AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for October 10, 2017

Today’s Speaker:   Ryan Alden of Refuge Youth Network

Future Speakers:

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:

….. George Sackandy of Arts Altoona was our guest speaker last week. ARTSGeorge, who spoke to the club about a year ago, provided an update on what was happening with Arts Altoona. The Arts, Business and Innovation Council (ABIC) is looking to combine the strengths of the creative, business, and education communities in and around Blair County….and Arts Altoona is just one of their projects. George noted some recent highlights; such as the finalization of the Arts Altoona website that brings together all of the area’s arts cultures, the recent donation of the old J.K. Sports building on 11th Avenue to ABIC, and the dreams for the church property just up 12th Avenue from the Mishler Theatre. These buildings will eventually be turned into cultural art centers with studios available to local artisans, restaurant space, a section for TV broadcasts, and classroom space for art education. George stated that besides financial donations, they are in need of volunteers to assist the three dozen or so current volunteers already hard at work to complete their numerous endeavors. For more information on Arts Altoona and to view their recently completed Arts Calendar, visit them 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. An AMBUCS membership is something we should share.

News of the Week:  

…..President Rachael noted that an extremely generous donation to the club was made by Rudy Turco, a very good friend of Dave Aikens. Rudy, who is a veteran and suffers from Huntington’s disease, wanted to fund the first Amtryke donated to a local veteran, so he wrote us a check for $1,500. We are in the process of working with the local VA Hospital to provide bikes to local disabled vets, so Rudy’s donation will certainly kick off this program in a big way. Thanks Rudy!

…..Lisa Drzal and Dave Aikens are looking for more 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.

…..Tuesday October 31st is the open house at our noon club meeting. Two special guest speakers are scheduled for this meeting. Marcy Hardinger, the mother of an Amtyke recipient, will tell the story of her daughter Hannah’s health struggles and how our Amtryke donation has improved Hannah’s quality of life and Amy Detterline of the VA Hospital, who will discuss the joint initiative between the VA and the Altoona AMBUCS to provide Amtrykes to local disabled veterans. 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!

…..A new Altoona AMBUCS brochure has been designed by Dave Aikens, Rachel DiAndrea, and John Lloyd. The brochure is intended to be used as a member recruiting tool and should be available on Tuesday in time for your use in recruiting guests to our October 31st open house.

…..Remember to support our Marianna’s Fundraiser by selling hoagiesmariannas italian and pizzas.mariannas pizza Hoagies are $7.00 and the pizzas are $8.00. Orders are due by Tuesday’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.

…..Week five of NFL football season and I saw no 33 Club winners!football But there’s still Monday night football! That game could make several Ambucs winners.

…..October Birthdays and Club Anniversaries include:

Birthdays:    Mike Knote – October 8th

Club Anniversaries:  

  • Jack Rawlings – October 1971 – Congrats to our longest standing member!
  • Ed Farabaugh – 1982
  • Bill Hoyne – 2014
  • Bill Reintgen – 2014
  • Linda Horomanski – 2015

…..On Saturday night, October 28th, the Bavarian Aid Society is celebrating their 130th Anniversary/Oktoberfest and the Altoona AMBUCS will be on the evening’s agenda. We will present several Amtrykes that evening and anticipate receiving Amtryke donations from both the Bavarian and the Pa. Bowlers Association.  The AMBUCS portion of the evening will be from 7 PM until 8 PM, and entertainment by Felix and The Hurricanes will follow. Tickets are just $5.00, payable at the door. A sign-up sheet will be circulated so that we know how big of a table to reserve.

Joker…..Our guest speaker, George Sackandy, pulled the winning raffle ticket of yours truly John Lloyd.  My unfortunate card selection turned out to be the Five of Hearts, not one of those elusive Jokers! Next week you can have the chance to take home a pot of over $150, by picking a Joker out of the remaining 47 card deck.

In Closing:     A woman gets on a city bus with her baby. The bus driver takes one look at the baby and says to the woman, “WOW, that’s the ugliest baby that I’ve ever seen.” The woman stomps to the back of the bus highly insulted. She sits down next to a man and exclaims, “That bus driver just insulted me!” The man says, “That’s just rude, you just go right up there and tell him off – go ahead, I’ll hold your monkey for you.”