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!)


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