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AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for June 27, 2017

Today’s Speakers:   Jack Murray – “How Joining a Service Club Changed My Life”

Future Speakers:

July 4th Independence Day – No Meeting – You’ll have to party on your own!

July 11thTBA

July 18th Maria Brandt – Blair County Chamber Committee on Not-for-Profit Businesses and a check presentation for our Amtryke Program from Bev Green of the FirstEnergy Foundation

July 25thTerry Tomassetti – Blair County Court House Renovations

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

…..Ashley Gay-Vocco introduced last week’s speaker, Penny Brunner – “Smiles for Miles”. PennySmiles for Miles is the grandmother of Miles, a four year old who was born with a rare disease of which there are only 500 living cases in the world…..cortical visual impairment (CVI). “Smiles for Miles” was established by Penny and Miles’s family to raise awareness of rare pediatric genetic diseases. Their many activities include working with the Pa. legislature to establish H.B. 239 that would establish a rare disease advisory council, working with pediatric neurologists at a number of hospitals such as Hershey’s Children’s Hospital, Boston’s Children’s Hospital, and the Harvard Medical Center. The group also works closely with agencies such as the Centre County Council for Human Services and The Arc of Blair County and through their “Swing Project” they raise funds to provide special needs playground equipment to playgrounds in the area. The non-profit, 501-C-3, charitable foundation has numerous fundraisers each year including a “Ladies Night Out Christmas Party”, music concerts at Delgrosso’s park, and a golf tournament at Toftrees Golf Club. The golf outing is scheduled for Saturday August 12th. Additionally, Penny has written several children’s books and a cookbook, the proceeds of which go towards the charity. For more information on this organization, go to www.smilesformiles.info

Guests of the Day:

…..Alex Seltzer introduced his guest, his father, Irving Seltzer.

…..Mark Ford introduced his guest, his father, Chuck Ford.

…..John Lloyd again introduced his guest, his wife Michele Lloyd; who has filled out an application for AMBUCS membership.

…..Ashley Gay-Vocco introduced her guest Amber Smith, the new director of the Mt. Lion Back Pack Program.

…..Tuesday is the last day for you and your guest(s) to reap the benefits of “Round-up”, our spring membership drive. During this membership drive, the $15 membership fee for any new member will be waived and the new member will receive a $50 credit on their first quarterly dues. Additionally, there are gift certificate and cash drawings for Ambucs who bring guests during the round-up. Why not bring a guest this week?

News of the Week:

…..Ed Farabaugh announced that the May 5th Blood Screening netted the club $12,231.67. Ed also thanked all of the members who took part in this fund-raising endeavor. Way to go Ed!

…..Ed also announced that National AMBUCS scholarships were awarded to 276 students to the tune of $196,400! Ed is on the National AMBUCS Scholarship committee, who recently met.

…..Since the 2016/2017 club year has come to a close, I thought it would be a good time to review the donations that we made during the year. Our club mission of “Creating Mobility & Independence for People with Disabilities” drives most of our donations. For instance we gave 25 Amtrykes away at a cost of $17,706, $2,675 was donated to National Ambucs programs, $2,575 to the WeCARE Foundation, $1,100 to the Miracle League, $1,000 to Dreams Go On, $1,000 to ARC of Blair County, and $500 to the MS Society. Additionally we spent $565 and quite a few manhours on a wheelchair ramp project during the year. Other “non-mission” related donations included $500 to the Mt. Lion Backpack program, $500 to the Special Accomodations Prom, $498 to Winterfest, $250 to Funds For Freedom, $250 for Relay for Life, and $125 for Toys for Tots. With some small miscellaneous donations thrown in, our club year donations totalled $29,580.42….quite an accomplishment!

…..So where did the money for these above mentioned donations come from? We started the club year with a nice Project Fund balance, which was bolstered by the following: our 2016 Christmas Candy sale netted us $3,694, Amtryke Grants & Contributions totalled $8,540, and the 2016 Blood Screening netted us over $13,000!

…..Our guest speaker, Penny Brunner, pulled the winning raffle ticket of Mark Ford last week. Unfortunately, somehow the week before the deck of cards had gone missing! Therefore two weeks ago raffle ticket winner, Bruce Brower, got to pick first from a new deck of cards that Past-president Ed purchased. Since there were 12 cards already pulled from the previous deck, that same number were removed from the new deck before Bruce pulled a card. But new deck or not, Bruce pulled a loser card, the 8 of diamonds. Then, when Mark pulled his card, he too chose unwisely by selecting the 6 of diamonds. Better luck this week when someone gets another chance to pull a Joker. You better play…the Pot’s around $275.

In Closing:

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Cullen

AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for June 20, 2017

Today’s Speakers:   Penny Brunner – “Smiles for Miles”

Future Speakers:

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

July 4th Independence Day – No Meeting – You’ll have to party on your own!

July 11thTBA

July 18th Maria Brandt – Blair County Chamber Committee on Not-for-Profit Businesses

July 25thTerry Tomassetti – Blair County Court House Renovations

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

…..Diane Carnell introduced last week’s speaker, Joe Harteis, Business Development for the Blair County Convention Center. Joe was accompanied by Barry Kumpf, CEO; Steve Despot, of the Convention Center’s Operations Technology group; and Rick Caposi, President of Caposi Group; a consulting firm. Joe presented a Powerpoint presentation on the center where they performed an in-depth analysis of the local convention center and 15 similar centers across the nation. The analysis pointed out a deficiency at the local center when looking at the availability of attached hotel rooms; however the same analysis found that they were one of very few convention centers who were running in the black. Joe went on to say that the center opened in 2001 and the current full time staff of ten has continued to improve on the number of events held each year with 2016 topping out at 272 events. During the Q & A session, Barry Kumpf noted that his mission is to import new dollars into Blair County, not to be in competition with other local event sites such as the Jaffa Mosque. Joe stated that the center has a new website at www.Blairconventioncenter.com.

Guests of the Day:

Paul Dick again introduced his guest, retired banker Dean McKnight; who has filled out an application for AMBUCS membership.

Time is running out for you and your guest to reap the benefits of “Round-up”, our spring membership drive. During this membership drive, the $15 membership fee for any new member will be waived and the new member will receive a $50 credit on their first quarterly dues. Additionally, there are gift certificate and cash drawings for Ambucs who bring guests during the round-up. Why not bring a guest this week?

News of the Week:

…..Dave Aikens, who is now writing our Ambucs grant requests, announced two such grants. Dave recently received a $500 check from the Hollidaysburg Women’s Club for our Amtryke program. Additionally, Dave has received notice that the FirstEnergy Foundation will be presenting a check for $2,000 for the Amtrykes at a future meeting. Great job Dave!

 

…..Did you see that Ambuc Derek Martin was named as one of the Altoona Mirror’s “20 Under 40”? Not only was he named one of the area’s young rising stars but he was even shown on the cover of the publication. As the Mirror stated, Derek and his fellow honorees are “paving the way for a brighter future”  in the Blair County area. Congratulations Derek!

 

…..Two weeks ago, president Rachael presented Ashley Gay-Votto with a check for $500 for the Mt. Lion Backpack Program. I thought it would be good to clarify how that program fits into our mission of “Creating Mobility & Independence for People with Disabilities”. When our board considers where to make donations…..organizations such as The Miracle League, Dreams Go On, etc. certainly fall into the mission of the club. However, many of our members either work for or are a part of other worthy charitable organizations such as Ashley’s involvement with the Mt. Lion Backpack program. Another contribution that we made recently that fit that category was a donation to Funds for Freedom, an organization that Dave Aikens is involved with. As Ambucs we can be proud of all of the good that we provide to our community with donations to worthy organizations as well as the physical work that we’ve done such as our ramp building projects. Coupled with the Amtrykes that we provide and the scholarship monies we donate to therapy students, we truly are making a difference!

…..Our guest speaker, Joe Harteis, pulled the winning raffle ticket of Bruce Brower last week. Unfortunately, somehow the deck of cards has gone missing! Past-president Ed stated that he will get a new deck and then he will remove 12 cards, which is the number that were removed from the deck before it went missing. So this Tuesday, Bruce will get to select a card from the deck first and then this week’s raffle winner will pick next. Two drawings in one week! You better play…the Pot’s around $265.

 

In Closing:  Just in case you had plans to go camping this weekend…..

camping

Cullen

AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for June 13, 2017

Today’s Speakers:  – Joe Harteis & Barry Kumpf– Blair County Convention Center

Future Speakers:

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:

…..Diane Carnell introduced last week’s speaker, Erin Wyandotte of AMC Theatres. Erin is the manager of the recently built AMC theatre, formerly the Carmike – 12. Erin has been in the business for 29 years, the last 23 of which she has managed a theatre. Erin explained that the recent conversion from Carmike to AMC has brought about a number of changes to both the new theatre as well as the one in the Logan Valley Mall. Both theatres will now show first run movies however the mall theatre, now referred to as an AMC Classic, will have less amenities at a lower ticket cost. The AMC -12 theatre will now offer Premiere memberships that provide express line ticketing and numerous specials on movie showings and concessions. Erin went on to explain how a first run film might require 90% of the ticket sales to return to Hollywood for the first two weeks followed by a declining percentage for the subsequent weeks. She stated that consequently, most of a theatre’s profits come from concessions. Erin also stated that AMC’s slogan that “We make smiles happen” also includes numerous examples of the theatre giving back to the community.

Guests of the Day:

John Lloyd introduced his guest, his wife and retired nurse Michele; who has filled out an application for AMBUCS membership.

Paul Dick introduced his guest, retired banker Dean McKnight; who has also filled out an application for AMBUCS membership.

Alex Seltzer introduced his guest, Arela Rivas of Blair County Acupuncture.

Remember that June is the last month of “Round-up”, our spring membership drive. During this membership drive, the $15 membership fee for any new member will be waived and the new member will receive a $50 credit on their first quarterly dues. Additionally, there are gift certificate and cash drawings for Ambucs who bring guests during the round-up. Why not bring a guest this week?

 

 

News of the Week:

…..The meeting was rather unusual last week in that our speaker spoke before lunch was served and we had not one, but two inductions of club officers due to a number of reasons. When the dust settled, Chairman of the Board, Jim Huff, inducted returning club officers, Paul Dick – Treasurer and Bob Reffner – Secretary into the new club year beginning in June. This was followed up by Jim inducting club president for 2017/18, Rachael Lenhart into office. Later in the meeting Jim inducted First Vice President, Kristan Zolnosky, into office. Rachael then thanked President Ed Garlena for his year as president and presented him with a past year president plaque and pin. Past president Ed will now take over the reins of the club’s Chairman of the Board position. Lastly, Jim asked all members to stand and pledge their support to the new officers and board and to work in every way to ensure another outstanding club year.

…..Rachael Lenhart thanked everyone that participated in the Mariannamariannas Hoagie and Pizza Fundraiser. On Tuesday morning Rachael, Kathy Storm, Dave Aikens and John Lloyd sorted the hoagies and pizzas so that everyone’s order was ready for pickup. The sale was again a success as Rachael calculated a profit of $755!

…..Lisa Drzal deserves a lot of credit for her hard work and many hours that she devoted to ourYard Sale first annual AMBUC yard sale! Originally the sale’s profit was advertised as netting the club $1,400, however Diane Carnell noted that a few more dollars were found bringing the total to $1,455!  Way to go Lisa and a big thanks to all of those who contibuted goods to be sold and/or who worked at the sale.

…..Speaking of the successful hoagie sale and yard sale….Treasurer Paul noted that the procedes from these two fundraisers will go into the general fund and consequently the club dues will now not have to be raised for at least two years!

…..Newly elected president Rachael presented a $500 check from the club to Ashley Gay-Votto for the Mt. Lion Backpack program. Ashley has now moved onto a new job but she will give the check to the new director of the program and hopefully invite her to a future meeting.

…..Our guest speaker, Erin Wyandotte, pulled the winning raffle ticket of Ken Decker last week.Joker Unfortunately for him, he chose the Seven of Clubs, which not being one of those elusive Jokers……….paid zip. Therefore, there are still two Jokers in the deck with twelve cards gone, so try your luck with the purchase of a raffle ticket this week. The Pot’s hovering around $250.

In Closing: memory

Cullen

AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for June 6, 2017

Today’s Speaker:  Erin Wyandotte – AMC Theatres – Also pickup day for the Marianna Sale

Future Speakers:

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 Khody Detwiler – Lesnevich & Detwiler – Forensic Document Examiners. Khody and his partner, Gus Lesnevich, own a very interesting business in Roaring Spring where they perform forensic document and handwriting analysis, world-wide. The firm does both private and governmental cases covering topics such as ink separation, indentation analysis, ID and passport verifications, and electronic signature analysis. Khody has testified in numerous domestic and international court cases, many times where millions of dollars are at stake. He gave examples of some very interesting cases where wills were being contested and business contracts were in dispute. From Pro-Bono work for local law enforcement – to cases with celebrities – to cases for the Attorney General…..Khody and Gus perform some very unique analysis.

…..Since lunch was served rather late last Tuesday, the swearing in of new President Rachael Lenhart and her 2017-18 club officers and board was postponed until this Tuesday. Since President Rachael will begin her reign today….please try to remember to properly genuflect anytime she enters the room. Also a big thanks go out to President Ed for a great year!

Guests of the Day:  Bruce Brower introduced his guest, Wil Lightner of Adelphoi Village – Hilltop Specialized Independent Living.

Remember that June is the last month of “Round-up”, our spring membership drive. During this membership drive, the $15 membership fee for any new member 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 round-up. Why not bring a guest?

News of the Week:

…..Rachael Lenhart reminded everyone that Tuesdaymariannas is the pickup day for the Marianna Hoagie and Pizza Fundraiser. If you want to deliver them to your customers for lunch on Tuesday, the sandwiches and pizzas will be ready for pickup by 10 AM on Tuesday at Park Hills. If you prefer you can also pick them up when you come to club….either way they will need picked up by the end of club on Tuesday! The sale was again a success as Rachael calculated a profit of $755!

Yard Sale…..Lisa Drzal deserves a lot of credit for her hard work and many hours that she devoted to our first annual AMBUC yard sale this past weekend! After our expenses, which included the rental of the display tables and advertising in the Altoona Mirror; the sale netted our club $1,400! Thanks go out not only to Lisa but to everyone who dropped off items for sale, helped to price and sort the numerous items, and to those who worked the sale. Not only did the sale help bolster our general fund, but all of the leftover items were donated to the Altoona Rescue Mission for them to sell. Great job Lisa!

…..Paul Dick announced that we just finalized the purchase of an Amtryke for Xavier Lyon, the little boy from South Williamsport that I found on the Amtryke Wish List. If you haven’t done so yet, please consider joining 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. It couldn’t be any easier to join the AMBUCS Wish-List-Club…….just go to: https://www.ambucs.org/donate-now/amtryke/ and sign up.                                For just a dollar a day……it couldn’t be easier to bring a smile to a future Amtryke recipient! 

…..Hard to imagine but we have no June Ambucs birthdays! Last month we had eight Ambucs with birthdays in May and this month none. One more reason for someone to find a new Ambuc member with a June birthday!

…..Thanks go out to Bob Fiore as he agreed to store the Amtrykes we recently recovered from WeCare. And, even better, his Fiore Furniture employees even picked them up from Ed Farabaugh’s garage last week!

…..Our guest speaker, Khody Detwiler, pulled the winning raffle ticket of Lisa Drzal Jokerlast week. Unfortunately for Lisa, she chose the Eight of Hearts, which unlike those elusive Jokers……….paid nothing. Therefore, there are still two Jokers in the deck with eleven cards gone, so try your luck with the purchase of a raffle ticket this week. The Pot’s now around $225.

 

In Closing:  klepto

Cullen

Altoona Chapter of AMBUCS will hold a yard sale June 2, 3, and 4

Yard Sale

 

 

 

 

Indoor Yard Sale – Rain or Shine

5433 Industrial Avenue, Altoona, PA  16602

(All proceeds will be donated to the Altoona Chapter of AMBUCS.)

Thursday, June 1st, 9-5 ………………  Drop off Donations of Yard Sale Items

Friday, June 2nd, 9-5                                Indoor Yard Sale, No early birds.

Saturday, June 3rd, 9-5                            Indoor Yard Sale, No early birds.

Sunday, June 4th, 9-5                               Indoor Yard Sale, No early birds.

 

INCENTIVE TO ATTEND:  Many items will be priced at $1.

INCENTIVE TO DONATE ITEMS:  Make someone’s day by donating items that you no longer need or want.  Remember, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.  All proceeds benefit Altoona AMBUCS.  To learn more about us, please visit our website, ambucsaltoona.com.  We meet every Tuesday from 12:15 – 1:15 at the Park Hills Country Club.  Guests are ALWAYS welcome.