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AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for April 24, 2018

Today’s Meeting:  – Karen McGraw – Armed Forces Mothers

 

Future Speakers:

May 1st – No Speaker – Membership discussion led by Alex Seltzer

May 8th – Presentation of two Amtrykes

May 15th – Debbie Kelly – Dreams Go On

May 22nd – Marty Malone – Lehman Engineers – Pa’s covered bridges

 

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

Conemaugh Nason Logo…..Last week our speaker was Betsy Garach, of the Conemaugh Nason Foundation. Betsy also happens to be Derek Martin’s mother-in-law. Derek introduced Betsy to the membership explaining that she “bought” him for $51 in a charity bachelor auction for her daughter……..a purchase that eventually turned into her having Derek become her son-in-law. Betsy stated that her community involvement began at an early age when her mother had her doing door-to-door solicitation for the American Heart Association. She noted that she appreciates the AMBUCS efforts since “it takes a passion to do good work for which you are not paid”. She was already familiar with the AMBUCS since her grand-daughter was an Amtryke recipient a number of years ago. Betsy also is a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and is a member of the board of directors at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center. She noted that the hospital was founded in 1900 as a small community hospital serving the rural areas of Blair, Bedford and Huntingdon counties. The 45 bed hospital has an emergency room, medical-surgery care, pediatrics, obstetrics/neonatal, and physical rehab as just some of its services. While Nason was a non-profit operation, the merger with the Conemaugh Health System changed them to a for-profit entity. Since the merger, about $1M was invested in capital improvements to the hospital. As one of the hospital’s 13 board members, Betsy is also involved with the Nason Foundation, which began in 1988 with the mission “to support the health and vitality of our community through financial support and education”. It is through this foundation that our AMBUCS grant coordinator, Dave Aikens, approached Betsy with a request for Amtryke funding. Betsy and the Foundation announced that they would fund three Amtrykes that were recently ordered for three children in the Foundation’s service area. Following her presentation, Betsy and the Foundation presented Conemaugh Nason Checkvice-president Kristan with a check for $2523, the cost of the three trykes! One of the trykes, for a 9 year old boy from Martinsburg was presented to him last Monday and the other two; for an 11 year old East Freedom boy and a 12 year old boy from Duncansville, will be presented at our May 8th meeting. Betsy, who is employed at Top to Bottom Interiors, finished her talk by stating that the owner of Top to Bottom, Brian Himes, visited the AMBUCS website and was also impressed with what we do. He stated that he would like to support us by donating to the club’s Amtryke fund for a future tryke. Dave will have more information on this as it develops. A huge thank you goes out to Betsy, the Nason Foundation, Brian Himes of Top to Bottom Interiors, and to grant chairman Dave Aikens for making our Amtryke program so successful.

 

Guests of the Day:

…..The only guest was Kristan’s therapy student, TJ, who is shadowing her.

 

News of the Week:

Power House Subs…..Vice-President Kristan reminded everyone that hoagie and apple dumpling orders will be ready for pickup tomorrow….April 24th. The orders can be picked up any time beginning at 8AM.

bloodscreen…..A sign-up sheet was again passed around to work at our annual Blood Screening set for Saturday May 5th at the Park Hills Golf Club. We’re down to needing just two more volunteers that morning from  5:30 AM to 10:00 AM. 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 brochures and posters are now available at club.

…..Ken Decker circulated a sign-up sheet for members to secure programs for the next club year (beginning in June). Please consider taking a month or sharing one with another Ambuc.

…..Jim Huff informed the membership that he and his wife Barb attended the AMBUCS regional conference last weekend in the Poconos. Jim was the auctioneer for the annual Big Hat auction which according to Jim raised $4300 for the National Scholarship program. Way to go Jim!

Joker…..Last week the raffle ticket of Derek Martin was chosen by our guest speaker (and Derek’s mother-in-law), Betsy Garach, prompting Derek to exclaim…”She’s my favorite mother-in-law!”  I’m not so sure Derek felt the same way after picking the queen of hearts….instead of that elusive Joker. The good news for the rest of us is that the pot once more grows….now around $625! So this week, you have the chance to pick the winning Joker out of a remaining deck of 21 cards.

In Closing:

The Miser and His Final Wish

There once was a man who had worked hard all of his life and had saved all of his money. He was a real miser when it came to his money. In fact, he loved money more than most anything else and so just before he died, he said to his wife…”Listen, when I die I want you to take all of my money and place it in the casket with me, because I want to take all of it with me to the after-life.”

CasketSo he got his wife to promise him with all of her heart that when he died she would indeed put all of his money in his casket with him. When he died and was stretched out in the casket, his wife, dressed in black, was right there beside him.  Her best friend was at her side as the funeral ceremony came to a close. Just before the casket was closed, the wife yelled out “Wait a minute!”

She came up to the casket with a shoebox in her hand, placed it in the casket and told the undertaker that he could now close the casket and take it away. Her friend looked at her and said, “I hope you weren’t crazy enough to put all of that money in there with that old stingy husband of yours.” The wife said, “Yes, I promised him. I’m a good Christian and cannot lie. I promised him that I would put that money in the casket with him.” “You mean to tell me you put every cent of his money in the casket with him?” the friend gasped. “I sure did” answered the wife. “I got it all together, put it in my account, and wrote him a check!”

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AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for April 17, 2018

Today’s Meeting:  – Betsy Garach – Conemaugh Nason Medical Center & Foundation

 

Future Speakers:

April 24th – Karen McGraw – Armed Forces Mothers

May 1st – No Speaker – Membership discussion led by Alex Seltzer

May 8th – Presentation of two Amtrykes

May 15th – Debbie Kelly – Dreams Go On

May 22nd – Marty Malone – Lehman Engineers – Pa’s covered bridges

 

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

…..Last week our speaker was Lou Schmidt. Lou, who is a local attorney, grew up in Altoona and became fascinated with history when he discovered a set of 1968 World Book Encyclopedias in his grandmother’s attic. Lou’s talk centered around the 1787 Constitutional Convention which was held in Philadelphia in the building now known as Independence SigningHall. The convention was designed to work out problems that were associated with the Articles of Confederation. Each of the 13 states, except Rhode Island which chose not to participate, sent representatives to the convention that began in May. Pennsylvania had eight delegates to the convention (more than any other state) including Robert Morris, James Wilson, and Benjamin Franklin. Lou noted that some of the topics of discussion included the term length of the presidency, the pay for legislators and how the states would be represented in the legislature. The result of the conference was the signing of the United States Constitution on September 17th, 1787. Lou noted that his interest in history was one of the factors in his decision to run for the Pa. 79th District House seat.

 

Guests of the Day:

Tim Holtz, guest of Ken Decker. Tim, who is the president of the Glendale Lakes Snowmobile Club, took a few minutes to discuss the club’s recent efforts to increase the number and length of trails.

 

News of the Week:

Power House Subs…..Vice-President Kristan reminded everyone that hoagie and apple dumpling orders are due tomorrow….April 17th with delivery on Tuesday April 24th at club that day.

…..Kristan also noted that the club will host a team for this fall’s We Care Softball Marathon, scheduled for August 10th.  Team manager, Tony Miller, is once again recruiting anyone and everyone to play on the team or at least to show up and root them onto victory.

…..Scholarship chairman, Tim Parnell, reminded the membership that the deadline for National and local scholarship applications is coming up on April 17th. See Tim if you have any questions.

bloodscreen…..A sign-up sheet was again passed around to work at our annual Blood Screening set for Saturday May 5th at the Park Hills Golf Club. Two more volunteers are still needed that morning from  5:30 AM to 10:00 AM. 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 brochures and posters are now available at club.

…..I think it is fair to say that everyone who attended last Tuesday’s tour of Lenny’s Classic Car Museum was quite impressed with the collection of cars, the renovation of the building, and the excellent details that Lenny’s employees impart on the unbelievable collection of classic cars. It was amazing to witness this collection which has to be seen to be believed! I would assume that most people in the area don’t even realize that this collection is in their backyard. Thanks to Paul Dick for setting up this unique opportunity for us to enjoy.  

 

Joker…..Last week the raffle ticket of Linda Horomanski was chosen by our guest speaker, Lou Schmidt. After picking a card, Linda noted that even though diamonds are a girl’s best friend, the 7 of diamonds wasn’t what she was looking for. The good news for the rest of us is that the pot once more grows….now over $600! So this week, you have the chance to pick the winning Joker out of a remaining deck of 22 cards.

In Closing:

 

A man and a woman had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything. They had talked about everything. They had kept no secrets from each other except that the little old woman had a shoebox in the top of her closet that she had cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about.

 

For all these years the husband hadn’t thought about the box, but one day the wife got very sick and her doctor told them that she would not recover. In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoebox and took it to his wife’s bedside. She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the shoebox. When he opened the box, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totally $95,000.

 

Dolly              He asked her about the contents. “When we were to be married’ she said, ‘my grandmother told me the secret to a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll.”

 

The old man was so moved that he had to fight back tears. Only two precious dolls were in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all of those years of living and loving. He almost burst with happiness. “Honey’, he exclaimed, ‘that explains the dolls but what about all of this money? Where did it come from?” “Oh’, she said, ‘that was the money I made from selling the dolls!”

 

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AMBUCS Altoona Newsleter for April 10, 2018

Today’s Meeting:  Lou Schmidt – Pa.’s Role in the United States Constitution

Future Speakers:

April 17th – Betsy Garach – Conemaugh Nason Medical Center & Foundation

April 24th – Karen McGraw – Armed Forces Mothers

May 1st – No Speaker – Membership discussion led by Alex Seltzer

 

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

…..Last week our speaker was Derek Martin – General Manager of the Altoona Curve and Mike Ryan – Field Manager of the Curve. Derek began by stating that this is a special year for the Curve as they celebrate their 20th anniversary. The season long celebration will include a number of special events and promotions including eleven bobble-head giveaways for the fan’s choice of favorite players Locoat each position and for favorite manager. Derek noted that the favorite manager choice was Mike Ryan, whose bobble-head will be given away over the weekend. Derek also noted that the field has undergone a number of upgrades over the winter including new sod, costing just under $400K and a new scoreboard and production room costing around 1.2 million. These expenditures came from the Capital Improvement Fund which includes monies from the Blair County lodging tax as well as money from the Curve owners, the Lozinaks. Derek then introduced Mike Ryan who is an Indiana, Pa. native who will be leading the team for his second season. Mike discussed the community involvement that the players provide to local charities. While each player is expected to volunteer 10 hours per season to the community, Mike stated that most players greatly exceed that number of hours. He said that this year’s team will include a nice mix of last year’s championship team veterans along with some new and exciting prospects. Mike’s promise to the Curve fans is that he will instill in the team the values to outwork, outplay and outcompete the other teams in the league. Here’s hoping that the Curve win it all again in 2018!

 

Guests of the Day:

There were none.

 

News of the Week:

Power House Subs…..Vice-President Kristan reminded everyone about our current fundraiser – a hoagie and apple dumpling sale from Powerhouse Subs. The hoagies will be $7.00 and the apple dumplings will be $5.00. Orders must be turned  in by April 17th with delivery on Tuesday April 24th at club that day. Please help support the club by participating in this sale.

…..Kristan also noted that the club will host a team for this fall’s We Care Softball Marathon, scheduled for August 10th.  Team manager, Tony Miller, is once again recruiting anyone and everyone to play on the team or at least to show up and root them onto victory.

…..A sign-up sheet was again passed around to work at our annual Blood Screening set for bloodscreenSaturday May 5th at the Park Hills Golf Club. Two more volunteers are still needed that morning from  5:30 AM to 10:00 AM. 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 brochures and posters are now available at club.

…..Paul Dick asked me to remind everyone who signed up to attend Tuesday’s tour of Lenny’s Classic Car Museum to meet at the museum located at 816 Green Avenue in Altoona; where ample parking is available. The tour will begin at 1:30, giving everyone enough time to get to the museum after our club meeting. The tour should last 1½ to 2 hours.

…..Paul also asked the members for any items that their business can donate so that we can put together a basket or two for this year’s Regional Conference Big Hat auction. Our club will be represented by Jim Huff, who will also serve as one of the auctioneers. Let either Paul or Jim know if you or your business has any gift(s) for this charity auction.

 

Joker…..Last week the raffle ticket of Kathy Storm was chosen by our guest speaker, Mike Ryan. While Kathy looked confident going to the head table to choose her card, she came away empty handed as she unwisely chose the 10 of Spades. The good news for the rest of us is that the pot once more grows….now around $590. So this week, you have the chance to pick the winning Joker out of a remaining deck of 23 cards. The future winner of the pot is going to have a great Tuesday one of these days!

In Closing:

A couple in their nineties are both having problems remembering things. They decide to go to the doctor for a checkup. The doctor listens to their concerns and informs them that while they are physically okay, that they might want to start writing things down to help them remember.

Later that night while watching TV, the old man gets up from his chair. His wife asks, “Where are you going?”

“To the kitchen” he replies.Ice Cream

“Will you get me a bowl of ice cream?” she asks.

“Sure” he says.

The wife replies, “Don’t you think you should write it down so that you remember?”

“No, I can remember it.”

“Well, I’d like some strawberries on top too. You better write it down, because you know you will forget it.”

He says, “I can remember that….you want a bowl of ice cream with strawberries.”

“I’d also like some whipped cream. I’m certain that you’ll forget that, so you better write that down.” she retorts.

Irritated he replies, “I don’t need to write it down, I can remember it! Leave me alone! Ice cream with strawberries and whipped cream – I got it for goodness sakes!” Then he shuffles off to the kitchen.

After about 20 minutes the old man returns from the kitchen and hands his wife a plate of bacon and eggs.

She stares at the plate for a moment and asks…”Where’s my toast?”

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AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for April 3, 2018

Today’s Meeting:  Derek Martin – 2018 Curve Season Preview

 

Future Speakers:

April 10th – Lou Schmidt – Pa.’s Role in the United States Constitution

April 17th – Betsy Garach – Conemaugh Nason Medical Center & Foundation

April 24th – Karen McGraw – Armed Forces Mothers

May 1st – No Speaker – Membership discussion led by Alex Seltzer

 

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

…..Last week our speaker was Sarah Garber of Clay Cup. Sarah began by explaining that her interest in the arts began when she took upClay Cup photography in high school. That interest expanded into painting and pottery and about 2 ½ years ago she opened Playtime Pottery in Hollidaysburg. During her travels around Altoona, Sarah admired the old architecture of many of the downtown buildings, and in particular, the former Westfall’s Haberdashery at 1304 11th Avenue. She and her husband now own that property where they opened the Clay Cup, a combination coffee shop, pottery, and painting studio. While Clay Cup is in operation on the first floor, Sarah has plans to renovate the second floor into an area for expanded art classes and meeting rooms and the third floor into a high end apartment and a bed and breakfast. The café’s hours are Mon.-Thur. 6:30 A – 7P, Fri. 6:30 A – 9P, Sat. 8A – 9P, and Sun. 8A – 4P.

Guests of the Day:

Jess Knott – Guest of Derek Martin

Kristan Stratton – Guest of Alex Seltzer

 

News of the Week:

Power House Subs…..Please remember about our current fundraiser – a hoagie and apple dumpling sale from Powerhouse Subs. The hoagies will be $7.00 and the apple dumplings will be $5.00. Orders must be turned  in by April 17th with delivery on Tuesday April 24th at club that day. Please help support the club by participating in this sale.

bloodscreen…..A sign-up sheet was again passed around to work at our annual Blood Screening set for Saturday May 5th at the Park Hills Golf Club. Several more volunteers are still needed that morning from  5:30 AM to 10:00 AM. 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 brochures and posters are now available at club.

…..The Ambucs board met last Wednesday and the following are the highlights:

  • A discussion ensued regarding the upcoming membership meeting on May 1st. Topics of discussion that day will include membership building, the reinstatement of committees preference sheets, and the possibility of offering corporate memberships.
  • After a discussion about possibly changing the club’s bylaws concerning political candidates being able to discuss their candiacy during election time, a decision was to leave the bylaws as is.
  • A unanimous vote was taken to again participate in the We Care Softball Marathon, slated for this August. Tony Miller will again chair our team.
  • Upon a request from the Central Pa. Autism Society, the club will donate $250 to the Society’s upcoming “Planting Acceptance”, a sensory activity that will include the planting of flowers by autistic children and their families.

…..Birthdays and Club Anniversaries for April include: (It’s hard to imagine that three members of our club share the same birthdate!)

balloonsBirthdays:

4th – Lynn Lee-Alexander

13th – Terry Albright, Amanda Marin & Alex Seltzer

21st – Bob Reffner

30th – Jim Huff

Club Anniversaries:

2013 – Natalie Depto Vesey

2002 – Lynn Lee-Alexander

1981 – Bob Reffner……37 years!

 

Joker…..Last week the raffle ticket of Jack Rawlings was chosen by our guest speaker, Sara Garber. Jack can now add his name to a long list of “losers” by picking the Seven of Clubs.   So boys and girls, that means that this week, you can have the chance to take home a pot of over $550 by picking a Joker out of the remaining 24 cards.

In Closing:         Bruce Brower forwarded this picture of his shower to me…

 Shower Bar