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.