Terry Konkle – President Last Saturday, June 29, 2013 the twenty seventh annual meeting of the Golden “ R” group was held at Rockford High School. The senior class of 1963 became the newest members having reached their fiftieth year since graduating from RHS. During the day’s program activities Harold Clark , president of the class of 1962, welcomed the 1963 class and Joyce Morse Stinger, representing 1963 responded for them. The 1963 group was well represented at the afternoon affair with most also present at a separate reunion celebration at the Timbers Inn the same night. Many other students from other Rockford graduating classes prior to 1963 also attended the Golden “R” reunion, and they were having a great time meeting, greeting, taking and sharing photos and reminiscing. Gene Berry (class of 1954) served as master of ceremonies as he has done for several years and was in fine form once again. He knows the group, and he keeps things moving along in good order. One change from previous years was some entertainment provided by “The Rockford Aces” a high school singing group. They did a great job as usual and the audience enjoyed their performance. Rockford school superintendent Michael Shibler updated everyone on what has happened recently with in the school system. He emphasized the importance of our graduates and spoke with pride about our history and our achievements. Before Doctor Shibler spoke, I was given the opportunity to thank the group for their support of the Rockford Area Historical Society and especially for their help with the new museum project. I also invited any of the audience to come to the new museum on Saturday or Sunday afternoon to view our progress. Many (about fifty) did visit the new facility, and it was great that they did. Readers may not know that the first Golden “R” reunion, which was the idea of Lyle Bennett, a 1923 Rockford graduate and later a Rockford teacher and coach, was sponsored by the Rockford Area Historical Society. We are a part of Golden “R” history, and they are a part of historical society history. Gene Berry introduced Marcus Powers, a 2013 RHS senior, who was the recipient of the Golden “R” scholarship. The young man thanked […]
ChoiceOne Bank’s support of the Sparta Township Historical Commission (STHC) continues in 2013 with a recent donation of $5,000. James Bosserd, President and CEO of ChoiceOne Bank, said the Historical Commission hopes to raise a total of $7,500 to purchase new display cases, bookcases, provide additional storage space, and connect a wireless copier and printer at the office. “The new equipment will allow visitors to gain easier access to information now available,” Bosserd added. He said the STHC is developing new displays with one already scheduled for November 9th as part of a fundraising dinner — Remembering our Veterans—at the Sparta Civic Center. Tickets are available for the event by contacting the Commission at 616-606-0765. Bosserd emphasized that ChoiceOne Bank has a solid relationship promoting the preservation of local history. He recalled the bank was instrumental in helping the Historical Commission to purchase its current building last year, located adjacent to the Civic Center. Bosserd said celebrating Sparta’s history and putting it on display for everyone to see is a great way to promote community heritage and spirit. “As the local community bank, we want to help keep our communities vibrant, and our museum is an important part of Sparta. The Sparta Township Historical Commission strives to preserve and keep local history alive for future generations. “Any donations of local historical items and financial support are always appreciated,” Bosserd noted.
With the growing trend toward buying locally grown foods and produce, ChoiceOne Bank has been at the forefront in support of this effort for a number of years. Jim Bosserd, President and CEO of ChoiceOne Bank advanced the effort by providing a location to host the Sparta Farmers Market. The Sparta Farmers Market opened seven years ago. In 2009, Bosserd established ChoiceOne Bank’s relationship with the market by offering use of its employee parking lot for the market each week. Sparta’s Farmers Market opened this year on June 13 and will stay open until September 25. “Our ChoiceOne Bank employees vacate the parking lot every Wednesday for the day,” explained Bosserd. “They shop at the market, tell our customers about the market, and they inform our customers — who are farmers and growers in the area — of the opportunities to set up at the farmers market.” Bosserd went on to explain that the goal of community banks is to help educate consumers on the benefits of building a more sustainable local community. “Community banks have always helped local farmers and small businesses grow their businesses,” Bosserd noted. “By banking, shopping and dining locally, we can make a big impact on the fabric of our local communities, all while helping to build strong local economies. It means more local jobs and that is the bottom line today.” Bosserd added that community banks, including ChoiceOne Bank, have consistently been a provider of agricultural credit within the commercial banking sector for hundreds of years. “We have the added advantage of being able to help our agricultural and small business customers with the unique dynamics of their local marketplace, helping them through good and bad times, because we live here and experience all this, too.”
Spectrum Health’s Core Health Program has been selected to receive the 2013 American Hospital Association (AHA) NOVA Award®. The award honors AHA member hospitals and health care systems for effective, collaborative programs focused on community health status. Core Health, a part of Spectrum Health’s Healthier Communities, was one of five hospital-led programs selected nationally for its efforts in providing the education and resources necessary for the underserved community to live a healthy lifestyle. The award will be presented at a ceremony during the Health Forum/AHA Leadership Summit on July 27 in San Diego. “We are honored to receive this award and be recognized by the American Hospital Association which represents our peers,” said Erin Inman, director, Spectrum Health Healthier Communities. “It is a reflection of the commitment of our community health workers and registered nurses, along with our partners, to remove culture and language barriers that may otherwise prevent our patients from receiving the care they need.” The Core Health Program is a free, 12-month program that reaches underserved individuals with chronic disease, including diabetes and heart failure, through home visitations from a registered nurse and community health worker. It is sustained though collaborations with primary care providers, clinics, the Visiting Nurses Association, food pantries and community centers. Since the program’s inception in 2009, 871 patients have participated in Core Health, averaging about 300 patients a year. As a result of better self-management of their disease, program participants lower their risk of adverse outcomes and reduce the total costs of hospital visits. Based on these reductions, Spectrum Health estimates that every dollar invested in Core Health over the past three years yielded a savings of $2.54 by preventing unnecessary emergency department use and re-hospitalization. Founded in 1898, the American Hospital Association is a national organization that represents and serves nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members, as well as their patients and communities.
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