Kenowa Courier – 6/18/19

Summer time (as indicated by the calendar, not the weather) can be a busy time for everyone with travel and vacation time on top of work obligations; but we hope all members will make it a point to participate in our twice monthly lunches when you can so we can keep up our momentum on club projects and stay connected with each other.  Scheduled remaining summer meeting dates are July 2 and 16 and August 6 and 20. We are also still seeking a VP volunteer for 2019-20 and need member suggestions as to future speakers. Please contact President Dawn Martinson with your ideas.

In kicking off a new Ambuc year, Dawn led us through a discussion of ideas for generating more ways to get the word out about who the Kenowa Ambucs are and what we do.  The latter list is rather impressive and includes AmTrykes, adaptive golf, playground equipment, scholarships, the new mobi mat in Georgetown, the Memorial Day race & parade, Denim & Diamonds and more.  Our brainstorming led us to the possibility of a series of short radio spots on Jethro FM (thanks to Scott Pastoor) featuring current members telling who they are and why they are Ambuc members.

Andy Tabisz of WorkSmart joined us at lunch today.  He spoke to us this past year about adaptive home equipment and applications and is now joining the club.  Andy volunteered to help us out with our club webpage and contributed to the brainstorming session. Welcome, Andy!

Daytime Fun (Not Night Putting)

Curt “Judge Smails” Stuck wasn’t able to be with us today but Ron and Brad reported on the June 11 Kenowa Ambucs Adaptive Golf Clinic at the Pines Golf Course.  15-20 golfers comprised of both youth and adults including veterans participated in the driving range, putting green and a few holes of golf before enjoying pizza donated by Pizza Hut (thank you to the Hut).  Our deep gratitude to our gracious hosts at the Pines for again making their facility available and coordinating the action and to Curt for setting this up.

Chapter Miscellaneous

Happy Anniversary to Marty and Nancy Rogalski.  Their 41st.

Ken & Linda Krombeen recently welcomed third grandchild Sawyer David Krombeen (May 11).

Denim & Diamonds Committee:  The committee meets on June 26 at 9:00a at Kelli’s office in Grandville.  Please stop in. A donation letter is available now and sponsorship packets will be available soon.  We would love to have every Kenowa member secure at least 1 donation from business, friends, family, etc. and/or obtain or provide an auction item.  The event will be held on Friday, October 11 from 6-11p at the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville. Contact Beth (446-7026 or for more details, to sign up as an event sponsor or to donate silent auction items.   

Upcoming Outing:  Watch for information about the club attending a Little League game soon to meet our club-sponsored “Challenger League” team followed by thirst-quenching at a local watering hole.

Chapter Board:   The next Board meeting is noon on Tuesday, June 25 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 (BHD).  Big Hatters, please wear your Stetsons to the club meeting on those dates. Next BHD is September 3.

Fun Fact (Golf version):  According to, there are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.  A dimpled golf ball can travel up to four times farther than smooth-surfaced golf balls.   

Quote of the Day: “It took me seventeen years to get 3,000 hits in baseball.  I did it in one afternoon on the golf course.” –  Babe Ruth


June 25: Chapter Board Meeting.  Noon @ Grandville City Hall 

July 2: Chapter Meeting (Noon @ Sunnybrook).  Speaker TBD. 

July 16: Chapter Meeting (Noon @ Sunnybrook).  Speaker TBD.

Oct 2-5: Ambucs National Convention in Pittsburgh

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