Kenowa Courier – 5/1 & 5/15/18

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: 

A special “2-for-the-price-of-1” double-issue of the Courier today covering the last 2 meetings of the Kenowa Ambucs.  At our meeting today (5/15), we focused on preparation for the annual Memorial Day Race & Parade including stuffing 400 goodie bags for the racers.  We had a nice crowd of member volunteers which made the work go quickly.  Kelli advised that our parade entries were currently at 63, but not yet finalized, vs. a mid-70’s number of entries last year.  The members also sorted themselves into their assignments for the day of the event – either helping at the race or at the parade — and reviewed some of the event details.  We also had some volunteers to spend money on food and drink at “The Win” on race day where we will receive 10% of the day’s proceeds.  Kelli also let us know we have some good student volunteer help to assist with event set up on the weekend of Memorial Day making our jobs easier.  Look for further specifics in an upcoming email from Kelli and come on out on Memorial Day to chip in where you can on this important club fundraiser.  Lastly, Brad Cook reported he visited Sheldon Cole recently.  Sheldon remains in hospice care but was able to talk, slowly and quietly, and move (just a little) by pushing himself around in a wheelchair.

At the 5/1 meeting, Christy VanHaver of Mary Free Bed (MFB) Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports programs spoke about the extremely impressive array of programs MFB offers to the mobility-challenged community.  These include:  a Preschool Sport Sampler for ages 3-6, a downhill ski clinic at Cannonsburg, an annual (23 years) “bikes for the rest of us” clinic with adaptive bikes to fit all needs, Riverbank Run 25K Wheelchair/Handcycle event, kayak/canoe clinic at Millennium Park (in conjunction with the City of Kentwood and our club’s own Katelyn Bush), sailing clinic on Reed’s Lake, golf clinic with the Pines Golf Course and the Kenowa Ambucs, water ski clinic each summer on Reeds Lake (Kentwood also offers this on Campau Lake), scuba diving at East GR High School, adaptive tennis and wheelchair tennis (2 athletes currently vying for spot on U.S. Paralympic team), archery in Rockford, rock climbing, goalball, 4 wheelchair basketball teams (the D1 team is ranked 16th in the country), adult quad rugby (their team is currently D2 National Champions), hand cycling at Millennium Park, wheelchair softball on a special paved field for ease of movement, sled hockey in conjunction with the Griffins Foundation and Junior wheelchair sports camp at GVSU in July for ages 7 to high school.  MFB is currently looking also at offering new clinics in lacrosse, power chair soccer and cheerleading.  Lastly, MFB was integral in the design of the MFB YMCA, the only Y with universal barrier free design.  Great things from MFB.

Upcoming Chapter Events

Adaptive Golf Clinic is June 5th from 10a – 1p at the Pines Golf Course.  Lunch included.  Ambuc members are needed to help out.  There will be NO REGULAR CLUB MEETING on June 5.  Go to the Pines Golf Course at Byron Center Avenue/52nd Street to help out and have some pizza – do not go to Sunnybrook.

Outing to Whitecaps game for members +1 is being arranged but no date yet.  We expect to be on the deck with all-you-can-eat food and adult beverages on your own.  Tickets likely will be $12 per person.

Chapter Miscellaneous

Chapter Board:   The next Chapter Board meeting will be held at noon on Tuesday, May 22 at Grandville City Hall.  All club members are welcome to attend.

Calendar Sales:   The restaurant calendars are still available.  Drawing for the gift certificates come at the end of each month so there is still time to buy them and be eligible for all the May drawings.  See Kelli.

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, over a period of 200 years, three ships perished at the same location off the coast of Wales, on the same day (December 5) and all three had only one survivor.  The three survivors all had the same name:  Hugh Williams.

Quote of the Day:  “There is a rule in sailing where the more maneuverable ship should give way to the less maneuverable craft.  I think this is sometimes a good rule to follow in human relations as well.”   —   Dr. Joyce Brothers


May 22:   Chapter Board Meeting.  Noon @ Grandville City Hall (Lunch = Martinson)
June 5:   Adaptive Golf Clinic (10a – 1p @ Pines Golf Course) REGULAR MEETING CANCELLED
June 19:   Chapter Meeting (Noon @ Sunnybrook), Speaker TBA

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