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Altoona Chapter of AMBUCS to host the Northeast Regional Conference April 28-30, 2017

What an exciting time is awaiting you at the Northeast Regional Conference which will be held April 28-30, 2017 at the Altoona Grand Hotel.  Ambucs from all over the Northeast Region along with our National President Eric Oschwald, National Executive Director Jay Laurens, Amtryke guru Joe Copeland and National Big Hat President Diana Ulrich will be gathering to celebrate the success we have had “creating independence and mobility for those with disabilities”.

The Friday night social will be held at PNC Ballpark…home of the Altoona Curve.  The dinner buffet will be served from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm and will feature hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken and ribs.  AMBUCS will be highlighted throughout the evening with displays on the concourse, throwing out the first pitch, an on-field Amtryke presentation and between-inning entertainment.  Don’t forget about the awesome Curve post-game fireworks!

Saturday kicks off with the fun-filled Big Hat Breakfast at 7:30 am followed by the General Sessions at 9:00 am.  Come hear your national and regional leaders report on what’s new in our organization and answer any questions that you might have.  The afternoon Educational Sessions will be centered on the Amtryke with classes on building, getting therapist involved and presentation.  The evening will feature the Awards Banquet and Big Hat Auction that will start with cocktails at 6:00 pm followed by a buffet dinner of prime rib, chicken and fish at 6:30 pm.  Following dinner, remarks will be heard from Northeast Regional Director Pam Rasmussen and the evening will come to a close with the infamous Big Hat Auction.

Sunday will begin at 9:00 am with the Living Endowment Breakfast which will feature a guest speaker and Amtryke presentation.  The conference will conclude with the traditional “fine ceremony” and reading of the proclamation.

Dress is casual for all events except Saturday night banquet where business casual is appropriate.

Altoona AMBUCS will be hosting the conference hospitality suite which will be open throughout the three day event.  Make it a point to come in and get to know those that share the same energy, passion, and desire to serve those in need.

With the AMBUC Regional Conference being held in our community, you will be able to enjoy the experience of meeting other Ambucs, learn about other chapter successes done in their area, meet national officers and representatives and most important…have a great time at a fraction of the cost!

 

I hope that you will consider this invitation and support the hard work that the club’s conference committee has done to make this conference the best ever.  Sign-up sheets for each event are available at the weekly luncheon meeting or you can make reservations by responding to this email or contacting Ed Garlena at ed.garlena@gmail.com or at 889-1996.  Let’s pack the house with Altoona Ambucs and show the commitment and pride that we have in our community!

Cullen

AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for March 28, 2017

Today’s Speaker: Judy Rosser, Executive Director of the Blair County Drug and Alcohol Partnerships

Future Speakers:

April 4thAmbuc, Derek Martin, providing a preview of the upcoming Curve season

April 11thTracy Plessinger, Manager of the Blair County Airport

April 18thDon Feathers, Blair County Genealogy Society

April 25thDonna Fisher, District Manager of the Blair County Conservation District – Speaking about Arbor Day

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

…..Last week’s speaker was Melanie Shildt, Executive Director of the United Way of Blair County. Melanie explained that the United Way was fighting for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in Blair County. Last year, the United Way provided grants for 26 programs in the community, where 84 cents of each dollar raised was directly invested into these programs. The Family Resource Center provided parent education to 78 families and 108 children. Other examples of community support cited by Melanie included the Stuff the Bus program that provided school supplies to over 1,000 students; The Toasty Toddler program that kept over 500 children warm with coats, hats, and gloves; and the Glass Slipper Project that provided prom gowns and tuxedos to over 100 students. Additionally, the United Way organized the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) that completed 180 returns and they coordinated two Day of Caring events that mobilized 268 volunteers working on 33 projects in the community.         Make a difference in Blair County – Give – Advocate – Volunteer!

Guests of the Day:  Brittany Solomon, Development Director of the United Way of Blair County, guest of Alex Seltzer.

News of the Week:

…..WOW, another winner! Just one drawing after President Ed Garlena wiped us out, Bill Reintgen drew the sought after Joker from a new deck. Since the club starts each new game off with $50, Bill claimed a pot of $72.50. Not a bad payout for Bill just for showing up at club, buying a raffle ticket, having lunch, listening to an interesting speaker and enjoying the company of his fellow Ambucs.

…..The AMBUCS Blood Screening Program is set for Saturday, May 6th.  This year’s screening will again be held at the Park Hills Golf Club, with appointments available from 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM. The screening, besides being a community service, is a major fundraiser for the club. A typical year will net the club around $12,000. A mailing, describing this year’s screenings, was sent out to 824 people who have used our screenings in the past.                                                                                           Another mailing to 100 local doctors is also being planned. Each mailing will include several posters and 20 screening brochures for the doctors to promote the event. Since 2,000 additional brochures will need printed for this mailing to doctors, the club is asking for any member’s business that could donate brochure printing. The brochures are two-sided on 8 ½” x 11” paper and can be printed either in color or black and white. The brochures will be needed by the end of the week. If you are able to assist with this printing, please contact Paul Dick.

…..Spring Roundup, an annual membership drive, is scheduled for April, May and June. This year’s goal is to bring in 8 new members and have 5 inactive members become active again. Any new member brought in during the Roundup will have the $15 membership fee waived and be given a $50 credit on their first quarter dues. Additionally, four $50 cash prize drawings will be held for members who bring in a new member and/or reactivate one through drawings at the end of the Roundup. Additionally, $50 Altoona Grand Hotel gift certificates will be drawn bi-weekly, thanks to Rachael Lenhart!  An informational sheet for the Roundup was attached to this week’s bulletin email. Membership Chairman, Alex Seltzer, will have additional information at club this week.

…..Jim Huff reminded us that the Regional Conference is right around the corner. A sign-up sheet is being circulated for the many activities planned for the last weekend in April. The conference won’t get any closer than when it’s held here in Altoona.

…..Jim Huff also recently announced that he is planning another bus trip to see the Pirates play the Phillies on Saturday May 20th. A sign-up sheet will be circulated soon.

In Closing:  With heartfelt apologies to both Ken Decker and President Ed Garlena….

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Cullen

AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for March 21, 2017

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Today’s Speaker: Melanie Shildt, Executive Director of the United Way

Future Speakers:

March 28th – Judy Rosser, Executive Director of the Blair County Drug and Alcohol Partnerships

April 4thAmbuc, Derek Martin, providing a preview of the upcoming Curve season

April 11thTracy Plessinger, Manager of the Blair County Airport

April 18thBlair County Genealogy Society

April 25thDonna Fisher, District Manager of the Blair County Conservation District – Speaking about Arbor Day

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

…..SNOW IS WHAT YOU MISSED! Last week’s meeting was snowed out. The scheduled speaker, Shelly Peterson, Executive Director of Improved Dwellings for Altoona (IDA), will have to be rescheduled for a later date.

Guests of the Day:  Mother Nature

News of the Week:

…..The AMBUCS Blood Screening Program is set for Saturday, May 6th.  This year’s screening will again be held at the Park Hills Golf Club, with appointments available from 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM. The screening, besides being a community service, is a major fundraiser for the club. A typical year will net the club around $12,000. A mailing, describing this year’s screenings, was sent out to 824 people who have used our screenings in the past. Volunteers are needed the morning of the screenings from 5:30 AM to around 10:00 AM to help with registration and other tasks. Your help is also needed to promote the event by passing out the brochures and/or displaying the posters at your business. Additionally your business might consider providing the blood screenings to their employees as a health benefit. Currently Reliance Bank and Investment Savings Bank offer that to their employees. The employees of these businesses just show ID and the club then bills the business for the screenings. If your business is interested in providing that benefit, please contact Paul Dick. Information on the blood screening can be found on our website as well as on our Facebook page. Please share the links with all of your friends and co-workers. The link is:

http://www.ambucsaltoona.com/services/community-service/altoona-chapter-of-ambucs-blood-screening/

…..Help is needed in securing the program speakers for our next club year.  A sign-up sheet is being circulated in order for you to sign up for a month. You can also share a month with someone. The new club year begins in June, but we also need for someone to sign up for this May. Actually, that’s an easy one…..since Ashley has already agreed to take two of those weeks.

…..Remember the Regional Conference is right around the corner. A sign-up sheet is being circulated for the many activities planned for the last weekend in April. The conference won’t get any closer than when it’s held in Altoona.

…..Hopefully you saw the email from Scott Schraff regarding the NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket pool contest. For a measly $5….you could be a winner!

…..Speaking of winners…..we are starting over on the 50/50 ticket raffle after President Ed cleaned us out. A new deck, with two Jokers and a $50 starting pot is ready for our next winner.

…..Jim Huff announced that he is planning another bus trip to see the Pirates play the Phillies on Saturday May 20th. A sign-up sheet will be circulated soon.

In Closing:  As I’m sure you’ve noticed….most of my “In Closing” items are designed to bring a smile to your face, whereas today’s closing will hopefully make you think a little bit. Last weekend our family attended a memorial service for my brother-in-law who recently passed. At his request, the following poem was read at his service. This poem, written by Linda Ellis, was a favorite of his and has a message that makes you ponder just how you are spending your dash…

The Dash

Cullen

AMBUCS Altoona Blood Screening Program to be held Saturday May 6, 2017 at Park Hills Golf Club

The AMBUCS Altoona Chapter will be holding our Blood Screening Program Saturday May 6, 2017 at the Park Hills Golf Club from 6:30 to 9:30AM

The AMBUCS Blood Screening Program is designed, in cooperation with UPMC Altoona, to include tests which assist in the early detection of the leading health risks in our region, including coronary heart disease, glucose intolerence and diabetes, kidney and liver disease, and anemia. To register, please call (814) 889-4222

36-TEST BLOOD SCREENING (12-hour fast required) – $50
The following blood tests, which are included in the blood screening program, serveas an EARLY WARNING system to red-flag current or potential health problems andallows the detection of many medical problems.

Click here for more information

Cullen

AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for March 14, 2017

Today’s Speaker: Shelly Peterson, Executive Director of Improved Dwellings for Altoona

Future Speakers:

March 21stMelanie Shildt, Executive Director of the United Way

March 28th – Judy Rosser, Executive Director of the Blair County Drug and Alcohol Partnerships

April 4thAmbuc, Derek Martin, providing a preview of the upcoming Curve season

April 11thTracy Plessinger, Manager of the Blair County Airport

April 18thBlair County Genealogy Society

April 25thDonna Fisher, District Manager of the Blair County Conservation District – Speaking about Arbor Day

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

…..Last week’s speaker was Tim Balconi, President of the UPMC Altoona Foundation, who spoke about UPMC and the UPMC Foundation. Tim moved to the Altoona area around 3 ½ years ago and is currently the president of the UPMC Foundation. Tim noted that UPMC has over 75,000 employees and that other than the Pa government, it is the largest employer in the state. UMPC has been investing heavily in the area since its acquisition of the Altoona Hospital. As an example, the new Logan Medical Building in Lakemont, that is soon ready to open, will include labs, primary care and other specialists and was built at a cost of 30 million dollars. Tim also stated that UPMC has grown by hiring 55 doctors in the last 18 months. Speaking about the UPMC Foundation, Tim said that UPMC began the Foundation in 2013 with a 10 million dollar investment. Last year, the Foundation raised locally around $700 thousand which brings the Foundation’s worth today at around 14 million dollars. The Foundation uses their funds for equipment, supplies and education, that otherwise wouldn’t be able to be accomplished. For example, Tim noted that the foundation has supplied AED defibrillators for every police car in Blair County. They also provided 150 educational seminars last year, conducted by local physicians.

 

Guests of the Day:  None last week

News of the Week:

…..Winner, Winner….BIG Chicken Dinner! President Ed Garlena purchased the winning ticket for a chance to draw the Joker last week and what do you know….he did it, he pulled the Joker! That pull netted Ed $454.50 as his share of the pot. Next week we will start a new round with a full deck of cards including two jokers. You gotta play to win.

…..The AMBUCS Blood Screening Program is set for Saturday, May 6th. This year’s screening will again be held at the Park Hills Golf Club, with appointments available from 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM. The screening, besides being a community service, is a major fundraiser for the club. A typical year will net the club around $12,000. A mailing, describing this year’s screenings, was sent out to 824 people who have used our screenings in the past. Volunteers are needed the morning of the screenings from 5:30 AM to around 10:00 AM to help with registration and other tasks. Your help is also needed to promote the event by passing out the brochures and/or displaying the posters at your business. Additionally your business might consider providing the blood screenings to their employees as a health benefit. Currently Reliance Bank and Investment Savings Bank offer that to their employees. The employees of these businesses just show ID and the club then bills the business for the screenings. If your business is interested in providing that benefit, please contact Paul Dick.

…..Help is needed in securing the program speakers for our next club year.  A sign-up sheet is being circulated in order for you to sign up for a month. You can also share a month with someone. The new club year begins in June, but we also need for someone to sign up for this May. Actually, that’s an easy one…..since Ashley has already agreed to take two of those weeks.

…..Remember the Regional Conference is right around the corner. A sign-up sheet is being circulated for the many activities planned for the last weekend in April.

…..Jim Huff announced that he is again planning a bus trip to see the Pirates play the Phillies on Saturday May 20th. A sign-up sheet will be circulated soon.

Cullen

AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for March 7, 2017

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Today’s Speaker: Tim Balconi, President of the UPMC Altoona Foundation, providing an update on the program and facility expansions at UPMC Altoona

Future Speakers:

March 14th – To be determined

March 21stMelanie Shildt, Executive Director of the United Way

March 28th – Judy Rosser, Executive Director of the Blair County Drug and Alcohol Partnerships

April 4thAmbuc, Derek Martin, providing a preview of the upcoming Curve season

April 11thTracy Plessinger, Manager of the Blair County Airport

April 18thBlair County Genealogy Society

April 25thDonna Fisher, District Manager of the Blair County Conservation District – Speaking about Arbor Day

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

…..Last week’s speaker was Ambuc Dave Aikens and Laurie Claar of “Funds for Freedom.” Dave explained that he, Laurie, and about four others are members of this local group that provides help for veterans in need. As a 501-C-3 charitable operation, Funds for Freedom collect donations, typically in front of local businesses such as Walmart and Home Town Market. The group operates under an umbrella of the Van Zandt Veteran’s Mental Health Advocate Council, who identify the local veterans that need assistance. Help for the veterans includes gift cards for food or gasoline and at Christmas…..toys for children, hygiene baskets, and winter clothing. The group would appreciate any donations of time and/or money to continue their philanthropic endeavors. For more information about Funds for Freedom, follow them on Facebook by searching on “FundsForFreedom” or just talk to Dave.

Guests of the Day:  None last week

News of the Week:

…..The AMBUCS Blood Screening Program is set for Saturday, May 6th. This year’s screening will again be held at the Park Hills Golf Club, with appointments available from 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM. The screening, besides being a community service, is a major fundraiser for the club. A typical year will net the club around $12,000. Volunteers are needed that morning to help with registration and other tasks, with a sign-up sheet to be circulated soon. Additionally, your help is needed to promote the event by passing out the brochures and/or displaying the posters at your business. At last week’s meeting Paul Dick asked for assistance with the copying of the event brochures. Special thanks go out to Ken Decker, Paul Dick, Vic Gioiosa, Jim Huff, and Alex Seltzer and their businesses for assisting with the printing of this year’s brochures and posters.

…..Paul Dick provided the club with an update on the effort to recover our Amtrykes and mural that are presently at the WeCare building. A letter was sent to the Tyrone Hospital asking for the trykes and mural to be returned. A reply letter was sent to the club stating that with the current dispute between WeCare and Pro Care; that all assets are frozen. Ambuc, Jim Huff, has now sent a second letter to the hospital, as our legal representative, stating that the Amtrykes are not part of the conflict and are actually owned by the Altoona AMBUCS. More information will follow as this situation develops.

…..Even though he has been a club member for only a short time, Dave Aikens has stepped up to the plate again! Along with helping the club build the wheelchair ramp last fall, assisting with the construction of ten Amtrykes in December, and recently assisting with the sorting and packaging of the Marianna’s hoagies and pizzas….Dave has now agreed to take on the role of grant writing for the club. This important duty netted the club around $10,000 last club year. Thanks again Dave for all that you’ve done for us!

…..March Birthdays: Kathy Storm – March 26th and Scott Schraff – March 29th

…..Long time Executive Director of AMBUCS, Joe Copeland, will be retiring. To maintain a smooth transition, a new Executive Director, Jay Laurens, has been hired prior to Joe’s retirement. A special retirement gift presentation to Joe from the N.E. Regional clubs is being planned for the upcoming Regional Conference in Altoona. Don’t forget to sign up for the events of that weekend. A list of events is circulated each week at club.

…..Help is needed in securing the program speakers for our next club year.  A sign-up sheet is being circulated in order for you to sign up for a month. You can also share a month with someone. The new club year begins in June, but we also need for someone to sign up for this May. Actually, that’s an easy one…..since Ashley has already agreed to take two of those weeks.

…..Bob Fiore purchased the winning ticket for a chance to draw the Joker last week, however he didn’t pull that elusive card. His pull of the three of spades won him nothing! With that card gone, there are now 33 cards left in the deck, with two Jokers still in play. Both Jokers will remain until half of the deck has been pulled….then if there is still no winner, one joker will be removed. The winner’s share of the pot is over $400!

 

In Closing:  In case you missed this recent, sad news release…..Pillsbury announced today that their veteran spokesman, Poppin’ Fresh, died on Wednesday of a severe yeast infection. He was 71. He was buried Friday in one of the biggest funerals in years. Dozens of celebrities turned out including Mrs. Butterworth, the California Raisins, Hungry Jack, Betty Crocker, and the Hostess Twinkies. The gravesite was piled high with flours, as longtime friend, Aunt Jemima, delivered the eulogy; describing Fresh as a man who “never knew he was kneaded.” Fresh rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with turnovers. He was not considered a smart cookie, and wasted much of his dough on half-baked schemes. Still, even as a crusty old man, he was a roll model to millions. Fresh is survived by his second wife. They have two children, with one in the oven. The funeral was at 3:50 for 20 minutes.