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AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for December 19, 2017

Today’s Meeting:   Christmas Party – No noon meeting – Cocktails – 6:00, Dinner – 6:30

Future Speakers:

December 26thNo noon meetingSnowmen

January 2nd – TBA

January 9th – Blue Knob Ski Resort

 

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

 

Guests of the Day:

Kristan Zolnoski introduced her guest…..Lindsay Martsolf, President of the Central Pa. Autism Society and coordinator of this year’s Winterfest. Lindsay thanked the membership for the donation that we made to Winterfest….a special event on December 16th for individuals who have autism, sensory disorders and/or special needs.

 

News of the Week:  

…..At lunch last week, the club presented our two wonderful waitresses, Lorie and Alice, with Christmas gifts of cash.

…..President Rachael read a thank you note from Lauri Claar of Funds for Freedom, to whom we recently made a donation.

…..President Rachael also thanked everyone for their efforts on our annual Christmas Candy Sale. A special thanks goes out to candy chairman Kathy Storm who coordinated the sale. The totals to date include candy sales of $6,160 and fair share (500 club) pledges of $1,106 for a total profit of $3,362! Mike Strait was top seller with $1,461 in sales. There were a total of 12 Fair Share givers….but there’s still time to sign up. Anyone selling $500 of candy, making a $200 contribution or any combination of the two…can join the Fair Share givers in a special recognition lunch in 2018.

…..Last Thursday, Dave Aikens and John Lloyd delivered Amtrykes to two children. The first went to 4 year old Eddie Coltabaugh of Tyrone. The second went to 2 year old Christian McKnight of McClure. A third tryke will be presented to 5½ year old Mia Wombacher of Glasgow. Mia and her family will be our guests at the Christmas party Tuesday night, where she will receive her Amtryke. We’ve also received two additional tryke requests, which will be presented in January.

…..Last week the raffle ticket of Bill Reintgen was chosen. But, Bill chose Jokerunwisely….picking the Three of Spades from the deck. On January 2nd, you can have the chance to take home a pot of around $350 by picking a Joker out of the remaining 37 cards.

amazon smile banner…..Do you shop on Amazon? If so, why not designate the Altoona AMBUCS as your charity of choice in their Amazon Smile giveback program? The Altoona AMBUCS are now registered with Amazon and consequently they will donate a portion of your purchases to us. Just in time for Christmas! Also, please pass this along to your friends and family so that they too can support us!

football…..I didn’t see any “33” scores this weekend…..but there’s still Monday Night football….so someone might have some extra Christmas funds!

…..Did you know that in 1932 during the Great Depression, the membership met to dissolve the American Business Clubs (the name before AMBUCS) after losing 32 clubs in a single year and being $19,000 in debt? The leaders decided to keep meeting until they liquidated the debt. In the meantime, the practical National President, Herman J. Smith, held it all together by running the national office out of his 1929 Pontiac.

In Closing:

peanutsstop short

Cullen

AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for December 12, 2017

Today’s Meeting: 

Future Speakers:

SnowmenDecember 19thChristmas Party – No noon meeting

December 26thNo noon meeting

January 2nd – TBA

 

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

…..Last week our speaker was Jonathan O’Harrow – Interim Director of Strategic Communication and Marketing at Penn State Altoona. While a number of our members may have known our speaker from his many roles with the Altoona Community Theatre plays,PennState Altoona especially his recent role as Shrek; Jonathon’s real occupation has been his 17 years at the Altoona Campus as their Web Master. Two months ago he was named as the interim Director of Strategic Communication and Marketing. Jonathon stated that Penn State Altoona has been blessed with having three facility dedications within the last seven months. The first facility dedication was in June at their LaunchBox at 1331 12th Ave. This facility’s initiative is to spur economic development, job creation, and student career success. Begun with a $50,000 seed grant, the project provides a no-cost startup to turn ideas into products and services. The building can handle up to 20 start-up businesses and is just one of thirteen innovation hubs across the Penn State campus communities. The second dedication was in October for the former Penn Furniture Building on 12th Avenue. This building will provide needed office space, classrooms, computer labs, and labs for the Rail Transportation Engineering program. Also in October was the third dedication, the newly renovated Adler Athletic Complex. This 24.5 million dollar expansion and renovation of the original building, which was built in 1972, features a second gymnasium that can seat 2,200, a Reliance Bank fitness center so named for the $500,000 gift from the bank, and a number of new offices and equipment rooms. Jonathon proudly noted that $7.3 million of the project was raised by the student leaders of former graduating classes. Future plans for the complex include a natatorium, tennis courts and additional multi-purpose rooms. Jonathon completed his talk by saying that the mission of the campus is “to engage, inspire, and prepare students for success”. During the Q & A session, Jonathon revealed that their future plans include the construction of an additional residence hall within the next 3 to 5 years.

Guests of the Day:

Alex Seltzer introduced his guest…..Michele Brenneman, Field Director of the Boy Scouts.

Paul Dick introduced his guest…..Terry Albright of M&T Bank. Terry has turned in an application for membership!

News of the Week:  

…..With condolences, President Rachael informed the membership that longtime member Gary Pfahler passed away on Monday December 4th. He was previously a member of the Altoona AM Chapter. Gary was only days away from his retirement from Altoona First Savings Bank.

…..A sign-up sheet was circulated again last week for the annual AMBUCS SantaChristmas party that will be held on Tuesday evening, December 19th at Park Hills. Cash bar will begin at 6:00 PM, dinner at 6:30 and a visit from Ol’ St. Nick himself around 7:00. There will be no noon lunch that day or December 26th.

…..President Rachael also reminded everyone about our annual Christmas candy canecandy sale. Order pickup will be Tuesday the 12th at club. If you can’t pick up your candy on the 12th, call Kathy to make other arrangements. Our Christmas Candy sale features an opportunity to participate in what’s referred to as the “500 Club”….named this due to recognition of those members who sell $500 worth of candy. Since our profit on $500 of candy is around 40% or $200, a member can become a “500 Club” member by selling $500 of candy, making a $200 donation or some combination of sales x 40% and a cash donation, the two totaling $200.

Joker…..Last week the raffle ticket of Carl Gingrich was chosen. Since Carl left early, Alex picked for Carl and unwisely chose the Ace of Spades. Carl’s bad luck (of having Alex choose for him) means one more card is gone. This week you can have the chance to take home a pot of around $320 by picking a Joker out of the remaining 38 cards.

amazon smile banner…..Do you shop on Amazon? If so, why not designate the Altoona AMBUCS as your charity of choice in their Amazon Smile giveback program? The Altoona AMBUCS are now registered with Amazon and consequently they will donate a portion of your purchases to us. Just in time for Christmas! Also, please pass this along to your friends and family so that they too can support us!

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

  • Accepted a membership application of Terry Albright, branch manager of M & T Bank.
  • Made a $50 donation to Special Olympics in memory of Gary Pfahler.
  • Made a $250 pledge for Kristan Zolnoski to participate in a Family Services/United Way fundraiser in 2018.

football…..Congrats to 33 Club winners Mike Seidel and John Lloyd (Bears) and their opponent Paul Dick (Bengals)! That will net Mike & John $90 each and Paul $30…..but there’s still football on Monday night….so they might have to share!

In Closing:                   What you probably didn’t know about Santa’s Reindeer  

…..According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer. At the beginning of winter, the male reindeer drop their antlers, usuallySanta with reindeer in late November to mid-December. Female reindeer however retain their antlers until they give birth in the spring. Therefore…..according to EVERY historical rendition depicting Santa’s reindeer pulling his sleigh…..each and every reindeer, from Rudolph to Blitzen, had to have been a female! I mean we should have figured that out…..ONLY women (pregnant ones at that) would be able to drag a fat man in a red velvet suit all around the world in one night, not have to ask for directions and not get lost!

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AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for December 5, 2017

Today’s Meeting:   Jonathan O’Harrow – Interim Director of Strategic Communication and Marketing – Penn State Altoona

Future Speakers:

December 12th

December 19thChristmas Party – No noon meeting

December 26thNo noon meeting

 

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

…..Last week our speaker was Scott Maginella of Precious Life. Scott is a retired minister who began Precious Life in 1985 as a charitable organization that promotes pro-life beliefs by assisting Precious Lifepregnant women in crisis. Scott began his talk by thanking the AMBUCS for the good that we do in the community. He then went on to say that his organization assists pregnant women by providing free pregnancy tests, confidential counseling, housing through a maternity home in Hollidaysburg, and adoption counseling. The Christian organization also provides maternity and baby clothes as well as a number of instructional courses on pregnancy, newborn care and parenting skills. The organization has grown and now has offices in Bedford and Johnstown serving 1500 – 1600 women per year. In 2005, they expanded their efforts to Romania where they take care of abandoned babies as well as providing similar services to Romanian women as they do here locally. Supported only by churches, fundraising, and private donations, the organization has an annual budget of over a half of a million dollars. To learn more about Precious Life, contact them at www.plinc.org.

Guests of the Day:

Kristan Zolnoski had three guests…..Jared, Page, and Rachael, all grad students at St Francis who are occupational therapy students shadowing Kristan.

 

News of the Week:  

…..A sign-up sheet was circulated again last week for the annual AMBUCS SantaChristmas party that will be held on Tuesday evening, December 19th at Park Hills. Cash bar will begin at 6:00 PM, dinner at 6:30 and a visit from Ol’ St. Nick himself around 7:00. There will be no noon lunch that day or on December 26th. This is always a fun evening for our members, spouses, kids, grandkids, and friends.

…..President Rachael read a thank you note from the Mt. Lion Pack-pack program coordinator, thanking us for the recent $350 donation.

…..A collection basket was passed around last week for a Christmas gift for the Park Hills waitstaff. If you missed last Tuesday, the basket will be passed around again this week.

…..President Rachael also reminded everyone about our annual Christmas candy canecandy sale. Orders are due today, December 5th with delivery set for December 12th. If you can’t pick up your candy on the 12th, call Kathy to make other arrangements. Also see Kathy If you want to sell a carton of chocolate covered pretzels or Peanut Butter Meltaway bars.

…..December Birthdays….Happy Birthday

Mark Ford – December 12th                                   

Diane Carnell – December 19th

Doug Ickes – December 31st

 

…..December Club Anniversary…..Dave Aikens – 2016 – 1 year

Joker…..Last week the raffle ticket of Dean McKnight was chosen. Dean pondered the remaining cards and unwisely chose the Jack of Diamonds. Dean’s bad luck just means one more card is gone, so this week you can have the chance to take home a pot of around $300 by picking a Joker out of the remaining 39 cards. With the two Jokers remaining, your chances are now better than 1 in 20 to take home some holiday cash.

…..The club recently received a request for a donation for the 2nd annual Winterfest, an event that is designed to provide a sensory friendly experience for children with special needs. The board has agree to provide the event with a $250 donation.

amazon smile banner…..Do you shop on Amazon? If so, why not designate the Altoona AMBUCS as your charity of choice in their Amazon Smile giveback program? The Altoona AMBUCS are now registered with Amazon and consequently they will donate a portion of your purchases to us as. Just in time for Christmas…. shop on Amazon Smile and choose AMBUCS Altoona as your charity of choice. Also, please pass this along to your friends and family so that they too can support us!

football…..Didn’t see any 33 Club winners again this week! That’s two weeks without a 33…..so the pot is growing. But the Steelers play tonight!

In Closing:       Last week I listed a number of acronyms of companies and products we use. Acronyms are also used frequently in social media….however some of us “older” folks have a tough time understanding all of these acronyms. Here are some examples of that confusion:

Mom: Your great-aunt Martha just passed away. LOL

Son: Why is that funny?

Mom: It’s not funny, David! What do you mean?

Son: Mom, LOL means Laughing Out Loud.

Mom: I thought it meant Lots Of Love. Gotta go……I have to re-email everyone back!

 

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Daughter: I got an A in Chemistry.

Mom: WTF!

Daughter: Mom, what do you think WTF means?

Mom: Well That’s Fantastic.

 

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Mom: Son, what do IDK, LY & TTYL mean?

Son: I don’t know, love you, talk to you later.

Mom: OK, never mind, I’ll ask your sister.