Kiwanis Program Recap - October 16, 2013
Marv Berkowitz is a local driving expert and author of the book "Take
Back our Roads--How to Survive on our Streets and Highways." He spoke
at the club's October 16 weekly meeting.
What can we do to end the scourge of bad driving and the subsequent
crashes and deaths? According to Marv, "A sea change in attitude is a
prerequisite. Estimates are that our population will reach 400 million
in about 32 years with a 9 percent increase in roads but with a 135
percent increase in the number of drivers. The carnage will escalate
without decisive actions.
"We need a professionally staffed, adequately funded, non-governmental
organization to mount a major national effort to reverse our course.
This multifaceted problem requires "out of the box'' approaches. It
may be safer to drive in Australia, Denmark, The Netherlands,
Switzerland and Sweden because they have more rigorous law enforcement
and more comprehensive driver education programs. The overall costs
and time requirements may act to selectively reduce the number of
drivers in these countries."
You can visit Marv Berkowitz's Web page at www.mbsafedrive.org.
Kiwanis Program Recap - September 25, 2013
Lynne Pope from the Better Business Bureau in Grand Rapids shared with us their standards for "better" business practices:
Tell the Truth
But, beyond promoting these virtues and "reacting" to consumer complaints, today's BBB focus is on being "proactive" by educating business owners and leaders about how to deal with today's challenges and remain ethical. Lynn directs the Center for Character Ethics, a division of the Grand Rapids BBB.
Lynne also described some current-day scams and investment fraud schemes that are plaguing citizens and consumers, and how to deal with them.
If you would like more information about the BBB, the Center for Character Ethics, or how to fight investment fraud, contact Lynn Pope.
Charles and Dona (Weidman) Barnes of Kalamazoo and Gull Lake are celebrating their 65 anniversary on September 12th, 2013. Charles, a WWII Veteran, is the retired owner and president of Barnes Printing Co. He has been an avid star boat sailor and one of the first members of the Gull Lake Country Club. Dona, a homemaker whom enjoyed being a seamstress and gardener. She spent many hours at the Kalamazoo Institute of Art as a sculptor. Dona and Chuck met and graduated from Kalamazoo College. They were married at the First United Methodist Church, and are still faithful members. Their children are: Lynn Belco (her husband, Tom) of Plainwell, Nancy DeKoning (her husband, Frankie) of Kalamazoo and South Haven. Their grandchildren are: Monica Koning (her husband, Greg) of Mattawan, TC and Kelly Belco of Kalamazoo and Andrew Belco of Plainwell. Their great-grandchildren are: Paige, Kayla, Logan and Lucas Koning of Mattawan.
Everyone in Kiwanis wishes Chuck and Dona the best!