Kenowa Courier – 9/3/19

Today was Awards Day at the Kenowa Ambucs. Past President David Hodge issued three awards in recognition of member contributions during the 2018-19 Ambuc Year and he did it with more than a little style and humor. Scott Pastoor was the President’s selection as the year’s Project Manager of the Year and the plaque wording, to Scott’s delight, reflected posters in his office dealing with mediocrity and failure (yes, Scott has a slightly skewed view of the world from most of the buttoned-up bankers you’ve known). Ken Krombeen was selected Ambuc of the Year acknowledging the stabilizing influence of his showing up and staying engaged for 32 years and cranking out newsletters intended to keep others engaged. Longevity apparently has its rewards (beyond Willard Scott t.v. shout outs to centenarians). [Note: Ken is not 100 years old – Ed.] Lastly, Dawn Martinson was given a special “President’s Award” for outstanding support in stepping up as Veep and jumping in with both feet. She was not there to accept her award due the security best practice of Presidents and Vice-Presidents not attending the same public event. Congratulations to the 2018-19 award winners and thank you for all your contributions to the Kenowa Ambucs club.

A Job for the Kenowa Ambucs?

Cherri Johns has forwarded a burgeoning need in the community that might be a good fit for our club’s mission. Nakita (spelling phonetic but very likely incorrect) is a 13-year-old Jenison Junior High student who suffered a stroke this summer that has left her in the hospital for an extended period. It is very likely she will end up with mobility impairments after she transitions to Mary Free Bed and then home, hopefully yet this fall. Marty Rogalski will be seeking more information about what kinds of needs we might help with and getting back to the Board to consider some club sponsorship.

Denim & Diamonds Countdown

Beth Pastoor reported on progress toward the 6th annual edition of this fundraiser on Friday, October 11 from 6-11p at the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville. Sponsorships are ahead of pace and the committee continues to collect auction items. Carrie Ann brought in several gift items including coveted Engels Jewelry Company pieces that always stimulate bidding. The e-vites are going out and you won’t want to miss this opportunity to mix a lot of fun with food, drink and charity toward one of our favorite causes. Contact Beth (446-7026 or or go to our chapter website for more details, to sign up as an event sponsor or to donate auction items.

Reminder: We would like to create a short video for that night to highlight what the Ambucs do with funds received and so need to make contact with a few folks who have benefitted from Ambuc support – AmTryke recipient, playground builders, therapy or medical equipment recipients, scholarship winners, etc. If you have the name and contact info of such a person who may be open to participating, please send them to Ken Krombeen ( as soon as possible.

Chapter Miscellaneous

Ambucs Radio PSA: Andy T has shown us how easy it is to do a very nice radio spot combining a business spotlight with a plug for the Ambucs. We would like to have more. Contact Scott Pastoor at and he will make it very easy for you.

Chapter Board: The next Board meeting is noon on Tuesday, September 24 with location to be determined.

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 (Awards Edition): According to, the “Oscar” award, given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, stands 13.5 inches tall and weighs in at 8.5 pounds.

Bonus Fun Fact: If you google “Mediocre Awards” you get 9,460,000 results. If you google “subpar awards” the number of results increases to over 63 million.

Quote of the Day: “He probably was mediocre after all, though in a very honorable sense of that word.” – Thomas Mann


Sept 17: Chapter Meeting (Noon @ Sunnybrook). Ellen Johnson, Climate Reality Project

Sept 24: Chapter Board Meeting. Noon @ Location TBD

Oct 1: Chapter Meeting (Noon @ Sunnybrook). Linda Jones, GR Food Co-op Initiative

Oct 2-5: Ambucs National Convention in Pittsburgh

Oct 15: Chapter Meeting (Noon @ Sunnybrook). Speaker TBD.

Nov. 5: Sponsor Recognition Lunch (Noon @ Sunnybrook).

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