Today’s Speaker: Ambuc, Derek Martin, providing a preview of the upcoming Curve season
April 11th – Tracy Plessinger, Manager of the Blair County Airport
April 18th – Don Feathers, Blair County Genealogy Society
April 25th – Donna Fisher, District Manager of the Blair County Conservation District – Speaking about Arbor Day
Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:
…..Last week’s speaker was Judy Rosser, Executive Director of the Blair County Drug & Alcohol Partnerships. Judy provided some sobering statistics about the opioid crisis in Blair County. Judy stated that opioid addition began to accelerate in the late 90’s with the introduction of oxycodone as an opioid pain medication. Statistics from 2014 showed that deaths from drug overdose rose to 129 per day in the United States. In Blair County, 48 overdose deaths occurred in 2016. In 2015, a Blair County survey of 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th graders found disturbing answers to alcohol and/or illegal drug use with 34% of the 12th graders responding that they had tried alcohol and 12% had tried illegal drugs. Even 3.5% of the 6th graders responded that they had tried alcohol and 2% had abused prescription drugs. Judy also noted that only two countries…the United States and New Zealand…allow for the advertising of drugs on television. Judy stated that the Blair Drug & Alcohol Partnerships vision was for Blair County communities to empower healthy choices and addiction free lifestyles through Outreach – Education – and Partnerships for overdose intervention.
Guests of the Day: There were none.
News of the Week:
….. Paul Dick requested the help of two more volunteers for the AMBUCS Blood Screening Program on Saturday, May 6th. Your help is needed from about 5:30 AM to around 10:00 AM. Why not help out? You’ll still have most of your Saturday left and the club will greatly benefit, since this fundraiser nets us about $12,000 anually!
…..Membership chairman Alex Seltzer discussed Spring Roundup, an annual membership drive that 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 last week’s bulletin email.
…..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. Hopefully everyone received the email with the conference activity description. Sign up today….the conference won’t get any closer than when it’s held here in Altoona.
…..The weekly raffle last week was a bust after Sandy Gregory’s ticket was drawn. When she went up front to pull the elusive Joker, President Ed realized that he forgot to obtain a new deck of cards after Bill Reintgen won $72.50 the week before. Sandy protested and threatened to have Jim Huff represent her in a lawsuit against the club; but then cooler heads prevailed when it was realized that April Fool’s day was right around the corner. It was decided to let Sandy draw for the pot this week when a new deck of cards is available. So this week’s drawing will have two possible winners. Remember, you’ve got to be at club to win!
…..At last week’s AMBUCS board meeting the following items of interest emerged…..The club accepted the resignations of Pat Steward, who is moving to Florida, and Al Masood. The club donated $250 to “Funds for Freedom”, a charity that Dave Aikens recently spoke to the club about, that helps veterans. The club also agreed to work with Kristan Zolnoski and ProCare to apply for a $5,000 grant from Home Depot. A discussion was held regarding the future possibility of expanding the blood screening to include other health related items such as hearing tests, etc.
…..The club has been told by several members that they are not receiving the AMBUC magazine. If you are not, please contact club Secretary, Bob Reffner, by email or at club and he will work with National AMBUCS to correct the problem for you.
…..Jim Huff passed around a sign-up sheet for a bus trip to see the Pirates play the Phillies on Saturday May 20th. Check your calendar and enjoy a great game at beautiful PNC Park. It’s even a Bob Walk Chair-Tip Bobblechair giveaway. Game time is 4:05 PM so the bus will leave early that Saturday afternoon.
In Closing: With the major baseball season opening yesterday, Derek Martin speaking tomorrow about the Curve, and the upcoming bus trip to see the Pirates….