AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for January 9, 2018

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018


Today’s Meeting:   Scott Bender, General Manager of the Blue Knob Ski Resort

Future Speakers:

January 16th – TBA

January 23rd – Dr. Heather McKinney

January 30th – Joe Hurd – Blair County Chamber of Commerce


Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

…..Last week the club presented an Amtryke to 4 year old Elliot Herncane of Elliot1Schellsburg.           For some time now, Elliot has been riding an Amtryke during his therapy sessions through the IU-8. When he was presented with his Elliot2very own Amtryke last Tuesday, he quickly grabbed the hand grips of the tryke as his therapist, Katie Decker, adjusted the tryke to fit him.  As he began to pedal the Amtryke, the Ambuc club members applauded his efforts, the noise of which unfortunately caused Elliot some discomfort. However, once the room turned quiet again, and with some gentle encouragement from his mother, Elliot began to ride. Katie Decker, Elliot’s therapist from the IU-8, talked about her work with Elliot and noted that he needs to build up his leg strength and that by using his arms on the hand grips, it will build up his leg muscles. His mother and father couldn’t thank the club enough for assisting Elliot. On Tuesday evening, Elliot’s mother sent Michele Lloyd an email again thanking us and sending us a photo of Elliot, with a big smile, riding his new Amtryke in their home.    

Guests of the Day:

President Rachael introduced her guest…..Jodi Cessna – Executive Director of the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation. The Foundation has been very supportive over the years providing the Altoona AMBUCS with grant monies for our Amtryke fund. Jodi was rewarded with a front row seat of Elliot receiving and riding his new Amtryke.


Michele Lloyd introduced the family of Elliot Herncane, his mother Stacey, father David, brother Emory, and his therapist Katie Decker.


News of the Week:  

…..President Rachael again 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 providing funds for our projects as well as participating in a special recognition lunch early in the year.

…..January Ambuc’s birthdays and club anniversaries include:         balloons

January 9thJack Rawlings – Birthday TODAY!

January 1985 – Vic Gioiosa – 33rd year Club Anniversary

January 1995 – Tony Miller – 23rd year Club Anniversary

January 2003 – Scott Schraff – 15th year Club Anniversary

January 2006 – Ken Decker – 12th year Club Anniversary

January 2016 – Ashley Gay Vocco – 2nd year Club Anniversary


Joker…..Last week the raffle ticket of Bill Reintgen was chosen AGAIN (two meetings in a row). But, again Bill chose unwisely….picking the Eight of Spades from the deck. Next meeting, you can have the chance to take home a pot of around $370 by picking a Joker out of the remaining 36 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. Also, please pass this along to your friends and family so that they too can support us!


SuperBowl…..A sign-up sheet for the annual AMBUCS Super Bowl party was circulated last week. The party will be held, appropriately enough, on Super Bowl Sunday, February 4th at the Park Hills Golf Club. The party is free to all “33 Club” members and open to everyone else at a cost of $15. Quite the bargain for a dinner buffet, desert, snacks, soda, beer, and good fellowship. The sign-up sheet will be available at all of our January meetings.


In Closing:       no app for that