Kenowa Courier – 6/20/17

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:

If you missed today’s lunch, you missed a great story. Jeff Jauch is the owner of Strider’s running store in Grandville. His daughter, Chelsea, was born in 1997 kicking off seven years of worry and uncertainty until she was finally diagnosed with Rhett’s Syndrome, a non-progressive disease that resulted in her being unable to speak and enduring up to 30 seizures a day. An invitation to Chelsea to be pushed in a triathlon led to Jeff being inspired to quit smoking and start getting active with Chelsea. Chelsea loved the races and they gave her a respite from seizures so they did many River Bank runs, marathons and triathlons together for the next several years. Jeff says these events were therapy for both of them. While Chelsea passed away 4 years ago, Jeff has continued to honor her by forming a non-profit that seeks to help provide the equipment necessary for parents to be active with their adult children with disabilities including “wikes” that can be used as both a bike trailer and a running/walking push stroller. For more of this story, check out this mlive article link:

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Our guests today included Ambucs District Governor and Regional Big Hat Chair Rachel Nicks of the Walker chapter who swore in President Kelli Williams and Vice-President Dave Hodge. Also, Ron Bauer, a regional sales rep for Citizen Watches, was a guest of Dennis Engels.


50/50 Winner:   No drawing today.

Uplifting Fundraiser Updates

Beth reported the final tally on the 2017 Oscar’s Night event will result in $5,500 payments each to our club and to our two charity partners.  It was the biggest gross of any of the previous Oscar’s Nights.  The plan is to allow charity partners again next year with some change to the partnership structure and sharing of proceeds reflective of each group’s effort and the guests and sponsorships they acquire.

On a very similar high note, while the dollars are not yet known, the Memorial Day race had a record 415 runners and should be our most profitable ever.  The committee will look to maintain the momentum for next year and, despite this year’s success, is mulling 15 or 16 potential enhancements.  Stay tuned for a total race/parade proceeds report plus news on our partnership with “the Win” tavern which had pledged 10% of their Memorial Day proceeds to the club.

Many thanks are due to our club’s organizers of these two events and, of course, to all those who attended, supported or volunteered at them this year.

Adaptive Golf Clinic

The annual Adaptive Golf Clinic was held at the Pines Golf Course last Monday, June 12.  Approximately 20 persons with disability challenges participated, some driving from a distance for the opportunity.  Curt Stuck was our chapter rep and Dawn Martinson gets kudos for volunteering.  Our friends at the Pines and Mary Free Bed were again instrumental in producing this event.

Chapter Miscellaneous

July 18 Dress Code:   If you attend the regular chapter meeting on July 18, please wear comfortable clothes (short sleeved shirt recommended) as we will be actively learning that day how to put together an AmTryke.  This should be a lot of fun and we are hoping for a big turnout so please try to join us.

Fun Fact:   According to, due to the humid and moist conditions that a sloth lives in, moss and similar plants will sometimes grow in its hair.  This, combined with the sloths notoriously poor eyesight, sometimes culminates in a sloth grabbing its own arm, thinking it is a branch, and falling to its death.

Quote of the Day:  “Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people.” — Barbara Bush  


June 27:   Chapter Board Meeting. Noon @ Grandville City Hall (Lunch = Rogalski)
July 4:   Chapter meeting CANCELLED for 4th of July holiday
July 18:   Chapter meeting (Noon at Sunnybrook). AmTryke building session.
July 18:   Early Bird Member Discount Closes for National Convention
Oct 18-21:   Ambucs National Convention @ Lake of the Ozarks

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