Spelling Bee 2016

Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee 2016

Once again the dynamic spelling dou of Julie Howes and Jeanette Meyer took first place in the spelling competition. This is thier 4th consecutive win. And the BOCK Cheer team took the “Most Enthusiastic” title. Congratulations to all the participants.

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October 13, 2016

Kalamazoo Public Library hosts the Great Grown-up Spelling Bee to benefit Ready to Read, our early childhood literacy program. 100% of the proceeds from this wild and wacky event are used to purchase books for at-risk children in Kalamazoo County.

Julie Howes and Jannette Meyer are back to defend their title. Let’s support them as they spell their way to the top—again.

  • Wednesday, November 9, 2016
  • 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cash bar
  • 6:30 pm – 9 pm: Spelling and cheering competition
  • Bernhard Center, Western Michigan University


Spectator Tickets: $35 each Now Available!     

Questions? Contact Dan Mills


Holiday Giving

Santa would be proud of the items that were donated to Family and Children services onsite store by the generous BOCK members.
A sample of the donations donated to Family and Children services onsite store last year by generous BOCK members.

Donations Needed

Family and Children’s Services (FCS) is looking for donations for their Children’s Closet.  Every year they put together a Holiday Store which features donated items from various companies, organizations, outreach centers, etc. The workers at Family and Children’s Services then open up their store to allow for Foster Families and others, to “shop” at their store. BOCK has participated in this event for several years and would like to do so again.

FCS is looking for donations of new clothing,  coats, hats, and gloves (various sizes, young children to middle school age.) They also are in need of books, toys and games (preferably educational – so no videos, video games, etc. Items should be new and do not need to be wrapped.

The items need to be delivered on December 2nd. So, anyone willing to donate can bring items on Nov 17th  and Dec 1st BOCK meetings. Or if you would like to donate money for the cause instead  please bring it to a Thursday meeting or mail it to: BOCK, P.O. Box 50614, Kalamazoo MI 49005—to arrive before December 1st.

Nicole Kalbach is in charge of this activity. If you are unable to attend a meeting but want to donate, please contact her and arrange for pick up. Her contact information is 269-873-9730 or email at [email protected] to set up a time! Questions should be directed to her or you may contact Lyn Lenox at [email protected].

Team Trivia

Team Trivia 2016

Team Trivia Night was held Friday, November 4th, 2016 and it was a great success, raising over $1000. Club members and guests were treated to a night of fellowship and trivia that ranged from pop music to weather to world geography to identifying famous skylines (including Kalamazoo!).

Trivia winners were the team “Why Nots”—Ralph and Jeanette Meyer, Mary Ann Ampersee, Cathelia and Jeff Cowles and thier daughter. There were lots of other winners of gift cards from playing “Pluck a Duck”. Our thanks to Team Trivia for providing the game free of charge, and to our excellent Team Trivia Host Jamie who also donated his time and to all who participated in this great event to benefit children in cancer treatment. Let’s do this again soon!

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September 20, 2016 | Grab some friends and test your wits in the first ever BOCK Team Trivia Night. This is sure to be a great time as you battle for First Place by answering questions on a range of topics.

Friday, November 4, 2016
Game 6–9 pm (doors open at 5 pm) 
Holiday Inn West Kalamazoo,
2747 S 11th St, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49009

  • Team Entry Fee—$120 per team
  • Maximum of six people per team
  • Food and drink available for purchase
  • Fun and prizes!
To support the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Unit of the Bronson Children’s Hospital. Proceeds will help buy specially designed stuffed animals help children understand their cancer treatment.
Contact: Lyn Lenox 269-­686-­6589 or [email protected]

Team Trivia 2015

Friday, November 13 at 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Holiday Inn West Kalamazoo,
2747 S 11th St, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49009

Click image below to see the 2015 Team Trivia event.

Please invite your friends through this Facebook invite link and download a registration form PDF if you need one.
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