AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for January 22, 2018


Today’s Meeting:   Dr. Heather McKinney – Essential Oils for Natural Solutions

Future Speakers:

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

February 6th – TBD

February 13th – Bruce Brower and his Starting Over Quartet

February 20th – TBD

February 27th – Kate Shaffer – Executive Director of the Blair County Arts Foundation


Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

HLAA logo…..Last week our speaker was Kay Tyberg, President and Co-Founder of the Blair County Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America. The HLAA is based in Bethesda Maryland and the Blair County chapter, which was formed last year, is one of 14 Pennsylvania chapters. Kay went on to say that her organization’s mission is to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, support and advocacy. Locally, the chapter provides speakers and demonstrations on hearing assisted technology and provides support and peer monitoring for those with hearing impairments. They strive to have no bias against manufacturers, hearing aid dispensers, or audiologists. Kay stated that in Blair County 17 to 20% of the population has hearing loss and that across America that number totals 48 million! She also stated that around 80% of those individuals that would benefit from hearing aids….unfortunately do not have them. Kay wrapped up her talk stating that HLAA is always in need of volunteers and board members as well as monetary donations. She ended by commenting to all those individuals who have hearing loss issues….”You are not alone!” To get more information on HLAA, email them at or visit them on their Facebook page. Their meetings are held at Kids First in Hollidaysburg, the 2nd Tuesday each month.

Guests of the Day:

There were none.


News of the Week:

…..President Rachael informed the membership that she has accepted a new employment opportunity in State College, which at least for a while, will prevent her from attending our meetings. In her absence vice-president Kristen and board chairman Ed will share the presidential responsibilities. While congratulations are in order for Rachael, the club will certainly miss her.

…..To all AMBUCS board members, President Rachael, reminded them that future board meetings will be held at King’s restaurant on Plank Road. The next board meeting is scheduled for this Thursday, January 25th, at noon.

…..A thank you note was read by President Rachael from the Central Pa Autism Society

…..Our newest Ambuc member is Theresa Albright who is a branch manager at M & T Bank. Theresa, who prefers to be called Terry, was sponsored by Paul Dick. Terry is a graduate of Bishop Guilfoyle and the American Institute of Banking. Terry and her husband William have four grown children…..Beckee, Matthew and his wife Susan, Rachel, and Michael. Her daughter Rachel is currently serving in the Peace Corps in Swaziland Africa. They also have a grandson Jake to Matthew and Susan. Jake suffers from Cystic Fibrosis, so Terry supports the Great Strides Walk for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. When she’s not assisting with her grandson, Terry enjoys sewing, gardening, and crafting. When asked what was rather unique about herself, she replied that she actually enjoys staying home and cleaning and being a homebody! Please welcome into our AMBUCS family….Terry Albright.

…..The AMBUCS Spring Regional Conference will be held in the Poconos on April 13th – 15th. The theme for the weekend will be Disney on Parade and the Friday night social will include a Disney based “float” from each chapter, using a wagon as the base. For more information, see the pdf that was attached to this week’s bulletin email. Registration forms will be available soon.

…..National AMBUCS has announced a change in the way that they award Living Endowment scholarships, with Undergraduates no longer being eligible. According to National, “investing in graduate students only, will raise our positive impact on people with disabilities by simply producing more therapists”. Applications will be accepted from March 5th through April 27th.

Joker…..Last week the raffle ticket of Bill Reintgen was NOT CHOSEN AGAIN. But instead, our illustrious secretary, Bob Reffner’s number was chosen. However, like Bill; Bob chose unwisely….picking the Five of Spades from the deck. So that means that next meeting, you can have the chance to take home a pot of around $385 by picking a Joker out of the remaining 34 cards. Hey….like the lottery….you gotta play to win!

…..A sign-up sheet for the annual AMBUCS Super Bowl party was again circulated SuperBowllast week. The party and game will be held, apparently without the Steelers, on 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. Also, a Super Bowl pool sheet was passed around. The blocks are 2 for $10. Cash prizes will be awarded at the end of each quarter and you need not be present to win. A special thanks goes out to Jack McDougal for again running this year’s “33” club and the Super Bowl party.


In Closing:      Huggies