Newsletter – Summer 2016

Hello All…Hope you are enjoying this beautiful summer in “The Mitten”

Here are a few updates.. and info on upcoming events!!



It is almost time for the BIG event!! The Pirates and Vikings will be invading soon…. So get ready!!! For all of the info regarding Venetian check out the website Here is an overview of the events…

  • Friday – July 29th
    • 80’s Dance invasion – Coghlin Park
    • 5:00 PM – Concert tent opens ($5.00 per adult)
    • 5:00-7:00 PM – Children’s Games and Face Painting
    • 6:00PM – 10:30 – Food and Bar OPEN
    • 9:00 PM – Pirate Costume Contest
    • 7:15 – 11:00 PM – “STARFARM” Dance to the 80’s !!
  • Saturday – July 30th
    • 10:00 AM – Art Fair …..Downtown Saugatuck
    • 11:00 – 12:00 PM – Registration for the Dinghy Poker Run -Gazebo Coghlin Park
    • 12:00 – 3:00 PM – Dinghy Poker Run Coghlin Park/ Kalamazoo River
    • 9:15 – 10:00 PM Lighted Boat Parade – Vikings/Pirates
    • 10:00PM FIREWORKS!!!!!!!!!!

We can still use your HELP!! If you would like to be a sponsor or know someone that would please go on the Venetian website. It would be greatly appreciated!!!! Although Angela Trester has done a great job of signing up and coordinating volunteers, we still need volunteers to make this a great success!! To sign up go to our Volunteer Spot at http:/ or on Venetian’s website (see above) or email Angela at


This year we are co-sponsoring THE 2016 HUMMINGBIRD CANNON SUAGATUCK BIG LAKE FISHING CLASSIC!!!! The event runs the weekend of August 5th through August 7th in Saugatuck. Please check out the information on this event on our website. There are registration form and all of the information you will need to participate. This event has been in existence for 23 years and draws fisherman from all over! It is quite an EVENT!!! The tournament supports five classrooms participation in “Salmon in the Classroom” which is a year long project for 6th graders. They set up aquariums with salmon in the classroom as a “hand on” learning experience. The classrooms are located in Saugatuck (2), Hamilton (1), Holland (1) and Byron Center(1). The Tournament and The Saugatuck Charter Boating Association take the students out fishing (about 100 kids) in May as part of the classroom project. The fish caught that day (and it was amazing how many they caught!) are cleaned and cooked for lunch. As part of our educational goals, we jointly provided with Huntington Bank and The Tournament fishing poles for each student. They were thrilled with the whole experience!!!!! We will be selling 50/50 raffle tickets for the event!!

Star of Saugatuck Cruise was a great “FUNraiser” !! The weather was delicious and smiles all around. A huge Thank You to Marilyn Starring for her generous donation of the lovely boat and Janet Schmidt for organizing the cruise! A great addition to the fun was a raffle, which everyone enjoyed. The cruise made $1,290. which included a generous $400. donation.

The annual Golf Outing was also a great success! Even though the weather was a challenge, you can’t keep a good golfer down! A Big thank you to Steve Phelps and Rick Thompson for co-chairing and to Cathy Collins for gaining prizes for the raffle! Thanks to all of the volunteers who helped! The food was good as always ..Thanks to The VanScheltema’s and The Phelps for sharing their culinary skills! We made $3,500 on the event, thanks, in part to a very generous $1,000. Donation from Clearbrook Golf Club! A super time was had by all!!

Thanks to Tracy Marciniak for organizing The Fourth of July Parade…

We have filled a number of requests this past month including a woman who was brutally attacked with acid by her ex-boyfriend and has lost about 80% of her sight and a disabled woman whose truck needed repair work, so she could continue to be somewhat independent.

Over and out…Enjoy every minute!! JUde

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