INDUCTED— (L-R); Sponsor Lion Stan Hone, Lion Ruth Van Prooyen, Lion Pres. Jan Strauss and seated: Lion Ken Van Prooyen
At the final, formal meeting of the Rockford Lions Club, the founders and managers of The Sight Seer Radio Reading Service were welcomed as new members.
New Lions Ken and Ruth Van Prooyen founded this 24/7 FREE radio reading service twenty six years ago to meet the educational and informational needs of those unable to read for themselves due to vision impairment or physical disablity. Reading a wide variety of printed material ranging from the newspapers to novels to magazine articles, this service of 130 volunteers pride themselves on bringing the printed word to life for their impaired neighbors-twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.
A FREE service, The Sight Seer started as a local broadcaster but now through the magic of the Internet is heard worldwide. Recognizing the VanProoyen’s contribution to the blind and visually impaired, the Lion Clubs of our immediate West Michigan Area have designated this service as one of their District 11C1 Projects – and the Van Prooyens, in turn, gratefully accepted the Rockford club’s invitation to membership.
Information on The Sight Seer’s FREE service is available by calling 616-235-0020 or by calling up their Web Site www.thesightseer.org. Echoing the Lions motto “WE SERVE”, The Sight Seer serves those shut off from the printed word. If this is you-or someone you know, contact The Sight Seer and “read” again.
FIRST YOU TOUCH YOUR TURTLE-Nick Heinen, 6, brought a turtle to the frog and turtle races, but wasn’t exactly ready to pick the turtle up. As a first step, he touches his turtle with one finger (and plenty of nervousness) while family friend Nicholas Brodowski, 13, holds the turtle for him
HOMEMADE FUN-You didn’t have to spend big money on the midway to have a blast. Families had a good time on their own. This ride was called “You’re blowing in the wind!”
TINY TAKES THE LEAD-This tiny turtle almost showed up its big relatives when it went off to a running start while the other racers sat waiting.
WORTH WAITING FOR-Tiny future firefighters waited their chance to shoot the big water hoses with the help of local fire departments. New last year, the fire department event was another big hit this year.
THANK YOU, JOHN DECKER!-John Decker saved the Squire’s bacon twice during Start of Summer, once by loaning us the beautiful truck to pull our float, and again by fixing our little hitch problem (which made our float nearly half way to verticle). What a guy!
OUR DUCK RACE HELPERS-These kids waited so patiently for the duck race to begin. Pictured are Jacob and Tyler Kaminski, ages 7 and 9 and Alyssia and Kadyn Cooper, ages 10 and 4.
The Rockford girls lacrosse team may have fallen a goal short of the finals, but that did not stop several members of the team from garnering post-season accolades. Earning Honorable Mention All-Conference in highly competitive Rainbow Division I conference were attack player Michon Moline, who was the Rams’ third leading scorer, and goalie Gabrielle Twiest, who had a gaudy 65 percent in saves for the season and allowed less than six goals per game in conference play. Earning First Team All-Conference for the Rams were leading scorer Andi Raymond, Meagan Emery, Abbey Neerken, and Lexi O’Connor. Raymond, Emery and Neerken were repeat honorees from 2008 as sophomores.
At the state level, Raymond and Emery earned First Team Division I honors. Raymond led the Rams with 100 goals and 60 assists. She added 113 draws won and 39 caused turnovers. Raymond unofficially led the state in scoring in 2009. Emery-the Rams’ second leading scorer with 58 regular season goals, 28 assists, 93 ground balls, and 22 caused turnovers-is well-known for her blazing speed.
Earning Second Team All-State is the Rams’ quiet worker Neerken. While not quiet as a person, Neerken quietly snuck up on the opponents to be top five in every category with the Rams’ offense while Emery and Raymond drew attention. She had 55 ground balls and 92 draws won while scoring 18 goals.
Rounding out the honors for the Rams was O’Connor, who earned All-State Honorable Mention status as the Rams’ best pure defender. Always marked up on a strong attack player, she played well all year, never being assessed a yellow card penalty.
All four state award winners for the Rams will return in 2010 to form the nucleus of a team that should challenge at the state level once again.
Ryan Baumann and Connor Jackson were recently named Players of the Week for the Rockford Rebels 12U baseball team for the week ending June 14, 2009. Baumann pitched a complete game to get a win in the Lakeshore Challenge tournament in Holland over the weekend. Jackson was 6-11 batting on the week with two doubles and two RBI.
The Soccer Club of Rockford (SCOR) U15 boys team traveled to Canton for the Memorial Day weekend soccer tournament. The team returned home with the championship trophy, by beating the HVSC 94 storm gold team to win the black division.
Pictured are (front, l-r) Ian Stankus, Nolan Berry, Connor Doud, Colton Odem, Job Potter, Jacob Swanson; (back) Coach Joe Moulden, Mitch Dubois, Danny Clark, Craig Moulden, Alex Shane, Kento Nakano, Cam Jensen, Elijah Potter, Justin Mohr, Michael Becker and Coach Phil Potter.