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AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for February 27, 2018

Today’s Meeting:  Kate Shaffer – Executive Director of the Blair County Arts Foundation

Future Speakers:

March 6th– Jim Gregory

March 13th – Shannon Chille – Home Nursing’s Healing Patch

March 20th – Marty Culp – Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Corporation

March 27th – Sarah Garber – Clay Cup

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

Carter…..Last week the meeting was kicked off with a special Amtryke presentation to Carter Wombacher. Carter, who is six and suffers from Down Syndrome, was accompanied by his father Josh. Carter adapted very well to the tryke and immediately began pedaling around the head table. In the picture, Carter is with his therapist, Kristan Zolnoski, who stated that with the spring-like temperatures last week that Carter was going to bike around outside after the meeting.

 

Our guest speaker was Sara Myers – Director of the Joseph & Shirley Keirn Keirn museumWorld War II Museum. Sara is a history professor at St. Francis as well as the curator of the museum. The museum is located at 160 St. Mary’s Street in Loretto. Sara stated that the museum opened on Veteran’s Day in November of 2016 as a result of a very generous donation of WW II artifacts from Joseph and Shirley Keirn. The museum has not only the extensive Keirn collection but other donated memorabilia as well. Three rooms are filled with a trove of artifacts, photos, and weaponry; all of which is rotated with additional items to keep the museum fresh. Sara also noted that the museum is always open to donations of additional items and if the items are valuable they will be appraised and a tax deductible receipt is available. Two upcoming events at the museum include a special student display in April and a Veteran’s Day tribute in November. The museum is free to the public and open Wednesday – Thursday – and Friday from 1:00 – 4:30 PM or special tours can be arranged for groups by contacting Sara at 814-472-0740. For more information on the museum visit their website at www.francis.edu/Keirn-Family-World-War-II-Museum. Sara will also be back to speak to our club on November 13th with a special Veteran’s Day message.    

Guests of the Day:

Guest of Alex Seltzer – Zoey Lantzendorfer – who is Manpower’s Permanent Placement Consultant.

 

News of the Week:

…..Vice-President Kristan conducted the meeting and again reminded everyone about the Spring Regional Conference scheduled for the Poconos on April 13th – 15th. She stated that the deadline for registration is March 1st. Information on the conference and registration forms can be found on the Altoona AMBUCS website.

…..It’s probably not to soon to be thinking about our annual Blood Screening set for Saturday May 5th at the Park Hills Golf Club. This event is a very important fundraiser for the club as well as a service to our community. Volunteers are always bloodscreenneeded that morning from 5:30 to 10:00 AM. A signup sheet will be distributed closer to the event. This year’s cost for the basic screening will be $55. This fundraiser typically nets the club around $12,000 so it’s a big part of our Amtryke budget. Also remember to sign up yourself for a screening and help advertise the event by placing brochures and posters in your office and any other locations where people would see them.

…..The regular monthly board meeting is this week…..on Wednesday the 28th. The board meeting dates & times have changed to the last Wednesday of each month, starting at 12:30 however Kings cannot accommodate us on the last Wednesday of February & March; so an alternate location will have to be found. An email with this week’s location will be sent out soon.

…..Last week the raffle ticket of Bob Fiore, was chosen by Sara Myers, our guest speaker. For some reason Bob chose the Jack of Clubs instead of one of those elusive Jokers. But unfortunately for Bob, Jacks don’t pay nearly as well as Jokers. So that means that this week, you can have the chance to take home a pot of around $470 by picking a Joker out of the remaining 29 cards. Hey, the remaining cards are getting fewer….someone’s going to win some nice cash soon!

In Closing:

reality tale

Cullen

AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for February 20, 2018

Today’s Meeting:  Sara Myers – Director of the Joseph & Shirley Keirn World War II Museum and a special presentation of an Amtryke to Carter Wombacher.

Future Speakers:

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

March 6th– TBD

March 13th – Healing Patch

March 20th – Lehman Engineers – Discussing the Frankstown Bridge Project

 

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

…..Last week …..Last week’s speakers both spoke and sang as we welcomed AMBUC Bruce Brower and his A Cappella Quartet – “Starting Over”. Ambuc Dean McKnight introduced the quartet, which is comprised of Lead – JoeStarting Over Malafarina, Bass – Harris Layton, Baritone – Jim Decker, and Tenor – (our very own) Bruce Brower. Joe explained that the group has been together for about 8 years. He said that they are busy this time in February by their bookings of “Singing Valentines”. He also noted that they were scheduled to be on TV-10 that afternoon. To entertain us, they began by a medley of “I Love You Truly” and “Heart of My Heart”. They then sang “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” and ”Where or When”.   Wrapping up, they finished with “The Irish Blessing”. The quartet will be singing in the Altoona Horseshoe Chorus Spring event on April 28th at the Calvary Baptist Church. Other acts at that show will include the Altoona High School Chorus, the Ivyside Chorus and the Sweet Adelines. If you would like tickets to that event or to book “Starting Over” for an event, please see AMBUC Bruce Brower who can provide you the details.

Guests of the Day:

There were none.

 

News of the Week:

…..Vice-President Kristen conducted the meeting and again reminded everyone about the Spring Regional Conference scheduled for the Poconos on April 13th – 15th. Mike Strait informed the membership that information on the conference and registration forms can be found on the Altoona AMBUCS website.

…..In a quick gathering of the Ambucs board following last week’s meeting, a decision was made to change the future board meetings to the last Wednesday of each month, beginning at 12:30 at King’s restaurant. That will change the next board meeting to Wednesday, February 28th.

…..Last Monday evening, Ambucs Ed Farabaugh, Paul Dick, and Michele & John Lloyd built an Amtryke for 6 year old Carter Wombacher. Carter, who lives in Altoona, has Down Syndrome. According to his therapist, Kristen Zolnoski, the tryke will improve his balance, coordination, and strength. Carter will be our special guest at this week’s meeting where he will be presented with his new Amtryke.

…..In honor of President’s Day…..here’s a list of active members who have served as president of the Altoona Chapter of AMBUCS over the years:

Susan Barber, Ken Decker, Ed Farabaugh, Bob Fiore, Ed Garlena, Bill Hoyne, Jim Huff, Mike Knote, Rachael Lenhart, John Lloyd, Dave Mason, Jack McDougal, Scott Schraff, and Mike Strait.  

Joker…..Last week the raffle ticket of yours truly, John Lloyd, was chosen by Harris Layton, one of the Starting Over Quartet. Unfortunately for me, I chose the Four of Hearts instead of one of those elusive Jokers. So that means that this week, you can have the chance to take home a pot of at least $450 by picking a Joker out of the remaining 30 cards. Hey, the remaining cards are getting fewer….someone’s going to win some nice cash soon!

In Closing:    Ladies….these tips were from the 1950’s….might be a little different today? Tips for Wife

 

Cullen

AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for February 13, 2018

                                               

Today’s Meeting:   A Valentine’s Day treat – Bruce Brower and his Starting Over Quartet happy v-day

Future Speakers:

February 20th – Sara Myers – Director of the Joseph & Shirley Keirn World War II Museum

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

 

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

cpcf logo…..Last week our speaker was Jodi Cessna – Executive Director of the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation. Jodi began by stating that the foundation was formed in 1995 and first funded in 1996. Jodi has been the Executive Director for the last 20 years. She said that unfortunately the foundation seems to be a well-kept secret, but not to the over 600 organizations that have been recipients of the grants and scholarships. She stated that a good way to describe the community foundation is to say that they are today’s answer to a communities needs tomorrow. Examples of projects that have received funding include the flag flying on Gospel Hill, the numerous backpack programs, and of course the Altoona AMBUCS Amtryke program. Additionally, the foundation provides around 120 to 130 scholarships each year. Last year, they gave away their 1,000th scholarship. One success story example was a scholarship winner in 1999, who has now completed college and recently secured the Chick-fil-A franchise in Altoona. The foundation currently has approximately $22 million in their trust funds, the largest of which is around 3.76 million. Jodi boasted that their administrative fee on these funds is quite low….at only 1.5%. She passed around copies of their latest annual report which lists the many trust funds, the scholarships and grant recipients as well as the philanthropy award recipients. In the Q & A session, Treasurer, Paul Dick, thanked Jodi and the foundation for the continued support that they have provided the AMBUCS for our Amtryke project. For more information on the foundation, visit them at www.centralpagives.org.

Guests of the Day:

There were none.

 

News of the Week:

…..Vice-President Kristen conducted the meeting and passed around a thank you note from Amanda McKnight, mother of Christian, a two year old who recently received an Amtryke. Amanda thanked the AMBUCS for the tryke and promised to send a photo and an update on Christian’s progress. The McKnights live in McClure.

…..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. Additionally, an Amtryke build-it session is being considered for those who may be interested. Typically the club assists attendees with registration and a portion of the other costs. Please see the two pdf files attached to this week’s bulletin email for more information and registration forms. Registration deadline is March 1st.

…..Tim Parnell, our Living Endowment chairman, told the group that 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”. Tim reminded everyone that National applications will be accepted from March 5th through April 27th and that if the applicant is club-sponsored, there’s a better chance for a larger scholarship. He also stated that the club provides two $500 local scholarships to undergrads who are in one of the therapy fields of study.

Joker…..Last week the raffle ticket of Mark Ford was AGAIN chosen. Unfortunately for Mark, he once again chose rather unwisely….picking the Two of Spades from the deck. So that means that next meeting, you can have the chance to take home a pot of over $400 by picking a Joker out of the remaining 31 cards. Hey….someone’s going to win some cash!

 

In Closing:

candy clearance

 

Cullen

AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for February 6, 2018

Today’s Meeting:   Jodi Cessna – Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation

Future Speakers:

February 13th – Bruce Brower and his Starting Over Quartet

February 20th – Sara Myers – Director of the Joseph & Shirley Keirn World War II Museum

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

 

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

…..Last week our speaker was Joe Hurd, Joe hurd 1President/Chief Executive Officer of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce. Joe began his talk by saying that the Chamber is a little like the AMBUCS in that at times they have an identity crisis. Despite being the largest Chamber between Greensburg and Harrisburg, sometimes people just don’t know what the Chamber is and what it does. He handed out a brochure entitled “So you think you know the Chamber?” listing their many programs. Joe highlighted the activities of a number of these programs such as Workplace Wellness, Blair County Retail, and Basics. He emphasized that Basics is their largest committee and is a coalition of business, education, and community leaders working to provide opportunities for Blair County’s youth. The group’s Summer STEM program that has been very successful will be expanded this year into the high school level. At the program’s conclusion, the Ambuc members had a number of questions for Joe concerning the growth of businesses in the area, the economic outlook, and what he foresaw for the future. Joe’s answers included the statistic that Blair County is now considered “full employment” with their unemployment rate dropping to around 4% and that the Chamber membership is growing and now stands at 1,060 members.

Guests of the Day:

Jim Gregory – guest of Alex Seltzer. After being introduced, Jim thanked the AMBUCS for the work that we’ve done to support WeCare.

News of the Week:

Terry Albright…..An induction ceremony was conducted last week for our newest member Terry Albright. President Rachael performed the member oath for Terry who is the manager of the 25th Avenue M & T Bank office. Terry’s sponsor, Paul Dick, received some hardware for his Big Hat.

 

…..President Rachael noted that the 5th annual “Blues & Brews” will be held on February 10th. The event, to be held at the Casino, will benefit We Care. Tickets are available from Kristen Zolnoski.

…..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. Additionally, an Amtryke build-it session is being considered for those who may be interested. Typically the club assists attendees with registration and a portion of the other costs. Everyone should have received a registration form recently in the mail.

…..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 Mark Ford was chosen. Unfortunately for Mark, he chose rather unwisely….picking the Ace of Diamonds from the deck. So that means that next meeting, you can have the chance to take home a pot of over $400 by picking a Joker out of the remaining 32 cards. Hey….you could be a wiener!

…..February Ambuc birthdays and club anniversaries include:

Birthdays:                   Carl Gingrich and Karen Lemme – 8thballoons

                                                Ken Decker – 23rd

Sandy Gregory – 27th                                                

 

Club Anniversaries:    Carl Gingrich – 2014

Rachael Lenhart – 2007

Jim Huff – 1991 – 27 Years!

 

…..On a somber note, longtime Altoona Ambuc’s member in the 70’s and 80’s, Joe Reasy Jr., died last week. Joe was always the life of the “party” and had a funny story to tell you every time you were with him. A memorial service will be planned at a later date. Joe was 71.

 

…..Those of us that attended the AMBUCS Super Bowl party on Sunday certainly had a good time! I’m not SuperBowlsure that the Patriot’s fans enjoyed it quite as much…..those Eagles soared! Pool winners included….Paul Dick – $100, Frank O’Dellick – $100, Ed Farabaugh – $100 and Barb Huff – $200.

Again, a special thanks goes out to Jack McDougal for organizing and running another successful “33” Club and Super Bowl party.

 

In Closing:      groundhog day