Kenowa Courier – 11/5/19

The club yesterday hosted and thanked some of our much-appreciated sponsors of the Memorial Day and Denim & Diamonds events. David Hodge served as emcee and shared a Kenowa Ambuc Powerpoint slide presentation that shared the fact that 19% of the U.S. population has a disability and what we, as a club, do to assist that population. Highlights included club provision of AmTrykes, educational scholarships, adaptive playground improvements, individual therapies in conjunction with FHF and the new beach mobi mat at 8th Avenue Park in Georgetown Township. It also covered our events such as the annual adaptive golf outing, Denim & Diamonds and the Memorial Day race/parade. Following the presentation, David and Ambucs Midwest Regional Director and National Ambility Board member Rachel Nix recognized our sponsors with a photo plaque and t-shirt.

Among those recognized were Wells Fargo Advisors, Martin Rogalski PC, Embroidery House, Advanced Asset Management, Engels Jewelry, Hartman Family Chiropractic and more (hoping for a complete list to include in a future newsletter).

Rachel furthered shared news that AmTryke production, currently overseas, will move to a U.S. company and that a new AmTryke model is in development capable of being modified to accommodate a growing rider over time. She commended the Kenowa club for accomplishing big things with a small group. Thanks to all our sponsors and to every member that helped with these big accomplishments in any way.

Event Worth Noting

Kurt Vanderloon is one of the Memorial Day sponsors (t-shirts) who was honored today. Kurt picked up, via David’s presentation, that our club has provided funding for the equestrian therapy program at Hugs Ranch and shared with us that his gospel vocal group will be performing Friday night at a fundraiser for the Ranch. If you would like to attend, it will be held at Fellowship Reformed Church in Hudsonville on Friday at 7:00p. Free admission with a free will offering to benefit the Ranch.

Chapter Miscellaneous

Chapter Christmas Social Event: The Kenowa Ambuc Christmas event will be held the evening of Tuesday, December 17. Please note there will be no regular lunch meeting that day.

Ambucs Radio PSA: Ron VanSurksum is the latest to record a radio spot for broadcast on “the new Jethro” with the help of Scott Pastoor. If you are interested in participating in this combined business spotlight/Ambuc plug, contact Scott ( and he will make it very easy for you.

Chapter Board: The next Board meeting is at noon on Tuesday, November 26 at Grandville City Hall.

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 December 3.

Fun Fact (Sponsor Edition): According to, sponsoring a local or industry event allows small business brands to stand out against competitors and generates goodwill among business clients. Sponsorships have been shown to be effective in increasing sales, driving traffic, launching a new product and attracting new talent.

Quote of the Day: “Sponsorship is about putting your name and reputation on the line for someone else.” – Lynne Doughtie


Nov 19: Chapter Meeting (Noon @ Sunnybrook). Speaker TBD.

Nov 26: Chapter Board Meeting. Noon @ Grandville City Hall

Dec 3: Chapter Meeting (Noon @ Sunnybrook). Speaker TBD. (BHD)

Dec 17: Chapter Christmas Party. No noon meeting.

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