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We made national news, AGAIN!

Maybe this is getting a little old, but AMBUCS Magazine doesn't seem to think so, because they included us, once again, in the AMBUCS Magazine for Summer 2012! We must be doing something right for all this attention!

Spring Fundraiser Flower Coupons Available

Alive After Five Ambucs spring fundraiser is in full swing with flower coupons available for both Wenke's and Wedel's. When you purchase a $10 coupon from us, the greenhouses allow us to keep a portion of the proceeds as donations for Amtrykes' and Scholarships for therapists. Contact one of our members today to get you spring planting coupons today!

Coca-Cola helps award AmTryke to Jason Boroughf

Jason Boroughf was awarded an AmTryke at the Lawton High School Basketball Game on February 20, 2012. Jim Tessar from Coca-Cola was there to help give the AmTryke to Jason, as Coca-Cola supported this AmTryke giveaway. Many thanks to Coca-Cola, Jim Tessar, and everyone involved in supporting this event.

Dinner & A Movie Raffle Winner!

Congratulations to Jim Murray of Kalamazoo for being this years winner of the Dinner & A Movie Raffle! Last years winner, Jeff Newman, sold Jim the winning ticket. Over $1500 was raised during this event, so Thank You to all that helped make this years raffle a success!

Alive After Five Leads the Midwest Region in Class B Scorecard Again!

For the second straight quarter, Alive After Five leads the midwest region in Class B scorecards, right behind two Class A Clubs - Walker and Greenebucs.

Alive After Five makes national headlines again!

Hard to believe (not really!) but for the 3rd time this YEAR, we made headlines in the National AMBUCS magazine! The Winter 2011 issue just arrived in mailboxes today, and there we are on page 21, shown giving away an AmTryke to Michelle Bache in Schoolcraft. Check out the articles section for the electronic version.

AmTryke Giveaway in February

Alive After Five is planning to present a high schooler an AmTryke at Paw Paw High School in February. We are working with the Special Education instructor there to find a candidate. A local sponser for this AmTryke has already stepped forward to help - stay tuned for that announcement.

Dinner & A Movie Raffle Sales Starting Soon!

Out Dinner & A Movie fundraiser is scheduled to kick off February 16. Master handler Rick Remynse has received the raffle license and will be distributing tickets at the December Social. Call your favorite member to reserve your tickets today!

$2 million Donation to WMU O.T. Dept.

Fred Sammons and Dr. Barbara Ryder made a $2 million contribution to the Department of Occupational Therapy at Western Michigan University today. Fred is the National AmBility Chairperson and a board member of the Alive After Five AMBUCS chapter. Dr. Ryder is a practicing therapist and was the Occupational Therapy Department Chairperson at WMU from 1976–1985.

Therapeutic Bike to be Gifted in Schoolcraft

Alive After Five AMBUCS (a 501 3C Charitable Organization) will be gifting a special Schoolcraft area teenager with a Therapeutic Bike (called an AMTRYKE) on Tuesday, October 25 at 6:00 p.m. at Schoolcraft High School during a girls volleyball game intermission. This bike will assist Michelle Bache to become more independent with her friends while improving her balance and muscle strength. Michelle, the daughter of Susan Bache of Portage and Brad Bache of Schoolcraft, was born with downs syndrome and has mild gait and balance issues. Michelle is in the ninth grade, is 15 years old and loves to sing and dance. She recently attended the Big Time Rush concert at the Allegan County Fair. She participates in Special Olympics- swimming, bowling and basketball events.AMTRYKES were developed more than 20 years ago and are utilized by many different persons with disabilities for just these issues.

You can see the entire range of Trykes at

This gifting was made possible with donations from Newman IT, Kalamazoo Home Team, and various Kalamazoo Bike Club members.

Alive After 5 Gets District Awards

At the Mid-States Regional convention held in Dayton, Ohio, Alive After 5 was awarded the Local Charities 2, Visibility 2, Chapter Website 2 and Public Relations district awards. The big awards went to Fred Sammons as District AMBUC of the Year and Donna Whitcomb as Project Manager of the Year for the high school AMTRYKE donation project. Great job everyone - sets that bar to a new level!

In the National AMBUCS magazine again!

We've done it again! The Veterans Tryke program that our local Kalamazoo chapters coordinated got national recognition today with an article in the Fall 2011 issue of the AMBUCS magazine. Check the Articles section to get more information.

20th Annual KBC KalTour

Once again, Alive After Five AMBUCS will be serving lunch at the 20th Annual KalTour lunch stop (Briar Patch on West Q Avenue). Even if you aren't riding in the bike tour, stop by and check out the AmTrykes and see first hand what AMBUCS is all about.

High School AmTryke Presentation

Plan to visit Cole-Krum Chevrolet in Vicksburg on Friday, June 17 from 4-6:00 p.m. for the presentation of an AMTRYKE to a local high school student. WRKR radio will be broadcasting on-location that afternoon and covering the presentation as well. Come join us!

Flowers, Flowers, Flowers!

Now that it is 'officially warm', make sure that you obtain and use your Wenke’s and Wedel’s coupons from your favorite Alive After Five member. We deliver!! Check out the Flower Sale page for mor information, or use the contact page to get information on how you can get your coupons before the fundraiser ends.

New Officers!

Officers for club year June 1, 2011- May 31, 2012 were installed on May 26 at the general meeting. Please see the Officers link for specific details. Notice that the Fun Chair position is not filled - this could be you!

National AMBUCS Magazine Article

We made national news today! We have two articles in the AMBUCS Spring 2011 Magazine this quarter! The first covers the awarding of a Tryke to Gabe Porter at Otsego High School. And the second is about the Sam's Club donation that was given by the Portage, MI store to Jack Bellware this year! Great job everyone!

Alive After Five Welcomes Kzoo Valley Club

Congrats to new District 3-B Club, KZOO Valley AMBUCS who chartered at Regional Convention. Kuddos to sparkplug, Jack Bellware. President is Stan Carra- former member of Kalamazoo Club.

Website award

Alive After Five received District award for our newly created web site. Thanks to Jeff Newman for all his efforts there.

AAF Social Event

Come join us Thursday, August 19 starting at 6pm. Please bring a food dish to pass, beverages of your choice and your suit if you would like to enjoy the pool. Paper products and soft drinks will be supplied. Kalamazoo Bike Club members are invited also. No real business will be conducted here. Just fun and merriment. Please feel free to invite family and friends. Contact Phyllis to RSVP and to get more information.
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