Kenowa Courier – 6/19/18

The Official Newsletter of the Kenowa Chapter of AMBUCS – Chartered May 28, 1957. President: David Hodge – Vice-President: Dawn Martinson – Treasurer: Doug Postma Secretary: Andrea Spagnoulo

Today’s Meeting: 

Today we changed the guard to new President David Hodge who was sworn in by District Governor Rachel Nicks.  Our other incoming officers include Dawn Martinson (VP), Doug Postma (Treasurer) and Andrea Spagnuolo continuing as Secretary.  Best of luck to all our 2018-19 Chapter Officers for a successful year and thank you for volunteering your talents to the Chapter and its mission.

Many thanks also to our outgoing officers, President Kelli Williams and Treasurer Doug Levering.  Your contributions have been instrumental to our club’s success and your hard work has been the backbone of the Kenowa Chapter during your tenure.  Members, please extend your personal appreciation to Kelli and Doug when you have the opportunity to do so.

While none were present today, we also welcome the following new members:  Lisa McCaffrey, Jeff Jauch, Katelyn Bush, Tanya Sawicki and Joe Long.  We hope to see you at an upcoming lunch meeting.  We also had a guest with us today, Alyssa of the American House assisted living facility in Jenison.

Our speakers today were Emily VanderZwaag and Lori from the Grand Rapids Eagles Disabled Sports Team.  This group has 50+ athletes ages 7 and up, all with physical disabilities, that practice weekly October to May with the goal of participating in the Michigan Victory Games (MVG), a 4-day long annual event held in Lansing.  MVG competitions include bowling, swimming, track & field events, power lifting, boccia, cycling, slalom and cross country.  These games differ from Special Olympics which only includes those with cognitive, not physical, disabilities.  The athletes are classified by age, disability and their physical abilities.  There is no charge for an Eagle to participate in training or the MVG; all is covered by fundraising including a spaghetti dinner/auction at the Delta Plex on the last Tuesday of March.  The Eagles organization is a 501(C)3 governed by a volunteer board comprised mostly of the parents of the athletes.  They are currently in need of getting the word out to youth who may want to compete and also volunteers.

Memorial Day Race & Parade Numbers

We had a brief “after action” conversation today about the Memorial Day Race & Parade.  The committee reports that we hosted a total of 427 runners and that the parade had 81 entries.  The Cottonwood construction had an impact but was a 1-time issue that we won’t have to deal with in 2019.  Thanks to everyone who helped out.  Special mention of the Jenison Lacrosse teams which did an outstanding job — we hope to have them back next year.

2018 Adaptive Golf Outing

We had our annual Adaptive Golf Outing on June 5th at Pines Golf Course.  There were ten participants ranging in age from 15 to 60.  It was another beautiful day where the participants started the morning with driving and putting and then eventually found their way onto the golf course.  All of our participants were able to play three holes with all of them doing great.  For lunch, Pizza Hut on 44th St. in Wyoming sponsored pizzas, which they have been doing for the last 4 years.  It was another successful outing and fun for all – participants and volunteers.

Chapter Miscellaneous

Chapter Awards:   President Hodge presented some (national?) awards today for AmTrykes, scholarships and another area or two.  The Kenowa Ambucs club continues to excel.

Chapter Board:   The next Chapter Board meeting will be held at noon on Tuesday, June 26 at Grandville City Hall.  All club members are welcome to attend.

District Board:   The next Ambuc District Board meeting will be held on August 1 at 6:00p at a location to be determined.  They hope, weather permitting, to be outside.

Thank You’s Received:   The chapter received a bundle of colorful thank you notes from the kids in the Hudsonville adaptive swim classes for the 2 specialized life jackets our club recently donated.

Calendar Sales:   30 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 June 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, it takes about 50 licks to finish a single scoop ice cream cone.

Quote of the Day:  “Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone.”   —   Jim Fiebig


June 26:   Chapter Board Meeting.  Noon @ Grandville City Hall (Lunch = ?)
July 3:   Chapter Meeting (Noon @ Sunnybrook), Speaker TBA
July 17:   Chapter Meeting (Noon @ Sunnybrook), Speaker TBA
August 1:   District Board Meeting (6p @ location to be determined)
October 3-6:   2018 Ambucs National Conference @ Reno NV (Registration now open)

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