday.

Chapter Miscellaneous

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 City of Novi, Michigan was named from its designation as “Stagecoach Stop #6” or No. VI.

Thought for the Day:  “The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit for doing them.” — Benjamin Jowett


March 28:   Chapter Board Meeting. Noon @ Location TBA (Lunch = Van Wieren)
April 4:   Chapter meeting (Noon @ Sunnybrook). Speaker TBA
April 11:   Memorial Day Race/Parade Committee Meeting (Noon at Kelli Williams’ office)
April 18:   Chapter meeting (Noon @ Sunnybrook). Speaker TBA
April 21/22:   Spring Regional Conference in Kalamazoo

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