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AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for May 30, 2017

Today’s Speaker:  Khody Detwiler – Lesnevich & Detwiler – Forensic Document Examiners

Future Speakers:

June 6thErin Wyandotte – AMC Theatres

June 13th Joe Harteis & Barry Kumpf– Blair County Convention Center

June 20th Penny Brunner – “Smiles for Miles”

June 27th Jack Murray – “How Joining a Service Club Changed My Life”

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

…..Last week’s speaker was Shelly Peterson – Executive Director of IDA. IDAImproved Dwellings for Altoona, Inc. was organized in 1968 when a group of clergy and other local citizens raised $42,000 in seed money to begin the task of improving the housing conditions in Altoona. Shelly explained that from these beginnings, IDA now owns 982 housing units in a four county area, providing housing for 1400 people. Forty-seven employees run the operation that now has a yearly income of nearly 8 million dollars with assets of 24.7 million. With a waiting list of 600 applications, the need for affordable housing is still great. Shelly, the Executive Director since 2013, showed a portion of a video, “A Place Called Home”, created for IDA’s 25th anniversary. Shelly also noted that two Ambucs…..Alex Seltzer and Bruce Brower, serve on IDA’s board.

Guests of the Day:  There were no guests last week. Alex Seltzer noted grouchothat May and June are the last two months of “roundup”, our spring membership drive. During this membership drive, the $15 membership fee will be waived and the new member will receive a $50 credit on their first quarterly dues. Additionally, there are gift certificate drawings for Ambucs who bring guests during the roundup. Bring a guest, they’ll be glad you did!

News of the Week:

…..Lisa Drzal discussed the details of her organization of an AMBUC yard sale. Yard SaleThe sale is set for this weekend, with setup on Thursday, June 1st, when you can drop off your sale items from 9 to 5. The sale dates will be Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9 to 5. The sale will be held at 5433 Industrial Avenue, an inside location that will negate the problems associated with bad weather. Lisa has sale fliers printed for you to put up at your business and she plans on advertising in the Altoona Mirror and other sites. Please dig through your basement and garage to find items to donate to the sale. Lastly, Lisa is circulating a sign-up sheet to assist with the sale on the set-up date and the three sale dates.

…..Paul Dick presented President Ed with his AMBUC-Life Member certificate. That’s two weeks in a row since at last week’s meeting…..President Ed presented Alex Seltzer with his Life Member certificate.

…..Well the AMBUC polls are now closed and the votes have been counted!  Today President Ed turns over the presidential duties to incoming president Rachael Lenhart, her officers, and new board. Starting next week, Rachael will be conducting our meetings while President Ed will take over as Chairman of the Board. Thanks go out to past Chairman of the Board, Jim Huff.

…..Ken Decker promoted the upcoming Altoona Symphony Carnival Gala to be held on June 3rd. The Fundraising dinner and silent auction will support the upcoming season’s programming. See Ken for tickets.

…..Kathy Storm reminded everyone that Tuesday is the last day to hand in your mariannasorder form for the Marianna Hoagie and Pizza Fundraiser. Delivery will be on Tuesday June 6th. The price will be the same as last time…. $7.00 for the hoagies and $8.00 for the pizzas.

…..Our guest speaker, Shelly Peterson, pulledJoker the winning raffle ticket of Mike Strait last week. Mike sauntered to the front table and chose poorly with his pull of the 7 of Spades….which not being the Joker…paid nothing. Therefore, there are still two Jokers in the deck with ten cards gone, so try your luck with the purchase of a raffle ticket this week. The Pot’s now over $200.

…..The AMBUCS May board meeting was held last Thursday and the following items of interest were discussed:

  • The club regretfully accepted the resignation of Sue Enck.
  • Donations were approved for the following: $500 to the Mt. Lion Backpack Program, $1,000 to the Miracle League, $1,000 to the ARC of Blair County, $1,000 to Dreams Go On, $100 to the Miracle League in Tony Miller’s name for his participation in the Altoona Curve Home Run Contest, and $100 to a family with a special needs child who needs an accessory for a stroller.

In Closing:         In anticipation of the upcoming Stanley Cup Series…..

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Lets Go Pens    

 

 

 

Cullen

AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for May 23, 2017

Today’s Speaker:  Shelly Peterson – IDA

Future Speakers:

May 30th Khody Detwiler – Lesnevich & Detwiler – Forensic Document Examiners

June 6thErin Wyandt – AMC Theatres

June 13th Joe Harteis – Blair County Convention Center

June 20th Penny Brunner – “Smiles for Miles”

June 27th Jack Murray – “How Joining a Service Club Changed My Life”

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

…..Last week’s speaker, Will Lightner of Adelphoi Village was not able to attend. We’ll have to have Will attend a meeting in the future.

Guests of the Day:  There were no guests last week. Remember that May and June are the last two months of “roundup”, our spring membership drive. During this membership drive, the $15 membership fee will be waived and the new member will receive a $50 credit on their first quarterly dues. Additionally, there are gift certificate drawings for Ambucs who bring guests during the roundup. Bring a guest, they’ll be glad you did!

News of the Week:

…..President Ed presented Alex Seltzer with his AMBUC-Life Member certificate. At the Regional Conference held several weekends ago in Altoona, Alex snagged one of the two available Life Memberships.

…..Lisa Drzal reported that her recent encounter with a veteran at the Veteran’s Home who was in need of a cane turned out well as the club paid for a new cane for the vet and Lisa delivered it to him. If this caring act wasn’t within our mission….I’m not sure what would be. Thanks go out to Lisa for her caring observation.

…..Speaking of Lisa, she is attempting to organize a yard sale, the procedes of which would go into our Amtryke fund. The details are still in the preliminary stages but the plan is to hold the sale on the first weekend in June. More details to follow, but start looking in your garage, basement or wherever you may have some things to donate to the sale. Volunteers will also be needed to work the sale.

…..John Lloyd promoted the AMBUCS Amtryke Wish List Club, noting that for just a dollar a day you can help a child on the wish list get their tryke. John explained that several hundred children are on the list and it seems as fast as a child is presented an Amtryke, another is added. He noted that you can go to the AMBUCS web site and view many of the children on the list. When John mentioned that one child on the list is Xavier who lives in South Williamsport, a motion was made for the club to fund this little boy’s tryke. The vote was an easy one and Kristan is in the process of working with National AMBUCS to order the Amtryke. For more information on how you can help for just $1.00 a day, see the article on the next page.

…..Remember our Marianna Hoagie and Pizza Fundraiser for the club. Delivery will be on June 6th with orders due by May 30th. The price will be the same as last time…. $7.00 for the hoagies and $8.00 for the pizzas. See Rachael Lenhart for order forms.

…..Bruce Brower led the Ambucs in attendance to a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday for the Ambucs born in May. Although not all were on hand to hear the singing…..the May birthdays included Susan Barber, Rachel DiAndrea, Lisa Drzal, Ed Farabaugh, Rachael Lenhart, Steve Parks, Tim Parnell, and Bill Reintgen.

…..Did you know that unfortunately there is a waiting list of children that could benefit from an Amtryke? The “Amtryke Wish List” has several hundred children across the country that aredollar waiting for a tryke. Even though there are over 140 AMBUCS chapters, there are many areas that are not close to a club; and the children in these areas that could use an Amtryke are often left out. With several hundred children on the Wish List, some children have to wait up to two years for their Amtryke! But you can help for just a dollar a day! Please join me in becoming a member of the Wish List Club. With a $5 down payment and then $30 a month you can join the Wish List Club and help bring Amtrykes to children on the Wish List. To join the Wish List Club go to: https://www.ambucs.org/donate-now/amtryke/ and sign up. It couldn’t be easier to bring a smile to a future Amtryke recipient!

…..President Ed pulled the winning raffle ticket of Tony Miller last week. Tony, hoping that his luck would be better having Kathy Storm pick the card for him, still struck out. Kathy chose the Jack of Clubs….which not being the Joker…paid nothing. Therefore, there are still two Jokers in the deck with nine cards gone, so try your luck with the purchase of a raffle ticket this week. The Pot’s around $200.

…..Speaking of Ambuc Tony Miller, the Altoona Curve held a homerun hitting contest on Saturday night, pittingJose Canseco some locals against former major league homerun hitter, Jose Canseco. Tony participated and while he didn’t win the contest, he did manage to have power-hitting Canseco only best him by three homeruns….a story Tony will be able to tell everyone for years. Maybe Tony should have been on the “juice”!     Editor’s Note: the picture is Canseco, not Tony.

In Closing:

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Cullen

AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for May 16, 2017

Today’s Speaker:  Will Lightner – Adelphoi Village – Hilltop Specialized Independent Living

Future Speakers:

May 23rd Shelly Peterson – IDA

May 30th Khody Detwiler – Lesnevich & Detwiler – Forensic Document Examiners

June 6thErin Wyandt – AMC Theatres

June 13th Joe Harteis – Blair County Convention Center

June 20th Penny Brunner – “Smiles for Miles”

June 27th Jack Murray – “How Joining a Service Club Changed My Life”

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

…..Last week’s speaker Penny Brunner of “Smiles for Miles” was upstaged by the Amtryke presentation to Quincy Sims and therefore didn’t have enough time for her presentation. Fortunately, Penny graciously agreed to come back with her program on Smiles for Miles on JuneTim Tryke presentation 20th. As for the Amtryke presentation, the club presented an Amtryke to Quincy Sims. Quincy, who just celebrated his 4th birthday, was all smiles as he peddled his way on his new tryke. Quincy, who was joined by his parents at our lunch, was also serenaded with a rousing version of “Happy Birthday”. Shown in the picture is Quincy with a big smile as Ambuc Tim Parnell helps adjust the pedal on Quincy’s new tryke. This Amtryke represents the sixth Amtryke that we’ve presented recently….with four being given away at the Regional Conference’s picnic at PNG field and another given away at the Sunday breakfast during the conference.

Guests of the Day:  Ken Decker introduced his guest, Pam Etters, Executive Director of the Altoona Symphony. Pam noted that the Symphony will be holding their Carnival Gala on June 3rd. Alex Seltzer introduced his guest, Jim Campbell of Wells Fargo.

News of the Week:

…..Rachael Lenhart promoted the upcoming Marianna Hoagie and Pizza Fundraiser for the club and passed out order sheets to those she missed the week before. Delivery will be on June 6th with orders due by May 30th. The price will be the same as last time…. $7.00 for the hoagies and $8.00 for the pizzas.

…..Did you know that unfortunately there is a waiting list of children that could benefit from an Amtryke? The “Amtryke Wish List” has several hundred children across the country that are waiting for a tryke. Even though there are over 140 AMBUCS chapters, there are many areas that are not close to a club; and the children in these areas that could use an Amtryke are often left out. With several hundred children on the Wish List, some children have to wait up to two years for their Amtryke! But you can help for just a dollar a day! Please join me in becoming a member of the Wish List Club. With a $5 down payment and then $30 a month you can join the Wish List Club and help bring Amtrykes to children on the Wish List. To join the Wish List Club go to: https://www.ambucs.org/donate-now/amtryke/ and sign up. It couldn’t be easier to bring a smile to a future Amtryke recipient!

…..Remember that Tuesday is Election Day……so vote early and often! If you do vote early, bring your ballot stub to club for a free raffle ticket.

…..May birthdays this month include….

May 4thLisa Drzal and Tim Parnell

May 10thRachael Lenhart

May 18thSusan Barber, Rachel DiAndrea, and Ed Farabaugh

May 22ndSteve Parks

May 29thBill Reintgen

…..Our “almost” speaker last week, Penny Brunner of “Smiles for Miles”, was promoting a charity golf tournament for the organization. The tournament will be held on Saturday August 12th at the Toftrees Resort. For more information, email Matt Brunner at Mbrunpsu@gmail.com.

…..Our “almost” guest speaker last week, Penny Brunner, pulled the winning raffle ticket of yours truly, John Lloyd last week. Since I chose the five of Spades I win the pot! No….just kidding….I won zip. There are however still two Jokers in the deck with eight cards gone, so try your luck with the purchase of a raffle ticket this week. The Pot’s about $175.

In Closing: 

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Cullen

AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for May 9, 2017

Today’s Speaker:  Penny Brunner – Smiles for Miles & Amtryke presentation to Quincy Sims

Future Speakers:

May 16thWill Lightner – Adelphoi Village – Hilltop Specialized Independent Living

May 23rd Shelly Peterson – IDA

May 30th Khody Detwiler – Lesnevich & Detwiler – Forensic Document Examiners

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

…..Last week’s speaker was our very own Ambuc, Ashley Gay Vocco discussing her role with the Mt. Lion Backpack program. Ashley noted that the Mt. Lion Backpack program expanded in November 2015 when Blair County Community Action added the last two elementary schools to the program. Today, all eight of the Altoona School District’s elementary schools participate with 1,400 students taking home their food-filled backpacks each weekend. Ashley also noted that Blair County Community Action will be overseeing a Community Garden project this year. Two parcels of ground, recently purchased in Altoona will be used to grow both vegetables and berries. One of the plots will be tended to by their clients, while the other will be tended for by both volunteers and Skills to raise food for the Mt. Lion Backpack program. Finally, Ashley stated that she will be leaving Community Action to begin a new career at Family & Children Services, but that she will work with the new backpack director when hired to make the transition go smoothly. She also stated that she will bring the new director, once hired, to a future AMBUCS meeting.

Guests of the Day:  Carl Gingrich introduced his guest, Jeff Starkey of Kooman & Associates, Inc. Remember this is our Spring Roundup in May and June. Bring a guest or call up an Ambuc that hasn’t been to club for a while and hopefully we can grow our membership and increase our attendance.

News of the Week:

…..Kathy Storm again promoted an upcoming Marianna Hoagie and Pizza Fundraiser for the club and passed out order sheets to those she missed the week before. Delivery will be on June 6th with orders due by May 30th. The price will be the same as last time…. $7.00 for the hoagies and $8.00 for the pizzas. Rachael Lenhart will be the coordinator of this sale. The club is also looking for a volunteer to run the next hoagie sale. Linda Horomanski ran the last one and Rachael is doing this one….so if you are interested in helping the club, in a low impact – non-committal means, chairing the next fundraiser might just be the ticket for you. As a one-time chairperson you would also have the opportunity to change things up – if you desire. Maybe you have another vendor in mind or would want to try having the club make their own sandwiches. Hey, if you are the chairperson…..you get to choose!

…..President Ed thanked the conference committee for their efforts in pulling off a great conference. In addition to Ed himself who served as the committee chair, the committee consisted of Lisa Drzal, Ed Farabaugh, Jim Huff, Rachael Lenhart, Derek Martin, Kathy Storm, and Trav Young!

…..Saturday was the AMBUCS annual blood screening at the Park Hills Golf Club. The fundraiser was a huge success as 447 screenings and numerous other tests were done; which should provide a profit of about $13,800! Thanks to all of the hard work of Chairman Ed Farabaugh, this project will enable the club to purchase numerous Amtrykes. Thanks also go out to Paul Dick for his work in coordinating the printing of the brochures and posters as well as recruiting volunteers. Those volunteers who assisted with the blood screening on Saturday included….Dave Aikens, Susan Barber, Ken & Barb Decker, Rachael DiAndrea, Paul Dick, Lisa Drzal, Ed Farabaugh, Ed Garlena, Sandy Gregory, Jim Huff, Rachael Lenhart, John Lloyd, Jack McDougal, Tim Parnell, Scott Schraff & his son, and Alex Seltzer.                                                                      

…..Our guest speaker, Ashley, pulled the winning raffle ticket of Diane Carnell last week. Since she selected the Jack of Spades which….not being one of the Jokers….paid squat! There are still two Jokers in the deck with seven cards gone, so try your luck with the purchase of a raffle ticket this week. The Pot’s over $150.

…..Jim Huff went table to table promoting the bus trip to see the Pirates play the Phillies on Saturday May 20th. Jim now has three seats left so check your calendar and enjoy a great game at beautiful PNC Park. Game time is 4:05 PM so the bus will leave early that Saturday afternoon. Someone….Please….Sign-Up so that Jim no longer has to come around our table!   

…..Tim Parnell, the club’s Living Endowment Chairman, recently announced that the club will provide two $500 scholarships this year to local therapy students. One will be given to Tracy Collier (Dave Aiken’s niece) who is attending Penn State University and one to Caleb Parnell (Tim’s son) who is attending Juniata College. Please contact Tim if you know of any therapy students who could benefit from our scholarships.

In Closing:

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Cullen

AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for May 2, 2017

Today’s Speaker:  Penny Brunner – Smiles for Miles

Future Speakers:

May 9thAmbuc Ashley Gay Votto – Mt. Lion Backpack Program

May 16thWill Lightner – Adelphoi Village – Hilltop Specialized Independent Living

May 23rd Shelly Peterson – IDA

May 30th Khody Detwiler – Lesnevich & Detwiler – Forensic Document Examiners

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

…..Last week’s speaker was Donna Fisher, District Manager of the Blair County Conservation District.  Donna noted that this is a busy time for the District since Earth Day was a week ago and Arbor Day is April 28th. She said that last year was the 50th anniversary of the District since it was commissioned in 1966. One of the main goals of the District is to provide environmental education to Blair County students. Suzanne Black is the Conservation Educator who provides the students an opportunity to learn about their environment. The District’s many classes reach over 10,000 people each year. Donna went on to talk about the plans for a parcel of ground that the District purchased at the corner of Bedford Street and Route 36 in Hollidaysburg. This 15 acre property will be developed into a Conservation Park which will include 12 acres of wetlands, a walking trail, park gardens, buffer zones, an amphitheater, and if additional funding is secured; a 6,000 square foot office/conference complex. The park is expected to be completed by December 2017 and the office/conference complex completed by 2019/20, if funded.

Guests of the Day:  No guests again this week…..but remember this is our Spring Roundup in April and May. Bring a guest or call up an Ambuc that hasn’t been to club for a while and hopefully we can grow our membership and increase our attendance.

News of the Week:

…..Kathy Storm announced an upcoming Marianna Hoagie and Pizza Fundraiser for the club and passed out order sheets. Delivery will be on June 6th with orders due by May 30th. The price will be the same as last time…. $7.00 for the hoagies and $8.00 for the pizzas. Rachael Lenhart will be the coordinator of this sale. The club is also looking for a volunteer to run the next hoagie sale. Linda Horomanski ran the last one and Rachael is doing this one….so if you are interested in helping the club, in a low impact – non-committal means, chairing the next fundraiser might just be the ticket for you. As a one-time chairperson you would also have the opportunity to change things up – if you desire. Maybe you have another vendor in mind or would want to try having the club make their own sandwiches. Hey, if you are the chairperson…..you get to choose!

…..Next week, in addition to having Ambuc Ashley Gay Votto as our speaker, the club will be giving away an Amtryke to 4 year old Quincy Sims. These Amtryke presentations are what our club is all about, and something you won’t want to miss.

…..At last week’s board meeting, the club regretfully accepted the resignations of Holly O’Connor and Alicia Nevins…both of whom resigned due to work conflicts. In other business, the club approved a donation to the National AMBUCS Scholarship Fund of $1,800. We were also given a $2,970 credit from our purchases of Amtrykes which, along with the $1,800 donation, resulted in a per member average of $60.61, which puts our club over the 100% giving level of $40 per member. The board also approved an arrangement with Ambuc Tim Parnell and Crossroads Therapy to provide therapy services to children and adults who do not have insurance and do not have the means to pay for the services. Tim will work with our club to offer services to qualified clients at a reduced rate for which Crossroads will be reimbursed by the club. Lastly, the board approved a $500 donation to Kimberly Capenos, who is organizing a Special Accommodations Prom for youth with autism, sensory processing disorders, seizure disorders, etc.

…..Paul Dick announced that he found one volunteer but he still needs one more for the AMBUCS Blood Screening Program for this Saturday, May 6th.  Your help is needed from about 5:30 AM to around 10:00 AM. Why not help out? It was also announced that Ambuc Karen Lemme’s office will offer free hearing screenings at this year’s event. Thanks Karen!                                                                         

…..Our guest speaker, Donna Fisher, pulled the winning raffle ticket of Bob Reffner last week. He selected the Ace of Spades which….not being one of the Jokers….paid nothing! There are still two Jokers in the deck with five cards gone, so try your luck with the purchase of a raffle ticket this week. The Pot’s nearly $150.

…..Jim Huff promoted the 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. Game time is 4:05 PM so the bus will leave early that Saturday afternoon.                                You better hurry….only 2 seats left!

In Closing:  The AMBUCS Regional Conference was held in Altoona this past weekend. Beginning Friday evening with a picnic and a Curve ballgame at PNG Field, the conference was off to a great start when four Amtrykes were presented. The Amtryke recipients rode their trykes around the track behind home plate, while a number of the AMBUC officers tossed out first pitches. Saturday morning was kicked off with the Big Hat breakfast, while Saturday evening featured a dinner buffet and the Big Hat Auction. Our very own Jim Huff was one of the two auctioneers that both entertained the crowd and raised over $3,200 for the AMBUCS Scholarship Fund. Sunday morning’s breakfast included a speaker, Thomas Gray, a local veteran who is trying to establish a military museum in Altoona. Another Amtryke presentation was made to 6 year old Thomas Lill, shown here in the arms of his therapist, Kara Madera of IU-8, while his father thanked AMBUCS for what we do in our community.Thomas Lill Tryke The convention was attended by a number of AMBUC officers including the current National President and three past National Presidents. Thanks for a great conference go out to the committee of Ed Garlena, Lisa Drzal, Ed Farabaugh, Jim Huff, Rachael Lenhart, Derek Martin, and Kathy Storm!