The North Kent Community has again stepped up to the plate to “Help Our Neighbors in Need.” Merle Post of Post Farms has designated one acre of land to allow NKSC to plant a garden. With this project, we will be able to provide fresh vegetables to our clients this season. We are inviting the community to help us plan our “garden.” Please join us on Tuesday evening, May 26, at 6 p.m. at the North Kent Service Center, 10075 Northland Dr. (just north of 12 Mile) for a planning meeting. We look forward to your suggestions and input. Besides the usual garden vegetables, we are also hoping to plant raspberries, blueberries and strawberries. Any donations to help the cause would be appreciated. To have your group volunteer to help tend our garden, call Karen Sanders at (616) 866-3478.
Thursday, May 14 Rockford Lions Club Meeting– 6 p.m. at the Community Cabin. Program by Rockford Area Community Foundation. Saturday, May 16 Community Garage Sale-9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Resurrection Life Church, 3233 Ten Mile Road, RockfordProceeds go to a Christmas outreach program organized by Lean On Me Outreach Center of Rockford. For more infor-mation, e-mail email@example.com. Annual Rockford Garden Club Plant Sale-9 a.m. open sale; 11:30 a.m. live auction of remaining plants at the Rotary Pavilion on Squires Street, downtown Rockford. Funds from the sale will go to community enhancement projects and student scholarships. Open to the public. For more information, call Karen Chickering at (616) 874-0186. Auction-10 a.m. at Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church on Myers Lake Ave., Rockford. Food and beverages available at 11 a.m. For more information, call (616) 866-4298 or visit www.coumc.com. Bottle & Can Drive-10 a.m. to noon, fundraiser for Dream Riders 4-H Club. Members will collect door-to-door in Rockford. To arrange for pick-up or for more information, call Helen at (616) 755-0105. Proceeds will help send 4-H members and their project animals to the Kent County Youth Fair in August. National Breakfast Festival– 8 a.m. to noon at the foothills of Cannonsburg Ski Lodge, 6800 Cannonsburg Rd., hosted by the Cannonsburg Breakfast Club. Local caterers and chefs will prepare their specialties. Cannonsburg Grist Mill butchers will attempt to break the Guiness World Record for longest breakfast sausage. All proceeds to benefit Kids Food Basket (kidsfoodbasket.org) and other local charities. Sunday, May 17 Roast Beef Dinner-11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rockford Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 4195 Thirteen Mile Road, Rockford. Cost is $8 for adults, and $3.50 for children under age 12. Enjoy all-you-can-eat roast beef, potatoes, corn, beans, roll, dessert and beverage, prepared by Chef Fred Chambers. Bring your papers for recycling! “Best dinner in town… Bring the whole family!” Visit www.rockfordvfwpost3946.org. Spring Concert-3 p.m. at Rockford High School Fine Arts Auditorium, sponsored by Rockford Area Arts Commission, featuring the Concert Band, the Chamber Orchestra, and the Community Choir. Free-will offering will be taken. “North Meets West” Fine Art Sale-10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the new American Legion Hall, 330 Rockford Park Dr. (off Northland Dr.). Outstanding northern Michigan artists are coming to West Michigan for […]
by RICH ZECK It’s time to spill the beans on one of our area’s biggest and best kept secrets. I can no longer look the other way and keep it hush-hush. There may even be a conspiracy or a massive cover up to keep the rest of the world from knowing about this secret. How sinister is that? It’s time to reveal to the world the truth about a place that helps people just because they ask for help without any questions asked. Lean on Me Outreach Center www.leanonmeoutreach.org located at 11555 Edgerton Road is a place like I have never experienced. Lean on Me is an outreach organization that supports our community by helping struggling families. Here is what separates this organization from anything I have ever known. If you walk through the doors you do not have to “qualify or justify” yourself in order to get help. Asking for help can sometimes be a very embarrassing and humbling experience. On top of that having to explain it to someone who will determine your eligibility can be even more emotionally draining. When you walk through the doors of Lean on Me, the staff already knows why you are there and their only purpose is to serve and meet your needs with love and compassion. You must be thinking there has to be a catch. Who gives unconditionally to those in need without strings attached? The answer is surprising simple: the 75 volunteers who serve over 1,600 people each week out of a simple warehouse right here in Rockford do. This outreach center, that started nearly seven years ago, is an outreach ministry of Resurrection Life Worship Center on 10 Mile Road. While it is an outreach ministry, the church provides only a fraction of the financial support necessary to run this community machine. There are no other churches or governmental monies helping to support this huge program. The majority of the financial support comes from the community and that includes all walks of life, religions and race and on and on. This is what makes this outreach so awesome. It is an organization for the people and by the people. If you have never met the director Lisa Shaffer, please for your own safety, […]
by STEVE LEWIS Assistant Principal, Rockford High School As a community, we are aware of the accomplishments of our students in the academic arena with nearly half of our students achieving honor roll status. While many of the students excel in the classroom, they also carry their talents into the sports arena, winning many conference and state championships. Our band and choir also shine in state competitions as well. Last month our theatre students performed “Beauty and the Beast” that was on the level of a Broadway musical. Perhaps the most compelling attribute of our students is what they do beyond the walls of Rockford High School (RHS). Our students’ compassion for others and the student service they do is simply remarkable. The following letter was written to RHS staff from one of their colleagues about student service. Dear Colleagues, I wanted to take a moment to tell you about an incredible demonstration by some of our students last night in Grand Rapids. Fifteen RHS students, some of them Youth Initiative members, some from my AP English classes and some from Mitch Gathercole’s Senior Composition classes, helped my wife Tammi and me make and serve a “Love Feast” in inner-city Grand Rapids last night. The students made spaghetti with meat and marinara sauce, Caesar salad, fruit salad and dessert (12 students made brownies and cakes) and served the meal to unemployed, indigent and homeless people. I can’t tell you how proud I was of our students’ work ethic, creative problem-solving, and servant hearts. We were told to prepare a meal for 75-100 people and 140 showed up to eat and 20 asked for food to go for their friends and family that could not come. The students responded to each challenge with creativity and positive attitudes. Students had to serve each person, but also meet various and sometimes strange requests of some rude, caustic and demanding people. They illustrated agape love in every action whether cooking, serving or cleaning up. During the evening, a few men stumbled into the hall obviously intoxicated, but hungry just the same. They were loud and boisterous, but our students were not intimidated or rude. They met their needs in the same fashion as any of the others. In another […]
Rockford area business people are invited to the next Chamber After Hours networking event to be held Monday, May 11, at Founder’s Bank & Trust (FBT). Join other business leaders at this fine establishment located on 5020 E Beltline Avenue NE, Grand Rapids from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. FBT Assistant VP, Craig Terpstra invites everyone to bring lots of business cards and be prepared to network like crazy. Founders Bank & Trust is a locally owned community bank specializing in a superior level of personal attention. Founders Bank & Trust has four convenient branch locations in the Grand Rapids area, and offers a wide range of personal and business loans and deposit products as well as trust and investment management services. The event is free; however, in order for Craig and his staff at Founder’s Bank & Trust to properly plan for this event, we ask that you RSVP by Friday, May 8 at the Chamber office. Please contact us at (616) 866-2000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember to bring lots of business cards and be geared up to meet lots of amazing business leaders. We look forward to seeing everyone on May 11. Business doesn’t always have to be hard work. Getting to know others is the best part of your job.