The West Michigan Crime Prevention Association of Michigan (WMCPA) voted Deputy Tom McCutcheon of the Kent County Sheriff’s Office to a one-year term as their president for 2010. Deputy McCutcheon, a 19-year police veteran, is a D.A.R.E. officer for the Kent County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy McCutcheon has a passion and commitment for crime prevention and looks forward to using his experience to further expand crime prevention practices in West Michigan. His passion for people extends not just in his routine daily job but also off duty with his involvement in teaching, mentoring and coaching children in the community. Most recently, McCutcheon had served as central vice president for WMCPA. WMCPA of Michigan provides training and crime prevention resources to police and sheriffs’ departments throughout Michigan. The association, which boasts over 100 members, is recognized as the leader in crime prevention practices.
January 28 2010
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) is pleased to announce the first installment of its popular Bi-Monthly Luncheon Series for 2010. The luncheon is scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 1 at the American Legion Post 102, located at 330 Rockford Park Drive (on the northwest corner of Northland Drive). The event will feature the culinary delights of long-time RCC member Sam’s Joint. The topic, Social Networking 101, will be presented by Danny Beckett, who is the marketing whiz behind Spearia, an Internet marketing and design firm. During his presentation, Becket will help demystify social media networking, which is the networking wave of the future. Beckett, a former professional motocross racer who has been sponsored by some of the world’s largest motorcycle companies, is the president/CEO of Spearia. He compares running his firm in Belmont with lessons he has learned on the track. Please register by Friday, Jan. 29 by contacting the RCC office at (616) 866-2000 or by e-mailing Jeannie at email@example.com. The luncheons are open to everyone, so RCC members are asked to invite a friend. Cost is $15 for RCC members and $20 for nonmembers. (Please note that if you are unable to attend the luncheon and have registered, please contact the RCC office prior to the luncheon to avoid being charged.) Be sure to attend this timely luncheon and learn how you can best utilize social media networking—and your business, too, can be on the fast track.
Sherrie Logsdon of Cedar Springs recently earned an award for logging 1,500 hours in the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Horseback Riding Program. The program recognizes and rewards AQHA members for time spent with their American quarter horses in activities such as trail rides, working cattle, pleasure driving and simply riding. A unique aspect of the program is its simplicity. Current AQHA members complete a program application and pay a one-time $35 enrollment fee. Each enrollee receives an official AQHA log sheet to record their hours driving or riding an American quarter horse. Participants need not own their own horse, but all official hours must be accrued with a registered American quarter horse. Fifteen subsequent awards are presented at 25- to 5,000-hour levels and range from merchandise gift certificates from Drysdales Western Store to a Montana Silversmith trophy belt buckle at the highest level. Other awards provided by AQHA corporate sponsors include a $25 gift certificate at the 25- and 250-hour levels, good toward any item from Drysdales Western Store, and 750 hours earns a Horseback Riding denim jacket. For each additional hour level achieved, members will receive Montana Silversmith products as rewards. Also at both 500-hour and 5,000-hour award levels, recipients receive recognition on AQHA’s website at www.aqha.com. Stephanie A. McCommon, AQHA manager of membership services, said, “AQHA is very proud to offer this program, rewarding people who enjoy riding and driving American quarter horses. Enrollees are doing such diverse activities that it’s obvious this program literally fits everyone who likes spending time with horses!” AQHA actively encourages horseback riding as a recreational activity that can be enjoyed alone or shared with family and friends. For more information about AQHA and its programs, visit www.aqha.com or call (806) 376-4811.
Officers of Rockford Chapter #215, Order of the Eastern Star (OES), Janet and Rex Denslow and Claudia Zimmerman presented Sandy Waite of the North Kent Service Center with their annual donation. Additional donations were made to honor two recently deceased members. OES is a fraternal organization associated with the Masonic Lodge.