Kenowa Courier – 11/6/18

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: 

A partisan crowd (very Pro-Ambucs) turned out on Election day at Sunnybrook where our speakers were Sandy LeBlanc and Heather Schaedig of the Grandville-Jenison Chamber of Commerce.  After some confusion and debate about the lunch menu (this group takes its lunch very seriously), Sandy and Heather filled us in on current and future activity at the Chamber including some new twists.  These include a “Service Day” next spring to which the Kenowa Ambucs would be invited to participate, a new “Young Professionals” group and several other new small groups.  They are currently implementing a quarterly “Coffee with Students” hour to promote business person sharing and interaction with students and answering questions from these future members of the business community and work force.  Many annual events remain including the Chamber annual meeting in January, Community Awards Reception in April, golf outing in June and several “Just 4 Fun” outings.  Congratulations, also, to Heather on celebrating her 10th anniversary as a Chamber staff member.

Wow!  THANK YOU, Sheldon & Pat Cole

Pat Cole, wife of our long time member Sheldon who we lost this year, and her son stopped into the October 23 Kenowa Ambuc board meeting to make a $5,000 donation to our club to be applied to AmTrykes and scholarships.  Many thanks were expressed and we expect to recognize Sheldon & Pat as sponsors of the 2019 Denim & Diamonds event.

October Chapter Board Meeting News

In addition to the Cole donation, at the October Board meeting we reviewed Chapter finances including very strong check book and CD balances (copy of the report can be requested from Treasurer Ron VanSurksum) and discussed trying to be more intentional, rather than reactive, with our Chapter giving.  One suggestion was to ask for referrals from non-profits that we have previously contributed to, such as those that provide scholarships for various therapies consistent with our mission, so that we can help fulfill, directly, the needs of applicants that those groups may not otherwise be able to help due to budget restraints.  A related suggestion resulted in a consensus of the group to try to give an AmTrykes or scholarship away on a quarterly basis at a regular club meeting with three board members tasked, on a rotating basis, with presenting an opportunity each quarter.  The first quarterly give away, informally dubbed “Mission in Motion”, will be in March.

Chapter Miscellaneous

Kenowa After Hours:   The club’s next KAH social event will be held next Thursday, November 15 at Osgood Brewing in Grandville starting at 4:30.  Please stop in and also invite others who might wish to make a positive difference in the community to join us for some casual fellowship.

Denim & Diamonds Committee:   The 2019 event will be held on Friday, October 11 at the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville.  The first meeting of the planning committee will follow our regular Ambuc lunch on November 20.  Contact Beth at 446-7026 or for more details.

Chapter Board:   The November Chapter Board meeting will be held at noon on Tuesday, November 27 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 are asked to wear their Stetsons to the club meeting on those dates.  Next BHD is Dec 4.

Fun Fact:   Benjamin Franklin proposed daylight savings time in the 1780’s and it was adopted in the U.S. during World War I.  According to, the federal law extending daylight savings time into November from the last Sunday in October went into effect in 2007 after lobbying by the candy industry which was interested in providing an extra hour of daylight on Halloween.      

Quote of the Day:   “Sometimes I think the one thing I love most about being an adult is the right to buy candy whenever and wherever I want.”   —   Ryan Gosling


November 15:   Kenowa Members After-Hours Event (4:30-6p @ Osgood Brewing in Grandville)
November 20:   Chapter Meeting (Noon @ Sunnybrook).   Topic will be planning for 2019 5K Race
November 27:   Chapter Board Meeting.  Noon @ Grandville City Hall (Lunch = Rogalski)
December 4:   Chapter Meeting (Noon @ Sunnybrook – BIG HAT DAY).  Speaker = TBD

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