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Member Interest Groups


Current Groups

  • Knitting
  • Gardening
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Birding

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 Knitting Group: Wednesdays, 1:30 - 3:30 PM

2015 Spring Schedule: Wednesdays, beginning February 11, 1:30-3:30 PM in De Vos 140
This group meets each semester (October - December and February - May) on Wednesday afternoons from 1:30-3:30 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.”

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.


The CALL 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. 


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