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AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for August 29, 2017

Today’s Speaker:   Bryson Peterman – Owner of Bootleggers Brew Shop

Future Speakers:

September 5thRick Capozzi – Preparing for an Active Shooter Survival Mindset

September 12thSt Vincent De Paul Society’s Financial Aid Office

September 19thNo Meeting

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

Tim Obrien – Director of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of Young Life was our guest speaker last week.  Tim, who has been a part of Young Life for 33 years, stated that YL has had staff in the Altoona area since 1979. Tim said that simply stated…..”Young Life goes where the kids are”. He went on to say that in today’s technology driven society, kids know more about local and world events and consequently their problems are amplified. The availability of drugs and alcohol are greater today and social media makes the stresses of trying to be perfect…..a turbulent time for kids. Young Life was founded in 1941 as a means to reach out to kids to try to find solutions for their issues in a caring and Christian manner. Locally YL has weekly club meetings where kids can enjoy music, games, food, and develop friendships. Each meeting, which in Altoona can number 100-125 in attendance and around 65 in the Hollidaysburg meetings; always ends with a message that reflects God’s love for them. Accompanying Tim to our meeting was Hollidaysburg Area High School Senior, Andrew Moyer, who talked about his experiences with YL and how much he enjoyed this summer’s YL camp. The local Young Life contingency of 46 guys and girls attended this year’s camp in Lake Champion, New York. At camp, Andrew and his fellow campers enjoyed a pool, water slides, zip lines, disk golf and most importantly the comradery obtained from discussions with leaders and fellow campers. Andrew stated that YL has provided him with relationships that he knows will last a lifetime. Tim answered a number of questions at the end of his talk including a discussion of funding sources for their local budget of $195,000. Approximately 10% comes from businesses, 10% from churches and the balance from individual donations. He concluded by promoting their 24th annual golf tournament set for Friday September 22nd at Park Hills Golf Club. Ambuc Tim Parnell, who has sat with Tim on the YL board for many years, echoed Tim’s comments on the organization and suggested that the Ambuc members consider forming a team for the upcoming Young Life golf tournament.

Guests of the Day:

…..Lisa Drzal introduced her guest, Tracy Wilt, a fellow Re/Max agent

…..Kristan Zolnoski introduced her guest, Amanda Imler, a therapist at ProCare Health Services

News of the Week:  

…..We had two very special Amtryke presentations last week. First, eleven year Caleb trykeold Caleb LaVanish of Tyrone quickly seated himself onto his new Amtryke. Caleb has a pervasive developmental disorder, resulting from an extra half chromosome. Caleb, shown here peddling along, was accompanied to our meeting by his mother and brother.

colton trykeOur second recipient was eight year old Colton Heidler, of Altoona who has Down syndrome. Colton was accompanied by his mother to our meeting. After donning his helmet, Colton began motoring around on his Amtryke with the assistance of his therapist, Amanda Imler. It was a great day at club last week as these two boys were all smiles.

Three other Amtrykes were given out recently to children whose parents could not attend one of our meetings. The first went out to two year old Jonathon Stoltzfus of Readsburg, whose club feet prevent him from riding a regular bike. It is hoped that the Amtryke will strengthen his legs. Another Amtryke was presented to ten year old Maria Grippi of Everett who is autistic and is in need of strengthening her muscles. And lastly, an Amtryke went to twelve year old Aydan Yoder of Altoona, who is also autistic. His Amtryke should assist him with balance and weak muscle issues.

…..As promised, Tony Miller distributed a sign-up sheet for the picnic social at Ed Farabaugh’s home on Saturday September 23rd at 6:30 PM. The club will be providing some food (which Tony has no idea as to what it will be yet) and he’s asking if attendees can provide a dessert. Tony’s promising more information soon…..so stay tuned.

…..Lisa Drzal and Dave Aikens met with four representatives from the VA Hospital last Wednesday to discuss ways that AMBUCS can help our veterans. She and Dave discussed both volunteering time each month for a craft/game time with the residents and what possibilities there might be in providing some adult Amtrykes for those veterans that could benefit from them. I’m sure at tomorrow’s meeting Lisa and Dave will be providing more details about their visit.  Contact Lisa for more information or to sign up to help with the monthly visits to the VA.

…..A sign-up sheet has been passed around the last several weeks for the annual “33 Club”! The cost is $40 to get a team. In addition to the possibility that you win money when your team scoresfootball 33 or is the opponent of a team who scores 33; all “33 Club” members can also attend the club’s annual Super Bowl party at no cost. The cost for the “33 Club” can be billed on your dues if you would like. Sign up this week….the season’s ready to begin!

…..Our guest speaker, Andrew Moyer, pulled the winning raffle ticket of Sandy JokerGregory.  With all of the confidence in the world, Sandy carefully chose her card. Lo and behold….SHE CHOSE THE JOKER! She won $394. In a note to Treasurer Paul, Sandy graciously donated back $100 to the club…..a very nice gesture on her part! This Tuesday we’ll start over with a new deck, two Jokers and $50 in the pot. To be a winner like Sandy…..you gotta play.

In Closing:  After the last two week of presenting six Amtrykes to needy children in our area…..it seems only fitting to give a huge thanks to our Ambuc members and to all of the sponsors that donated monies to our efforts. In the words of Mahatma Gandhi“The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Cullen

AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for August 22, 2017

Today’s Speaker:   Tim Obrien – Young Life

Future Speakers:

August 29thBryson Peterman – Owner of Bootleggers Brew Shop

September 5thTo Be Determined

September 12thSt Vincent De Paul Society’s Financial Aid Office

September 19thNo Meeting

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

Roseann Conrad – Secretary of the Blair County Dog Park in Martinsburg was blair county dog parkour guest speaker last Tuesday. Roseann, who many might remember as the director of the Easter Seal Society some twenty years ago, is also the owner of Alley Ratz Dogcare in Lakemont. She noted that her love of dogs began when she was young. She was just 22 when she had her first show dog.

The 10 acre dog park was established as a 501(c)3 organization off of Agway Road in Martinsburg. The park has a half acre section for small dogs, a two acre area for larger dogs over 35 pounds, a two acre canine sports area, and a half acre training area. Currently, about half of the dog park is fenced in. The land is leased to the park from a local farmer at a very reasonable rate of $50 per month. There are currently around 200 members of the park at a cost of $50 per year per dog. Access to the fenced in area is controlled by electronic cards issued to members. The park offers special sponsorship opportunities where donations can be made to buy additional fence sections, shade trees, birdhouses, and other course equipment. The park also sponsors other activities such as the 7th annual Dog Dip at Prospect pool in Altoona that was conducted this past weekend and Bark-Tober Fest which will be held as an open house this fall. Membership applications and other information on the park can be found on their website at www.blaircountydogpark.org.

Guests of the Day: …..Colin Carpenter, his mother and grandparents (see Amtryke story below)

News of the Week:  

…..We had a special Amtryke give-away last week. 22 month old Colin CarpenterColin Carpenter amtryke was the recipient of an Amtryke. His mother explained to the membership that about three months after birth, Colin stopped growing. The family discovered that Colin has an incurable medical condition resulting in short stature, commonly referred to as dwarfism. Colin seems a little apprehensive of his tryke, but with a little time, he should be motoring all over his neighborhood. During the meeting Colin looked quite dapper in his dress shirt, tie, and hat while contently playing with the contents of his mother’s purse. Also attending the meeting were Colin’s grandparents.

watermelon…..Tony Miller announced that the picnic social at Ed Farabaugh’s home is now set for Saturday September 23rd at 6:30 PM. Tony’s promising a sign-up sheet that will be circulated soon. What better way to spend a fall evening with your fellow Ambucs and their guests?

…..On Tuesday, September 19th, Park Hills Golf Club will be hosting their annual Our Town Golf Outing. This outing draws a great crowd and consequently all of the main dining rooms will be full and parking is at a premium. Because of this, the board has decided to not meet that day.

…..Lisa Drzal is working with the VA Hospital to find ways that AMBUCS can help the veterans. She has set up a meeting with Amy Detterline of the VA hospital on Wednesday August 23rd at 1:00 PM to discuss their needs. Lisa is looking for interested Ambucs who would be willing to assist with this project. Contact Lisa for more information or to let her know that you will attend.

…..A sign-up sheet was distributed last week for the annual “33 Club”! For those who are unaware of the club, here are the highlights…..the cost is $40 to get a team. A random drawingfootball will be held and each participant will have a pro football team for the season. If your team scores 33 points you win $30 and the person who has the opponent of the team that scores 33, wins $10. Since there isfootball field no guarantee that 33 points will be scored each week, the weekly pot tends to grow. If there are multiple teams scoring 33 in any given week, the pot is equally divided. The other attraction is that all “33 Club” members can attend the club’s annual Super Bowl party at no cost. Last year the “33 Club” filled up fast, so a change has been made for this season. If we have more people sign up than there are NFL teams, a second sign-up sheet will be started, leaving some people with the same team. When one of those teams win, they will not have to split the winnings, but each winner will receive their full share of the pot. The cost for the “33 Club” can be billed on your dues if you would like.

…..Our guest speaker, Roseann Conrad, pulled the winning raffle ticket of Karen Lemme.Joker  Karen unwisely chose the Nine of Spades, which not being the Joker….was not a good selection. So now we are down to 33 remaining cards and two Jokers. This week’s drawing could very well pocket someone around $400!

 

In Closing:

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Cullen

AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for August 15, 2017

Today’s Speaker:   Roseann Conrad – Blair County Dog Park in Martinsburg

Future Speakers:

August 22ndTim Obrien – Young Life

August 29thBryson Peterman – Owner of Bootleggers Brew Shop

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

Laura Ford – Blair Senior Services – Meals on Wheels Program Supervisor Blair Senior Servicesspoke to the club last Tuesday about this service and others that her agency provides. The Home Delivered Meals program provides nutritious meals to Blair County residents 60 years of age or older who are unable to prepare meals for themselves. Laura said that this program is the first program that B.S.S. offered, beginning way back in 1970. Each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, they provide around 500 meals. The meals are prepared in their own production kitchen using local foods and staff. Once prepared, volunteers then deliver both a hot meal and a frozen one on Mondays & Wednesdays and a single hot meal on Fridays. Laura coordinates the 172 volunteers as well as the kitchen staff. She said that the deliveries not only provide meals but that the volunteers also perform a safety and wellbeing check, ensuring that each consumer is at home and ok. If a consumer does not answer the door, then Laura’s staff begin an outreach service to make sure that all is well. Additionally, Laura discussed the monthly Commodity Box Program that provides food boxes the 4th Tuesday of each month for those in need in the community. Laura also mentioned the Blair Senior Services bus transportation and tax preparation services that are available. She stated that their funding sources include the United Way, state funding through the Pa. Lottery and local donations. For more information on the many services that B.S.S. provides or to become a much needed volunteer, contact Laura at 946-1235.

Guests of the Day: …..There were no guests last week.

 

 

News of the Week:  

…..Tony Miller announced that the picnic social at Ed Farabaugh’s home is nowwatermelon set for Saturday September 23rd at 6:30 PM. Tony’s promising a sign-up sheet that will be circulated soon. What better way to spend a fall evening with your fellow Ambucs and their guests?

…..On Tuesday, September 19th, Park Hills Golf Club will be hosting their annual Our Town Golf Outing. This outing draws a great crowd and consequently all of the main dining rooms will be full and parking is at a premium. Because of this, the board has decided to not to meet that day at Park Hills. It is still undecided yet if we will meet at another location that day, possibly do a community service project, or cancel altogether. Stay tuned for further details.

…..Lisa Drzal is working with the VA Hospital to find ways that AMBUCS can help the veterans. She has set up a meeting with Amy Detterline of the VA hospital on Wednesday August 23rd at 1:00 PM to discuss their needs. Lisa is looking for interested Ambucs who would be willing to assist with this project. Contact Lisa for more information.

…..Attached with this week’s bulletin email was a draft of a club donation policy that Treasurer Paul has asked everyone to review and make comments to him via email. The policy explains the types of donations that are supported by the club and those that are not. It also provides the guidelines for how a request is funneled through the Board of Directors. Please take a few minutes to review the document and let Paul know of any questions, comments or concerns that you might have. The Board meets again on August 31st and it is hoped that final approval can be voted upon that day.

…..It’s hard to imagine but football season is right around the corner. So…it’s “33 Club” time! For those who are unaware of the club, here are the highlights…..the cost is $40 to get a team. Afootball random drawing will be held and each participant will have a pro football team for the season. If your team scores 33 points you win $30 and the person who has the opponent of the team that scores 33, winsfootball field $10. Since there is no guarantee that 33 points will be scored each week, the weekly pot tends to grow. If there are multiple teams scoring 33 in any given week, the pot is equally divided. The other attraction is that all “33 Club” members can attend the club’s annual Super Bowl party at no cost. Last year the “33 Club” filled up fast, so a change has been made for this season. If we have more people sign up than there are NFL teams, a second sign-up sheet will be started, leaving some people with the same team. When one of those teams win, they will not have to split the winnings, but each winner will receive their full share of the pot. A sign-up sheet will be passed around starting tomorrow. The cost for the “33 Club” can be billed on your dues if you would like.

…..Our guest speaker, Laura Ford, pulled the winning raffle ticket of Michele Lloyd. Her selectionJoker of me for a husband was much better than her poor selection of the Seven of Hearts. So now we have 34 remaining cards and two Jokers. So with Michele’s card now removed from the deck, you could be the one to choose one of the Jokers and become the next big winner! This week’s drawing could net someone nearly $400!

In Closing:

…..A man was in a fancy restaurant and happened to notice a gorgeous woman sitting at the next table. Suddenly, she sneezed, causing her glass eye to pop out and fly right toward him. The man caught the eye in mid-air. “I’m so sorry” said the woman as she popped her retrieved eye back in. “Let me buy you dinner.” After a charming dinner and an enlightening conversation, the woman offered to drive the man home. The man was flattered and remarked, “you’re the perfect woman. Are you this nice to every guy you meet?” “No”, she responded. “You just happened to catch my eye!”

Cullen

AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for August 8, 2017

Today’s Speaker:   Laura Ford – Blair Senior Services – Meals on Wheels Program

Future Speakers:

August 15thRoseann Conrad – Blair County Dog Park in Martinsburg

August 22ndTim Obrien – Young Life

August 29thBryson Peterman – Owner of Bootleggers Brew Shop

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

Beth Futrich of the “Pa Agricultural Ombudsman Program” spoke to the club last Tuesday. She had a very interesting program covering urban gardening. Beth began by cukesstating that Blair County Conservation District was the recipient of a federal grant for urban agricultural practices last year. A team was developed and their first event was a bus tour to State College to visit some agricultural sites. That tour attracted 35 people and from that group a network of interested people emerged. The group has now grown to 176 people, whotoms are being emailed with information about the program and events. The mission of the group is to provide education and outreach.  Beth’s talk incorporated a number of “agricultural” questions to the club members and when answered correctly won them some local produce that she brought with her. Some of the questions included do brown eggs taste the same as white eggs….where are the local farmer’s markets….and what is a food desert? Beth also noted that they have presented pepperworkshops on community gardens, roof top gardens, container gardens and even vertical gardens. Beth discussed two upcoming workshops….one on soil testing on September 7th and one on bee-keeping on August 17th; both at the Altoona Public Library Theater. A “Farm2Fork” dinner is scheduled for September 23rd at the Railroaders Memorial Museum. Lastly she stated that they are pursuing additional community grants that can provide more urban agricultural opportunities to the county. For more information on these programs visit the Blair County Urban Ag Facebook page.

Guests of the Day:

…..There were several guests last week including a guest of President Rachael….Dan Wilson of Combined Insurance. Dan took an application and is considering membership. Also in attendance was Caleb Parnell, son of Tim Parnell.

News of the Week:

…..President Rachael presented Caleb Parnell with a check for $500 from the club as a recipient of one of our local therapy scholarship awards. Caleb thanked the club and said that he will be a senior this year at Juniata College studying biology, prior to his graduate work in the physical therapy field. Rachael then called on Dave Aikens, who accepted a $500 scholarship check for his niece, Tracy Collier, who could not attend our meeting. Dave said that Tracy is a junior at Penn State and that she will be working towards a therapy degree that will provide therapy through the use of animals.

…..Tony Miller announced that the picnic social at Ed Farabaugh’s home haswatermelon had a change of dates. The new date is Saturday September 23rd at 6:30 PM. A sign-up sheet will be circulated soon. What better way to spend a fall evening with your fellow Ambucs and their guests?

…..President Rachael recognized our grant writer-extraordinaire, Dave Aikens, who has secured another grant for the club. This time David secured a grant of $1,600 from the Sheetz Corporation for our Amtyke fund. A big thank you to Sheetz…..and Dave!

…..This past Thursday, August 3rd, Ken Decker, Dave Aikens, Paul Dick, and John Lloyd removed the handicap ramp that we had installed at a home in Claysburg last year. Since the ramp was no longer needed, Ken organized the team to remove the ramp and restore the existing porch to its original condition. This Thursday, Dave, Paul, and John will deliver and donate the old ramp to a family in Cassville who has a need for it.

…..On Tuesday, September 19th, Park Hills Golf Club will be hosting their annual Our Town Golf Outing. This outing draws a great crowd and consequently all of the dining rooms will be full and parking is at a premium. Because of this, the board has decided to not to meet that day at Park Hills. It is still undecided yet if we will meet at another location that day or cancel altogether. Stay tuned for further details.

Joker…..Our guest speaker, Beth Futrich, pulled the winning raffle 3spadesticket of Trav Young. Trav then made a rather poor selection of the Three of Spades, that didn’t pay off. That leaves 35 remaining cards and two Jokers. The rules state that once we are down to 26 cards, one Joker is removed. So with Trav’s card now removed from the deck, you could be the one to choose one of the Jokers and become the next big winner! This week’s drawing could net someone close to $375!

 

In Closing:

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