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AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for August 14, 2018

Today’s Meeting:  Sam Hayes, Jr. – Retired Secretary of Agriculture, Commonwealth of Pa. and the presentation of two Amtrykes to Hoyt Bowser and Max Haney.

 

Future Speakers:

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.”

 

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:  Our guest speakers were Jane Sheffield & Jim Yeager of the St. Vincent de Paul Society – Monastery Gardens. Jim, the garden’s manager, began the talk by explaining that the gardens at the Monastery were started in 2008 after spending many years at the Hollidaysburg Veteran’s Home. That year the Monastery’s Franciscans donated garden 1two one acre plots of ground for the establishment of the community garden. In 2015, the gardens became associated with the St Vincent de Paul Society to provide the food that is grown for the community’s needy. The all-volunteer effort produced 7,000 pounds of produce last year! The volunteer’s plant, water, weed, harvest and distribute the organic food each year. This past spring the group erected their second growing tunnel which has made it possible to start planting earlier and to continue harvesting later in the fall. Jim garden 2stated that the group is always looking for volunteers, not only for the fields but for their board. Jane Sheffield, the flower garden manager, spoke next about the pollinator garden that is at the garden site. Flowers are planted in a 30’ x 60’ plot to help with pollination of the gardens and are available to be picked for arrangements. Jane also noted that in 2016, the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Hollidaysburg assumed the responsibility of finding volunteers for the work necessary to produce and donate the produce to charitable agencies in the community. At the conclusion of their presentation, Jane noted that one of the chairs in the room had a sticky note under it and that person would win a flower display. Mark Ford was that lucky recipient. The gardens are located at 793 Monastery Road, Hollidaysburg and for more information on the gardens, visit them at https://monasterygardens.weebly.com/.

 

Guests of the Day:

 

…..Guest of Chris Shirock was former member Dan Bradley.

…..Guest of Bob Reffner was former member Trav Young.

 

News of the Week:

…..President Kristan noted that Amtryke Chairman, Michele Lloyd, received three of the back ordered Amtrykes last week. The Amtryke assembly team was busy last week constructing the trykes, two of which will be presented at this week’s meeting. Ten year old Hoyt of Clearville and six year old Max of Lilly will be at club this week to receive their Amtrykes.

softball player…..Last Friday evening the Altoona AMBUCS premire softball team, led by coach Tony Miller, took to the diamond in the WeCare Softball Marathon kickoff game. The team, made up of many of our Ambuc members and their family and friends took on a “ringer” team of president Kristan’s brother and friends. The teams battled back and forth for close to three hours until the winning run crossed the plate for the opposition in a very close game with the final score being thirty something to twenty something. Following the game, Ed and Paulette Farabaugh graciously hosted the annual after-game party. A great evening and a nice support of WeCare.

…..The last several years we have not had our annual “500 Club” lunch for those members who either purchased $500 of candy from our Christmas sale and/or made a cash contibution equaling our profit from $500 of sales. The lunch this year will be held on Tuesday October 2nd (note: this is a date change) and will include those members who were “500 Club” members in either 2016 or 2017, or both. Linda Horomanski is organizing this special lunch and will have more details soon.

…..As we did last year, there will not be a meeting on Tuesday September 18th due to the annual Operation Our Town golf outing held at Park Hills. This event draws a very large crowd and both parking and dining room space is at a premium. You’ll have to find your own lunch that day!

 

football…..It’s almost football season and that can only mean it’s time for the AMBUCS Annual 33 Club. The cost this year remains at $40 which gets you an assigned team with a chance to win $30 everytime they score 33 points at the end of a game or $10 if the team they play scores 33. It also gets you free admission to our annual Super Bowl party. There’s a sign-up sheet being circulated starting this week.

 

Joker…..Winner…..Winner….We have a raffle winner! Last week the raffle ticket of Lynn Lee-Alexander was chosen by our speaker. Lynn strode to the head table and without hesitation chose a card…and it was one of those coveted Jokers. Lynn’s win netted her $194 which she very generously donated to our Amtryke fund. Very nice Lynn!!

 

…..Did you know that Chris Shirock is about to be married? On August 25th, Chris will marry former Ambuc, Kathryn Mock. Congrats Chris and Kathryn!

 

In Closing:    Who knew that parking lots could bring about a chuckle…..or in this case two?

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AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for August 7, 2018

Today’s Meeting:  Jane Sheffield & Jim Yeager of the St. Vincent de Paul Society – Monastery Gardens

Future Speakers:

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.”

 

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:  Our guest speaker was Ed Krueger – Publisher of the Altoona Mirror. Ed’s talk however didn’t center on his 20+ years at the Altoona Mirror but instead on an inspirational message of how the “L” word is missing in business today. That “L” word is “love”, a Live Laugh Loveword that Ed says is often too awkward for most people to say out loud in the workplace. His experience has been that work groups that are resistant to the word love often are the most dysfunctional. According to Ed, the word love in any language is beautiful and that no one should be embarrassed by it since it builds relationships, makes us happier, and the spirit of work is enhanced by it. He said that we should all be brave enough to take our hearts to work. Ed went on to say that doing what is right is being ethical. He said that while most people do mostly right things most of the time, we should strive to do right all of the time, stating that this takes courage and is not always easy, but doing so is always right. Ed completed his remarks by reading an introspective poem, entitled “The Person in the Glass”.

 

Guests of the Day:

 

…..Guest of Mike Strait was Brandi Noye of Doing Better Business of Altoona

…..Guest of our speaker Ed Krueger was his friend Bob Postlewait

 

News of the Week:

 

softball marathon…..President Kristan announced a change to this Friday’s “kickoff” event for the Softball Marathon weekend of games in this year’s charity tournament. The AMBUCS team will now be playing a team put together by Kristan’s brother, who plays ball for PSU – Harrisburg. She stated that the WeCare Ambassador Child, Liam, will be in attendance to throw out the game’s first pitch. She encouraged the membership to come out and play and/or cheer on the team. So mark your calendar….the AMBUCS will compete in the WeCare Softball Marathon this Friday, August 10th, at the Seitz field in Eldorado, beginning at 5PM and concluding around 8PM. Tony Miller can still use some players. 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 a victory. 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! That party will be held at the Ed & Paulette Farabaugh hacienda located at 2102 17th Ave. in Altoona. The club will provide sandwiches, chicken and drinks, but you can bring a dessert to share if you would like.

…..Ken Decker promoted an upcoming fundraiser for Arts Altoona. On Sunday August 19th from 5PM – 9PM, “Art Jive One” will be held in downtown Altoona. Tickets are $99 which includes food, beer, wine, and all of the evening’s activities. See Ken for tickets and more information.

…..The last several years we have not had our annual “500 Club” lunch for those members who either purchased $500 of candy from our Christmas sale and/or made a cash contibution equaling our profit from $500 of sales. The lunch this year will be held on Tuesday September 25th and will include those members who were “500 Club” members in either 2016 or 2017, or both. Linda Horomanski is organizing this special lunch and will have more details soon.

…..As we did last year, there will not be a meeting on Tuesday September 18th due to the annual Operation Our Town golf outing held at Park Hills. This event draws a very large crowd and both parking and dining room space is at a premium. You’ll have to find your own lunch that day!

 

…..August birthdays and club anniversaries include:

balloonsBirthdays:                                                    Club Anniversaries:

13th – Jack McDougal                               Jack McDougal – 1988 – 30 Years!

15th – Vic Gioiosa                                      Susan Barber – 2002

21st – Tony Miller & Chris Shirock       Shandra Waksmonski – 2005

22nd – Bill Hoyne                                       Amanda Marin – 2013

Sandy Gregory – 2015

 

…..It’s time to meet our newest Ambuc, Emily Sollenberger. Emily is a Penn State Political Science grad and is employed as a relationship banker at the West Plank Road office of M&T Bank.  She enjoys cooking and decorating and spending time with her friends and family. She joined AMBUCS in order to share her time and give back to her community through a cause that is important to her. She stated that M&T encourages employees to become involved in the community and she’s looking forward to helping the Altoona AMBUCS carry out our mission. When asked what was something unique about herself…..she replied that her ultimate goal was to attend law school after graduating college, but she found that working at M&T in banking was her passion. That and probably meeting fellow Ambuc Jim Huff kept her from a law practice! Please make yourself known to Emily and greet her as our newest member.

 

…..Did You Know……our Grants Coordinator, Dave Aikens, will be attending the AMBUCS National Convention in Reno Nevada on October 3rd to the 6th? See Dave if you want him to place a bet for you while he’s out there.

 

Joker…..Last week the raffle ticket of Jack McDougal was chosen by our speaker Ed Krueger. Jack went to pick his card looking very confident….however his selection…..the Two of Spades, was terrible. 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 45 remaining cards with a potential winning pot of about $185.

 

In Closing:   Here’s a sign you don’t often see in a neighborhood…..

Speed Bumps