AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for September 19, 2017

Today’s Speaker:   No Meeting

Future Speakers:

September 26thMichael McDonnell of Powerhouse Subs

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

…..Ed Garlena introduced our two guest speakers, Sandy Lear and Rose St Vincent DepaulDixon of the Vincent de Paul Society. The speakers took turn discussing the Society and their many programs to help those in need in the community. The society was founded in 1833 in France as an international Catholic organization which offers support to the poor and needy. In 1945, the organization found its way to the United States, and in 1981 was reorganized locally in the Altoona-Johnstown diocese. The Need’s Office is where both Sandy and Rose work and this office supports the area’s needy in providing assistance with rent payments, utility bills, furniture acquisition, and other needs. Since they provide financial assistance up to a maximum of $150 per year per family, they work closely with other organizations such as the United Way, Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army, and other assistance groups such as Dollar Energy. Home visits to assess the needs of their clients and to ensure that assistance is truly needed are arranged. From these assessments, they can offer suggestions on how to budget money or to obtain other assistance. They receive donations from a number of sources and can often donate furniture that has been donated by individuals and companies such as Wolf Furniture. The organization provides a very valuable service to those families who have suffered emergency financial concerns such as job loss, medical emergencies, etc. The needs are great as they budget for and provide assistance totaling about $4,000 to $5,000 per month.

Guests of the Day:

…..Dave Aikens introduced his two guests last week…..Jo Anne Propcheck, president of the Hollidaysburg Area Women’s Club and Kristi Biltz, the vice-president. Dave invited the two ladies to our meeting as a thank you for their club’s generous Amtrykes donation of $500 in June.

News of the Week:  

…..President Rachael reminded everyone that due to the large golf tournament planned for the Park Hills Golf Club, there will be no AMBUCS meeting on Tuesday, September 19th.

…..Rachael also thanked Grant Writer Dave Aikens for his work in securing a $1,000 grant from the Altoona Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Blair County for our Amtryke fund.

…..Tony Miller again promoted the picnic social planned for Ed Farabaugh’s home on Saturday September 23rd at 6:30 PM, with dinner at 7:00 PM. The club will be providing sandwiches, beverages, and fixin’s and he’s asking if attendees can provide a dessert. If you haven’t signed up yet, call Tony to attend this fun evening next Saturday.

…..As mentioned in an email that you should have received on September 15th, M & T Bank has announced an initiative entitled “Understanding What’s Important Business Challenge”. Any business located within M & T’s footprint can nominate a community service organization that they support, for a chance to win $10,000. Hopefully a number of our business members will be able to nominate us for a chance at this award. For more information, see the email that you received on September 15th and/or visit The nomination form that is found on that website must be submitted by September 29th.

…..Remember to mark your calendar for Tuesday October 31st as Membership Chairman Alex puts together an open house at our noon club meeting. A special guest speaker is being sought and possibly an Amtryke presentation will be made. This is a great opportunity to show off the club to perspective members. Keep watching for more details, but start thinking of a guest or two that you want to invite to our meeting!

…..Remember to support our Marianna’s Fundraiser by selling hoagies and pizzas. Hoagies are $7.00 and the pizzas are $8.00. Orders are due by October 10th, with delivery on Tuesday October 24th. The pickups that Tuesday will be ready by mid-morning in case you want to deliver them to your customers by lunch. Since it’s a Tuesday….you can even wait and collect them when you attend our meeting.

…..Second week of football and still No “33” scores footballthis weekend….but there’s still Monday night football! The pot is growing for someone.

Joker…..One of our guest speakers pulled the winning raffle ticket of Michele Lloyd.  Michele’s card selection turned out to be the Nine of Clubs, not one of those always elusive Jokers! Better luck two weeks from now at our next meeting when you have the chance to take home a pot of around $100 by picking one of the Jokers out of the remaining 49 card deck.

In Closing:  Hopefully several puns will brighten your day:

  • The roundest knight of King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his girth from too much pi.


  • A bullfrog goes to a bank and asks for a loan, but all he has for collateral is a ceramic elephant. Unsure of what to do, the load officer, Mr. Paddywag, asks his boss for advice. His boss does not hesitate and quickly replies: “It’s a knick-knack Paddywag, give the frog a loan!”


  • A skeptical anthropologist was cataloging South American folk remedies with the assistance of a tribal medicine man who indicated that the leaves of a particular fern were a sure cure for constipation. When the anthropologist expressed his doubts, the medicine man looked him in the eye and said, “Let me tell you, with fronds like these, who needs enemas?”


  • Two vultures board an airplane, each carrying two dead raccoons. The flight attendant looks at them and says, “I’m sorry gentlemen, only one carrion allowed per passenger.”

AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for September 12, 2017

Today’s Speaker:   St Vincent De Paul Society’s Financial Aid Office

Future Speakers:

September 19thNo Meeting

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

Survival Mindset Rick Capozzi presented a very interesting program entitled “Preparing for an Active Shooter Survival Mindset”. Rick, who owns the Capozzi Group of Hollidaysburg, has created a seminar entitled “Survival Mindset” and his presentation to the club was a shortened version of that seminar. Rick began by stating that the chance of you becoming involved in a shootout scenario is very rare, probably equivalent to being struck by lightning multiple times. However….you still can be ready if such a situation arises. Observing the layout of any public room that you are in is a good start according to Rick. Knowing where the exits are, where fire extinguishers are located, and if and where any defibrillators may be found is a very good strategy. Fire extinguishers can also be used as a weapon by spraying the chemicals at the shooter or used to distract the perp to cover any retreat that you may need to employ. Rick also demonstrated how a belt can be used to secure a door and talked about how many common items such as coffee cups, chairs, etc. in a room could be used as a “weapon”. Rick said you have to understand the seriousness of these situations since the mindset of a shooter is that he or she knows that this will be their last day….they’re just not sure how many people that they can take with them! Being prepared for one of these events can make the difference in the survival rate of yourself and often times, others around you.

Rick noted that the U.S. Dept. of Justice has released statistics of recent active shooter scenarios showing the following:

  • 70% of school active shooters are between the ages of 14 to 19 years old.
  • 33 % of all school shootings are at faith-based institutions.
  • 10% of mass shootings occur in churches
  • 75% of shooters walk through the unlocked front doors of a building
  • 98% of shootings occur in gun-free areas

Annually, Rick’s company provides one of their public seminars at the Blair County Convention Center but they can also provide a private seminar for your business or organization. The seminars are typically around 3 ½ – 7 hours in length, but can be modified to whatever you desire. For more information on their company and their seminars, visit them at

Guests of the Day:

…..Diane Carnell had two guests last week…..her husband Don, and her mother-In-law, Mary Carnell.


News of the Week:  

…..Vice-President Kristen Zolnoski presided over the meeting for President Rachael and noted that she will be chairing our next Marianna’s hoagie sale. The delivery date is set for Tuesday October 24th. Kristen will have order forms available at tomorrow’s meeting.

…..Dean McKnight thanked fellow Ambucs Paul Dick, Dave Aikens, and John Lloyd McKnight rampfor their work in building a wheelchair ramp in his garage to provide better access for his wife Elsie who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. The materials for the ramp were purchased by Dean and in appreciation for the work that was done on his behalf, he presented our club with a donation of $500 to go towards our Amtryke fund. A very worthwhile project and a generous contribution to our Amtryke fund….a nice win for everyone involved.

…..The Irving Texas AMBUCS Chapter has asked all chapters to assist them by making donations to a fund set up to assist the Hurricane Harvey victims. They will use the funds to buy food, clothing, and supplies to help get these people back on their feet. Our club will be making a $500 donation and Treasurer Paul passed the hat among the members at our meeting last Tuesday. The members generously responded by donating an additional $552. Way to go Ambucs!

…..Grant Writer Dave Aikens announced that he has received word that his grant request to the Altoona Chamber of Commerce Leadership Blair County has been honored with a $1,000 donation to our Amtryke fund. Way to go Dave and thanks for all of the grant monies that you have secured for our Amtrykes!

…..Tony Miller again promoted the picnic social planned for 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. Remember to sign up this week to attend this fun evening.

football…..No “33” scores this weekend….but there’s still Monday night football!

…..Our guest speaker, Rick Capozzi, pulled the winning raffle ticket of Dean McKnight.  Dean’s card selection turned out to be the Four of Diamonds, not one of those always hiding Jokers! Better luck this week with the chance to take home a pot of around $80 by picking one of the Jokers out of the remaining 50 cards.

In Closing:  The late comedian Mitch Hedberg was wonderful at one liners. Here are some of his gems:

  • An escalator can never break….it can only become stairs.
  • A burrito is a sleeping bag for ground beef.
  • I find that a duck’s opinion of me is very much influenced by whether or not I have bread.
  • If you’re flammable and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.
  • Is a Hippopotamus a Hippopotamus? Or is it just a really cool opotamus?
  • When I was a boy, I laid in my twin-sized bed and wondered where my brother was.
  • This shirt is ‘dry clean only’ – which means it’s dirty!
  • A severed foot is the ultimate stocking stuffer.