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Member Interest Groups


Current Groups

  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Knitting
  • Memoir Writing

If you would like to join a group(s), or start a new group, please notify the CALL office at
616-526-8777 or

Each group plans its own activities and sets the times for its meetings. The leader(s) of each group will provide notices to the CALL office about the activities of the group. These updates will be shared with the CALL membership through the wesbite, e-news, email and the monthly CALL News.

The Biking Group- Concluded till spring of 2016

Newly resurrected, the biking group is a group of CALL members and friends interested in moderate biking exercise. Re-established in June of 2015, those interested can join at any time and as often as they able by contacting the leader, Wilbur Zike, at or 884-5587. You are asked to let him know each time you attend so the group knows when all participants are accounted for before setting off on their next adventure and who to contact if last minute changes occur with the schedules outing. An added bonus is that stops for ice cream and such are often inculded!

This Thursday, September 24 at noon, is the next ride:

       Last week only 6 of us were able to break away from our busy retirement schedules to go on a pleasant ride around  the perimeter of Millennium Park. It seems that several are now involved with other classes and activities. Hence it is possible, depending on turnout, that this might be our last ride. Cooler temps are predicted also.
   The ride will begin at the Rogue River trailhead on Belmont Road at noon. We will proceed north to the north end of Cedar Springs, where there is an ice cream stand, unless you all want to make the ride a bit shorter . We can turn around anywhere and have our treat in Rockford. By the way, all treats are on me this trip so bring your biggest appetites.
   Directions: find your way to West River Road until you come to Jupiter. Turn north on Jupiter and turn right after one block onto Belmont. Go north on Belmont and the trailhead is on the right, immediately after the Post Office. You can't miss it. Hope to see many of you there and please inform me if you are coming.

In the event of inclement weather, the coordinator will contact all those on his list. The office will not have information on any changes due to weather.

The Birding Group

Come walk the woods and enjoy God's amazing creation! Bill Sweetman leads our birding interest group again this spring 2015.  He facilitates outings on the following Tuesday's: April 7, 21, 28, May 5, and 12.  The group will meet 8:15am on these Tuesday's at the gate house by the Bunker Interpretative Center on the east side of the Beltline. We invite you to explore the Ecosystem Preserve and its 40 acres of forest, wetlands and meadows. One mile of trails are available for wandering, taking in the beauty of each season, and discovering 170 bird species (about 60 nest here). Grab a pair of binoculars and enjoy this bird-watching haven!
For questions, please contact Bill at


Brass Ensemble

The CALL Brass Ensemble provides a venue for interested musicians to play and study great brass literature, as well as to perform at various public events.  For the past four years the ensemble has played for the CALL Annual Meeting and Luncheon held at the Prince Conference Center in the spring.  It also  plays several times a year for local church services and at area retirement communities.  If anyone is interested in booking the group for an occasion, please contact Roger Griffioen, 616-452-3328, or

The ensemble rehearses in the Calvin Seminary chapel on Monday afternoons.  We enjoy getting together and playing good brass octet music, and we are also interested in performing on occasion. 


Knitting Group: Wednesdays, 2:30 - 4:30 PM

2015 Spring Schedule: Wednesdays, beginning February 3, 2:30-4:30 PM in De Vos 140** Note the time change.
This group meets each semester (September - December and February - May) on Wednesday afternoons from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the De Vos Communications Building room 140 on Calvin's campus. All levels of knitters are welcome to join. To learn more please contact the knitting leader, Diane Noorman, at or 942-0046.

Quotes from members of the Knitting group:

"How I have enjoyed CALL's knitting group! What a great group of gals! We share our knitting projects with one another and encourage one another in our knitting. It's a casual get together and we have lot of fun."

"The Knit group has given me a group of new friends. I have learned many new patterns. We inspire each other to advance our skills."

"Our leaders are super! They are patient, knowledgeable and fun!"

"I am fairly new to the knitting group, but am already forging new relationships with Godly women. I am going through a difficult time in my life and when I was invited to join the group it meant so much to me. Not only do I learn more about knitting, but at the same time build a community."

“I come to knitting for the company, for instruction, and just to set aside some planned knitting time.”

“I like the fellowship of “like-minded” people and I meet new people. If I need help it is available. I also get new ideas for projects and yarn.”


Memoir Writing

Do you like to spend time with others who like to write?  Do you neglect your writing when you are not taking a class? Keep your writing life alive by sharing your work with others in this new interest group. In an informal, workshop atmosphere, there will be no assignments and all genres are welcomed  The group is meeting through the spring months from 1:00-3:00 on Thursdays in Hiemenga Hall, room number 468 (upstairs from normal CALL classes).

As with all our interest groups, feel free to come as you are able and contact the leader of this interest group if you plan to attend or have any questions. (A map of the campus is on the main page of our website.) The leader of memoir writing is Jim Boldenow at or 808-1148.


The Gardening Group

**This group is currently looking for a person (or a few people) to plan activities.
In the 2009-2010 year the Gardening group visited Meijer Gardens to see the butterflies and listen to a talk by Lucinda Grover. Patricia Pennell from W.M.E.A.C. visited the group to speak about native plant and rain gardens. Other meetings included a time for a plant exchange with group members and visits to member's own backyard gardens. Randy Van Dragt led the group through the Calvin Nature Center and Rebecca Shilt spoke about plants and gardens.