Kenowa Courier – 2/20/18

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: 

Our speaker today was Katelyn Bush, a former Kenowa Ambucs scholarship recipient when she was at GVSU 9 years ago. She is now a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist working for the City of Kentwood Park & Recreation Department, where, among many other things, she has set up an adaptive bike riding group that rides for 1 hour each week in the summer and fall and other adaptive sports such as golf, water skiing, archery and more. Today she shared her family’s recent experience of finding out last year during her first pregnancy that her unborn child had the most severe of 3 types of spina bifida birth defects. Fetal surgery (in womb) was required to increase the chances of better outcomes but just a month after that surgery her daughter, Pearl Amelia, was born 12 weeks premature and weighing less than 3 pounds. 2 months of NICU and surgery followed but she was discharged in August even ahead of her initially expected birth date. Katelyn shared her and her family’s emotions and thoughts throughout the process in a positive and informative way as well as their hopes for the future and some of the looming challenges including a surgery for Pearl tomorrow morning in Ann Arbor (prayers welcome). She also reminded us why groups like the Ambucs are so important to the families of those facing disabilities. A couple of quotes: “Disability is not your identity” and, regarding AmTrykes: “It’s a lot more than a bike” to the families who get one. This was good motivation for our club’s efforts. Please make it an individual commitment to join us at the lunch meetings and at our events and fundraisers so we can continue to make a positive difference to these families.

Alternate Meeting Location – March 6

The regular club meeting on Tuesday, March 6 will be a field trip to the Pines Learning Center, 2101 52nd Street SW in Wyoming, just east of the Byron Center Avenue intersection.   Do not go to Sunnybrook. The club has previously provided a number of AmTrykes at this school and we will be making another AmTryke presentation at this meeting so you won’t want to miss it. We hope for a large club turnout and President Kelli asks those attending to RSVP to her ( so that we can order enough food.

50/50 Winner:   No drawing today

This Friday is Denim & Diamonds

We will gather this Friday, February 23 at the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville for this annual Kenowa club fundraiser that includes beef dinner, dessert, drinks, dancing and both silent and live auctions. The event runs from 6:00- 11:30p. Special thanks to member Ron VanSurksum of Advanced Asset Management for his title sponsorship and to Beth for her leadership on this event.

Do You Have Your Restaurant Calendar?

Calendar numbers are dwindling but they are still available. This fundraiser, done in collaboration with the Walker chapter, is structured so that there is a daily weekday drawing for a gift card to one of several sponsoring restaurants – Uccello’s, Bud & Stanley;s, Vic’s, Hudsonville Grille, Outback, Amore, Grand Villa, Honey Creek Inn, Old Boys’ Brewhouse or Osgood Brewing. To be in the drawing, participants buy a $20 calendar with the entry application. There are 260 chances to win a restaurant gift card of at least $20. Kelli has the calendars.

Chapter Miscellaneous

Chapter Board:   The next Chapter Board meeting will be held at noon on Tuesday, February 27 at Grandville City Hall. All club members are welcome to attend.

Medical Equipment Loans:   Refer any medical equipment loan contacts to the Family Network of Wyoming, 1029 44th Street SW, Wyoming (616) 885-9919

Fun Fact:   According to, the estimated cost of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics is $10 billion, five times less than the 2014 Sochi Olympics, which were estimated to be the costliest ever.

Quote of the Day:   “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” — Dolly Parton


February 27:   Chapter Board Meeting. Noon @ Grandville City Hall (Lunch = Weersing)March 6:   Chapter meeting (Noon at Pines Learning Center) RSVP to Kelli Williams
March 13:   Memorial Day Race/Parade Committee Meeting (Noon @ Kelli Williams’ office)
March 20:   Chapter Meeting (Noon @ Sunnybrook) Speaker TBA
April 27-28:   Ambucs Midstates Region Spring Training @ Ohio

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