Friday NOON Series, March 15, 2019

It was exactly 50 years ago during the week of March 15 that Dr. Donald Williams was interviewed by Hope College to become a professor of Chemistry. On his way to breakfast at the Eastown Russ’ he noted a sign along Chicago Dr., LEMMON USED CARS. Upon leaving he saw a marquee sign at a nearby dry cleaner, BRIDAL CHESTS AVAILABLE FOR GOWNS. He thought about how many meanings could be applied to each of them. On his way to the interview he passed, DR. PIEPER – OPTOMETRIST. How appropriate that seemed to him. That was the beginning of his “Funny Sign Slide Show”. Now retired, Don’s growing collection has about 3000 such signs from which to choose for a presentation suited for almost any audience. He and his family have photographed many of the signs, but he acknowledges some of the best ones are from his friends. They include poorly worded headlines, confused translations, misspellings and inappropriately placed notices.
Don’s dry sense of humor, sense of timing and sequencing of the slides makes for a hilarious program. However, be warned – it is for the strictly literal, the slow reader, nor those offended by an occasional risque reference!
You are invited to relax and approach the presentation with an open mind and ready to laugh. This fast moving show will last about 30 minutes. Join us in the HASP classroom on Friday, March 15, at noon.

Next Noon Series: Friday, January 18, 12 noon

NOONTIME/Brown Bag Series on Friday, January 18, 12noon-1pm ~ HASP Classroom
(This is a 1x month, free HASP event – no registration required)
Our speaker for the January Noontime Series is Sally Laukitis, the executive director of the Holland Convention and Visitors Bureau. When she started as Director at the CVB in 1994, it was a one person office with a limited budget, and now has grown in 24 years to ten employees. The CVB has been hugely successful in attracting visitors and events to Holland, and in 2018 has registered visitors from all 50 states, 8 Canadian Provinces, and 48 different countries. How do all these people find their way to Holland? Advertising Holland to visitors in both the USA and internationally is a yearlong business utilizing billboards, print (especially magazines and the Visitor Guide), radio, social media, foreign language videos, and Travel Michigan resources. Sally has been appointed by the governor to the Michigan Travel Commission which oversees the “Pure Michigan” strategic plan, and has been an officer in a number of tourist organizations in the state. Holland’s rise to a popular tourist destination is a fascinating story. Join us Friday noon, January 18 to see how this has happened.

December Special Event: Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys

Sunday, December 16, 2018

1:30-5:30 pm, Cost:  $6 per person

Join your HASP friends and make new ones as we attend the performance of the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys Christmas Lessons and Carols concert at the Cathedral of St. Andrews in Grand Rapids.  The bus will depart the Ray and Sue Smith stadium parking lot (Fairbanks and 13th) at 1:30 pm with the concert beginning at 3:00 pm.  There will be a free offering at the concert.  Estimated return time to Holland is 5:30 pm.

November Special Event – Gerald Ford: From Youth to the Oval Office

Thursday, November 15, 2018
9:00 am – 4:15 pm, $25 per person
As a legend of Grand Rapids, Gerald Ford has left his legacy for the world. Many stories of this “favorite son” will be shared with a morning visit to the Presidential Museum, followed by a two-hour afternoon bus tour through the places he knew during his All-American youth (1913-1931) in Old Grand Rapids. Under the leadership of chief tour ambassador, Caroline Cook, you will experience an inspirational story of a young man who was raised in a great Midwestern city to become a world leader. You will learn where he lived, played, worshipped, studied, and competed athletically. As a final stop, we will view his tomb and statue.
During the morning visit you will be on your own to explore among the many exhibits remarkable replica of the Oval Office, and “In Step with Betty Ford: in Celebration of her Centennial”. Graduate of Grand Rapids’ Central High, student of dance, New York model, proud mother, and congressman’s wife, First Lady Betty spoke openly about personal and political issues near and dear to her heart. Her courage endeared her to the American people as she found herself “in step” with the times.
Lunch will be on your own at the Cafe across the street at the VanAndel Public Museum.



Terri Holden is a HASP member and former President of HASP. She’s a retired nurse who now volunteers in the Hope College Nursing Department and offered this introduction to the HASP blog.

HASP:  Hope Academy of Senior Professionals is a branch of Hope College for learning in retirement.

My experience in Holland began in 1972 when Bill and I found an ideal harbor in Lake Macatawa at Jesiek Brother’s, soon to become Eldean Shipyard. Our sailboat on a mooring was our weekend destination. I did not discover the town of Holland nor Hope College for many years until I was in graduate school studying for my master’s degree in nursing and needed to locate a resource with healthcare references. That is when I discovered the Van Wylen Library and Hope College! Writing papers, studying for exams and sailing became the weekend norm for me. In the winter of 1986 when a planned stay at Point West and some cross-country skiing was disrupted by the lack of snow an impromptu visit to Woodland Realtors resulted in our becoming Lake Macatawa home owners for a weekend destination and later when we retired and reprioritized our lives.

After I left Loyola University Medical Center, enjoying a career in ICU nursing, administration, and teaching I found the Nursing Department of Hope College and my “retirement priority” took place in the form of volunteer and mentor to sophomore nursing students in the nursing skills laboratory and lecturing on healthcare finance to the senior students. This will be my tenth year with the college!

Bill and Terri Holden

Bill and I were fortunate to discover HASP when we took a walk into the Central Park area by the chapel one afternoon and met two HASP members, John and Mary Nonhof, who asked to share a bench we were sitting on at the fire dock on Lake Macatawa. Thanks to two inquisitive conversationalists and Hope grads we soon learned about HASP. A week later we found a copy of the HASP curriculum in our mailbox and an invitation to join John and Mary at a monthly meeting.

The rest is history . . .

We have been members for nine years and I can’t think of a better organization to stimulate one’s life, reprioritize it, meet interesting people who care about our community and desire to keep learning, and who contribute in so many ways. HASP serves its members well with multiple activities like Special Events, varied year round curriculums, activities at the college, stimulating monthly programs, and a strong peer-led leadership which will have its 30th year organizational celebration in 2018.

Bill and I enjoy taking classes, the heart of HASP and life long learning. We both participated in ushering for the Grand Rapids children’s concerts held each year in Holland and Zeeland. Bill has participated in leading two trips, one a Mississippi River Boat cruise and the other to the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL. I have had the privilege of being a member of the Science, Medicine, and Technology Committee, a Member at Large, Board of Directors, working with our HASP board and Executive Director on our official alignment with Hope College, and serving as President of HASP for two years (2015-2017). I can’t imagine a better way to spend your “new reprioritized time!!” Go HASP and Hope.