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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