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.”