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AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for July 24, 2018

Today’s Meeting: Allan Bassler – Publisher of the Morrison’s Cove Herald and a check presentation to the club by Bev Green, representing the FirstEnergy Foundation.

 

Future Speakers:

July 31st – Ed Krueger – Publisher of the Altoona Mirror

August 7th – Jane Sheffield & Jim Yeager of the St. Vincent de Paul Society – Monastery Gardens

August 14th – Sam Hayes, Jr. – retired Secretary of Agriculture, Commonwealth of Pa.

August 21st – Donna Fisher – District Manager Bl. Co. Conservation Dist. – Natureworks Park

August 28th – Jerry Zolten – PSU professor – “How They Got Over: Black Gospel Quartets & the Road to Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

 

cowsWhacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:  Larry Kulp of the Kulp Family Farm in Martinsburg was our guest speaker. Larry and his family moved to the Cove in 1973 when his son Philip was just three. They began farming with 38 cows and now have farms in both the Cove and Sinking Valley and have a 3,000 Holstein herd of which 2,600 are milked daily! The milking schedule is a 24/7 operation with each cow being milked three times a day. Each milking shift is 6-1/2 hours and each parlor is washed completely after each milking. Larry explained that he has now retired and the farm is run by his son Philip and his american dairy assoc logograndson Kyle, who is currently a student at Penn State. Kyle also spoke to the club and noted that their milk parlors now employ 35 and that during “cropping” they hire an additional 35 part-time employees. He stated that currently the supply of milk exceeds the demand and consequently the milk business is not as profitable. He did state that they have benefitted from 30% of their milk being produced as kosher milk; with the overseeing of the milking parlors by rabbis. In addition to the milk production, the operation includes about 6,000 acres of farm land. Additionally, the Kulp farm is host to countless grade school students who tour the farm each year. Following his remarks, Kyle fielded a number of questions from the membership. In addition to Larry and Kyle, Larry’s wife Mary Ann and another grandson Hank attended the meeting. The Kyles were very gracious in bringing along gift bags for the membership which included some cheese sticks, cinnamon butter, milk chocolate, recipes, and even a tractor key chain. A very interesting and informative program!

 

Guests of the Day:

 

…..Guest of Paul Dick was Emily Sollenberger, a Relationship Manager at M & T Bank in Altoona.

Emily has decided to join the club and has submitted an application.

 

…..Guest of Dave Aikens was Sandy Hazlett.

 

 News of the Week:

…..President Kristan passed around a thank you card from Erin Kelly, who, along with her mother, was last week’s speaker. She thanked us for the opportunity for her story to be told and hoped that we would invite her back, maybe after she writes her next book.

 

…..Kristan also announced that the club has received a $1,000 donation from the CPCF (Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation)! The check will be put to good use in our Amtryke fund.

softball marathon…..Mark your calendar….the AMBUCS will face WeCare in the WeCare Softball Marathon on Friday, August 10th, at Seitz field in Eldorado. Tony Miller needs players, basically anyone with a pulse! A sign-up sheet began it’s rounds last week. You can sign up to play and/or attend the after-game party. Oil up that glove, knock the dirt out of those cleats, and get some time in the batting cage as the AMBUCS look to bring home the bragging rights against WeCare. If you can’t play….that’s OK too as we need a cheering section for the game and people to attend the traditional after-game party!

 

Joker…..Last week the raffle ticket of Jim Berkhimer was chosen. Jim, unfortunately for him, chose the three of clubs. Pulling that card just made him another loser in a long line of losers! So that means the odds are even better for whomever gets to try to find one of those two Jokers this week…..remember, it could be you picking from the deck of 47 remaining cards with a potential winning pot of about $140.

 

In Closing:   Bill is putting his young daughter to bed one night and as he walks out the bedroom door he hears her saying her prayers. She says, “God bless mommy, daddy, and grandma, rest in peace grandpa.” Bill rushes back into her bedroom and asks her, bedtime“Why did you say the last part?” His daughter replies, “Because I needed to.” The next day, grandpa dies of a heart attack. Bill is worried about his daughter but thinks, “It must just be a sad coincidence.”

That night he tucks his daughter into bed again and once again he hears her saying her prayers. She says, “God bless mommy and daddy, rest in peace grandma.” Bill is now really worried and thinking to himself, “Can my daughter really see into the future?” The next day, lo and behold grandma dies and now Bill is convinced his daughter can predict the future. For the rest of the week, nothing happens, but on Sunday night as Bill leaves his daughter’s bedroom he waits outside and listens for any more prayers. Sure enough, he hears her say, “God bless you mommy, rest in peace daddy.” Now Bill is really panicking and thinking, ‘”Oh my God, I’m going to die tomorrow!”

The following day Bill is a complete mess at work; a real nervous wreck. He constantly checks the clock, looks around the room and is on edge all the time expecting to die at any moment. He is so nervous that he doesn’t leave the office until after midnight. Once it turns past midnight he says to himself with relief, “How is this possible? I should be dead!” He goes home and walks into the house to find his wife sitting on the sofa with a scared look on her face. She asks him, “Where have you been? What took you so long?” Bill replies, “Listen honey, I haven’t had the best of days” and he is just about to tell her what has happened when she starts crying and bursts out, “You think you had a bad day…..I saw the mailman die yesterday!”

Cullen

AMBUCS Altoona Newletter for July 10, 2018

Today’s Meeting: Erin Kelly – Author and Altoona Mirror Columnist

 

Future Speakers:

July 17th – Larry Culp – Dairy Farmer in Martinsburg

July 24th – Allan Bassler – Publisher of the Morrison’s Cove Herald

July 31st – Ed Krueger – Publisher of the Altoona Mirror

 

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:  Last week our speaker was Tracie Ciambotti – Military Family Ministries. Tracie, who is the co-founder and current director, explained that her involvement in the Ministries took seed in 2005 when her son enlisted in the army two days after his high school graduation. He still serves and has had four deployments to the Middle East. In 2008 Tracie began supporting the mother of a recently enlisted son who went to their church. That friendship was the nucleus for the Military military families ministry logoFamily Ministries which began at the State College Alliance church. After a brief move from the area, Tracie and her husband moved back to the area and in 2013 Tracie began another Ministry in Bellwood. Their mission is to support the family members of those enlisted, often the parents. They create awareness of the sacrifices of military families. One of their main projects is the mailing of care packages to the troops. Those packages include items that the military does not typically supply, such as socks, coffee, batteries, toiletries, etc. Many specific requests come from the chaplains in the field. The Ministry recently shipped 200 “mission kits” which are packages of food that can be taken into the field when the troops are away from their base and consequently miss their meals. Other shipments included 4,500 Christmas stockings, Valentine’s Day boxes, and Easter packages. She thanked the Ambucs members for the socks and donations that we presented to them. Treasurer Paul gave the proceeds from last week’s raffle to Tracie to help with their shipping costs. Vic Gioiosa noted that if a member forgot to bring in socks and still wanted to make a donation, that both of the branches of the ARC Federal Credit Union have collection boxes for the Ministry. For more information on the Ministry, visit them at www.militaryfamiliesministry.com.            

 

Guests of the Day:

…..Guest of Vic Gioiosa was Liesl Kapfhammer, marketing coordinator at the ARC Federal Credit Union.

 News of the Week:

softball marathon…..Mark your calendar….the AMBUCS will face WeCare in the WeCare Softball Marathon on Friday, August 10th, at Seitz field in Eldorado. Tony Miller needs players, basically anyone with a pulse! A sign-up sheet should be circulated in the next week or so. Oil up that glove, knock the dirt out of those cleats, and get some time in the batting cage as the AMBUCS look to bring home the bragging rights against WeCare. If you can’t play….that’s OK too as we need a cheering section for the game and people to attend the traditional after-game party! Details to follow soon.

…..At the last AMBUCS board meeting the 2018/19 board makeup was finalized. The following officers and board chairs were approved:

Board Chairman: Ed Garlena     President: Kristan Zolnoski    Secretary: Bob Reffner

Treasurer: Paul Dick    Vice-President & Public Relations & Internet: Rachel DiAndrea

Amtrykes: Michele Lloyd                Community Service: Natalie Depto-Vesey

Grants: Dave Aikens         Membership: Alex Seltzer         Projects: Linda Horomanski

Scholarships: Tim Parnell      Social: Jim Huff      Bulletin: John Lloyd       Programs: Ken Decker

Board members At Large (No Committee Chair): Carl Gingerich (1 year) & Derek Martin (2 years)

 

…..The AMBUCS board also recently approved the application for membership from Scott Filler, CEO of Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona. Scott’s application is for a corporate membership and is being sponsored by Alex Seltzer. The board also regretfully accepted the resignation of Terry Albright of M&T Bank.

 

Joker…..Last week our guest speaker, Tracie Ciambotti, chose the ticket of Bill Reintgen. Bill strode confidently to the head table and promptly chose the King of Clubs. Better luck next time Bill! So that just means the odds are better for whomever gets to try to find one of the Jokers next week…..it could be you picking from the deck of 49 remaining cards and a winner’s pot of about $100.

 

wishlist club…..What would be the most rewarding way for you to spend a dollar a day? A dollar you say! That can’t buy much these days…..it could buy a soda or a candy bar…..but what if you could use it to make a difference in someone’s life instead?  Well it can if you join the National AMBUCS Amytrke Wish List! It’s sad that there are so many children that are still waiting to get their very own Amtryke. The wish list exists to ensure people with disabilities, of limited financial resources, are able to enjoy the fun and freedom of riding their own Amtryke. It’s so easy to join, just go to www.Ambucs.org, click on “donate now”, and choose “Wish List Club” on the right.  Please consider joining others in giving the gift of mobility and become a member of the AMBUCS Wish List Club today!

 

In Closing:

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Cullen

AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for July 3, 2018

happy 4thToday’s Meeting:  Tracie Ciambotti – Military Family Ministries      

 

Future Speakers:

July 10th – Erin Kelly – Author and Altoona Mirror Columnist

July 17th – Larry Culp – Dairy Farmer in Martinsburg

July 24th – Allan Bassler – Publisher of the Morrison’s Cove Herald

July 31st – Ed Krueger – Publisher of the Altoona Mirror

 

ARTS logoWhacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:  Last week our speaker was George Sackandy of Arts Altoona. George noted that they will celebrate their 1st anniversary of Arts Altoona on July 1st. It’s been a busy year for the organization as George noted a number of their accomplishments and future plans. One of the tree paintingsuccesses has been the after school program at Evergreen Manor where each week visiting artists attend the program to discuss their craft and encourage the children to embrace the arts. Just recently it was announced that the program has been selected for funding from the United Way! Another event was the block party in Juniata where 30 musicians and 60 artists showcased their talents which included a large community wall mural across from Peterman’s Florist in Juniata. George also discussed their plans for their 11th Ave. building and the many design ideas that the PSU students presented. He said that the building’s roof leak is scheduled to be fixed soon which will allow construction to begin in September on the $1 million dollar, phase 1 renovation of the building into 25 art rooms and studios. They are currently planning their 1st annual fundraiser on August 19th. For more information on this event and their other happenings, visit them at https://www.artsaltoona.org.

tim balconiFollowing our guest speaker, Tim Balconi of the UPMC Altoona Foundation, presented the AMBUCS with a check for $2,500 for our Amtryke program! Shown here is Tim presenting the check to Alex Seltzer. A big thanks to the UPMC Altoona foundation and to our grant coordinator, Dave Aikens, for this great boost to our Amtryke fund!

 

Guests of the Day:

…..There were none.

 

 News of the Week:

…..At the start of our meeting last week, Dennis, the manager of Park Hills Golf Club food services, spoke to the membership regarding a change in how our club lunches will be presented. Starting this week, a menu will be displayed near the badge board listing the two luncheon choices. Besides the menu there will be two “table tents”, one red, one blue, for you to pickup as your luncheon choice. You then place your tent in front of your plate so that the waitestaff can place your order. This change should streamline the ordering process since in the past the cup up/down system was somewhat confusing for the person taking the orders, due to vacant spots at a table.

socks…..John Lloyd noted that this week’s speaker is Tracie Ciambotti from Military Family Ministries and that one of their missions is to provide socks to our soldiers. With summer temperatures exceeding 100 degrees in many of the areas that our troops are stationed, the need for clean dry socks is paramount. John asked that you please consider purchasing and bringing to club this week black crew or ankle socks (no tube socks). It would be great if we could present Tracie with a large donation of socks from the club! Vic Gioiosa also noted that collection boxes are available at the offices of ARC Federal Credit Union and that in lieu of socks, the Ministry also accepts donations to help with the postage for the mailings.

Erin Kelly…..Next week, our guest speaker will be Erin Kelly, a local author, poet, and Altoona Mirror columnist. Erin, who has cerebral palsy, has written a book of poetry entitled “How to Wait”, which bears witness to the art of patience, a trait few of us will ever master. We have a number of copies of this book and we will be selling chances for you to win one. Chances are just $5.00….see John Lloyd to purchase a chance for one of these books.

Joker…..Last week our guest speaker, George Sackandy, chose the ticket of Mike Knote.  Mike asked Alex Seltzer to pick a card for him….which became a loser when the Four of Diamonds was chosen. So, I’m not sure who the loser was…Mike or Alex. Either way it could be you who picks this week from the deck of 50 remaining cards and a winner’s pot of about $100.

 

…..Mark your calendar….the AMBUCS will face WeCare in the WeCare Softball Marathon on Friday, August 10th, at Seitz field in Eldorado. Tony Miller needs players, and by players Tony says that the only requirement to play is to have a pulse! Details of the event to follow soon.

…..July Birthdays and Club Anniversaries include:

balloonsBirthdays:                                                                  Club Anniversaries:       

7/24Natalie Depto Vesey                                Ed Garlena2014

7/25Paul Dick and Derek Martin

7/28Dave Mason

 

In Closing:   Our guest speaker next week is Erin Kelly, a local writer and poet. While writing may not be everyone’s forte, I found the following ten steps to help you improve your writing skills!

HOW TO WRITE GOOD

1)Avoid Alliteration. Always.

2)Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.

3)Avoid clichés like the plague. They’re old hat.

4)Comparisons are as bad as clichés.

5)Be more or less specific.

6)Writers should never generalize.

Seven: Be consistent!  

8) Don’t be redundant; don’t use more words than necessary; it’s highly superfluous.

9) Who needs rhetorical questions?

10) Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.