Kenowa Courier – 6/6/17

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

Today’s Meeting: 

We had a treat today with speaker Dr. Samir Ishak, an Egyptian native and American citizen who recently retired from a 48 year academic career at GVSU. He is a former Fulbright scholar whose history includes stints at several prestigious universities including Harvard, Indiana and Cairo University. He has been an advisor to the World Bank and various countries. He challenged our group with a couple of observations: (1) that universities are grossly inefficient organizations, particularly here in Michigan, with an unhealthy independence from accountability often, controlled by politically-appointed boards that have no minimum qualifications for board service and (2) that, historically, U.S. foreign policy is reactive; with a lengthy history of creating or reacting to crises and that, further, the U.S. military and industries have outsized influence over the country’s foreign policies.

The group engaged with questions on topics including the Federal Reserve, whether the devaluation of the Egyptian pound has bottomed out, President Eisenhower’s cautions on the Middle East in the 1950’s, university bureaucracy and alternative system designs and the value and cost of obtaining a college degree. Dr. Ishak takes much pride in the accomplishments of his students, some of which of gone on to great achievements and contends the skill level of today’s students is as high as ever so long as they are adequately challenged.

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Our chapter officers – President Kelli Williams, Vice-President Dave Hodge, Treasurer Doug Levering and Secretary Andrea Spagnoulo – began their terms today. Please note: THERE WILL BE NO LUNCH MEETING ON TUESDAY, JULY 4.

50/50 Winner:   No drawing today.

The Memorial Day Race & Parade Were . . . Memorable

On a beautiful holiday morning last week, the race and parade came off without any significant hitches with much credit to our leaders on the Race/Parade committee and many thanks to all those who volunteered at the event.  It appeared that “the Win” was busy that day which bodes well as they had pledged 10% of sales on Memorial Day to our club.  We look forward to a report of the funds raised to further our mission of fostering independence for those with disabilities.

Monday:  Kenowa Ambucs Adaptive Golf Clinic

Next Monday, June 12 from 10a to 1p is our annual event providing an opportunity for individuals with disability challenges to hit the golf course.  Location is the Pines Golf Course on Byron Center Avenue between 44th and 52nd.  Curt Stuck ( is requesting your RSVP if you can help out teeing up balls on the driving range and helping our guests on the putting green and over 3 holes or so.  The event ends with a Pizza Hut sponsored lunch for everyone.

Chapter Miscellaneous

Swearing In of Chapter Officers:  District Governor Rachel Nicks will swear in our 2017-18 officers at the next meeting on June 20.

Member Note:  This was Kelli Gulch’s last meeting.  She is taking a new job in Grand Rapids.  I think it had to do with either assisting financial advisors or driving Indy race cars.

Fun Fact:  According to, Dr. Seuss wrote “Green Eggs and Ham” to win a bet against his publisher who thought that he could not complete a book with only 50 words.

Quote of the Day:  “Sometimes things fall apart so that better things can fall together.”   — Marilyn Monroe


June 12:   Junior Golf Outing @ Pines Golf Course (10a – 1p)
June 20:   Chapter meeting (Noon @ Sunnybrook). Jeff Jauch of Striders will speak.
June 27:   Chapter Board Meeting. Noon @ Grandville City Hall (Lunch = Rogalski)
July 4:   Chapter meeting CANCELLED for 4th of July holiday
July 18:   Early Bird Member Discount Closes for National Convention
Oct 18-21:   Ambucs National Convention @ Lake of the Ozarks

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