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2019 Calendar

Our 2019 event calendar is now available. Take a look when you get a chance so you can start to reserve days in your busy schedules over the next year. And please don’t forget to check back in from time to time so you can make sure you stay current as we add an event, provide more details, or even (but not often!) have to re-schedule. You can find the calendar on the navigation bar at the top of each page, or you can click here to get there RIGHT NOW!

New Officers

And with the start of a new year, Western Michigan Region is pleased to announce a change in leadership. Jim Chiavaras has taken over the gavel as President from Mike Karluk, who has served us faithfully for the last several years. Replacing Jim as Vice President is Frank Conner. The last change is our secretary. After being in that role for a long time (your webmeister isn’t sure just how long!), Brenda Hildon-Kaempf has stepped back, and Marshall Walters will take on the role. Last, but by no means least, Amber Door has agreed to stay on as Treasurer. So we have a nice mix of new and experienced officers to guide WMR into the future. Congratulations all, and a huge thank you to Brenda and Mike for your service. Click here for more on your 2019 officers and chairs of various committees.

January Dinner Event

We all look forward to the first WMR social gathering of the new year. Host Rick Riley has set the location at a familiar venue – Charley’s Crab in downtown Grand Rapids. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, January 16 beginning at 6:00. Please RSVP to Rick Riley via e-mail by Monday, January 14 at 5:00 pm. We’ll see you there!


WHERE: Charley’s Crab, 63 Market Avenue, Grand Rapids. Free parking on site; valet service available.
WHEN: Wednesday, January 14 beginning at 6:00 pm
HOST: Rick Riley


Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you still can’t have a good time inside. Please join us for WMR’s annual banquet, Winterfest, with its warm spirit and camaraderie.  We’re moving location this year, heading to Thousand Oaks Golf Club on the north side of Grand Rapids. Invitations should be in your mailboxes shortly, containing information and an RSVP card. Make plans now to attend – you will not regret it! Don’t forget to bring along your checkbook or cash for a donation to our charity – Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank.

WHERE: Thousand Oaks Golf Club, 4100 Thousand Oaks Drive, Grand Rapids, MI 49425
WHEN: Saturday, February 16. Cocktails at 6:00 (cash bar) and dinner at 7:30
RSVP: Amber Door by February 9 (with payment, please).

Morning After

And, of course, you know there is always the “Morning After” – the morning after Winterfest, that is! Once again Amber Door and Jerry Arens are hosting a get together for those interested at Six.One.Six at the JW Marriott. This is the hotel’s signature restaurant with one of the best brunch buffets in Grand Rapids. Complimentary valet parking is available at the door, so you don’t have to worry about parking or the weather! Please be sure to let Amber know you’re coming by Thursday, February 14.

WHERE: Six.One.Six restaurant inside the JW Marriott hotel – 235 Louis Campau St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
WHEN: Sunday, February 17 beginning at 11:45
HOSTS: Amber Door and Jerry Arens