October 2, 2019 Program

Erica Phelps, RD, Wellness Specialist and Registered Dietitian for Shape Corp., will share insight on the aging process and provide simple, realistic tips to prevent age-related weight gain and enhance energy. Erica recently joined the Shape Corp team as a Registered Dietitian and Wellness Specialist and can also be found teaching fitness classes at the YMCA, volunteering for Blessings in a Backpack, or serving as board vice-chair for the People Center.

Lunch begins at noon, followed by a brief business meeting and the program. Reservations are required for the luncheon and are due no later than noon on Thursday, September 27. Guests are welcome. To make or cancel reservations, email Renee Strothman at renees8484@gmail.com or call/text her at 260.438.8447. The $16.00 luncheon fee is due at the door and includes meal, beverage, and gratuity. Please note that Counterpart is charged for each lunch ordered, so if you have a reservation, payment is due even if you cannot attend.

The program is open to the public. People who want to only hear the program without having lunch are welcome to arrive at 12:30.

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September 4, 2019 Program

Jeanette Weiden, genealogy expert at Loutit District Library, will talk about the different commercial DNA tests – what they can tell you (and what they can’t), how they differ in their methodology, and a few other tidbits. Reference librarian Ben Knight will share details about some of the cool resources you can access online with your library card – movies, tv shows, music, ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and more. He will also talk about how library staff can help you understand and use your mobile device to borrow and download items from these resources.

Lunch begins at noon, followed by a brief business meeting and the program. Reservations are required for the luncheon and are due no later than noon on Thursday, August 29. Guests are welcome. To make or cancel reservations, email Renee Strothman at renees8484@gmail.com or call/text her at 260.438.8447. The $16.00 luncheon fee is due at the door and includes meal, beverage, and gratuity. Please note that Counterpart is charged for each lunch ordered, so if you have a reservation, payment is due even if you cannot attend.

The program is open to the public. People who want to only hear the program without having lunch are welcome to arrive at 12:30.

August 7, 2019 Program

Mental illness effects all of us in one way or another. In a talk that draws on her own personal experience as a mother of a son with schizophrenia, Barbara Lee VanHorssen will walk us through the various ways society has dealt with mental illness over time, the scope of the problems facing us today, and the concrete ways we can respond when we or a loved one experiences mental health concerns. She will share the success they are having at the Momentum Center for Social Engagement and challenge us all to help create a stigma free community.

Lunch begins at noon, followed by a brief business meeting and the program. Reservations are required for the luncheon and are due no later than noon on Thursday, August 1. Guests are welcome. To make or cancel reservations, email Renee Strothman at renees8484@gmail.com or call her at 260.438.8447. The $16.00 luncheon fee is due at the door and includes meal, beverage, and gratuity. Please note that Counterpart is charged for each lunch ordered, so if you have a reservation, payment is due even if you cannot attend.

The program is open to the public. People who want to only hear the program without having lunch are welcome to arrive at 12:30.

July 3, 2019 Program

This month’s meeting will feature Ottawa County’s new public defender office. Criminal defense attorneys Joe Legatz (retired) and Robert Hamilton will give a brief history of the court-appointed program and an overview of this new full-time office, where Hamilton now serves as director.

Lunch begins at noon, followed by a brief business meeting and the program. Reservations are required for the luncheon and are due no later than noon on Thursday, June 27. Guests are welcome. To make or cancel reservations, email Renee Strothman at renees8484@gmail.com or call her at 260.438.8447. The $16.00 luncheon fee is due at the door and includes meal, beverage, and gratuity. Please note that Counterpart is charged for each lunch ordered, so if you have a reservation, payment is due even if you cannot attend.

The program is open to the public. People who want to only hear the program without having lunch are welcome to arrive at 12:30.

June 5, 2019 Program

Our speaker will be our own Counterpart member Joyce Cawthon.  Joyce is a whiz at social media and is going to share some tidbits about the things you didn’t know you could do on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and SnapChat. If you are wondering what exactly people mean when they say “social media” or if you are thinking I don’t really need all that nonsense, you’ll be surprised at what you’ll learn you can do with social media! Want to know what’s going on in the community? Interested in selling or buying something and don’t know how to go about it? Joyce can help! Whether or not you use a smart phone or whether or not you are actually on Facebook, come and hear all about it! Your friends and grandchildren will be impressed by what you know!

Counterpart meets at noon at The Spring Lake Country Club, 17496 N Fruitport Rd, Spring Lake.

Lunch begins at noon, followed by a brief business meeting and the program. Reservations are required for the luncheon and are due no later than noon on Wednesday, May 29. Guests are welcome. To make or cancel reservations, email Renee Strothman at renees8484@gmail.com or call her at 260.438.8447. The $16.00 luncheon fee is due at the door and includes meal, beverage, and gratuity. Please note that Counterpart is charged for each lunch ordered, so if you have a reservation, payment is due even if you cannot attend.

Also, please remember that our Wardrobe for Work clothing drive for Resilience: Advocates for Ending Violence (formerly known as the Center for Women in Transition) will also be held on June 5. As you’re switching over your closets for spring and summer, please remember this worthy cause when deciding what to do with those items you don’t wear anymore! There will be a van at the door to accept your donations.

May 1, 2019 Program

Our speaker will be Dr. Susan Kruszynski, an educator and quilted landscape fabric artist. Susan has a teaching degree with a major in speech, an MA in reading, and a PhD in educational leadership. Susan began experimenting with fabrics over 50 years ago to produce colorful artistic creations. A long-time quilter, she began landscape fabric design in 2014. Susan currently divides her time between creating original fabric landscape designs, teaching the art of quilted fabric landscaping in classes around the state of Michigan, running her Quilting Fabrics in Time business, and as a part-time adjunct of reading at Muskegon Community College. Rumor has it that there will be quilts on display!

Counterpart meets at noon at The Spring Lake Country Club, 17496 N Fruitport Rd, Spring Lake.

Lunch begins at noon, followed by a brief business meeting and the program. Reservations are required for the luncheon and are due no later than noon on Monday, April 22. Guests are welcome. To make or cancel reservations, email Renee Strothman at renees8484@gmail.com or call her at 260.438.8447. The $16.00 luncheon fee is due at the door and includes meal, beverage, and gratuity. Please note that Counterpart is charged for each lunch ordered, so if you have a reservation, payment is due even if you cannot attend.

April 2, 2019 Program

Our speakers this month will be the ever entertaining Bobbi Sabine and Marjie Viveen. They will be talking about one of their favorite subjects – the Ottawa County Park system! Find out what’s new, including upcoming programs for the spring season and ways you can become involved with this beautiful community resource.

Counterpart meets at noon at The Spring Lake Country Club, 17496 N Fruitport Rd, Spring Lake.

Lunch begins at noon, followed by a brief business meeting and the program. Reservations are required for the luncheon and are due no later than noon on Monday, March 25. Guests are welcome. To make or cancel reservations, email Renee Strothman at renees8484@gmail.com or call her at 260.438.8447. The $16.00 luncheon fee is due at the door and includes meal, dessert, beverage, and gratuity. Please note that Counterpart is charged for each lunch ordered, so if you have a reservation, payment is due even if you cannot attend.

March 6, 2019 Program

Our speaker will be one of our own members, Christina Scarpino, Director of Development for the Center for Women in Transition. She will be accompanied by Seth Mika, CWIT’s Action Team Leader for Boys, whose presentation will address prevention work in schools for young men.

This month, we’ll be meeting at The Spring Lake Country Club, 17496 N Fruitport Rd, Spring Lake.

Lunch begins at noon, followed by a brief business meeting and the program. Reservations are required for the luncheon and are due no later than noon on Monday, February 25. Guests are welcome. To make or cancel reservations, email Martha Roldan at keltyroldan@msn.com or call her at (616) 607-9205. The $16.00 luncheon fee is due at the door and includes meal, dessert, beverage, and gratuity. Please note that Counterpart is charged for each lunch ordered, so if you have a reservation, payment is due even if you cannot attend.

February 6, 2019 Program

Dr. Michael P. Lombardo, Professor of Biology at Grand Valley State University, will present a slide show of some our local resident and visiting winter birds, focusing on their special adaptations for surviving the harsh Michigan winter.

This month, we’ll be meeting at The Spring Lake Country Club, 17496 N Fruitport Rd, Spring Lake.

Lunch begins at noon, followed by a brief business meeting and the program. Reservations are required for the luncheon and are due no later than noon on Monday, January 28. Guests are welcome. To make or cancel reservations, email Martha Roldan at keltyroldan@msn.com or call her at (616) 607-9205. The $16.00 luncheon fee is due at the door and includes meal, dessert, beverage, and gratuity. Please note that Counterpart is charged for each lunch ordered, so if you have a reservation, payment is due even if you cannot attend.

January 2, 2019 Program

Local retired professionals, Tom and Sandy Nuyens, will share their 30-day trip to the enchanted islands of Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. Their trip was an adventure of a lifetime that started with visiting the Great Barrier Reef and finished with a scuba dive with 8- to 12-foot sharks on Fiji.

This month, we’ll be meeting at Consider It Done/Desserts By Design, 320 Columbus Ave, Grand Haven.

Lunch begins at noon, followed by a brief business meeting and the program. Reservations are required for the luncheon and are due no later than noon December 31 (the Monday prior to the luncheon). Guests are welcome. To make or cancel reservations, email Martha Roldan at keltyroldan@msn.com or call her at (616) 607-9205. The $15.00 luncheon fee is due at the door and includes meal, dessert, beverage, and gratuity. Please note that Counterpart is charged for each lunch ordered, so if you have a reservation, payment is due even if you cannot attend.