AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for October 3, 2017

Today’s Speakers:   Donna Gority & George Sackandy of Arts Altoona

Future Speakers:

October 10thRyan Alden of Refuge Youth Network

October 17thPam Etters – Altoona Symphony

October 24thNo Speaker – Special Member’s Meeting

October 31stAlex Seltzer sponsoring an AMBUCS Open House

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

…..Mark Ford introduced our guest speaker, Michael McDonnell of Power House Subs. Mark noted that he has known Michael for many years. Michael said thatPower House Subs his newest venture in the subs business began in February when he opened Power House Subs at 210 E. Plank Road in Altoona. Prior to this store, he was the original owner of Big Mouth Subs, the owner of the Pit Stop in Hollidaysburg and was the previous owner of Ultimate Subs, a wholesaler of subs. His current location can seat 50 – 60 and offers subs as well as salads, soups, wraps and desserts. Michael employs 8 people and is open 7 days per week. On Sundays, their normal $9 subs are on special for $6. In addition to the store, Power House also provides catering services, including sport team lunches. Each day the current location makes between 300 and 1,000 subs, all with freshly baked rolls. They also offer a number of fundraising opportunities for organizations. He noted that he is willing to work with the AMBUCS on future fundraising projects by offering their subs to us at a discounted cost of $5. He also noted that any Ambucs who come into the shop can receive a $1 discount on subs. For more information, visit them at their website at  

Guests of the Day:

…..There were no guests last week. Remember to start thinking about who you might invite to our October 31st open house.

News of the Week:  

…..President Rachael noted that she attended the Leadership Blair County breakfast last week and accepted on the club’s behalf a donation check of $1,000 for our Amtryke fund.

…..Rachael also called on Tony Miller for a report on the social at Ed and Paulette Farabaugh’s home last week. Tony stated that the social was very enjoyable as we sat around Ed and Paulette’s new patio area and socialized with good friends, food and drink. He also thanked the Farabaughs for their hospitality.

…..The annual AMBUCS candy sale is right aroundcandy cane the corner. President Rachael noted that Kathy Storm will have order forms ready for us in the very near future. Nothing states that Christmas can’t begin in October!

…..Lisa Drzal and Dave Aikens are looking for volunteers for the first V.A. Hospital games and craft night, scheduled for Tuesday, October 24th from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. The plan is to schedule this event on the fourth Tuesday of each month for the 40 residents at the V.A. hospital. Please let Lisa or Dave know of your interest.

…..Remember to mark your calendar for Tuesday October 31st as Membership Chairman Alex Seltzer 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 Fundraisemariannas italianr by selling hoagies and pizzas. Hoagies are $7.00 and the pizzas are $8.00. Orders are due mariannas pizzaby next week’s meeting, October 10th, with delivery set for Tuesday October 24th. The order 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.

…..We have some 33 Club winners! The Panthers (Michele Lloyd) scoredfootball 33 and won Michele $30, while their opponent, the Patriots (Lisa Drzal), won her $10. But there’s still Monday night football! That could water down the winnings.

…..The Ambucs board met last Thursday with the following highlights:

  • A special meeting was set up for Tuesday October 24th. The meeting will not have a guest speaker, but the time will be devoted for a “member’s meeting”….a chance for the board to discuss several topics and update the membership on the club’s activities.
  • Tim Parnell announced that he treated the first recipient from the special therapy fund that was recently established with his Crossroads Therapy. The individual was in financial need due to the loss of employment and to date has received three sessions paid from the fund.
  • A $500 donation was made to the St Vincent De Paul Society’s financial needs office. The request was from Ed Garlena, who volunteers at the Society, as he informed the board that the Society had run out of funds from the Society’s Thrift Shop this month.

Joker…..Our guest speaker, Michael McDonnell, pulled the winning raffle ticket of Linda Horomanski.  Linda’s card selection turned out to be the Seven of Spades, not one of those always elusive Jokers! Next week you have the chance to take home a pot of about $135, by picking a Joker out of the remaining 48 card deck.

In Closing:  A father buys a lie detector robot that slaps people when they lie. He decides to test it out one night at dinner. The father asks his sonrobot what he did that afternoon. The sons says, “I did some homework.” The robot slaps the son. The son says “OK, OK….I was at a friend’s house watching a movie.” So the father asks him “What movie did you watch?” The son replied, “We watched Toy Story.” The robot slaps the son. The son says “OK, OK….we watched porn.” Dad then states, “What? At your age I didn’t even know what porn was!” The robot slaps the father. Mom laughs and says “Well, he certainly is your son.” The robot slaps the mother.