Kenowa Courier – 10/16/18

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

“Creating Mobility and Independence for People with Disabilities”

Today’s Meeting: 

Today at Sunnybrook we recognized our 2018 Memorial Day Race and Parade sponsors.  Sponsors present included Ron VanSurksum of Advanced Asset Management, Denny Engels of Engels Jewelry Company, Eric Hartman of Hartman Family Chiropractic, Kelli Williams of Finance American and long-time Ambuc (1978) Bill Chada.  Each received a wall photo plaque and event shirts along with the Kenowa Ambucs’ thanks for making the 2018 event possible and generating proceeds to further our Ambuc mission.  Bill also informed us he is still happily using the AmTryke our club provided him.

Jane Eppard, Executive Director of the Family Hope Foundation, was also with us today.  FHF is entering its 10th year and Jane thanked the Kenowa club for our on-going collaboration.  Our club’s $3,000 gift this year resulted in 4 scholarships to deserving recipients for otherwise uncovered therapies.  She shared with us the story of 4-year-old Lylah who is afflicted with Spinal Muscular Atrophy and, by virtue of one of these scholarships, was able to participate in “hippotherapy” (horseback riding) that has improved her balance, core strength, head control and hand grip all while being fun and tying into Lylah’s love of horses.  These gains have increased her independence as she has a greater ability to sit independently for short periods and to drive her wheelchair around the house.  These are big things for a tyke whose parents were told not to expect her to live past two years of age.  Jane told us FHF provided 109 scholarships last year and this is partly because of the FHF-Ambuc partnership that makes both our organizations “better together”.

Chapter Miscellaneous

Kenowa After Hours:   There was a good turnout last Thursday at Osgood Brewing in Grandville for the latest “KAH” event.  No date or location has yet been set for the club’s next after-hours social event but stay tuned for those details and be ready to invite others who might wish to make a positive difference in the community to join us for some casual fellowship.

Denim & Diamonds Committee:   This event moves to a fall date yet to be set in October, 2019.  To jump in and assist on the event committee, contact Beth at 446-7026 or

Chapter Board:   The October Chapter Board meeting will be held at noon next Tuesday, October 23 in the conference room at Grandville City Hall, 3195 Wilson Ave SW.  All are welcome.

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

Big Hat Days:   The first club meeting of September, December, March and June are Big Hat Days.  Big Hatters are asked to wear their Stetsons to the club meeting on those dates.

Fun Fact:   According to, in 2017 there were 35 deaths worldwide caused by taking “selfies”.  In the same year there were only 5 deaths due to shark attack.      

Quote of the Day:   “Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master.”   —  Christian Lous Lange


October 23:   Chapter Board Meeting.  Noon @ Grandville City Hall (Lunch = Pastoor)
November 6:   Chapter Meeting (Noon @ Sunnybrook).  Speaker is G-J Chamber of Commerce
November 20:   Chapter Meeting (Noon @ Sunnybrook).  Speaker TBD.
TBD:   Kenowa Members After-Hours Event (4:30-6p @ TBD)

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